Any nutritious substance that people or animal eat or drink or that plants absorb to maintain life and growth is called Food. We Human Beings consume food that drives our life; food is fuel for the body. Various doctrines/scriptures describe the food in various manners but stay on the common ground.

The Yogic Culture has described the body as a heap of food, an accumulation of what we eat. Food is the main part of physique and life energy in this Culture. Bhagwad Geeta describes the food in different kinds, viz. Sātvic (mode of goodness), Rājasic (mode of passion), and Tāmasic (mode of ignorance). Consumption of food defines the quality of mind and mode of behaviour. Upānishad states that the coarsest part of the food we eat passes out as faeces, the subtler part becomes flesh and the subtlest part becomes the mind. Since the mind is the main aspect of our body, it needs continuous nourishment which we get from the food.

Quran contains many verses of healthy eating that relate to the interconnectedness of physical and spiritual health. It mentions the effect of healthy eating that not only satisfies hunger but also has an effect on the mind. The healthier the food, more efficient is the brain. Bible states that it is not just the food we eat, but the motive to approach it that all matters in life; one should consume food with a sense of gratitude because it is going to be a part of body and mind.

It is well understood from statements/commentary reproduced above that food is an essential element of the Mind, the reflection of Personality, and energy of the Body. This is the fuel required to drive life in a certain direction.

Plenty of elements of Indian cuisine makes the food nutritious and delicious. This section is sharing the knowledge of ingredients of Indian food, the cooking techniques and the facts about Food Culture in India.