Indian food does not mean butter chicken and Chai tea.
Also not just dosa and chutney.!!!
It's not just others it's we who Indians have just told the world about “butter chicken and chai tea”. Are those the only food India is famous for?
If you take each state of India we have different states representation different varieties of food. If you see Punjab, they are famous for their channa bhatura, if you come down south Karnataka is famous for bisi bele bath. Likewise, for all the 28 states, we have 28 different dishes that represent not just the state but also the kind of weather and the history behind that dish.
But what do western's think we are famous for is butter chicken? I’m not saying that butter chicken is a bad dish to pick from India. All I’m saying is that it’s not the only dish that represents the whole of India.
I know this is no fault of the outsides because every time we have any foreigner come to our land, especially in the north, we try to feed them food which is easier to eat with a spoon. In meat, the boneless and one stuff can be done easily and goes with rice or roti is butter chicken.
So what do we do to change this?
Actually, there is been efforts in a modern way to change this. Like one example I can quickly think of is a simple food channel. Me being an Indian I have not tasted so many dishes, and one way to try everything in your kitchen is to look at cooking channels on youtube.
One example is “YFL: Your food labs”. So the chef in this is also a modern days chef who loves to try food from all corners of India. One of the days I will start a challenge with myself to try all the dishes he has made on his channel. But if you are a modern chef like me who wants to try something new in the kitchen then this guy's recipes are the ones to look for.
And the second person I go to for my recipes for much more south Indian style will be “HomeCookingShow”. The chef is someone who used to be a TV host in one of south Indian’s famous channels. She started this channel as a solo work for her new career. Her recipes have both veg and meat recipes. One of the biggest advantages is 99% of the time she uses the indigents that are present in an Indian house and most of the masalas are made from scratch.
So with so many recipes and youtube channels, if you think in the western world people are trying to understand Indian food. Yes, they are but trust me the Indian restaurants that are made in these western countries are the ones who need the real lesson. But yes, that’s a topic from another day.