tartness is as important an ingredient to Indian cooking as chilli
or spice. At Indian markets children clamour for sweets that are
tart as well as sweet and make the mouth pucker. Nearly all genuine
Indian cooking calls for the addition of fruit vinegar and English
curries will not taste quite right until you add a generous slosh
of Somerset Cider Vinegar.
India vinegars are made from many fruits but full juice cider
vinegar is greatly prized by cooks.
decades cooks have debated the importance of particular masalas
or spices to different regions of India without realising the equal
importance of the souring agents and vinegars that accompany them.
blends of spices are obviously important to particular dishes but
‘real’ fruit vinegars deliver the acid kick that brings
a dish to life.
has become normal to squeeze lemons or limes onto Balti dishes and
the citrus juice goes a long way to clarifying the different flavours
but the effect disappears a lot quicker than if vinegar has been
included in the recipe.