Modern Masala

March 04th 2016

Modern Masala Indian Food is Finally Having its Global Moment

Already familiar with basic curries, people around the world are taking their appreciation for this richly-spiced cuisine to the next level, exploring more flavours in new contexts, from food trucks to fine dining.

According to the 2014 McCormick Flavour Forecast, Modern Masala is one of the top trends and key cultural influences that are shaping the tastes of tomorrow. Indian cuisine is breaking free of its traditional confines and is making its way into more modern contexts. Chefs today are taking Indian flavours and applying them to non-traditional foods like burritos, burgers, salads, meats and more.

The United Kingdom and South Africa are leaders in Indian cuisine, and Canada is moving fast. In Canada, Indian food and flavours have seen an increase in menu incidence since 2009, growing 13% in the past five years. Restaurants and food trends all have been touched by an Indian influence. From chicken and seafood to ice cream - adding a hint of Indian tastes can make an ordinary dish appear more exotic to consumers.

Explore Modern Masala cuisine on your menu with some of these key flavours:

Paneer Cheese: Versatile, fresh cheese with a mild flavour and chewy texture which lends well with spicy ingredients. Paneer holds its shape well and doesn't melt, so you can saute it, grill it, or crumble it into just about anything. And of course, it's a must for classic Indian dishes like korma and palak (thick curry base on a bed of spinach)

Jalfrezi: A hot “stir-fry” dish with green chilies and tomatoes. The Indian restaurant chef uses the Jalfrezi method to stir-fry green peppers, onions and plenty of green chillies as the basis for a curry with just a little sauce. The chillies make the Jalfrezi taste very fresh but also make it one of the hotter curries on the restaurant menu.

Kashmiri Masala: Delicate and aromatic, this is a Northern Indian spice blend with cumin, cardamom, cinnamon, black pepper, cloves and ginger. Use this fragrant blend of spices to season lamb dishes, such as the classic Rogan Josh, chicken curries and vegetables.