Evolving over many centuries, it reflects the staggering diversity of a country whose food encompasses many nationalities & cultures' cooking techniques. A vast spectrum of flavours is created by the judicious and inventive spices' use, resulting in a world-renowned and truly delicious cuisine.
Perhaps the most elaborate dishes come from the North, inherited from the Moguls, who invaded India from Persia in the sixteenth century. Many Moghlai dishes such as pullaos (pilafs) and biryanis (rice & meat creations) are rich and lavish due to the ingredients used. Other Indian specialities include kebabs and tandoori dishes cooked in a special clay oven, called a tandoor.