Common misbelieves about Indian Food

With many of the Indian restaurants in Ottawa, more and more people know about all the delicious dishes India has to offer. Even though affinity for unique Indian dishes is evolving in Ottawa and around the world, authentic Indian food is often misconstrued by many. 

Let’s explore through some of the common misconceptions and myths about Indian food.

All Indian food is hot and spicy

Yes, Indian food contains spices, but that doesn’t mean it’s “spicy hot.”

Besides, most Indian restaurants in Ottawa, including us, will ask you about the intensity of the spicy flavor you wish.  

The heat doesn’t come from the cardamom, cinnamon, coriander, cumin, ginger, turmeric, or one of the many other spices discovered in popular Indian dishes.  

The hot flavor in Indian cuisines comes from chilies (cayenne peppers). Adding of this could be omitted altogether or added to turn up the heat. 

Indian saag is creamed spinach

Speaking of Sarso ka saag from the food menu, you might think saag is just creamed spinach. However, that’s not the case. Though saag dishes might have spinach in them, this authentic north Indian dish is more than that. We add mustard greens along with garlic, ginger, and other spices. 

Saag could be your best food choice in the wintertime and is usually served with Makki ki roti or with lamb in it. 

All Indian rice is the same

It ‘s hard to believe, but 40,000 types of cultivated rice exist in the world. However, if you are dining in Indian restaurants in Ottawa, you are probably eating basmati rice, one of the most popular ones.  

However, there are various varieties as well.

Native to Thailand, Jasmine rice is similar to basmati, as both are aromatic and long grain. However, jasmine rice has a subtle and distinct floral aroma. 

Brown rice, which some people swear is beneficial for controlling diabetes, is also widespread in India and other parts of Asia. 

There is black rice, which is full of antioxidants and glutinous.  

All Indian cuisine is unhealthy

Manage the oil balance, and each Indian cushion becomes absolutely delicious and nutritious.

In our Indian restaurant in Ottawa, you’ll also find several healthy vegetarian dishes. Hara bhara kabab (a crispy vegetarian kabab), along with rajma and arhar dal (both made with beans), and many more appetizers, or desserts. 

Indian food is all curry

When someone turns down Indian food, they might explain, “Curry seems boring.” Well, Indian food goes way beyond just curry. It might occur to be a little surprising, but curry is a Canadian equivalent of soups with loads of meat and/or vegetables added in a spiced sauce. 

Ghee is really bad for you

Ghee is an Indian form of filtered butter. The gentle heating of cow milk until its milk solids are strained off, leaving behind the fat creates the ghee. So you are getting lactose-free — a positive thing for people who have dairy allergies or sensitivities. 

Since ghee is not boiled at high temperatures when made, it holds many of its vitamins and antioxidants. 

You can spread ghee on flatbread, as well as used in rice, curries, potatoes, and even puddings. Need good fats inside the body; ask for a topping of ghee on nans. 


It has been our objective to promote Indian cuisine in Ottawa. We are rapidly establishing new stores across Ottawa. 

Visit us and find new Continental and Indian dishes with the perfect fusion of Indo-Asian flavors.