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The News Minute | March 4, 2015 | 12:41 pm IST According to an article in the Washington Post, researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology, Jodhpur, after analyzing more than two thousand recipes from the country, have come up with the answer to why Indian food is so delicious. The western perspective on food seems to include ingredients in a dish that have a lot in common, says the piece. Flavour compounds are the precise chemical compounds that make up ingredients, and when combined, give off a unique taste. So, if you follow the western style guide to cooking, you’d use a lot of ingredients with “overlapping flavours”. The Indian style of cooking however, as is the case with a lot of Asian cuisine, tends to use ingredients with a lot less in common. “We found that average flavor sharing in Indian cuisine was significantly lesser than expected”, say the researchers. Spices, also very essential to our cuisine, also play their part as other ingredients, similar in flavor, cannot and are not used. The researchers hence explain that “Each of the spices is uniquely placed in its recipe to shape the flavor sharing pattern with rest of the ingredients”.  Milk, butter, bread and all those essentials associated with a western style snack are generally found to be like minded individuals. Their Indian counterparts on the other hand, are more likely to be varied as we use almost 200 out of the 381 known food ingredients.  Read more at: Scientists have figured out what makes Indian food so delicious Tweet Follow @thenewsminute