Punjabi cuisine is often associated with food from the Punjab region of both India and Pakistan. This Punjabi cuisine has a rich tradition. Distinctively Punjabi cuisine is best known for its rich and buttery flavours along with extensive vegetarian and meat dish choices.
The Punjab region is the birth place of the Tandoori style of cooking. There are many distinct and local ways of cooking Punjabi cuisine to consider. One style is a particular style of tandoori cooking that has now become famous in other parts of India, the UK, in Canada and also in many other parts of the world.
The Punjab Province was formerly a province of British India. Following the 1947 partition of India, the Punjab Province was divided between modern day India and Pakistan. A further two states were later added in the 1960s – these were in the form of Haryana and Himachal Pradesh.
The Punjabi word derives from an amalgamation of the words ‘punj’, which means five, and ‘ab’, which means water. The Punjab is also often referred to as ‘The Land of Five Rivers’.