Food presentation and garnishing
Presentation is an important part of good Indian cooking, and imaginative use of garnishes can make an ordinary dish into something really special. The perfect garnish should make a dish look both decorative and appetizing. But not only that, a garnish is an affectionate gesture, a compliment to your guests as well as a compliment to the food. The traditional way to serve Indian food is on a thali or large tray, often of beautifully wrought metal. Each different dish will be in a small metal or earthenware bowl perched around the edge of the try. Often banana leaves will serve as disposable plates. Decoration is simple (nuts, chopped herbs, lemon slices, tomatoes, lettuce and coriander leaves) are often used to add color and a crisp texture to savory dishes.
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