NEW DELHI – A food revolution is under way in India, and it’s transforming the way that people prepare meals.
As families grow smaller and more people live alone, they are buying fully prepared meals instead of fixing them from scratch. I reported on this trend a few months ago and the rise of the fast food industry here.
Basic Indian foods such as dal and chana masala – a chickpea entrée made with onions, tomatoes and spices – are staples now at the supermarket. They’re sold in the freezer section or in aseptic packages that need no refrigeration.
The evolution of convenience foods in India started with changes in the ways that raw ingredients were sold. For example, it used to be common to get whole spices ground freshly on the street or lentils and beans processed into flour.