Indian And Korean Food, Different Yet Similar
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Blame K-Drama or K-Pop, Korean culture has swept our nation. We now have a similar appetite for Korean food. We Indians have embraced Korean cuisine with open arms, whether it is ramen or Korean Fried Chicken. Both cultures place a lot of importance on great food. Both nations have a strong emphasis on providing wholesome, palatable food, with rice serving as a staple in both. The difference is that while most Indians eat vegetables with flatbread, often known as roti, and are all meat eaters, others do. There are also more connections besides the fact that rice is the main food in both nations. Pepper is a common element in both cuisines, and both countries are well renowned for their enjoyment of spicy food. Here is a list of popular Indian foods that aren't all that distinct from Korean cuisine. 

Kimchi and Achaar 

Both of these side dishes come in a variety of flavours and are popular in both Indian and South Korea. Most kimchi and achaar go through a similar fermentation process after being spiced up or marinated. 

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Similar to our Indian aloo Tikki, which is prepared with cooked mashed potatoes packed with Indian spices, Gamja-jeon are Korean pancakes made with shredded potatoes and pan-fried until golden brown. 

Yaki Mandu and Gujiya 

Mandu are fried Korean dumplings that can be filled with a variety of ingredients, such as pork, before being cooked. All-purpose flour is first stuffed with khoya and dry fruits, after which it is formed and cooked. The sole distinction is that gujiyas are typically sweet whereas mandus are typically salty. 

Yakgwa and Imarti 

Both are typical sweet meals in their respective nations. Wheat flour, sesame oil, ginger juice, and rice wine are used to make yakgwa. They are deep-fried, then covered with honey and cinnamon powder, dried, and eaten. Imarti is a dish made from Vigna mungo flour batter and ghee that is deep-fried into a spherical form before being covered with sugar syrup. 

Kimchi fried rice and Home-cooked fried rice 

Both recipes are quite simple to prepare. In contrast to how we Indians prepare it, which uses leftover rice cooked with achaar, leftover vegetables, and a few simple spices, kimchi fried rice is created from leftover rice, some meat, and kimchi that has been stir-fried and covered with a fried egg. 

Aloo ki sabji and Gamja Jorim 

While we Indians like to toss our traditional potatoes in masala, Koreans prefer to toss their potatoes in soy sauce when cooking Gamja Jorim. But the finished product is very similar of the hot Aloo Ki Sabji. Gamja Jorim is typically eaten with rice in South Korea, however we might prefer our sabji paired with hot rotis. 

Shaved ice and Chuski  

In the summer, both countries like ice cream that has been shaved. Shaved ice, also known as chuski or baraf ka gola, is a popular summertime treat in India and is frequently eaten with flavoured syrups. Koreans love eating shaved ice with various toppings, such as fruits, dry fruits, condensed milk, etc.