Indian cuisine among top 10 most preferred food across globe: Hotels.com

Indian cuisine is among the top 10 most preferred food by global travellers while on holidays, according to a new worldwide food survey by Hotels.com.

About five per cent of international travellers preferred Indian cuisine when on holiday, the survey that covered over 27,000 travellers said today.

The survey shows there is a tough competition for more traditional favourites such as Italian and French cuisine.

International travellers favour mostly Italian (32 per cent) and French (24 per cent) cuisine while travelling or on holidays, whereas the dishes from the ‘Land of the Rising Sun’ Japan are gaining popularity among more cosmopolitan palates with 18 per cent, it said.

Several other Asian countries and regions appear in the top 10 list, including mainland China (13 per cent), Thailand (8 per cent) and Taiwan (5 per cent).

The popularity of ‘Paella and Tapas’ could have contributed to Spain clinching fifth place (11 per cent) on the list, while those who love burger and fries have helped the US to secure sixth place (10 per cent) in the table.

Meanwhile, Indian travellers feel the world’s best local food is found in India (38 per cent) followed by the US (31 per cent) and China (17 per cent).

Within India, travellers voted for the capital city of New Delhi (33 per cent) as having the best local food, followed by Mumbai (20 per cent) at second place and Kolkata at a close 18 per cent, it added.

Since Indians are known to be family oriented, they voted London, New York and Paris as the best cities in the world for family dining, it said.

Hotels.com is a leading online accommodation booking website with over 150,000 properties around the world, ranging from international chains and all-inclusive resorts to local favourites and bed & breakfasts, together with all information needed to book the perfect stay.

Article Courtesy: http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2012-07-31/news/32961594_1_international-travellers-global-travellers-indian-cuisine

About Roti Prata

Roti Prata is a fried flour-based pancake that is cooked over a flat grill. It is known as Parotta in the Indian subcontinent and called Roti Canai in Malaysia.

Roti Prata is usually served with a vegetable or meat based curry and often prepared with added ingredients such as cheese, onion, banana, red bean, chocolate, mushroom or egg. It is listed at number 45 on World’s 50 most delicious foods readers’ poll compiled by CNN Go in 2011.

Roti prata is prepared by flipping the dough into a large thin layer before folding the outside edges inwards. The dough is cooked on a flat round iron pan measuring about 3 feet in diameter. Other ingredients such as cooked mutton, onion and egg (and more recently cheese) if desired, are added into the dough during the cooking process which lasts about 2 – 3 minutes. Prata is commonly served with a fish or chicken based curry. Some people prefer to eat it with sugar.