Jyoti, which is derived from Sanskrit meaning “light,” The culture of India is the way of living of the people of India. India's languages, religions, dance, music, architecture, food, and customs differ from place to place within the country. The Indian culture, often labeled as an amalgamation of several cultures, spans across the Indian subcontinent and has been influenced by a history that is several millennia old. Many elements of India's diverse cultures, such as Indian religions, Indian philosophy, and Indian cuisine, have had a profound impact on the world.
Indian cuisine encompasses a wide variety of regional and traditional cuisines native to India. Given the range of diversity in soil type, climate, culture, ethnic group, and occupations, these cuisines vary significantly from each other and use locally available spices, herbs, vegetables, and fruits. Indian food is also heavily influenced by religious, cultural choices and traditions. There has also been Middle Eastern and Central Asian influence on North Indian cuisine from the years of Mughal rule. Indian cuisine has been and is still evolving, as a result of the nation's cultural interactions with other societies.
India is known for its love for food and spices. Generally, Indian cuisine can be split into five categories – northern, southern, eastern, western, and north-eastern. The diversity of Indian cuisine is characterized by the differing use of many spices and herbs, a wide assortment of recipes and cooking techniques. Though a significant portion of Indian food is vegetarian, many traditional Indian dishes also include chicken, goat, lamb, fish, egg and other meats. Fish-based cuisines are common in eastern and down southern states of India, particularly West Bengal and Kerala.
Our Chef/Owner Anthony Monteiro has a vast knowledge in Indian Cooking & hands full of experience working for a various chain of branded hotels for more than 4 decades in India & Abroad, his passion for cooking has no end. After contributing his experience for many yesteryears and today's known restaurant groups in united states for more than a decade finally decided to open up a place for him which was his dream.
Jyoti Indian Cuisine was opened by Chef Anthony Monteiro & his wife Josethina Monteiro in Adams Morgan, Washington DC in the year 1998, we have been successfully serving the Washington metropolitan area for almost 2 decades now. We serve authentic Indian food with a wide choice of non-vegetarian, vegetarian and vegan options. We cater for all occasions for any number of people, we use only the best natural spices and ingredients hand-picked by our Chef personally and all our meats served are Halal.
The entire staff of Jyoti Indian Cuisine welcomes you for a great dining experience!