Ethnic Food

Sometimes we all get stuck in a rut, a routine for which there seems no possible escape. If you know someone like that on your holiday shopping list, consider introducing them into something exotic and exciting in the form of ethnic food as a holiday gift.

There are so many different types of food from all over the world; it simply makes no sense to not explore the wide range of spices and tastes.

Some Gift Ideas

The top 6 ethnic foods that are most consumed in the USA (in no particular order) are:

  • Indian
  • Mexican
  • Chinese
  • Japanese
  • Italian
  • Thai


Unique and intrinsic to their specific area, ethnic foods are rich and full of flavor. The top 5 spice used in Indian food recipes are fresh yellow turmeric root, pure Spanish saffron, pure mustard oil, Garam Marsala as well as Basmati rice.

When it comes to Mexican foods, like Indian food, there are some unusual flavors. Epazote is used to flavor bean and is said to calm any intestinal discomfort caused by beans. Also known as “Mexican tea,” it is very pungent and should be used sparingly as large quantities are, in fact, poisonous. Cinnamon, cloves and anise are also unique spices that provide unique dimensions of flavors to Mexican dishes.


Want to entice your special someone with an exciting new dish? Among the most ordered dish in most Indian restaurants is Chicken Tikka Masala and Butter Chicken, with Palak Paneer and Rogan Josh completing the list.

One of the most exciting aspects of giving the gift of ethnic foods as a holiday gift is that you can give cook books, create your own cook book or simply find some ethnic restaurants in the town of the intended recipient.

Making the top three most popular Italian recipes are Spaghetti, Chicken Parmesan and Fettuccini Alfredo.

So you can see how easy giving the gift of ethnic foods can really be!

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