The cuisine of India is characterized by its sophisticated and subtle use of many spices and herbs. Considered by some to be one of the worldâ¿¿s most diverse cuisines, each family of this cuisine is characterized by a wide assortment of dishes and cooking techniques. Indian food is almost always prepared with fresh ingredients along with delicate mixtures of many different fresh and dried spices and the exact recipes often vary greatly from one household to the next. To refer to Indian Cuisine is almost a misnomer, since the regional dishes vary tremendously from region to region. In reality, India hosts an even greater number of distinct regional cuisines than the entire European continent.