We challenge you to try a dish from each of these 6 Asian cuisines

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and we thought

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and we thought it would be a great time to highlight the diversity of our unique Asian restaurants.

Stretching from India to Hawaii, Asian cuisines encompass everything from spicy curries to cool sashimi.

While Chinese and Japanese restaurants are abundant and busy in our area, other Asian cuisines aren’t so internalized here. We’re going to describe them briefly and challenge readers to sample them all.

You can’t sum up any cuisine in a few sentences, but we’ll give you an idea of what flavors to expect and suggest some of our favorite dishes.

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Whole fresh spices such as cumin, a masala mix, bay leaves, chiles and fenugreek leaves ready to be added to dishes at Royal India Cuisine in Newburgh.

India

Indian food is built around fragrant spice mixtures. Some dishes are chile-hot, but many are not. Curries and stews might be based on tomatoes and cream like the famous Butter Chicken. They may have a mild creamy sauce with sweeter spices like korma dishes, or be quite fiery as in the case of Vindaloo dishes.

Curries are served with basmati rice or soft and puffy naan flatbread. Vegetarian dishes abound in Indian cuisine, and you’ll find beans and lentils turned into things you’ve never imagined.