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Harry India has one of the highest populations in the world, but the north-east region has fewer people than other parts of the country.
It is very difficult to live in the high peaks of the mountains. Can you think why? If you need a clue, go the Climate page ...
Most people live in villages on the gentler mountain slopes or in the river valleys. Here, they can make the most of the fertile silt left behind by the rivers to grow many different crops. Cecile

Village girl
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The main food crop is wheat, which is mixed with oil and water to make chapatis. Chapatis are like flat pieces of bread, baked in clay ovens.
Baking bread
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Snack bar
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In towns and cities across India, people can buy hot or cold snacks from a roadside kiosk.

Do people eat similar things in all the regions of India?
Jack There are similarities and differences in what people eat. Have a look at the two menus that show some of the foods eaten in the northern and southern regions of India.
A menu from North India
A menu from South India
to download/print a word version of these menus.

Lentils are an important part of the diet in both regions. Here, the lentils are being cleaned. Then they are ready to be cooked into a dal.
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Along with a lot of different spices, coconut milk is an important ingredient in many dishes in south India.

Jack Apart from lentils and coconut milk, can you see any other similarities and differences between the two menus? Which menu would you choose?
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