An ingredient is an edible substance which is cooked in combination with other edible substances in the preparation of a dish. Vegetables, meat, seafood, egg, milk, flour, sugar, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are all used in various dishes. Some ingredients like fruits and milk are also consumed independently.
Some ingredients, though not used in the largest quantity on the item are the most dominant in terms of taste and/or appearance. For example, chocolate in chocolate cake , though not used in the largest quantity dominates the taste and appearance of the cake and hence it is its main ingredient which is used in combination with others in the preparation of food.
Common Ingredients of Different Cuisines