Eat. Eat some more.

Eat.  Share.
Eat some more.

India's Top 13 Most Delicious Dishes

(What's this?) Click on this "star" to bookmark your favourite food stories. To view the stories you have bookmarked, simply go to your account dashboard, and click on the "My Bookmarked Stories" link.
January 10, 2018 / Indian / By
ETG - Food For Thought

Indian cuisine is anything but homogenous, basically exactly like the country. Every region has a different approach when it comes to food, cooking techniques, and spices. Regional traditions and religion influenced the food habits and cooking style. Saying Indian food is similar to saying European food, you can do it but you are not describing something specific. The European food scene is diverse and there are different cuisines, different cooking styles, different ingredients and different techniques in every European country. Sure, there are some similarities, especially if you narrow down the search for East European cuisine, for example, but you will still find different styles and dishes. The same thing goes for India – if you want to learn about Indian food, you have to look at all the regional influences.

As we already mentioned, religion was also a huge part that influenced the pay people from India cook. With Hindu and Muslim being the two dominant religions, you can imagine that the cuisine can be very different. Hindu encourages a vegetarian approach to food and this type of cuisine is widely spread across the country while the traditional Muslim dishes include a variety of meat-based dishes.

The British, Persians and Portuguese also influenced the culinary scene of India. The favorite drink of most Indians is tea and that was introduced by the British.

Now, if we’re going to talk about regional styles, the South of India, North of India, East of India and West of India are the main regions to look at when we want to learn about the various cooking styles in Indian cuisine.

Rice is the most important ingredient of South Indian cuisine, rice dishes are served at every meal of the day. Rice pancakes and rice cakes are very popular in this part of India. Dosa, the rice pancakes, and Idli, the steamed rice cakes, can be found everywhere in this region but fermented rice dishes are also popular amongst those who are following vegetarian diets. Coconut is another popular ingredient, especially in Kerala.

North India is completely different in style and ingredients. The region’s style of cooking was influenced immensely by the Moghuls. Rich gravies are very popular in this region and so is saffron.

The western regions of India are very diverse when it comes to food and cooking styles. Gujarat, Goa, and Maharashtra are three Western Indian states that have very different dishes and a diverse food scene. Gujarat is probably the best place in the world for vegetarian foodies. Most of the state’s population is vegetarian so there are numerous veggie dishes you can try if you visit this place. However, Gujarat is a state that offers different culinary experiences. Chicken and seafood dishes are also popular here since Parsis are meat eaters. Speaking of seafood, Maharashtra and Goa are great states for those who want to indulge in delicious seafood dishes. Goan food is spicy, flavorful, and has some distinct flavors that are hard to find in a different place.

East India is another place where you can find numerous different flavors. Bengali cuisine is mostly focused of fish and rice, Odisha is another place where you can find numerous rice and fish dishes, however, there are less spicy than the dishes you will find in other regions of India, in Bijar Jharkhand you can enjoy various veggie dishes but you can also expect some chicken, pork and beef dishes.

It’s hard to make a list of dishes you should try in India because, as you can see, every region has something different to offer, however, we tried to make a list of dishes that are quite popular in the Western world and that you can easily make at home with the right ingredients.

Samosas

Samosas are fried or baked pastries filled with potatoes stuffing. They can also contain onions, carrots, and peas and they are best served with mint chutney.

You probably found samosas in the Indian section of the supermarket, however, those snacks are not at all similar to the ones you can find in India. There are different types of samosas you can enjoy in India but the most common ones are vegetarian and are filled with the potatoes stuffing we mentioned but you can also find some cheese or make some cheese varieties. The texture of the samosas is crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. Spices are mandatory if you want to discover the real taste of samosas. Chilly, cloves, cumin, and ginger are usually used but coriander is quite popular as well.

Recipe to try at home: Baked veggie samosas from Jamie Oliver

Lamb Vindaloo

Lamb Vindaloo is an Indian dish inspired by the Portuguese cuisine. You can enjoy this delicious dish in Goa and we are sure you will fall in love with its flavors. The main ingredients of this dish are vinegar, wine, and garlic. Most Lamb Vindaloo recipes require grinding mustard seeds in vinegar for added flavors. The lamb is cooked to perfection and the dish is spicy and full of amazing flavors.

Recipe to try at home: Easy Lamb Vindaloo from Three Many Cooks

Pakora

Pakora is a fritter that originated in Uttar Pradesh, an Indian state with an amazing culinary scene. Pakoras are usually made with basic ingredients such as potatoes, eggplant, cauliflower or other vegetables, dipped in flour and deep-fried. Pakoras are perfect for tea time.

Recipe to try at home: Mom’s Onion Pakoras (Indian Fritters) from Sophisticated Gourmet

Baingan Bharta

Baingan bharta is a popular dish in South Asia and it is part of the national cuisine dishes of a few countries including Bangladesh, Pakistan, and, of course, India. Basically, Baingan bharta means mashed eggplant. This vegetarian dish is traditionally grilled over a direct fire or grilled over charcoal to obtain the amazing smoky flavor. After the eggplant is cooked, it is mixed with various spices, usually ginger, cilantro or cumin, and other veggies such as onions and tomatoes. You can serve this dish with Indian bread.

Recipe to try at home: Punjabi Baingan Bharta - Punjabi Style Eggplant from The Spruce

Tandoori Chicken

Tandoori chicken is a delicious chicken dish that involves chicken marinated in yogurt, roasted to perfection in a tandoor (a clay oven of a type very popular in Pakistan and northern India). Tandoori chicken is a dish popular in various parts of the world and there are numerous recipes you can try at home if you do not have a trip to India planned. You can enjoy Tandoori chicken as an appetizer but also as a main dish with Indian bread.

Recipe to try at home: Tandoori Chicken from Simply Recipes

Dal Makhani

A very popular dish in the Punjabi cuisine is dal makhani, a rich beans dish with cream and butter. This vegetarian dish is versatile and you can serve it as a main dish or as a side dish. Traditionally, this dish, like many other Indian dishes, requires numerous hours of cooking but since pressure cookers are a thing nowadays, the process is a lot easier and less time-consuming. The main ingredients of the dish are red kidney beans, black lentils and a mix of cream and butter.

Recipe to try at home: Dal Makhani from Cookie+Kate

Rajma

Rajma is another dish filled with delicious and nutritious beans that originated in India. This dish is not similar to dal makhani even though you might be tempted to believe that. Rajma is made with red kidney beans that are found in dal makhani but the cream and butter are not used to make it. However, this dish contains a delicious gravy and some amazing spices and it is best if you serve it as a main dish with simple rice as a side. Rajma is very popular in northern India in Nepal but can be found in other Indian regions too.

Recipe to try at home: Rajma Masala Recipe | Punjabi Rajma Chawal Recipe | Easy Rajma Masala from Hebbar’s Kitchen

Chole Bhature

Another amazing dish that originated in northern India is chole bhature. Chole bhature is actually a combination of two different dishes – chole, a chickpeas dish, and bhature, an Indian fried bread. To make the best of chole bhature, serve it with pickles or lassi, the popular yogurt-based drink.  

Recipe to try at home: Chloe Bhature Recipe from Veg Recipes Of India

Biryani

Biryani is a rice dish that was originally created by the Muslim Indians. The main ingredients of the dish are rice, vegetables, meat (usually mutton or chicken), Indian spices, yogurt, and sometimes dried fruits. If you want to make a delicious and aromatic biryani at home, you need saffron. We know saffron is expensive and not easy to find but this dish is not the same without it.

Recipe to try at home: Chicken Biryani – Instant Pot from Ministry of Curry

Chicken Tikka

Chicken tikka is a very popular Indian dish that consists of marinated chicken pieces baked on skewers in a tandoor, however, you can make the skewers on a regular grill or oven.

The marinade for the chicken is a yogurt and spices marinade and if you want to obtain the most delicious chicken tikka, you have to marinate the chicken overnight or for at least six hours. The best way to enjoy this dish is to serve it with naan or some type of Indian bread.

Recipe to try at home: Chicken Tikka Masala from Bon Appetit

Ras Malai

Ras malai is a delicious Indian dessert. Ras means syrup and malai means cream in Indian so you can imagine that this dessert is creamy and absolutely delicious. Similar to a cheesecake without the crust, ras malai is a very rich typically flavored with cardamom and saffron. Traditionally, this dessert is served as special occasions such as weddings or other family events. The process of making ras malai is complex, but you can make this recipe at home if you have time on your hands.

Recipe to try at home: How To Make Soft Rasmalai At Home from Cook with Manali

Uttapam

Uttapam is a type of pancake but the toppings are not served on the pancakes, they are added to the batter. Uttapams are great to make at home if you want to explore the world of pancakes and to try new recipes that are different than the classic American pancakes or the French crepes.

Recipe to try at home: Sooji Uttapam Recipe from Hungry Forever

Bebinca

Bebinca is another example of how the Portuguese influenced Indian cuisine. This traditional Goan pudding is an impressive dessert with many layers, some say seven, other say 16, but the main point is – bebinca is a deliciously layered pudding-cake. The main ingredients are flour, ghee (a type of butter used in South Asian cooking), egg yolks, coconut milk, and sugar.

Recipe to try at home: Bebinca – Layered Goan Cake Recipe from Masala Herb

 


N/A

Country: India

Province/State: N/A

City: N/A

Address: N/A

Zip/Post Code: N/A

Location Tips: N/A

Phone: N/A

Website:...

Price Guide:N/A (What's this?) N/A = home cooked meal,etc
$ = street food, fast food,etc
$$ = bistro, cafe, pub, bar,etc
$$$ = fine dining,etc

Comment
Related Stories

Glorious Food Experiences (An Interview ...

International / By
ETG - Food For Thought

Northern Chinese Dumplings Recipe

Chinese / By
ETG - Food For Thought

Bulgarian Kiuopulo Salad Recipe

European / By
ETG - Food For Thought

51 Valentine's Day Recipes - The Ultimat...

International / By
ETG - Food For Thought

AS SEEN ON

ABC Nine Com 6PR
Copyright © 2012-2018 Eat the Globe™ - All rights reserved

Related Stories

Glorious Food Experiences (An Interview ...

International / By
ETG - Food For Thought

Northern Chinese Dumplings Recipe

Chinese / By
ETG - Food For Thought

Bulgarian Kiuopulo Salad Recipe

European / By
ETG - Food For Thought

51 Valentine's Day Recipes - The Ultimat...

International / By
ETG - Food For Thought

AS SEEN ON

Copyright © 2012-2018 Eat the Globe™ - All rights reserved
Login to Eat The Globe
Username
Password
   Cancel
Close
Your profile is incomplete.
Simply complete your profile, it only takes 1 minute.
Button
Email this story to a friend
Close
Invalid Email format
Send Friend Request to this person
Close
Invalid Email format
Your Friend Request has been sent.