India is best known among foreigners for its rich cultural heritage and lavish spicy cuisines. You travel across any part of the country, be it North, South, East or West, you will definitely come across stunning new flavors and mouth watering preparations. In fact every state has its own food specialty. Punjab for instance is famous Makke ki roti with Sarson ka Saag, Hydrabad for Biryani, Rajasthan for Dal Bati Choorma and so on. So if you’re planning a trip to the land of diversity, here are some special Indian dishes you shouldn’t leave without tasting.
Biryani is a very famous delicacy that was bequeathed to us by the Mughals. It’s a dish made with rice (usually Basmati) mixed with various spices, fish, eggs, meat or simply vegetables. It is served both as a vegetarian and non vegetarian cuisine. Today, Biryani finds a special place in restaurant menus all over the globe, but what you get in cities like Hyderabad remains incomparable.
7. Butter Chicken:
A Punjabi cuisine, Butter Chicken is one of the most favorite dishes of non-vegetarian Indians. It is prepared by marinating chicken overnight in a mixture of yoghurt and spices which is then cooked with a special butter makhani sauce, tomato puree and several other spices that provide the dish a distinctive flavor.
6. Vindaloo & Rogan Josh:
Treat your senses with this exotic Kashmiri delicacy. Rogan Josh is aromatic, gravy and curry dish composed of Lamb or some other meats. It consists of thin gravy covered with a thick layer of oil on top. The dish is best enjoyed when served with steaming hot plate of boiled rice. Vindaloo is very popular Indian curry with lots of spices and vinegar. It was the Portuguese who brought the dish to India, leading to the origin of Vindaloo.
5. Tandoori Chicken:
It is indeed a very popular Indian dish that gets its name from the bell shaped clay oven, known as the Tandoor that is used to prepare the Indian flatbread known as Naan. It is prepared from marinated Chicken in a mixture of buttermilk, lemon juice, yoghurt and various other spices. Traditionally it was cooked under high temperatures in a Tandoor but now it is prepared in electric ovens or even on a barbecue grill.
4. Idli/Dosa/Vada with Sambar:
This is perhaps the most famous South Indian breakfast meal. It comprises of Idli, Dosa or Vada along with Sambar. Mainly composed of rice and black lentils that are fermented and served with Samber is sure to delight you. Samber can be described as a stew of vegetables composed of toor dal sprinkled with tamarind.
3. Palak Paneer:
This is an amazing Paneer dish combined with the goodness of creamy Palak in a great combination. Palak Paneer is a very popular North Indian recepie and is cooked by making use of Spinach and a good amount of Fresh Cottage cheese. The cooking process involves cottage cheese being cooked in spinach based thick gravy mixed with a variety of Indian spices. The dish is usually served well with naan, rotis, jeera rice or even biryani rice. Even vegans can enjoy this dish as they can simply substitute paneer with tofu.
2. Chole Bhature:
The Punjabi chole served with Punjabi bread constitutes the breakfast of Punjab region and it even finds its place as a common street food. Bhature are characterized as a soft deep fired Indian bread made with the mixture of flour, yoghurt, baking powder and oil. It is then served with the curry of chickpea, known as chole.
1. Dal Makhani:
Dal Makhani is a delicacy dish from Punjab and a very popular Indian cuisine. The dish is called Dal Makhani as it is made using Lentils/Dal-Red Kidney Beans and Whole Black Lentils topped with full fat cream. It is very rich in proteins and is full of calories. The mixture of all these ingredients gives the dish a very creamy texture. The combination of legume and lentils are first cooked separately and then later simmered in a base of tomato puree, onion, garlic, ginger, spice powders and lots of white butter adding to its delicious taste and luxurious finishing touch.