Indian cuisine has become a delicacy shared by many nations and races.The robust flavours and fiery spices are best reserved for a familiar palate. Yet people constantly explore the sweet and savoury delicacies that India has to offer.
We have compiled a list of famous foods, but this list is not extensive and you will find that India can boast of thousands of different recipes.
1. Aloo Gobi
Leading the pack of delicacies is this North-Indian dish of potatoes and cauliflower. The cauliflower florets are slowly cooked in spices, oil and tomatoes (to taste). Boiled potatoes are cut up and added to the mix. Aloo Gobi has become a favourite for meat-eaters who are transitioning to a vegan lifestyle. It is healthy, delicious and easy to make.
2. Butter Chicken
This Punjabi recipe is loved by millions of people. It consists of chunky chicken pieces marinated in yogurt and cooked in a blend of exotic spices till they are tender. This deep orange gravy is thick, rich and full of flavour. Butter chicken is usually served with a dollop of melted butter and mint leaves.
3. Daal Makhani
This is a smoky Pan-Indian dish that is made from slow-cooked red kidney beans and black gram, sometimes urad dal might be added as well. The richness of the gravy comes from heavy dollops of butter and cream. It is slowly cooked over charcoal to get a smoky taste that appeals to all.
4. Masala Dosa
A South-Indian dish, dosas are thin crispy crepes made from ground rice and dal (lentils). The dosais crispy, airy and light, and when combined with the spicy potato mash it is mind-blowing. Masala dosas usually come with different chutneys – mint, coconut and tomato, and some sambhar.
This rice-staple has different recipes across India. Hyderabadi biryani differs from the Punjabi one. Whether vegetarian or non-vegetarian, the cook of biryani is something people everywhere want to learn. Biryani was historically made for maharajas and it still flows with exoticness and royalty. It is definitely a dish to try before you die.
6. Idli and Sambhar
This is another South-Indian dish. Idlis are fluffy rice cakes that are soft, moist and delicious. They are eaten with a mileu of chutneys and sambhar. Sambhar is made from dal, spices, vegetables and an assorted list of ingredients that can incorporate jackfruit, peanuts, coconut and unripe mangoes. This combination can be had for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
7. Goan Fish Curry
Goa is known for its beaches and fish. Combining elements from Portuguese cuisine, the Goan fish curry is made by cooking assorted varieties of fish in coconut milk. Other seafood like prawns and crabs also have their own curries but the fish curry is an outstanding meal to any tourist.
8. Chana Masala
This is a chickpea curry that can be eaten with golden-brown purees. The North-Indian curry is filling and tasty. It can be eaten with rice or chapattis but usually it is eaten with purees. Purees are made from flour and fried in hot oil till they rise and become round like balls. Purees can be made from plain flour, or combined with spices or yogurt.
A variety of laddoos are available for consumers. These are sweet delicacies that are made from whole milk, cheese, wheat, millet, nuts and even fruits. To the uninitiated, they may taste too sweet but no Indian meal is complete without a laddoo or barfi.
10. Gajjar Halwa
This is a North-Indian sweet dish made from carrots, ghee, milk and sugar. It is the equivalent to a carrot cake, but it is more moist and sweeter. It is commonly enjoyed during the winter in India.
11. Indian Breads
Chapattis, rotis, naans and purees are all different types of breads that can be eaten with the many gravies that Indian cuisine has to offer. Paranthas can even incorporate vegetables like potatoes, cauliflower, onions, and eggs to become a filling meal on their own.
Indian cuisine is known for its ample use of exotic spices like ajwain, mustard seed, cloves, asafoetida, black cardamom, star anise and tamarind. Street food like golgappas,paprichaats and tikkas, continue to make Indian cuisine a forerunner.
There is a lot of excitement in Indian dishes thus it will continue to be a global favourite.
Let us know which one is your favorite.