India is a country which not only embraces various cultures, languages and religions but also adopts them as its very own. Thus, it is blessed with a never ending list of multiple cuisines. Every state of India has something unique in taste and aroma to offer to your palate. The cuisine of India is among the most diverse cuisines of the world. No doubt, Indian food tastes delectable mainly because of the wealth of spices and herbs that the Indian sub-continent possesses. This is the reason that Indian dishes are not only famous in India but are also appreciated world wide. So, get ready to explore India through your taste buds.
Here is our list of top 10 dishes from the different regions of India that you must really try:
- Bhapa Ilish:
This is the most commonly cooked Hilsa recipes in almost all Bengali houses and holds a very special place in Bengali’s palate. It is a traditional Bengali delicacy cooked in a tangy mustard sauce and steamed to perfection. This is usually had with hot steamed rice. Moreover, the fish Hilsa, used in this dish is rich in Omega 3 fatty acids. So, apart from being extremely delicate to the taste buds it is also very healthy. It is must have for those who are health freaks.
- Daal Baati Churma:
This Rajasthani specialty consists of spicy dal (lentils) served with crunchy baati (round bread made from wheat flour) baked over firewood giving it a burnt smoky flavour. The baatis are crisp from outside and soft from inside. It is a wholesome meal best served with churma, garlic chutney or ghee. Churma is basically a sweet side dish made from coarsely grounded wheat flour cooked with jaggery and ghee. No Rajasthani menu is complete without this three in one, simple yet filling recipe. It’s quite fatty but the taste is worth it.
- Rogan Josh:
It is one of the famous recipes of Kashmiri cuisine. It was brought to Kashmir by the Mughals and consists of lamb or mutton cooked in Kashmiri chilly with aromatic spices in a thick gravy packed with flavours. The colour and flavor of this dish can be attributed to the Kashmiri red chillies. It is usually eaten with Naan (Indian baked flatbread with golden bottom crust) or saffron pulao. This toothsome dish will surely make you fall in love with Indian food.
- Malai Kofta:
Malai Kofta is a ground cashew paste, onion, and tomato based rich, mild and slightly sweet gravy. Cashew paste and malai (cream) give it a creamy texture. It is the most sought after vegetarian Indian dish. Koftas are generally made from grated paneer or mashed potatoes with other vegetable and dry fruits filling; giving it a little crunch. It is the vegetarian alternative for meatballs and is best served with Tandoori roti or Chapatis.
- Rajasthani Laal Maas:
It is yet another culinary masterpiece from the Rajasthani Royal Cuisine. It is one of those dishes which is famous all over India whether it be in any Rajasthani house or in the menus of a 5-star restaurant. There was earlier a myth that it is just another version of the Kashmiri Rogan Josh but this not true. It is made from the best quality of mutton and ows it beautiful crimson red colour and spicy tang to the “Mathania Red Chilly”. Garlic, cloves, yoghurt and other spices together with a rustic flavor of charcoal gives a good blend of flavours to this dish. This culinary delight is best enjoyed with Chapatis made from wheat or bajra, rice and cool yoghurt raita. It is indeed a celebration of all senses.
- Dal Makhani:
Dal Makhani or Kaali Daal is a famous dish from the Punjab region. It is made of black urad dal and rajma (red kidney beans) cooked overnight in masala over a slow charcoal fire, allowing it to thicken and get a nice smoky flavour. Rich in aroma and taste of butter, whisked cream, tomatoes, kasoori methi and chillies, it has a creamy and medium spicy taste. This food is simply delicious as well as wholesome and nutritious also. Try it with Jeera Rice, Roti or Naan.
- Butter Chicken:
The chicken is marinated night long in a mixture of yoghurt and spices and is then cooked in a tomato based thick gravy which includes butter, cream and various spices giving it a mild flavor with velvety taste. The chicken is usually grilled, fried or cooked in a tandoor before cooking in the curry. If you are a non-vegetarian then it is a must try to test your taste buds. It is served with a dollop of butter or cream on top. Paired with Naan it has been the most favourite chicken recipe since 1950.
This royal recipe is straight from the kitchen of Nawabs and is a pride of Awadhi cuisine. Made of ground meat and rich in masalas it is truly a delight to your palate. It has hundreds of different versions including Shami Kabab, Seekh Kabab, Galouti Kabab, Kakori Kabab.… and the list goes on. For the vegetarians out there, kababs are also available in the veg category. The most popular veg kababs are Hara Bhara Kabab, Paneer Kabab, Grilled Mushroom Kabab and much more; that tastes a lot better than they look. Served with Ulta Tawa Paratha and mint-coriander chutney these melt in your mouth Kababs tastes absolutely divine!
Dosa; a South Indian delicacy was listed among the World’s 50 most Delicious Food by CNN Go in 2011. Dosa are thin as crepes made of fermented urad dal and rice batter. With the traditional spicy potato filling it is best to be had with Sambhar (lentil based vegetable broth) and various kinds of Chutney. The taste is absolutely priceless! Urad dal is rich in protein and carbohydrate, hence, Dosa can be considered as the best health food. There are about 104+ varieties of Dosa with an innovative variety of fillings this includes- the famous neer dosa, benne or Butter Dosa, Paper Dosa, Open Dosa, Masala Dosa, 70 mm Dosa (which is about 60 cm in diameter) and much more.
- Hyderabadi Dum Biryani:
This eye-catching aromatic dish inspired from the Mughlai cuisine has meat cooked in dum style over slow heat, wrapped in a perfect blend of lightly roasted and grounded spices, caramelized onions, butter, saffron milk and curd. The ‘dum pukht’ technique gives it a beautiful medley of tastes and aroma. The technique of preparation and the quality of rice used, gives it a unique delicious taste. It is served with raita and topped with layers of fried onions and a boiled egg. You would surely love to pamper yourself with this exotic mouth-watering rice delicacy.
This was our list of the best Indian food dishes. It is just a beginning of an awesome journey to the diverse Indian foods, there are much more to explore. So,try them all in your kitchen and enjoy the amazing flavours of India. Let us know about your favourite course that can compete with our listed dishes in the comment box below.