India is a place that has welcomed and adapted international cuisines gracefully. You will find MacDonald’s, KFC, Pizza Hut, Italian and such other restaurants at every corner in almost all major and minor cities in the country. But even with all these, the Indian cuisine has never had a setback. The best thing about the cuisine here is that it is as diverse as the country. The food of each state is deeply influenced by its geography, climate and culture. Although there are so many types of food that you would find irresistible, we present to you some gastronomic delights that everyone who visits this country must eat.
1. Vada Pav:
Made with mashed potato and onion, deep fried in chickpea flour (besan), the vada is eaten with a pav (a type of bread) and is considered to be the staple diet of people in Maharashtra. This humble food is not only cheap but also available in streets and Indian fast food joints. It is usually eaten with dry garlic and sweet-sour chutneys.
2. Masala Dosa
Originally a South Indian dish, the Masala Dosa is quite commonly cooked in most households in India. This special dosa (made with rice and urad dal batter) is filled with a potato and onion masala. This is served with coconut chutney and sambhar.
3. Aloo Parantha
The aloo parantha is the roti or chapatti stuffed with aloo or potato filling. A typical Punjabi dish, this is eaten with yogurt and pickle and do not forget, lots of ghee too!
4. Butter Chicken
One of the proudest members of the Punjabi cuisine is definitely the delicious butter chicken. Largely tomato based, this curry is cooked with chicken marinated in yogurt and lots of butter. Although not very spicy, this is a rich Indian food dish that would definitely satisfy your palette.
Biryani is an aromatic rice dish that is cooked with vegetables or marinated chicken or mutton. You will find different varieties of biryanis in each part of the country, making it one of the most popular Indian dishes. Some of the most commonly available biryani dishes include the Kerala Malabar chicken biryani, Hyderabadi mutton biryani, etc.
6. Rogan Josh
Rogan Josh is boneless lamb curry that is cooked with Kashmiri red chilli which gives the dish its unique red colour. Cooked in yogurt and other Indian spices, this Kashmiri dish can be eaten with Indian bread and rice.
Chaat includes a lot of mouth-watering dishes which are bhel-puri, paani-puri, dahi-puri, sev puri, etc. While chaat is local to Mumbai, it is not restricted to the city. You can enjoy chaat in the streets of all the states.
8. Gulab Jamun
Gulab Jamun is a sweet dish made by deep-frying dry milk balls and then later adding them to caramelized sugar syrup. It is one of the most common Indian sweet-dishes served as dessert for almost all special occasions. One of the newest twists in this dish is savoring it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
9. Pav Bhaji
Traditionally a Maharashtrian dish, the pav bhaji has taken the fancy of people all over India today. The Pav (buttered Indian bread) is served with a thick bhaji (a gravy made with mixed vegetables and several Indian spices). To add to the taste, you can add chopped onions, a dash of lemon and some extra melted butter. Once you taste it, it would definitely enter your favourite food list.
Dhokla is prepared by steaming a batter made of fermented rice and chickpea flour. This traditional Gujrati breakfast dish is a little sweet and at the same time savory which has made it quite popular in different parts of the country as a snack. While it tastes yummy on its own, the dhania chutney definitely adds to its taste.
11. Chicken Curry
You will find different varieties of chicken curry depending on where you are in India. While the chicken curry of almost all places is delectable, you must not miss it in Kerala, Maharashtra, Mangalore and Goa.
12. Indian Breads
Indians have experimented a lot with the breads. Some of the breads that you can have with Indian gravies include naan, kulcha, tandoori roti, chapatti, roomali roti, etc. Each of these breads has different versions of them. You can eat them plain or with some kind of stuffing. While the naan and roti are the popular North Indian versions of Indian bread, South India too contributes different types of parottas. Be sure to get a taste of each one of these amazing Indian breads.
Majorly filled with potato, onion and green peas stuffing, the triangular shaped samosa is a favourite Indian tea time snack. Although this is the most common version of the samosa, other versions including dry samosa, sweet samosa, Chinese samosa, coconut Samosa, etc. are also slowly gaining popularity.
Prepared with fermented rice and served with the spicy Sambar, the idli-sambar combo is the most common breakfast dish made in most South Indian households. However, the popularity of this dish has made it a common dish in households across the country. What’s more is that it is extremely healthy! Do taste this simple, yet appetizing dish.
15. Gajar Ka Halwa
This is a dish made of carrot, milk and sugar and is usually enjoyed during the winter season. If you have a sweet tooth, you will definitely enjoy this desert which is seasoned with cardamom, kesar and dry fruits. It is also sometimes served with ice cream.
16. Chole Bature
If you enjoy spicy food, you would definitely love chole bature. The chole is a thick spicy curry which is served with huge deep-fried, fluffy bread. It is a common snack which is eaten for breakfast in the North of India.
17. Filter Coffee
Although you would find loads of cafes serving the different types of lattes and mochas, nothing can beat the South Indian filter coffee which is served in small tumbler and glass.
18. Dal Makhani
Dal Makhani is a type of lentil curry that is made with black dal. The thing that makes it unique is that the lentils are cooked overnight. Moreover, the richness comes from the fresh cream added at the end.
19. Jalebi and Rabdi
Jalebi is a spiral shaped sweet made by deep-frying flour and then dipped in hot-sugary syrup. While it tastes really good on its own, you must definitely try it with rabdi, a dish made with condensed milk and garnished with sugar, spices and nuts.
While this is not originally Indian, the Indians have given a great twist to the Indian cuisine which is extremely popular with most Indians. Be it the hakka noodles or triple schezwan rice or Gobi munchurian or chicken chilli, the Indo-Chinese is spicy and remarkably mouth-watering too.
21. Fish Curry
The fish curry of the coastal areas of the country is to die for. Be it Goa, Kerala or Bengal, do not miss the fish curry and rice of these places.
A wide range of pickles is what you will find in India. From mango to chillies to garlic to prawns, there are pickles for all kinds of likes and tastes available in this country.
23. Tandoori Chicken
The tandoori chicken is commonly served as starter in most restaurants and is a famous Indian food. It is cooked in very high temperature in the traditional tandoor after being marinated in yogurt and other Indian spices.
Kulfi is India’s answer to ice cream. Made by freezing sweetened flavoured milk, Kulfi is available in pista, malai and kesar flavours.
25. Ras Malai
Soft and creamy are what describe Ras Malai the best. Made from thickened saffron milk and paneer (cottage cheese), this is one of the best Indian sweet dishes. The Indian cuisine is not limited to these 25 Indian food dishes. There is the laddoo, the kati roll, paneer butter masala, etc., all of which can make you fall in love with the cuisine as well as the country