5 Most Popular Indian Dishes among Foreigners

What’s the first thought that strikes your mind the moment you hear about “India”? Most probably, you first think of the “Taj Mahal” and then about the famous Indian cuisine. India, the land of rich cultural heritage, is famous worldwide for its aromatic spicy cuisines. This incredible country, where language, customs, and traditions change every few hundred kilometers, is a land of some most exotic spices in the world. Not just this, here each state has its own unique recipes for dishes that have been passed down through generations. Be it North, South, East or West, each region has its own unique blend of spices, herbs, and other produce which reflects the geographical specialties, as well as distinct local preferences. Due to this diversity, Indian cuisine has an extraordinary variety of dishes to offers that are loaded with exemplary flavors, a twist of spices and irresistible sweets.

Today, Indian food has become one of the most popular cuisines around the world as millions of non-Indians take immense pleasure in the indulgence of authentic Indian cuisine. In fact, it’s due to the love for Indian dishes that hundreds of Indian restaurants are found in almost every country of the world. In western countries, like the USA and Europe, these Indian restaurants are visited not only by Indians but are equally admired by natives of these countries. From Punjab’s special sweet lassi to Hyderabad’s Biryani, people in the West love lavish curries and scrumptious Indian delicacies.

So, if you’re planning to visit India soon or thinking about dining at a famous Indian restaurant, here are some magical and delectable Indian dishes that foreigners love the most.


  1. Butter Chicken

If you want to taste the most lavish curry of India, you can’t miss Punjab’s special delicacy- “Butter Chicken”. This creamy, mouth-watering dish is prepared by marinating the chicken overnight in a mixture of yogurt and spices which is then cooked in an aromatic sauce of tomato puree and several other spices.

  1. Biryani

When it comes to tasting the royal Indian flavors, Biryani comes at the top of the list. This royal Indian recipe has many variants and is quite popular among foreigners. The classic Hyderabadi Biryani or traditional Lucknow Biryani both is a magical concoction of rice and chicken/meat. It’s a dish made with rice (usually Basmati) mixed with various spices, chicken, fish, eggs, or meat. For preparing authentic Hyderabadi Biryani, first chicken or mutton is marinated in curd, and then a sauce with spices is prepared which is layered on rice and then cooked slowly for hours.

  1. Dal Makhni

This Punjabi dish has become the most popular Indian food item among non-Indians. This protein-rich dish is prepared using Lentils/Dal-Red Kidney Beans and Whole Black Lentils, some flavorsome spices and is topped with full-fat cream. To prepare this creamy dish, first legume and lentils are cooked and then simmered in a base of tomato puree, onion, garlic, ginger, and spices.

  1. Palak Paneer

If you’re looking for something nutritious, as well as scrumptious, try Palak Paneer. This famous North Indian dish is prepared with two main ingredients- Spinach and Fresh Cottage cheese. It’s an excellent combination of two healthy ingredients where cottage cheese is cooked in spinach based thick gravy mixed with a variety of Indian spices and garnished with cream. The dish is usually served well with naan, rotis, or jeera rice.

  1. South Indian Food

The southern region of India has gifted some amazing flavors to the world. Of those flavors, the most famous globally is Idli/Dosa/Vada with Sambar. Usually served on breakfast, soft, steamed idlis are a healthy option and best for those who avoid spicy food. Dosa, on the other hand, is crisp outside with flavorsome filling inside. Both Idli and Dosa are served with coconut chutney and sambhar. Sambar is a stew of vegetables composed of lentils and sprinkled with tamarind.