India is well renowned over the world for its delicacies. The perfect balance of spices and those aromatic fragrances makes Indian food really drool-worthy.
Traditional Indian food always had all the dishes made from scratch with fresh ingredients and no preservatives. Every cooking process was designed in a way that the vegetables don’t lose their nutritional benefits and one could enjoy great health with the authentic taste of the dish.
Over the years, the same sense of cooking has continued offering a sufficient amount of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, and fibers required for a balanced diet and great mix of spices that have medicinal and healing properties.
Indian cuisine is one of its kinds and has found its way into the hearts and stomachs of people all around the world. Over the years, it has marked a prominent place in the minds of people across the United States and Canada. Since many Indians have migrated to these countries, you will see ample of Indian restaurants in these regions serving bread and warm curries and using yogurt and cream for preparing various non-vegetarian dishes.
Let us explore the list of Indian dishes that you must try at least once in your lifetime –
This spicy fast food hails from the state of Maharashtra in India. It is so famous that you will find it in every hook and corner of the country. ‘Paav’ means buttered bread and ‘Bhaaji’ is a mixture of fresh vegetable ground and cooked into a thick curry.
It is served with chopped onions dashed with some lemon juice making it an ideal choice for breakfast and early evening snacks.
This dish hails from the Southern part of India and is savored by people everywhere. Idli is basically the fermented rice cake and Sambar is a vegetable stew. This dish is traditionally served with coconut chutney on a banana leaf.
It is prepared by people for breakfasts and is really an expensive meal for anyone to afford.
Who cannot know the famous Hyderabadi Biryani – a dish made from basmati rice, chicken, yogurt, onions, saffron, and flavorsome spices. It is cooked in terracotta pots that are sealed with dough and later served with cold raita (a type of condiment).
The best part about this dish is that it can have multiple variations i.e. using vegetables for vegetarians and chunks of meat for the non-vegetarian food lovers.
It comprises of fresh spinach (Paalak) boiled in water, ground and cooked with ginger, garlic, green chili and onion to form a thick gravy. And then, adding some cottage cheese (Paneer) which is also boiled in a water pot or shallow fried in a pan for a few minutes.
It is served as a main course meal with Butter Roti or Naan (Indian bread) and is very addictive and filling.
This black lentil soup is the signature dish of Punjab which is cooked with butter, cream, and savory spice mixture. However, it is unlike other soups and stews because of its thick consistency. It tastes best with parantha or rice and vinegar onions.
It is served in every Indian restaurant, whether big or small and stimulates the taste buds of all foodies out there.
How can we forget Tandoori Chicken – one of the most famous non-vegetarian dishes to die for. Pieces of chicken are marinated in yogurt and strong spices and then cooked in a tandoor (round clay oven) at a high temperature making it more delicious.
It is more and less like a barbecued chicken that develops orange hue after cooking completely. The smoky flavor of the dish is well-complimented with mayonnaise or mint chutney.