Indian food is divine but it can be hard for you to order if you’re unfamiliar with the dishes. We are going to help you order the 10 best foods to try when in India.
1. Dal Tadka
The traditional dal is cooked with burnt charcoal to give it a rich smoky flavour. It involves a simple process of steaming the dal, seasoning and tempering it with spices such as ghee, garlic, cumin and vegetables. Packed with protein, it can be paired with most types of bread ranging from a simple Tawa roti to piping hot naan.
2. Butter Chicken
This is one of the most popular Indian foods that you must try if you’re a non-vegetarian. Originated in the Northern Indian state of Punjab, it’s made its way to restaurants across the globe. Chicken is cooked and added to a delicious tomato curry and goes well with both bread and rice.
If you visit India, don’t shy away from indulging in street food. Chaat is a broad term that has several dishes under its umbrella such as Samosa Chaat, Aloo Chaat, Pani Puri, Bhel Puri, etc.
Classic, hearty samosas are not to be missed. They differ in fillings, size and shape according to regions but are delicious no matter where you eat them at.
Featuring a crusty exterior that’s deep-fried, they’re filled with a variety of vegetables such as lentils, potatoes and even meat with seasoning. They’re served with spicy chutneys and sauce which compliments the samosa well.
5. Masala Chai
Next is not a food item but a beverage. One of the classic and traditional staples of India, Masala Chai is prepared using fresh tea leaves. Leaves are steeped in hot water and mixed with grated ginger, cardamom seeds and black pepper. This gives a hint of spiciness. Following the brewing process, milk is added and is often served with snacks.
6. Tandoori Chicken
Pieces of chicken are marinated for a few hours in a tandoori masala and yoghurt mix. It’s then baked in a tandoor until crisp and is served with sliced onions and lemon wedges.
7. Matar Paneer
The main ingredients of this dish are peas and cottage cheese. It’s a flavorful dish that’s made in tomato gravy with a blend of ground spices. You can eat it with anything ranging from roti and naan to plain rice and biryani.
Originated in Gujarat, Dhoklas are made using a fermented batter that’s made of rice and split chickpeas. They can literally be earthen for any course from breakfast and snacks to the main course!
Soft, fluffy dhoklas are served with sweet tamarind chutney and spicy mint chutney.
9. Vada Pav
A deep-fried potato fritter is placed between two pieces of bread i.e. the pav. Onion slices and spicy mint chutney is added between the slices to add more flavour. It almost looks like a burger (but trust me, tastes even better!)
If you can handle the spice, eat them with fried green chillies for an instant burst of flavour.
10. Rogan Josh
Originated in Kashmir, Rogan Josh has Mulsim influences. It’s a meat curry that features lumps of red meat such as goat or lamb. They are flavoured by Kashmiri chillies and alkanet roots or flowers.
There you have it, Top 10 Foods to Try When Visiting India. All of the dishes will definitely have you wanting more. Have you tried any of these dishes before? Which ones do you want to try now? Tell us in the comments section below!
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Shristi Patni is a content writer and owner of F and B Recipes. She enjoys writing about Intuitive Counseling and Spiritual Mind Treatment. Formerly the Chief Content Officer at Raletta, she is currently working on her second cookbook.
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