Missing out on these dishes will render your Mission India tasteless
“Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are.” –Anthelme Brillat-Savarin
If there is one thing in the world that does not require any introduction, it is food. The primary purpose of food is mistaken for keeping us alive, however, reality is that food must impart pleasure to the senses along with catering the energy requirements of the body.
The best thing about food is the variety it comes in (of course, right?) Different regions of the world offer different dishes that are bound to amaze you and India is one of them.
Indian spicy and appetizing foods enjoy a wide-spread recognition all around the world. People who have been to India know the love of Indian people for food. India is the second most populous country in the world with a lot of diversity in language, culture and food.
If you are planning to visit India, we have prepared a list of trademark Indian cuisines for you to make sure you do not miss out on any of these.
Feeling hungry already? Prepare yourself to be more and bon appétit.
What else than Hyderabadi Biryani?
Biryani is a lip-smacking rice dish that is made differently in different regions. However, the Hayderabadi biryani is in a league of its own. Hayderabad is known as the Pearl City of India. It has been a Royal city in the past, therefore, its reference to tasty dishes is quite predictable.
Biryani’s recipe is a combination of Mughal and Iranian cookery. The ingredients that are used in making this delicious food are Basmati Rice, chicken or lamb, yogurt, saffron and a number of spices. Therefore, devouring it, belching it and ordering for another plate would be the best strategy at your disposal.
Smoky Tandoori Chicken
Attention please chicken lovers! This one is for you. If you think you have tasted a better chicken barbecue recipe without tasting tandoori chicken, well you must be living a in a fool’s paradise. Because it is very unlikely to find someone who is not in love with tandoori chicken.
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Served with basmati rice and stirred with turmeric and you are good to go. You will not get chip on your shoulder once you taste this delicious recipe. So, if you haven’t already tasted it, go for it you will see an addition in the list of your favourite foods.
Creamy Palak Paneer
If you are a vegetarian and looking for some delicious vegetarian recipe, well your wait is over. Palak Paneer is here to satisfy your taste buds and feed your hunger to its full. There is no controversy in the fact that most looked for recipe at Indian restaurants is palak paneer. This is a simple recipe made from spinach and cottage cheese but the taste it provides is out of this world.
Foreigners usually refer to this finger-licking good dish as “the green one”, thanks to the green colour due to large proportions of spinach. Gulp it with the wheat flour flat-bread to put the cherry on the top.
Flavourful Roghan Josh
Roghan josh is one of the dishes introduced by the Kashmiri cuisine to the other parts of subcontinent. The ingredients of this dish are stewed lamb chunks, yogurt, garlic, ginger and aromatic spices dipped in gravy.
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You will not be able to resist it after casting a glance at the vibrant red colour that is rendered by generous quantity Kashmiri chillies. Westerners love this dish for its mild yet spicy taste. And if you are a lamb lover, this dish must make it to your list.
Imperial dish; Shahi Daal
Daal is a term that is used in India to refer to dried, split pulses, lentils, peas, and beans. The diverse nature of Indian foods allow each and every ingredient to exhibit its taste to the fullest and lentils are no exception. Thus, for lentils lovers, Shaahi daal is not less than a gift from God.
High in protein and other nutritional benefits, Shaahi daal is a mixture of five different lentils. It is one of the trademark foods of India. Tampering it with pure ghee doubles the taste and serving it with pickle, roti or boil rice will take things to next level.
Instant solution; Masala Dosa
Dosa is an instant food which can save you a lot of time if you are in a rush. In addition to that, you can eat it in breakfast, lunch, dinner or with tea. It is basically made from rice and beans smothered in butter, stuffed with urad dal and potato and is served with chutney.
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Best thing about dosa is that it is abundantly available in roadside hotels, which means you can roam around the streets of India without getting worried about hunger pangs. Thanks to its nutritional qualities, dosa is a healthy alternative of meals, specially breakfast.
The panipuri are also called golgappa and is one of the spiciest foods of India. From children to elderly people, all are seem to be fond of panipuris. As a foreigner, it will be a bit difficult for you to put the whole panipuri in your mouth initially. But don’t worry, soon as you taste one you will be eager to eat them all.
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This most famous street snack is a made as a round crispy puri, stuffed with mashed potatoes chickpeas and served with tamarind water. Golgappas are favourites not only in India but also the whole of south Asia. Hence, do not think twice whenever your eyes stop on a Golgappa vendor and do not miss the chance to go through all the feelings of sweet n sour, spicy n tangy at the same time, that too in a very cheap price.
What about making things a bit sweeter now? Finishing a delicious meal with a sweet dish is never a bad idea anyway. The diverse Indian Cuisine range will not disappoint you in this regard either. Rasmalai rasgulla is the dessert of Indian cuisine commonly found on every sweet stall in the country and also prepared in homes on special occasions.
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It is basically a sugary white cream based sweet dish made of clotted cream and flavoured spherical balls of paneer. Skipping this dish will mean your checklist remains unchecked.
About The Author: This article has been written by William John. He is from UK and works for a cargo to India from UK Company, Parcels to India. He is himself fond of trying new cuisines and in his line or work he has had a chance to visit India a lot. Bonus travel tip, if you are travelling to India and have a lot of luggage, you can avoid paying excessive airline charges by using excess baggage services of a freight company.