Must Try Indian Cuisine/ Food in India

Delicious food is as valuable to the Indian culture as healthy food is to the human body. The cuisine of India is one of the most diverse cuisines with a whole lot of exciting variations and combinations. It is well known for the use of a variety of spices and flavors, vegetables, grains, and fruits, while religion and culture being the key determinants and influencers of the development of the Indian cuisine.

Indian food is a perfect blend of taste and nutrition. The pleasure that it provides to the taste buds is beyond words. Here is a list of the most popular Indian foods that you would regret not trying while you are in India.

Butter chicken:

butter chicken gravy

As surprising as it sounds, this dish was invented accidentally in the kitchen of Moti Mahal restaurant in Daryaganj, Delhi. Not an unpleasant accident, as it turns out because it has been one of the most famous dishes since then. Overnight marination of chicken with yogurt and a mixture of spices and then being cooked with a special butter sauce and tomato puree, give it a distinctive taste.

So, for all the non-veg people out there, this heavenly dish is a must try! And, which possibly could be a better place to try it other than where it was originally invented? So, the Moti Mahal restaurant is the go-to place in New Delhi.

Idli:

idli indian food

Said to be introduced to South India all the way from Indonesia, Idli is a well-known, inexpensive, light dish, fit for breakfast. It is a circular, fermented rice cake made from a batter of ground rice and lentils. It can be eaten just the way it is or by sprinkling some spices on top of it, or with all kinds of sauces and curries.

Brahmin’s Coffee Bar in Bangalore, Karnataka is one of the finest places to have a South Indian breakfast. What can be a better start to your day than being served with hot, moist Idli with a cup of coffee?

Rajma Chawal:

rajma chawal

Rajma Chawal is yet another delicious vegetarian dish favorite in Northern India. It has red kidney beans floating in a thick onion and tomato gravy with Indian spices. Although it is usually served with boiled chawal (rice), you may enjoy it with roti as well. Red kidney beans were brought to India from Mexico, which means that this dish is not Indian. However, the addition of unique Indian spices makes it completely different from the Mexican recipes.

Chache Di Hatti located in Kamla Nagar, New Delhi is believed to be the oldest place which serves the best Rajma chawal. You will surely be licking your fingers after eating it!

Dhokla:

Originated in the Western Indian state of Gujarat, dhokla is a vegetarian food item which is loved across the country due to its distinct flavor and nutritional value. It is made from fermented rice and chickpea batter, topped with a wide range of spices. Since it uses little to no oil, it is extremely healthy and low-calorie food. It can be eaten as a breakfast item, side dish or an evening snack.

The best place which serves warm and fresh dhoklas is Pooja Dhokla Shop in Gandhinagar district of Gujarat.

Rogan Josh:

Rogan josh is a commonly-eaten dish in India’s Kashmir region. It is a mouth-watering lamb dish which has its origin in Persia/ Kashmir, thus a signature food dish of Kashmiri cuisine. Lamb pieces are cooked in a gravy consisting of brown onions, yogurt, garlic, ginger, and a few aromatic spices, one of them being Kashmiri red chilies. Hence the red color of the dish. It has become a common dish in the Indian restaurants, where sometimes goat meat is used instead of lamb.

Gaylord restaurant in Mumbai is one place where you can have an unforgettable experience of eating the best Rogan josh.

Gulab Jamun:

Gulab jamun is a sweet item which originated in Persia, where it was called ‘Luqmat al qadi.’ It was introduced in India by the Mughals, and the recipe was modified a bit. These small sized, deep-fried balls of dried milk, simmered and boiled in sugar syrup are like little drops of heaven. It is the most popular and liked dessert dish in India.

Someone who hasn’t tried the succulent Gulab jamuns in India has not tried anything! One of the best places to do so is the Jhama sweets in Mumbai.

Shikanji:

Commonly known as the Indian lemonade, Shikanji is one of the most refreshing drinks in North India. It is a traditional lemonade made by mixing lime juice, ginger juice, water, and ice, with a pinch of salt, saffron and cumin.

You can enjoy this highly economical and refreshing lemonade at a restaurant named Jain Shikanji in Uttar Pradesh.

Masala Dosa:

Masala Dosa is a famous South Indian breakfast dish. Some people say it originated in the Tamil country, whereas others say it is from the Udupi town of present-day Karnataka. It is a thin, crispy bread similar to a pancake prepared from a fermented batter of rice and black gram. It is usually served with chutney or lentil sauce.

The masala dosa at the Vidyarthi Bhavan restaurant in Karnataka, Bangalore is to die! This place is one of the favorites, and you may have to wait for your turn as it is often packed with people since good things come to those who wait, don’t they?

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