I have traveled across the globe and one thing which I have found universally common is the love for Indian foods. If you are yearning for spicy and delicious food you have to look no further – as Indian foods are lip smacking and awesomely delicious. The unique feature of Indian cuisine is the enormous amount of variety to choose from – whether vegetarian or non-vegetarian dishes. So let us embark upon a journey and know some of the most popular Indian foods that you have to try before you die.
Masala Dosa is a popular food which originated in the southern part of India – in fact across the entire South East Asia you will find different varieties of Masala Dosa. Basically it is a fermented crepe which is made from the combination of rice batter and black lentils. This is a very common breakfast food rich in carbohydrates and it contains no sugar or saturated fats. Masala Dosa have a filling of spicy potato mixed with different vegetables. Some of the other versions of Dosa are – paneer dosa (goat cheese filling) and even mutton dosa (goat/beef filling). (Image Source)
This is my most favorite dish and is a well known delicacy in the northern part of India – especially in the state of Punjab and Delhi. Now let me warn you before hand – a channa bhatura is not for the health conscious people – as it is deep fried and served with a spicy curry. Generally it is served with curd to soothe its fiery taste! It is also one of the most popular street food of India. In North India you can find many stalls which serve piping hot channa bhatura throughout the day. The best season to enjoy this dish is cold winters when its spices will warm you up for the day. (Image Source)
Butter Chicken & Naan
I think in this list I am going to mention all my favorite and tummy fattening foods! But who cares for those extra calories when you are tasting a heavenly dish. It is also known as “murgh makhani” and has typically a roasted chicken cooked in thick tomato gravy and sprinkled with hot spices. There are many different varieties of Butter Chicken which are served. A Butter Chicken is usually served with naan, roti, paranthas or steamed rice – no matter what you prefer – the taste is simply awesome – and something which you will remember for long. (Image Source)
It is unofficially the burger of India and is one of the most loved street food. A vaada pav is simply deep fried spicy potato balls served with chutney and sandwiched between pavs (buns). Vaada Pavs are also known as “the poor man’s burger” as it is cheap but extremely delicious. This Indian food is very spicy so if your palate is sensitive – this beauty is not for you dude! Although a typical breakfast food item – the humble vaada pav is often relished throughout the day – and why not – it is cost effective – it fills your tummy and most importantly the taste is AWESOME! (Image Source)
There is a very famous saying “all good things in this world are fattening”! this is so true in case of Indian foods – so if you are a calorie conscious maniac – I will strongly suggest you to stop reading this article – as this particular Indian sweet is delicious and filled with a good number of calories – but then when you have a sweet tooth – who cares for the weighing scale! In India the Jalebi is the unofficial celebration sweet and you will find people distributing it on Republic and Independence day. The best way to have a piping hot Jalebi is with curd – however many people prefer milk also. (Image Source)
If you want to taste non-vegetarian heavenly food in one go – you must definitely try the famous Indian Tandoori Platter! the ingredients may vary – but basically it is a mix of oven baked non-vegetarian items like – chicken tikka masala, seekh kebab, shami kebab or tandoori chicken (my god I am already drooling at the thought of the Tandoori platter!). For the vegetarian people there is a veg version of the tandoori platter also – where paneer tikka masala or veg kebabs are being served. So if you ever want to indulge yourself in delicious spicy Indian food – you must go for the Tandoori platter. (Image Source)
Uttapam is another staple food which is very popular in the southern part of India. It is quite similar to Dosa in terms of having a batter for preparation – the only difference being is that where Dosa is crisp – the Uttapam is a thick pancake with tomato/onion toppings. To make the batter for Uttapam you will have to mix urad dal and rice in 1:3 ratio. Uttapam is often served with sambhar and coconut chutney. There are companies which provides instant mix for Uttapam so you don’t have to undergo the grinding process. So what are you waiting for? go check out your nearest restaurant serving these delicacies. (Image Source)
It will not be wrong to call Kulfi the Indian version of the ice cream – in fact it is much yummier and awesome than a typical ice cream. It is one of the most popular frozen diary dessert that is served across India. The process of making a kulfi is definitely time consuming – as you will have to first evaporate sweetened and flavoured milk through a slow cooking, with almost continuous stirring until its volume is almost half, this will thicken the milk and increase its density. A kulfi is traditionally served with “Falooda” which is a form of rice noodle. (Image Source)
I can stop smoking and even alcoholic drinks – but if there is one thing I cannot miss is the Biryani – I am simply in love with this Indian food. A biryani is a rice based dish which is spicy and have mutton/chicken/egg/vegetables. The name Biryani comes from a Persian word which means “roasted”. It originated in Turkey or Persia and since then the Muslim traders have spread it across the Asia Pacific and Middle East region. Generally a Biryani is served with masala curd or curry and salad. The process to cook a Biryani is very time consuming but worth every second in the taste. (Image Source)
If you are looking for a wholesome food with every taste possible for your palette – then an Indian Thali is what you should order. Now there are 1000 versions of Thali – but typically it consists of roti, rice, 2-3 gravy based dishes, 2-3 dry fried vegetables, salad, papad and some sweet dishes like Rasgula. A Thali has both the veg and non-veg variety – so it serves all kinds of customers. The best thing which I like about the Thali is that it is very fullfilling – in fact in most of the places you just have to pay a standard price and the items are unlimited – so cost effective too if you have a large apetitie. (Image Source)
I am 100% sure that after reading this article you all must be super hungry now – and why not – this list has some of the tastiest Indian foods that are mouth watering. Now to buy a lip smacking food you need to have cash – and an AWESOME easy way to do that is by joining the Reward Santa Community! The registration is absolutely free – just fill up surveys and start earning cash!. So don’t wait more and Join Today!