Types of Indian Food You Must Try


Indian food is all about varieties. Whenever someone visits India, they will observe a thing called diversity. Every region has its specialty that differs from each other. Be it dance, music, clothes, lifestyle, or food one would experience something different and unique. Focusing on the food we have the special dosa from South India. Also, the sweet rasgulla from the Western region of India. Anyone would get confused as to what dish belongs to what region. Hence, we have created a list of types of Indian food from all the different parts of the Indian subcontinent that you should try at least once.

North Indian food 

The first region is the Northern part of the Indian subcontinent widely popular for its serene environment and congenial food that touches the soul. In addition, the dishes vary from spicy to savory to sweet. Also, they have a unique flavor and taste every time one takes a bit of any North Indian food. There are different types of curries, rice, beverages, chaats, and sweet dishes that are easy to make and also part of every Indian menu. Some of the famous dishes consist of butter chicken, paneer tikka, dal makhani, naan, gulab jamun, and many more. One dish that completes every meal is the super creamy and sweet lassi. It is devoured as a staple diet in the North Indian region. One can try one recipe from each section and we bet you would want to try them out again.

South Indian food

South Indian cuisine consists of two ingredients that are a part of every dish and that is coconut and curry leaves. It is considered to be super healthy as it does not involve many spices and oil. In addition, every dish is prepared most authentically with minimal ingredients and preparation time. The dishes include dosas, idlis, uttapam, sambar, medu vada, murukku, unniappam, pongal, and more such dishes that satisfy the taste buds. One would definitely have a terrific gastronomic experience with such a wide variety of dishes and flavors. So try out a few of them by cooking with the help of the internet. Else, you can simply order it from an authentic Indian restaurant and have a great experience.

East Indian food

Your breakfast, lunch, evening snack, and dinner is sorted with the traditional and authentic East Indian cuisine. The states like West Bengal, Sikkim, Orissa, Bihar, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Manipur, Nagaland, Mizoram, Tripura, and Assam are included in the Eastern region of the Indian subcontinent. Whether it is Bengal’s sweets or Sikkim’s momos, it is not just popular in India but also loved by everyone overseas. It includes ingredients and spices called the paanch phoran (five spices) and this mix is used in almost every cuisine no matter what the dish is. Hence, these eclectic flavors bring a punch of taste to soups and curries and are unbeatable. The list of East Indian food consists of-

  • Litti chokha
  • Macher jhol
  • Rasgulla
  • Dalma
  • Assamese fish curry 
  • Momos
  • Thukpa and many more

West Indian food

West Indian states consist of regions like Rajasthan, Goa, Maharashtra, and Gujarat. Every state has its own variety of recipes that are easy to cook and devoured by people of all ages. The climate of different regions varies a lot. Hence, the use of spices also varies considering the heat in some regions and the cold in others. Some of the regions consist of dishes like puran poli, vada pav, goan fish curry, dhokla, shrikhand, ghewar, laal maas that are popular not only in the country but also in different countries around the world. The flavor is unique and the aroma attracts every foodie towards the cuisine

 One would definitely like the sweet dishes from Gujarat, spicy dishes from Rajasthan, and savory dishes from Maharashtra. We would recommend you to try all of them without any hesitation or worry that the dish may be spicy as the spice level can be controlled whether you cook the dish at home or order it from a restaurant. One thing that we assure you is that you will never regret having any of these food items.

Spices and Herbs 

The spices and herbs in different regions vary a lot. Hence, it is really important to add them to every Indian dish to make it authentic, aromatic, and flavorful. Without these spices, the dish would taste bland and normal. Every dish should have the 7 essential spices that include- 

  • Cumin 
  • Clove 
  • Cinnamon 
  • Turmeric 
  • Cardamom 
  • Coriander seeds 
  • Fenugreek 

These spices are not only useful for culinary purposes but can also be used for a variety of medicinal purposes. These medicinal purposes have been in existence for years. One has to ensure that they understand the use of each one of these spices. Hence, it is advisable not to use it without knowing the features and flavors. For instance, using an excess amount of fenugreek will make the dish very strong in flavor and spicy in taste. So one has to use it wisely according to the measurements.

The Bottom Line 

In conclusion, every region has something unique and special that one cannot experience anywhere else. Also trying out authentic Indian food for the first time would give you an idea about the extremely variant flavors. Hence, we would recommend you to go for something that is more traditional. Another important point to keep in mind is to use the right amount of ingredients if you are cooking any of these dishes for the first time. Once you are habitual to the recipes, cooking becomes simpler. But if you want to try it at a restaurant rather than cooking it at home we recommend you to go for an Indian restaurant that is authentic and unique. 

At Corriander Leaf which is a popular Indian restaurant, one would get the best quality dishes and the most authentic services for both dine-in customers as well as takeaway customers. Their hospitality is unmatched. Read more about some amazing Indian dishes that you must try.