rich and creamy gravy with paneer in it, seasoned with mint leaves


The food lives at the heart of every individual. Be it any day, one thing that we can never miss out on is food. And if it is delicious, that is just the icing on the cake. All the dishes have got so many varieties that choosing the perfect dish for a perfect day can be tough. But don’t worry as we are here to help you to select the right menu for a perfect dinner party.

A cuisine that is popular all over the world is Indian cuisine and a part of it is North Indian food. The rich and creamy gravy with beautifully marinated veggies or meat makes North Indian dishes an absolute favorite. It has a big list that is never-ending. But we need to choose the best dishes that can be served as an ultimate meal for our loved ones. Hence, we have assorted the best North Indian dishes that are quite popular and mouth-watering.

Paneer Tikka

The first dish is served as an appetizer or starters in most Indian restaurants. It is an extremely famous dish in North India. We are talking about the delicious and palatable paneer tikka. It is made with fresh cottage cheese or paneer and marinated with Indian spices. This dish is a perfect dish for people who love tangy and spicy food. The paneer along with some veggies is marinated with spices and placed in a tandoor or oven to give it a smoky flavor and is served with some green mint chutney or sauce.

Butter Chicken

After some luscious starter, next comes the main course which generally involves a lot of elements. One such element is the gravy and for that, we present to you our favorite,butter chicken. Imagine eating some juicy and tender chicken marinated with Indian spices and mixed in a thick and creamy tomato gravy. Sounds heavenly right? That is precisely what this dish is all about. The gravy is made of tomato, onion, cashews, ginger, garlic, and a hodgepodge of spices and herbs. It is then mixed with some chicken and topped with loads of butter, cream, and coriander. Also, the gravy is sweet so you can combine it with some naan or rice with pickle, papad, or salad.

Rogan Josh

If you are not a sweet gravy lover or feel that your guest might want to eat something spicy. A great option for the same would be rogan josh which is a Kashmiri dish. It is a meat-based curry made of meat, tomato, onion, Kashmiri chilies as the primary ingredients. It is then mixed with spices like ginger, garlic, and herbs. The dish is best suited with some roti or rice along with side dishes like onion, pickle, and papad.

classic north indian food like roti, paneer, dal

Dal Tadka

Another dish that is a part of the main course is the delicious dal tadka. It is a popular dish served in almost all the regions of the Indian subcontinent. Made with different types of lentils such as pigeon peas, legumes, mung beans. More such variety, this dish is a perfect addition to your dinner or lunch meal. The word tadka means tempering which is topped on the cooked dal to enhance its flavor and taste. It consists of ingredients like mustard seeds, cumin seeds, chilies, curry leaves, and asafoetida or hing. It can be served as the main dish and can be eaten with naan or rice.


To eat the above dishes, you might need bread. You can go for naan or roti, but a different version to that would be some hot plain parathas. It is a thick flatbread that has layers of dough and is stuffed with veggies like potato, cauliflower, or peas. It can also be made without any stuffing and would taste delicious when served with any type of Indian curry. Just top it with some ghee (clarified butter) and you are good to go.

Jeera Rice

The next dish that can be either substituted with the loaves of bread or served after consuming them is rice. Indian restaurants generally use basmati rice which has a strong and flavorful aroma and is used in many dishes. An extra ingredient added to it is the cumin seeds which enhance the flavor of the rice. You can eat it with any kind of gravy or dal and it will be absolutely delightful.

Gulab Jamun

To end the meal, we need some dessert and what better way than having some sweet gulab jamuns. They are round balls made with cottage cheese or mawa and fried until they turn brown. The balls are then dipped in a sugar syrup known as chashni which is made of sugar, water, and cardamom.


The last dish is a beverage which can be had to digest all the yummy food you have had until now. It is a sweet lassi which is made of yogurt and sugar as the base ingredients. It also has other spices and nuts.

The bottom line

In conclusion, plan the best meal by including these dishes to your menu. Don’t forget to have a great night filled with love and delicious food. You can either cook these dishes by looking for recipes on the internet or order them from a restaurant. If you are a beginner in cooking and do not have much idea about Indian cuisine, we would recommend you to order from an Indian restaurant. 

One such Indian restaurant is Corriander leaf that was established in 2001 and has been working successfully since then. They provide authentic and traditional Indian food with the best quality services. One may definitely love the ambiance of this restaurant and experience homely Indian cuisine in Singapore. The staff will ensure that you are provided with quality service. Also, the team of expert chefs will provide you with good food, and well that’s a win-win situation. The Indian culture is extremely rich. Read more about staple food of North Indians and get to know more about the Indian culture.

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