Every country has its specialty and similarly, India is popular for its rich culture of exotic spices and flavorful dishes. There are 100s and 1000s of food dishes in India that have been created for many years using scrumptious ingredients. Indian food has high popularity not only in India but also in many other countries. You might be in a doubt as to which dish to try out that will stay in your memory forever. Hence, we have brought you the top 7 popular Indian food dishes. These are appetizing and are made of the most unusual ingredients. All these dishes capture the true sense of the Indian culture.
North India is widely popular for its buttery dishes that are definitely recommended if you are having a busy day. One such North Indian dish is Butter chicken. The dish originates from a Delhi-based restaurant called Moti mahal. An interesting fact about this dish is, it was accidentally created by the chef Kundan Lal Gujral. It was made of leftover chicken and tomato gravy which made the perfect dish. The spices used in the dish are mild in taste and flavor and it is served with naan or rice. Vegetarians can substitute the meat with cottage cheese or soya chunks and it will taste absolutely delicious. The dish is served in many Indian restaurants and is on every Indian food lover’s menu list.
If you love rice, here is one of the most served dishes that are popular not only in the Indian subcontinent but in various other foreign countries as well. You might have already read by the title that we are talking about the super aromatic and flavorful biryani. Made from a variety of spices, this dish is prepared in different variations that can be devoured by both vegetarians as well as non-vegetarians.
For vegetarians, the biryani includes some of the fresh vegetables. These include vegetables like potato, tomato, onion, peas, and mixed with spices. It is then topped with some fried onion. For non-vegetarians, the dish consists of meat. The meat is marinated in spices and yogurt and cooked with some basmati rice. Later, it is garnished with fried onion as well as some fresh coriander. Biryani is served with some raita and can also be consumed with any Indian curry.
Let us now look at some street food also served as a snack in many parts of India. It is a fried triangle-shaped potato dumpling with an outer covering of thin pastry made of plain flour. The filling inside is filled with a potato mash mixture along with some more Indian spices and herbs. The dumpling is then deep-fried in oil and served with condiments like chutneys and chilies. The chutney is available in two types and are both sweet and spicy respectively. It is a special snack that is made in every Indian household. Also, it is served in more than half of Indian restaurants.
Another popular Indian street food consists of delicious and mouth-watering chaats. They provide a dimension of refreshing, cold, and tangy taste against the cliched notion of Indian food being only spicy. Chaats are available in many parts of the country and not to forget it is also devoured by various countries. The different delicacies of chaat include pani puri, dahi puri, bhel puri, sev puri, aloo tikki chaat, ragda, and the list will never end. These dishes consist of chutneys that are made using tamarind, jaggery, mint, chilies, and other such elements that add a tangy taste to the person’s mouth. After a busy day of work or on a lazy Sunday, relishing at least one of these food items can be the perfect plan for you.
Lentils are a part of every Indian household. When it is such a superlicious dish, no one can deny trying it at least once. Dal makhani is a famous North Indian dish prepared using black lentils and red kidney beans as the base ingredients. The other elements added to it are onion, tomato, garlic, ginger, spices, and a lot of cream and butter. Do not underestimate the quantity of cream and butter as people never shy away from adding more and more to dal makhani. It is then served with some hot naan or steamed rice. It is also accompanied by other condiments like onion, pickle, and papad.
Let’s now talk about a refreshing drink to cool down the spice level. It is our very own Lassi. Lassi is made of creamy yogurt and sugar with other spices like cardamom and saffron. It is also available in a savory version but people usually prefer a sweet glass of lassi. When you go and visit North India, lassi is generally served in a tall glass. By tall, we mean ‘very tall’. After a satisfying meal, lassi is the perfect beverage to call for the day.
We would like to end this list with a sweet dish from the sweetest state of the Indian subcontinent that is Bengal. Rasgullas are white round shaped balls made from khoya or cottage cheese. Then, they are dipped in a sugar syrup, popularly known as chashni. The chashni is made of water, sugar, cardamom, rose water, and saffron and is heated until it forms a consistency. These balls of heaven are then dipped in the chashni. Then, they are allowed to cool down. Rasgullas are generally consumed on special occasions and festivals.
The bottom line
In conclusion, Indian dishes are popular all over the world. Therefore, why not try them and experience the different flavors and taste that satisfies the taste buds. These Indian dishes satisfy the mind as well. We have listed out our favorite and top 7 popular Indian dishes which are easily available in any Indian restaurant. One such restaurant that provides the best Indian food in Singapore is Corriander leaf. The restaurant serves an authentic variety of Indian food. This variety is prepared by a team of expert chefs. It is served with love by the talented staff keeping in mind the various safety precautions to be taken.