India is a land of innumerable cultures which gives birth to a number of traditions. All these traditions and beliefs collectively affect the preparation dishes region – wise. Each state and even each district in India has its own cuisine and a signature dish. The Indian food menu consists of bursting flavours of fragrant spices and a unique blend of locally produced fresh ingredients. From the northern region to the southern region of India each dish has its own authenticity and feel to it. From Bengali, north eastern and Mughlai to South Indian and Gujarati, each preparation of dish is extremely distinct from each other.
Here are the top 10 cuisines of India which you must try:
This mixed and flavourful rice dish finds its origin among the muslim population of the Indian subcontinent. This delectable cuisine is created by utilizing the use of some of the most fragrant spices, rice and other herbs which gives a delicious punch to the whole dish. People have the option of either putting their choice of meat (like mutton, chicken or prawns) or an assortment of vegetables (like carrots, cauliflower and mushrooms). To garnish this boiled eggs are also included in the dish.
This famous Gujarati dish is not only a favourite in the state of Gujarat but has been admired and accepted by foodies from all across the subcontinent. This classic vegetarian food item is created using split chickpeas and a fermented batter which is then laced in delicious and flavorful spices like asafetida (hing), coriander, ginger and mustard seeds. This dish is generally eaten in the form of a healthy breakfast meal or as an evening snack and is consumed along with green and red chutney.
This is a staple food item in the southern region of India but has been widely accepted throughout the subcontinent. Packed with the goodness of flavourful traditional stuffing of mashed and spiced potatoes and covered with crispy lentil or rice covering, this authentic south Indian cuisine is served with coconut chutney, red chutney and a flavor packed sambhar. This dish can be taken as a form of breakfast or a main course. Either way Masala dosa is one of the most sought after dishes in India currently.
This chicken dish is one of the most loved non vegetarian preparations especially in the northern part of India. literally meaning Barbecue chicken, this dish is served primarily as an appetiser and is presented with freshly cut onion rings, green chutney and sometimes raita for some delicious kick of flavor. This dish requires marinating of chicken in spices like turmeric, red chilli powder, curd, tandoori masala and other fragrant spices. After marinating for preferably overnight the succulent chicken pieces are then barbecued over an open flame giving it an extra hint of flavor.
This fish curry dish is a traditional Bengali and odia stew where each bite contains a burst of flavors. Seasoned liberally with onions, garlic, turmeric and ginger, complete with tomatoes which give the entire preparation a reddish hue and potatoes which are used as a thickening agent, this dish is the most loved cuisine for Bengalis. You can choose from the available selection of fishes like Catla, Hilsa or Rohu for the preparation of this dish. Experience the magical flavours of Bengal and Odisha.
Having being originated in the eastern part of Tibet, thukpa has found its way among one of the most loved and savoured North Eastern cuisines. Thukpa is basically a flavor packed and extremely healthy noodle soup which is a beautiful blend of different ingredients which are used in its preparation like – chilli powder, coriander powder and other spicy masalas. You have the option of customizing the ingredients and contents of the soup as per your liking (vegetarian or non vegetarian) and for this reason this north eastern cuisine has received a lot of attention, especially from the people living on the hills.
Originated in Kashmir and made popular during the reign of Mughal empire, Rogan josh is a delectable mutton curry dish. During the preparation this dish people employ the usage of large and juicy meat chunks which is cooked along with yogurt, a hoard of fragrant spices and herbs that are crushed together among other exotic, flavorful and fragrant spices. However the hero of the dish still remains the authentic dried, de seeded, red chillies which gives the entire dish a power and unique kick of flavors. This dish is consumed as a part of the main course during lunch or dinner along with some butter naan or white steamed rice.
This branch of meatball is only found in the Indian subcontinent where the entire dish is customised according to the local ingredients found in the region. The simplest kofta form is made up of ground meat (keema) which is later mixed with a number of fragrant and delicious herbs and spices. Sometimes while simmering down its gravy people also add white eggs to give it some more depth of flavor. This dish is readily available in numerous restaurants and is prepared in almost every Indian household on a daily basis. The flavorful curry goes perfectly with either hot, steaming rotis, naan or with jeera rice.
This is one of the most loved paneer dishes in India which is made up of some of the most fragrant available spices and herbs along with juicy tomatoes and cashews which forms the base of shahi gravy. Cubes of paneer are dunked inside an extremely flavor packed yellowish curry which is extremely flavorful and lip smacking. This dish goes well with a side of steaming hot rotis or steaming white rice. There a several shahi paneer masalas available in the market which enhances the overall flavor of the dish and is used frequently during its preparation.
Chicken tikka masala
This has to be the unparalleled winner in the best Indian dishes list. Chicken tikka masala boasts of loud flavours like yogurt, coconut, cream and tomatoes which cuts through the simple flavors of herbs and spices seasoning. In this case proper marinating of the boneless chicken is vital since the resultant chicken dish needs to be packed with flavors. Crispy, reddish chicken on the outside and juicy flavoursome chicken from the inside makes chicken tikka masala one of the most sought after chicken dishes of India.