Food is the spice of life, and sometimes there is nothing better than enjoying a hearty meal to wash away any worries. One can relish in the taste and aroma of some authentic Indian flavours which will leave one wanting for more!
Here is a list of 20 amazing traditional foods in India:
1. Indian Chaats Chaat is considered to be one of the primary street foods in India, and one will surely find many chaat vendors on every street of the country. These snacks include kachori, pani puri, bhel puri, dahi chaat, masala puri, and many more distinct variations in the same. These snacks are perfect for a quick and delicious grab for any time of the day, and we are sure that one will be left lip-smacking after indulging in these yummy treats.
Samosa is another traditional dish which has originated from the North part of India and is a fantastic delicacy which is relished all over the country. Samosas are delicious and tempting, and one cannot get enough of these. They are freshly prepared using a wide variety of ingredients. The main part being potatoes which are accompanied by cumin seeds, turmeric powder, coriander leaves, gram masala and cardamom seeds to oomph up the flavour of the dish.
3. Rogan Josh Rogan Josh is a signature and traditional dish of Kashmir which is robust with lamb comprising the main dish. The fantastic blend of flavours is created by combining many different chillies and spices, rendering a perfect combination of authentic North Indian flavours to relish.
4. Biryani Biryani has become a beautiful addition to the Indian cuisine arriving with the advent of the Mughals, and it is still here to stay. This traditional food makes for a perfect meal all by itself and is a favourite among rice lovers who love meat. Adding some authentic spices which gives it a rich flavour and keeps one coming back for more!
5. Dhokla Dhokla is an authentic snack which has originated from the state of Gujarat. This traditional food item is prepared out of gram flour and chana dal. Plus it is a reasonably easy recipe which can be prepared quickly within half an hour. Dhokla coupled with some chilli paste and chutney makes for the perfect snack to enjoy with friends over gossiping sessions.
6. Butter Chicken Murg Makhani or most commonly known as butter chicken, is one of the most popular among traditional Indian foods. It is a popular order in restaurants outside India as well. The dish will fill up the air with its aroma and leave one with a fantastic burst of flavours which will keep one coming back for more and more!
7. Vada Pav Vada Pav is a simple yet utterly delicious snack which is popularly found in many streets of Maharashtra. It is inexpensive and makes for a quick grab to quench the hunger pangs in the evening. Vada pav is a vegetarian dish which constitutes potato patty, spices, in bread (pav) served with some spicy chutney on the side.
8. Dosa Dosa is a traditional dish which has its origin in the southern part of India. In different parts of the country, one will find many variations made to the filling in the dosas, ranging from potatoes, diced vegetables and the craziest combination being noodles. Enjoy the dosas with some freshly brewed sambhar and crushed coconut paste for the best taste of the vibrant South Indian flavours.
9. Idli Idli is one of the most famous and preferred snacks to enjoy at any time of the day. There is no end to how many of these light and delicious rice cakes that one can pop in at a single time. Relish the dish with some freshly prepared ground coconut chutney and a hot steaming bowl of sambhar.
10. Naan Naan is a puffy flatbread and can be enjoyed with any of the traditional Indian dishes like tandoori chicken, paneer masala and different kinds of kebabs. Naan is typically served hot brushed with ghee or butter. However, along with that, one will also find some other varieties of naan such as garlic naan or cheese naan. An Indian meal is incomplete with naan on the side.
11. Pakoras and Bhajjis Pakora is a crunchy treaty which is entirely vegan, and one will find it is prepared in almost every Indian household or street corner. Dipping vegetables make this traditional Indian food in gram flour and water batter and then frying it in vegetable oil. Mix it up with some ketchup or chutney, and it makes for a perfect snack to enjoy, especially on a rainy day.
12. Makki di Roti and Sarson da Saag Makki di Roti and Sarson da Saag make for the staple food in North India especially in the state of Punjab. This traditional Indian dish may not look very enticing at first, but it has an authentic flavour to it, and it is rich in nutritive value. Accompany it with a glass of lassi and one has the perfect combination for a healthy and fulfilling lunch.
13. Beef Roast and Parotta A beef roast is a famous traditional Indian dish which has originated from the beautiful southern state of Kerala. A beef roast can be savoured with some delicious parotta which makes it a delight for every meat eater.
14. Smoked Pork Smoked pork is a traditional food in India originating from Nagaland in the northeast part of the country. The dish incorporates many intriguing elements like bamboo plants and raja Mirchi, which is one of the hottest chillies in the world and is usually consumed with freshly cooked rice.
15. Chole Masala
Chole masala is a spiced, curried chickpea dish which are enjoyed with rice, roti, puri, bhature, kulchas, and pulaos. Chole masala makes for a meal which is enjoyed by vegans who love spicy food.
16. Rasgulla Rasgulla is one of the famous traditional dishes of India which has its roots in West Bengal. The texture is soft and spongy, with a burst of sweetness making it a favourite among many people all over the country.
17. Gulab Jamun Gulab Jamun is small balls of dried milk which are slowly cooked and boiled with sugar. These tasty treats are perfect for dessert after one has enjoyed a delicious meal. The syrup is unbelievingly sweet and works right through the dough, making it ridiculously addictive.
18. Seekh Kebab
19. Jalebi: Jalebi is a sweet dish which is wheat flour batter fried in coil shape and soaked in sugar syrup which is served hot. It is a perfect dessert if one is looking for something warm and sweet.
20. Fish Curry: The fish curry is an authentic and traditional Indian food which is popular in Goa as well as in the southern part of India. The curry comes alive with its delicious flavours marinated with onions, coconut, garlic and chilly all cooked to give a burst of flavour which is hot, sour and tasty.
There is nothing better than catching up with your loved ones over some traditional Indian foods. Well then, step out and indulge in some of these utterly delicious treats.