India is a land with culture linked with cuisine. Every religion, region, and community has a distinctive style of dishes and cooking methodology. This is why Indian cuisine is one of the most diverse and interesting ones that you can find.
Here is a list of the top 20 dishes India that you should try while visiting India.
1. Madra & Bhature, Himachal Pradesh
Himachal Pradesh has numerous cuisines and the best of all is Pachadi cuisine. One of the top dishes of this cuisine is Madra. Madra is usually cooked in the winter season, using charcoal fire. Chickpeas are slow-cooked with almonds, sultana, coconut, and yogurt. food in india The dish is creamy and spicy. It is usually served with chapatti or rice.
Madra, Himachal Pradesh
You can find variants of bhature famous throughout northern India. The version of Himachal Pradesh is more traditional and tasty. The dish is a chickpea pancake, which is deep-fried in oil and served with a side of spicy curry made with vegetables or meat. The dish is served with a glass of lassi chilled and spiked with cardamom.
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2. Irachi Ishtu, Kerala
The term ‘Ishtu’ was derived from ‘stew’. This is lazy but comfort food. Ishtu is made with meat or potato. The best of all is the one made with chicken. The stew primarily contains coconut milk spiked with cardamom, cinnamon, and cloves.The meat is cooked in coconut milk and served hot. Ishtu with appam is one of the iconic dishes of Kerala state. Ishtu is not very spicy and thus, it is one of the best dishes for foreigners to try.
Irachi Ishtu, Kerala
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3. Makki Roti With Sarson Saag, Punjab
Choose any Punjabi cookbook and you will find this dish. This is a delicacy, which is usually cooked between November and February. The roti is made with corn meal and generous amount of ghee.
The saron saag is a curry made with mustard greens cooked in butter and cumin. A complete meal will have a green salad and a thick buttermilk on the side. The flavor of the corn meal roti will complement the strong taste of saag.
Makki Roti With Sarson Saag
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4. Daab Chingri, West Bengal
King-sized prawns are quite common in West Bengal. This dish has a complex cooking methodology. The prawns are cooked inside a tender coconut until the prawn absorbs the flavour of the coconut. Later, the prawn is cooked with cream, coconut, mustard seeds, turmeric foes, and others.
Just like any other Bengali dish, this is also cooked in mustard oil. The pungent smell of mustard oil adds a highlight to the combination of spices used. The dish has a soupy consistency and is served with rice.
Daab Chingri West Bengal
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5. Pork And Dried Bamboo Strips, Nagaland
North-east Indians have a naga culture of incorporating bamboo into their traditional dishes. This is one such dish. A bit of warning before you try this dish – this dish is very spicy and flavored. This exotic dish uses Naga pork and tender bamboo shoots.
The pork pieces are cooked slowly with herbs and chili. A lot of ginger is added in this dish. It is cooked with bamboo to infuse the meat with the flavour of the shoot. The dish is served with boiled rice with a side of pickled onion.
Pork And Dried Bamboo Strips
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6. Thalipeeth, Maharashtra
This dish is a fiber-rich healthy
option to try. This is a very famous
breakfast items in this region. The food in india dough for this pancake is made with
roasted chickpea flour, black gram flour, wheat, millet, and rice. This
multi-grain dough is poured like a crepe.
The distinct flavour of this pancake comes from cumin, onion, coriander leaves and seeds. Usually, the dish is served with buffalo cream on the side.
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7. Masor Tenga , Assam
This is a traditional fish curry, with a fusion of Bengal and Assam cuisine. The fish is cooked until tender with baby tomatoes and lemons. The dish is spiked with dried mangosteen to give a distinct flavour. Onion and garlic are added in generous to this dish and is serve with rice with a side of sweet coconut gravy or chutney.
Masor Tenga, Assam
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8. Rogan Josh, Kashmir
According to historians, this dish came down to India from Persia. This exotic dish is usually made with tender lamb. The meat, which is marinated with a long list of spices, is cooked very slowly over fire from charcoal.
Later, the meat is cooked with a creamy mixture of ground almonds and sultanas. The dish is served with roti or rice. Some add saffron to bring out an interesting color to the dish.
Rogan Josh, Kashmir
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9. Biryani, Hyderabad
This dish is quite famous around the country. Each region makes it a different style. Hyderabadi biriyani, dum biriyani, Lucknow Biriyani, and Calcutta Biriyani are quite famous.
In general, biriyani is a dish where rice is cooked along with the meat and numerous spices. The assortment of spices used by each community is different. The dish is served hot with raita (curd with onion and chili) and boiled egg.
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10. Malai Kofta
This is a Mughalai dish made with meat rolled into balls with arrowroot and other spices. It is then cooked in fire as they add tomato onion gravy over it. The dish comes in various versions starting from dry meat ball kofta to vegetable kofta.
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11. Palak Paneer
This dish is quite famous around the country. Cottage cheese is cooked in butter and cubed. It is then added to a cooked puree of spinach, garlic and green chili. It is served with parathas or rice.
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12. Dosa, South India
Dosa is a famous breakfast dish in South India. This crepe is made with a batter of rice and black gram. It is served with chutneys on the side. There are numerous versions of dosa based on the ingredients added to the batter of black gram. In some variants, the dish is stuffed with mixture of potato, meat, or others.
Dosa, South India
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13. Dhokla, Gujarat
This is a very light and easily digestible dish, which is a famous breakfast item. The dish is made with fermented batter of rice and chickpea. The batter is spiked with grated coconut, coriander, and chili. The batter is steamed and served with tamarind chutney.
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