In India, food isn’t just a part of our lives; it’s something we live for. It is something we Indians love to the core; some of our states are famous just for the food that people eat there. Each and every delicacy is worth devouring in our country.
No matter how many western dishes come into our country, peace is found only when our fingers touch the food made at home. Some of the dishes served at the table in our houses like Biryani, Samosa, Gulab Jamun, and Dhokla etc. are so delicious that you can’t afford to miss them.
It’s not about that the food is made at home or not anymore, it’s about the essence of it. The times have changed and things have evolved and sites like Zomato, Swiggy and FoodPanda etc. have come up for our convenience. For people who miss home can just order food online from various restaurants that make delicious Indian food. You don’t just order pizza anymore; you can order Biryani as well.
Some famous Indian dishes that you should taste at least once
1. Dal Baati Choorma
Dal Baati Choorma is one of the most famous dishes from the states of Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, and Madhya Pradesh. It is a three in one dish that is served as a combination of Dal which is usually three kinds of dal cooked together, fried baatis which are balls made from wheat dough and sweet churma. Add all of these together and you treat yourself to a perfect lunch during winters especially.
This dish goes way back in time and very fewer people know. In the olden time, the Rajput soldiers used to break the dough and bake the dough balls in the Sun, under the sand and used to have them with curd after returning from battle. Since then the dish has evolved a lot and people prepare with their own terms but the actual essence of the dish is still there.
Some prefer to bake the baatis and have them with a lesser amount of ghee due to health concerns. There are a lot of restaurants where you can have the traditional dal Baati churma especially The Eclectia in Jaipur and there are many other around Delhi NCR as well. You can order from any of these places through Zomato and get 15% off on your first order.
Dhokla is the entirely vegetarian dish from Gujarat which is made from fermented rice batter and split chickpeas. It is a delicacy and a very common dish in Gujarat and they love to have it be it any time of the day. It is more of a snack but doesn’t matter because it is a very versatile dish.
It was a dish that was exclusive to Gujarat before but now you can find Dhokla all over the country. You can even find it in southern states and we all know how particular they are about their food. It is very easy to prepare as well and many people prefer making it at home too. All you need to do is prepare the batter and cook it and then temper it at the end.
The cooking style of the dish has evolved a lot with time as you can cook it in a microwave as well easily, that too within minutes. It is even recommended by dieticians because it is as rich and healthy as the culture of the state it comes from. If you are visiting Gujarat anytime soon, do go to Das Surti Khaman which is a shop famous for its Dhoklas only, so you can imagine how good they are going to be. If not then taste it by ordering it online and save money as well through Foodpanda offers or Swiggy deals.
Samosa is a fried delicacy of India which even the most health conscious person can’t resist. It is a very popular snack in our country which goes very well with a hot cup of tea and we know how loved tea is in India. It is the easiest dish to make as it just needs some dough for the outer part and you can fill it up with boiled potato, chickpeas and onions etc. I bet your mouth is already watering as am explaining the recipe.
It is originally a north Indian dish but traces of it have been seen on the Asian continent. Some manuscripts also show Samosa being served to the royalty at the table. Coming back to today, the dish has changed a lot over time. Before, it used to be something filled with potato but now people are experimenting and using stuffing such as macaroni, noodles, and meat etc.
If you want to have a taste of the traditional Samosa visit any local sweet shop around the country, you will definitely find ravishing Samosa there. Although, if you wish to experiment a little then try the Samosas from Samosa Station in New Delhi. Drive up to this shop or order online and use the benefits from Foodpanda offers and Swiggy deals.
4. Soya Chaap
Every house in India knows what Soya Chaap is, you can actually call it the vegetarian twin of meat. Vegetarians love this savory dish of theirs as it is full of protein which they obviously don’t get from meat. Moreover, it is a very versatile dish as you can prepare it dry, with curry, grill it, and bake it or anything you want.
Traditionally it is prepared in curry but a lot of changes have come to the dish now. People love it with naan when it’s dipped in gravy and served hot at the table. It is believed to have originated around South Asia that is in India and Pakistan. In India, it is mostly preferred by North Indians. It does take some time to prepare and get on the table but when you taste a taste of it, all that hard work seems worth it.
Nowadays, people prefer soya chaap as more of a snack and less of a main course dish. It has become very famous around Delhi NCR in the form of grilled and baked snack which you can find in every market. Sardarji Malai Chaap is the most famous shop in the area where you can get a hearty pack of Soya Chaap. Foodpanda offers discounts on ordering from this outlet and even Swiggy deals. So you can either go to the shop or order it from home and have it in your bed.
5. Gulab Jamun
Listening to the name of Gulab Jamun itself does something to our taste buds and we instantly crave for them. There is something in that sweet dish that people call them drops of heaven. They will surely take you to heaven once you taste them. If you want to satisfy that sweet tooth, there can be nothing better than a piece or two of Gulab Jamun. It is a fried dish that is later dipped in sugar syrup which gives it its sweetness.
This dessert originated in South Asia and today it is popular in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Myanmar too. Originally, it has khoya, paneer, and saffron in it with which the balls are made and the sugar syrup is the last touch. People experiment a lot with dishes and today they even put rose flavor, elaichi, and ingredients like that in them.
The best part is that now you get packaged Gulab jamun as well and you can have them as you want, cold, hot or at room temperature. Various brands provide packaged Gulab jamun but there is nothing better than the freshly made ones. If you really want to taste the heaven that they actually are, then have them at Aggarwal Bikaner Sweets in Delhi NCR or anywhere else where there is an outlet.
More than we love our main food, we Indians love our desserts. There might not be as many proper restaurants but there is definitely the adequate amount of sweet shops. Our every festival starts with a sweet dish and ends with it, be it Diwali or Holi. It is a special tradition to eat Jalebi on Dusherra as well. Just like any other dessert we have, Jalebi is also one of our favorites. It is the most common dessert that you will find in any market at a halwai’s shop all around the country. No matter how different people prepare it, the basic essence is still the same.
It is again prepared by deep frying a batter then dipping it in sugar syrup. Making Jalebis is truly an art and you can see that once you visit any Halwai’s shop and watch him making Jalebis. Now, it’s not just an Indian dish as it’s getting famous beyond Indian too in countries like Iran.
There is no specific place to have the perfect kind of Jalebi but visit any Halwai’s shop in Chandni Chowk, Delhi if you are around NCR and you will see the real colors of food in that market. If you are in Pune then do visit Jalebi Junction and have the best Jalebi of your lifetime.
7. Chicken Tikka Masala
Most of India eat vegetarian dishes but when it comes to Punajbis, there is nothing better than chicken. They literally love their chicken and its dishes. One such famous chicken dish around the country is Chicken tikka masala which is made by roasting chicken pieces and cooking them in curry afterward. The curry of this dish is so creamy and the chicken becomes so juicy that you just can’t resist licking your fingers clean.
The dish is believed to have originated in the Indian subcontinent but it is also a very famous dish around England that they actually call it a true British national dish. It is mostly served along with a rice bowl in England or with naan in India. It is most famous as a main course dish and has been under the same tradition since the start. You can imagine that it would be so tasty that the British love it that is more than specific about what they eat.
There are a lot of places where you can have a good plate of chicken tikka masala but no one can beat what is available in the Spicy hub in Lucknow or at Chaukkhat in Mumbai. Both of these outlets come under Foodpanda offers and even Swiggy deals with them. You can even order it through Fasoos and avail Fasoos offers.
Rice is the second staple grain of our country so you can imagine how much this country loves rice. Adding to the love we have for rice, yummy vegetables or chicken or anything you like gives us one of our favorite dishes that is Biryani. The main course dish originated from Hyderabad actually which is why Hyderabadi Biryani is the most famous around the country. It is actually a Muslim dish and traditionally served with meat chunks in it. You can find a lot of Muslims around Hyderabad which is why it is the most popular dish there.
The dish is basically just rice; it’s the added vegetables and spices what make it the exotic dish it is. There are various recipes that you will find across the country for this particular dish but Hyderabadi Biryani is the best of all.
Now, it’s not just confined to Hyderabad, you can find a lot of places that serve that quality of Biryani across the country. One of such places is Deez Biryani which is a very famous place in CP, Delhi. It is very considerate in prices as well as quantity and you can order from this outlet and avail Food offers or even Swiggy food offer deals are available on it. Taste the best biryani there as available to you in Delhi. You will eat up your fingers!!
Why Should You Try These Amazing Dishes?
These great dishes carry the culture of India and we can see how rich it is in each and every way. Be it the ingredients or the taste of the any of the above dishes, there is nothing that can disappoint the person who tastes them. If you are a traveler, you will definitely find these dishes in every nook and corner of the country and you can see how much the country loves them. Taste them once and you will also love them equally for sure.
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