One of the most amazing things about India, is undoubtedly its massive variety of food. They say that with every 200 km in India, everything changes –language, habits, culture, dressing, and even food. So, it is no surprise that the country supplies us with a plethora of cuisines and flavours, each iconic and significant in its own way. While this one article can barely cover it, we looked for some of the best photographs that capture a small part of India’s culinary experience in the most magnificent way, and thought you’d like to see them as well.
Warning: Do not attempt to read this article on an empty stomach. You’re bound to get hungry. We did.
1. Pani Puri
Have you even lived if you haven’t had Pani Puri?
Pani Puri or Phuchkka or Golgappa, is the hero of Indian street food. You can find Pani Puri almost anywhere in the country with each vendor making his own style and each customer customizing the dish to their taste buds. Pani Puri is a hollow puri filled with potato, chickpeas onion and masalas, topped with tangy chutney and a spicy mint and chilli flavoured water.
2. Tandoori Chicken
A dish that originated in Delhi, the Tandoori chicken is the pioneer dish that paved the way for the discovery of many other dishes like Butter Chicken. Marinated in yogurt and spices and then roasted in a tandoor or clay oven, this chicken dish is immensely popular across the country.
Eaten as both an appetizer and main course, it is served with naan (flat bread), and has over the years gained popularity, even in countries like United Kingdom.
3. Pork Vindaloo
A traditional Konkan/Marathi/Goan dish, the Pork Vindaloo is a fiery, spicy dish deriving its existence and name from the Portuguese carne de vinha d’alhos (meat in garlic wine marinade) a dish originating from Portuguese sailors who preserved pork in red wine and garlic.
The Vindaloo version of the recipe calls for chillis and uses palm vinegar instead of wine, resulting in a beautiful curry that is amazing with rice. Popularised by Goan cooks during the British rule, this dish can be made with chicken or lamb, but is traditionally served with pork.
Yep, it’s a Dosai or Dose, with Dosa being the modernized version of what is a dish that dates back to the 1st Century AD. This versatile savoury Indian pancake has a complicated (and often debated) history, yet it is loved by people all over the world. Traditionally vegetarian and served with chutneys and a sambar, Dosais also come in a large variety of options, shapes, sizes and thicknesses – truly a representation of the cuisine of India.
5. Rogan Josh
One of the staples of Kashmiri Cuisine, this buttery stew is another iconic dish in the culinary journey of India. Inspired by Persian cuisine, the dish is made from lamb cooked with a hoard of spiced. Rogan josh is known for its reddish-brown color that comes from Kashmiri Red chillies, however, the dish is never too spicy, and is more flavorsome.
This vegetarian delicacy is iconic, in that it looks and tastes out of this world! Dhokla is a Gujarati vegetarian dish that is made from chickpea or chickpea flour. Most popularly eaten as a snack, Dhoklas are also eaten for breakfast, or as a main dish in a meal. These steamed, spongy cubes of joy are served with spicy coriander chutney and fried green chillis.
While many people think momos are just Indian editions of Chinese dumplings, these beautiful parcels of flavor have a much wider range of origin dating back centuries. Over the years, momos have established themselves as the traditional delicacy of Tibetian/Nepalese settlers in India, especially in the north eastern parts of India like Sikkim and Darjeeling. Catering to vegetarians and meat lovers, momos can be both steamed or fried, and are served with a hot sauce.
8. Chole Bature
Savoury chickpeas dredged in ghee and spices, serve with hot, deep fried, extra-large, perfectly golden fried bread. Sinful perfection is what Chole Bhature is. This classic breakfast dish originates from north-West India, but has captured the hearts of people across the country. Served with onions, pickle and green chutney, very few Indian dishes compare to this incredible vegetarian dish.
Okayyy, so samosas aren’t exactly an authentic Indian dish; they were introduced to India by the Persians, but the samosa has become the quintessential Indian snack that is available across the country in different shapes, sizes and with different stuffings. The classic Indian samosa is made of a triangular flour shell stuffed with a spice-doused potato filling, deep-fried and served with chutney or ketchup. Samosas have evolved to be filled with a variety of things, including minced meat, and are the perfect tea-time snack.
There is something so charming and tempting about a plate of steaming hot idlis with chutney and sambar. Honestly, who thought rice cakes could look pretty and taste amazing. Idlis are a staple breakfast in the quintessential South Indian household, and more and more Indian households are making the Idli a part of their weekly cooking schedules. No surprise, it’s ridiculously easy to make, super healthy and SO tasty.