Top 11 Indian dishes you must try once in a lifetime
Are you heading to India? How can you stay away from the mouth-watering variety of Indian cuisine while you’re visiting different heritage places of India? Or are you confused about the best Indian food dishes you can try on your trip to India? If you are already on your way to states of India, a train journey will give you the best experience. After you’ve booked your train tickets, check the PNR status from RailMitra.
India’s regional and cultural diversity is beautifully reflected in its food and is probably the main reason why Indian food outpaces that of other countries. Each Indian state has its unique plethora of flavours and ingredients. The spices used in Indian foods have their concoction and are made from a combination of spices like Dhansak Masala, PanchPhoron, Garam Masala, Chicken Tikka Masala, and many more. A distinct characteristic that makes Indian cuisine ‘truly desi’ is the prolific use of spices such as Ajwain, Dalchini, Cloves, Black Cardamom, Anise Flower, Coriander, and Garam Masala. India’s affinity for integrating different flavours and, most importantly, its array of addictive street food such as crisp PaniPuris, mind-blowing papri chaats, and many others make a craze for spicy Indian cuisine.
So get ready to dive into a world of spice-packed, flavoured and fragrant Indian cuisine. From creamy Paneer Butter Masala to luscious Hyderabadi biryani, from spicy Mutton Rogan Josh to savory samosa, each dish is an exceptional blend of special ingredients and different cooking techniques. If you’re travelling in train and craving for spicy Indian cuisines or Jain food in trains you can enjoy all these varieties of dishes by ordering them online through RailRestro App. It will be prepared and packed hygienically and get delivered on your seat.
Here are the top 10 exciting recipes that represent India’s true cultural spirit.
If you’re looking for a way to experience most of the Indian cuisines in one dish, well, this is the only dish to choose from. Indian Thali can be from the North or the South of India.Ithas a variety of local dishes all served on one big plate. You can expect the basis of your meal to include rice, Chapati, or Roti. The rest of the dish differs depending on the local restaurants, but usually includes some sort of Vegetable Curry, Paneer Curry, Yoghurt, Salad and Dal(Pulses).
Flavorful Hyderabadi Biryani
Your tour to India is incomplete without tasting the exotic flavourfulHyderabadi Biryani. Biryani is a South Asian blended rice dish made with basmati rice, meat, yoghurt, and spices. Originally combined as a blend of Mughlai and Iranian cuisine, the Hyderabadi version features raw rice and raw meat cooked together with spices in a pot of porcelain over wood or charcoal. The meticulous timing of cooking the meat without overcooking the rice makes this a tricky process, but the results are worth it. Ordering HyderabadiBriyani in trains is now possible with RailRestro.
Sizzling Samosas (Deep Fried Potato and Vegetable Dumpling)
Samosa is a savoury snack that is popular and common street food in India. It’s probably because samosas are delectable and deep-fried with savoury fillings. Spiced potatoes, onions, peas, and lentils are stuffed in traditional samosas. Hot sizzling Samosa is often accompanied with sweet mint sauce or chutney. These puffy treats are easily available on Indian streets in every part of India.
This simple Indian dish is made up of red beans (Rajma) and cooked rice (Chawal). Rajma is traditionally made with a purée of onions and tomatoes, which act as a gravy base for red beans. This dish makes for a full vegetarian meal that is suitable for lunch or dinner.
RajmaChawal may be flavored with a variety of spices, such as chilli peppers, cinnamon, bay leaves, ginger, garlic, coriander, and cumin if desired. Although the dish is quite simple to prepare, it takes some time because the beans are usually soaked overnight before preparation.
Spicy Indian Chaats
Chaats are the mainstay of Indian street food. The taste and sensation of chaat can be well portrayed as salty, sweet, tangy and savory snacks of India. The flavour of chaat hits the sides of the tongue while releasing the slight crispness of the papdi and other fried bread and spice. It’s no exaggeration to say that once you’ve tried the chaats, you’ll keep going back for more! This is not just a single food item, but rather a collective term used for a family of delicious snacks that we all cherish. Chaat is spicy, messy, sometimes of dubious hygiene standards, yet irresistible.
Tangy Gol Gappa/Pani Puri
GolGappa or PaniPuri is just one word that is enough to make every Indian feel nostalgic. It is known by different names in different parts of the country, such as PaniPuri in Maharashtra, Phuchka in Kolkata, and PaniBatashe in Madhya Pradesh. It is known as GolGappe in North India. Small, crunchy round balls are filled with spicy water, tamarind paste, potatoes, onion, and chickpeas. The Puri is picked up one by one and filled with stuffing then the spicy water is added to the Puri before serving it on your plate. The filling is made of potato and chilled water, flavored with mint, tamarind, and various spices including mango in season. The crunchy Puris filled with tangy spicy water have not only mesmerized only Indians but also foodies internationally.
Creamy Paneer Butter Masala
This is one of the most desired vegan dishes of every Indian because of its bunch of spices and a creamier base than most Indian dishes. Paneer is another word that is similar to cottage cheese, but it’s formed into a block. This Indian dish is made up of many spices, paneer, onion, ginger, garlic, tomatoes, and fresh cream. You can find this dish in any restaurants across India.
Mutton Rogan Josh
Mutton Rogan Josh is one of the Kashmir’s signature dishes. Filled with a variety of spices, the dish is cooked with the aroma of fennel seeds, garam masala, bay leaves, onions, tomatoes, garlic, ginger and a whole load of delicious Indian spices, and, indeed, a celebration of all senses. A delicious dinner party option, Rogan Josh can best be paired with naan or paratha. This dish is a popular choice on almost all restaurant menus and is one of the most preferred Indian cuisines.
Healthy Idli Sambar
This is what most people relish eating for breakfast. This stunning steamed rice pancake with immense health benefits has made its way through generations. Idlis are about 2-3 inch wide, fluffy, and can be enjoyed with some finely ground coconut chutney and a hot steaming sambar dish.
Rice is the staple of South Indian cuisine due to its use in most of the dishes, including the finger-licking delicious Masala Dosa. While Dosa is a generic South Indian dish, Masala Dosahas its specific origin in the Karnataka coast. The preparation of the rice crèpe is fairly simple; the rice and lentils are soaked in water for five to six hours to prepare the batter and then cooked on a skillet. Types of filling in Masala Dosa may vary, but it is usually a curry of potatoes and onions, plunged in chutney. How can you forget to taste IdliSambar and Dosa if you are planning a train schedule to south India?
Hot Masala Chai
India itself is known as a ‘tea-drinking nation’. In India, tea is a lot more than just a drink to start the day. It has become an important part of every Indian’s culture and life. If you’re going to take a walk around any local Indian lane, you’ll certainly find chai wallas (tea vendors) preparing a hot Masala Chai for their customers. Nothing is like the experience of stopping at a chaiwalla on an Indian street and ordering a steaming cup of masala chai. Indians make Masala Chai by brewing black tea with a mixture of aromatic spices and herbs. The chai recipe contains green cardamom pods, cinnamon sticks, ground cloves, ground ginger, black peppercorn, and black tea leaves.
It’s easy to get lost in the spice markets and alleyways of Indian cities, but you don’t have to be clueless when deciding what to eat. However, the list is endless but you can’t miss these 10 extensive and best Indian food dishes in India. While planning a trip to different cities in India you can also savour your favourite Indian dishes by ordering food in train using an authorized e-catering partner, RailRestro.