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Top 25 tasty and popular dishes in India

September 27, 2010 7:35 pm 14 comments
Top 25 tasty and popular dishes in India

Top 25 tasty and popular dishes in India

Vah! After a very long time I am here rolling back my 22 years of experience in the food industry and working with more than few thousands of recipes and dealing with million of lovable customers. All through my culinary journey, now I realize that there are around 50 popular dishes that are really admired or relished by food lovers and is demanded for at most of the restaurants. This makes me think that does Indian cuisine revolves around these 50 dishes?

Not really Indian food has many crown jewels hidden in many homes in Indian towns and villages- that is the only one most important reason for me to start the website to bring them to all of you

Having worked in Ethnic restaurants and regional Indian cuisine restaurants, I have always noticed that the top 25 dishes are present in every menu. Whatever the recipe would be, but these would be the most selling dishes and the customers demand for. This makes me feel that, these 25 popular dishes are the Gems of Indian food and have made a huge contribution in the Indian cuisine.

But now I wonder why only certain dishes become very popular in restaurants??

It made me rethink many a times and then could conclude to a simple reason that its easy to duplicate the dish, easy to prepare, and there is always a standard recipe followed with more or less the same taste and flavor.

Another reason that I could relate is, most of the ingredients used in these dishes are easily available throughout the year so are available at every restaurant menu and served and demanded by customers.

Now I would like to share with you the names of the Top 25 tasty and popular dishes in India that I discovered through my passionate journey for food and shall also get you familiar with the fine distinction of the dish.

1.Biryani ( veg & non Veg) – Biryani is a set of rice based food made with spices, rice (usually basmati) and meat, fish, eggs or vegetables. Is a very popular dish all over the World.

2. Butter Chicken – Chicken marinated overnight in yoghurt and spices mixture and cooked with a special Makhani sauce made of Butter, tomato puree and various spices that gives the dish its unique flavor. It is one of the most popular dishes among non vegetarians throughout the World. It is the pride of Punjabi cuisine.

3.Vindaloo & Rogan Josh – Is an aromatic, gravy curry dish of Lamb goat or other meats.

4. Tandoori Chicken – Chicken dish marinated in yoghurt and seasoned with tandoori masala. Tandoori chicken is a highly popular Indian dish, traditionally cooked in Tandoor (clay oven).

5. Idli-Dosa-Vada with Sambar – Popular South Indian breakfast made of fermented black lentils (de-husked) and rice accompanied with sambar (a vegetable stew or chowder based made with toor dal and tamarind).

6. Palak paneer – A popular vegetarian dish consisting of Palak (spinach) and Paneer (cottage cheese) in a curry sauce. It is a traditional North Indian delicacy and is an integral part of the Punjabi cuisine.

7. Chole-Bhature – Is a combination of Chole (spicy chick peas) and fried Indian bread called Bhatoora (made of maida flour). It is mainly eaten is North India and seems to be originated in Punjab. Its also a street food commonly eaten for breakfast.

8. Dal makhani – Daal makhani dish is delicacy from Punjab filled with rich protein and fiber. Lentils and beans traditionally cooked in a tangy masala with dollops of fresh cream added to give the rich finishing touch. It is the signature dish of Punjabi cuisine.

9. Malai Kofta – Malai refers to cream and the kofta are deep fried veggie balls together blend in a creamy Indian saucy curry. It is a North Indian speciality is the vegetarian version of the famous kofta (meatball) curries. Also an authentic part of the Moghlai cuisine.

10. Naan-Parathas – Naan paratha are most popular varieties of Indian flatbreads where Naan is oven baked and Paratha is made by whole wheat flour on tawa. Parathas are usually stuffed with vegetables.

11. Samosa and Pakodas – Popular appetizers/ snacks in India served at tea time or as a separate course before main meal. Samosa is a savory filling stuffed pastry triangular in shape and deep fried whereas pakodas are fried snack across South Asia.

12. Pav Bhaji – Pav bhaji consists of bhaji (a potato based curry) and the pav, garnished with coriander, chopped onions and a dash of butter. It is a fast food dish native to Maharashtrians and is popular in most metropolis areas in India.

13. Panipuri -Chaats– It comprises a round, hollow puri, fried crisp and filled with a mixture of tamarind water, chilli, chaat masala, potato, onion and chickpeas. It is small enough to fit completely in one’s mouth. A popular street snack also called as Gol gappa or gup chup.

14. Kebabs – Is a dish consisting of meat threaded on a skewer and grilled. Any kind of meat may be used, cubes of fruit or vegetable are often threaded on the skewer as well. Typical vegetables include tomato, bell peppers, onions and mushrooms.

15. Lassi – Shakes – Is a popular and traditional Punjabi yoghurt based drink of India and Pakistan. Made by blending yoghurt with water and Indian spices flavored with ground roasted cumin. Sweet lassi is blended with sugar or fruits instead of spices.

16. Tea and Filter Coffee – Tea refers to the aromatic beverage prepared from the cured leaves by combination with hot or boiling water and milk (optional) and flavoured Indian way with ginger and cardamom. Coffe is a popular brewed drink prepared from roasted seeds, commonly called coffee beans of the coffee plant.

17. Indo-Chinese Manchurian – Indo Chinese from Calcutta is now sold on every street corner in cities .

18. Poori-Halwa – Is a traditionally breakfast dish of South Asia. Halwa puri consists of two separate dishes, halwa, a sweet made from semolina and eaten with puri, a small circular deep fried flat bread.

19. Pickles – Mango/ Lemon – Indian pickles consist of a large variety of pickled fruits and vegetables which are acidified with lime or lemon juice, or through lactic acid fermentation enabled by addition of common salt. The pickles also have various combinations of Indian spices and often oil.

20. Rasam Tomato soup – Typically a South Indian dish, Rasam is a soup like dish known for its health benefits, lip-smacking taste and enticing aroma. It is beneficial to the health because of its digestive qualities. It is made of tomatoes, tamarind and dal.

21. Aloo gobi- Is a dry Indian and Pakistani dish made with potatoes, cauliflower and Indian spices.

22. Rasmalai-Rasgulla – Ras malai consists of sugary, cream to yellow colored balls of paneer soaked in malai flavored with cardamom. Rasgulla is a popular cheese based, syrupy sweet dish made from balls of Chhena (Indian cottage cheese) and semolina dough cooked in sugar syrup.

23. Ladoos – A sweet dish made from gram flour, semolina, wheat flakes and many other flours. Often prepared on festive occasions.

24. Add your favourite.

25. Add your favourite

I know you may not find your favorite in the list so I left last two for you to add-cheers

Penning this down has given me an opportunity to share my experience and get to know more about the ardent lovers of food and their favorite Indian dishes. You could always reach me at my below links:

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Happy Cooking! Keep Smiling…

14 Comments

  • Chef,
    as usual……..U Rock!! This is a nice article and i loved the videos attached to it. Now, it’s easier for me to get to my top 25 indian foods.

    Keep us the good work

    Regards
    Naveen

  • yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

  • All of these are great! I would add for the last two Gubap Jamun and jalabi – but then i need a place for Aloo Dum, lol… always enjoy your cooking

  • Cant wait for new recipes !

  • ur the God of Cooking for all US Desi Bachelors

  • Am great fan of you,I just keep watching your videos and love it .Cooking is made simple through you.You are amazing Chef.keep rocking.

  • I was soo happy to see this website. We know already that these are the famous dishes but where do we find all of them at once.Good Job and thanks again.

  • Kelli Bowdish

    I am so glad I found your site. I really found you by accident, while I was browsing on Yahoo for something else. Anyways I am here now and would just like to say thank you for a great post and an all round enjoyable blog. (I also like the theme/design), I don’t have time to read through it all at the minute, but I have added your website to my favorites, so when I have time I will be back to read more. Please do keep up the awesome job!

  • Litti Chokha!!!! :D

  • Chef, recently I watched your vid on how to make pakora as you mentioned in your vid, there is a recipe on how to make pakora batter, but I can’t find it, can you send me the link? I appreciate it.

    I admire your talent in cooking, your recipes are easy to follow and delicious. Keep up the good work, may you and your family be blessed!

  • Hi Chef, great compilation of delicious recipes…please also add bengali mutton chaap and punjabi sarson ka saag to it.

  • me and my mom likes ur recipes and watch them regularly and also we try them most of them. we like to watch the cooking shows differnt recipes and try them, also ur way of teaching makes so simple and easy to make and learn all kinds of dishes in simple way for anybody. keep on doing this gr8 work and keep posting everyday new recipes.Am great fan of you,I just keep watching your videos and love it .Cooking is made simple through you.You are amazing Chef.keep rocking.

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  • I am surprised that a few Items which are irresistible and not included in this list

    1. Aloo paratha, Methi Parath
    2. Poha (almost highest eat breakfast in many parts of india)
    3. undhiyo … may the STATE DISH of gujraath
    4. Jalebi + Gulab Jamun + Rabdi .. the first basic and most popular sweets from india. How can you even forget those
    5. Maachhar jhol … one of the best from Bengal
    6. Chicken Kolhapuri … The spiciest dish of chicken in india.
    7. Paneer tikka or Paneer malai kabaabs .

    How can you forget these things and you included Rassam and idli dosa before all these? Is Rassam even qualify for being a dish?
    This is absolutely biased towards southern part of india. By the way, Butter Chicken and Tandoori should be #1 and #2 in the list.

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