Top Ten Delicious Indian Dishes

By: Silvia Blach

For those who are not familiar with Indian food and cooking, Indian cuisine today is one of the leading and most popular cuisines in the world. Today you won’t be surprised to find that every city and state has a wide array of restaurants to choose from, all specializing in serving the best of Indian cuisine. Even every home is starting to have its own special Indian recipes. Indian food is world famous because of its delicious, distinct, and diverse taste. They offer so much variety that there are literally plenty of options to choose from.

The distinct and special taste of Indian dishes stems from how cooking is valued in the country where the recipes came from. In India, people consider cooking and Indian recipes as an art and as a form of heritage – something that can be handed down from generations to generations. The home grown secrets in Indian food recipes are being taught from grandmothers to mothers and from mothers to daughters. In fact, food in India is considered as serious business. Today, some household members in India make it a point to cook. If a person is not busy preparing food, he is busy planning out what the next recipe to prepare. If you want to bring a distinct flavor and flair to your meals, then here are ten delicious dishes from Indian cuisine that you should learn to prepare, too:

Chaat - A notable street delicacy, it is basically a deep fried dough of potatoes and other spices. Some flavorings include: onions, pepper, chaat masala, mango powder, coriander, cumin, and many more.

Kali Mirch Kebab – bones chicken pieces marinated in yoghurt, fresh herbs and peppercorns masala. Served with salad and sauce.

Palak Paneer – It is a curry dish made from boiled spinach, mustard leaves, and spices. It is served with paneer, an Indian cheese similar to cottage cheese in the west.

Chicken Varuval – chicken pieces stir fried on a slow fire in South Indian spicy masala in thick gravy chettinad style.

Kheer – This is a delicious dessert made from boiled rice, milk, and sugar. Flavors are incorporated depending on which region the dessert is made from. Usually, spices like saffron and cardamoms are added, while in some specialties, nuts are creamed together.

Tandoori Chicken – Of the many ways to cook chicken in India, this is one of the most popular. Chicken pieces are marinated in yoghurt plus spices like peppers, chili powder, turmeric, and tandoori masala.

Chicken Rasam/Soup – a spicy soup of chicken with bones simmered with peppercorn, coriander and mint.

Chicken Curry – tender chicken pieces simmered slowly in South Indian masala gravy chettinad style.

Chicken Pulao – tender chicken pieces sautéed with cumin, cashew nuts, raisins and bay leaves cooked with basmati rice

Chicken Tikka – skewered boneless chicken pieces marinated in yoghurt, aromatic spices and fresh herbs roasted to perfection served with salad and sauce.

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