Famous Indian Dishes You May Not Know
Despite the fact that curries are often the ‘face’ of Indian Cuisine, the extensive amount of ingredients and spices used means that Indian dishes vary greatly in terms of taste, style and method of cooking, so there’s plenty more than just curries. Some of those dishes are mostly found in India, as they may not be very popular or well-known outside the subcontinent; others we eat every time we go to an Indian restaurant.
Indian food is rich in delicious starters and desserts, so it’s natural there are some dishes you may have never tried before:
This doughnut-shaped food is a savoury treat common to the south of India. It’s made from ingredients such as black and Bengal grams, and seasoned with onions, chillies and curry leaves, for example. It’s also hugely popular in street stalls and railway stations. Although they can be eaten at any time of the day, vada is typically consumed for breakfast, accompanied by idlis and sambar. A large number of Indian festivities have this food on their menus, so it’s part of the country’s cultural background.
A popular vegetarian dish, jeera aloo is commonly served with a side dish, such as roti, dal or chapatti. This recipe consists of potatoes, cumin seeds and other spices, like ginger, prepared together. It’s an incredibly easy and quick dish to prepare, and some variations of it include the use of sweet potatoes.
A typical Indian recipe that’s almost entirely made from mashed aubergine, which is previously grilled over a fire to give it a tasty, smoky flavour. Indians add spices like coriander, chilli pepper and mustard oil to the dish, and often consume it with flatbread and raita.
As a snack or even a starter before a meal, you can try out khandvi, tightly rolled pieces of gram flour and curd. To this mixture Indians add ginger paste, turmeric, water and salt, so its bright yellow colour is mostly due to the turmeric. It’s a simple dish to make and can be served as a roll or cut into bite-sized pieces, depending on your preference.
For people with a sweet tooth, laddus are the perfect end to any meal. Made from flour, such as chickpea and semolina, ghee, sugar and other flavourings to taste, this desert is then shaped into a ball. You can opt to have nuts, like pistachios, added, although not all laddus have them. If you visit India, you’ll see this dessert is quite common in festivals or religious settings, like weddings.
Indian cuisine is so vast and varied that it would take you a very long time to try out all its dishes! Still, if you’re craving Indian food, why not book a reservation with us, or get in touch on 0131 476 9999? A member of our team will be on hand to help with any queries you may have. You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and TripAdvisor.