India is a country which is famous for its culture and cuisine. Indian cuisine consist a variety of food recipes ranging from historic era’s famous foods to newly discovered food items with few twist and turns. It also provides the best vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes found around the world.
Each region in India boasts of its specific flavor and every state has one or more dish to endorse. With region, changes taste, cuisine, ingredients, specialties and history of food. Following are the few best Indian vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes.
Indian Food Recipes:
Pulao is a famous vegetarian food which is cooked very often in every house. It is basically a North Indian dish but it is famous all around the country as it’s much easier to cook with very less ingredients. It requires basic ingredients like basmati rice, few spices, cashews and raisins. There are many ways to make and customize a simple vegetable pulao like you can add chopped vegetables in it or soya beans in it or add egg, chicken, mutton to turn it into a non-vegetarian dish.
The most popular dish in India is biryani. It is also a rice based dish cooked with spices, rice (basmati), and chicken/mutton/fish/egg or simply with potato. It was invented by the Mughal emperors. The spices and other ingredients used in biryani include ghee (clarified butter), nutmeg, mace, pepper, cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, bay leaves, coriander, ginger, onions and garlic. For garnish ingredients like raisins, cashew nuts and even caramelized onion are also used. Biryani is a delicacy, savory, and a must try indeed!!
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3. Daal Baati :
Rajasthani food is incomplete without the mention of daal baati. The dal is served along with baati which is made of wheat flour, yoghurt, salt and oil. For preparing baati it is important to make the dough first. Then small balls are made from the dough and are boiled in water later baked or can be fried for richer version. For making daal, rajma (kidney beans) and urad dal are used. It is cooked separately and later served along with the baatis.
4. Chili Butter Prawn:
It is a simple recipe for prawns in a garlicky sauce which makes it a delicious dish as an starter or side-dish. Prawns cooked in butter, garlic, lemon juice and parsley tastes even better with the help of mustard. Serve with fresh crusty bread.
5. Aloo Poha:
Poha is the Indian name of beaten rice. It is cooked in various ways along with different ingredients. It include ingredients like soaked poha (beaten rice), potato and onion finely chopped, mustard seeds, curry leaves, split black lentils and channa dal, peanuts and coriander leaves for garnishing. It is a complete vegetarian dish which is mainly taken as breakfast or as evening snacks.
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6. Tandoori Chicken:
Foods cooked on tandoor have a different flavor of its own. Tandoori chicken makes a regular appearance in all the Indian restaurants. An authentic tandoori chicken is marinated in yogurt, lemon juice and plenty spices for at least 8 hours or overnight then are grilled in tandoor or oven. It is served by sprinkling some chaat masala powder on it and with slices of cucumber, onion rings and lemon wedges. This chicken recipe is easy and delicious!
Paratha (flat bread) is one of the most used/known flat breads in the western part of the Indian subcontinent and is simple to make too. It is often stuffed with potatoes, leafy vegetables, radishes, cauliflower, and paneer (cottage cheese) or can be eaten simply with a part of butter spread on top/ chutney/ pickles or with yoghurt/meat/vegetable curries.
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8. Chappali Kebab:
Kebab are mainly made using minced meats like chicken, mutton, lamb, pork even with fish but now a days various vegetarian kebabs are also made using different chopped vegetables. First chop the meat, boiled eggs, chilies, ginger, garlic, onion, coriander leaves and mint. Mix all the chopped ingredients along with salt, crushed black pepper and green chilies. Make small patties of the dough and shallow fry on medium heat with ghee or oil in a pan.
9. Navratan Korma (nine-gem curry):
This is a delicious dish which got its name Navratan (meaning nine gems) from the nine different vegetables, fruits and nuts used in it. Serve it with hot naans and you’re sure to impress.
10. Mutton Haleem:
It is a stew popular in the Middle East, central Asia and the Indian subcontinent. Although the dish varies from region to region it always includes wheat, barley, lentils, spices and meat (usually mutton). This dish is slow cooked for 7-8 hours which results in a paste like consistency, blending the flavors of spices, meat, barley and wheat.