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Indian Spices (Photo credit: adinathglobalexports.com)
New Delhi is very unique and considered as the melting pot of various cultures. From northern Indian, Mughal, to British influences. Having evolved with time resulted in an extensive cuisine with dishes that put complementary flavors and textures at the forefront, making it challenging to pick and cut down food choices.
I am not new to eating food with curry as a matter of fact I love chicken curry. But when I first arrived in India i was overwhelmed with all the dishes on the menu: chicken curry, bread and curry sauce, beef with curry, mutton curry, vegetables in curry sauce, egg curry….you get the idea? In India the use of the word ‘curry’ isn’t to define one spice but a blend of difference spices. This blend isn’t a fixed recipe, it really is just a magical blend of any spice you decide to throw in the dish. All the dishes might have curry on it, but they do taste different from one another.
So for those of you who is up for the challenge and wanted to give it a try, here are the 10 dishes that will make your taste buds craving for more!
1. Egg Curry
Egg curry (Photo credit: www.freeindianrecipes.com)
Egg curry in India is nothing like you will experience outside of the country. It is a dish that can be eaten with rice or bread (chapatti, naan, etc.) and is made up of more spices than you can ever imagine, boiled eggs whole, tomatoes, onions and much, much more! I am thinking of trying this dish at home. Oh did i mention i love eggs? Well, this dish just elevate it even more. 🙂
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Filipinos love to eat rice, that’s why when I saw this on the hotel’s breakfast buffet table, I felt like I found a treasure. This dish is made with a rice base that is highly spiced. Flavorful and aromatic spices are used in the rice and a number of other ingredients are mixed in, such as meat and vegetables. It is something quite frequently prepared for celebrations and festivals across India and is often considered a traditional cuisine. Despite the basic ingredients seeming rather bland, this dish is filled with flavor and delicious spices. The dish looks like “paella” (spanish rice dish), the only difference is the curry which gives the dish a unique kick.
Chaat Platter (Photo credit: www.urbandesis.com)
This healthy and hearty serving is what you need after a long day’s work! A lovely mix of chickpeas, green peas, potatoes, pomegranate, corn and tomatoes, finished with mint and tamarind chutney. All the goodness packed in one recipe.
4. Indian Thali
Indian Thali ( Photo credit: foodingout.com)
If you’re looking for a way to experience the most of India in one dish, well this is the plate to choose. Thali is a combo of meals which comprises of a sweet dish, two or more curries, lentils, steamed rice, pickle, and chapatti. There is no fixed rule on the number of dishes in the thali. But the idea is to offer all the 6 different flavors of sweet, salt, bitter, sour, astringent and spicy on one single plate.
5. Masala Dosa
Masala Dosa (Photo credit: youtube.com)
This is the type of food that can be eaten anytime of the day! It looks similar to a crepe but is made from rice and beans and then smothered in butter. The ‘masala’ part to this dish is the dip or filling that comes with it. The masala consists of boiled and chopped potatoes, onions, chili and more spices.
6. Naan and Chappati
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These two flat breads are used extensively in Indian cuisine. There are some differences though – Naan is a flat bread made with white flour and then cooked in a tandoori oven while Chappati is a flat bread that’s made with whole wheat flour and grilled on a flat pan. I am often get confuse which is which, but i like the “pita bread” looking one better. A good plate cleaner specially when served with dishes that have a lot of sauce!
This is the comfort food for millions of Indians and it’s considered one of the healthiest breakfasts in India. It is a small, flattened balls of lentil and rice batter. This batter has been fermented and shaped in molds, then steamed. Though they can be enjoyed alone as a healthy meal, they’re generally accompanied by cold coconut and tangy tomato chutneys and piping hot lentil broth. This dish reminds me of “putong puti” (white rice cake) in Manila. 🙂
Aloo (Phot Credit: lucknowsafari.in)
It is a side dish prepared with the so called baby aloos (potatoes) which are simmered in the gravy prepared with tomatoes, onions and variety of spices. The dish can be eaten baked or fried and goes well with rice or naan breads.
9. Stuffed Parathas
Stuffed Paratha (Photo credit: www.recipesfab.com)
Stuffed parathas are a kind of Indian bread which are made of either whole wheat flour or white flour and stuffed with a variety of stuffings. The stuffings can be potatoes, cauliflower, cabbage, cottage cheese, and any other vegetables that you can think of.
This is one of the favorite snacks of every Indian! You can’t come to India and not try the somosas out. It is a deep-fried snack prepared by rolling the dough of white flour and then filling it with the mixture made of potatoes, green peas, garam masala, onions, chilli powder, fennel and salt.
There you have it my ten most recommended dish to try in New Delhi.
How about you, have you been to India? What’s your favorite Indian Dish? Just post your comment below. I will be glad to hear from you.