12 traditional dishes you should try on a trip to India

Diversity of cultures, peoples, ethnic groups, influences, to which must be added colonization for centuries. The sum of cooking and ingredients practices in India for centuries have left a wealth difficult to overcome. What follows is just a small selection of traditional dishes with high probability of being found in street stalls and restaurants on a journey through India :

1. Momo

Ritesh Man Tamrakar

Ankur Gulati

Momo is a dish of Tibetan origin, a dumpling cooked barley flour and stuffed with minced pork or lamb seasoned with cilantro / coriander. Also very popular in Nepali cuisine in West Bengal.


2. Uttapam (or pizza india)


Ramesh NG

Also Uthathaappam , or simplified as “Indian pizza” is a mass basis lentil flour and rice flour cooked in thin shape and is usually filled. Served with tomatoes or onions in a sauce with mixed vegetables.


3. Biryani



Gagandeep Sapra

Biryani  is made ​​based on rice with a mixture of spices (cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, bay leaves, coriander and mint leaves), meat, vegetables and yogurt. There is a lot of varieties of this dish in every region of India. It is made ​​in pan and ingredients of each region are included.


4. Jalebi

Soumyadeep Paul



The  jalebi  is a sweet Indian cuisine, but also found in Pakistan and Bangladesh. It is a mixture of dough soaked in syrup (syrup), with its particular haphazard or ring like a pretzel and orange.


5. Idli

Charles Hayne

Ashish Jain

Idli is a typical preparations of vegetables from the Indian subcontinent. Especially with black lentil, is usually served at the beginning of the day or as a snack.


6. Gulab Jamun


David Sanabria

A recipe that could arise east of the country, gulab jamun is a confection with a mass of milk powder and flour sweetened with sugar, rose water, cardamom and colored with saffron. It is shaped like small balls that are cooked in minutes.


7. Kati roll



Jason Lam

It is a common street food in Kolkata, with a number of variants under the generic name of Kati Roll . Actually a wide variety of fillings wrapped in flatbread Indian or paratha (with kebab, eggs, vegetables and spices)


8. Chicken Tandoori


Miriam Kato

The tandoori chicken and tandoori chicken is simply grilled chicken, marinated in yogurt but seasoned with tandoori masala spices, also with garlic, ginger, cumin, paprika and spices by region and variants. It is a spicy dish (also used cayenne).


9. Rajma

Scott Veg

A vegetarian dish widespread in northern India, the rajma is made ​​with red beans, thick curry and variety of spices that is usually served with rice.


10. Pani Puri

Chirag Desai


Yusuke Kawasaki

Panipuri is a popular snack, an easy “crispy sphere” to find in the streets of Mumbai, Delhi, Lahore, Dhaka, Calcutta. A hollow and crispy mass often filled with a mixture of tamarind, chili, chaat masala, potato, onion and chickpeas.


11. Banana Chip

Ramesh NG

Ramesh NG

Banana chips or plantain chips are simple slices of fried or dried bananas to which you can add salt, honey and spices. The version of Kerala is known as upperi, and cooked fried in coconut oil (can be spicy or sweet variants).


12. Baigan Bharta

Tom Ipri

Baigan bharta is another common dish in India and Pakistan-based vegetarian chopped vegetables, eggplant, fresh coriander, pepper, onion and a smoky flavor as it is prepared in charcoal grill or direct fire. It is often accompanied with Indian flat bread (paratha) and rice with yogurt sauce.

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