We Indians are well known for our rich and diverse varieties of food habits.
From extreme north to extreme south, from every different religion, state, culture emerges an unique taste of food that attracts foodies from all over the world.
Be it an expensive dessert in a multi-cuisine restaurant or even a street food, they are equally mouth watering and delicious.
I feel so proud as an Indian that many uncountable dishes with different textures and taste can be made out of a handful of spices.
Every state starting from Gujarat, Rajasthan, West Bengal, the north-eastern states, Tamil Nadu, Haryana and all the other states will surprisingly present you the same dish but with an entirely different taste.
This is the uniqueness of Indian food that even with same ingredients we can discover different flavours.
Even with the change in region say from North India to South India, the texture of food gradually changes…
So, today I am specifically going to talk about the North-Indian dishes that are highly appetising yet healthy.
Basically the North-Indian dishes are well known because they are way too spicy(from a perspective of a health conscious), they have rich taste and excessive use of oil and butter.
But with a little twist they can be made healthy as well.
They have a huge variety of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes starting from snacks to desserts.
Let us start with the starters…
Just the normal bread-coated fried chicken with a tangy and spicy taste will make your heart skip a beat.
It usually comes in two versions: dry and gravy.
It tastes amazing with noodles(both veg and non-veg).
Give a green texture to your food plate and also to get a healthy eating vibe(since paneer contains a lot of nutrients), garnish it with coconut and serve hot.
Famous for it’s soft texture and aroma these kebab are one of the best Lucknowi Kebab.
They are juicy, succulent and will melt in your mouth.
You will fall in love with meat after tasting this royal dish along with mint chutney and salad.
They take minimum time to get cooked yet the flavour and taste is very strong.
They are made mainly of a hungcurd, cheese and onions.
You can make it even more healthy with some veggies or make it more tasty along with some chutney.
And it is a must to prepare it at every house party.
A very delicious appetizer.
Apart from cheese, fresh cream and yogurt, you can add vegetables like bell peppers, onions, tomatoes etc to give it an interesting look and sizzling taste.
Many other famous North-Indian snacks and starters are: Moong Dal Kachori, Kathi Kebab Roll, Dahi Papdi Chat, Paneer Pakora, Dhokla and many more…
Now, let’s come to the main course.
One of the best and most popular dishes of Kashmiri cuisine.
This dish was originally brought by the Mughals who were influenced by Persian cuisine.
It is basically a curry type dish either made by goat meat or lamb.
Now, your mouth just started watering even looking at the word biryani, isn’t it?
It is one of the most famous Indian dishes appreciated all over the world for it’s style, aroma, flavour and everything.
Though biryani has it’s origin among the Muslims of the Indian subcontinent, various types of biryani has developed in Delhi(Mughlai cuisine), Lucknow(Awadhi cuisine) and also in many more places.
It is basically a rice dish along with meat, potatoes, egg, curd and vegetables being the main ingredients.
A traditional muslim dish with rose water aroma and myriad of spices.
It is a meat recipe that is cooked on low flame for several hours and is garnished with fresh coriander and ginger juliennes.
A chicken dish with thick creamy gravy and robust smell that is a must have for every non-vegetarian.
You can easily make it at home and is very tasty and a fullfilling dish.
An easy and healthy Punjabi dish.
It is a curry type dish where the smooth creamy gravy is made of spinach and paneer(cottage cheese) being the main ingredient.
Apart from these dishes other major North-Indian dishes are: Dal Makhani, Chana masala, Amritsari Fish gravy, Hariyali Dum Aloo, Singhara Pulao, Pahadi Chicken Curry, Kadai paneer, Chicken tikka masala, Paneer Lababdar etc.
Now, last but not the least is the North-Indian sweet dishes.
GAJAR KA HALWA
Also known as Gajrela.
It is a carrot based dessert that is originated mainly from India and Pakistan.
The main ingredients are carrots, milk, water, ghee and sugar.
The recipe is easy and doesn’t take much time.
So, next time you call your friends over at your place, make it by yourself and serve them with dry fruits toppings.
Also known as kala jamun.
It is a milk based solid sweet often dipped in sugar syrup.
It can be prepared in every festival.
The main ingredient is khoya.
Serve it hot, cold or at room temperature.
Also known as zulbia.
One of the best street foods(dessert) that is famous all over the country.
It has two types: Jahangiri and Imarti.
Tastes best when served hot.
Main ingredients are maida flour, sugar and ghee.
Also known as payasam and fereni.
It is considered very auspicious and hence served in every pujas and festivals.
Rice, milk and sugar are the prime ingredients.
Raisins, cashewnuts, almonds and saffron are used for garnishing.
Sphere shaped sweets made out of gram flour or semolina.
The main ingredients are flour, sugar, milk and butter or ghee.
I am pretty sure you guys have heard about Besan ke Laddu.
So, people who haven’t tasted these balls of heaven yet go and try them at the earliest hour.
Apart from these, other major delicious desserts are Kulfi, Soan papdi, Badam ki Phirni, Kaju ki Barfi, Rabri, Revadi, Mohan thaal, Ghevar and many more.
Enough about the best dishes…
Now the question is from where to get these delicious food in it’s authentic and traditional way.
Here are the names of some places from where you can get the best North-Indian dishes.
Arsalan(In major cities of India), The Palms(Kolkata), Peter Cat(Kolkata), Bombay Brasserie, Paranthe Wali Galli(kolkata), Punjabee Rasoi(Kolkata), Bukhara(Delhi), Saffron(Delhi), Indian Accent(Delhi), Zaffran(Delhi), Satpura(Chennai), Karavalli(Bangalore), Neel(Mumbai), Karim’s(Old Delhi), The Fern(Gujarat), and many more…
Top 9 list of North Indian food recipes
And if you are a true foodie or a chef or a food blogger don’t miss a chance to explore the street foods of India.
They are amazing, delicious, cheap and easily viable.
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-Written by Annasha(Intern at BoldBlush)
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