Indian cuisine is characterized by its diversity which is heavily influenced by religion, cultural choices, and traditions. This diversity is probably the reason why Indian cuisine is one of the best cuisines in the world. Each region in India boasts their own delicacy. But even though Indian food varies from region to region throughout the country, all Indian food is characterized by the sophisticated and subtle use of the many spices, vegetables, grains, and fruits. The use spicy, sour, sweet, and hot flavors all at the same time are what make Indian food stand out. In other words, Indian food is both exciting and intimidating because of the exotic ingredients making unfamiliar dishes and tongue-tingling flavors. Cooking in India is considered an art that is handed down from generation to generation. Here are some of the best traditional Indian food:
One of the best and most popular traditional Indian food is the Biryani. It is a combination of rice, spices, and meat (usually chicken). Sometimes eggs are also added. This Indian dish varies from region to region. Because there is no definite set of standard recipes in Indian cuisine, there are many version of biryani and each version gets separated from each other. Biryani varies whether it is served with meat, how the dish is cooked, and what spices are used. Possibly the most famous of all variations comes from Hyderabad, called Hyderabadi biryani. This version uses basmati rice and goat, although often substituted for chicken, cooked in a way that creates a lot of flavors.
Chicken Tikka Masala
Chicken tikka masala is a dish of chunks of roasted marinated chicken, called chicken tikka, in a spiced curry sauce. The chicken is baked in a tandoor oven and is served in a creamy orange curry. It is often eaten over long-grain rice. The sauce of Chicken Tikka Masala is usually creamy and orange-colored which is made of tomatoes, cream, coconut cream, and spices. A number of different spice combinations can be used to create the curry. This traditional dish is not only popular in India but also in other parts of the globe because it is served by almost all Indian restaurants around the world.
Samosas are triangular pockets of fried dough that contain savory fillings. They are usually vegetarian, and often accompanied by a mint chutney. Seasoned potatoes, peas, and onions are common ingredients for a samosa filling. It may also contain ingredients like minced meat. Samosas come in different sizes, and fillings are greatly influenced by the local food habits. This traditional Indian food is perfect as a snack or entrée.
Golgappa is also called Panipuri. It is a common street snack in several regions of the Indian subcontinent. The word golgappa means “crisp sphere”. This traditional Indian food is made from plain flour or semolina and fried until golden. It is traditionally filled with spiced potatoes and/or chickpeas and dipped into a bowl of water peppered with cumin, coriander, and other spices.
A classic Mughlai dish, rogan josh is traditionally part of Kashmiri cuisine but has spread across North India. Rogan josh consists of pieces of lamb or mutton braised with a gravy, flavored with garlic, ginger and aromatic spices such as cloves, bay leaves, cardamom, cinnamon, and onions. The word Rogan means “oil” in Persian, while Josh means “heat, hot, boiling, or passionate”. Rogan josh thus means cooked in oil at intense heat. Although the recipe can vary from place to place, Rogan Josh is a mouthwatering traditional dish adored all over the country.
Kosha Mangsho is an Indian curry dish that is prepared from mutton and vegetables in thick, velvety gravy. The meat is cooked in its own juices and flavored with cloves, cinnamon, cardamom and numerous other spices, and the resulting rich, dark-brown delight has become a perennial Indian family favorite.