India is often considered a foodies paradise as it is filled with many opportunities to taste so many delicious and traditional dishes. Not exactly where to start? Take a look at what we suggest you should try on your next trip to India.
Synonymous with Delhi street food vendors, Chaat is one of India’s most appetizing savory snacks. Although there’s now a huge variety of different kinds of chaat, the original chaat is an incredible combination of diced potato pieces, crispy fried bread and chickpeas garnished with fresh coriander leaves, yogurt, and dried ginger and tamarind sauce. It is highly recommended to get a taste of this Indian specialty while in India.
For those who absolutely love chicken, this next one is just for you! Originally created in the Moti Mahal Restaurant in Delhi, Butter Chicken is also known as Murgh Makhani. Generally is consists of the leftovers of Tandori Chicken cooked in a ‘gravy’ made up of tomatoes, cream, various spices, and of course butter. Over the years, this dish has increased in popularity and is now considered to be one of the most distinguished Indian meals. Butter chicken lovers will tell you that the most perfect dish consists of a balance of velvety texture and tangy taste.
Most foodies around the world will have heard of or tasted dal. However, there is nothing quite like tasting the original dish in India. Dal is the Hindi word for lentils, and this soup-like delicacy is made by stewing small black lentils for several hours. Although there are many different varieties of this lentil dish, dal makhani is in a league of its own. For decades it has been said that it is truly the best of the best, which is why it is often only enjoyed at special events such as weddings. Additionally, Dal Makhani is super healthy as it is rich in calcium and fiber. Be sure to try this one too.
Samosas are actually a South Asian fried pastry with a savory filling such as spiced potatoes, onions, peas, chicken, and other meats, or lentils. Generally, they are triangular-shaped but nowadays they come in all different forms depending on the region of India, Samosas are more popular as a snack or appetizer and are mostly served hot at tea time. Did you know that back in the 13th-century Samosas used to be eaten by royalty? In India, they used to be eaten by noblemen as part of a massive feast.
Of course, our list would not be complete without including one type of Indian beverage, so naturally, we’re recommending Masala Chai. This tea is made by boiling black tea with milk and water along with a mixture of different aromatic herbs and spices. Many say that masala chai originated back in the early 20th century, but since then as gained majored popularity in many different countries across the globe. It is also India’s most famous export and can be found in many places such as high-end restaurants to the local train station There’s truly nothing quite like sipping a hot cup of authentic masala chai first thing in the morning.