The title of this article is somewhat misleading. Do you ask why? Because there is so much diversity in food that even a list of 100 would fail to grab all the lip-smacking dishes of this vibrant country. Each state (if you don’t know, there are 29 states and 7 Union Territories in India) and Union Territory has its own rich and tasty cuisine that you can’t afford to resist. So, forget counting calories and being apprehensive of the foods being unhealthy or of the usage of too much oil. Enjoy these popular Indian foods and one or the other would be added to your own favorite dishes list.
Dhokla – This hails from Gujarat which is situated on the west side of the county. This one is made with simple items like besan (garbanzo bean flour or gram flour), sour curd, turmeric, ginger-garlic paste, green chili paste, a little sugar and some oil. You can eat it in your breakfast or as an evening snack. Whenever you eat, be sure that you would be craving for more. The soft, fluffy Dhokla just melts in your mouth. The other notable dishes of Gujarat are Thepla (Indian leavened bread with fenugreek leaves), Khakra, Khandvi, Dhansak etc.
Dum Aloo – The way you perceive potatoes would change completely after you indulge yourself in this royal dish. It can be cooked in various ways but the most famous one is the Kashmiri Dum aloo. Here we use baby potatoes, some spices, dry fenugreek leaves, etc. You can eat with naans or rotis. The creamy texture of cashews and yogurt will make you drool for this. Other famous dishes of Jammu and Kashmir are kalaadi cheese, rogan josh, haak saag etc.
Masala Dosa and Idli-Sambar – No list regarding food of India would be complete without the inclusion of either Dosa or Idli. Simple yet tasty, these two varieties are not only famous in southern states of India but equally popular all over the country. If you love light dishes, idli and sambar are the ones for you because there is no use of spices, only a tablespoon oil is used for 3-4 idlis and with all these healthy stuff, they still taste delicious. Masala Dosa is one such dish which has to be tasted by all at least once. This looks like roti but is much more than that. You can get Dosa in a number of flavors.
Phagshapa – This is an amalgamation of Northeastern states and Nepal’s cuisine. It is probably one of the best dishes you could find in Sikkim. This, unlike the above ones, is a non-vegetarian dish. This is a delicious dish made of dried pork strips, chili, radish, and turnips. It is a mouth savoring dish which is best suited for rice. It makes one hot spicy dish! The other delicious dishes of Sikkim are momos, thukpas, gundruk, sel rotis etc.
Rasagulla – How can someone end the food list without writing about a dessert? And if there is mention of sweet, how can anyone leave West Bengal? West Bengal is the best place to land for the people who love sweets and fish. Once here, make sure you forget your calorie count, else you can only see them but, cannot taste them. Rasagulla is made by mixing chenna (fresh unripened curd cheese) and semolina and making dumplings out of them. Then, those dumplings go straight into the sugar syrup. Locals say that they taste best when they are lukewarm and not cold. Did you know there is something called Mishti Doi (sweetened curd)? It looks like curd but, it is sweet and brownish.
We bet your mouth is watering by now. Hold on! More to come on popular Indian foods. We are darn sure that if you have never been to India, you will definitely want to come and taste one of these foods. We promise you won’t be disappointed.