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The Most Popular Dishes of India

The Most Popular Dishes of India

Indian cuisine is diverse; each region has its own well known dish or a famous delicacy. The locals savor with relish and it is proudly prepared in their households too. Most of the Indian dishes are well spiced to taste and colorful to look at. Some of the  spices used in Indian cuisine include cumin seeds, curry leaves, mustard seeds, green chili, whole garam masalas, red chili powder, turmeric and fenugreek seeds to name a few. All these also originate from India.  So imagine original Indian recipes with original Indian spices. What a Combo! I know your mouth is already watering.

Read on to learn about the 10 Most Popular Dishes of India and relish all the goodness today.  Let your life get endlessly delicious from now on.  

1. Samosas

Samosas from India are World famous. There is a very popular Bollywood number written on the love for samosas.

Jab tak rahega samose mein aloo
Tera rahaunga o meri Shalu

This is definitely without a doubt – the most favorite snack of every Indian! The outer crust is made with maida and the filling is generally of a spicy potato. It is deep-fried and eaten with mint/coriander chutney. It’s a street food delicacy and needs to be devoured piping hot. When someone offers me a samosa, my eyes just light up. What about you?  

2. Chole Bhature

Chole is a spicy gravy dish prepared with chickpea as the main ingredient. And Bhature is the deep fried flatbread that accompanies this dish. It is a famous North Indian dish however enjoyed and relished by all Indians. Special spices go into making this finger licking Chole.

 Popular Dishes of India

3. Chaats 

Chaats is not a name of one dish but a generic name for chatpata street snacks that are typically found being sold at street carts or stalls all across India. Some most popuar Chaats are Pani puri, Sev puri, Dahi Bhalla, Bhel, Ragda Pattice, etc. The vendors spice up the dish with sweet and sour tamarind chutneys, chopped onions, spicy mint chutney and other tongue tantalizing ingredients. Got you drooling!

4. Butter Chicken

This is a delicious non vegetarian dish eaten with naan. The sweet and spicy creamy gravy will definitely get you to lick your fingers. Butter Chicken or Murg Makhani is orange red in colour. The main ingredient that contributes to the rich flavor is Kasuri methi or Fenugreek leaves and Kashmiri red chilli powder. It is rich and indulgent owing to the fresh cream added while preparing the dish. One bite will get your mouth to water, craving for more.

5. Dosa  

Oh, those crispy paper thin ghee-fragrant rolls call Dosa.  Although Dosas have originally come from South India it is enjoyed everywhere in the country. Each city in India will definitely have an Udipi restaurant that will be serving the delicious Dosa, with sambhar and chutney. It is made from fermented rice batter and crisp fried and has a filling of spicy mashed potatoes. There are a variety of Dosas served.

6. Daal Makhani

Another super hit dish of North India is Dal Makhani. This popular recipe is made with whole urad dal and rajma with dollops of fresh cream and other spices. It is a must-have and popular dish with buttery flavours and delicate local spices. It is eaten with Indian breads- Roti or Naan.

7. Vada Pav

 People visiting India have listed Vada Pav on their must dishes whilst visiting our country. They are aware of the fiery accompaniments yet wait to try this mouth watering Mumbai Street food no matter what.  This simple, humble Indian burger consists of a potato cutlet inside a bread bun with sweet & spicy chutney.

8. Makke ki Roti- Sargon ka Saag

A winter dish known to bring heat to the body. Sarson da Saag is prepared by cooking tender mustard greens with loads of onions, garlic, ginger and tomato in copious amounts of dairy-free butter. It is served traditionally with Indian corn bread called Makke ki Roti. Always paired together, these two dishes pretty much sum up the food culture of  Punjab and is enjoyed all over the Nation with great taste and relish.

 Popular Dishes of India

9. Pav Bhajji

It is a fast food dish from Maharashtra. It consists of a vegetable curry served with a soft bread roll.  This vegan street food where buttered buns are served with spicy mashed veggies topped with dollop of butter. We all love a good plate of pav bhaji but does anyone know about the origin of this majestic dish that is loved by Indians all over.

 Popular Dishes of India

10.  Gulab Jamun

Gulab Jamun is considered as one of the best dessert/sweet in the world. You can never stop by eating just one of these sugary sweet irresistible balls of delight. It is practically served at every wedding or in every Indian thali. This deep fried dough ball is dipped in syrup of sugar, cardamom and rosewater.

 A plethora of dishes have originated from Indian shores and have captured the palate and taste buds of foodies world over, for centuries. The above list is just a tip of the iceberg as diverse Indian foods come from different regions, communities, and economic strata. Is your mouth watering already?

Popular Dishes of India is my post for letter P in the BlogchatterA2Z challenge. Old Age and Staying Fit is my post for letter O.

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  • Sitharaam Jayakumar

    Wow you have made my mouth water even though I aam writing this comment just after having dinner. I grew up in New Delhi and used to commute to school by DTC buses. And we use to change buses every evening at the central secretariat stop. My friends and I used to pool together money and have chole bature at a shop there. It used to taste heavenly. Your post brings back memories of those days. Among the chaats I love dahi bhalla. But unfortunately I have never tasted vada pav.

  • Alpana

    Anahita..seeing the close-ups of these mouthwatering dishes..I am unable to say anything. I am a big Samosa fan and I always miss Samosas back home. Seeing these pictures..I was like..please I want these now…

    • Varsh

      Your post had me drooling! India has such a rich food culture. Every food item is a specialty and has history and cultural roots too. Dosa breakfast, chole bhature lunch, pav bhaji dinner and gulabjamun for dessert. I’m done!

  • sundeep ananth dubey (

    Mouthwatering pictures indeed. Your pictures insist I go out and get something for myself but the lockdown speaks otherwise. Well written content Anahita. Happy A2Zing 🙂

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  • Mayuri Nidigallu

    All of them, each of them, are my favorites! Your pics have made me crave Samosa, which is my most favorite and the one snack I haven’t had since the lockdown began. Loved your detailed posts, Annu!

  • Noor Anand Chawla

    Your post has made me drool Anahita! I am craving these delicious street foods ever since lockdown began, but they don’t seem a very hygienic culinary option in the current situation! Lovely post though!

  • Neha Sharma

    I am now craving badly looking at all these mouth-watering images of popular Indian dishes. All of these are my favorites except butter chicken since I am a vegetarian.

  • Dr Bushra

    Indeed India is land of foodies with so many delectable Dishes to cherish for life. My favourite is samosa, chaat and chole bhatura from the list

  • Roma

    Such a drool worthy post, my mouth is watering as all of these are my favorites and I am on a strict diet buddy but yes loved your list

  • Ishieta

    oh my my! This is a post written for my punjabi – foodie heart! I absolutely concur with you that these are the absolutely famous and favorite dishes for all foodies who love street food and indian food 🙂

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