10 Amazing Indian Dishes To Spice Up Your Life

10 Amazing Indian Dishes To Spice Up Your Life

Filled with fragrant spices, Indian food never fails to impress with bold yet comforting flavors that tantalize your tastebuds.

There's more to Indian food than just Chicken Tikka Masala, Biryani and Naan. With a diverse range of ethnic groups and cultures present in India, it comes as no surprise that Indian cuisine offers a wide variety of delicacies which differ from region to region. Explore the taste of India with these authentic dishes that are packed with rustic flavors to whet your appetite. 

1. Kanda Poha (Maharashtrian Flattened Rice)

An authentic and traditional Maharashtrian breakfast recipe made with flattened rice (known as “Poha” in India), Kanda Poha is also popular in Gujarat & some parts of Madhya Pradesh. It is a simple and healthy recipe, which can be made quickly for breakfast or as an evening snack. Best served steaming hot, it is generally enjoyed as it is, but tastes better when topped with fresh grated coconut. No Maharashtrian household kitchen is complete without stocking up on Poha.

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2. Punjabi Dal Tadka (Tempered Pigeon Pea Lentils)

Punjabi Dal Tadka is one of the most popular Indian lentil dishes. It is traditionally made with Arhar Dal (husked & split pigeon peas). Even though this vegetarian dish originated in the northern state of Punjab, it has made its way into households and restaurant menus all over India. Now, each household has its own variation of the Dal Tadka, and the dish can range in spice levels from moderate to spicy. The Tadka or the temper that lends its intense flavor to the Dal predominantly consists of garlic, chilies and cumin seeds.

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3. Aloo Gobi

Aloo Gobi is a popular Indian curry in which potatoes and cauliflowers are cooked in a fragrant spice blend. This vegetarian dish can be made in several ways but this recipe uses onions, tomatoes, ginger, garlic and an array of spices including garam masala, cumin seeds, turmeric, coriander seeds and dry mango powder. Cauliflower gives this vegetarian dish added texture and crunch so make sure that you don’t overcook it till it becomes soggy.

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4. Palak Paneer

A beloved vegetarian dish made with fresh Indian cottage cheese called Paneer and spinach (called Palak), Palak Paneer is enjoyed all over India for its wholesome flavor and texture. It has become as famous as it is today because of its rich and creamy spinach-based sauce which is flavored with onions, tomatoes, and cumin. The pillowy-soft Paneer adds another element of decadence to the dish.

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5. Pav Bhaji (Spiced Mashed Potatoes with Toasted Bread)

A very popular Indian street food initially created for textile mill workers of Mumbai, Pav Bhaji is predominantly made with mashed potatoes blended with a rich and creamy tomato-based sauce. It is served with a side of buttery, pan-toasted Pav (Indian bread roll) for a comforting meal. 

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6. Upma (Spiced Semolina Porridge)

Upma is a very popular Indian breakfast staple with origins in Tamil Nadu, part of Southern India. This semolina porridge is flavored with a traditional combination of onions, mustard seeds, and curry leaves. The variations of Upma contain the addition of peanuts and cashew nuts, or various vegetables for added texture and crunch.

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7. Misal Pav (Maharashtrian Breakfast Curry with Dinner Roll)

Misal Pav is a dish that is prepared and served differently all over Maharashtra, India. It is also one of the most popular breakfast items in all parts of the state. Misal is a curry made with pulses (edible seeds from legume plants) like Matki (moth beans) and is served with Farsan (fried gram flour tidbits), raw onion and Pav (Indian bread roll).

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8. Aloo Bhaji (Maharashtrian Spiced Potato)

Aloo Bhaji literally translates to a “potato preparation”. It is traditionally spiced with mustard seeds, green chilies, and curry leaves, and is enjoyed all over India with different variations of side dishes. In Western India, it is served with a puffed flatbread known as Poori, while in Southern India, it is served with crispy Dosas (fermented rice batter crepes).

9. Gujarati Dal (Gujarati Style Pigeon Pea Lentils)

Gujarati Dal is an everyday staple component of the cuisine in Gujarat, a Western province of India. Dal is typically eaten at lunch or dinner. The spices and flavors used, together with its trademark sweet and sour taste is representative of Gujarati cuisine. It is usually enjoyed with hot rice, Ghee, and hot Rotli (flatbread).

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10. Bhutta (Char-Grilled Corn on a Cob)

Bhutta is an Indian street food that is well-loved by locals and often eaten as a snack, especially in the monsoon season. In Mumbai, you can usually see Bhutta vendors selling this delicious corn on the cob along the beach. One of the main attractions of Bhutta is that it is grilled over a live charcoal flame. Once cooked and nicely charred, it is rubbed with butter, lime juice and red chili powder to enhance the flavors. Impress your guests with this tasty treat at your next BBQ!

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