India is a nation of foodies. Every state in India has its own special dishes, recipes and spices. But there are a few general dishes which are popular across India – often made with a unique twist.
Here is a list of 10 that you’ll find in every nook and corner of India:
- Idli Sambar : This legendary dish is not only popular in India but throughout the world. It is native to South India and foodies of all sorts love it. Available both as a street food and served in high end restaurants.
Idli is steamed and is high in protein and so is sambar, the concoction of lentils and veggies. Loaded with nutritious ingredients, it is loved by people for its health benefits.
- Masala Dosa: It is made by stuffing dosa (with rice batter) with cooked potatoes, onions, green chilli and spices. According to Wikipedia Masala dosa is listed as number 49 on World’s 50 most delicious foods complied by CNN in 2011.
- Dhokla: It is a nutritious dish with a base of fermented chickpea batter and rice. Though originated in Gujarat, is very famous throughout India. Available in almost every sweet shop.
- Pav Bhaji: It is essentially a ragout of boiled, mashed and slow simmered vegetables spiked with a tantalising array of spices and served to be lapped up with crusty pan fried bread, a dash of lemon and a lashing of sweet red onions. It is the most explosive of vegetarian flavours revealing themselves on your palate.
- Kachori: It is a delicious, spicy, fried puffed pastry. Kachori filled with spicy moong dal mixture and then deep fried. It is flakey from outside and hollow inside. It is one of the dishes that you can eat for any meal!
- Mirchi Bajji: Another popular South Indian Snack that is popular across.
- Chole Batura: Traditionally a Punjabi dish, but is enjoyed all over India because of the amazing taste.
- Uttapam: Another common breakfast dish from South India made with rice batter.
- Samosa: A tea time snack that you will never find anyone saying no to but eat.
- Pani Puri: The combination of tangy sweet chutney with potato, beans and that green masaledar water, is a taste like no other. No one knows where this dish originated – but this pani puri has made it to every corner of India.
Feel free to leave a comment if you see anything missing.