Foods You Have to Try When You’re Visiting India

When planning to visit India, exploring Indian cuisine is among your top priorities. And why not? It offers succulent meats covered in saucy rich marinades, deliciously mouthwatering desserts, and so many snacks to choose from. India continues to amaze approximately 10.89 million tourists who visit India in a year, apart from its own people.

The mellow dishes like Palak Paneer to spicy ones like Rogan Josh, you can be sure to have a variety to choose from. Another thing to note is that the cuisine is different in every region, from Hyderabadi Biryani to Punjabi Makke di Roti and Sarson da Saag, from Bengali Luchi Aloor Dom to Rajasthani Dal Bati Churma and South Indian dishes like Chettinad Chicken and Dosa.

Here’s a few of our top picks from India to get you a taste of the culture, so go buy a plane ticket to India now.

1) Pav Bhaji

A spicy medley of thick vegetable curry accompanied with heavily buttered bread with a slice of lemon and onions on the side, Pav Bhaji is popular everywhere in India. 

2) Idli Vada Sambhar & Dosa

Idli Vada is a popular dish in South India, usually served for breakfast with an accompaniment of cold coconut chutney and tangy tomato chutney along with a hot spicy lentil broth called Sambhar.

A crispy thin paper pancake stuffs with mashed potatoes, coconut, peanuts, and other vegetables.

3) Stuffed Paratha

“Either whole wheat flour or refined wheat flour is used to make Stuffed Paratha. It contains a filling of either vegetables or meat, such as potatoes, cauliflower, paneer, chicken, egg, etc.

4) Makke di Roti and Sarson da Saag

It is a traditional Punjabi dish, made with bread of maize flour and served with leafy greens prepared with mustard leaves.

5) Tandoori Chicken

It’s hard to find someone who doesn’t fall in love with Tandoori Chicken at the first bite.

Although the original preparation requires roasting it in a clay oven, you can also prepare it by marinating and roasting it on a regular grill or oven.

6) Rogan Josh

Rogan Josh is an authentic Kashmiri dish, made with aromatics spices and red meat, usually lamb or goat. It is colored with Kashmiri chilies and alkanet flower and root.

This is one of the signature curries of Kashmiri cuisine. It is a fiery dish, prepared first by Mughals and then influenced by Persian cuisine.

7) Hyderabadi Mutton Biryani

It is an aromatic rice dish, slow cooked with lots of spices, saffron and marinated mutton and prepared in a sealed vessel. Available throughout India, it has many variants in the original recipe.

8) Laal Maas

Literally meaning red meat, it is a traditional fiery Rajasthani dish of mutton curry, prepared in gravy of yogurt and spices including red Mathania chilies.

9) Macher Jhol Bhaat

People in West Bengal popularly prepare Macher Jhol, a fish curry in flavorful tomato gravy. Bhaat is steamed rice, and people usually serve it alongside.

10) Malai Kofta

Malai Kofta has vegetable meatballs in thick, creamy gravy.

We make the Kofta by cooking and mashing a mixture of potatoes, paneer, carrots, peas, sweet corn, and beans together to form a smooth paste, thick enough to shape into balls.

Then fry them and add them to a silky gravy of tomatoes and cream.

11) Rumali Roti

Derives its name from ‘rumal’, meaning handkerchief in Hindi, it resembles a large thin handkerchief and served folded like one.

It is a very light bread, served with curried and gravy dishes. They are cheap to buy but truly tasty.

12) Gajar ka Halwa

A dessert made with shredded carrot, ghee, milk and sugar with lots of dry fruits (mostly almonds) is popular everywhere in India.

Carrots taste best in winter when producers freshly harvest them, although they are available the whole year.

13) Gulab Jamun

Deep-fry sweet, syrup-covered balls made from khoya (milk solids gained by evaporating the water content of milk completely).

Syrup flavors it with cardamom, saffron, and/or rosewater.

14) Rasmalai

Rasmalai is one of the traditional sweets of West Bengal, containing rasgullas covered in dollops of rabdi (a dessert in itself made by thickening milk) and flavored with saffron and dry fruits.