A guide to the signature dishes of Indian cuisineFebruary 15, 2017
India is one of the world’s gastronomic powerhouses. The country’s fiery curries, grilled tandoori meats, yogurt-based sauces, crispy poppadoms, fragrant rice and range of breads have become an essential part of diets across the world. At foodora, you can explore all of India’s great dishes, and this guide explains a few of the finest options our partnered restaurants offer.
One of the healthiest of all Indian dishes, Masala Dal is deceptively simple, consisting of delicately spiced lentils. The “masala” part refers to the sauce that the lentils are cooked in, which is where the magic lies. With the right balance of spiciness and richness, a well made Dal is a beautiful combination of flavours full of nutritional goodness.
Tandoori Chicken is India’s most famous chicken dish, and it’s a favorite across the world. Again, it sounds simple: pieces of chicken are roasted in a special clay oven, called a “tandoor”. However, there’s one key thing to add – the perfect yogurt and spice marinade. Every chef has their own style, with subtle variations at every restaurant.
Navratan (vegetable) Korma is a lightly spiced curry that can be found in virtually every Indian restaurant due to its wide-ranging appeal. Kormas are generally made by braising vegetables in cream and yogurt sauces along with spices like coriander and cumin. Nuts can be added to make the flavor more complex, while every chef uses a slightly different base of vegetables.
Few Indian dishes are as satisfying as Biryani, which could be the perfect way to round off a tough day at work. Originating from Northern India, Biryani dishes will always feature rice, mixed with a curry of some form. However, there is a diverse variety of styles, including dry Biryani, creamy Biryani and Biryanis with different meats. There are versions from Hyderabad, Delhi and Sindh, each with their own unique elements.
Indian food isn’t all about main courses like Navratan Korma or Masala Dal. There are also plenty of inviting drinks to explore as well. Mango Lassi is one of the most popular ones. With its combination of yogurt and mango, it’s a healthy complement to almost any curry, with its palate-cleansing properties and sweet, crisp taste. A good Lassi is a wonderful way to make a great Indian meal even more enjoyable.
Discover authentic Indian cuisine with foodora
Whether you want an evening feast or a lunchtime snack, you’ll find a great selection of Indian meals available from our partnered restaurants at foodora. Indian cuisine is diverse, exciting and (most importantly) delicious, and wherever you are, you can be sure that skilled Indian chefs are ready to cook up superb dishes, made especially for you.