Must-Try Indian Food

Adesua Emmanuel 15 December

 

India is a beautiful country and was one of the biggest empires of the early 20th century, this beautiful country has left its mark on arts, culture, and culinary science. Indian dishes are now popular all around the world and offer varieties of options for food lovers.  Now there is a popular misconception that Indian foods are always spicy and not suitable for most palates but be rest assured they can be a delight if well cooked.  Most kitchens don't have the ingredients to cook the best Indian dishes, this article is aimed at giving exposure to the best Indian dishes, their various ingredients, and how they can be prepared at the comfort of your home to have a good culinary experience.

SAMOSA

 

This popular snack all around the world did not originate from India but was brought in by the Mughal dynasty and has taken root as one of the most popular Indian dishes.  It is made from flour, stuffing including fish, potatoes, onion, meat, pepper, etc.  To prepare samosa, you first make the samosa dough by rolling the flour mixed with salt and oil into a roll. Next is to prepare the stuffing depending on your taste; this can include fish, potatoes, meat, onion, pepper, etc. Then cut the dough into conical shapes, put in the stuffing, close the edges together then deep fry in hot oil. Deep fry for 2-3 minutes, depending on how crunchy you want it. Take it out after frying and your delicious samosa is ready to eat.

 

BUTTER CHICKEN

 

One of the most popular Indian dishes around the world and this is definitely for a good reason – it is delicious, easy to make, and is worth the effort. Ingredients include vegetables, oil (preferably olive oil), butter, tomato sauce, spices e.g chili powder, black pepper, ginger, garlic, heavy cream, or yogurt for low fat.  Chicken stock is welcome too.  To give the maximum flavor, marinate the chicken first in the usual way i.e. mixing the cut chicken with spices and leaving for some minutes and then marinate again in a yogurt mixture.  Next is to fry the onion, ginger, and garlic in a mixture of olive oil and butter for 30seconds then add the tomato sauce, chicken, and spices.  Allow cooking for 5 minutes then add the cream or yogurt, simmer for few minutes while stirring occasionally.  

This dish can be served with rice and also goes excellently well with lentils and green vegetable salad.

 

DAAL MAKHNI

 

A very popular North Indian dish which is made with black lentils, kidney beans, and people can also add butter and cream according to taste.

 

To prepare this dish, the whole black lentil and kidney beans are washed and then soaked in enough water to cover overnight. When you are ready to cook, drain the water and then cook the black lentil and kidney beans on medium/high heat for 10mins with a small amount of salt. After the first 10mins of high/medium heat, cook for 5-10minutes on low heat. The best method is the use of a pressure cooker. Next mash the whole black lentils and kidney beans then turn on the lowest heat and allow to simmer.

 

In a separate pot, heat some butter on medium heat, fry onions in it for some minutes until it is golden brown, add ginger and garlic and cook for 2 minutes. Next is to add the tomato sauce and cook for another 2 minutes until the sauce mixes well with the pot content.  Then add the boiled and mashed black lentils and kidney beans into the pot content, add chili powder and salt, mix, add some water to reduce the thickness to your taste, stir and set on low heat uncovered for around 40-45 minutes while stirring often to prevent it from sticking to the bottom of the pot. Add more water if needed. Next is to add sugar, some melted butter, and cream, mix it and allow to simmer for some minutes on low heat.  By now, the Daal will have become creamy and ready to serve.  It can be eaten with rice.

 

Tandoori chicken

 

A popular chicken recipe that has gained the trust and love of people all around the world, this yogurt-coated chicken is traditionally made in a clay oven but variations can be made and I assure you the taste is all the same. To prepare you to need to coat the chicken and put it in the refrigerator for several hours, then after you bring the coated chicken out and cut it into pieces which you then put in the oven to achieve the desired taste. This chicken dish can be eaten with rice and can be enjoyed alone on a sunny afternoon with your favorite drink.

 

Dosa

 

A southern India dish, this delicious meal has not only become mainstream in India, but it has also become a go-to diet all around the world. to make this delicious meal, you need whole back lentils, methi seeds, rice, and Bengal gram. These ingredients are soaked for hours and prepared accordingly to make dosa batter, another important ingredient would be the poha which is soaked in water 30 minutes before the batter is made. 

 

Then the batter is kept in a warm place for hours for it to ferment after the batter has fermented to the required consistency it is then fried on a pre-heated pan until it turns golden, after which it is flipped and you ensure both sides have the same consistency. This meal is then served with a variety of fillings which is picked according to the taste of the cook, but coconut chutney is most commonly used.  

 

Indian dishes are usually exotic, delicious and offer new varieties for food lovers, there is always something to try out and when you take that leap and try out Indian dishes, the experience generally doesn't leave you the same, you would always want to try them because that is how delicious they always are, so what are you waiting for, take that leap today and try out Indian dishes and I assure you, you would not regret it.