Saturday, November 2, 2013

TOP TEN INDIAN DISHES you must try before you croak!

“The only time to eat diet food is while you’re waiting for the steak to cook.”
-Julia Child
The cover is a parody of the True blood (HBO drama series) poster

Here’s a list of Top Ten Indian Non-Veg Dishes, Top Ten Indian Veg dishes and Top Ten Indian Desserts you must try before you croak.


       Non Veg             PORK VINDALOO

This Anglo-Indian spicy pork curry prepared in a vinegar-based gravy with or without potato (aloo) is a Goan specialty that attains its unique taste by the blending of pork fat with the spices. It goes swell with rice or any of the Indian breads.

       Veg                      SARSO DA SAAG with MAKKE DI ROTI

This dish made from mustard leaves and usually had with corn bread (Makke di Roti) is a traditional Punjabi favorite. Dollops of ghee or butter often accompany this deadly veggie combination.

       Dessert               GAJAR KA HALWA

A desert made with carrots (gajar), milk, ghee and sugar, and served with lots of dry fruits, mainly sliced almonds, gajar ka halwa is the only vegetable- based dessert in this list.


       Non Veg             MALABAR PAROTTA & BEEF FRY

This must be the “official” food of the Malayalis. Parotta is a laced multi-layered flat bread to go with the spicy dry roasted beef, which is not much of a ‘fry’ like the name suggests.

       Veg                      BAINGAN KA BHARTA

This mash made from grilled eggplant, somewhat similar to baba-ganoush, is a major ingredient in the veg platters from Maharashtra, Gujarat and West Bengal regions of India, and is primarily had with Indian breads like parathas or rotis.

       Dessert               SHAHI TUKDA

Shahi Tukda is a rich bread pudding from the royal (shahi) kitchens of the Mughals where slices of deep fried breads dipped in cardamom-flavored sugar syrup are topped with condensed milk sauce and dry fruits and served cold.


       Non Veg             THEVO CHU (NAGA PORK with BAMBOO SHOOTS)

Thevo Chu containing large chunks of pork cooked in thin spicy gravy with garlic and bamboo shoots, hails from amongst the Angami tribe of Nagaland, and goes best with steamed rice.

       Veg                      DAL-BAATI-CHURMA

This Rajasthani specialty constitutes of a lentil (dal) preparation to go with a kind of hard bread (baati) cooked in a traditional oven and a kind of ground-wheat food called baati cooked with sugar in ghee.

       Dessert                   MISHTI DOI

Hailing from West Bengal and Orissa, this frozen yogurt dessert is sweetened with jaggery and stored in earthenware pots enabling evaporation of water through its pores thickening the end result and cooling it at the same time.



This mutton dish from the Kolhapur region of Maharashtra is based on a white sauce called pandhra rassa made from ground cashew, coconut, poppy seeds and sesame seeds with other spices.

       Veg                      PAAV BHAJI

A spicy Maharashtrian fast food that has spread its root to every nook and corner of metropolitan India, paav bhaji constitutes of buttered bread (paav) and a thick vegetable curry (bhaji) served with chopped onion and a slice of lemon.

       Dessert               GULAB JAMUN

With its disputed origin, this sweet dish is made by soaking deep-fried balls made from freshly curdled milk in flavored sugar syrup. This dessert with a scoop of non-Indian vanilla ice cream is worth a try.


       Non Veg             BHAPA ILISH

Bengalis would die for this traditional fish curry made in mustard paste and their favorite Hilsa fish. If not properly cooked, the gravy could be bitter so make sure you hit a reliable kitchen. It is served with steamed rice.

       Veg                      RAJMA-CHAWAL

The quintessential lunch of the working class north Indian, rajma-chawal is a thick curry made from red kidney beans (rajma) served with steamed rice (chawal). This culinary daily is cooked during special occasions as well.

       Dessert               MATHO

Matho is a fruity Gujarati variant of the Maharashtraian sweet dish Shrikhand. Here, yoghurt is strained and blended with saffron, cardamom, sugar and a fruit like mango or pineapple. It’s then chilled and served. It’s thinner than fruit yoghurt, if that’s what you’re thinking.


       Non Veg             TANDOORI CHICKEN

One of the most popular Indian foods, tandoori chicken is roasted chicken marinated in yoghurt and spices slow cooked in a very high temperature of the traditional oven called the tandoor.

       Veg                      BISI BELE BAATH

This rice-based dish that is a native of Karnataka is prepared with lentils, vegetables and rice along with tamarind pulp, asafoetida, curry leaves and other spices. Best when piping hot.

       Dessert               PHIRNI

This is a creamy pudding made by reducing milk mixed with rice paste or wheat flour and served cold with grated almonds and pistachios. A popular Mughlai dessert which is also a part of Kashmiri Wazwan.


       Non Veg             RAAN MUSALLAM

This beast from the Awadhi cuisine is for the absolute meat lover. Leg of lamb slow cooked in an open pot with rich yoghurt based paste makes the end result, which was also a Nawabi favorite, melt in your mouth.

       Veg                      IDLY SAMBAR

This south Indian breakfast includes a steam savory cake (idli) made from fermented batter of black lentil and rice to go with a sour vegetable stew called sambar. Often accompanied with coconut chutney.

       Dessert               RASGULA

This sweet dish from Orissa and West Bengal is a national favorite. It is prepared by cooking dumplings made from a kind of Indian cottage cheese and semolina in sugar syrup, and served chilled.

      Non Veg              VELLA APPAM & MUTTON STEW

Vella Appam is plain hopper made from fermented batter of rice and coconut from the southern states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. A mutton stew with vegetables and coconut milk that’s a specialty of the Syrian Christian’s of Kerala is a great combination.

        Veg                      CHOLE BHATURE

This Fluffy fried bread called bhatura that goes with concentrated curry of chickpeas (chole) is widely wolfed as a street food all over the country, especially the northern parts, even tough they hail from the Punjab region.

       Dessert               RASMALAI

Another sweet from West Bengal, rasmalai includes small spongy disks made from paneer (indian cottage cheese) submerged in saffron flavored clotted cream (malai).


       Non Veg             ROGAN JOSH

One of the staples from the Kashmiri cuisine, rogan josh is a plush Indian curry with braised boneless lamb cooked in a mixture of caramelized shallots, yoghurt and other spices, chiefly the Kashmiri red chilies which give the dish it’s characteristic red color.

       Veg                      DAAL MAKHANI

This food originating from Punjab made from different types of lentils along with rajma (red kidney beans) has become eponymous to Indian vegetarian food even outside India.

       Dessert               KHEER/ PAYASAM

A pan Indian sweet porridge made by reducing milk with rice flavored with cardamom and mixed with heaps of cashews and raisins and served both hot as well as cold.


       Non Veg             HYDERABADI MUTTON BIRYANI

This chief comes right out of the palettes of the Nizams of Hyderabad and is a rice-based dish with mutton cooked in the dum style (slow cooking in sealed containers). Make sure you ask only for the Kachchi gosth variety.

       Veg                      MASALA DOSA

Dosa is a crispy paper thin pancake made from lentil and rice batter originating from Tamil Nadu. But the Masala Dosa, made by stuffing it with a potato filling was said to have originated in the Udupi region of Karnataka.

       Dessert               KULFI

Kulfi is an Indian ice cream prepared by prolonged stirring of sweetened flavored milk over flame thus caramelizing the sugar inside the reducing milk and giving it its distinctive smell & taste. 

In addition to the above mentioned, there are two very popular dishes that could keep your spirits going... Jalebi, the 'celebration' sweet that India break good news with, and Papri Chaat, the crunchy-slurpy fast food snack with 'everything' on it.

Bon appétit !  

Also check out the list of TOP TEN BIRYANIS you must try Before you croak!


  1. Rajma chawal??? (hope u remember having Rajma Chawal from sharnkar market near CP)

  2. Great mouth-watering list:) Except for the Beef, Pork & Lamb dishes, tried all :)

  3. Quite a good choice. Having lived in different parts of India, I have eaten most of these and I must say your selection is superb.

  4. This is a delicious one...loved the list except the pork vindaloo.

  5. It's amazing blog about indian food. These all are famous food for indians. Restaurants in Noida

  6. Great selection!! indeed Hot Jalebis are a MUST but what about the malai-kofta , Kadhi with mirchi-tadka ?? but then I understand that the list is for 10 and still you have managed 30 items :p ... great list... yummy :)


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