July 14, 2019

India – a culinary adventure

India - spices

India’s divine delicatessen

India is known for a variety of things which celebrates their rich culture, history and architecture.  Food is only one of the ways to experience this vibrant diversity.  Hence here is a list of our top 10 foods that we recommend you just have to try from the true Indian dishes on offer during your visit to India.

Idli Sambar

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day so let’s start with this Indian breakfast.  It consists of a steamed fermented rice cake or better known as Idli, combined with a sour vegetable stew called Sambar.  This meal is often accompanied by white coconut chutney and even though this inexpensive light breakfast can be enjoyed in any region in India, but is best served in the southern states of India.

India Idli Sambar

Samosas – an trademark of India

Even though samosas can be eaten in any part of the world these days, you have to have true Indian samosas.  Maybe try the baked kind which is not a version often found in other parts of the world. Served either baked or fried these popular appetizers are often served with a stuffing of potatoes, onions and peas and is served with mint or tomato chutney on the side.

Dhokla

Also perfect for breakfast, but often served as a tea time snack, are these fermented rice and chickpea batter cakes.  Have them in Gujrat as they are the best served here.  Delicious.

India - Dhokla
Kati Roll

This very filling meal is enough to last you quite a while.  This is a very traditional meal consisting of a kebab, eggs, vegetables and spices all rolled into a traditional flatbread, called Paratha.

India Kati roll
Daha Vadi

A perfect side dish made of lentil dumplings served with yogurt and spicy tamarind chutney.  It can also be enjoyed as a light meal.

Bhapa Ilish – fish the Indian way

This is a main meal of curried fish.  Usually made of mustard paste and Hilsa fish which is a big favorite in India.  If the curry sauce hasn’t been cooked properly it could taste bitter, but otherwise, this dish is really to die for and is best served in Kolkata usually with some steamed rice.

India Bhapa Ilish
Uttapam

Being the Indian version of a pizza, this dish is easy and a lot less rich than some of the other dishes mentioned.  It is a thick, dense dough stuffed with onions and tomatoes and served with chutney.

India - Uttapam
Rasgulla – Indian dessert

After breakfast, dessert is definitely the second most important meal of the day.  Therefore this list wouldn’t be complete without naming at least one wonderful truly traditional Indian dessert.  We have chosen Rasgulla.  These beautiful balls made of cottage cheese and then cooked in syrup served cold as a dessert is definitely a must-have.  Do make sure you enjoy this treat.

India - Rasgulla

This is merely a small part of the divine culinary feast that India has to offer.  Enjoy these meals in the company of locals and be part of this vibrant culture.  Soon you will realize that food is the ingredient that binds us all together.  Enjoy.

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