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25 Amazing Foods You Must Eat in India

India’s rich range of delicacies is a true manifestation of its immense landscape and multicultural population.

While you tread  the vast reaches of  populous India, you definitely must stop by the welcoming restaurants to have a bite or two of India’s very best.

You could choose to go for mouthwatering meat beautifully caressed in silky curry. Or maybe pounce on that chutney-covered fried dough with yogurt.

From tasty Pani puri to syrupy desserts and to warm kebabs, India truly has time for its foods. These Indian cuisines and the accompanying desserts are most definitely worth your appetites. You are not you when you are hungry.

 Pani Puri

Found mostly in Northern and Eastern India, pani puri is a street snack best consumed wholly in one big bite. It comprises the pani – a fried ball hollow on one end, and the puri – a mixture of flavored water that is stuffed inside the pani.  Onions, chickpeas, tamarind chutney masala and chili could come with pani puri as welcome add-ins.


Tasty dish of minced meat combined with green peas, garlic, onion, chilies and ginger. The delicacy is mostly made out of goat or lamb meat. The seasoning makes Keema absolutely mouthwatering, even  simply from the sight of it.


The name goes for a wide range street-side snacks served throughout India. The original chaat, however, features fried bread or potatoes smoothly covered in sauce, chickpeas, chili, yogurt and several fiery spices.


Common breakfast meal in Southern India and neighboring Sri Lanka, idli is a zesty cake made by steaming a batter of fermented black lentils and rice. The fermentation eases metabolism of the starches. Idli is served alongside samabar or chutney for dipping.


Juicy meat served on Skewers hot off the grill in street stalls and covered in tasty sauces, marinades and spices. Kebabs are found everywhere you go in India and the taste is absolutely exquisite.


Often used as an entrée dish, this spicy Indian snack is commonly made of fried onions, though there are several other variants.  They are enjoyed more alongside mango chutney.


A doughy leavened flatbread cooked in traditional clay ovens and meant mainly for dipping in curries and sauces.


Biryani is an Indian colored rice dish stuffed with marinated mutton and chicken meat, and colored with spices and saffron. The composition may change slightly depending on the part of India you are in. Spices used could range from coriander to nutmeg or cardamom.


A favorite in northeastern India, these dumplings are traditionally filled with minced meat such as  pork, chicken, goat or lamb. Modern-day Momos can even be stuffed with chopped cabbages.


Soak freshly ground channa flour made from chickpeas and you get to prepare this cake-like yellow block snack. The snack is carefully topped with chilies, chutney or frayed coconut to complete the magic.


Squashy hearty dish of red kidney beans covered  in smooth gravy. Often served with rice and is an ideal meal in India for all you vegetarians coming to town.

Dahi Vada

Just like Pani and puri, Dahi and Vada is another duo that creates a magical end result. Vadas are fried batter balls, made from flour or lentils. Dahi is the thick yogurt into which the dahi is soaked,  resulting in a flavorsome delicacy.

Aloo Tikki

Often called the potato burger of India, Aloo tikki is basically deep-fried mashed potatoes. The pastry is then mixed with onions, coriander and spices. The dipping sauces for this mouthwatering snack include tamarind and yogurt.


An unleavened flatbread made from ground whole meal flour, Roti is commonly served with tasty curries.

Gajar ka halwa

Made from grated carrots decorated with nuts, Gajar ka halwa is a luxurious Indian dessert you will certainly enjoy eating.  The delicious staple is most prevalent in weddings and festivals across Northern India.


Used across all Indian and Pakistani cuisines, Paneer is made by curdling heated milk with lemon juice or vinegar. The small blocks of paneer are prepared by endless variations, most commonly deep-fried and marinated.


Mostly used as a breakfast food in Kutch region of India, dabeli involves top ingredients sandwiched in a bun. The pav is made of boiled potatoes, though, and not meat. The spicing includes chutneys, garlic and chilies. Also mixed into the pie are pomegranate seeds and roasted peanuts.

Tandoori Chicken

Colorful and flavorsome, tandoori chicken is a juicy roasted chicken marinated beautifully with a mixture of yogurt and tandoori masala. Its striking orange or red color comes from red chili powder.


Samosas are baked crunchy triangular-shaped pastry stuffed with an assortment of savory foods. The foods could be potatoes, minced meat, peas, onions or lentils.

Kulfi – India’s Popsicle

Another one of India’s zesty thickened milk foods resembling a Popsicle. It is moreover flavored with such juicy accompaniments like mango, pistachio, rose, cardamom and saffron. Yummy!

Papdi Chaat

Also known as Papri chaat, this mouthwatering Indian delicacy is a combination of spicy tastes and creamy and crunchy textures. It is India’s own version of nachos piled with crispy crackers from fried dough covered in sauces and chutney.

Rogan Josh

This richly appetizing curry traces its origins from Persia and is prevalent in India’s Kashmir region.

The dish is prepared mainly from lamb or goat meat and comes seasoned generously with strong spices and turmeric.


Popular in Southern India, Dosa is a thin-layered pancake made from fermented batter of rice and black gram. Often served with a sauce of tamarind broth, lentils and vegetables. Can also be served with chutney.

Gulab Jamun

These are made by deep-frying balls made of powdered milk, which are then soaked in sugary syrup. These delicious, beautifully colored balls are further flavored with saffron, cardamom or roses. Gulab Jamun is absolutely alluring to both your sight and your taste buds.

Kati Roll

Originating from Kolkata – India, Kati rolls are originally skewer roasted kebabs wrapped in flatbread. The sumptuous street snack has however evolved with time to incorporate an array of different other vegetables and even eggs. As of any other Indian delicacy, Kati Roll is generously spiced.

While visiting India be sure to activate your taste buds as you are subjected to these irresistible flavors.

Originally posted 2017-03-24 06:39:58.

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