Indian food is a worthwhile culinary experience for all who try it. Full of bold flavours, tantalizing aromas and unforgettable, unique tastes, Indian cuisine is deserves all the love it gets.
For anyone trying out Indian food for the first time there are some classic dishes that you must have in your lifetime. For those who order just the classics every time they go out for Indian food
here are a few new things to try:
• Aloo Kulcha
This is a flatbread that is stuffed with spicy potato filling. Anything stuffed with potatoes tastes good. That is a fact of life.
Going to an Indian restaurant and not eating naan, is like going to a candy store and leaving without candy, a bit senseless. This is mostly because naan is your spoon. It’s what you eat stews with and mop up soup with. They can be made with or without butter, baked with garlic butter and sprinkled with coriander. Naan comes in so many beautiful ways. Make sure you have none, if only for the sake of their utility.
• Chicken Tikka Masala
This is another flavourful chicken dish packed with layers and depth of flavour. It is made with chunks of marinated roasted chicken that is simmered in a spicy tomato sauce before it is served. Chicken tikka masala usually pairs well with rice.
• Butter Chicken
Butter chicken known as murgh makhani is chicken that is cooked in a mild spicy curry sauce. However, at most Indian restaurants you have the option to choose the level of spice between mild, medium and spicy. If you’re new to spice, always choose mild.
Samosas are little fried dough pockets that can have either vegetarian or meat filling. A lot of Indian samosas will be vegetarian and have peas and potatoes in the filling, or paneer, which is like an Indian cottage cheese. These make for a good starter and make sure you try the chutney that comes with it.
• Chicken korma
A lot of the non-vegetarian dishes in Indian restaurants will be mostly chicken, because very few Indians eat beef as the cow is considered sacred in the Hindu religion. Chicken korma is a stew type or curry type chicken dish. The chicken is braised with yogurt. There is also a vegetarian option for korma.
• Any rice dish
Asian cuisine is perfectly suited to rice, as rice is the staple food in many Asian countries including India. This is one of the reasons for the positive stereotype that Asians cook the best rice. There will always be many rice options at an Indian restaurant. You can have the simple coconut rice, tangy tamarind rice, sesame rice, lemon rice, sambar rice, the popular biryani, there are so many to choose from and hopefully the restaurant you go to will have some of these as options. Indian rice is so versatile you can also have it as dessert in the form of a rice pudding known as kheer.
Finally, don’t be afraid to ask your server for assistance and recommendations. If you want, you can ask about something on the menu that piques your curiosity. Learn about the food and perhaps try something new.