I recently asked someone to write up a description of some different Indian meals that Indians like. Not just what is popular in Indian restaurants. I love Indian food, and I make some curries, some Tikki Masala Chicken in the Instapot and Naan is wonderful. But I do not pretend to know enough. Here are six recommended dishes, which you might be able to try at an Indian restaurant or you can look up a recipe and try to make it yourself if you feel adventurous.
INDIAN DISHES OF DELIGHT: SIX YOU WILL DEFINITELY WANT TO TRY!
Let’s face it, food is a gift. Not only are certain foods satisfying, but the nutritional value important to us being healthy. This includes many Indian dishes.
Moreover, Indian dishes can be downright delicious. Have you ever traveled a bit out of your way just to get to a restaurant that makes a superb meal? It is well worth it. Sometimes, word of mouth can have a diner venture out to try some new food items. If you have not tried Indian dishes, it is time to give it a go.
Indian food is not only succulent but is born out of an ancient civilization that dealt in spices and herbs. There are six savory meals which you should try! Indian cuisine is healthy, tasty, and exotic. You will certainly not be disappointed. Step out of your comfort zone, and try the dishes listed below. It will be like a virtual trip to the sub-continent of India! Food is tantamount to travel.
MURG MAKHANI-BUTTER CHICKEN
Butter Chicken or Murg Makhani is one of the most delicious dishes in the Indian world. It is sold around the world, and people find it one of the best curry dishes one can make. It can easily be made in the comfort of your own kitchen. The chicken comes out golden and is covered with a blanket of creamy sauce that creates a dish good enough for a rajah.
To make this chicken you need to let it sit in a yogurt marinade. This will make it juicy! The next thing to do is to create a buttery sauce with cream and add in the curry. Now some people like to start creating the sauce with half oil and half butter. When you add the cream you will see the delightful texture of the sauce come to life. This is a delicious old recipe from Northern India but is known throughout the globe, especially in London.
Well, Tandoori Chicken is one of those dishes you will never forget. It is cooked in a clay pot called a Tandoor. It is made with a spicy marinate that can be smoky, too.
Just imagine your chicken cooked in a marinade of spiced lemon and Greek yogurt. The smoky flavor is derived from paprika and other spices, from ginger to garlic. When you create this dish at home, you understand why clay pots give food a distinctive flavor. Where would we be without pottery? It gives Indian dishes the smoky savory flavor which metal pots simply cannot do!
That said, there are many Instapot Tandoori Chicken recipes you can try that can get you into the ballpark, although not as traditional.
ROGAN JOSH (RED LAMB)
Red Lamb or Rogan Josh is a lamb that is prepared so exquisitely everyone will enjoy it. It is made with a sauce that is sautéed with onions in a caramelized broth or ghee. Another flavor in Red Lamb is Cardamom and clove. Now to cook lamb, take a lean piece and cook it at 450 degrees F. Then, turn down the temperature to 350F until the lamb is tender. The sauce is what creates the flavor. Remember to buy uppercuts of lamb, as they will be tenderer!
Looking for a truly nourishing Indian dish? Try Kaali Daal. It is a lentil dish you will want to make over and over again. First, be sure to soak the lentils overnight so they soften up! Buy the black lentils if available. Cook them with spices, cream, and tomatoes. Black lentils are low in fat and very high in protein. If you’ve soaked them overnight, cook them in a skillet for at least 30- 40 minutes. You can add broth, too. This is definitely what is known as an Indian comfort food and a popular dish.
CHOLE (CHICKPEA CURRY)
Are you looking or a quick and healthy Indian dinner for tonight? Make Chickpea Curry! It can be made with different variants, but it is definitely a go-to meal. This dish can be made in 20 minutes and is a plant-based dish.
Sauté onion, garlic, fresh ginger and tomatoes in a skillet. Then, add chickpeas and coconut milk to create a creamy dish. Let the heat do the rest. The cooking should not be more than 20 minutes, but can even be done in as little as 10-15 minutes. The chopping of the veg takes about 10 minutes, and the whole dishes cook up in about ten. It is a plant-based dream!
Palak Paneer is another amazing dish. It is made with a creamy spinach gravy and cottage cheese. Eat this with roti or rice. it will provide you with a flavor that is exotically delicious. You can blanch the spinach or fry it. The frying makes the spinach more savory, although blanching does save the nutrients. Happy eating!
By trying these six dishes you will appreciate the wonderful cuisine of India. It is an ancient civilization, and they have been creating wholesome delicious food for centuries. Bon appétit!
Also, you can learn a lot from Indian cooking. Check out my Leftover Turkey Curry recipe which is not traditional at all but is delish.