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Famous Food In India

Updated: May 22, 2021

Indian cuisine consists of a wide variety of regional and traditional cuisines native to the Indian subcontinent.
Indian cuisine has influenced other cuisines across the world, especially those from Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia, the British Isles, Fiji, and the Caribbean.

Here Are 38 Famous Food you should try!

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Naan (leavened Indian flatbread)

Probably it is the most famous Indian bread.

It is normally served with all meals like tandoori chicken or all kinds of kebabs.

Its ingredient list includes yeast, flour, sugar, and water, as well as yogurt and ghee.

Traditionally naan is made in a tandoor, it can be easily recreated in an oven or pan at home.

Naan is served hot and brushed with ghee or butter.

In non-traditional ways, different varieties of naan are available, like garlic naan or cheese naan.

Indian meals aren't complete without naan at its side.



Chapatis are made of whole wheat flour known as atta, mixed into the dough with water and optional salt in a mixing utensil called a parat, and is cooked on a tava (flat skillet).

The word chapati means "slap", "flat" which describes the traditional method of forming rounds of thin dough by slapping the dough between the wetted palms of the hands.

With each slap, the round of dough is rotated.

Chapatis served with curries, dry sabjis, chutneys, or dal.



The parotta, unlike the paratha, is made with maida flour, which has a higher gluten percentage. Usually, parottas are eaten with vegetables or chicken, mutton, or beef (a spicy curry).

Also, it served during breakfast or lunch with a dal (read: lentil curry) but has recently seen numerous modern updates—stuffed with onions, sardines, and slices of cheese, or served sweet with condensed milk, Nutella, and bananas.

Many people are confused with the paratha and parotta as both are flatbreads and share similar crispy flakiness and layers.



One of the most popular unleavened flatbreads in India, parathas are flaky, chewy, and denser than chapatis.

Unlike parottas, whose flakiness is achieved by repeatedly slapping the stretchy dough, the paratha’s flaky, chewy texture is achieved through a series of ghee layering and folding.

Parathas are then baked on a hot tava.

The result is a beautiful crisp flatbread.

Stuffed parathas are made of either whole wheat flour or white flour and stuffed with a variety of stuffings.

The stuffings can be potatoes, cauliflower, cabbage, paneer (cottage cheese), and any other vegetables.



It is an aromatic rice dish cooked with several spices, like saffron.

Biryani has many forms, it can be cooked with vegetable or protein typically chicken or mutton that's been marinated.

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Tandoori Chicken

Tandoori chicken is a popular North Indian dish.

It is a chicken marinated for 12-14 hours in a yogurt and spices, and then roasted in a clay oven called a tandoor.

The signature flavor comes from the tandoor masala, a spice mixture including coriander seeds, ginger, turmeric, Cayenne pepper, red chili powder, or Kashmiri red chili powder.

Chicken Tandoori is served with basmati rice and lemon wedges on the side or Naan.

Tandoori Chicken

Chicken Tikka Masala

Chicken tikka masala is a delicious grilled chicken dish with a thick, creamy gravy.

A tomato-yogurt sauce is spiced with chili, garlic, ginger, and garam masala.

The chicken is marinated overnight, grilled, and then gently cooked in a slightly smoky gravy.

It is served with basmati rice with warm naan bread for soaking up the sauce.

Chicken Tikka

Murg Makhani ( Butter Chicken)

Murg Makhani (butter chicken) is a chicken dish it was made "By Chance" by mixing the leftover chicken in a tomato gravy, rich in butter and cream.

The chicken is marinated for several hours in lemon juice, yogurt, and a mixture of Kashmiri red chili, salt, garam masala, and ginger garlic paste.

The chicken is usually cooked in a tandoor, or grilled, roasted, or pan-fried.

It is served in a mild curry sauce that includes butter and with kaali daal (black lentils), naan, and a green salad.

Butter Chicken


Samosas are fried or baked pastries with a savory filling, such as spiced potatoes, onions, peas, lentils, and sometimes ground lamb, ground beef, or ground chicken.

Indian samosas are usually vegetarian, and often accompanied by a mint sauce or chutney.

They were introduced to India during the Muslim Delhi Sultanate when cooks from the Middle East and Central Asia migrated to work in the kitchens of the Sultan and the nobility.


Masala Dosa

A crispy, flatbread (similar to a crepe or pancake) made of rice batter, served with a lentil sauce (sambar) and a variety of chutneys.

The batter is made of rice and white lentil.

The preparation of the rice crèpe is simple; rice and lentils are soaked in water for five to six hours, to prepare the batter, and then it is cooked on a skillet.

The types of filling in masala dosa vary, but is usually a potato and onion curry, dipped in chutney.

Masala Dosa

Malai Kofta

Malai kofta (vegetable "meatballs" in a creamy gravy sauce) is the vegetarian alternative to meatballs.

The koftas are made with a mix of potatoes, carrots, beans, peas, and sweet corn, which are cooked and mashed before mixing with spices and paneer (cheese) which is a great addition to any vegetarian meal.

Malai kofta goes very well with naan or jeera rice.

Malai actually means, “cream”.


Chole Bhature

A spiced, curried chickpea dish served with a fried flour bread.

Chole batura is breakfast, lunch, evening snack, or dinner.

The ingredients are chickpeas, onions, and tomatoes, along with garlic and ginger pastes.

It is served hot along with Indian bread like poori or bhatura.

Chole is the side dish prepared with chickpeas, Baturas are deep-fried round Indian bread made of white flour.

Chole Bhature

Palak Paneer

Paalak means spinach and paneer mean cottage cheese.

Cottage cheese is either boiled in saltwater or pan, fried a little, and added to spinach gravy.

The spinach gravy is prepared by blending the slightly boiled Spinach along with ginger, garlic, green chili, and onion.

It is served with flatbread.

Palak Paneer

Papdi Chaat

Papdi chaat is a popular traditional fast food.

Papri chaat is traditionally prepared using crisp fried dough wafers known as papri, along with boiled chickpeas, boiled potatoes, dahi(yogurt), and tamarind chutney and topped with chaat masala.

The papdi is typically prepared with refined white flour and ghee or oil. Mint, cilantro, and spices may also be used

The dish has sweet, sour, tangy, and spicy flavors and a creamy and crunchy texture.

Papdi Chaat