Your Guide to Discover Popular Indian Foods
If you are as big of a foodie as we are, then chances are that you absolutely LOVE Indian food. If you don’t love Indian food, perhaps you’re scared to take the leap and try something new. With something for everyone, every time of the day and on every occasion, Indian food will never leave you hanging. No matter what you’re craving, Indian food has got you covered. And to help you discover and taste the true diversity of Indian food, WE have got you covered. Here’s your ultimate guide to Indian food so you never miss out on some of the most popular (and tasty) Indian foods.
Popular Indian Food Appetizers
Starting from the basics, let’s look at all the different appetizers you might be missing out on. Remember, when we say appetizers, these are so good that they may turn into your main course and dessert.
Vegetable Pakoras are bite-sized vegetable fritters, delicately spiced and served with tamarind sauce, will leave you craving more. Most commonly enjoyed during the rainy season with a piping hot cup of Masala Chai, Vegetable pakoras will win your heart (and stomach). Perfect for any time or occasion, you can have these as a delicious appetizer or even as an evening snack.
Imagine a mini empanada with creamy butter chicken and cheese filling wrapped in naan dough. Are you convinced yet? Butter Chicken Naanpanadas are perfect for the butter chicken connoisseurs of the world. Butter chicken in the form of a snack? Absolutely yes. Chef Bombay’s Naanpanadas bring you the ‘best of both worlds’ with creamy butter chicken inside of a flaky naan dough. Mexican-Indian fusion has never been tastier.
As we said, Indian food has something for everyone. Chole Naanpanadas are the most popular Indian food option for those following vegetarian diets. A mini empanada filled with a sautéed chickpea and cheese filling wrapped in a naan dough, these Naanpanadas will leave you craving more. It’s a guarantee.
Popular Indian Food Entrees
Now it’s time for the main event, your guide to the most popular Indian food entrees. The diversity and versatility of Indian food are best reflected through the various kinds of entrees available to fulfill all types of cravings.
Starting with a fan favorite and a classic, nothing beats Butter Chicken. Tender pieces of chicken breast in a rich creamy sauce spiced with authentic Indian spices and served with hot basmati rice is probably a quintessential favorite (and for good reason). If you’re new to Indian food and want to try something that represents Indian food perfectly, then you can never go wrong with the classic butter chicken.
If you’re feeling bold, then this is the perfect dish for you. Beef cubes in a rich vindaloo sauce prepared with earthy spices, this dish is succulent and flavourful, making it the perfect spicy dinner. Pair Beef Vindaloo with basmati rice and savor each and every mouthful. A culmination of all the best spices like garam masala, cumin, paprika, turmeric, ground mustard, ground ginger, cayenne, and cinnamon, this dish will leave you wanting more each time.
A dish that combines tender pieces of chicken breast in a perfectly spiced tikka sauce, the Chicken Tikka Masala is a true culinary adventure. This classic dish promises a culmination of flavors that will transport you all the way to the bustling streets of India. Served with hot basmati rice, or your favorite naan, this dish is an all time favorite. You simply can never go wrong with this one.
A curry made by combining spinach and Paneer (Indian Cheese), this dish is a veggie favorite. Paneer cheese in a creamy spinach curry served with turmeric rice makes this dish the perfect blend of creamy and spicy, elevating your Indian cuisine experience. We can promise you that the Palak Paneer dish is as flavorful, as it is colorful (and also a popular option for vegetarians).
Every Indian’s staple order, the Shahi Paneer is Paneer cheese in a rich and creamy sauce spiced with authentic Indian spices. Literally translated as ‘Royal Paneer’, we can confidently say that this dish lives up to its name and cannot disappoint. For a more creamy taste, toned down on the spices, the Shahi paneer is the perfect go-to in order to enjoy Indian food.
A vegan hit, this dish consists of sautéed chickpeas in a rich and flavourful sauce served on a bed of fragrant basmati rice. The perfect blend of spicy and tangy, Chana Masala will soon become your staple. The added bonus is that the chana (chickpeas) are rich in protein, giving you all the nutrition you need.
Anyone who has heard of or tried biryani is probably already a huge fan. This flavorful dish needs no convincing. Masoor Biryani pairs perfectly spiced masoor lentils with fragrant saffron rice to form the perfect medley of flavors. This dish perfectly captures the rich tapestry of flavors and spices that make up Indian cuisine.
For the meat lovers, the Chicken Biryani is a must try. Prepared very carefully and artistically, this dish pairs tender chicken breast, a richly spiced sauce and fragrant saffron rice. The right preparation produces a dish unlike any other. This iconic dish continues to enchant anyone that tries it.
Learn About the Most Popular Indian Foods with Chef Bombay
Now that you’re an expert in the most popular Indian foods, pick up a box of any (or all) of these dishes at your nearest grocery store carrying Chef Bombay frozen Indian food products. Want to learn more about Indian food? Head over to the Chef Bombay blog, cozy in with a box of crispy samosas, and get learning.