Authentic Indian food is full of flavor and a variety of different spices. Each dish has its own unique flavor and blends of spices. These aren’t the type of spices that will burn people’s tongues though. Spices are the different mixtures that flavor the food and give it the special taste that will make you keep going back for more. Many different types of food can be found all around India from street food to fancy restaurants.
Dosas, idli, and sambar are some of the most popular dishes in Southern India. Dosa is a thin and crispy savory crepe that is often filled with different stuffings. Masala dosa is one of the most popular variation of dosa and is stuffed with potatoes and spices. Idli is a soft, fluffy, savory disc that is eaten with different sides such as chutneys or sambar. Sambar is a lentil curry that is the consistency of a soup and is eaten on the side of dosas and idli. There are many different types of chutney and can be flavored with tomatoes, mint, cilantro, peanuts, and many other ingredients. It is like a dipping sauce that is eaten on the side of many different Indian dishes.
India also has a variety of specialty street food dishes. Pani Puri, Gol Gappe, and Puchka are only three of the names for the delicious, hollow crispy ball that is filled with potatoes, chickpeas, spices, chutney, and flavored water. Flavored water doesn’t mean like a sweet drink but a spiced mint or tamarind water. Papdi Chaat is another mouthwatering street food that is found around India. They are crispy cracker disks with potatoes, chickpeas, spices, chutneys, yogurt, and other toppings. Another popular Indian street food is samosas which are crispy exteriors that are stuffed with different fillings but primarily potatoes, onions, peas, and spices. Pakoras are another bite-size Indian street food that are little fritters with different stuffings and surrounded by a crispy chickpea exterior. Tikkis are another of the popular bite-sized street foods that are circular potatoes with a crispy exterior and served with a side of chutney. These aren’t all the Indian street food and there are a variety of more options for everyone’s taste buds.
India has a variety of different breads and sabjis. There is naan, roti, poori, kulchas, parathas, bhaturas, and many other types of bread. These are served with a variety of different sabjis which are rich and flavorful curries or dry vegetables. They are made with different vegetables, beans, lentils, paneer (an Indian cheese), or meats. Indian curries and dishes are also eaten with rice. A popular Indian rice dish is biryani which is meat or vegetables in rice flavored with a variety of different spices.
If all the types of Indian food were to be listed in this article, it would turn into a gigantic book. These are just a few of the flavorful dishes that India has to offer. Their mix of spices creates a unique taste in every dish and they offer something for everyone’s taste buds.