There is honestly nothing more diverse than Indian food. Like its culture, Indian food packs a plethora of flavours and spices, from across its regions. Different cultures, moreover, flaunt distinct flavours and dishes that make a gastronome’s mouth water.
This is why, when you go to an Indian restaurant, you can enjoy the assortment of spices and smells, that are enough to stimulate the senses. There is a bustling clatter of pots and dishes, coming from the kitchens with the beautiful set up that is sure to win hearts. Now, we bet your mouth is watering imagining this scene, but when in a restaurant or cooking Indian food, there is a typical question that bugs you to mind, “what should you order or cook?”
For those who are not connoisseurs of Indian food, this can be a tough choice to make. With so many utterly delectable delicacies on the list, deciding can be overwhelming.
We have created a list of some of India’s most intriguing cultural delicacies, which can help you make a choice. Let’s start with the blog and review six cultural delicacies of traditional India without wasting time.
- Punjabi Butter Chicken
Punjab is the land of dance, culture, spices and rich food. Therefore, it is not a surprise that the Punjabis take pride in their Butter Chicken. Rich, creamy and utterly delectable, Indians love ordering this “Dhaba speciality”, every time they are on a long ride or tour.
However, this butter chicken can be recreated in the home with ease. To make the succulent butter chicken heat, some cooking oil in a pan and add garlic, garam masala, ginger, chilli powder, curry paste, and a pinch of salt. Once complete, add chicken broth and mix the gravy until it becomes thick and creamy.
Next, add some tomato puree and chicken breast and cook the mixture on a medium-low flame. Following this, cook the gravy in high pressure for some time, and then let it cool.
Once done, stir the concoction and you can add yoghurt and coconut milk to give it a nice colour with thick texture and aroma. Now, serve this delicious dish along with some freshly baked rotis or butter naan.
You can also add some chilis, and onions on the side for strong flavouring.
- Bhaapa Aloo Posto
West Bengal adds aesthetics to everything and that includes their food. The state of the intellectuals, West Bengal, is all about adding that extra touch of “Bangaliayani” in their food. This is why, if you’re looking for a traditional Bengali dish, we have the bhaapa aloo posto for you.
To make the bhappa aloo posto, you need potato, coconut oil, panch phoron (five-spice powder), mustard oil and some delectable chilli powder. Now, stir fry the potatoes in some mustard oil and add the panch phoron (five-spice powder) with some black phoron sprinkled on it. Once done, serve this with some warm masoor dal and rice. This one is a portion of comfort food, which is satisfying, easy to make and very healthy too.
You can also use the same recipe to make “bhappa mach”. The reason being fish is the staple food of West Bengal. The Bengalis use fish in almost everything.
So, depending on your personal preference, either cook fish or potatoes with this recipe. For more West Bengal delicacies, you can try “Chingir Malaikari”, “Sorshe Illish.”
- Hyderabad Chicken Biriyani
Inspired by the Mughals, the Hyderabadi Chicken Biriyani, is the love of every household. Well, here’s the secret, no matter which culture a person belongs to, the thought of Biriyani is enough to drive one wild.
To make this delectable dish, you require to heat the oven to 450ºF. Once it’s heated, soak some saffron and cream and let it rest. Now, use a blender to crush and mix some ginger, cumin, yoghurt, cilantro, fried onions, two teaspoons of salt, and garlic.
Once done, pour 4 cups of water in the cooking pot and add some salt. Now, add basmati rice and let it boil until its cooked. Set it aside.
Next, In the cooking pot, add a layer of chicken with some rice. Keep repeating the process and add cream, rice, masala, and chicken. Once done mix it consistently and your simmering hot Biriyani is ready to serve.
- Utter Pradesh’s: Parinde mein Parinda
Utter Pradesh’s Parinde mein parinda is an extravagant dish you can cook to win over the hearts of guests and family. This one is a big roast, which does involve quite a lot of work, but the result is an excruciating delicacy that will sway you away.
It is made with stuffed animals and has a cavity filled with a boiled egg. The main ingredients of this dish are chicken, quail, duck and cooked eggs. Each bird is marinated separately and combined later to add the boiled egg and spiced stuffing within them. The flavours, in the end, are connected and come out spectacularly, which results in a culinary nirvana.
This one is an ideal combination to try on a roasted tandoori night. Ensure to try this dish with some lime, onions, and chaat masala. You can also add a dash of alcohol on the side to amplify the flavouring.
- Chicken Stew and Appam
Straight from God’s own country, Kerala, the Chicken Stew and Appam is a winner and all-time comfort food. Extremely healthy, and ideal for the fitness freaks, this one is also easy to make. Chunks of chicken are prepared with coconut milk, spices, and cooked in a delectable stew-like texture.
This is once again combined with southern styled Indian pancakes made of rice. We popularly call this appam. To learn the recipe, check out some online links and blogs. You can serve this dish in beautiful hand-crafted wooden bowls from websites like Ellementry.
If you are looking for a healthy “snackathon” marathon, then the Gujju Dhokla is a must-try. This one is a type of a steamed cake made with channa dal and gram flour. It is also one of Gujrat’s best yet delicacy. Mildly sweet and savoury and very soft, you can try this for breakfast, or eat it with a cup of tea. This recipe, moreover, takes less than 30 minutes to make. It is made with colourful chilli, besan, black seeds and can make your taste buds go wild.
On that note, now that you are aware of India’s six delicious cultural recipes, why don’t you try making these at home? You can serve these in beautiful bowls, from online websites like Ellementry. What’s more? The amalgamation of flavours and textures of these dishes will surely get your senses reeling with happiness.