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Top 25 tasty and popular dishes in India

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All through my culinary journey, having worked in Ethnic restaurants and regional Indian cuisine restaurants, I have always noticed that the top 25 dishes are present in every menu. Whatever the recipe would be, but these would be the most selling dishes and the customers demand for. A simple reason for popularity of these dishes are that it’s easy to duplicate the dish, easy to prepare, and there is always a standard recipe followed with more or less the same taste and flavor. And also, most of the ingredients used in these dishes are easily available throughout the year, so are available at every restaurant menu and served and demanded by customers.

 I would like to share with you these 25 popular dishes which are the Gems of Indian food and have made a huge contribution in the Indian cuisine-

  • Butter Chicken: This dish is from Punjabi cuisine, were chicken marinated overnight in yoghurt and spice mixture, cooked with a special Makhani sauce made of Butter, tomato puree and various spices that gives the dish its unique and delicious flavor. It is one of the most popular dishes among non-vegetarians throughout the World.

  • Tandoori Chicken: Highly popular Indian Recipe, traditionally cooked in Tandoor (clay oven), where chicken marinated in yoghurt and seasoned with tandoori masala.

  • Idli-Dosa-Vada with Sambar: Popular South Indian breakfast made of fermented black lentils (de-husked) and rice accompanied with sambar.

  • Palak Paneer: It is a traditional North Indian cuisine and is an integral part of the Punjabi cuisine. A popular vegetarian dish consisting of Palak (spinach) and Paneer (cottage cheese) in a curry sauce.

  • Chole-Bhature: It’s also a street food commonly eaten for breakfast. A combination of Chole (spicy chick peas) and fried Indian bread called Bhatoora (made of maida flour). It seems to be originated in Punjab.


  • Dal Makhani: A signature dish of Punjabi cuisine, filled with rich protein and fiber. Lentils and beans traditionally cooked in a tangy masala with dollops of fresh cream added to give the rich finishing touch.

  • Malai Kofta: Malai refers to cream and the kofta are deep fried veggie balls together blend in a creamy Indian saucy curry. It is a North Indian specialty is the vegetarian version of the famous kofta (meatball) curries.  It is also an authentic part of the Mughlai cuisine.

  • Samosa and Pakoda: Popular appetizers/ snacks in India served at tea time or as a separate course before main meal. Samosa is a savory filling stuffed patty triangular in shape and deep-fried whereas pakodas are fried snack across South Asia.

  • Pav Bhaji: It is a fast food dish native to Maharashtrians and is popular in most metropolis areas in India, is consist of bhaji (a potato based curry) and the pav, garnished with coriander, chopped onions and butter.


  • Panipuri - Chaats: A popular street snack also called as Gol gappa or gup chup, comprises a round, hollow puri, fried crisp and filled with a mixture of tamarind water, chili, chaat masala, potato, onion and chickpeas. It is small enough to fit completely in one's mouth.

  • Kebabs: A dish consisting of meat threaded on a skewer and grilled. Any kind of meat may be used, cubes of fruit or vegetable are often threaded on the skewer as well.

  • Lassi: A popular and traditional Punjabi yoghurt based drink of India and Pakistan. Made by blending yoghurt with water and Indian spices flavored with ground roasted cumin. Sweet lassi is blended with sugar or fruits instead of spices.

  • Tea and Coffee: Tea refers to the aromatic beverage prepared from the cured leaves by combination with hot or boiling water and milk (optional) and flavored Indian way with ginger and cardamom. Coffee is a popular brewed drink prepared from roasted seeds, commonly called coffee beans from the coffee plant.

  • Poori-Halwa: A traditional breakfast dish of South Asia. Halwa puri consists of two separate dishes, halwa, a sweet made from semolina and eaten with puri, a small circular deep fried flat bread.

  • Pickles: Indian pickles are consist of a large variety of pickled fruits and vegetables which are acidified with lime or lemon juice, or through lactic acid fermentation enabled by addition of common salt. The pickles also have various combinations of Indian spices and often oil.

  • Rasam– Tomato Soup: Typically, a South Indian dish, Rasam is a soup like dish known for its health benefits, lip-smacking taste and enticing aroma. It is made of tomatoes, tamarind and dal.

  • Rasmalai - Rasgulla: These delicacies originated from Kolkata. Ras malai consists of sugary, cream to yellow colored balls of paneer soaked in malai flavored with cardamom. Rasgulla is a popular cheese based, syrupy sweet dish made from balls of Chhena (Indian cottage cheese) and semolina dough cooked in sugar syrup.

  • Ladoos: A sweet dish made from gram flour or semolina or wheat flakes and many other flours. Often prepared on festive occasions.

  • Chili Paneer: A combination of the Indian and Chinese It is a simple dish made from paneer (soft cheese), bell peppers, green chilies and other spices to give it a nice yummy taste.

  • Dum Aloo: This is a part of culinary delights originating from the Kashmir's living in that region and over the period becomes popular all over the world as an integral part of Indian cuisine. Traditionally the Baby potatoes are first fried and then cooked under low pressure in yogurt based gravy. Its taste is very delicious with a blend of so many different spices.

I am sharing this specially for the ardent lovers of food and their favorite Indian dishes.

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