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5 Local Dishes You Must Try In India

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A trip to the land of vibrant colors and culture on the cards? Lucky you! India is known as a country of taste sensations – especially if you’re a fan of spice! While you’re eating your way across India, make sure you tick these tasty local morsels of the list.

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Here are five dishes that you absolutely have to try once you hit the streets of India.

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Kati Roll

Kati Roll photo by Kathiroll
Kati Roll photo by Kathiroll

A Kati Roll is like India’s version of a kebab. It’s commonly found in street vendors – so if you’re stumbling home after a big night, you don’t have to miss out on the ever-important late night kebab! The Kati Roll is essentially kebab meat, eggs, veggies and all those yummy Indian spices fans of the cuisine love rolled up with a piece of flat bread. Best of all, it can be eaten in one hand whilst you continue to sight-see!

Pakora

Pakora photo by Damien Ramon Naidoo
Pakora photo by Damien Ramon Naidoo

Indians absolutely love their cauliflower. You will find it everywhere in your cuisine no matter what part you’re in. Pakora is a tasty nibble dish often made from cauliflower which has been dipped in gram flour and deep fried to golden perfection. It can also be made from eggplant, peppers, potato, onion or a combination of these ingredients. So if you’re in the mood for a delicious snack, you can’t go past Pakora!

Biryani

Thalassery Biryani photo by Shehal
Thalassery Biryani photo by Shehal/wikipedia

Biryani is a popular Indian dish that can be found in most restaurants across the world – but there’s nothing like the real thing! It’s a delicious, hearty dish made from rice cooked with a wide variety of spices, mixed in with juicy marinated meat. Biryani is best served in ridiculously large amounts, at a full family table.

Palak Paneer

Palak Paneer photo by Leningrad
Palak Paneer photo by Leningrad

For travellers who are more vegetable-inclined, then you must seek out some authentic Palak Paneer. This vegetable curry is a traditional part of the Punjabi recipe book – so definitely one that has been tried and tested over the years! The Paneer cheese is smothered in the spinach sauce containing a range of earthy spices. An absolutely mouth-watering combination!

Malai Kofta

Malai Kofta photo by Dixie Wells
Malai Kofta photo by Dixie Wells

Kofta balls are melt-in-your-mouth deep fried balls of vegetables that are ‘moreish’ – once you start eating, you could devour a whole bowl of these tasty morsels! Malai Kofta sees these delicious balls cooked in a thick, creamy, aromatic sauce made from tomatoes, spices and oils amongst other delicious ingredients. This is a very popular dish in India so it will be hard to miss!

Pani Puri

Pani Puri photo by Kara
Pani Puri photo by Kara

Pani Puri packs a punch! These little balls of flavor have a powerful spice to them – and taste like an explosion of flavor in your mouth. Pani Puri is made from hollowed crisp bread, packed with potato, spiced water, tamarind paste, onion and chickpeas. They are tasty little snacked indeed!

So make sure you take care to sample the local delicacies in India – the flavours will astound you!

What are some of your favourite Indian dishes?

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