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5 main dishes of Indian cuisine: what to try for a tourist

Curries, soups, unusual vegetables, paneer, pastries – the selection is varied. We will advise what products are worth bringing home in order to master the art of the national cuisine of this country.

Curry is both a food and a mixture of spices for making it. Try all Indian curries: meat, chicken, fish, vegetable, vegetarian with tofu or beans.  It is always something aromatic and spicy, moderately thick, sometimes spicy, usually yellowish-orange in color (but this is not necessary). It is always a stew, so it has a creamy, often creamy, consistency. In our list of the most popular Indian dishes, we have included several popular varieties of curries. Contrary to misconceptions, this is not necessarily something spicy. Curries are usually served with rice or tortillas.

A thick puree soup with a unique spicy aroma will appeal to vegetarians and connoisseurs of aromatic spices. In India, you can eat at least a couple of dozen variations of this stew. Dal is made from lentils, mung bean, peas or other beans (and sometimes from all at once). A little onion, tomatoes, garlic, turmeric, spices are added to it. Dal is sometimes cooked with coconut milk and lemon juice to give it that special creamy texture. There are so many variations of this dish in India that it can be a snack for breakfast, a soup for lunch or a side dish for dinner.

Buy mung bean in India – this popular ingredient for dhal soup in Russia costs about 4-5 times more. Don’t forget turmeric, asafetida, cumin and other spices.

Tandoori Chicken

One of the most recognizable Indian dishes and is loved by many tourists. Pleasant spiciness, delicate taste of meat, appetizing crust of recognizable red color – the chicken is really good. Tandoori Chicken is made from chicken or chicken thighs marinated in yogurt with garam masala, chili and cayenne pepper. Traditionally, the meat is baked in a special tandoori oven.  Tandoori Chicken is usually served with onions, herbs and lemon – be sure to try it.

Bring the tandoori masala spice mix from India – with them you can easily prepare a legendary dish at home.

Palak Panir

We advise every vegetarian to try this rich green puree soup in India. It will also appeal to connoisseurs of light meals. The soup is not oversaturated with spices, and therefore it can be recommended for beginners who are just getting started with Indian cuisine. If you like Adyghe cheese, then you should appreciate paneer – this is a product that tastes very similar. It is he who underlies this Indian soup, and “Palak” is spinach. Incredibly delicate creamy sauce, a little mixture of garam masala, turmeric and ginger, ghee oil – the dish turns out to be fantastically tasty, slightly spicy, with an interesting silky texture.

In supermarkets in major cities in India, you can buy pre-packaged paneer to bring home.


To put it simply, biryani is an Indian pilaf with a lot of spices. This dish of national cuisine is considered traditional in India, but there are really many recipes for its preparation. Biryani is cooked with lamb, chicken, fish, eggs or vegetables, so every tourist can find an option to their liking. Aromatic ghee, spices and dried herbs give a special taste to Indian pilaf. The classic dish is not spicy at all, but sometimes it contains cayenne pepper.

To make biryani at home, you can buy basmati biryani rice in India as well as biryani masala powder spice mix.

Makhan Murg

A very popular European dish of Indian cuisine is definitely worth trying in its homeland. The food is a delicate creamy cream based on yoghurt, coconut milk, crushed nuts and aromatic spices. The main ingredient can be lamb or chicken, and vegetarians should try narration korma on their holidays in India. If you love fiery food, order the spicy option. Just in case, we will warn you that “know spicy” food is also a spicy (but not excessively) dish, which contains hot peppers.

You can bring a couple of bottles of coconut milk home from India, as it is expensive in Russia. Also worth buying is korma spice paste. It can be found in glass jars in supermarkets.

Aloo Gobi

One of the best vegetarian vegetable curries in India. The skillful combination of the simplest products impresses many tourists. Even if you are sure that you do not like cauliflower (namely, it is the main character of this Indian dish), it is still worth taking the risk and trying this dish. The second main component of aloo Gobi is potatoes. Thanks to turmeric, the dish has a bright orange color. Garlic, ginger, onion, coriander, cumin and many other spices give it a fantastic aroma.

It is worth bringing turmeric from India – this is a very useful spice that will come in handy for preparing many popular dishes of the national cuisine of this country.

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