Indian food is one of the most popular ethnic cuisines around the world, and for good reason. Making use of some of the world’s best herbs and spices, Indian food combines flavors that are ultimately unique to most American’s palates. Don’t worry: you don’t have to learn to cook it to enjoy it! Getting great Indian home delivery can be as easy as calling a restaurant or logging into your computer.
These are the top five most popular Indian foods to enjoy at your next dinner.
Curry is probably the best-known Indian dish, as it has infused many other cultures’ cuisines. There are actually a number of different kinds of curries, but the feature they all have in common is that they combine specific spices to create unique flavors. In most cases, fresh and dried hot chili peppers are used to make this dish one of the spiciest. Most curries are sauce-based and are often eaten in combination with a rice base. A curry dish can contain just about any protein or vegetables, which means it is a great option for vegetarians.
Tandoori chicken is probably one of the most iconic dishes from Indian cuisine. The chicken (or another protein) is marinated for hours in a unique blend of yogurt and spices, placed onto skewers, and then cooked in a clay oven or tandoor. When you order Tandoori you may notice that your meat is a reddish-orange color when it arrives. This is due to the inclusion of powdered turmeric and Kashmiri red chilies, which can add a kick to the dish. Of course, as with any dish, the level of spiciness can be tailored depending on preferences.
Chicken, or other proteins, can be used in a Tikka Masala, a tasty dish that hails from North India. As with Tandoori, you’ll marinate your chicken ahead of time, although this time in chunks rather than kept whole. In fact, “Tikka” means pieces or bits. Once the meat has been marinated, it is grilled and then mixed with a delicious, creamy sauce. The flavor of Tikka Masala is absolutely unique, and since it can be mixed with a number of different vegetables, meats, and other food items, it can be a great option for those with specific dietary guidelines.
Vindaloo is a type of Indian curry that is seen in many different cultures throughout India. It is known as one of the spiciest curry options, which is why it can be seen on just about any Indian menu around the world. To make a vindaloo, the protein is marinated overnight in a mix of vinegar, chili peppers, and other spices and additional flavorings are added while the dish is being prepared.
Paneer is a cheese found in Indian meals, and it is the preferred alternative for many vegetarian eaters. The cheese is actually made by separating curds and whey in hot milk; the curds are then drained thoroughly, the cheese is chilled, and then it is cooked with. While paneer can be found with sauces from curries to Tikka Masala, Saag Paneer may be the most famous cheese dish, incorporating spinach or mustard greens with a variety of spices.