North India is highly diverse region with extreme climatic conditions. This region includes the state of Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttaranchal, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.
Unlike its climate North India has diverse range of cuisines also, and each reason is famous for some specific dishes which are different from South Indian and East Indian food.
The North Indian food is mainly influenced by Hinduism and Jainism so we can find a good range of vegetarian food in North India. we can also find the non-vegetarian dishes which are highly influenced by Mughals and Awadhi (by Nawab of Awadh) North Indian foods are easily available on streets and high-end restaurants.
People of north India usually prefer Indian breads and curries in the regular diet we can find here a range of Tandoori Roti, Naan, Stuffed Paratha and Kulcha. Rice is popular in the form of biryani (by Awadh and Mughals) and veg pulao North Indian food is very rich and full of dry fruits and nuts. Dairy products like cottage cheese, cream, milk, yoghurt and ghee (clarified butter) are used in making savoury and sweet dishes.
North India is a very fertile region that leads to the availability of fresh fruits and vegetables which could be scene in its cuisines as well. This region has a varied range of vegetarian dishes.
Some popular dishes of North India
Dal Bati Churma
Mainly used ingredient is wheat along with rice, lentil and dal which are considered as one of the basic essentials of North India
North Indian states have great and diverse histories and a food culture shows the influence of it. It also exhibits strong influence from Central Asia.
North Indian cuisines are divided into different parts
- Awadhi cuisine
- Bihari cuisine
- Himachali Cuisine
- Kumauni Cuisine
- Bhojpuri Cuisine
- Kashmiri Cuisine
- Punjabi Cuisine
- Rajasthani Cuisine
- Mughlai Cuisine
- The cuisine of Uttar Pradesh