India exhibits a large diversity of cultures and traditions. But food is among the things that unite the people of India. The Northern part of the country includes the states of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Delhi, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Jammu, and Kashmir.
With this many states packed into one region, north Indian cuisines, and recipes vary widely. Every region boasts of its delicacy, but let someone come to their door, and they won’t let them go till their stomachs are full. Food is not just food here, it’s a feeling. Even when hunger dies, our “dil maange more”.
So before we go hungry again, let’s explore the rich and mouth-watering dishes that North India has to offer.
Sarso Da Saag / Makki Ki Roti
Sarso Da Saag and Makki Ki Roti are names that can not be left without mentioning when you talk of Punjab. Its smell is as delicious as the heavenly taste that you can’t afford to forget. Makki Ki Roti is a flatbread made of corn flour dough. Sarso Da Saag is prepared with the tender stems of mustard leaves. The dish is best served hot and is usually accompanied with a piece of jaggery in its native state Punjab.
Dal Baati Churma
Dal Baati Churma is a typical dish of Rajasthan, as well as the definition of its people – sweet and spicy. You don’t eat it until in ‘Desi’ style – with your fingers covered in food that you can’t stop licking. Dal is made by the combination of different pulses, whereas Baati is made up of wheat flour dough and baked in an earthen stove using coal. It is served dipped in ghee. Churma is a sweet dish that is made up of coarse whole wheat flour, garnished with dry fruits.
Originating from Punjab, Chole Bhature has become one of the favorite street foods all over the country. Tearing a piece of a fried, crispy Bhatura, dipping it into the hot and spicy Chole, together with onion and chutney, and putting it into one’s mouth is a joy that only someone who has eaten it can understand. Chole is made up of chickpeas, and bhatura is prepared by frying a flatbread made of white flour dough. Cut onion pieces with a dash of lemon juice and a pinch of salt is often served with the delicacy.
Try taking the name ‘Biryani’ among a group of people, and you will find a group of small, shining, excited eyes looking towards you! Whether or not you are a rice lover, the aroma emanated from the delicacy will make you run towards its direction. It is made up of the mixture of spices and gravy combined with the long, grained Basmati rice and cooked meat (or vegetables). The delicacy is best served hot with simple raita (curd).
Tandoori Chicken/ Tikka Masala
There is no better sight than grilled chicken in an orange, creamy sauce. Chicken Tikka Masala is a dish of chunks of roasted marinated chicken in a spiced curry sauce. Other Tikka Masala dishes replace chicken with lamb, fish, or paneer.
The taste of the sizzling smokey Litti, mashed potato, and ‘baingan bharta’ is a taste that you can not forget once you have eaten it. Litti is a dough ball made up of whole wheat flour and stuffed with sattu (roasted chickpea flour) mixed with herbs and spices and then roasted over coal.
How to make Sundays better ? Jalebi and Kachori as breakfast! Jalebi is also one of the street foods and the sight of people standing at shops in the mornings for Jalebis is very common. It is made by deep-frying white flour batter in circular shapes which are then soaked in sugar syrup. This crispy, syrupy dessert is well-loved everywhere in India.
Dahi Vada is a common delicacy, especially during festivals. It is a refreshing dish that proves to be a blessing on a hot, sunny day. It is made up of deep-fried lentil balls dunked in yogurt and is topped with different ‘chutneys’, black salt and Chaat masala .
Rajma Chawal is the typical family dish that every person away from home is bound to miss. It is a red kidney bean curry served with rice. It is a very popular north Indian dish and is often accompanied by pickle and Buttermilk.
One of the most common favorite dishes of North Indians is Kheer. This delicacy melts as soon as it is in your mouth and gives a heavenly taste. This rice pudding is delicately flavored with cardamom and is full of nuts. It is made by boiling milk or sugar with of the following: rice, sweet corn, vermicelli, tapioca, etc and flavored with cashews, almonds, raisins, etc.