India is the land of festivals, cultures, religions, ancient architectures, rich music, spices, and mouth-watering dishes. Indian has so many flavors to its greatness and it is not possible to single out any one specialty out of so many. Good food and addicted foodies can be found in India in every corner and each place has its specialty. From spicy north Indian food to a diverse range of south Indian dishes, it is the diversity of cuisines that make India a place that must be explored thoroughly. The Indian gulab jamun can give doughnuts a run for their money while the famous south Indian masala dosa can lure all the pizza lovers towards itself.
There is no end to what you can eat in India. From five star hotels to roadside stalls and the household kitchens, India has an abundance of cooking geniuses who put a unique flavor to dishes that you eat. Apart from being pure and fresh, another property that makes Indian dishes worth exploring is the amount of experiment done on them in India. A key example is noodles that came to India from China. But, India now has more versions of noodles than China itself. The rich amount of fresh herbs and spices available in India make these dishes even tastier. Many Indian dishes have got a huge amount of popularity outside India as well. In this blog, we will look at 5 such Indian dishes that have been acclaimed outside India as well.
1. Masala Dosa: Masala Dosa is a South Indian dish that is popular all over India or rather outside India as well. Masala dosa is a stuffed dosa where the outer layering is made up of rice and black lentils. It is served with coconut chutney and sambhar. Sambhar is made from vegetables and yellow lentils. However, the stuffing keeps changing in every state, the basic dosa is stuffed with cooked mashed potatoes. There are over 20 different types of masala dosa available in the southern part of the country alone. With the Indian community having its presence in almost every corner of the world, masala dosa has gained popularity in the western world as well.
2. Idli: Just like Masala dosa, Idli is also a South Indian dish that gained popularity all across India due to its taste, easy recipe, and the fact that it is easily digestible. Raw rice and white-colored lentils are soaked for several hours and a paste is prepared. It is left to ferment overnight and the batter is put into a greased mold to be cooked. Just like Masala Dosa, Idli is also served with coconut chutney and sambhar. Despite originating in South India, Idli is the most consumed breakfast all across India. The presence of the south Indian community in various parts of the world has taken the popularity of Idli worldwide.
3. Dhokla: Dhokla is a Gujarati dish that is a popular breakfast dish in the eastern part of the country. Dhokla is made with fermented crepe mixture that is derived from grain and divided chickpeas. You need half a cup of gram flour, 2 to 3 spoons of turmeric, water, and rava to make a batter. After leaving the batter condensed overnight, you can cook Dhokla two ways – microwave or steaming. Dhokla is served with green chilies and coriander chutney. There are over 10 types of Dhokla that you can cook. The presence of the Gujarati community in foreign countries has made Dhokla a famous dish in countries like the US.
4. Rajma: Rajma or kidney beans is a popular veggie dish that is found widely in the Indian subcontinent. It is a famous dish that is consumed with Chapatis or rice in large parts of India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and several other countries. Prepared with thick curry and a mix of spices, the recipe of the dish arrived in India from Mexico. But it has become a staple lunch dish in north Indian states. Rajma Chawal is one of the most popular dishes in Delhi, Punjab, and several other states. The dish has gained popularity in various parts of the world over the years.
5. Gulab Jamun: The list can’t be complete without mentioning the famous dessert dish – Gulab Jamun. It is called by different names in Pakistan, Nepal, and Bangladesh but due to its wide popularity in India, Gulab Jamun is the most famous name of the mouth-watering dish. The dish is prepared from milk and Maava ( a material extracted from milk and used to prepare sweets). Round balls are made up of dough that is prepared from Maava and are deep-fried. After frying, they are immersed in sugar syrup. This dish is very famous in several parts of the world like Myanmar, Fiji, and the Caribbean.