7 real Indian dishes you should try instead of the Westernized knockoffs
It's a scientific fact that Indian food tastes good, mainly thanks to the abundance of spices and flavors.
There's also quite a variety in Indian cuisine, with dishes ranging from North to South and sometimes by kitchen to kitchen. Punjabi, Bengali, Rajasthani, Goan, Gujarati, and Maharashtrian are just the tip of the delicious iceberg.And that doesn't even take into account all of the Anglicized versions of classic Indian dishes, from curry to chutney.
Instead of chicken tikka masala, order chicken tikka
Instead of eating naan with every meal, try making rotis instead
Instead of dishes made with curry powder, try using a more unique mixture of spices
But the word "curry" was coined by the English and is an oversimplification of Indian cuisine, which uses a variety of spices (masalas) all individually added as you cook so that the mixture is much more unique and varying depending on the region and sometimes by specific kitchen.
A few of the key spices to have on hand are turmeric powder, cumin seeds, coriander power, cinnamon, red chili or cayenne powder, cardamom, ginger, garlic, and mustard seeds. Don't be afraid to branch out and experiment.
Instead of mango or "Major Grey's Chutney," try different kinds of chutneysMajor Grey's Chutney with mango, vinegar, raisins, lime juice, onion, tamarind, and other spices.
But there are so many different chutneys to try, most of which are less jam-like and more runny than the Anglo-Indian counterparts.
In Indian cuisine, chutneys can range the gamut from sweet to savory. Pineapple, coconut, olive, walnut, and fig are just some of the variants - it it's a fruit, spice, or herb, you can make a chutney with it.
Instead of eating kedgeree, try the much more authentic khichdi
Instead of ordering mulligatawny soup, try rasam over riceMulligatawny, loosely translated as "pepper water," is made with chicken or lamb broth, vegetables, and lots of spices. It's based on a sauce known as rasam that's typically eaten with rice, though it can also be eaten as a soup. It's usually prepared with tamarind juice, tomato, chili pepper, pepper, and cumin, though there are many different kinds of rasam to enjoy.
Instead of the Anglicized comfort food meatball curry, order malai koftaMeatball curry is an Anglo-Indian comfort food classic with minced beef or chicken, coriander, chilies, potatoes and more all simmered into a delicious and easy meal.For a more authentic and still tasty counterpart, try malai kofta. It's a North Indian meal with fried vegetable balls and tomato-based gravy with coriander, cumin, chillies, cardamom, cream, and more. This is a good one for any vegetarians out there, too.
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