10 Delicious North Indian Recipes

North Indian cuisine is filled with rich gravies, spicy vegetable fries, slow-cooked meat and desserts. What makes the cuisine so great is the availability of vegetables, grains, fruits and spices. In this article we have given you some of the most cooked recipes of North India. A few delicious dishes from North-India are Rogan Josh, Chole Bhature, Dal-Bati Churma and Chaat.

The North Indian food is richer when compared to other cuisines of India as there are a lots of dishes that are made in desi ghee or fresh cream. Some of the dishes take long time to prepare and involve careful steps. But when you put them in your mouth, you know that you are in for a joyride.

North Indians also love simple comfort foods like Rajma Chawal, Dal Tadka etc. Their love for dairy is evident as most traditional meals are served with paneer, lassi, chaas, kulfi and kheer.

So, here are the best recipes from North India:-

  • Chole Bhature: This is a mouth watering dish that has its origins in Punjab. This dish comes with chickpeas cooked in various spices.

Chole Bhature

  • Rogan Josh: Rogan Josh is the main dish of Kashmir. This is a favourite dish of meat lovers.

Rogan JOsh

  • Stuffed Bati: This snack, cooked in ghee, is served with dal and chutney. Bati has filling of spices and paneer.

Dal Baati Churma

  • Rice Kheer: A perfect dessert for a filling meal, rice kheer is prepared with khoya, milk, nuts and cream.

Rice Kheer

  • Chicken Dum Biryani: Chicken Dum Biryani is a popular dish. This is a tasty biryani with chicken cooked in different spices.

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  • Aloo Samosa: This is a perfect snack for the evening tea. It is a fried snack that is stuffed with mixture of peas and potatoes.

Samosa

  • Nihari Gosht: This is a popular recipe of Hyderabad. This recipe originated in Delhi.

Nihari

  • Butter Chicken: Butter chicken is a great combination of chicken and spices and is very moist and tender.

Butter Chicken

  • Dahi Bhalla: Dahi Bhalla is a delicious treat that is prepared with yogurt and daal. These delicious bhallas are topped with sweet curd, tangy chutneys and spices.

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  • Malai Kulfi: Malai kulfi is best served in a matki. It is prepared with condensed milk, dry fruits and saffron.

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History of Some Interesting Dishes of India

Indians love food. Every Indian likes to indulge in the guilty pleasure of rich food. We are a nation of diverse people with many differences. But food is one thing that unites us. Although the food of our nation is also diverse but it is enjoyed by everyone. It is also a fact that the cuisines of India vary with states.

In all these varying cuisines there are certain foods that you may wonder how they originated. And that is why we have collected some interesting dishes and their stories that you will find amusing.

  1. Biryani

Biryani

The word ‘biryani’ comes from the Persian word ‘birian’ meaning ‘fried before cooking’. According to the legend, Mumtaz Mahal(1593-1631), while visiting the army barracks realized that the soldiers there were under-nourished. She ordered that a dish be made that can provide balanced nutrition. The chef prepared many dishes but Mumtaz liked biryani as it was a one pot complete meal.

Biryani Recipe

  1. Butter Chicken

Butter Chicken

Butter Chicken originated in New Delhi. It was introduced by Chef Simon Mahil Chahal in Moti Mahal restaurant. According to the legend, one night when the restaurant shut down, a VIP guest visited the restaurant and asked for a chicken dish. The chef realized that he had only half chicken tandoori in his stock. He decided to improvise on the dish and put in large amounts of butter, tomato and masalas and invented a new dish. The VIP guest was none other than the ruler of Mareelun and he loved the dish. And that’s how it became popular.

Butter Chicken Recipe

  1. Idli

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The earliest origins of Idli is in ‘Vaddaradhane’ of 970 A.D. A story in which Idli is one of the eighteen dishes served to a Brahamchari. But, the recipe of making Idli is not present in the story.

If we dig a little deeper into history, we find our answers. The Chinese historian Xuang Zang claims that India had no steaming containers. But around 800-1200 AD, the Hindu Indonesian Kings brought with them, the methods of steaming and fermentation. They gave birth to a unique dish called Kedli in South India which resulted in the formation of Idli.

  1. Sambar

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Although Idli was created a long time back, Sambar came into the scene much later. It was in the 18th century that a dish called amti was created in the kitchen of the ruler Shahuji of Thanjavur. It was a very special dish as it contained kokum as one of its ingredients. One season, the kokum ran out of supply. Everyone was thinking what to do when an advisor of the court advised that tamarind pulp should be used instead of kokum to maintain sour taste. So, a dish was made which contained vegetables, tuvar dal, spices and the pulp of tamarind. The dish was served to Shahuji’s cousin Sambhaji. Everyone loved the dish and it was named Sambhar after the name of the guest Sambhaji.

Sambar Recipe

  1. Paneer

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Most Indian dishes contain Paneer. The list of dishes is endless, starting from Shahi Paneer to Palak Paneer. But, it is known to few that Paneer was invented by accident. Once, the Mongols were on a trip on their horses. They were travelling with Mushkis(bags of raw-hyde) which contained milk. Due to the rennet of leather and the dessert heat made Paneer out of the milk. The Mongols found the Paneer to be very delicious. In the years that followed, this ingredient was brought to India and it was an instant hit.

Try these Paneer recipes:-

Shahi Paneer Recipe

Paneer Lababdar Recipe

Palak Paneer Recipe

  1. Samosa

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One of the most famous snack in India today is samosa. But, do you know about its origins? It originated from Central Asia. According to legend, the traders from different parts of the world traveled to India using Central Asian trade routes. They could not carry heavy food so they cooked small triangles that were filled with mince. These were easy to make and carry and could be eaten anytime. When this dish came to India, it was a big hit and Samosa became a staple snack for kings and commoners alike.

Samosa Recipe

 

  1. Pav Bhaji

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The origins of Pav Bhaji are in the city of Mumbai. A local vendor came up with this dish after realizing the problems of daily mill workers. The workers had a very short meal break. They had to do rigorous physical labor after these mini breaks. So, a light lunch was needed. So, the local vendor created a dish with leftovers of other dishes. The roti and rice was substituted with Pav. And the curries were converted into a spicy mixture called ‘bhaji’. The dish became very popular and is loved by all.

Pav Bhaji Recipe

  1. Vada Pav
Photo Courtesy: Raks Kitchen

Photo Courtesy: Raks Kitchen

Like Pav Bhaji, Vada Pav was also created in Bombay. The dish was created by Ashok Vaidya, who was a snack vendor outside Dadar station. Dadar is a major hub for commuters and a very important station. Vaidya, very innovatively came up with this recipe so that the commuters can eat on the go. The dish was served with fiery red chutney made up of peanuts, coconuts, garlic, chilli and tamarind. This was in 1971 and the dish is still very popular in Bombay and all over India

Vada Pav Recipe

  1. Kebabs

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Kebabs are very popular in the Middle East and also loved by Indians. It was invented in the Medieval Era of Turkey. According to the legend the travelling soldiers wanted to save meat and that is why they cut small pieces of meat, grilled them and ate them with bread. The dish has become popular all over the world today.

Kebab Recipe

  1. Tandoori Chicken

Tandoori Chicken

The same restaurant that gave us Butter Chicken, gave us Tandoori Chicken. It was at Moti Mahal Delux, that the dish was invented by the Chef Kundan Lal Gujral. The chef always tried to experiment with dishes. He loved his tandoor and as an experiment, he took some chicken, applied spices and put it in tandoor. The resulting dish was so good that even Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru (First Prime Minister of India) liked it. Later, the dish was prepared for many Indian dignitaries like Richard Nixon, John F. Kennedy, King of Nepal, Shah of Iran etc.

Tandoori Chicken Recipe

Swad Ka Safar(Experience UP Cuisine)

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Uttar Pradesh(UP) is located at the Northern part of India so its culture and cuisine are greatly influenced by the rulers who arrived here from outside India. Heart of the state, Lucknow is a witness to all the cultural and culinary variations from ancient past till now.

Other than Lucknow, other districts of UP are also known for their food like Banaras is known for its Kaddu Purie, Mathura is known for Pedha, Agra is known for Petha, Kanpur is famous for its Kakori and Boti kebabs. Every state has its distinct taste.

The cuisine of Lucknow is synonymous to Mughlai cuisine or Awadhi cuisine as it has been ruled by Mughals. Mughlai and Awadhi cuisines are similar to those of Kashmir and Punjab due to the common influence of the Mughal rule. Nawabi Food is another name for these cuisines. These Nawabi foods comprise of some special combination of spices like cardamom, saffron, and flower extract like Kewada Itra, which is an essential ingredient of Kebabs.

DUM PUKHT Photo Courtesy: flickriver

DUM PUKHT
Photo Courtesy: flickriver

Mughlai or Awadhi cuisine introduced the new techniques of cooking which is known as Dampukth. In this style of cooking food is sealed in a large pan called handi which is placed on slow heat which allow the ingredients to be cooked in their own juices. And the final result is in the form of a flavorful and aromatic dish.

Cooks of this cuisine are also categorized into different categories according to the amount of food they are supposed to cook. The Bawarchis cook food in large quantities while the Rakabdars cook in small gourmet quantities and also specialize in garnishing and presentation. Nanfus are the special cooks who deal only with making breads like Roti, Chapati, Naans, Sheermals and Kulchas. The Lucknowi cuisine is incomplete without the description of some elaborate dishes such as Kebabs, Kormas, Biryanis, Roomali Roti, Stuffed Parathas.

Galouti Kebab

Galouti Kebab

Kebabs: Awadhi kebabs are grilled on chulha or grilled tandoor. Seekh Kebabs were introduced by Mughals and are made by beef mince on skewers and cooked on charcoal fire. Nowadays lamb mince is preferred for its soft texture.

Galouti KebabIt is made of minced meat and spices without binding agent.

Kakori Kebab: It was originally made in the Darghah of Hazarat Shah Ahder Sahib with divine blessings. It was made by the leg of mutton with khoya and spices.

Some dishes of UP are synonymous to the festivals. For eg. Gujia is prepared on the occasion of Holi .Recently, Makar Sankrinti which is also known as Khichdi was celebrated. On this occasion khichdi is prepared at every household.

The cuisine of UP cannot be explained in words or any definition.

For recipes from UP, India and around the world, please visit: http://tastyfix.com/

Indian Chefs on YouTube

 

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Gone are the days when you needed cookbooks or professional chefs for hosting cooking shows on TV. There is a new generation of Indian chefs who have achieved their celebrity status using YouTube. These people are bringing Indian cuisine to the world by creating mouthwatering Indian recipes.

Now you don’t need recipe books where you tried to understand the meaning of the instructions. Every step is visible in the video. Let us discuss some of these popular Chefs of YouTube.

VahChef

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The popular channel of YouTube VahChef was started by Sanjay Thumma. He started the website vahrevah.com. He launched this recipes channel in 2007 on YouTube and this channel has reached amazing proportions.

Through the years, Sanjay Thumma has made more than 1,100 videos that have easy to follow recipes. The channel has mainly got Indian recipes and some International recipes. His YouTube channel has about 613,404 subscribers and 307,425,605 views.

Paya VahChef-By VahChef Recipe

VahChef’s Butter Chicken Recipe

Batura-By VahChef Recipe

Manjula’s Kitchen

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Born in a North India, Manjula Jain grew in a vegetarian family. She moved to US in 1960’s. She remained vegetarian as her family was Jain by religion. In 2006, she started a blog in which she posts recipes. She also keeps on creating videos related to cooking that give you practical and simple recipes. She also posts gluten-free and vegan recipes.

Manjula’s Kitchen has 2, 95,847 subscribers and 114,463,566 views.

 

Nisha Madhulika

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Besides English language recipe videos, Hindi languages are doing well as well. For example, consider Nisha Madhulika from Delhi, who after retiring from a full-time job, turned to cooking (which was her passion). She started making videos of her passion i.e. cooking. The recipe videos which she posted were in Hindi with subtitles in English. She has more than 1000 videos on her channel and more than thousands of recipes on her website.

Her channel on YouTube has 416,729 subscribers and 128,439,601 views.

Cabbage Paratha Recipe By Nisha Madhulika

Urad Dal Recipe By Nisha Madhulika

Dal Makhani Recipe By Nisha Madhulika

Some other popular channels on YouTube who post videos of South Asian recipes are Bhavna’s Kitchen and ShowMeTheCurry.com.

Malabar Parotta-ShowMeTheCurry.com Recipe

In 2012, a group of food bloggers and home chefs came together, realizing the importance of Youtube, to form India Food Network. Here they post videos from regional Indian cuisine and dishes from around the globe.

Puran Poli Recipe-Indian Food Network

So, whenever you want to cook a new dish and find it difficult, YouTube is here to help you out.

For more interesting recipes from India and around the world, please visit: http://tastyfix.com/

Tasty Indian Cuisine : Samosa

Yummy Samosa! Photo Courtesy: Youtube

India is a land of diversity. Diversity, in every sense including regional, cultural, language and of course food. People of India represent “Unity in diversity!” Although, this unity is remarkable but another remarkable thing about India is its diversity in terms of food.

This blog is dedicated to “Indian Cuisine.” We are going to share a lot of interesting things related to Indian food. And, for a start we will discuss about the favorite snack of Indians: “The Samosa.”

The samosa is famous throughout South Asia. It is triangular shaped pastry that can be fried or baked. You will find a variety of vegetables inside the crispy and flaky flour covering of Samosa. Some of the common vegetables include: “Onions”, “Potatoes” and “Peas”.

Samosa originated in Mumbai as a roadside snack but now you will find it in every tea stall, bakery or restaurant. Samosas are finger licking good and can be eaten anytime.

Samosa can be easily made at home. If you want to try it at home then we have a good recipe for you.

Please visit the link: http://www.tastyfix.com/recipe/samosa-food-2