The land of India is characterized by its diversity; an amalgamation of different cultures, tradition and lifestyles is what truly defines India. Adding to the climate, vegetation and wildlife, the food in this country is equally diverse. The cuisine of each region is influenced by its history and climate, such that, every place in the country boasts of a unique delicacy. And Indians do love to talk about their food. How many times have you caught yourself lost in the thought of food while in a boring meeting? And what better place and time to share recipes than a kitty party? So many lifelong friendships are kindled over a cup of tea and a plate of hot and crunchy pakoras, and most importantly, what can be a better way to bond with your close ones over some mouth-flattering food? Without further ado let’s explore the rich and delectable dishes that North India has to offer.
North Indian food is often what many people would think of as just Indian food.It's the North Indian curries that are often found outside of India in Western restaurants (but don't forget about South Indian food either – it's equally as delicious, but different.Conventional cooking methods include deep frying for many of the snacks, grilling or roasting for meat, and slow simmer stewing for all sorts of curries.
As soon as you arrive in India and start eating, you'll notice that there's a lot of vegetarian food and restaurants available.If you are vegetarian, you'll enjoy the variety of tasty pure-veg dishes, and if you're a meat-eater, you'll never be far from outstanding meat either!While rice is the ultimate staple in much of the South portion of India, in the North, while rice is often available, a meal is never complete without bread.Tandoori roti, chapati, naan, and many other types of flatbreads are extremely popular and vital for all North Indian meals.Bread is used as the main filler and as a great way to scoop up sauces.Dal, or lentils, is one of the essential foods in all of India. North Indian styles of dal curry are usually a little thicker and richer than South Indian variations. It's not uncommon for someone to just eat dal and bread for a meal.
North India is also extremely famous for its barbecued meats.Tandoori chicken, chicken that's been marinated in spices and yogurt and then roasted in a clay oven known as a tandoor, is one of the most famous.Common vegetables include potatoes, peas, okra, onions, carrots, and all sorts of beans.Green leafy vegetables are not all that common, but some vegetables go well in curries.Dairy plays a huge role in North Indian food.Paneer, a hearty cheese, is one of the most popular main ingredients, especially for those that are vegetarian and need protein.