The Top 10 Best Indian Dishes And Recipes

the best top 10 indian dishes

Indian dishes are vastly diverse, and not to mention delicious because of the variety of flavors and regions. Indian cuisine is continually put on foodie lists all over the world.

Remember that time you and a friend sit down for dinner at an Indian food restaurant. The smell of jasmine and spice awakens your senses. There is a busy clatter of pots and pans coming from the open kitchen.

Your mouth is already watering as the waiter comes over with a menu full of delectable Indian dishes. Time for the ultimate question: what should you eat?

For those who are not veterans of Indian food eating, making a decision may be difficult.

We created this article for those moments when you’re looking at a menu, feeling dizzy with delight and confusion.

Whether you’re in need of help ordering at a restaurant or are interested in taking a stab at cooking, we’ve got you covered.

Read on to learn about the best top 10 Indian food dishes and how you can recreate them for yourself.

1. Chicken Makhani (Butter Chicken)

butter chicken || Chicken Makhani Indian Dish

Butter chicken is mouth-watering, tender chicken, cooked in a spiced tomato sauce. It’s traditionally cooked in a tandoor (a cylindrical clay or metal oven), but may be grilled, roasted or pan-fried in less authentic preparations.

Always make the gravy by first cooking fresh tomato, garlic, and cardamom down into a bright red pulp. This pulp is then pureed after cooling. Then, the chef adds butter, various spices, and Khoa (dried whole milk).

Vegetarian Indian Dish Option:

Though a lot of traditional Indian food uses meat, there are plenty of Indian vegetarian dishes. You can make your own butter chicken vegetarian by substituting chicken for tofu.

You can mimic the taste and texture of chicken by tossing tofu pieces with corn starch. Then, bake the pieces in the oven and voila! You have slightly crispy, delicious, buttery vegetarian “chicken”.

2. Samosas (Deep-Fried Potato/Veggie Dumpling)

top 10 indian dishes samosas

Samosas are a very popular traditional Indian Dish. Probably because samosas are a tasty, fried, or baked pastry with savory fillings.

Spiced potatoes, onions, peas, and lentils fill traditional samosas. But sometimes, they are made with ground lamb, ground beef or ground chicken.

Good news for all of you Indian food lovers and solely plant-based eaters. Indian samosas are usually vegan! That means the pastry is free of eggs and dairy products.

Samosas are often accompanied by a sweet mint sauce or chutney (scroll down for Chef Marie’s sweet and savory chutney recipes!). These puffy treats are a common street food. You can find tourists and Indians natives alike eating them as a midday snack or a side to a main dish.

3. Aloo Gobi (Potato and Cauliflower)

Indian Cauliflower Potatoe Delight

Aloo Gobi is a dry, vegan Indian dish, made with potatoes (aloo), cauliflower (gobi), and Indian spices. It has a warm, yellow-orange color, because it uses a staple in Indian dishes: turmeric.

Aloo Gobi occasionally contains kalonji and curry leaves as well. Other common ingredients include garlic, ginger, onion, coriander stalks, tomato, peas, and cumin. Throw it all together to roast in the oven and you’ve got one of the most popular dishes ordered in Indian restaurants.

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4. Naan (Flatbread)

garlic naam

If you’ve never experienced good naan bread, your life has been much less delicious than it could be.

Naan is a leavened, oven-baked flatbread. You normally serve Naan with all meals.

This bread is the perfect combination of chewy and crispy, buttery and garlicky. It’s exactly what every Indian dish needs to complement the otherwise bright and intense flavors.

There are many different types of naan breads depending on what you’re in the mood for.

  • Butter and garlic naan bread are the classics.
  • Paneer naan is a delicious Indian cheese type.
  • Chili naan is great for those spice fiends.
  • And of course, there’s always the classic, no-fuss, plain naan.

However you eat it, naan acts as almost a spoon to soup up sauce or dipped into chutneys. An Indian meal isn’t complete without naan at its side.

5. Matar Paneer (Peas and Cooked Cottage Cheese)

Matar Paneer (Peas and Cooked Cottage Cheese)

Here’s another for the “Indian vegetarian dishes” category!

Matar paneer comes from regions of northern India. It’s made up of a yummy tomato sauce over paneer (farmer’s cheese) and peas, and spiced with garam masala.

Like many Indian dishes, matar paneer is best when paired with a cooling side dish, like cream or bread.

Depending on the region, it’s likely to be served with rice, naan, paratha, poori, or roti.

Enjoy dipping your bread (or Naan) into the tomato gravy after you eat up the cheese and veggies.

Whether you choose naan, yogurt, aloo, or cream, to pair with this dish, your taste buds will thank you!

6. Rogan Josh (Curried Meat)

curried meat || Indian dshes

Rogan josh is a staple of Kashmiri (region in northern India) cuisine. It’s one of the main dishes of a Wazwan: a Kashmiri multi-course meal.

Rogan Josh consists of braised lamb chunks cooked with gravy. Generally, Indian chefs make this gravy from browned onions, yogurt, garlic, ginger, and aromatic spices.

Known for its brilliant red color, a classic rogan josh uses liberal amounts of dried Kashmiri chillies.

Make sure to de-seed these babies before you use them unless you’re a glutton for punishment. Though they are less hot when de-seeded, Kashmiri chilies tend to be milder than cayenne chilies. You will find cayenne chilies in many other Indian dishes.

Most of the spiciness from a rogan josh comes from the fragrance of the dish rather than the heat. It’s a yummy treat that is mild enough for Western palates, but intense enough for spice-lovers. If you love lamb, this dish is a must-try.

7. Tandoori Chicken (Chicken Marinated In Yogurt and Spices)

Tandoori chicken is a popular North Indian dish consisting of roasted chicken prepared with yogurt and spices. The name comes from the type of cylindrical clay oven, a tandoor, in which the dish is traditionally prepared.

The chicken is marinated in yogurt and seasoned with the spice mixture tandoori masala. Indian chefs traditionally use cayenne pepper, red chili powder, or Kashmiri red chili powder to give it a fiery red hue. This dish goes so well with steaming basmati rice and crispy naan.

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Indian Food Recipes From Blue Osa’s Very Own, Chef Marie:

Looking for something made with extra love? The mama of Blue Osa, Chef Marie, has crafted the following Indian cuisine is continually put on foodie lists all over the world and no wonder, with the variety of flavors and regions, Indian food is vastly diverse, and not to mention delicious! with care.

8. Chana Aloo Curry (Chickpea Potato Curry)

A sultry blend of ginger, tomato, curry, and garlic marinate potatoes, chickpeas, and onions. These veggies and spices blend together to create the magical, Chana Aloo Curry. Though more traditional recipes may be spiced with chilli or cayenne pepper, Chef Marie’s special twist includes fresh jalapenos.

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9. Shu’Bah’ (Tomato Soup)

tomatoe soup || Indian Dishes

Shu’Bah’, sometimes referred to as “Shorba”, is a light, Indian-spiced tomato soup. This is an Indian vegetarian dish made by simmering tomatoes, onions, spices, and ghee (clarified butter). The ginger, turmeric, cardamom, and cinnamon spices give it the classic Indian symphony of flavor.

When ‘Shu’Bah’ is done right, it has a medium-thick consistency and is garnished with fresh herbs (cilantro is perfect). If you’re really a fan of garlic, a nice touch would be garnishing the dish with roasted garlic.

10. Chutney (Fruit Sauce)

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As mentioned above, chutney (or “chatni”) is a sauce that is a flavorful sweet pair to savory samosas. It’s a relish made of various types of fruits, herbs, and spices, and it originated in India over 2,000 years ago. Heads up again, vegans, this is one for you.

Make this chutney with brown sugar, turmeric, red wine vinegar. Add a smattering of other lip-smacking goodies such as mango chutney is a tangy treat in a world of Indian spiciness.

Though usually fruity, savory chutneys are also a thing. Both mango and onion chutney recipe was specially crafted by Chef Marie to be the perfect side pairing for any Indian food meal.

BONUS! MORE INDIAN DISHES AND RECIPES:

As an extra bonus, we’ve included some delicious Indian drink specialties. These recipes are also in Chef Marie’s, Clean Eating Cookbook.

11. Masala Chai

masala chai tea

There’s nothing like the experience of stopping at a chaiwala on an Indian street and ordering a steaming cup of masala chai. The beverage has gained worldwide popularity, becoming a feature in many coffee and teahouses.

Indians make masala chai by brewing black tea with a mixture of aromatic spices and herbs.

Traditionally, the chai recipe calls for green cardamom pods, cinnamon sticks, ground cloves, ground ginger, black peppercorn, and black tea leaves.

In international tea shops, it’s often sold in a tea bag form, with a variety of revolving recipes.

But once combined with steaming hot milk (or your favorite non-dairy milk!), it’s delicious all around, whether found in India, your hometown, or made by you with the help of Chef Marie!

12. Lassi

Banana lasi || The best Indian Dishes

Lassi’s are yogurt-based drinks made with water, spices, and sometimes fruit. Mango or cardamom-flavored lassis are some of the most popular, but did you know that there are also savory ones? Milk and salt might not sound good to you, but in India, it’s not so uncommon.

For dairy-free folks, simply use a substitute. There are a variety of plant-based yogurt options like cashew or soy!

Make Your Own Indian Dishes

As mentioned above, you can find all of Chef Marie’s delectable Indian dishes (and more!) in her Eating Clean Cookbook. Bon appétit!

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22 Comments on “The Top 10 Best Indian Dishes And Recipes”

  1. Thanks for detailing the top 10 Indian dishes. A personal favorite of mine is chicken tikka masala because I love that it’s a little spicy. I am always looking for good Indian restaurants to try more dishes though!

  2. Very nice post Jeannie,

    Thanks for sharing this post with us. I love Butter Chicken the most from your list. I always looking for best taste of the city.

  3. Thank you for writing such a topic on top ten Indian dishes .It is so tasty food to eat . I love it the way present all this food .Keep on writing such a topic it will really help me.

  4. It is so tasty food to eat . I love it the way present all this food .Keep on writing such a topic it will really help me.

  5. Yes, these are some of the best Indian dishes. Indian curries are so complex, and delicious. Thanks for sharing.

  6. I love Indian street food, I have visited in India a year ago, where I have tried first time Indian chicken briyani. Thanks for sharing such a nice post.

  7. The combination of cultures and ethnicities have created the unique flavorful of recipes to the indian dishes, a very good article thanks for sharing.

  8. Thank you for creating and sharing your list of the top 10 Indian dishes.

    A couple of them would find mention on my list of Top 10 as well. Well, to be fair, with the kind of diverse gastronomic pedigree that Indian food revels in… its unsurprising that there exists a plethora of such lists staking claim to have nailed the brief.

    Most of Indian fare with its fragrant and robust flavours have the deliciousness to make it to this list. What makes it different are the cooking styles and therein lies the answer to being on the list of the India’s “Top 10” dishes

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