It isn’t a wonder that Indian food has managed to get a spot on the “Most Wanted” list of cuisines around the world. Indian cuisine, per say, is a misnomer, considering that not just the state, but the language, style & customs change every few hundred kilometres or less. Each region has recipes for dishes that has been passed down through generations. Each cuisine holds its ground with its unique blend of spices, herbs and other produce which reflects not just geographical specialities, but also distinct local preferences. Indian Cuisine made its first impression into the international picture in the 1800s when the British took back their adopted practices to England. It is said that so impressed was the Queen of England with the Indian curries that she ordered curries to be made every day in the royal kitchen. Today, there are more than 10,000 establishments in England that serve Indian dishes and in 2001, Chicken Tikka Masala became the national dish of England.
Here is a slice of India that the entire world craves for and you can chose while ordering food in train:
- Chicken Tikka Masala: Undoubtedly, this had to top the list. This fiery red, crispy-on-the-outside, succulent-on-the-inside dish has taken the world by storm ever since. Next came, the gravy cousins of the Tandoori Chicken — the Butter Chicken and the Chicken Tikka Masala. Cooked in spicy gravy, heavily laced with home-made butter, just the aroma of this dish can melt the heart of the toughest of souls! Though most restaurants outside of India do not make the original version of this dish, they still retain the elemental flavour which makes it what it is! You can now order it from your seat via e-catering services from Railrestro.
- Briyani: This classic Indian concoction of rice and chicken has more variants than any other dish! Traditionally, chicken or mutton marinated in curd and fragrant spices is mixed with rice and slow cooked for hours. Modifications specific to various regions is what keeps this dish interesting. While some keep it classic, many restaurants resort to mixing the rice with a pre-cooked gravy for the moist flavoursome appeal and then add the meat. Order briyani in train from your phone.
- Chaat: This simple evening street food robs hearts all over the world? A mixture of yoghurt, fried bread, potatoes, spices and herbs, this dish pops up periodically in nooks and corners all over the world, especially Britain. Its simplicity and versatility makes it a roaring success. Panipuri or Golgappa is another extremely popular snack. These little fluffs of goodness can be found all over the world today. Now, healthy snacking can be made extremely delicious and tasty & you can chose to order at Nagpur junction.
- Samosa: Another popular Indian snack that has made its way into gourmet gatherings is the samosa. This humble fare of crispy fried dough stuffed with flavoured mashed potatoes has gone international with its versatility. These little flour pockets can be stuffed with practically anything that you suit your taste buds, and can be made in both savoury and sweet forms. Dip them in a tangy tamarind chutney or a spicy coriander and green chilli chutney and you are ready to transcend to food heaven.
- South Indian Cuisines: The fragrant smell of crisp Vadas, the sound of spluttering mustard seeds & the smell of Kadhi leaves can spark the hunger. Ordering south Indian meals in train is something which everyone never thought of. People travelling in trains were served with Idlis from local station vendors which were mostly un-hygienic and tasteless. Now with major restaurants in line, one can order south Indian meals in trains too.
- Kebab: The Mughals were the absolute masters of the kitchen when it came to meat. They introduced the art of making kebabs to India and from here it was taken all over the world. A great favourite in Britain, kebabs are loved by patrons all over. Minced meat is combined with a variety of spices and then cooked in skewers over a charcoal fire. What results is succulent, delicious meat infused with a host of flavours that can enjoyed as snacks or with flat breads like roomali rotis or naan. Made most commonly with mutton, it can also be made with fish or chicken. Order kebabs in train now with Railrestro.
- Naan: Best known as accompaniments to Butter Chicken and Chicken Tikka Masala, the naan deserves a special mention. Cooked in the same clay oven known as “Tandoor”, this is how the naan gets its distinct burnt, charcoal flavour which sets it apart from other flat breads. The flour can be kneaded with a variety of spices and herbs, like garlic, coriander, etc. One of the most popular versions is the butter naan which is not just kneaded with butter, but has a generous slathering on top when served. The stuffed ones are called kulcha. Order Naan in your food in train.
- Malai Kofta: It’s vegetarian version of meatballs, this can be made with gourd (lauki) or unripe bananas. They can range from mild to very spicy. Cooked in a gravy of tomato, cream and spices, the balls soak in the flavours and can be had with bread or rice. Originally a Punjabi dish, its flavoursome appeal has been adopted by many restaurateurs over the globe.
- Palak Paneer: If you need your main course to be healthy, delicious and innovative, Palak Paneer is the way to go! Made essentially with spinach and farmer’s cottage cheese (paneer), this is nearly always the star of the table when it comes to vegetarian fare. Add a few naans or rotis to it and you have a complete meal, full of flavour and nutrients. You can now order in train with Railrestro and get it served hot.
- Dal Makhani: This Punjabi dish originated as a vegetarian variant of the butter chicken. A mix of lentils are slow-cooked with tomato puree and butter and is just yummy. This has given strong competition to the chicken curry all over the world and has slowly, but definitely made a place for itself.
This is in no way an exhaustive list of all the popular Indian dishes across the globe. Indian cuisine has created a niche for itself in the hearts of millions across the globe and is here to stay. So what is your favourite? What cuisine would you like to order in train?