What special dish would you recommend for someone who is new to Indian cuisine?
My sister married a Hindu and I felt bad at their wedding, because I just couldn't find anything that I liked, or even knew what the names of some of the dishes were. I love beef, pork and seafood, but I enjoy veggie dishes as well.
As for non-vegetarian dishes, i recommend Mutton Biryani ( popular lamb rice dish with saffron and other key Indian spices), Tandoori Chicken (grilled chicken with Indian masala), Seekh Kebabs ( minced lamb patties), Murgh Makhani ( chicken marinated in yogurt cooked in gravy filled with Indian ingredients and garnished with a dash of butter/fresh cream) , Malabar Prawn Curry ( Coconut based curry with prawns) and Goan Fish Fry ( pan-fried fish fillets marinated with Indian spices).
In case of vegetarian dishes, i recommend Palak Paneer ( popular & tasty Spinach curry with cottage cheese), Naan ( flattened bread either oven-baked or cooked on pan), Tandoori Paneer Tikka ( chunks of cottage cheese marinated with Indian masala and grilled along with other fresh vegetables), Masala Dosa ( extremely popular Rice pancake stuffed with potatoes and served with accompaniments of sambar ( dal stew) and 2-3 chutneys ( coarse mixture of coconut with corinder, tomato or onion) and Kathi Rolls ( Indian Version of American frankie- flattened bread filled with vegetable stuffings and Indian spices).
Note: Paneer or Cottage cheese is lacto-vegetarian food.
For More information, Please visit Wikipedia and type Indian Cuisine- it provides you a comprehensive knowledge of Indian dishes.
Also Please Check out India's Superchef Sanjeev Kapoor's dishes ( both veg and non-veg) on Youtube
and India's reputed food writer Tarla Dalal's healthy and tasty vegetarian dishes on Youtube.
Kindly Note that India emphasizes and specializes more in Chicken, lamb and seafood dishes. For more details in Indian beef and pork dishes, type Goan Cuisine on Wikipedia.
Hum... Though many Indians do not prefer beef and pork, but they enjoy seafood and Chicken. From Veg, I will recommend any spicy dish made of Paneer, which is derived from milk and from Nonveg, you can try Tandoor-chicken. Though its little more spicy for any non-Indian, it tests great.
Well welcome to the largest menu of food- Indian Cuisine. India has got a lot of diversity in food items owing to its Geographical diversity. I guess your sister would also have to learn cooking as her hubby is a India. So for her, ask her to select some popular cooking Indian food blogs. I would suggest Tarla Dalal, Sanjeev kapoor, etc. The blogs will help her a lot while she learns to play with spices.
And as for you, I guess you should start from sea food famous in Goa. And if you like beef and pork, I guess the Muslim food will be best for you. The varieties you can opt for are Chicken Tandoor, Mughlai Biryani, Chicken 68, etc, etc.
And in veggies do try Chana masala, Chole-Bhature, Dam Aloo, Shahi Paneer, Palak Paneer, etc. with naan. kulche..
And then comes some sweet dishes: gajar ka halwa, besan ke ladoo, ras malai, gulab jamun, etc.
Oo God this answer made me hungry. I am going get something to eat myself.
Masala is one of the nicest sauces I have ever tasted. It's smooth and creamy with a perfect all-round flavour. It's not too sharp or acidic, nor does it lack the depth of flavour that many might associate with korma. This is making me very hungry so I'm going to stop typing as I've just conveniently been called on for dinner...
In veg, you have Dosha or Idli with Chattni. In non Veg, you have Chicken biriyaani, Broasted chicken, Shavai chicken, Chicken Shawarma, etc.
I see that this has already been said, but Butter Chicken is a great gateway food into Indian Cuisine. It is not too Spicy and it is easy to come by. I would recommend trying this out to test your stomach for curry and to get into the taste.
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