7 Must-Try Regional Indian Dishes

The best thing about these regional Indian dishes is the huge variation in flavours: from Rajasthani curries of paneer or yogurt sauces to the rich, buttery flavours of Punjabi food or coconuts and seafood down South, there’s a lot to taste in India.

You might not be able to travel there right now, but we wanted to highlight some of the best recipes from India. These recipes come from the very best food bloggers in the world, so make sure to bookmark their sites.

Grab yourself some good fresh produce and invite some friends or family over. Time to get into the kitchen and to start cooking up some of these classics. The perfect way to test yourself if you are an aspiring home cook!

Regional Indian Dishes

1. Jardaloo Salli Boti 

This unique dish is a true Parsi Cuisine classic, using boneless cubes (boti) of your meat of choice.

Prior to serving, this tangy-n-spicy Parsi meat preparation is topped with store-bought crisp ‘Salli’, known in different parts of the world as shoestring potatoes or matchstick potatoes or potato straws.

Recipe is by Peri’s Spice Ladle.


2. Pav Bhaji

This is a popular Mumbai street food. Pav Bhaji is made with potatoes and vegetables cooked in a tomato base, and enjoyed with pav (soft bread rolls).

Recipe is by Piping Hot Curry.

3. Laal Maas

Laal Maas is a very famous dish from the state of Rajasthan. It has a striking red color gravy, filled with warmth from the spices that goes in. Typically goat meat is used, but you can use lamb too.

Recipe is by Playful Cooking.

4. Methi Chicken

Paneer and chicken form an inseparable part of the Punjabi cuisine. There’s a lot of variations on these ingredients to cater to everybody’s taste. Methi Chicken is a tangy chicken, which is flavoured with kasuri methi.

Recipe created by Mr Foodie.

5. Bengali Roast Chicken

A Bengali roast chicken (often pronounced as ‘Roosht’, by Bengalis) is often served as a starter to a formal invitation for guests (dawat) or to the start of a wedding meal.

Recipe created by Afia.

Bengali Dishes

6. Kashmiri Rogan Josh

Succulent pieces of Goat or Lamb braised in gravy flavoured with aromatic spices like fennel, cloves, cardamom, cinnamon & ginger. This dish gets its fiery red color from powdered Kashmiri chili peppers which have more colour than heat.

Recipe is by Picture The Recipe.

7. South Indian Fish Curry

South Indian fish curry is a spicy and tangy curry with a hint of coconut flavour. It is a delicious curry that goes perfectly with the white rice.

Recipe created by Caramel Tinted Life.

Sarah Clayton-Lea

Co-founder of Big 7 Travel, Sarah created the company through her passion for championing the world's best food and travel experiences. Before her career in digital media, where she previously held roles such as Editor of Food&Wine Ireland, Sarah worked in the hospitality industry in Dublin and New York.

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