Most Popular Indian Dishes?
I am sure that everyone will have an opinion about which foods this list should contain, but here is my list of the top 20 most popular dishes across India (I welcome any and all feedback!).
As a representative recipe, I have sometimes swerved to South India so that both North and South Indian cooking is highlighted. For example, my chickpea recipe is not technically chana masala, but it is a South Indian chickpea masala.
I do not have an Indian mother, auntie, or grandmother to walk me through family recipes. I do have—at last count—61 Indian cookbooks and I follow 115 Indian food blogs and 66 video blogs. This immersion reinforces for me the reality that every Indian cook has their perfect recipe. It differs from their neighbor’s next door and in the next state.
I bet you have your own idea of what a list like this should contain. I hope you will weigh in with your favorites.
The Top 20 Indian Dishes
Instant pot butter chicken will be a welcome change from your usual weeknight chicken dinner. Plop the ingredients into your Instant Pot, turn it on, and put your feet up with a cup of tea.
Thin, crisp, and tangy, dosa are the crepes of India. Make your own dosa at home or buy the batter to use for idli, uttapam, and gluten-free, healthy wraps for all sorts of fillings.
Idli and dosas (a very thin and crispy crepe) are one of South India’s gift to the world. Idlis are made with either a plain or flavored batter. Think South Indian coconut, mustard seeds, and curry leaves. Even Sichuan idli is a thing.