The Most Popular Types of Indian Food That You Need To Try

After the recent shutdown and lack of the typical restaurant dining experience, people are back out and ready to hit their favorite spots. One place that they are flooding to is their local Indian restaurant. Unfortunately, while there are many choices, most people tend to find a favorite and order the same thing every time they go. If you’ve fallen into this dull trap, it is time for you to branch out and try each of these dishes. 

Murgh Makhani

Murgh makhani, more commonly known as butter chicken, is a delicious dish that is very popular at many restaurants. Most people enjoy it paired with black lentils, naan, or a salad. This is especially great if you are not a very adventurous eater. It is primarily made with spices and ingredients that you can find in your own home. 

Tandoori Chicken

An Indian barbecue, tandoori chicken, is something that you will love. While people traditionally cooked it in clay ovens, you will likely not get this experience at a restaurant, and your chef will cook it in a modern oven or grill. However, you will still get the perfect flavor from letting the chicken soak in a marinade overnight. Plus, the chef will likely find some way to get some of that traditional char on there. 

Chicken Tikka Masala

When you bite into the thick and creamy chicken tikka masala, you will never forget this dish. The tomato and yogurt sauce has chili, ginger, garlic, and garam masala to give it a traditional Indian flavor. Like with the tandoori chicken, you will have flavor in every bite of your chicken because it is marinated overnight before it is grilled and cooked in the cream sauce. Once you finish your chicken, you’re going to want to have rice or naan to soak up the sauce. It is delicious, and you are not going to want to waste any bit of it. 

Chicken Vindaloo Curry

If you’re looking for a mildly spiced and slightly sweet dish to enjoy while you sit in an outdoor seating area on a nice evening, chicken vindaloo curry is for you. This is a traditional dish popular in India and reminded people that curries don’t need to be flaming hot. Also, this is a thick curry paste that you don’t need to worry about spilling everywhere. 

Rogan Josh

Rogan Josh is also known as a red lamb dish. It is cooked with dry red chilis, which gives it a red appearance. While you may expect it to be incredibly spicy, it is usually controlled by the mild cream sauce it is served with. Plus, it is made with an extensive list of spices that provide a unique flavor. If you love exciting bursts of flavor, this is a great option for you. 

Malai Kofta

Vegetarians will love malai kofta or vegetarian meatballs. The balls themselves consist of a mixture of potatoes, beans, carrots, peas, corn, spices, and paneer. These are a common option at many restaurants. Pair them with naan or rice for a divine experience. 


Chole, or chickpea curry, is a classic that is a favorite among vegans worldwide. When paired with naan or another Indian bread, this makes for a great meal. While curried chickpeas may sound intimidating, this dish is actually relatively mild. Plus, it only contains common ingredients, so it is great for those who are not adventurous eaters. 

Palak Paneer

One trendy dish is palak paneer, made with cottage cheese, spinach, and spices. The paneer will be pan-fried, which adds a delightful texture to it. However, it is a deep green hue, which can turn some people off. 

If you’re happy ordering the same thing every time, then keep at it. Otherwise, trying these Indian dishes is a great way to spice up your life. 

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