Have you all been wondering what exactly is North Indian food? Your wait ends here. In this post, we will take you through the cuisines of North India which will answer a lot of your questions. Everyone knows North Indian food, but do they know the vastness of cuisines found in this part of the country? Let us know one by one about the different cuisines that come under North Indian Food.
Kashmiri food that we get in restaurants is no way same as Mughlai. Influenced by the traditional food of the Kashmiri Pundits, the cuisine has adapted to the flavors of Afghanistan and Persia. If you can smell saffron in your food, Kashmiri might be one of them. Some of the popular Kashmiri dishes would be Gushtaba, Dum Aloo, Rogan Josh, Tabak Maas and Rista. The ceremonial feast of Kashmir is known as Wazwan.
You can find the authentic taste of Kashmir in Delhi NCR at:
- Waza – Malviya Nagar, Delhi
- Chor Bizarre, Hotel Broadway – Darya Ganj, Delhi
- Koul Kashmiri Daawat – Gurgaon, Haryana
- Gulfam Kashmiri Wazwan – Nizamuddin, Delhi
The food of Himachal Pradesh is lip-smacking with an array of spices. You can find a taste of Punjabi and Tibetan influence in this food. The cuisine is prepared with herbs and spices like cinnamon, clove, red chillies, cardamom and coriander leaves. Some of the choicest specialties of Himachali food include Sidu, Aktori, Dham, Seppu Vadi, Badana and Babru.
The recommended place to try Himachali food in Delhi NCR are:
- Dogra Himachali – Ambience Mall, Gurgaon
Punjabi food on its own is vast with numerous options including vegetarian and non-vegetarian delights. The spices differ from minimal to pleasant to high. This is one cuisine that is relished by everyone including international tourists. However, the food cooked in the houses tastes different from that served at restaurants. Oil, Butter and Ghee are vital ingredients in this cuisine. The most commonly relished dishes hailing from Punjab are Butter Chicken, Tandoori Chicken, Tikkas, Daal Makhni, Makke Di Roti – Sarson da Saag, Chana Bhatura, Stuffed Paranthas and Sweet Lassi.
There is a plethora of dining options for Punjabi cuisine, some of the finest ones include:
- Angeethi – Sri Fort Road, Khel Gaon Marg, Delhi
- Punjabi By Nature – Vasant Vihar Delhi, Sector 18 Noida
- Pind Balluchi – 22 Locations, Delhi NCR
- Not Just Paranthas – 3 Locations, Delhi
- Pure Punjab – Khan Market, Delhi
Awadhi food has originated from the Land of Lucknow in Utter Pradesh. This cuisine has been popular among the Nawabs since decades. It is a delightful cuisine for the non-vegetarians. The perfect and balanced blend of spices and use of aromatic masalas give this food a unique flavor including Saffron, Cinnamon, Red Chilli and Cardamon. The food cooked in simmering pots is what adds to the flavor of the dishes. Some of the widely eaten delicacies of this cuisine are Kakori Kebabs, Galawati Kebabs (Tunday Kebabs), Shami Kebabs, Seekh Kebabs, Ulte Tawe Ka Parantha and Boti Kebabs.
The best places in Delhi NCR to try this food are:
- Tunday Kababi – Qutab Plaza DLF Phase 1, Gurgaon
- Alkauser – Chanakya Puri, Delhi
- Habibjaan – Dwarka, Delhi
- Nawabs – The Taste of Lucknow – Sector 7, Noida
Bihari food is less commonly known among the people of Delhi. The food of Bihar is healthy, great on the palate and easy to prepare. Sweets form a major part of specialties from Bihar. Made with fresh indigenous and seasonal ingredients, it is a must try for people. Some dishes among Bihari food include Litti, Dal Pitthi, Malpua, Gojha, Khajuria, Shakarpara, Daal Puri and Kheer Makhana.
Dining options for the cuisine are:
- Potbelly Rooftop Café – Shahpur Jat, Delhi
- Café Wanderlust – Gurgaon
- Mr. Littiwala – Laxmi Nagar, Delhi
North-Eastern cuisine is known for tribal food. The land of the seven sisters – Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Mizoram and Tripura is home to culinary delights simply cooked primarily for non-vegetarians. Fish is the most commonly eaten among the people there. The food is rich and sufficient to fill the palates. The must try delights of this are Momos, Thukpa, Noodles, Til Pitha, Awo Kutsu, etc. The most deadly spices namely Raja Mirchi and Bhut Jolokia (Ghost Pepper) is found in the food.
Places serving this food in Delhi NCR are:
- Rosang Soul Food – Green Park, Delhi
- Wangchuk’s Ladakhi Kitchen – Sushant Lok, Gurgaon
- Yeti – The Himalayan Kitchen – Hauz Khas Village, Delhi
- Flavours of Tibet – Safdarjang Enclave, Delhi
This is an overview of the different North Indian cuisines found in Delhi. You would now be able to relate to the dishes looking at the post. The dishes would make you recall and aware of the food you are eating. To sum up, we would say North Indian is not all about Punjabi and Mughlai food.
(This story has been written by Sajeeli Gupta Kathpal).