Northern Food Indian Recipe Types
there are wonderful varieties of food. Indian recipe types vary from
region to region depending on the types of food that is available, the
history of the region and many other factors.
Kashmir and Punjabi cuisines dominate. In Kashmir, they prefer meat
dishes with the most popular being Rogan Josh. Meals would include
chapattis, rotis or parathas, rice, dals, vegetables, curd and curries.
In the Punjab, the most popular dish is Sarson ka saag, which is made
from mustard greens.
is a recipe for Rogan Josh or Kashmiri Lamb Curry.
Along the Eastern coast is the state of Gujarat.
Vegetarian dishes predominate and a favorite is the savory Gujarati
Kadhi which is made with yogurt, bay leaves, ginger, and vegetables.
The Gujarats love their sweets and commonly serve them with the meal.
meals taken in Southern India are made up of different types. First
there is Tiffin or breakfast. Breakfast in the South is filled with
rice-based dishes and traditionally, these need to be started the
previous night so there is a fermented type flavor. The most common is Idli,
which is a steamed rice cake. Also common, and very tasty, are the dosa,
which are paper thin and crispy pancakes that are dipped into chutneys
or Sambar or filled with a potato masala.
typical meal would probably look like this. First, bread like chapatti,
roti, or poori. This would be accompanied by various chutneys like
coconut, mint, or tomato. Main dishes fall into two categories,
vegetarian and non-vegetarian. Lets start with the Vegetarian.
These use a wide variety of delicious sauces. Here I must give a note
on the word, Curry or masala. Curry, as known in America is really a
combination of spices. In both Southern and Northern India a cook would
not think of using the same combination of spices to flavor his or her
dish. Many of the vegetarian recipes will include legumes. There is
quite a variety of lentils, or dals, depending on the dish as well as
garbonzo beans or chick peas.
have included a number of Southern Indian recipes on this site but if
you want recipes from other regions try your local bookstore or try Amazon