6 Popular Indian Dishes You Must Try


Who doesn’t love Indian food? I have been a huge fan of Indian food for a long time now. Indian dishes are delicious, really easy to find (especially in the Northern Virginia area where I live), and usually cheap too. In this article, you will find the most popular Indian Dishes one must try.

Who has time to conduct all these researches?

A research conducted by a whole bunch of scientists shows that Indian dishes are scientifically/chemically delicious than other foods because of the flavor sharing mechanism between variety of spices and compounds used to cook Indian dishes.

Click here to learn more about this in an article posted on Washington post website.

What makes a dish very popular? Well, I consider a dish very popular when everyone loves the taste of it, and when most of the restaurants have it on their menu.

Spices, Spices, and More Spices

one of the best things about Indian foods is that it’s full of spices. Indian dishes are yummy because of the complex mix of spices, flavors, and textures. Most of the popular Indian curry style dishes contain at least two or more of the following spices:

  • Garam Masala
  • Coriander Powder
  • Cumin Powder
  • Turmeric Powder
  • Cloves
  • Cardamom
  • Bay leaves
  • Ginger and garlic
  • Red chili powder

Caution: If you cannot handle spicy foods, Indian food might not be for you.


Disclaimer: There are plenty of popular Indian dishes out there to try, but in this article, I’m only going to write about the ones that I personally like the most.

Here are my choice of 6 popular Indian dishes that you must try:

1. Chicken Biryani


Chicken Biryani is one of the most celebrated and famous Indian foods. It is a mixed rice-over-chicken dish with its origins among the Muslims of the Indian subcontinent. It is prepared by cooking a yogurt-marinated chicken in a curry and later combining it with semi-cooked rice. Although there is a standard recipe for making a Biryani, you will be surprised to find that the taste of Chicken Biryani is different in one place to another.

My Recipes: 

Click here to see how I cooked Chicken Biryani in an Instant Pot.

Click here to see how I cooked Chicken Breast in an Instant Pot.

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2. Butter Chicken

Butter chicken

Butter chicken is America’s favorite Indian dish. “I don’t like Butter chicken”, said no one ever. Butter chicken is prepared by cooking small pieces of tandoor chicken in butter and mildly spiced tomato sauce.

3. Tandoori Chicken

Tandoori Chicken

Tandoori chicken is like BBQ chicken but cooked in a Cylindrical clay oven called Tandoor. At first, big chicken pieces are marinated in yogurt & spices and roasted in the tandoor. Usually, restaurants add food color to give this popular Indian Dish some coloring before serving. I personally like Tandoori chicken better than BBQ chicken.

4. Samosa Chaat


Samosa chaat is usually considered a snack/appetizer in Indian Culture, and is very popular dish in India. Samosa Chaat is prepared by breaking Samosa and mixing it with Chick peas, and variety of other spices, yogurt and sauce. It tastes like a mix of sweet, spicy, and sour.

5. Rogan Josh

Rogan josh

Cook some Goat meat with a whole bunch of Indian spices, and there you have Rogan Josh. Well, it’s not that simple. Rogan Josh is usually cooked in a very low flame for hours to give nice red curry look. This is an aromatic curried meat dish of Persian or Kashmiri origin.

6. Chicken Tikka Masala

Tikka Masala

This dish is considered a national dish of the United Kingdom. Similar to butter chicken, roasted marinated chicken chunks are cooked in a creamy orange-colored sauce to make Chicken Tikka Masala.

One of the other reasons why I prefer Indian foods over any other food is that you get more bang for your buck. On average, Indian all you can eat Buffett cost around $10 whereas other restaurants will cost you more than that for the same amount of food.

Let me know in the comment section whether you like Indian food or not.

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