Must-Try Foods When Visiting India

Hey there, ✈️ If you are you planning a trip to the incredible land of India, although there are a lot of food that you must try but I have made a list of food which no matter state you visit, you must try. ️ Let’s take a delicious journey through some of the must-try foods that will make your trip unforgettable.

Biryani Bonanza : First up, we have the king of all rice dishes – Biryani! Imagine flavorful rice mixed with tender pieces of meat (chicken, mutton, or even veggies) and a symphony of aromatic spices. Every region in India has its own special biryani recipe, so be sure to try the local version wherever you go. Whether it’s West Bengal or Hyderabad, in any state, although the taste might be somewhat different, it is a must-try.

Butter Chicken Bliss : If you’re a fan of creamy and mildly spicy curries, Butter Chicken is a must-try. Succulent pieces of chicken bathed in a rich, buttery tomato-based sauce – it’s a flavor explosion in your mouth. Don’t forget to scoop it up with some warm naan bread! Well, again, the taste might differ in each state but I can bet you will love it!

Masala Dosa Delight : Time for some South Indian goodness! Masala Dosa is a crispy rice crepe filled with a delicious potato mixture. Dip it in coconut chutney and tangy sambar for the perfect South Indian breakfast experience.

Chaat Carnival : Street food lovers, rejoice! India’s streets are a treasure trove of chaat – a delightful mix of crispy fried dough, boiled potatoes, chickpeas, yogurt, and a medley of spices. Pani Puri, Bhel Puri, and Aloo Tikki Chaat are just a few chaat varieties you can’t miss.

Paneer Perfection : Vegetarians, this one’s for you! Paneer, or Indian cottage cheese, is a versatile ingredient that features in many mouthwatering dishes. Whether it’s Paneer Butter Masala, Palak Paneer, or a simple grilled paneer skewer, you’ll be hooked on the creamy goodness.

Gulab Jamun Galore : Got a sweet tooth? Dive into the world of Indian desserts with Gulab Jamun. These golden, syrup-soaked dumplings are a heavenly way to end your meal. One bite, and you’ll understand why they’re so beloved.

Chai Charm ☕: Wrap up your culinary journey with a cup of authentic Indian chai. Spiced with ginger, cardamom, and other secret ingredients, this tea is an experience in itself. Pair it with some biscuits or pakoras for the complete chai-time delight.

Remember, these are just a few appetizing options in the vast buffet of Indian cuisine. Each region has its own unique flavors waiting to be explored. So, gear up your taste buds and get ready for a gastronomic adventure like no other in the heart of incredible India!

This blog post is part of the blog challenge ‘Blogaberry Dazzle’
hosted by Cindy D’Silva and Noor Anand Chawla in collaboration with Dr. Preeti Chauhan.

62 thoughts on “Must-Try Foods When Visiting India”

    1. Sivaranjini Anandanp

      wow, that’s a treat. India and its incredible food. cheats, dosa, and king the way you mentioned biryani I agree you must be a true food lover.

  1. I would love to visit India again and try some of the foods mentioned here. A few I had not heard of (e.g. chaat, etc…). Thanks for the introduction to several of these dishes.

  2. Thanks for sharing your list of must-try foods when visiting India. As a chai lover, I would love to try some authentic Indian chai. The Chaat Carnival also looks delicious. I hope I get to visit as this country is on my bucket list!

  3. These dishes look so beautiful and delicious, I’d have to try every one I could that wasn’t very spicy- I can’t handle spicy these days! I also just love the texture of the rice in Indian dishes as well!

  4. Your delicious descriptions of Biryani, Butter Chicken, Masala Dosa, Chaat, Paneer dishes, Gulab Jamun, and the quintessential Chai have my taste buds in a frenzy and my wanderlust kicking in.

  5. Thank you for this list of delicious foods to try when in India. I would love to visit there some day and will for sure give these dishes a try when I do!

  6. WOW, I would love to try them all, each dish looks so delicious. I would really love to try the Chicken Bliss, man that dish looks so tasty.

  7. These dishes look amazing! I keep hearing about how good Butter Chicken is, I feel like I need to add this to my must eat list very soon! We have a few good Indian restaurants locally that I could try first!

  8. After reading this article and seeing the photos of the amazing food in various India regions I’m quite hungry! Would be great to do a food tour through the country.

  9. Couldn’t agree more! You have featured all my favorite dishes in this post, not fair . I am hungry and literally craving for Hyderabadi Biryani now . I always suggest my foreign friends try at least one of these dishes. All they know and love, butter chicken .

  10. These look like some great foods to try when in India. Thanks so much for sharing the ideas. I will have to visit some day. I enjoy learning about other cultures and their food options.

  11. and i think i now want a many-course meal with all these items .. starting with some chai and chaat and then going through the rest ending with the sweet treats..

  12. My daughter in law is a great cook and she is from India! So, I don’t have to visit India to try the food, but I’d sure love to go just the same.

  13. Your guide to the must-try foods in India is making me crave a culinary adventure! Biryani and Butter Chicken are definitely on my foodie bucket list when I visit. The idea of exploring regional variations of these dishes sounds incredibly exciting. Thank you for highlighting these mouthwatering treats—I can’t wait to indulge in these flavors!

  14. Oh wow, you have included some really great sounding dishes. Some of which I have tried variation of over the years. Biriyanis are my favourite but there are so many different types as each region seems to make it differently and the taste can really vary quite considerably.

  15. Blair Villanueva

    Indian foods are one of my favorites! They are very tasty, and heartwarming, not to mention that they are colorful whenever they have the whole serve. Biryani is my top favorite!

  16. Except for Butter Chicken, everything else is always on my plate. I love masala dosas and chaat. The list of dishes could take a lot more space when you are in India, something different at every corner.

  17. Wow Moni you just nailed it . Truly knowing Indian food culture is incomplete till the time one tastes all these delicacies. From spice to preparation style the unique variation we have in our food is definitely something we all should be proud of. A very well curated list … commendable job done Moni Dear. Keep rocking

  18. Being a vegetarian, I have tried all the dishes you’ve mentioned in the post and my favorite is biriyani from Hyderabad. Of course, I’m from Kolkata, so the chats are an absolute favorite and because I’m also a south Indian, dosas are a part of our regular diet. A crisp and interesting post with beautiful pics….left my mouth watering!

  19. Foodies galore! Love your culinary delights compilation, Moni, I am sure any non-Indian visiting India would love to try these. I would like to add vada pav, samosa, and Chhole bhature to it.

  20. Mouth is watering Moni by seeing your complications. Biryani and Butter chicken is our family favourite. One thing I want to try that local biryani. I never taste state wise biryani. I would like to take taste. Because every state has its own speciality.

  21. Since moving here in Singapore, I’ve been more and more open to trying Indian cuisine and surprisingly loving it! Growing up with what I thought to be savoury dishes already have no match to how much flavour and spices your cuisine have to offer!

  22. When we travel to India for our winter or summer breaks, we consistently ask our mothers to prepare our favorite dishes. Although here in Oman we dine at Indian restaurants always, but the authentic taste we experience in India remains unparalleled. Very well curated list.

  23. All the pictures you shared look so tempting. Biryani is my favorite. There is so much variety just in the kinds of biryani. Like they say give two cooks the same ingredients and they will come up with different tasting dishes.

  24. This post has made me hungry!! Masala Dosa is pure love on a plate! I can have it in all meals and I go for it ALWAYS, despite checking out the menu in a restaurant from the 1st to the last page 😀

  25. India is a place where the food options are literally limitless. Across the length and breadth of the country, there are amazing dishes that one must try. You have picked the best of the lot.

  26. I like your Logo Moni, it’s just like you… creative! I was wondering what’s different in your page till I saw it.
    Except butter chicken(which I find sweet in restaurants)I am fond of all the items in your list. Well, as Indians we know that this is just a tiiiiiiiiiiiiny part of our cuisine but for outsiders it’s quite comprehensive. Your chai n biscuit reminded me of our tea time in office… we used to have ParleG dipped in tea in the evenings come what may

  27. All these dishes are my favourite especially the South Indian cuisine. India is known for its culinary and varied cuisine around the world. After covid Indian style of cooking became much more popular.

  28. Wow, your food list for exploring India is mouthwatering! Biryani, Butter Chicken, Masala Dosa, and Gulab Jamun are my favourites too. Exploring the local versions in each state seems like an exciting culinary journey. I am always keen to embark on a tasty adventure through India’s diverse flavors!

  29. All the dishes you mentioned here are truly unique in their own way. Nothing can beat biriyani, chai, or dhosa. All the foods have different flavors and are very different from each other in terms of taste or origin. Great collection.

  30. We love Biryani. It’s actually one of our favorite Indian food. My friends recommend Paneer but I am yet to try. Thank you for sharing this list.

  31. Reading this on an empty stomach was a bad idea. Now all I want is a plate full of chaat, a stack of naan, and some chai to wash it down.

  32. Lovely. Love the list. I do have some favourites which I don’t like to miss everytime we visit India. I guess all have their favourites which may not be the same. Most indeed are a must try.

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