Famous Indian Dishes

Famous Indian Dishes From Different Indian States

This is a list of Indian dishes. Indian cuisine encompasses a wide variety of regional cuisines native to India. Given the range of diversity in soil type, climate and occupations, these cuisines vary significantly from each other and use locally available spices, herbs, vegetables and fruits. The dishes are then served according to taste in either mild, medium or hot. Indian food is also heavily influenced by religious and cultural choices and traditions. Some Indian dishes are common in more than one region of India.

1. Bread omelette and tea, Amritsar

Famous Indian Dishes

In Amritsar, there are numerous tea shops and stalls scattered throughout the city. But one of the best is Giani Tea Stall, where you go to have that steaming cup of chai but also end up gorging on omelettes and bread.

Famous Indian Dishes

This piping hot cup of chai along with the juicy bread omelette is a sureshot winner but you’ve got make sure you rise early.

Cost for the meal: Rs 40 including a cup of tea

2. Nihari, Purani Delhi

Famous Indian Dishes

There is something about Old Delhi that attracts everyone. Whether it’s the parathas at Chandni Chowk or the early morning Namaz at Jama Masjid, Old Delhi has its own charm. If you are up to witness the Namaz, you are sure to be enticed by the faint fragrances of a dish that has its origin in the Awadhi kitchens of the kings. Often called the dish of the kings, Nihari consists of slow-cooked lamb/beef with the softest Khameeri Rotis, garnished with chillis. The best Nihari is available at Karim’s, Al Jawahar or the Haji Shabrati Nihari Wale, starting 6 AM.

3. Nimish, Lucknow


Anybody who has visited Lucknow has only one thing to say – the true flavour of food is in Lucknow’s homes and streets. Unfortunately, the fancier places don’t entirely match up. Once you are in Lucknow, head to the old city and get a flavour of Nimish, also popularly known as Makkhan Malai. To make Nimish, the froth of milk is mildly flavoured with saffron and cooled in the overnight dew and served with nuts. The process remains largely the same and Nimish is available in little carry-along glass-covered flat plates everywhere on the streets of Old Lucknow. But make sure you are there before 9 AM, else you may end up missing it.

4. Luchi Dum at Sharma Dhaba, Kolkata


Luchi Dum, or Poori Bhaji as we know it, is best served at the Sharma Dhaba on Elgin Road in Kolkata. No Bengali breakfast is complete without steaming hot luchis and spicy Aloo dum.

5. Poha and Jalebi, Indore

PohaJalebi is a part of Indore’s famous breakfast, Poha-Jalebi. Although jalebi is considered a dessert in many parts of the country, it is a daily affair in Indore and is most liked by everyone. It’s a kind of staple street breakfast that you can find in most restaurants in the morning.

6. Vada Pav, Mumbai

Vada Pav

The quiescent vada pav, world-famous in Mumbai, is gorged upon by every Mumbaikar or traveler when in the city. Early morning joints near railway stations or hotels give you some of the spiciest Vada Pavs.

7. Misal Pav, Pune

Misal Pav

There’s nothing quite like a plate of piping hot misal pav to warm you up on a cold, rainy day. Pune has its own unique version of this supremely popular dish that you can eat at any time of the day. But it’s got to be especially in the morning if it is from Bedekar Tea Stall in Narayan Peth

8. Rava Idli, Bangalore

Rava Idli

Those who have lived in Bangalore know what a Rava idli is and the smile that it brings to one’s face. Unlike the normal idli, this one is made with Rava (Sooji), coriander, carrot and a piece of cashew. Served with chutney, kurma and ghee, it is absolute bliss!

9. Tatte Idli, Bidadi

Tatti Idli

Tatte Idli translates into an idli that was cooked in a large plate. The idli is three times the size of your normal idli, and is served with piping hot vegetable curry and 2 kinds of chutneys. Bidadi is an ideal getaway for a lot of people staying close to Bangalore who wake up early only to go get some idli at 6.30 AM.

10. Piping hot idlis, Chennai

Piping Hot Idli

We all know what living in Chennai seems like. But there are some things you cannot miss waking up for. One of them is piping hot idlis at every nook and corner of the city. Served on banana leaves with chutney and a bowl of lip-smacking sambhar, your day can never go wrong from there.

11. Idiyapam and stew, Kerala


The idiyapam and stew combo is more of a shared resource of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Authentic idiyappam and stew go really well for a healthy, heavy breakfast. Idiyappam is made with rice flour which is churned out like thin noodles and then steamed. The stew, usually made of coconut milk and a host of vegetables, is a major reason this needs you to get out of bed early.