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Traditional Indian Dishes That Are Loved All Across The Globe: updated December 2023

Indian food has reached overseas with time. Indian cuisine is known for its spice factor, richness in taste, and its exquisite flavors. This is the reason you will find authentic Indian restaurant anywhere in the entire world. Some lip-smacking dishes are loved by everyone and not just Indians around the globe.

When it comes to Indian food, the taste and flavor differ based on the region. You will always find north Indian food different than south Indian food and the same goes with the eastern region and western region. Each region has recipes for dishes that have been passed down through generations. Every cuisine holds its ground with the unique blend of spices, herbs, and other products that reflects the geographical specialties as well as distinct local preferences.

Here are few such popular Indian dishes that has made their mark all across the globe:

1. Chicken Tikka Masala

This delicious charcoal burnt, clay oven-cooked chicken was firstly cooked in Lahore. The fiery red, crispy, and at the same time pulpy dish has taken the world by storm ever since. Although not many restaurants outside India make the original version of the dish, they still perpetuate the elemental flavor, which makes it what it is.

2. Murg Makhni (Butter chicken)

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One of the most popular Punjabi dishes butter chicken has to be on the list. It is one such dish that is loved by people worldwide. This heavenly delicious dish is made with a blend of various Indian spices along with chicken that is marinated overnight; it gives it a mouthwatering and robust flavor.

3. Tandoori Chicken

Tandoori chicken is another mouthwatering chicken dish that you just can’t stop drooling over. In this dish, chicken is marinated in different spices and yogurt for a few hours and then cooked on a grill. This dish is popular in the menus of all Indian restaurants worldwide. And you can find it easily in any Indian restaurant in Vancouver.

4. Biryani

This classic Indian blend of rice and chicken has more variants than any other Indian dish. Traditionally, this dish is prepared by marinating chicken or mutton in curd, and fragrant spices are mixed with rice then slow-cooked for hours. What keeps this dish interesting is the specific modifications made for various regions in India. Some keep it classic while some resort to mixing the rice with a pre-cooked gravy for the flavorsome moist appeal in the dish and then add the meat.

5. Dal Makhni

Dal makhni is again one of the very famous dishes of North India which is popular all around the globe. It is light, easy to make and a lip-smacking Indian dish made with lentils cooked in butter and spices. It is generally served with roti or naan.

6. Samosa

Samosa, India’s another prevalent street food. You will often find Samosas on the streets of India. It is one of the most loved snacks in India. Indians love to devour it. However, it has managed to make its way overseas as well.

7. Chaat

Papdi ChaatChaat is again a prevalent type of North Indian street food. Vendors crowd the streets of cities and even small towns selling all kinds of delicious variations of chaat. It is a mixture of potatoes, fried bread, yogurt, spices, and herbs. This fluffy snack is now found all over the world today. Who would have thought this street food would be robbing hearts all around the world?

8. Pani puri

Pani puri is another different kind of street food. The dish consists of a hollow, round puri, which is crisp deep-fried crepe and filled with potato, onion, or chickpea along with tamarind chutney, chaat masala, and topped with flavored water. It is generally served cold, and the deal is you have to stuff it in your mouth right away. There are ready-to-eat Pani puri boxes available in stores in case you don’t find them in any restaurants overseas.

9. Chhole (Chickpea Curry)

Channa MasalaChhole (Chickpea Curry) is another scrumptious Indian dish to drool over. It consists of curried chickpeas, a classic north Indian dish that has now become a worldwide sensation. It is served hot along with fried Indian leavened bread like poori or bhatura. You can experience the perfect blend of Indian spices in just one dish. You will be able to find this dish topping in the menus of Indian restaurants overseas.

10. Kebabs

The Mughals mastered the art of the kitchen when it comes to meat. They are the ones to introduce the art of making kebabs to India and ever since it was taken all over the world. A great favorite in Britain, especially kebabs, are loved by people across the globe. Cooked in skewers over a charcoal fire after minced meat is combined with a variety of spices.

11. Malai Kofta

Malai kofta is the vegetarian version of meatballs. The balls can be made with a gourd (Lauki) or unripe bananas. They are cooked in a gravy of tomato, cream, and spices, the balls soaked in the flavors. People generally serve it with bread or rice. Although it is originally a Punjabi dish, its flavorsome appeal has been adopted by many restaurants over the globe.

12. Palak Paneer (Spinach and Cottage Cheese)

Palak Paneer is the perfect main course meal dish that is healthy, delicious, and at the same time very innovative. Made essentially with spinach and farmer’s cottage cheese (paneer), this tops the list on a vegetarian menu in possibly every Indian restaurant abroad. Have it with naan or roti, and you have a complete meal, full of flavor and nutrients.


Indian cuisine has created a niche for itself in the hearts of millions over the globe. The list of dishes is just a start; the Indian cuisine has reached overseas to stay for years to come. Go to any Indian restaurants in Vancouver today to try them out or order online; we work to serve you with the fastest Indian food delivery in Vancouver.

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