Punjabis are famous for their rich dishes and love for food. Punjabi dishes are rich in spices, butter and often fresh cream, which add to the lip-smacking texture that makes them irresistible. They eat too with the same spirit as they welcome guests and celebrate their colourful festivals. All the dishes on the list capture well a snapshot of their passion for food and are a must try for everyone.
1. Butter Chicken
One of the most famous Indian dishes in the world, it consists of chicken pieces (boneless or with bone) cooked in a curry made using spices. This orange-reddish is rich in cream and butter and tastes best with butter naan or rice.
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2. Aloo Paratha
It’s one of the most common breakfast items in many Indian homes. It is made by stuffing mashed potatoes in an unleavened dough. The dough is rolled out and then cooked on a tawa (flat pan) with ghee/butter. It goes well with curd and/or pickle.
3. Dal Makhani
Another favourite on the list! These black lentils after being soaked in water overnight or for a few hours, are pressure cooked with some spices. They are richly garnished with cream and butter to make the famous Dal Makhani. It is easily available all over the world.
4. Amritsari Naan
It is one item that can be consumed for absolutely any meal you feel like, whether it is breakfast, lunch, or dinner. It’s made of dough that is stuffed with potato, onion or cottage cheese cooked in a tandoor. It is usually served with onions on the sides and eaten with chole and curd.
5. Tandoori Chicken
Punjabis love their chicken! This popular dish is made of marinated chicken pieces a variety of spices. As can be guessed by the name, it is cooked in a tandoor. It is mostly served as an appetizer and often enjoyed over drinks.
6. Shahi Paneer
While you gorge on chicken, paneer is not to be forgotten! Also known by the name of paneer butter masala, Shahi paneer is a curry prepared with cubes of cottage cheese in a spicy tomato curry. Like most dishes, this too is topped with a handful of fresh cream and butter.
7. Matar Kulcha
One for the road? North India is known for its variety of street food and matar kulcha is definitely not to be missed. It is a combination of two items that go extremely well together. One is a semi-dry dish of spicy dried peas, and the other is the kulcha, a type of bread. Chole kulcha is among the most popular street foods and worth a shot.
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