You shall find Indian restaurant in almost every town of New Zealand. Every time a non-Indian visits these restaurants, they find themselves lost in the name of dish. Here are some tips for you to know these.
Punjabi cuisine: Most popular Indian food, originally from North India. The base is curry paste made of garlic, tomato, cream, onion, spices. The curry is then added to either vegetables, cottage cheese (known as Paneer), chicken etc to make the dish. The curry can be made mild, medium or hot spicy. Examples of these dishes are Vegetable Korma, Paneer Butter Masala, Pindi Chole etc. The curry is eaten with different type of Indian bread known as Roti, Nan, Paratha, Kulcha etc.
Udupi cuisine: Another popular food from Southern part of India. Most of these cuisine are based on fermented rice and lentils. Eaten with variety of dips and lentil soup. Names of these dishes are Idli-Sambhar, Dosa, Uttappam etc.
Chaat: Popular snack or brunch items from all across India. These can be eaten at any time of the day. There are varieties. Most of the chaat items are fried and eaten together with tamarind and/or tomato sauce; mint sauce, curd, and sometimes with bread as well. You shall find mild to very spicy chaat items. Examples of these chaat items are samosa, kachori, vada, mirchi-vada, paani puri, dahi puri, dahi vada, pav bhaji. These are also popular nibbles that goes with beer, tea (Indian Chai) or Coffee.
Rajasthani/Gujrati Thali: A plate – thali (a full lunch or dinner) which includes starters, salads, curry, Indian bread, rice and dessert) all served together in one big plate, hence the name ‘Thali’ and to be eaten according to one’s likes. Amazing concept originally from the states of Rajasthan and Gujarat in India. Most of the dishes in such Thali are vegetarian with loads of varieties of flavors and mouthwatering foods. A Must try!!!
Indian Sweets: There are mainly two types of Indian sweets – Dry and Dipped into sugar syrup or milk. The dry version are most commonly called Halwa (pudding) the ingredients of all Indian sweets is most commonly milk , sugar, dried fruits, nuts and chickpea flour . To name a few suji halwa, Gajar Halwa, Kheer, Rabri and Bengali sweets .. the list is endless
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