Amazing Indian Food in New Zealand

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.

North Indian / 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. Most of the Indian restaurants across New Zealand serve this cuisine.

South Indian / 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, Dosa, Uttappam, Vada, Sambhar, Bisibela bhaat, Poriyal, Appalam, Payasam 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. Most of the Indian restaurants across New Zealand will have some Chaat item. Samosa-Chai is very popular.

Thali: A plate – thali (lunch or dinner platter) which includes starters, salads, curry, Indian bread, rice and dessert, all served together in one big plate, hence the name ‘Thali’. This is to be eaten according to one’s likes. Most of the dishes in such Thali are vegetarian with loads of varieties of flavors and mouthwatering foods. Gujarati, Rajasthani, South Indian, North Indian, Maharashtrian thali are popular ones.

Indo-Chinese: An Indian version of Chinese cuisine. Isnt it interesting! Originated in Kolkata, this cuisine is now popular across the globe. Great mix of vegetarian, vegan and meat dishes like Fried rice, Szechwan noodles, Hakka Noodles, Manchurian etc.

Biryani / Rice Meals:

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 Burfi or Halwa (pudding) the ingredients of all Indian sweets is most commonly milk , sugar, dried fruits, nuts and chickpea flour . To name a few Gulab Jamun, Rosogulla / Rasgulla, Burfi, Kaju Katli, Jalebi, Laddu, Raaj Bhog, Bundi, Ras Malai, Halwa, Gajar Halwa, Paisum, Cham-cham, Kheer, Rabri and loads of Bengali sweets .. the list is endless

Ministry of Primary Industries leads the food safety system in New Zealand. All restaurants and food providers, including those selling amazing Indian food from home or restaurant need a license. This ensures protecting good health and well being.

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