The list of Northern Indian food is somewhat endless however, I have created a North Indian Food Breakdown print-out to be brought with anyone traveling to India. Trust me, it will help when you are sitting in front of a menu and have no idea what to order because no menus comes with an English translation. Please note, that if you do see something on a menu that is not on the following list, don’t hesitate to try it out because really you can’t go wrong with Indian food. Enjoy!
Rajma – A vegetarian dish consisting of red kidney beans in a thick curry with a lot of Indian spices.
Dal Makhani – This dish is a type of daal (boiled lentils or other dried legume/pulse.
Aloo Mater – Potato and peas cooked in a tomato sauce with Indian spices.
Karahi Paneer – A mildly spiced yet a flavorful dish with undernotes of onion and coriander seeds , green bell peppers,black cardamom, fenugreek leaves and paneer (cottage cheese although it looks and tastes more like tofu).
Paneer Do Pyaja – a paneer dish with luscious paneer or cottage cheese cubes cooked in a rich and creamy onion based gravy.
Paneer Bhujia – A panner dish with chopped garlic ,ginger, tomatoes, green chillies, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, and mango powder .
Dum Aloo – Baby potatoes t hat are simmered in a yogurt based sauce and spiced with garam masala.
Matar Paneer – An Indian dish consisting of paneer (cheese) and peas in a sweet and spicy sauce.
Chana Masala – A chickpea dish that is fairly dry and spicy with a sour citrus note.
Paneer Pasanda – Cheese stuffed with dry fruit mixture and then simmered in a creamy, rich gravy.
Paneer Korma – A creamy, decadent tomato sauce with paneer.
Aloo Jeera – Cumin flavoured stir-fried potatoes.
Aloo Palak – Pureed spinach and potatoes that are simmered in spices.
Vegetable Kofta – Vegetable balls in a curry.
Kadi Pakora – A blend of yogurt and besan (gram flour) with besan pakoras (chick pea flour fried).
Malai Kofta – The vegetarian version of the famous Kofta (Meatball) curries.
Shahi Paneer – Shahi paneer (also called Kadai Paneer, Paneer Butter Masala) is a preparation of cheese, cream and tomato curry. It is thick, creamy and spicy, and is a mainstay of Indian cuisine.
Handi Paneer – A creamy yogurt based Gravy and cheese (paneer) in coconut and peanut based gravy .
Kaju Kari – Cashews in curry.
Rayata – A Pakistani and Indian condiment based on yogurt (dahi) and used as a sauce or dip. The yogurt is seasoned with coriander (cilantro), cumin, mint, cayenne pepper, and other herbs and spices.
Bhindi Masala – Also known as Okra, is a delicious main course vegetable dish filled with spices.
Began Bhurta – A delicious indian dish made from roasted baigun or egg plant.
All dishes are usually eaten with chapati (flatbread, also known as roti, made of whole wheat flour on a griddle or clay oven), Naan (flatbread made of refined wheat flour made in a clay oven), Paratha (fried flatbread made of plain white flour or wheat flour cooked on a griddle)