North Indian Food Printout

North Indian Food Printout

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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)

Have you tried North Indian Food? What’s your favourite?

Kristen Sarah is a full-time traveller, tiny home owner and adventure junkie. She has one of the leading YouTube travel channels and is the head honcha of award-winning travel and lifestyle website, Hopscotch the Globe.



  1. Anonymous
    June 26, 2012 / 4:23 pm

    Great resource for anyone travelling to North India.

  2. June 23, 2011 / 8:57 am

    Do not forget to taste makkai ki roti or sarko da saag ! Lassi too !

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