10 Best Punjabi Food to get you drooling
Punjabi cuisine is undoubtedly one of the most delicious and popular cuisines in India and globally. Punjabi food is a lot like Punjabis – rich, robust and full of life! Oodles of ghee/butter and as many calories, it not only satiates our hunger but also satisfies our hearts.
Punjabi cuisine offers a vast variety of delectable and exotic vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes that are prepared with varied traditional culinary styles, particularly the tandoori style! From Kashmir to Kanyakumari, you’ll find dhabas and restaurants serving Dal Makhani, Tandoori Roti/Naan, Paneer Tikka, Chicken Tikka, and Butter Chicken.
Here are the top 10 dishes from Punjab that you must try:
1. Butter Chicken
If Italy gave world the pizza, India did the same with butter chicken. Butter Chicken is regarded as the king of all punjabi dishes. This mild and creamy preparation of juicy chicken chunks in a delicious and buttery gravy made from white butter, tomato puree, fresh cream and spices is a trademark Punjab dish. The more the butter, the better the gravy! Dig into it with bare hands and experience foodgasm at its best.
2. Tandoori Chicken
If you didn’t have the traditional Tandoori Chicken in Punjab, you are missing out on life! Hard to resist, tandoori food never fails to please one and all. A dish for all celebrations, parties and occasions, the love of Indians for Tandoori chicken is not new. The dish is prepared by marinating chicken in yogurt, lemon juice, spices and cooked in a tandoor (a clay oven) at temperatures that can reach up to 500 degree Celsius. It is often eaten as side dish or as a starter. Have it with romaali roti and green chutney and it makes it a perfect dinner dish!
3. Chicken Tikka/Paneer Tikka
Chicken Tikka is perhaps the most popular of all Indian chicken preparations which yet another famous tandoori dish. These small meat chunks are a delight for non-veg lovers especially when they are accompanied with some really spicy mint chutney. Soft and tender chunks of chicken are coated with a mix of masalas in yogurt and grilled hot on skewers. The vegetarian version of the dish is prepared with paneer (cottage cheese) and is called Paneer Tikka and is equally a delicious treat.
4. Dal Makhani
One of the signature punjabi dishes that you can gorge on at a dhaba or Indian restaurant is the dal makhani. This Punjabi dish of lentils is a rich concoction of black lentils and red kidney beans made in a thick gravy with dollops of cream. From roadside Dhabas to some of the most popular 5-star restaurants – Dal Makhni has its dedicated space on the menu.
5. Chole Bathure
Deeply fried bhature with chole (chickpea) is a mouth-watering dish available in every nook and corner of Punjab. A staple in Punjabi cuisine, this chickpea dish is popular in all over India. Be it Amritsari chole or Peshwari chole, they’re both equally delicious, the difference between them is that Peshwari is slightly drier while Amritsar is made with a bit of gravy. It is an ideal breakfast or lunch dish if you are feel like indulging a little.
Another famous Punjabi dishes, parathas are the staple breakfast of the Punjabi household. Even while travelling, the most preferred item to eat at a Dhaba is mostly always a paratha. Paranthas are made from kneaded flour dough and stuffed with either Potatoes, onions, Cheese, Reddish or chicken keema etc. Aaloo Parantha is easiest and most relished one. Fried in desi ghee is the way most people in Punjab like it. Have with some cold curd and pickle, it is quite a humble match made in gastronomic heaven.
7. Rajma Chawal
Another staple food in every household in north India is the simple and delicious Rajma Chawal. Every Punjabi child knows that their love of home-cooked vegetarian food actually begins with Rajma Chawal. It is perfect for a Sunday brunch or on a get-together with family and friends. It is cooked by using ingredients like rajma (kidney beans), onions, tomatoes and melange of spices and served with rice. This Punjabi dish is also generally served with a side of pickled onions, to enhance the taste.
8. Amritsari Fish
Amritsari fish is a favourite dish among non-vegetarians of India especially for all the fish lover. It is a popular Punjabi street food, eaten hot out of the frying pan topped with chaat masala and lime. Beautiful pieces of fish are coated in a spicy batter and deep fried to a golden perfection. A succulent, fried fish, this can be had either with a naan or just like that since it is a dry dish.
9. Sarson Ka Saag & Makke Di Roti
Saraon Ka Saag and Kakke Di Roti truly traditional, seasonal and a classic home cooked punjabi food. It is a staple Punjabi preparation where the Sarson Ka Saag (gravy) made from mustard leaves, spinach and bhatua and flavored with various spices by the process of ttadka (tempering). The Saag is served with famous Indian bread, called a roti, made from makka (corn). The soft yellow roti tastes perfect with the saag and a spoonful of ghee!
Lassi, a traditional Punjabi drink is a delicious mixture of spices, water and yogurt that will help you digest your food. Though it can be salty, the original lassi as it became famous, is sweet with a dollop of cream and butter to make it as rich as you can. Lassis in Punjab aren’t for the weak, mind you. One glass could make your entire meal. In Punjab, it is served in large glasses made of heavy metal or clay. Flavours like mango, rose or strawberry are added these days to give it a twist while beating the summer heat.
So which of the above punjabi dishes are you favourite ones? let us know in the comment section below!