Is is just me or am I the only person who worries about food when she goes to a restaurant/ place? As a child I was a very picky eater so eating at friends houses was hard because I always felt guilty if I didn’t eat the food because it wasn’t to my taste. So when coming to India you can imagine my anxiety. But not to worry because I have created a guide to north Indian food! I have discovered what food foreigners, including myself are most likely to like! These are safe foods that will most likely not make you sick nor will they be to spicy. Of course this all depends on the location you buy it from. A restaurant will have it less spicy and a stall will be more spicy. And thus, lets begin.
Foreigners Food Guide to North Indian Food.
Firstly utensils are used here but not necessary. What is mainly used are Rotis/Chapattis, naans, Ramali/ handkerchief rotis. Rip the bread and then pick up your food, and don’t forget to lick your fingers after!
Naan (a thicker roti, these are my favorite but they are more fatty)
Biriyani- It is rice with an assortment or veggies and either chicken or Paneer. Paneer is made from milk, the yeast is separated from the dairy creating paneer.
Shahi Paneer is my personal favorite in this guide to north Indian food. It means royal paneer. It is so creamy and not spicy. It is very nice. Please note it always has a red or orange color to it, once we stopped a cheap restaurant and it was brown… it was definitely not Shahi paneer.
Butter chicken is made basically from the same gravy but it has chicken.
Paneer/Chicken Tikka. I personally don’t like this because of the combination of spices and the dryness, however it is not spicy usually and many foreigners like it.
This is another one of my favorites, paneer Bhurji (the spelling of this is restaurants widely varies). It is broken up paneer with some tomatoes, spices and other veggies.
Momos. These you find everywhere especially in the streets. They are kind of like a dumpling, they are stuffed with either veggies or chicken. Often I find the red sauce to be quite spicy, make sure you ask for the cream/mayo with it.
When you first come here I suggest eating a Tali. A Tali is a plate of food with multiple dishes in small portions so you can figure out what you like.
I am clearly not a foodie because I thought curry was a separate dish but it is in fact just the gravy in whatever food you are eating, like shahi paneer without the paneer is just curry/gravy. Trust me don’t eat Indian food with your hands, it does not taste nearly as good.
I encourage you to try other dishes as their are so many. My Picky Eaters Guide to North Indian Food is contrived of most common dishes and most widely liked. In most restaurants they will have international cuisine however it will most likely not be like what you have back home. If you are vegetarian you are in luck because all the menus are separated into Veg and Non Veg.
I hope I have calmed your eating woes. Tell me what your favorite dish is or what you can’t wait to try!