100 Indian foods (and drinks) to try before you die

I’m quite mixed up.


When people ask me where I’m from, I try to explain this pie chart to them.



Add to that the places where I’ve lived: Shillong, Calcutta, and Delhi.


I’ve grown up eating all kinds of food and I’m quite comfortable with a variety of tastes.


Also the fact that I come from a seriously crazy food-loving family. Here are some examples:


My grandmom makes a mean lemon tart.


My aunt is a speciality cake queen.


My uncle is a genius with pork.


My mum makes the most heavenly biryani.


And my dad can bake more than a 100 fruit cakes in a day.


I wanted to celebrate all those wonderful food experiences and that led to this: I’ve thought about this 100 Indian foods (and drinks) to try before you die list for months now. There can never be a perfect representation, because we’re a great nation of incredible food. I have tried to represent as many places as possible, but I’m sure some wonderful stuff has been left out. This is just my list, but I thought it would be fun to share it with you all. If you’re not sure what the dish is, click on it for a brief web description.


100 Indian foods (and drinks) to try before you die


Aachar
Aam panna
Appam and chicken stew
Aloo gobi
Aloo paratha
Aloo tikki
Anda bhurjee
Avial
Bamboo shoot pork
Beef fry
Bheja
Bhel puri
Bhetki paturi
Bread pakora/ bread roll
Butter chicken
Chaat (papri, aloo, raj kachori)
Chicken pakora
Chicken tikka masala
Chiwra
Chole bhature
Chuski
Daab chingri
Dal baati churma
Dal makhani
Dahi bhalla
Dhansak
Dhokla
Dosa
Dubka
Egg curry
Fenny
Gajar ka halwa
Galouti kebab
Ghugni
Goan sausages
Gobi manchurian
Golgappa/Panipuri/Puchka
Gujia
Haleem
Idli and sambar
Jadoh
Jal jeera
Jalebi
Kadhai chicken
Kadhi
Kahwah
Kaju barfi
Kedgeree
Keema matar
Khandvi
Kheer/Phirni
Khichdi
Kulfi and falooda
Laccha paratha
Laddoo
Lassi
Lemon rice
Luchi/puri
Maggi noodles
Malabar or Kerala paratha
Malai kofta
Masala chai
Masala coke/pepsi
Matar pulao
Mishti doi
Momos
Moong dal halwa
Muglai parantha
Mulligatawny
Mutton biryani
Naan
Nihari
Paan
Paapad/poppadam
Palak paneer/shahi paneer
Pao bhaji
Paya
Pork vindaloo
Rabri
Raita
Rajma
Rasam
Rasgulla
Rasmalai
Rogan josh
Roll
Samosa
Sandesh
Sarson ka saag and makki ki roti
Shahi tukra
Shammi/sheekh kebab
Sheermaal
Sorcshe ilish
Sorpotel
Tandoori chicken
Thukpa
Toddy
Upma
Uttapam
Vada pav


I’ve been lucky enough to have eaten/drunk all of these. Leave a number in the comments below telling me how many you’ve tried πŸ™‚ Also, let me know what you would add to this list. Have I left out any of your favourites?


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17 thoughts on “100 Indian foods (and drinks) to try before you die

  1. 84! And I voted for Cal! πŸ˜‰

    Must say that’s a great list! Most items I haven’t still tried are non-veg, which I blame to my Gujju roots. Need to make a list of all those things and close the 100 this year!

  2. I’ve never had anything on this list. Well, except the lemon tart!!! I guess I have to try some indian food out soon.. really spicy, I’ve heard.
    …checking in from 20sb!

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