List of Indian dishes

This is a list of Indian dishes. Indian cuisine encompasses a wide variety of regional cuisines native to India. Given the range of diversity in soil type, climate and occupations, these cuisines vary significantly from each other and use locally available spices, herbs, vegetables and fruits. The dishes are then served according to taste in either mild, medium or hot. Indian food is also heavily influenced by religious and cultural choices and traditions. Some Indian dishes are common in more than one region of India.

Indian cuisine by region

North-East India

The North-East of India includes Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Nagaland.[1]

Pork bhartaBoiled pork with onions, chillies, ginger and garlic from TripuraNon-Vegetarian[1]
Chahou kheerPurple rice porridge from ManipurVegetarian[1]

North India

Aloo gobiCauliflower with potatoes sautéed with garam masala, turmeric, sometimes kalonji and curry leaves.Vegetarian
Aloo tikkiPatties of potato mixed with some vegetables friedVegetarian
Aloo matarPotatoes and peas in curryVegetarian
Aloo methiMethi leaves and potatoes nicely flavoured. Potato, fresh Methi leaves.Vegetarian
Aloo shimla mirchGreen capsicum with potatoes sauted with cumin seeds, onions, tomatoes, ginger-garlic paste, turmeric, red chilli powder and garam masalaVegetarian
Amriti with rabdiA dessertVegetarian
Amritsari fishFried fish made with curry, ginger and garlicNon-Vegetarian
Amritsari kulchaType of breadVegetarian
BaatiGhee (clarified butter), wheat flourVegetarian
BhaturaBread. All-purpose flourVegetarian
Bhindi masalaOkra sautéed with onions and tomatoesVegetarian
BiryaniMain or side dish. Mixed rice dish, optional spices, optional vegetables, meats or seafood. Can be served with plain yogurt.Non-Vegetarian
Butter chickenAlso known as murgh mahalNon-Vegetarian
ChaatStreet food usually containing a potato patty fried in oil, topped with sweet yogurt, and other sauces, spicesVegetarian
Chana masalaChickpeas of the Chana type in tomato based sauce. Vegetarian
ChapatiBread. Whole wheat flourVegetarian
Chicken razalaBhopali style chicken cooked in a rich gravy with mint
Chicken Tikka Chicken with spices served on a skewer
Chicken Tikka masala Chicken marinated in a Yogurt tomato sauce. Creamy texture.
Chole bhatureMain course. Chick peas, assorted spices, wheat flour and yeast for bhatura.Vegetarian
Daal baati churmaRajasthani specialVegetarian
Daal puriStuffed dal in parathasVegetarian
Dal makhani (kali dal)Main course. A typical type of lentil is used.Vegetarian
Dal faraVegetarian
DalAssorted types of lentils, such as toor, urad, chana, masoor dalVegetarian
Dal fry with tadkaTypical north Indian tadkaVegetarian
Dum alooPotatoes cooked in curryVegetarian
PohaSpecialty from Madhya Pradesh. Common snack in central part of India. Flattended rice, potato, turmeric.Vegetarian
FaraStuffed Lentil DumplingsVegetarian
French bean alooDiced French beans with potatoes cooked with chopped onions, tomatoes sauted with cumin seeds, green chillies and garam masalaVegetarian
Gajar ka halwaA sweet dish native to U.P. / Punjab. Carrot, Milk, Ghee, Cashew.Vegetarian
Gajar matar alooDiced red/orange carrots and potatoes sauted with black mustard leaves, garnished with ground black pepper powder and lemon juiceVegetarian
Gobhi matarCauliflower in a tomato sauceVegetarian
ImartiA spherically meshed sweet dish from North India made up of batter from moong dal dipped in sugary syrupVegetarian
Hari mutter ka nimona (green peas daal)Typical north Indian tadkaVegetarian
JalebiA North Indian twisted noodle like sweet dish dipped in sugary syrupVegetarian
JalebaBigger form of jalebiVegetarian
KachoriRajasthani / Marwari specialVegetarian
Kadai paneerPaneer and green peppers in tomato gravyVegetarian
Kadhi pakodaGram flour with yogurt with gramflour fried ballsVegetarian
Karela bhartaBitter gourd/melonUsually vegetarian
Katha meetha petha / halwakadooPumpkin cooked in spicesVegetarian
KheerRice cooked with milk and dry fruitsVegetarian
KhichdiRice cooked with daal and veggies and sauteedVegetarian
KoftaGram flour balls fried with vegetables. Gram flour, veggies, rolled into balls with gram flour and fried in oil and then cooked with curry.Vegetarian
Kulfi faloodaA dessertVegetarian
Lauki ke kofteBottle gourdVegetarian
Lauki ki subjiBottle gourdVegetarian
Litti chokhaA baked salted wheat flour cake filled with sattu (baked chickpea flour) and some special spicesVegetarian
Makki di roti, sarson da saagPunjabi specialityVegetarian
Mathura ke pedeSort of a confectionVegetarian
Methi saag, chaulai saabVeggie leaves sauteed in oil and garlic with little masalas. Cooked mostly in central part of India.Vegetarian
Misi rotiWhole wheat & gram flour dough ground masalas, pan friedVegetarian
Mixed vegetableAs it sounds, slow cooked with a tomato sauce added.Vegetarian
Moong dal ka halwaMade with yellow lentils, milk, sugar and, nutsVegetarian Dessert
Murgh musallamNon-Vegetarian
Mushroom do pyazaMushrooms & Onions in a tomato masala sauce spiced with chillesVegetarian
Mushroom matarMushrooms and sweet peas in a masala/chili sauceVegetarian
Naan RotiTandoor-baked soft flatbread. Refined wheat flour.Vegetarian
Navrattan kormaVegetables, Nuts, Paneer Cheese in a tomato cream sauce
PakhalaPakhalaCooked rice with waterVegetarian
Palak paneerPaneer cubes in spinach gravyVegetarian
Paneer butter masalaAnything "Paneer" is made with an Indian Cheese. Paneer is substituted for meat in Vegetarian dishesVegetarian
Paneer tikka masalaDitto as aboveVegetarian
Pani puriTypical north Indian tadkaVegetarian
PanjeeriA mixture of butter dried fruits and whole wheat flour served as a dessert. Vegetarian
ParathaBread. Wheat flour. Can be stuffed. Common stuffings: potato mixture, paneer, muli(white radish).Vegetarian
PattorA flour based snackVegetarian
PhirniRice Pudding Vegetarian
Pindi chanaAnything "Chana" has as its base chickpeas. Vegetarian
PinniAn almond based dessert Vegetarian
Rajma chavalBean curry with riceVegetarian
RajmaMain. Kidney beans & assorted spices.Vegetarian
Ramatori subjiSpicy side dish made with any two vegetables i.e. potatoes and cabbage Vegetarian
RongiBlack eyes peas, onions and tomatoes in a curry sauce Vegetarian
SamosaNormally served as an entree or appetiser. Potatoes, onions, peas, coriander, and lentils, may be served with a mint or tamarind sauceVegetarian/meat varieties
SamoseTypical north Indian tadkaVegetarian
Sattu ki rotiDish from BiharVegetarian
Shahi paneerA popular Indian, as well as Punjabi and Nepalese dish, made with paneer in a thick cream and tomato gravy and spicesVegetarian
Shahi tukraBread pudding in a rich sauce of thickened milk, garnished with sliced almondsVegetarian
Singhada halwaLotus fruit dried and powdered to make this fasting sweet meatVegetarian
Sooji halwaSemolina cooked with clarified butter and dry fruits. Semolina (Suji), clarified butter, cashew nuts.Vegetarian
Sweet pethas / kesar petha / pista pethaA ravioli like dessert stuffed with a choice of fillings Vegetarian
Vegetable jalfreziMeat and spices fried in a pan. Can be vegetarian as well. Vegetarian
Tandoori Chicken Tandoori chicken as a dish originated in the Punjab before the independence of India and Pakistan. Non-Vegetarian
Tandoori Fish Tikka Fish marinated in lime and ginger and cooked over an open fire.

South India

AppamPancake, thicker at center. Ground rice. Vegetarian
AvialCoconut paste, curd mixed with vegetables and some spices.Vegetarian
BajjiVegetable or onion frittersVegetarian
BiryaniSpicy rice dish with vegetables or chicken or mutton or fish or prawns.Depends on choice
Bisi bele bathRice preparation with vegetables.Vegetarian
BondaSnack. Potatoes, gram flour.Vegetarian
Chicken 65Popular deep fried chicken preparation. Chicken, onion, gingerNon-Vegetarian
Currivepillai sadamCurry leaves rice
DosaPancake/Hopper. Ground rice, urad dalVegetarian
Double ka meethaBread crumbs fried in Ghee and dipped in milk and sugar syrupSweet
Goli bajjeSnack. Gram flour.Vegetarian
IdiappamSteamed rice noodles / vermicelli. Ground riceVegetarian
IdliSteamed cake of fermented rice and pulse flour. Rice, urad dalVegetarian
Indian omeletteEgg omelette or veg omelette
Kaara kozhambuDish used with rice made of chilli powder and tamarind
Keerai kootuGreen leaves kootu
Keerai masiyalGround green leaves used as a side dish for rice or mixed with rice.
Keerai sadamRice and green leaves
KoottuVegetable, daal or lentil mixture boiled in waterVegetarian
Kori rotti
Kos kootuCabbage and lentil dish used for rice
Kothamali sadamCoriander rice
KuzhakkattaiDumplings. Rice flour, jaggery, coconutVegetarian
KuzhambuThick soup with coconut and vegetablesVegetarian
Masala DosaDosa with masala and potato.Vegetarian
Olan (dish)Light and subtle-flavored Kerala dish prepared from white gourd, ash-gourd or black-eyed peas, coconut milk and ginger seasoned with coconut oil.Vegetarian
PapadumThin deep fried disk served as meal accompanimentVegetarian
PachadiSide dish made with yoghurt, coconut, ginger and curry leaves and seasoned with mustard.Vegetarian
ParottaLayered kerala parotta made with maida and dalda.Vegetarian
Paruppu sadamDaal rice
PayasamRice dessert. Rice, milk.Vegetarian
PoriyalSide dish for rice prepared from one or more vegetables with little oil stirred, with daal half boiled and coconut / mustard seeds.
Puli sadamTamarind rice
PuttuGround rice
KanjiRice porridgeVegetarian
Rasam (dish)A spicy and sour soup usually made with tamarind, tomatoes, pepper and other south Indian spices. Usually eaten with rice. It is a good starter for any south Indian meal. It is known to aid good digestion
Sakkara pongalSweet rice dish
SajjigeSweet dish
SambarLentil soup cooked with vegetables and a blend of south Indian spices (masala). Usually taken with rice, idli, dosa, pongal or upma.Vegetarian
SandigeDeep fried meal accompaniment made with rice, sago and ash gourdVegetarian
SevaiKind of rice vermicelli used for breakfast
Sevai lunchKind of rice vermicelli mixed with either tamarind or lemon or coconut.
TheeyalKerala dish made from a mixture of spices consisting of roasted coconut, coriander seeds, tamarind water, dried red chili and fenugreek. Looks like a rich medium brown gravy and normally served with rice.Vegetarian
Thayir sadam, mosarannaCurd rice
Thengai sadamCoconut rice
UttapamRice pancake / hopper with a topping of onions / tomatoes / coconutVegetarian
VadaSavory donut. Urad dal.Vegetarian
VaruvalVegetables fried in shallow oil
Yelumincham sadam, chitrannaRice, lemon juice
Keerai poriyalGreen leaves mixed with daal and coconut with little oil
Wheat upmaA breakfast dish and snack. Upma prepared from wheat dhalia rava.Vegetarian
KoshambriA cucumber salad dish popular in Karnataka. Prepared during festivals.Vegetarian
Obbattu (holige, bobbattu, pooran-poli)A stuffed (moong gram dal and jaggery or coconut poornam) paratha. Dish native to South and West India in the states of (Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and MaharashtraVegetarian
Ennai kathirikkaiEnnai Kathirikkai
Ragi mudhe
PesarattuDosa (pancake or crepe) of Andhra Pradesh made from moong dal (lentils), grains and spice batter.Vegetarian
Nandu omeletteOmelette with pieces of crab and spicesNon-Vegetarian
PaniyaramDish made of rice flour and black gramVegetarian
Chettinadu ChickenDish made chicken and spicesNon-Vegetarian

West India

AmtiLentil curry. Split lentil.
Bajri no rotloBread made with thick millet flour flatbread usually grilled over coals.Vegetarian
BasundiSweet made from milk by continuous heating to a point before condencing.
BhakriWhole wheat flour bread, thicker than rotli, crispy.
Bombil fryMain Course; Bombay Duck (Fish).
Chakri (chakali)Savoury snack. Mixed grain flour.Vegetarian
ChevdoMixture. Flattened rice, groundnut, chana, masala.
ChorafaliSpicy. Grinding of charudala, masala, sprinkle with red chili powder on top.
Copra paakSweet coconut halwa/barfi: Halwa is soft, barfi more like cake.
Daal DhokliDaal Dhokli is widely cooked and eaten all over Rajasthan and Gujarat. Very small dumplings of wheat flour are cooked along with green gram and whole red chili and red mustard is used as tempering.Vegetrain
Dahi vadaFried lentil balls in a yogurt sauce. Lentils, yogurt.Vegetarian
DalithoySoup made with split yellow lentils.Vegetarian
DhoklaLentil snack. Gram.Vegetarian
DoodhpakSweet A milk-based sweet dessert with nuts
Dudhi no halwoSweet. Bottle gourd halwa
Dum aalooVeg. Main dish. Potatoes deep fry, yogurt, coriander powder, ginger powder.Vegetarian
PoheSnack. Flattened riceVegetarian
Gajar halwoSweet. Carrot Halwa
Gatta curryCurry. Steamed dumplings made from chickpea flour cooked in a spiced yoghurt sauce.Vegetarian
Ghari (sweet from Surat)Sweet
Gud papdi (Gol papdi)Sweet
Gulab jamunSweet
Handwo (steamed dish)Snack
GurSweet unrefined brown sugar sold in blocks[3].
JalebiSweet maida & grained semolina flour, baking powder, curd, sugar.Sweet
Jeera AlooTypical West Indian dishVegetarian
Juvar no rotloBread. Thick sorghum flatbread.
Keri no rasSweet
KhakhraSnack. Wheat flour, methi.
KhandviSnack. Besan.
Kombdi vadeChicken Curry with Bread. Chicken.
KoshimbirSalad. Salad/side-dish.
LaapsiSweet coarse ground/ broken wheat cooked with butter and sugar.
LochaSpicy. Grinding of chanadal, masala.
Methi na GotaSnack. Fried fenugreek dumplings.
ModakSweet coconut dumplings. Rice flour, coconut.
Mohanthala sweet prepared from gram flour and ghee dry fruits
MuthiyaSnack. Whole wheat flour, methi leaves, besan/chickpeas flour and coriander leaves/cilantro.
OondeesBreakfast delicacy. Spherical shaped rice or semolina about four inches (10 cm) in diameter.
PatraSnack. Taro leaves, coconut, seeds, dal.
Pav BhajiVeg main dish. Mix curry of onion, capsicum, peas, cauliflower potatoes.
Pooran-poliSweet stuffed bread. Wheat flour, gram.
PuriBread. Wheat flour.
Puri BhajiBreakfast or Snack
Rasya muthiaSnack. A spicy yogurt dumpling soup.
Sabudana KhichadiVegetarian Snack. Sago.
Sev khamaniSnack. Chana dal, green chillies, ginger, lemon juice and olive oil.
Sev tametaVeggie. Potatoes and sev.
ShakarparaSnack. A deep fried snack made out of sugar and wheat.
NamakparaSnack. A deep fried snack made out of salt and Gram Flour .
ShankarpaliSweet or savoury snack. Plain flour, sugar.
ShiroSweet roasted semolina/flour/dal with milk, butter, sugar, nuts and raisins.
ShrikhandSweet A thick yogurt-based sweet dessert garnished with ground nuts, cardamom, and saffron.
Sohan papdiSweet
SurnoliPancakes that have holes are yellow and puffy. They are about 10 inches (25 centimeters) in diameter and often served with butter.
ThalipeethSavoury pancake. Mixed grain flour.
UndhiyuMix veggi. Plantain, brinjal, carrot, green chillies, potatoes, fresh coconut and other vegetable.
UpmaaVegetarian snack. Semolina.
Vada pavBurger. Gram flour, potatoes, chilli, garlic, ginger.
Veg KolhapuriVegetarian dish. Mixed vegetables.
VindalooGoan pork vindaloo. Pork, goan red chilli paste.
Ghebar or GhevarSweet from Surat
Lilva KachoriSnack. Lilva and whole wheat flour.
UndhiyuThe signature Gujarati dish generally made in winters wherein a curry is prepared by mixing various types of vegetables like surti papdi, ratalu, potatoes, carrot, green garlic, tuvar dana, waal dana etc. rich in oil and spices generally accompanied by puri or roti.
Mag DhokliIt is Indian form of lasagna wherein we use lentils and fresh dough with Indian spices, it is dry and not liquidy like daal dhokli.
KhichuIt is made by boiling the rice flour in water with seasoning, subtle in taste and accompanied by oil and methi masala.
TheplaA signature Gujarati snack which is a parantha with seasoning and flavour blast, made from wheat flour, this dish is generally accompanied by condiments like pickles, green chillies, etc. It is also known as Dhebra, Chopda etc. in various regions.
Farsi PuriIt is a Gujarati snack which is also known as mathri in other regions of India, it generally made from wheat flour, all purpose flour etc.
KhamanMade by steaming gram flour batter with flavorful seasoning accompanied with chutney.
Turiya Patra Vatana sabjiA vegetable curry made generally in winters.
Mohan thaalA sweet dish.
Churma LadooA sweet dish made with wheat flour, ghee, sugar or jaggery and dryfruits.

East India

Cheera DoiBreakfast cereal.Vegetarian
Dhup PithaA sweet Assamese specialtySweet
Gheela PithaSweet Assamese specialtySweet
HurumBreakfast cereal; an Assamese specialty
KharAssamese specialty side dish: papaya, banana, soda
Kumol SawulBreakfast cereal; an Assamese specialty. Soft rice with cream & jaggery.
Loskora (Coconut Laddu)Sweet
LuchiPuffed bread, fried in oil, made from flour. A Bengali specialty
Malpua/MalpoaSweet Snacks. Specially in Bengal.Sweet
MomoOriginally from Tibet, it is a popular snack/ food item in India.
Muri NaaruSweet Bengali specialty.
Pani TengaPickle made from mustard.
Sunga PithaSweet Assamese specialty
Alu PitikaDish made of mashed potato.
Masor tengaAn Assamese fish stew cooked with any of a variety of sour fruits including tomatoes.[2]
Bengena PitikaDish made of mashed brinjal.
Bilahi MaasFish curry cooked with tomatoes.
Black riceSpecial local variety of rice
Bora SawulBreakfast cereal; an Assamese specialty. Sticky rice, sugar or jaggery.
Brown RiceSpecial local variety of rice.
ChhenagajaOdia Dessert. Cottage cheese, flour, sugar syrup.
ChhenapodaDessert. Cottage cheese, flour, sugar syrup. Oriya Specialty.
Chingri malai curryCurry. Prawn, coconut, mustard, steamed. Traditional Bengali Dish.
GojaSweet. Bengali Specialty
Hando GuriBreakfast cereal; an Assamese specialty
Haq MaasFish curry cooked with leafy green vegetables.
Horioh MaasGolden Mustard Fish Curry.
Ilish or Chingri BhapeCurry. Ilish (Hilsha fish) or prawn, coconut, mustard, steamed. Traditional Bengali Dish.
KabirajiA popular non-vegetarian Indian dish in eastern India prepared using chicken and fish
KharoliPickle made from mustard; an Assamese specialty
KhorisaPickle made from bamboo shoot; an Assamese specialty
Koldil ChickenChicken cooked with banana flower; an Assamese specialty
Koldil DuckDuck meat cooked with banana flower; an Assamese specialty
Konir DomEgg curry.
Lai Haq MaasFish Curry with herbs & lemon.
LittiBalls of wheat and sattu baked in oven and served with mashed potatoes (chokha)
Maasor TengaTomato Fish Curry.
Machher JholCurry. Fish, various spices.
Masor KoniFish delicacy.
Masor PetuFish delicacy.
Mishti Chholar DalCurry. Bengal gram, coconut, sugar. Bengali Specialty.
Mishti DoiDessert. Curd, sugar syrup and /or jaggery. Bengali Sweet curd.
Ou tenga MaasFish curry cooked with elephant apple.
PakhalaRice. Fermented rice, yoghurt, salt, seasonings.
BhajiFried Vegetables.
Pani PithaSweet Assamese specialty
PantuaAssamese sweet similar to Gulab Jamun
Prawn malai curryCurry. Prawns, coconut cream, crushed mustard seed, red chillies. Bengali dish.
Red RiceSpecial local variety of rice.
RiceStaple Food.
RosgullaDessert. Cottage cheese, flour and sugar syrup. Signature Bengali condiment, originating in odisha
Sabzi (curry)Different green or other vegetables.
ShondeshDessert. Milk, sugar. Signature Bengali Dish
ShuktoA Bengali cuisine. Diced potaotes, sweet potatoes, broad beans, eggplant, drumsticks, raw bananas, radish cooked together and sauted with mustard seeds. This culinary cooked in mustard oil and sometimes shredded coconut can also be used.
Sunga PorkRich spicy pork curry
Tenga DoiSour curd
Til PithaSweet Assamese specialty. Rice powder, til, jaggery.


See also


  1. 1 2 3 "Flavours from the hills". The Hindu. 16 November 2014. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  2. Roy, Amrita (July 23, 2010). "Brahmaputra banquet". HT Media. Retrieved September 24, 2012.
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