India is famous for many things, like the Indian culture, Indian history, Indian traditions, and Indian food too. You will get to taste a variety of Indian food from different parts of India, be it North India or South India, or the different states. When it comes to spicy food, north Indian food is praised a lot. Here, we are going to talk about the North Indian food items only. And when we say North Indian food, different states and the food of those different states are included. The mouth-watering snacks and lip-smacking meals of north India has a special place among the different cuisines of India. When you are in North India, you get to taste different types of North Indian street food items, which you may not find in other parts of India. So, we have brought the list of some North Indian food items, which are quite popular among the people.
Parathe – If you are in North India, especially in Punjab, you cannot miss the variety of Parathe. From plain parathas to the stuffed parathas, you will get different types of parathas. In fact, in Delhi, there is a whole street dedicated to Parathas which is known as Parathe Wali Gali. Generally, people eat parathas during breakfast in North India. The different types of parathas which you will get here are Aloo Paratha, Gobhi Paratha, Paneer Paratha, Matar Paratha, Mooli Paratha, Methi Paratha, and a few others. Among all these varieties of parathas, aloo paratha is the most popular paratha and is prepared in most of the houses in North India. Parathas can be served with pickle, or curd, or dry sabzi, or chutney.
Lassi – Here is another popular North Indian food item known as Lassi. It is a beverage and guesses what, just like Parathas, Lassi also comes from Punjab only. Lassi is a sweet beverage that is quite heavy. It is prepared using yogurt, malai, sugar, and dry fruits. Lassi is generally served in the clay glass which is also known as Kulhad. In some places, people do prepare salty lassi also, however, the sweet lassi garnished with dry fruits is the traditional and very old beverage. Drinking a glass full of lassi will make your stomach feel fuller and it is because of its heavy texture. Although Lassi is one such drink that can be enjoyed in any season. But most of the people prefer to have it during summers, as the coolness of lassi helps one feel better in the scorching heat. It tastes best when served chilled.
Litti Chokha – It is a dish from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, and is now famous in different parts of India. The way, the Litti, and Chokha are prepared are quite different and unique. Litti is prepared using wheat flour only but is filled with grounded gram or sattu, spices or achar masala, and green chilies. They are made a round shape like balls and are then heated or cooked on the earthen stove. The Chokha is prepared using brinjal and potato along with the chopped onions and tomato, green chilies, and salt. The Brinjal and Potato are boiled and are then mashed and mixed with other ingredients to prepare Chokha. Ghee is applied to the Litti and then the Litti and Chokha are served along with the chutney.
Awadhi or Lucknawi Biryani – When talking about Biryani, there are many places in India where Biryani is famous like Hyderabadi Biryani or Mughlai Biryani. Similarly, we have Awadhi Biryani also which is one of the famous delicacies of North. If you love eating Biryani, then you should visit Lucknow once to have the mouthful flavor of this tenderly cooked Biryani. It is prepared using long Basmati Rice, meat, and aromatic spices, that make Biryani taste heavenly delicious. No matter whether you are from India or not, we are sure that you will enjoy the Lucknawi Biryani a lot. It is one of the specialties of Lucknow, which is also famous for the Kebabs in all over India. One should eat piping hot Biryani, along with raita and chutney.
Chole Bhature – If you are a big foodie, then this is what you cannot resist. And an interesting thing is that there are many places in North India, where you can have yummy Chole Bhature. This dish is famous in almost every part of India however it is from North only, from Punjab. Bhature is the fried fluffy big bread prepared using maida flour. They look like big puris but they are not prepared using the whole wheat flour, instead, they are prepared using the maida. Either chole are used or chickpeas are prepared along with bhature. The gravy of the chole is made very spicy using different spices. If you want to have something spicy for your breakfast, then go for the Chole Bhature. They will make you feel fuller because of being heavy and tasty. Generally, people serve chole bhature along with the curd, onions, and pickle.
Rabri – Want to enjoy a milk-made delicacy of North India? Then, you should taste Rabri, which is one of the famous sweet dishes from Uttar Pradesh. Milk is heated for a long time to make it thick for preparing the Rabri. Along with the milk, the sugar is also added, so that it gets mixed with it properly. You will see in the sweet shops, people preparing it in a very huge utensil or bowl, as it takes a lot of time to make milk thick by heating it. This sweet dish is yellow and saffron is added to it to give it taste and the fragrance. Once it is ready, chopped pistachios and almonds are used for garnishing. It is too yummy, and when consumed chilled it tastes great
If you are in North India or you are planning to visit North India, then these are the few things which you should try. Whether you love spicy food or you love sweet dishes, North India has all for you. There are a few more dishes which you can try in North India like Makke Di Roti & Sarso ka saag, Rogan Josh (Laal Maans), Kadhi, Rajma Chawal, Kashmiri Dum Aloo, Murg Makhani, etc.