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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. * This list is only a guide and needs to be expanded.

Indian Cuisine by region

North India

Name Image1 Description Vegetarian/
Aloo baingan masala Vegetarian
Aloo baingan Vegetarian
Gobhi Aloo 120px Cauliflower with potatoes sauteed with garam masala. Vegetarian
Aloo ki Tikki Vegetarian
Aloo Matar Potatoes and peas in curry. Vegetarian
Aloo methi Methi leaves and potatoes nicely flavoured. Potato, fresh Methi leaves. Vegetarian
Aloo shimla mirch Vegetarian
Amriti with Rabdi Vegetarian
Amritsari fish
Amritsari Kulcha Vegetarian
Arbi masala Edoes cooked in onion tomato masala. Vegetarian
Baati 120px Ghee (Clarified butter). Wheat flour. Vegetarian
Baigan bharta 120px Eggplant (Baingan) cooked with tomatoes or onions. Vegetarian
Bharwaan baigan Vegetarian
Bharwaan tinde Vegetarian
Bharwein karela Vegetarian
Bhatura 120px Bread. All purpose flour, Vegetarian
Bhindi Masala Okra sautéed with onions and tomatoes. Vegetarian
Biryani 120px Main or side dish. Mixed rice dish, optional spices, optional vegetables, meats or seafood. Can have with plain yogurt.
Butter Chicken 120px Punjab
Chaat 120px Typical north Indian tadka. Vegetarian
Chana masala 120px Vegetarian
Chapathi 120px Bread. Whole wheat flour. Vegetarian
Chicken Razala Bhopali style chicken cooked in a rich gravy with mint.
Chole bhature 120px Main. Chick peas, assorted spices, wheat flour and yeast for bhatura. Vegetarian
Daal Baati Churma Rajasthani special. Vegetarian Rajasthan
Daal Puri Stuffed dal in parathas. Vegetarian
Dal makhani (Kali Dal) 120px Main. A typical type of lentil is used. Vegetarian
Dal 120px Main. Assorted types of lentils, such as toor, urad, chana, masoor dal. Vegetarian
Dal fry with tadka Typical north Indian tadka. Vegetarian
Dum Aloo 120px Potatoes cooked in Curry. Vegetarian
Poha 120px specialty from Madhya Pradesh. Common snack in Central part of India. Flattended rice, potato, turmeric. Vegetarian
French bean aloo Vegetarian
Gajar ka Halwa 120px A sweet dish native to U.P./Punjab. Carrot, Milk, Ghee, Cashew. Vegetarian
Gajar matar aloo Vegetarian
Gobhi matar Vegetarian
Hari Mutter ka Nimona (Green peas daal) Typical north Indian tadka. Vegetarian
Jeera aloo Vegetarian
Kachori 120px Rajasthani /marwari special. Vegetarian
Kadai paneer Vegetarian
Kadhi Pakoda Gram Flour with Yogurt with gramflour fried balls. Vegetarian
Karela Bharta Bitter gourd/melon. Usually vegetarian
Katha meetha petha/halwakadoo Vegetarian
Kheer 120px Rice Cooked with Milk and dry fruits. Milk and Rice, dry Fruits. Vegetarian
Khichdi 120px Rice cooked with daal and veggies and sauteed. Vegetarian
Kofta 120px Gram 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 falooda 120px Vegetarian
Lauki ke kofte Bottle gourd. Vegetarian
Lauki ki subji Bottle Gourd. Vegetarian
Litti chokha 120px A baked salted wheat flour cake filled with sattu (baked chickpea flour) and some special spices Vegetarian
Makki di roti, Sarson Da Saag 120px Punjabi speciality. Vegetarian
Mathura ke pede Vegetarian
Methi Saag, Chaulai Saab Veggie leaves sauteed in oil and garlic with little masalas. Cooked mostly in Central part of India. Vegetarian
Misi roti Vegetarian
Mixed vegetable Vegetarian
Moong dal ka halwa Vegetarian
Murgh Musallam Non-Vegetarian
Mushroom do pyaza Vegetarian
Mushroom matar Vegetarian
Naan 120px Tandoor-baked soft flatbread. Refined wheat flour. Vegetarian
Navrattan korma
Palak Daal Spinach with toor daal. Vegetarian
Palak Paneer 120px Cottage cheese cubes in spinach gravy. Spinach, Paneer. Vegetarian
Paneer butter masala Vegetarian
Paneer Tikka Masala Vegetarian
Pani Puri 120px Typical north Indian tadka. Vegetarian
Panjeeri Vegetarian
Paratha 120px Bread. Wheat flour. Can be stuffed: Common stuffings: potato mixture, paneer, muli(white radish). Vegetarian
Pattor Vegetarian
Phirni Vegetarian
Pindi chana Vegetarian
Pinni Vegetarian
Rajma Chaval Bean curry with rice. Vegetarian
Rajma 120px Main. Kidney beans & assorted spices. Vegetarian
Ramatori subji Vegetarian
Rice 120px Rice Vegetarian
Rongi Vegetarian
Samosa 120px Normally served as an entree or appetiser. Potatoes, onions, peas, coriander, and lentils, may be served with a mint or tamarind sauce Vegetarian/meat varieties
Samose Typical north Indian tadka. Vegetarian
Sattu ki Roti Dish from bihar. Vegetarian
Shahi paneer 120px A popular Indian, as well as Punjabi and Nepalese dish, made with paneer (cottage chesse), in a thick cream and tomato gravy and spices Vegetarian.
Shahi tukra Bread. Bread pudding in a rich sauce of thickened milk, garnished with sliced almonds. Vegetarian
Singhada Halwa Lotus fruit dried and powdered to make this fasting sweet meat. Vegetarian
Sooji Halwa Semolina cooked with clarified butter and Dry fruits. Semolina (Suji), clarified butter, cashew nuts. Vegetarian
Sweet Pethas/ kesar petha/ pista petha Vegetarian
Vegetable Jalfrezi Vegetarian

South India

Name Image Description Vegetarian/
Appam Pancake, thicker at center. Ground rice. Vegetarian
Avial 120px Coconut paste, curd mixed with vegetables and some spices. Vegetarian
Bajji 120px Vegetable or onion fritters Vegetarian
Biryani 120px Spicy rice dish with vegetables or chicken or mutton or fish or prawns. Depends on choice
Bisi Bele Bath 120px Rice preparation with vegetables.
Bonda 120px Snack. Potatoes, gram flour. Vegetarian
Chicken 65 120px Popular deep fried chicken preparation. Chicken, onion, ginger. Non-Vegetarian
Currivepillai sadam Curry leaves rice
Dosa 120px Pancake/Hopper. Ground rice, Urad dal. Vegetarian
Double ka meetha 120px Bread crumbs fried in Ghee and dipped in milk and sugar syrup
Goli bajje Snack. Gram flour. Vegetarian
Idiappam 120px Steamed rice noodles/vermicelli. Ground rice. Vegetarian
Idli 120px Steamed cake of fermented rice and pulse flour. Rice, Urad dal. Vegetarian
Indian omelette 120px Egg omelette or veg omelette
Kaara Kozhambu Dish used with rice made of chilli powder and tamarind.
Keerai kootu Green leaves kootu
Keerai masiyal Grinded green leaves used as a side dish for rice or mixed with rice.
Keerai sadam Rice and green leaves.
Koottu 120px Vegetable, daal or lentil mixture boiled in water.
Kos kootu Cabbage and lentil dish used for rice.
Kothamali sadam Coriander rice
Kuzhakkattai 120px Dumplings. Rice flour, jaggery, coconut. Vegetarian
Kuzhambu Thick soup with coconut. Coconut, vegetables. Vegetarian
Masala Dosa 120px Dosa with masala and potato.
Parotta 120px Layered kerala parotta made with maida and dalda. Vegetarian
Paruppu sadam Daal rice
Payasam 120px Rice dessert. Rice, milk. Vegetarian
Pongal 120px Pulao. rice. Vegetarian
Poriyal Side dish for rice prepared from one or more vegetables with little oil stirred, with daal half boiled and coconut / mustard seeds.
Puli sadam Tamarind rice
Puttu 120px Ground Rice.
Kanji 120px Rice porridge Vegetarian
Sakkara pongal Sweet rice dish
Sambar 120px Lentil soup with vegetables and masala mixed with rice and taken. Vegetarian
Sevai 120px Kind of rice vermicelli used for breakfast.
Sevai lunch Kind of rice vermicelli mixed with either tamarind or lemon or coconut.
Thayir sadam, Mosaranna 120px Curd rice
Thengai sadam Coconut rice
Uttapam 120px Rice Pancake/Hopper with a topping of onions/tomatoes/coconut. Vegetarian
Vada 120px Savory donut. Urad dal. Vegetarian
Varuval Vegetables fried in shallow oil
Yelumincham sadam, Chitranna Lemon rice. Rice, lemon juice.
Keerai poriyal Green leaves mixed with daal and coconut with little oil.
Wheat Upma 120px A breakfast dish and snack. Upma prepared from Wheat Dhalia Rava. Vegetarian
Koshambri A cucumber salad dish popular in Karnataka. Prepared during festivals. Vegetarian
Obbattu (holige, bobbattu, Pooran-poli) 120px 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 Maharashtra. Vegetarian
Ennai Kathirikkai Ennai Kathirikkai
Ragi Mudhe
Pesarattu 120px Dosa (pancake or crepe) of Andhra Pradesh made from Moong Dal (lentils), grains and spice batter. Vegetarian
Nandu (Crab in Tamil) Omlette Omlette with pieces of crab and spices. Now becoming popular among local residents. Non-Vegetarian

West India

Name Image Description Vegetarian/
Amti Lentil curry. Split lentil.
Bajri no rotlo Bread. Thick millet flour flatbread usually grilled over coals.
Barfi 120px Sweet
Basundi Sweet
Bhakri 120px Bread. Whole wheat flour, thicker than rotli, crispy.
Bombil fry 120px Main Course. Bombay Duck (Fish).
Chaat 120px Snack
Chakri 120px Savoury snack. Mixed grain flour.
Chevdo 120px Mixture. Flattened rice, groundnut, chana, masala.
Cholafali Snack
Chorafali Spicy. Grinding of charudala, masala, sprinkle with red chilly powder on top.
Copra paak Sweet coconut halwa/barfi: Halwa is soft, barfi more like cake.
Daal Dhokli Snack
Dahi vada 120px Fried lentil balls in a yogurt sauce. Lentils, yogurt.
Dhokla 120px Lentil snack. Gram.
Doodhpak Sweet A milk-based sweet dessert with nuts.
Dudhi no Halwo - Bottle Gourd Halwa Sweet
Dum aaloo 120px Veg. Main dish. Potatoes deep fry, yogurt, coriander powder, ginger powder.
Pohe 120px Vegetarian Snack. Flattened rice.
Gajar Halwo - Carrot Halwa Sweet
Gatta curry Curry. Steamed dumplings made from chickpea flour cooked in a spiced yoghurt sauce.
Ghari (sweet from Surat) Sweet
Ghooghra Sweet
Gud papdi (Gol papdi) Sweet
Gulab Jamun 120px Snack Sweet
Halvasan Sweet
Handwo (steamed dish) Snack
Gur 120px Sweet unrefined brown sugar sold in blocks[3].
Jalebi 120px Sweet maida & grained semolina flour, baking powder, curd, sugar.
Juvar no rotlo Bread. Thick sorghum flatbread.
Kansar Sweet
Keri no ras Sweet
Khakhra 120px Snack. Wheat flour, methi.
Khandvi 120px Snack. Besan.
Kombdi vade 120px Chicken Curry with Bread. Chicken.
Koshimbir Salad. Salad/side-dish.
Laapsi Sweet coarse ground/ broken wheat cooked with butter and sugar.
Laddu 120px Sweet
Locha Spicy. Grinding of chanadal, masala,.
Malpua 120px Sweet
Methi na Gota Snack. Fried fenugreek dumplings.
Modak 120px Sweet coconut dumplings. Rice flour, coconut.
Mohanthal a sweet prepared from gram flour and ghee dry fruits
Muthiya Snack. Whole wheat flour, methi leaves, besan/chickpeas flour and coriander leaves/cilantro.
Panipuri 120px Snack
Patra Snack. Taro leaves, coconut, seeds, dal.
Pav Bhaji 120px Veg main dish. Mix curry of onion, capsicum, peas, cauliflower potatoes.
Penda Sweet
Pooran-poli 120px Sweet stuffed bread. Wheat flour, gram.
Puri 120px Bread. Wheat flour.
Puri Bhaji 120px Breakfast or Snack
Rasya Muthia Snack. A spicy yogurt dumpling soup.
Sabudana Khichadi Vegetarian Snack. Sago.
Sev Khamani Snack. Chana dal, green chillies, ginger, lemon juice and olive oil.
Sev Tameta Veggie. Potatoes and sev.
Shakarpara Snack. A deep fried snack made out of sugar and wheat.
Namakpara Snack. A deep fried snack made out of salt and Gram Flour .
Shankarpali 120px Sweet or savoury snack. Plain flour, sugar.
Shiro 120px Sweet roasted semolina/flour/dal with milk, butter, sugar, nuts and raisins.
Shrikhand 120px Sweet A thick yogurt-based sweet dessert garnished with ground nuts, cardamom, and saffron.
Sohan papdi 120px Sweet
Soonvali Snack
Sukhdi 120px Sweet
Sutarfeni Sweet
Thalipeeth Savoury pancake. Mixed grain flour.
Undhiyu Mix veggi. Plantain, brinjal, carrot, green chillies, potatoes, fresh coconut and other vegetable.
Upmaa 120px Vegetarian snack. Semolina.
Vada pav 120px Burger. Gram flour, potatoes, chilli, garlic, ginger.
Veg Kolhapuri Vegetarian dish. Mixed vegetables.
Vindaloo 120px Goan pork vindaloo. Pork, goan red chilli paste.
Ghebar or Ghevar 120px Sweet from Surat
Lilva Kachori 120px Snack. Lilva and whole wheat flour.
Magaj]]) 120px Sweet

East India

Name Image Description Vegetarian/
Cheera Doi Breakfast cereal.
Dhup Pitha A sweet Assamese specialty
Gheela Pitha Sweet Assamese specialty
Hurum Breakfast cereal; an Assamese specialty
Khar Assamese specialty side dish: papaya, banana, soda
Kumol Sawul Breakfast cereal; an Assamese specialty. Soft rice with cream & jaggery.
Loskora (Coconut Laddu) Sweet
Luchi Puffed bread, fried in oil, made from flour.
Malpua 120px Sweet Snacks
Momo 120px Originally from Tibet, it is a popular snack/ food item in India.
Muri Laru Sweet Bengali specialty.
Pani Tenga Pickle made from mustard.
Sunga Pitha Sweet Assamese specialty
Alu Pitika Dish made of mashed potato.
Masor tenga An Assamese fish stew cooked with any of a variety of sour fruits including tomatoes.[1]
Bengena Pitika Dish made of mashed brinjal.
Bilahi Maas Fish curry cooked with tomatoes.
Black rice 120px Special local variety of rice
Bora Sawul Breakfast cereal; an Assamese specialty. Sticky rice, sugar or jaggery.
Brown Rice 120px Special local variety of rice.
Chhenagaja 120px Dessert. Cottage cheese, flour, sugar syrup.
Chhenapoda 120px Dessert. Cottage cheese, flour, sugar syrup.
Chingri Malai curry 120px Curry. Prawn, coconut, mustard, steamed.
Dal 120px Lentils.
Goja Sweet
Hando Guri Breakfast cereal; an Assamese specialty
Haq Maas Fish curry cooked with leafy green vegetables.
Horioh Maas Golden Mustard Fish Curry.
Ilish or Chingri Bhape 120px Curry. Ilish (Hilsha fish) or prawn, coconut, mustard, steamed.
Kharoli Pickle made from mustard; an Assamese specialty
Khorisa Pickle made from bamboo shoot; an Assamese specialty
[Koldil Chicken Chicken cooked with banana flower; an Assamese specialty
Koldil Duck Duck meat cooked with banana flower; an Assamese specialty
Konir Dom Egg curry.
Lai Haq Maas Fish Curry with herbs & lemon.
Litti 120px Balls of wheat and sattu baked in oven and served with mashed potatoes (chokha)
Maasor Tenga Tomato Fish Curry.
Machher Jhol 120px Curry. Fish, various spices.
Masor Koni Fish delicasy.
Masor Petu Fish delicasy.
Mishti Chholar Dal Curry. Bengal gram, coconut, sugar.
Mishti Doi 120px Dessert. Curd, sugar syrup and /or jaggery.
Ou tenga Maas Fish curry cooked with elephant apple.
Pakhala 120px Rice. Fermented rice, yoghurt, salt, seasonings.
Bhaji 120px Fried Vegetables.
Pani Pitha Sweet Assamese specialty
Pantua 120px Assamese sweet similar to Gulab Jamun
Payokh Dessert
Peda 120px Sweet
Prawn malai curry Curry. Prawns, coconut cream, crushed mustard seed, red chillies.
Red Rice 120px Special local variety of rice.
Rice 120px Staple Food.
Rosgulla 120px Dessert. Cottage cheese, flour and sugar syrup.
Sabzi (curry) 120px Different green or other vegetables.
Shondesh 120px Dessert. Milk, sugar.
Shukto Curry. Vegetables, ghee, milk.
Sunga Pork Rich spicy pork curry
Tenga Doi Sour curd
Til Pitha Sweet Assamese specialty. Rice powder, til, jaggery.

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  1. ^ Roy, Amrita (July 23, 2010). "Brahmaputra banquet". HT Media. Retrieved September 24, 2012.