I like Indian food. I like to read about food and to write about food. But here I can only write about Indian vegetarian food because I never tried anything non-veg in India. Altough Indian cuisine consists of both veg and non-veg dishes I think that the traditional Indian cuisine consists mostly of the veg dishes while non-veg are the mixture of east and west.
The most popular Indian dish is called thali which literally means plate. It is a selection of different dishes served on a round tray. Typical North Indian thali consists of rice, daal, some vegetable curry, roti/papad, curd and a sweet dish. But this can also vary from region to region, from restaurant to restaurant.
The biggest thali I have ever tried was the Rajasthani thali, consisting of 17 different preparations. Gujarati and Rajasthani cuisines have many sweet dishes on the thali.
Unlike the South, in the North Indian cuisine different types of breads are very popular. They are known by different names in different regions: naan, roti, chapati, paratha etc.
Among them Tandoori roti is the most popular in U.P. and Punjab. Tandoor is a cyllindrical clay oven used for cooking and baking. It is mostly used for making tandoori breads like tandoori roti and tandoori naan. In Punjab tandoori chicken is a very popular dish.
One of the most important parts of Indian cuisine is masala, a mixture of spices. There are many different masalas which give different flavours to the food. The most common masala on the North is garam masala. Garam means hot. Garam masala consists of black cumin powder, cardamon powder, star anise, turmeric and black pepper. Every region has it’s own variety.
While thalis are popular in the restaurants, in North Indian homes you will find very simple dishes: rice, vegetable curry and some type of bread.
For those who don’t like Indian food there is a variety of non-indian food on the North and in the big cities like Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore etc.