Punjabi Cuisine is getting popularity all across the country with many of the traditional Punjabi dishes being served in numerous top restaurants all the country as well as around the globe. Whether it is Butter Chicken or Dal Makhani, Sarso da Saag or Rajma Chawal, Punjabi food is on everyone’s mind. Here are the best Punjabi dishes you can try today:
Kidney Beans, more popularly known to us as Rajma is an important staple diet across the globe. One such traditional Punjabi dish made using this staple is the very popular Rajma Chawal. Kidney Beans are known to provide iron content to the body and provide health benefits to the body. When cooked perfectly, the flavors and the taste of Rajma strengthens over time while the beans become delicately soft to easily melt while eating. You can try this iconic dish at some of the famous eateries in Delhi such as Sitaram Diwan Chand, Kake da Hotel, and Om Sweet and Snacks.
If there is one dish that is synonymous with the bright Punjabi culture, then it has to Butter Chicken. The dish is so popular among the people in the Northern part of country and has celebrities raving about its taste around the world. The dish comprises of pieces of chicken cooked in tomato puree with many seasoned vegetables also added to the dish. Originally from Moti Mahal in Peshawar, the dish is now available in almost all restaurants including Moti Mahal branch in Daryaganj, Delhi.
Chicken is a favorite ingredient of many Punjabi Cuisines and that is a big reason, why you would get a large variety of Chicken Dishes you can taste all over the world. One such favorite dish among the Punjabis is the Tandoori Chicken. Usually, consumed as a starter, this dish includes seasoned Chicken pieces are marinade and grilled slowly till a fiery red color is achieved. The unique spicy flavor of the dish is reminiscent of the flavors usually associated in North India. You can try this dish today at Karim’s, Bukhara and Moti Mahal in Delhi.
For all the Vegetarians out there, Paneer Makhani is the holy grail of flavors you can taste among all the Punjabi Cuisines. The dish uses very minimal ingredients but the presence of a number of spicy flavors make the dish a must-try. Large cubes of Cottage Cheese (Paneer) are cooked in tomato puree and seasoned with spices and cream. The addition of Butter to the dish is to boost the texture of the dish and make gravy as smooth and light as possible. The best places to try Paneer Makhani in Delhi include Desi Vibes, Pind Balluchi and Gulati. The taste and flavors of Paneer Makhani served at Moti Mahal is also amongst the very best.
Another very popular Punjabi cuisine that you need to try at least once is Dal Makhani. This lentil based dish takes about a whole day to be prepared deliciously but this does not deter the fact that it is a very delicious dish. Lentils are allowed to cook water for more than half a day to provide the softness. Good amounts of cream are added to the dish to make it as light as possible. If in North India, you can try this dish at the Kesar da Dhaba in Amritsar or the Karnal Haveli in Karnal.
Sarson ka Saag and Makki ki Roti
Mustard is one of the most abundantly grown crops in Punjab and neighboring areas during the winter time which makes Sarson ka Saag a very popular morning dish in Punjab. The mustard leaves are cooked and are consumed along cornmeal rotis. Haveli in Jalandhar and Bansi Vaishno Dhaba in Ludhiana are among some of the restaurants which serve this high quality dish.
The Punjabis are very passionate about their desserts as they are with other food eateries. Kada Prashad is a very popular dessert in Punjab and is usually offered as Prasad to the worshippers to Gurudwaras. Made using Atta and loaded with sugar and ghee, the dish has to be stirred for a long time over a gas stove to prepare it. You can taste Kada Prasad at the Gurudwara Bangla Sahib in Delhi or by paying a visit to the Golden Temple in Amritsar.
The Last Words
Punjabi dishes are much known across the world for their rich flavors and high spices. Dishes such as Butter Chicken and Dal Makhani are getting popular in many countries with most top-notch restaurants adding them to their menus. There are a number of very popular places in and around the national capital such as Moti Mahal, Bhukhara and more where you can taste all these wonderful dishes.