National food of India – Can you guess?

The National Food of India – India is a melting pot of all cultures, traditions, languages, and people. With more than 28 states and 8 union territories, one can expect a diverse range of food and taste.

Here are some food which you will find in virtually every household in every part of India. These are the unofficial National Foods of India.

01 Dal Khichdi

There are various versions of Dal khichdi, however, the main ingredients are rice and lentils (dal). The mixture is slowly cooked with Onion, Tomatoes, spices, vegetables, and herbs and is ready to eat within 30 min.

It is served with pickle and papad. It’s a quick and simple recipe that is prepared in almost all the households in India. This is mainly a vegetarian dish and relished when served hot. This is a food which can even be given to infants and aged as it is very soft to eat and easy to digest.

Other than Dal Khichdi, you will find many different types of this preparation which changes in various parts of India. Here are some honorable mentions.

  1. ​Tamil Nadu’s Pongal
  2. Andhra’s Keema Khichdi
  3. Gujarati Khichdi
  4. Karnataka’s Bisi Bele Bhath
  5. Bihari Khichdi
  6. Bengali Khichuri
  7. Rajasthani Bajara Khichdi

National food of India

Moong dal khichdi, Indian national Dish or food

02 Biryani

This is another food item which you can be called the ‘National food of India”‘. There are hundreds of varieties in which Biryani is prepared. You will get vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian biryanis and each biryani has its own unique style of preparation. The most popular though is ‘Dum Biryani’ which is prepared in a very traditional way.

The base ingredient of Biryani is Basmati Rice and is made with simple spices and chunks of vegetables, potatoes along with mutton or chicken. Filled with the rich aroma of spices, Biryani is served in almost all restaurants and households in India and is a must-try when you visit India.

Biryani

03 Paratha

A paratha is a flatbread that is believed to be the origin of India.  Paratha is a combination of 2 words ‘parat’ and ‘atta’ which means layers and cooked dough. It is basically a stuffing of ingredients inside the dough which is flattened and then fried on a flat pan.

You would typically see the Paratha being serviced with curds and pickles especially during breakfast and is mostly eaten in northern India.

The stuffing inside the dough decides the name of the Partha. For example, mashed potato stuffing is called Aloo Paratha, and stuffing with egg is called egg paratha. It is typically served directly from the pan with a generous amount of butter on the top.

Paratha

04 Gulab Jamun

When it comes to sweet dishes and desserts, Gulab Jamun tops the list. It is a preferred sweet served in almost all restaurants, parties, and occasions. This is also easily prepared at home and is a delicacy in almost all the states and regions of India.

Gulab jamun is mainly made up of khoya, All-purpose flour/refined wheat flour/ wheat flour, baking powder, clarified butter, and milk. It is kneaded to form a dough and molded into small balls which are deep-fried and dropped into the sugar syrup.

Gulab Jamun

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