Indian cuisine has become increasingly popular in Canada over the last few years. There’s nothing better than a warm bowl of curry, or a plate of vindaloo on those cold winter days. There are a number of delicious Indian dishes that are perfect for the winter months—as well as the other three seasons. Indian food is very versatile, from curry dishes, mulligatawny, to chicken tikka—it’s all mouth-watering. But, did you know that Indian food has a strong spiritual association and is heavily influenced by culture and tradition? Also did you know that Indian food is typically eaten with your hands since this is believed to enhance the flavour and experience?
Not only is the food amazing, but the ambiance in an Indian restaurant is very inviting and warm. The smell of strong spices revitalizes the senses, preparing your taste buds for their next adventure. So next time you get a hankering for something warm and spicy try some Indian food, you won’t be disappointed. Here are a few dishes you can try!
Hurry for curry
A nice bowl of curry is sure-fire way to get rid of those winter blues. Curry is a dish that typically consists of chicken or beef, that is cooked in an Indian-style sauce. The dish contains a number of spices that include cumin, coriander, ginger, turmeric, and many more. There are many different kinds of curry, such as butter chicken, veggie, lamb, and beef. Each one is unique and delicious in its own way!
A real winner: chicken tikka
This traditional dish is made up of chicken breast that is typically baked on skewers. It’s very important that the dish is cooked in a Tandoori oven; the oven adds a rich spicy flavour that is hard to match otherwise. The chicken tikka in marinated in a spices and yogurt before it’s cooked, and is similar to tandoori chicken.
Mulligatawny: a must try
There are many different variations of Mulligatawny, all equally mouth-watering. Mulligatawny is a soup made up of chicken, spices, and vegetables such as celery, onions, and carrots. The name mulligatawny comes from the two Indian words maligu (pepper) thanni (water). Don’t let the name fool you. Its far more than just water and pepper, this tasty dish will warm your stomach and put a smile on your face!
Vindaloo: a must do
If you like spicy foods then this is the dish for you; vindaloo is one of the spiciest Indian dishes. Vindaloo is typically made up of lamb, vegetables, or beef and contains garlic and red wine. There are a number of different ways to make this dish, but if it’s not extremely spicy—then it’s not vindaloo. Its brother dish tindaloo is even spicier. All of the above dishes are served with naan bread or rice; they go hand in hand together.
Don’t let old man winter get you down this season, grab some Indian food with some close friends and enjoy the season. Order some chicken tikka and big bowl of curry and beat those winter blues.
Interested in learning more about different spices used in Indian cuisine? Check out our previous blog post explaining spices!