We people manage to keep the world populated thanks to food and water. Many live simply to try new foods because this world, and the people here, make food interesting and unique every now and then. And to all those judgmental people out there, you cannot blame anyone. This variety never, never ends.
Grateful about that fact, here is a small list of dishes from Punjab which will probably make you hungry
1. Sarson Ka Saag Aur Makki Ki Roti
One of the most popular dishes in North Western State of the country, Sarson da Saag with its rustic flavours manages to win quite a few hearts. Its main ingredient is Mustard leaves though many times spinach or palak is added to give it colour along with thickness which also mildly alter its taste, for the better of course.
With the help of spinach and mustard and various other spices this dish gets served with makki di roti, i.e. flat bread made out of corn. Along with butter, white (unprocessed) preferably. It can be also being topped with clarified butter popularly known as ghee. This traditional savory recipe somehow never seems to get old and still is preferred by many people not only in Punjab but also Pakistan.
2. Chole Bhature
If one thinks about Punjabi food, even a chicken lover will definitely at least once think about Chole Bhature. This dish can never, and I mean, never, skip the list of Punjabi dishes.
Created after the partition this dish is a must try in the Indian cuisine.
It’s actually a breakfast dish served in the North-Western state though other places usually have it as lunch or dinner. Made with the help of spicy chickpeas, also known as kabuli chana the sabsi is accompanied with a fried bread made out of maida flour known as bhatoora.
The bhatoora and the gravy is accompanied with onions, pickle (usually a carrot pickle), (green) chutney and a very popular drink known as the lassi.
In all the years after the partition and the creation of the dish, this dish has variations such as the aloo bhatura and paneer bhatura, talk about life getting better. It gets served with Kulcha, Chawal (rice) or the very popular Naan, where the Naan alone has its own various different varieties.
3. Dal Makhani
There are times when one enters a really sophisticated hotel, maybe for the first time and has no idea what to order thanks to all the names being completely twisted?
Yeah, that’s when you order Dal Makhani and relax because you know what it actually is. Available from the street side dhabas to the most sophisticated hotels this dish is there on every possible place and is known for its classic and remarkable taste.
Made out of urad or whole black lentil along with rajma or red kidney beans this was once a staple food. This dish got popularized in the country after the partition. The dish got introduced to different parts of the country because of the migrating people post independence. Along with being a main course, this dish is also served in a thali (buffet) accompanying the principle meal. Today because of us being lazy this dish doesn’t get prepared regularly. It’s time consuming and lengthy process, (2-3 hours) makes it a dish that usually is prepared on special occasions.
4. Navratan Korma
A popular vegetarian dish made with the help of paneer or nuts and many times both comes 4th in the list. The dish is known for its various different styles and recipes. Navratan, technically means nine gems. Similar to its name, many times this dish includes nine different vegetables. The word korma actually means cooked meat. So yeah for all the non-vegetarian consumers, this is one cuisine that can be also made with chicken being the main ingredient. The dish along with the base has cream, yogurt (dhai), seed paste or nuts. It’s actually a really old recipe and can be traced back till the 16th century which explains the numerous variations of the dish. The korma many times is also made with coconuts as the base vegetables. Its countless recipes allow it to be liked by many. It actually can almost be made the way someone personally likes it and can also give the dish their own personal touch.
5. Chana Masala
Chana Masala, also goes by the name of chole masala and is a popular dish not only in India but also Pakistan. The base ingredient is chickpeas or kabuli chana. This is probably the easiest and least time consuming dishes in the list. Even with a cooking time of barely 15 minutes this dish manages to get all the necessary taste one expects from the Indian Cuisine. Chana Masala is comparatively a dry dish and is flavored with a number of spices. This dish is usually eaten as a snack and manages to give the person an experience they many times fail to experience in an expensive hotel. This dish is usually including onions along with tomatoes coriander seeds, ginger, garlic, chilies along with amchur powder, also known as dried mango powder. Sometimes people cook the beans with rice flour people making a paste out of the ingredients. This dish is traditionally a breakfast in Lahore. This is just a glimpse of the long list of dishes this North-Eastern State provides. Each dish has its own unique flavor and combination and manages to provide an experience in itself.
An architect and an adventurer, Rohit Agarwal loves traveling and admires great structures built by both nature and man. Sharing the enthralling experiences of his journeys through his blog at Transindiatravels.com, he gives us an insight to the hidden and the most unique places in the world and in India.