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5 Spicy Starters and 5 Delicious Desserts in Indian Cuisine

Your taste buds are given the best of both worlds while you are in India. Though some foods are common in some parts of the country, you will find that almost all types of foods are now available in most places in India. The northern part of India houses high quality hotels that sell south Indian cuisine and South India has some of the best hotels that sell north Indian foods. Of course, delicious eastern and western foods are served as well. Hence, whether you travel across India or visit a particular region, you are likely to find hotels that give you a taste of India’s favorite cuisines. Here is a list of top 5 spiciest Indian starters.

Spicy Indian Starters:

Paneer Tikka       

Paneer Tikka Photo by Jamie, CC BY 2.0

Paneer Tikka Photo by Jamie, CC BY 2.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are running your finger down the menu card searching for a starter, paneer tikka will be the right choice. This spicy food blends well as an accompaniment too. Paneer is the main ingredient to which garlic, ginger, onion, tomato and capsicum are added. Red chilli powder makes the food spicy and garam masala adds flavor to it.

Chilli Paneer

Chilli Paneer Photo by Ramesh NG, CC BY-SA 2.0

Chilli Paneer Photo by Ramesh NG, CC BY-SA 2.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yet another starter that doubles as an accompaniment is the famous chilli paneer. It is one of the most sought after spicy foods by Indians. The taste is so irresistible that you will find many bloggers on cooking include the recipe of chilli paneer to attract more traffic to their sites. While the ingredients are almost same as that of paneer tikka, the secret lies in the making of chilli paneer.

Hara Bhara Kabab

If the name isn’t tempting enough, the smell of the spicy food will more than make for it. Hara bhara kabab is a nutritious food made of potatoes, green peas and spinach. You may add cashew nuts and corn flakes to enhance its flavor and texture. Some prefer to deep fry it while others roast them in pan flipping them over to have both the sides well cooked. Hara bhara kabab is a perfect evening snack.

Honey Chilli Potato 

So, what does honey have to do in a spicy food? Honey chilli potato is a rare combination of spicy and sweetness. You are sure to enjoy every bite of the spicy food made using potatoes, ginger, garlic, chilli powder and honey. The food is prepared using either single fried method or double fried method.

Mirchi Pakoda

Mirchi pakoda is a great evening snack, which is most enjoyable on a rainy day. A heavy downpour can cause you to stay put at home but it also makes you crave for something hot and spicy and mirchi pakoda comes to your aid. Have it with a cup of hot tea and you would love to have more rainy days. Mirchi pakoda is made using green chillies, chilli powder, besan, ginger and mint leaves. Having it with chutney makes it more delicious.

Delicious Indian Sweets (Desserts):

It is not all spicy in India. The land is famous for making the most delicious sweets. You are really spoilt for choices here where sweet foods are concerned. Here are the most popular 5 sweetest Indian foods.

Jalebi And Jangiri

Jalebi Photo by Lokesh Dhakar, CC BY 2.0

Jalebi Photo by Lokesh Dhakar, CC BY 2.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jalebi finds a regular place in the menu in all important celebrations in India. The traditional sweet is very delicious and you may find that jangiri, a south Indian sweet looking slightly similar to jalebi; however the similarity ends once you understand how different they both are. Both these sweets differ in their ingredients and tastes and contrary to what a novice feels, both do not share the same shape. Jangiri is softer while jalebi is crisp. Jalebi is made of maida (finely refined wheat flour) while jangiri is made of urad dal (black gram). Differences apart, they both share a common trait – they both are well liked and they both taste great.

Gulab Jamun

Gulab Jamun Photo by Ron Dollete, CC BY-ND 2.0

Gulab Jamun Photo by Ron Dollete, CC BY-ND 2.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you love sweets, you will love gulab jamun. The dessert is so compelling that you never feel satiated. It not only looks great but tastes great too. With milk as its base, the other ingredients that go into making of gulab jamun include all purpose flour, sugar, cardamom powder and rose water.

Rasgulla

Rasgulla Photo by Biswarup Ganguly, CC BY 3.0

Rasgulla Photo by Biswarup Ganguly, CC BY 3.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are the type of person who strictly follows a diet, you will find rasgulla challenging your self-imposed restriction. The spongy ball shaped sweet is so irresistible that you will end up eating more than you ever imagined. The ingredients of rasgulla are cream milk, flour, lemon juice and sugar. The Bengali special dessert has definitely crossed the state borders to be a favorite to a majority of Indian population.

Kalakand

Kalakand Photo by Pradeep717, CC BY-SA 3.0

Kalakand Photo by Pradeep717, CC BY-SA 3.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paneer, which is a main ingredient in some of the spiciest starters in Indian cuisine, plays a great role in the desserts section too. Made using paneer, milk powder, fresh cream, cardamom and of course sugar, kalakand can be a time-consuming preparation if it is prepared in the traditional method. However, the world is gifted with food lovers and makers who spare no efforts to make a tough cooking method simpler. Hence, you have simple versions of doing this delicious sweet which tastes equally good.

Gajar Ka Halwa

Gajar Ka HalwaPhoto by Miansari66

Gajar Ka HalwaPhoto by Miansari66

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gajar halwa or to make it simpler for you to remember, carrot halwa, is one of the most popular Indian desserts. If you fall for it the moment you see it, you are not alone. Carrot halwa looks as great as it tastes. It can be pressure cooked or slow cooked in a pan, which takes longer but it is definitely worth every minute you spend in its making. The ingredients in gajar halwa are carrot, milk, sugar, cashews and cardamom powder. You can also add almonds to enhance the taste.

Author Bio

Rohit, an architect and a passionate traveler has travelled to various parts of India. He has had the opportunity to taste the best and popular foods in many parts of the country while traveling the lengths and breadths of the country.