How to Eat Indian: Must-Try Dishes

Many Indian restaurants offer their own unique dishes and preparations, but look for these delicious staples on the menu.
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Navigating the Menu

Heading out for Indian food? Menus can vary widely from restaurant to restaurant, but here are some classics you'll want to order if they're offered.

Samosas 

Appetizer pastries often filled with potato and other vegetables, served with mint-coriander and mango chutneys

Chicken Tandoori

Chicken marinated in yogurt and spices and grilled in the traditional clay tandoor oven

Raita

A cooling condiment and dipping sauce made with yogurt 

Naan

Soft and chewy Indian flatbread

Shahi Korma

Roasted lamb in a creamy curry sauce

Chicken Tikka Masala

A relatively mild dish made with roasted chicken served in a creamy tomato sauce

Chana Masala

A vegetarian dish of chickpeas served in a spicy sauce made with onion, garlic and chile peppers

Saffron Chicken

A mild, creamy chicken dish made with saffron threads 

Kolkata Gobi Manchurian

Cauliflower florets tossed in ginger, garlic and Indian-Chinese fusion spices

Dilli Bajji

South Asian vegetable fritters 

Gulab Jamun

A dessert of dumplings in sweet saffron syrup

Ras Malai

A dessert of cottage cheese dumplings served in sweetened condensed milk, garnished with rose water and pistachios

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