Palak Paneer (Spinach and Cottage Cheese)
One of the most popular paneer recipe at Indian restaurants is palak paneer, a mildly flavored dish made with spinach and cottage cheese (the paneer), along with the typical Indian spices.
Thanks to the large portions of spinach and fenugreek leaves included in the recipe, this dish takes on a deep green hue. The cubed paneer are pan-fried first, contributing a nice texture to the dish. Palak paneer gets even better when served with your favorite flatbread.
Kaali Daal (Black Lentils)
There are certain dishes, such as butter chicken, that go perfectly with a side of (mom’s lentils) because it is wholesome and delicious.
You’ll need to soak your black lentils overnight, but after that, it’s an easy recipe. The only new ingredients you’ll need are ghee (clarified butter) and asafetida (a resinous gum), both of which will be useful in your Indian food adventures.
Chaat has to be the most popular North-Indian snack. Vendors literally crowd the streets selling all kinds of delicious variations of chaat in this part of the country. Chaat parties are also popular and a nice alternative to a sit-down dinner.
Papdi chaat is a great introduction to this dish and a lot of fun to make. The first step is to make the papdi (or papri) dough, and then form it into thin circles and deep-fry. These wafers are then topped with potatoes and chickpeas and drizzled with a tangy, spicy, and sweet sauce.
Naan (Leavened Indian Flatbread)
Naan, a puffy flatbread, is a staple in the Indian kitchen and can go with everything you make, including many popular dishes like tandoori chicken or all kinds of kebabs.
Though naan (leavened Indian flatbread) is traditionally cooked in a tandoor or earthen oven, they work just as well in your own oven. The ingredient list includes yeast, flour, sugar, and water, as well as yogurt and ghee.