(Last Updated on : 15/03/2017)
North Indian Cuisine has some exotic dishes to its credit. Many of which are renowned all over the world and regarded as the most developed and refined of all culinary arts. North Indian cuisine is distinguished by the proportionally high use of dairy products
, paneer, ghee
are all common ingredients. Gravies are typically dairy based. Other common ingredients include chillies, saffron and nuts. The Mughal influence has resulted in meat-eating habits among many North Indians. Also, a variety of flours are used to make different types of breads like Chapatis
, Phulkas, Puris
is a land of milk. One of the main features of Punjabi cuisine is its diverse range of dishes. The level of spices
can vary from minimal to very prevalent.
The food of Kashmir
, known for its rich taste and aroma, can be a plain meal of a family, or even a 36 course wedding banquet called Wazwan. The spices like cinnamon
, etc., used in the Kashmiri food, make it unique and popular all over the world.
cuisine is dominating in the northern part of India. It has strong influences of Muslim cooking and some of the dishes still keep their Muslim names like kebabs, kofta, pulao
, Biryani etc.
reflects most diverse styles of food in India. Rajasthani food is spicy but largely vegetarian. People of Rajasthan love to eat sweets
Uttar Pradesh Cuisine
According to a 16th century study, the foods of the Gangetic plain
are described as sattu (the flour of roasted pulses), and barley grits eaten with salt
or sugar. The state capital, Lucknow
, in particular is the favorite haunt of the gastronomes as Uttar Pradesh
inherited the magic secrets of the Nawabi cuisines.
Kumaoni food is very simple and nutritious. This is the food of the people of Uttarakhand
. It is simple and suits the life of the people who reside in the Himalayas
Mughlai Cuisine is very spicy and has a distinctive aroma and taste of ground and whole spices. This cuisine has been influenced by the imperial kitchens of the Mughal Empire
. This type of cooking style is found in the northern states
of Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and Punjab.
Desserts of North Indian Cuisine
North Indian desserts
and sweets are made of milk, paneer, lentil flour and wheat flour combined with dried nuts and garnished with a thin sheet of pure silver. There are several popular sweets like Mallai ki Gillori, Khurchan (from Mathura
), Petha (from Agra
), Rewdi (from Lucknow), Gajak (from Meerut
), Milk Cake (from Alwar
, Khaja (from Aligarh
), Ras Malai, Gulab Jamun
, Gulqand and Balushahi.