India is famous for a lot of things and one of the most important things is our celebration of food culture and cuisine. We love our spices and the food is truly spectacular when it gives us that feeling of elation. Non-vegetarian food was perhaps never native to India, but there are a few amazing Indian dishes that you have to have if you are a non-vegetarian! Here we go:
#1. The Famous Paya.
Paya is a thick, creamy, meaty soup prepared from legs of lamb. The best place to have Paya in the country is in Bhopal, from where it originated, but it certainly is available across the country. The traditional Paya used to be slow-cooked for hours, all night, and consumed during the morning, preferably with naan. Paya is tasty, homely, and a wonderful comfort food you cannot miss.
#2. The Incredible Haleem.
Haleem, often known as Khichra, is a delicious stew of meat, lentils and wheat, slowly cooked. It has a paste-like consistency, and an incredible taste to make people happy! The best Haleem in India, we are told, can be eaten in Hyderabad.
#3. The Tunde Kebabs.
Tunde ke Kebab are made out of minced meat, garam masala, garlic, ginger and yogurt. An essential part of the Awadhi cuisine, the traditional Tunde Kebabs that can be eaten in Lucknow are known to incorporate over 160 spices! The kebabs are known to be soft, juicy and full of flavour! Team them up with spicy mint chutney and you have a real winner!
#4. The Evergreen Bheja Masala.
Bheja Fry or Bheja Masala is a soft, juicy, melt-in-your-mouth dish made with spices and mutton. It is one of the most delicious non-vegetarian dishes one could ever try! Do. Not. Miss. This.
#5. The Uncomplicated Keema Matar.
Keema Matar is a simple, no-nonsense dish made with peas and minced meat. It is a classic dish to have with rice or better, biryani. Traditionally, a winter dish, it is yet another comfort food that tastes good with a soft naan or rice.
#6. The Royal Rogan Josh.
In Persian, rogan stands for clarified butter or fat, and josh translates to intensity. Rogan Josh, hence, means something cooked in oil at intense levels of heat. One of the most famous delicacies of Kashmir, the Rogan Josh has variations with several meats but the most popular one is the made from braised lamb chunks, cooked with a thick reddish brown gravy made out of onions, yogurt and a lot of spices. It is certainly one of the most royal mutton dishes of the country, and is it tasty? No. It’s like heaven in your mouth.
#7. The World Famous Chicken Tikka.
How can we exclude the chicken tikka from this list?
Tender and heavenly boneless pieces of baked chicken is every Punjabi’s first love. This marinated beauty is cooked in a tandoor and generally eaten as a starter; but hey we’d accept a plate of chicken tikka any time of day, with or without an accompaniment! They always taste yummy, and if you eat non-veg but have never had chicken tikka, shame on you.
And hey, if a vegetarian comes and tells you that paneer tikka is as good as chicken tikka, please chase them down with a seekh!
#8. The Scintillating Fish Fry.
India has a longest coastline for any country in the world! What does that mean? Yummy seafood! And fish fry is as simple and as delicious a fish dish can get!Fish Fry beats the heat, and cuts through the palette because of its sheer freshness. It is also highly versatile, and can be made with any fish – but for the best results, use a Basa or a Pomphret! Again, available almost everywhere, but for the best kind – Goa is the place to be!
#9. The Awadhi Murgh Musallam.
Musallam means “whole”. The whole chicken is usually used to make this exquisite Awadhi dish and is common for special occasions. Marinaded with an incredible mixture that’s creamy and hot, once cooked to perfect, every bite of the Murgh Musallam tends to fall off the bone and melt in your mouth. If you’ve missed this, you’ve missed a lot!
#10. The Extraordinary Chettinad Chicken.
We have one word for this dish: delightful. Originating from the Chettinad region of Tamil Nadu, this dish is famous for not using red chilli powder in the fiery cuisine. In stead, it gets its heat from fresh green and red chillies. Ask any Tamilian and this dish will bring back the fondest of memories for them!
#11. The Kankad Jhola.
Kankad Jhola is a crab dish, most popular and extremely common in Orissa. Kankad Jhola is basically crab masala curry and is known for its deliciousness and simplicity. It’s definitely something different to try besides chicken and mutton.
#12. The Poora Haah.
A common dish from the North East, this delectable roasted duck is one of the best Indian delicacies and should not be missed! The tender, delicate meat of duck is perhaps the softest meat you’ll ever have. The duck is served with boiled rice and roasted potatoes, making the Poora Haah!
So, are you hungry already?