5 of the Best Desi Dishes


Desi cuisines have a rich history and taste variance across Pakistan and India. Both lands have regions that have diverse climates, culture, agriculture  produce and influences; all of which directly impact the local cuisines that are exclusive to each of these parts.

Being desi food lovers ourselves, we wanted to take this opportunity to put the spotlight on what we think are some of the best desi dishes that you should try at least once in your lifetime, no matter what your tastes. Here they are:

Mughlai Chicken

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Mughlai cuisine is a style of cooking developed in the Indian subcontinent by the imperial kitchens of the Mughal Empire. It represents the cooking styles used in North India, especially Uttar Pradesh and Delhi.

Mughlai Chicken is a dish for special occasions – not for any other reason except that it is rich! Its mild, thick, creamy gravy is inspired by the food of Central Asia and came to India during the rule of the famous Mughal dynasty.

Reshmi Kebab

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This delicious kabab gets its name from the juicy, succulence of the meat used to make it. The meat gets this way thanks to the marinade in which it is soaked. Best enjoyed with Mint-Coriander Chutney, thinly sliced onions and hot Naans (tandoor-baked Indian flatbread).

Chicken Korma

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The word Korma (Persian: قورمه‎ Azid) derives from the Turkish verb for roasting/grilling of Azid (Kavurma). Korma (Azid) has its roots in the Mughlai cuisine[1] of modern-day India and Pakistan. It is a characteristic Indian dish which can be traced back to the 16th century and to the Mughal incursions into present-day Northern India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

The flavour of a korma is based on a mixture of spices, including ground coriander and cumin, combined with yogurt kept below curdling temperature and incorporated slowly and carefully with the meat juices.

Chicken Biryani

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Chicken biryani is one of the most widely consumed dishes in Pakistan. The most popular variety being Sindhi, it usually consists of richly flavoured rice cooked in chicken sauce and meat. The dish was first invented in the kitches of the Mughal emperors.

Gulab Jamun

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Certainly a dessert that belongs on every best-desi-food list. Gulab Jamun is a dessert common in the countries of the Indian subcontinent. The Persian word Gulab (گلاب) means rose, as rosewater syrup is often used, although saffron syrup and honey are also common. Jamun may refer to the jambul fruit, which is usually of a similar size to pieces of the dessert.