A wise soul once said, “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach”. And there is a world of truth in that statement. Indian men love their food, and if you are someone who is going to get married soon, I am pretty sure you would know how important an asset fine culinary skills are. So today we have put together a list of 10 Indian classic foods you need to learn to cook if you are getting married. While restaurants are always there, we all know they are not a good option on a regular basis. So here we go!
1. Dal Chawal
Dal chawal ranks at the top in the list of Indian classic foods. Easy to make, it is highly nutritious and can be made in a matter of few minutes. Just top it up with a couple of teaspoonfuls of pure ghee, and you are ready with a delightful meal!
2. Aloo Parantha
No Sunday breakfast in an Indian household is complete without steaming hot aloo paranthas. Mashed potatoes mixed with flavours and spices, rolled into dough, fried, and then served with pickle and butter, are a food lover’s paradise. Aloo parantha is on our list of Indian classic foods you need to learn before you get married.
3. Butter Chicken
Talk of delicacies that you must know to cook before getting married, and how can butter chicken be far behind. An evergreen favourite, this one is best enjoyed with naan or roti. Tender chicken pieces in a rich tomato-based gravy, topped with dollops of butter, is what we call bliss!
4. Chana Kulcha
Another one in the list of Indian classic foods, chana kulcha is a very popular breakfast delicacy in many parts of India. Chickpeas are boiled and mixed with spices in a gravy base, and served with hot kulchas.
If you are someone looking for a healthy and quick-fix breakfast option for hubby dearest, idli is just what the doctor ordered for you. Made using a rice batter, idlis can be cooked very quickly. Since they are steamed, they are a very healthy option too. Another one in our list of Indian classic foods, cooking idli is one thing that you will not regret learning before you get married.
6. Makki ki roti and sarson ka saag
Ask any North Indian about his or her favourite Indian classic foods, and the first answer you would get is this flavourful combination of makki ki roti with sarson ka saag. Saag (mustard and spinach leaves) with dollops of home-made butter is just what you need to serve at the food table to get all the accolades for your culinary skills. Add to that makki ki roti (made using a corn-based flour), and you are ready with a food combination that will delight one and all.
Fritters, popularly known as pakodas in Indian households, are another food item that will help you win hearts of people. These are made by combining potatoes, onions, and a host of mixed vegetables in a gram flour batter. Deep fried and served with mint chutney, and you are ready with a delicious snack to go with that steaming hot cup of evening tea.
8. Egg Bhurji
On days when you are too tired to devote extra time for cooking meals for your husband and his family, you can turn to this quick-fix called egg bhurji. Just make a base of onions and tomatoes, shallow fry, and add raw eggs to this mixture. Stir until everything is cooked properly; mix well intermittently. And the egg bhurji is ready!
9. Kadi Pakoda
Punjabi kaki pakoda is one of my personal favourites when it comes to Indian classic foods. Made using buttermilk and gram flour, this is one recipe you surely need to learn before taking the marital vows.
Indian classic foods will never be complete without a mention of the good old rajma chawal. Kidney beans in a rich tomato-based gravy, and served with rice, is a combination that every Indian food lover will vouch for.
Just make sure you learn how to cook these Indian classic foods before you walk down the aisle. After all, families bond the best over food than they do over anything else, isn’t it?