North Indian recipes

North Indian foods

North Indian recipes refer to the recipes from the north Indian states of Punjab, Utter Pradesh, Kashmir etc. It also refers to the Mughlai and Avadhi cuisine.

North Indian cuisine is popular the world over. Many north Indian dishes are served in the restaurants outside India too.

Though there are many non vegetarian recipes in north Indian cuisine, there is a variety of popular vegetarian recipes too from all these north Indian states.

North Indians generally consume more wheat based products such as rotis, parathas etc. Most of them like these flat breads to be served for every meal. They do not like to eat rice the way south Indians do. The rice is consumed either plain, with dals or it is cooked with vegetables such as in pulav or biryani.

As the weather conditions are different in the south and north Indian states, the produce there is varied. North Indian states experience more cold weather compared to the hot south Indian states. So traditionally the food habits and food preferences are different.

Now with lots of people shifting places due to their jobs, availability of ingredients through supermarkets people are willing to experiment with different kinds of cuisines. Now, some of the recipes given below are made in southern part of India too.

North Indian curries are made by using mainly tomatoes and onions to make gravy. The amount of oil or ghee is also more. Mostly desi ghee (pure ghee) is used.

Vegetarian North Indian recipes

North Indian roti - bread recipes


A variety of North Indian Fry Bread served with Chole - Chana Masala (chickpea curry)


Naan Roti

Punjabi roti with maida (plain flour). North Indian flat bread cooked generally in a tandoor oven, a clay oven.


Chapati - chapathi

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Indian Flat Bread - made with whole wheat flour.

Most Indian households make this chapati everyday.


Phulka - Pulka - Fulka

This Indian no fat / low fat bread is made with Whole wheat flour. Served hot for lunch or dinner.


Aloo paratha - Alu - Potato bread

Potato stuffed whole wheat flour flat bread, a north Indian recipe.


Methi paratha

Methi paratha - Fenugreek leaves flat breadMethi paratha - Fenugreek leaves flat bread

Indian Flat Bread with fenugreek leaves and whole wheat flour.


Poori - Indian Fry bread

Poori is Indian fry bread, popular all over India. Poori is made with whole wheat flour or with plain flour/maida.

Served with potato subji or chutney and pickle.

Serve for breakfast, lunch, dinner.


Palak Paratha - Spinach paratha

- Spinach and whole wheat flour flat bread


North Indian curry recipes

Potato  curry - aloo curry

- A potato currry to accompany breads such as chapati, paratha, poori.

North Indian rice recipes

Mumbai's popular street food


How to cook basmati rice

Cooking plain basmati rice.

North Indian Dal - Lentil recipes

North Indian vegetable recipes

Bhindi bharta - Bhendiche bharit is a easy okra in yogurt recipe. Serve with chapati or phulka or rice.


North Indian raita recipes

North Indian snack recipes

Dahi Vada -Dahi Bhalle

A popular yogurt based snack recipe. Good for festivals, summer season and as a party dish.

Known as thyir vade - mosaru vade in south Indian languages.

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Vegetable samosa

Vegetable samosa is usually made with potatoes and peas. You may also add some carrot.

Aloo tikki - potato patties / cutlet

Aloo tikki - potato patties or cutlet is a everyone's favorite recipe.

It is not deep fried and other veggies can be added to it too.

North Indian sweet - deserts recipes

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Carrot Halwa -Gajar ka halva

Easy To Make Sweet with Carrots and milk. Keeps in fridge for a week.


How to make Besan laddoo - Chickpea flour balls

Besan laddo is made with bengal gram dal flour / chickpea flour. A must for traditional festivals such as Diwali festival.


Dalia sheera / halwa

 - Healthy breakfast recipe with broken / cracked wheat.

To make it vegan, use coconut oil / vegetable oil instead of desi ghee.

Mango kalakand

Mango kalakand is a Summer sweet recipe. Mango kalakand is a sweet made with Indian paneer and ripe mangoes.

Ripe fresh mangoes or mango pulp are used when they are available in plenty in summer season.


Sheera - Semolina Halwa - Sooji Halwa

- A rava / Semolina / cream of wheat dish. Breakfast / snack / sweet. Known as sajjige, kesari, sanja in Indian languages.

North Indian Drinks recipes

Mango lassi is made with mango, an Indian summer fruit and yogurt as a snack or for breakfast.

When mangoes are not in season, this can be made with mango pulp, store bought or home preserved.


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