Made with an abundance of herbs and spices, Indian food is adored around the world. Aromatic with plenty of flavour, many people look for the best Indian takeaway in their area for a weekend indulgence or head to a fancy Indian restaurant. With so many dishes to choose from, however, it can be difficult to know what to order. So here are the 10 of the most popular Indian takeaway dishes for you to try.
1. Chicken Tikka Masala
When searching for the ‘best Indian takeaway near me’ you’re sure to come across menus that include chicken tikka masala. Adapted for Western taste buds, this dish consists of roasted marinated chicken pieces in a creamy spiced sauce.
2. Chicken Korma
Originating from Northern India, Korma consists of lamb, beef or chicken in a rich, thick and mild curry sauce that’s made with coconut milk and almonds. Korma is flavoured with Indian species such as cardamom, peppercorn, coriander, ginger and saffron.
If you like your curry with a bit of a kick, a biryani is guaranteed to get your taste buds tingling. Rice, meat and vegetable curry are prepared separately and then cooked slowly together to create an aromatic masterpiece.
4. Aloo Gobi
Ideal for vegetarians and vegans, aloo gobi is made from a colourful medley of vegetables including cauliflower, potatoes, carrots and peas. The dish gets its name from the Hindi words, – ‘Aloo’ translates to ‘potatoes’ and ‘Gobi’ to ‘Cauliflower’.
A Vindaloo is notoriously spicy, so only order this dish if you’re ready to turn up the heat. Vindaloo is served with different meat varieties and a sauce made from caramelised onions, curry paste, coconut milk, vinegar, ginger, chillies, jalapenos, garlic, chickpeas, lentils and spices such as garam masala, paprika and turmeric.
Daal is another vegetarian option made from different types of lentils – a staple in Indian cuisine. Daal can be soupy and thin or thick and stew-like in texture, and is best served with rice and side dishes such as salads or chutney.
7. Butter Chicken
Butter chicken is a dish that’s often served with rice or naan bread. It’s packed with flavour and typically contains large pieces of chicken that are succulent and tender. With a rich buttery sauce, it’s extremely moorish.
8. Tandoori Mixed Grill
The best Indian takeaway in London is sure to serve up an impressive Tandoori mixed grill. This includes pieces of Tandoori chicken, chicken tikka, lamb tikka, lamb chop, seekh kebab and king prawns.
9. Rogan Josh
A rogan josh is a delightful flavoursome dish consisting of diced mutton cooked with tomatoes, green peppers and served in a medium spiced sauce.
10. Meat Dhansak
Popular with Indian food lovers, meat dhansak consists of mutton cooked in a sweet, sour and hot lentil sauce. It’ll make your taste buds dance.