Guide to exploring Indian Cuisine in Victoria BC for the first time

Many food explorers and enthusiasts have a deep awareness of flavours, so Indian cuisine attracts them. It's usually a good idea to broaden your taste senses a little and try something you've never experienced before. To go past the newbie phase of food tasting, you'll need a bit of a risk-taking attitude and a basic enthusiasm for food. If you're looking to broaden your culinary horizons, an authentic Indian restaurant is an ideal place to start. Given the vast diversity of Indian cuisine, traditional Indian food in Victoria, BC can be somewhat overwhelming for first-timers.

Here's a quick breakdown of what you'll often see on an Indian Restaurant Menu

Now, the next time you go to your favourite Indian restaurant for dinner, use this list of the most popular Indian dishes to choose something different than what you're used to. You might be astonished to learn how many goodies you've missed out on!

Indian Appetisers

To get your meal started, start with a traditional Indian appetiser. Ask your server for Pakoras and Samosas at the start of your meal. These fried delicacies make excellent starters. Dip your Pakoras and Samosas in Raita or Chutney (flavorful tangy sauce). Appetisers are a fantastic way to help break in your taste buds as a first-timer while dining at an Indian restaurant. The appetiser options are a fun way to get a touch of Indian cuisine's signature flavours.

Main Course

When it's time for your main course, here are some delectable dishes that you should try out:

1. Tandoori Chicken

You might've surely come across a person Who says this. And when he says this, it sounds like it's literally just going to set your mouth to fire. Although Indian food incorporates a wide array of species, that doesn't mean that it'll come out that spicy the way you might imagine. Roasted in a clay oven known as Tandoor, this delicious dish is prepared with yogurt and spices, such as chilli powder, turmeric coriander, and ginger, giving you a sweet and fiery flavour.

2. Malai Kofta

Aloo and paneer balls in onion and tomato sauce is a famous and flavorful north Indian creamy curry recipe. It's one of the smoothest and yummiest curry recipes from north Indian cuisine, with plenty of malai (cooking cream). You can have this dish served with a variety of Indian flatbreads or flavoured rice, and this is a great option for anyone willing to go for a vegan dish.

3. Chana Masala

A spicy, slightly savoury rich vegetarian dish made with chickpeas, onion, garlic and chilli peppers

4. Mutter Paneer

Mutter Paneer is a rich and filling vegetarian dish with a lot of north Indian flavour. A paneer peas curry that is rich, spicy, creamy, and delicious. Have it with your choice of steamed basmati rice, butter naan, roti, or your choice of flatbreads.

5. Chicken Tikka

Boneless chicken marinated in yogurt and served in a mild creamy curry sauce, blended with yogurt, nuts, and spices.

Keep in mind, Indian food can be spicy, be sure to order one or two non-spicy dishes, like Paneer TIkka, to give your taste buds some spice relief.

Don't forget about DESSERT!

Finish your meal with these delicious delights such as Gulab Jamun and Rasmalai.

If Chicken Tikka Masala (or Butter Chicken, as some call it) is the king of Indian curries, Gulab Jamun is the king of desserts. Milk solids are grinded and then combined with milk to form a smooth dough. The dough is then shaped into little balls, deep-fried, then dipped in sugar syrup until soft and juicy.

6. Rasmalai

This classic dessert specialty is made with Rasgulla (sweetened balls of paneer) soaked in sweetened, thickened milk that has been scented with cardamom and saffron. As a result, you get a creamy, luscious treat that melts in your mouth.

With so many different flavours in Indian cuisine, trying all of them in your lifetime could be daunting. Nonetheless, the above-mentioned Indian dishes are the best performers in Indian cuisine, so give them a shot!

Explore with your senses of taste! Visit Turmeric Indian Cuisine for a wide assortment of classic Indian cuisine in BC. Set out on a culinary adventure to tick off the variety of Indian cuisine.

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