India is a country famous for its delectable food. Renowned worldwide, the flavours, spices, and smells are all drool-worthy. Being such a diverse nation, each state or region is unique, and therefore has differing types of cuisine. The south of India contrasts vastly from the north, and this is due to climate, geography, and regional palates.

Many of the curries we are familiar with stem from north India. Thick, spicy and creamy gravies are common, along with dairy products and dried fruits. Because of its geographical area, vegetables grow in abundance and are typically used in every day cooking. A big differentiator of the north versus the south is the use of bread over rice. Northern Indians usually prefer naan to rice, unlike those in the Southern states, where rice is grown in abundance.

When in the north of India, you’ll notice flavour profiles rich in spices such as coriander, cumin, dry red chili, turmeric, cardamom, cinnamon, clove, garam masala, and fennel. Some of the popular dishes you can expect to indulge in here are:

Muttar Paneer – a creamy curry made with cottage cheese cubes and peas

Daal Makhani – a creamy lentil based curry/soup

Butter Chicken – a creamy rosé-type sauce with chunks of chicken

Samosas – a common snack food where a triangle shaped pastry is stuffed with potatoes and peas

Chaat – very common in the north, this spicy street food is a combination of spicy, sweet, tangy and hot. Ingredients are often potatoes, chickpeas, cilantro and tangy chutneys.

Naan – a traditional Indian flat bread made in a clay oven

Is your mouth watering yet? Indulge in the tastes and smells of the delicious cuisine that north India has to offer!

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