India is home to several cuisines but there are only a few regional cuisines that find love all across the country. Punjabi cuisine is loved by one and all. It sums up everything we like in our desi food - high spice level, myriad of flavours, rich gravies and a variety of ingredients put together to make stellar dishes. Punjabi cuisine represents Indian food culture in its most elementary form and that's why we all love to have Punjabi food on our dinner table more often than we'd like to admit. If you agree with us, then treat yourself to finger-licking Punjabi-style dinner whenever the craving crops up. To make it easier for you, we have handpicked some easy recipes for a delicious Punjabi dinner feast.
Here Are 9 Punjabi-Style Dinner Recipes:
1. Punjabi Dal Tadka: Our Top Recommendation
We make different kinds of dal almost every day but what makes this dal tadka special is the Punjabi-style tadka that goes on top of the cooked dal - a mixture of chana and toor dal, flavoured with various eclectic spices. Click here for the recipe.
Punjabi dal tadka is a must-try.
2. Dhaba Dal
The state of Punjab brims with numerous dhabas and each one offers soul-soothing food that we can't find in an upscale restaurant. The rustic flavours of this urad dal are enhanced by a fiery tadka of coriander seeds, javitri powder, saunf, cloves, cinnamon and more. Here's the recipe for Punjabi-style dhaba dal.
3. Amritsari Murgh Makhani
Chicken lovers swear by butter chicken and no other chicken gravy can match up to its popularity, ever! This Punjabi-style butter chicken from Amritsar has our heart. Here's the recipe that you must try.
4. Punjabi Lemon Chicken
It's tangy, it's spicy and it's creamy - this chicken gravy is everything you want to satiate your heart as well as your tummy before a good night's sleep. Besides a range of spices, orange juice and lemon juice are added to add zing, and sugarcane juice is also added to neutralise excessive tanginess with mild sweetness. Click here for the recipe.
5. Pindi Channe
This dish is another popular gift from the state of Punjab to all of us. This dhaba-style dish is made with chickpeas spells indulgence in every bite. Pair with roti, paratha or naan, and enjoy a lip-smacking dinner with your family and friends. Click here for the recipe.
Pindi channe is the perfect dhaba-style dish that everyone loves.
6. Punjabi Kadhi Pakodi
If there's kadhi, rice and roti on our plate, we just can't wait to dig in. Imagine if the same dish is made in Punjabi style. The gravy of this dish is made creamy and dense by blending yogurt and gram flour in a blender. And the besan pakoda is levelled up by adding onions along with spices. Click here for the recipe.
7. Punjabi Sarson Ka Saag
While this dish is mostly limited to the winter season, it definitely deserves a mention in all Punjabi food lists there can be. To make the perfect Punjabi saag, you need the right recipe, and here we are with it. Click here for the authentic Punjabi sarson ka saag recipe.
8. Punjabi Macchi
If a light fish dinner is on your mind, this Punjabi macchi is ideal for a healthy and delicious dinner. Fish fillets are cooked in a pool of spice powder and chillies, and on top of it all, mint paste, lemon juice and amchur are added to give it some really refreshing flavours. Click here for the recipe.
9. Punjabi Tadka Maggi
When we are in no mood for a typical roti-sabzi affair, Maggi always steps in as a saviour. But next time you rush to make Maggi, try it with this Punjabi-style recipe and you'll fall in love with it. Here's the recipe.
Punjabi-style Maggi will win your heart.
Punjabi food never fails to impress us. Spice up your dinner menu with these amazing recipes.
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