Most people have, at some point, eaten either a korma or a tikka masala. 

After all, these are the staples of most Indian takeaways, as well as madras and vindaloo, if you want something really spicy. 

Of course, there is a lot that can also be said for trying something new. When it comes to the majority of Indian cuisine, the primary ingredients tend to be spices like garam masala, basil, turmeric, and chili powder, as well as yogurt to help cool it all down. So, if you want something that has a bit more taste over the fire, or you want to try something that is mixable with yogurt and puri (a type of savory pancake), then it can be worth exploring the other tasty options that are on the menu.

So, where should you start with your culinary journey into Indian food in 2023? Here are some tasty morsels to try. 


From the Tamil Nadu area of India comes the Chettinadu dish.

The cuisine of this region is definitely for those who are looking for something spicy, and it is composed of fish, crabs, shrimps, goats, chicken, and other fowl. 

Which one should you try when going to an Indian restaurant for food? Well, a tasty option to try is a Guinea fowl Chettinadu, which is cooked with chili, anise, kalpasi, and coconut milk. So, if you are a fan of Guinea fowl and love curry, head to

Khorisa Maas

Another fish-based dish, but this one originates from the Assam area of India

As well as fish, a majority of Assam-based dishes also include bamboo shoots, which are often fermented. This makes this dish a tasty and unusual accompaniment to any Indian meal. The fish is typically fried in mustard oils, spices, and bamboo shoot juice, meaning it is a bit spicy but also has an interesting texture. So, definitely, an unusual but tasty food to try when eating at an Indian restaurant.

Lyodur Tschaman

If you are looking for something that is a bit milder and creamier, as well as vegetarian, then look no further than this dish. Heavily based around paneer, this gravy-based dish is made from turmeric and a type of cottage cheese, which is actually what Tschaman is. The end result is a tasty dish that is packed with flavor that is also a firm favorite among those who have tried it.

Vada Pav

It can be tricky for those who are used to burgers to really tuck into anything curry-based, especially if you are brand new to eating Indian food. So, why not take the middle road, and try India’s answer to burgers? This is a vegetarian version of a typical burger (as eating beef is a big no-no in India) that is spicy, potato-based, and is served with garlic chutney, chili, and coriander, giving this burger alternative an interesting flavor. The burger is coated in chickpea flour and is gently fried, meaning that this is a healthy alternative that you will try time and time again.

By Manali