Indian Dhaba Foods

Most Indian highways play host to these roadside restaurants. Most Dhabas comprise of one shed-like building where the food is cooked, surrounded by Charpoys (day-bed type seating) at which the food is served! In the old days, Dhabas used to cater mainly to Truckies and long-distance travelers. Now, ​however, the simple, unpretentious and wholesome food served at them, is enjoyed by people looking to escape the busy city for a few hours.

  • 01 of 08

    Tandoori Chicken

    Tandoori Chicken
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    Among the most famous Indian foods, Tandoori Chicken is loved by people the world over.

  • 02 of 08

    Butter Chicken

    Authentic Murg Makhani (Butter Chicken)

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    Butter Chicken tastes great with Kaali Daal (black lentils), naans and a green salad.

  • 03 of 08

    Tadka Daal

    Tadka Daal
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    One of my personal favorite meals is Tadka Daal served with plain boiled rice! Try it, you'll see why.

  • 04 of 08

    Kaali Daal

    Kaali daal
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    Kaali Daal is also known as Ma Ki Daal (mom's lentils) since it is wholesome and delicious!

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  • 05 of 08

    Chicken Curry

    Chicken curry
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    This most basic of chicken recipes is also one of the tastiest! Serve Chicken Curry with hot Chapatis (Indian flatbread) or plain boiled rice.

  • 06 of 08

    Anda Curry/ Egg Curry

    Egg Curry - Anda Curry
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    There are several different styles for making Egg Curry and this recipe is North Indian in origin.

  • 07 of 08

    Aaloo Paratha

    Aaloo Paratha
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    Extremely popular with North Indians, Aaloo Parantha are best eaten with chilled yogurt and your favorite pickle or chutney.

  • 08 of 08


    Naan Bread
    Naan Bread.

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    Naans are traditionally cooked in a Tandoor or earthern oven but can also be made in your oven at home.