Top 14 Popular Punjabi Foods – The Best Cultural Food

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The Most Popular Punjabi Foods

1. Tandoori Chicken

Popular Punjabi Foods

Tandoori chicken is a Punjabi cuisine which is also known as tandoori murgh. The chicken meat is mixed in yogurt seasoned with tandoori masala, nutmeg, and cumin seeds before being skewered. Traditionally, this Punjabi food is cooked at high temperatures in tandoors to give a smoky flavor. 

2. Butter Chicken

Popular Punjabi Foods

Butter chicken in India is a favorite Indian meal that combines chicken, spices, tomatoes, and cream. Classic butter chicken has delicious creamy gravy. The juicy chicken is served with basmati rice or naan bread.

3. Sarson Ka Saag – One Of The Most Famous Punjabi Foods

Popular Punjabi Foods

Sarson ka saag (a vegetarian Punjabi specialty) is one of the most traditional and popular vegetarian dishes of Punjab. Punjabis prepare it in desi ghee which is later served with makki ki roti (makki di roti.)

4. Paneer Tikka The Famous Dish

Popular Punjabi Foods

The paneer tikka, sometimes known as “vegetarian chicken,” holds a unique position in Punjabi cuisine. When it comes to vegetarian appetizers, this soft cottage cheese delicacy, chargrilled, is the first that comes to mind. Generally speaking, Punjabi food fits quite well into the vegetarian diet.  

5. Rajma Chawal

Popular Punjabi Foods

Rajma Chawal is a must-have in every north Indian household and a source of nostalgia for many. Even though it originates in Kashmir, it is a favorite in Indian Punjabis. This meal is usually served with a side of pickled onions. 

6. Amritsari Fish

Popular Punjabi Foods

All fish lovers will enjoy this. Beautiful pieces of fish, deep-fried to golden perfection and coated in a spiced batter. The Fish is then garnished with lemon juice and a coating of garam masala for additional zing.

7. Dal Makhani -Traditional Punjabi Foods

Popular Punjabi Foods

This rich mixture of black lentils and red kidney beans is a delightful buttery Punjabi lentil meal. It is served in a thick gravy with platefuls of cream to make it richer. It is a buttery food dish fit for a royal court. 

8. Chana Masala

Popular Punjabi Foods

This traditional North Indian style curry is also known as Chole Masala. It is cooked with white chickpeas, freshly powdered spices, onions, tomatoes, and herbs.

To enhance the taste of this Punjabi chickpea curry, it is prepared in desi ghee using a different ghee recipe. Thus, this spicy chickpea curry could be a favorite dish of traditional Punjabi food lovers at an unexpected dinner party.

Another delicious dinner-worthy dish is egg curry. It is one of Punjabis’s favorite go-to egg dishes. 

9. Chicken Tikka – One Of The Most Delicious Punjabi Foods

Popular Punjabi Foods

Chicken Tikka is a flavourful and colorful Indian chicken dish that is traditional and popular. Chicken is marinated with the paste of garlic cloves and some spices. After that, the ground meat is grilled hot and served to eat. Chicken tikka has become so famous you can go to any European city and find a restaurant that serves this dish.

10. Punjabi Kadhi Pakoda

Popular Punjabi Foods

The Punjabi Kadhi confirms the awesomeness of Punjab’s everyday food. Besan pakoras are deep-fried in ghee before being added into kadhi. Gram flour (besan) and onions make Pakora for Kadhi.

11. Chicken Curry – Punjabi Dhaba Style 

Popular Punjabi Foods

Chicken curry cooked in different spices is the perfect Punjabi recipe for meat lovers. Boneless chicken pieces mixed with ginger garlic paste, green chilies, and tomatoes make for the best dish.

People often add red chili powder to the juicy chicken pieces to make the food spicy. It is served with Tandoori roti. In Punjabi households’ tandoori roti is the preferable side dish.

12. Mango Lassi

Popular Punjabi Foods

Mango lassi is a delicious Indian drink made with mangoes, curd, milk, and sugar. When Indian mangoes are in season, mango lassi is popular. Punjabi mango lassi keeps the body cool throughout the hot summer months. A lot of people like to add a form of alcohol to drink at night time with their meal.

13. Spicy Chickpea Wraps – Plant-Based Dinner

Popular Punjabi Foods

Spicy chickpea wraps with avocado and spinach are tasty and quick to prepare. Boiled chickpeas wrapped in Indian flatbread tastes amazing. Whole wheat flour roti can also make a chickpea wrapper.

14. Panjiri – One Of The Most Eaten Punjabi Foods

Popular Punjabi Foods

Panjiri is the most traditional Punjabi sweet dish among all Punjabi sweet dishes. It is prepared with butter, sugar, cardamom, and almonds roasted in flour. It is the ideal winter treat to keep you warm. However, if you’re on a diet, this might be one that you want to avoid.


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