You swear by phuchkas from Kolkata and the yum biryani from Hyderabad. Here are 10 popular dishes from around the world that we suggest our readers definitely try:
1. Irish Stew:
This stew is cooked slowly with root vegetables and tender meat. The dish has been around since the 1800’s and was traditionally cooked over open fire. The stew has potatoes, onions and parsley, and is lightly flavored with pepper and thyme.
We think that Irish stew is the perfect food for the soul on a chilly winter afternoon.
Moussaka is the Greek version of a casserole. The layered dish is baked with aubergines, tomatoes, white sauce, zucchini, potatoes and mushrooms. The layers are spiced with onion, garlic, cinnamon, pepper and other ground spices, and are topped with Béchamel or white sauce.
Baked with a set of delectable ingredients, a slice of Moussaka tastes like the proverbial slice of heaven!
Baklava is a Turkish pastry, relished worldwide for of its delicate, light and flaky texture. The layers, made from phyllo dough, are filled with pistachio and walnuts, and are laced with butter and sugar syrup.
This crunchy pastry is cut into triangles, squares or circles and tastes best when devoured fresh!
4. Zucchini flowers:
This traditional Italian side dish made from elegant, yellow Zucchini flowers is absolutely delicious. The flowers are fried after being marinated in a mixture of herbs and ricotta cheese.
These crispy eats are pleasing to the eyes and taste amazing!
5. Curry Laksa:
This Malaysian dish is a spicy soup that has rice noodles, prawns, tofu puffs, fish balls, fried Asian shallots and Vietnamese mint.
A spoonful of the Laksa will satiate your taste buds with a blend of sweet, sour, spicy and salty flavors.
6. Som tam:
A favorite Thai salad, the Som tam is made from raw green papaya. The fruit is shredded into thin slices and is tossed with tomatoes, garlic, roasted peanuts, fish sauce, shrimps, sugar, lime and plum.
Fresh, crunchy and tasty, the salad offers a mix of distinct flavors that perfectly complement each other. Health conscious ones will love this lip-smacking delicacy!
This oh-so-tempting dessert is named after a graceful Russian ballet dancer. The dessert is a meringue cake that is crispy at the base and delicately soft inside. Heavily topped with whipped cream and fresh fruits such as kiwi, passion fruit and strawberries, this dish is a must have for all sweet lovers!
8. Falafel sandwich:
This Middle Eastern snack is gaining popularity worldwide. The falafel balls are made from a spicy chickpea mixture and is served wrapped in pita bread. The sandwiches are shaped like pockets and are spiced with a sharp Tahini sauce, pickled vegetables and fresh salad.
The spicy yet subtle flavors of this Middle Eastern sandwich leave you wanting for more!
9. Aubergine parmigiana:
The beautiful aubergine, or our humble ‘baingan’ is the star of this classic north Italian recipe. It is baked into a yum, heart-warming dish that has slices of aubergine, onions, tomatoes and herbs like basil and oregano. It is generously topped with parmesan and mozzarella cheese and is baked till it is wonderful golden brown in color. Perfect as a comfort food and extremely easy to make, you should try this Italian avatar of our good ol’ baingan!
10. Mochi Ice Cream:
The Japanese gifted the world many unconventional ice creams. (And no, it has nothing to do with cobblers.) Mochi in Japanese means sticky rice. The dish is presented as small, soft balls of sticky, pounded rice with ice cream hidden inside them. Apart from the conventional flavors, this dessert can also have ‘green tea’ and ‘red bean' flavored ice creams!
So, where are you letting your taste buds travel to today?