Popular dishes of Punjab: sarson da saag, makke ki roti, amritsari fish

Traditional foods of Punjab offer a blend of flavors, and essences that celebrate the region’s culinary legacy.

Punjab,which is often referred to as the “Land of Five Rivers,” is renowned not only for its culture but also for its varied cuisine. History has played a major role in the embracing and diversification of Punjabi cuisine. Punjab offers a bunch of dishes that excites the taste buds and is sure to make a mark.

Sarson da Saag, Makke ki Roti


Sarson da Saag, a curry which is green in colour and is primarily made from spinach and Makki di Roti, a flatbread, combined together are perhaps the most iconic dishes of Punjab. The saag or spinach is cooked with onions, tomatoes, garlic, and spices until it reaches a creamy consistency, while the roti is made from corn flour and cooked on a griddle until golden brown. It is a favourite and a staple among the Punjabis and is also eaten while celebrating an abundance in the harvest considering Punjab contributes much to the agricultural sector of the country.


Butter Chicken

Butter Chicken, also known as Murgh Makhani, is a globally acclaimed dish that has captured the hearts of food enthusiasts in India and worldwide. Tender chicken pieces are marinated in a mixture of yogurt and spices, roasted and then cooked in a tomato-based gravy enriched with cream and butter. It is mostly paired with naan or roti and is an all time favourite showcasing the Punjabi’s love for chicken in general.


Chole Bhature

Chole Bhature is a another popular food in Punjab, beloved for its vibrant flavours. Chole or chikpea is cooked with onions, tomatoes, ginger, garlic, and a number of spices, while Bhature is a deep-fried bread. They are eaten together forming a wholesome combination that is a favourite among the people of Punjab.


Amritsari Fish

Amritsari Fish is a special dish which mainly originated from the city of Amritsar. Fresh fish fillets are marinated in a blend of yogurt, gram flour (besan), and different spices, then deep-fried until golden brown. It is favourite seafood item among the Punjabis and is mostly served with a tinge of lime, accompanied by salads usually.


Paneer Tikka

Paneer Tikka is another popular vegetarian food in Punjab, loved mostly for its vibrant flavours. Cubes of paneer are marinated in a spicy mixture of yogurt, spices, and then skewered with onions, bell peppers, and tomatoes, and grilled until cooked. It is a delightful food item among the vegetarians and is served with salad.


Punjabi Kadhi Pakora 

Punjabi Kadhi Pakora is a comfort dish made from yogurt-based curry and deep-fried gram flour (besan) fritters (pakoras). The kadhi is seasoned with spices like fenugreek seeds, cumin seeds, and turmeric, while the pakoras are made from a batter of gram flour, onions, and spices. It is favourite among the people of Punjab.


Aloo Paratha 

Aloo Paratha, a popular breakfast dish in Punjab and all over India, is a wholesome and filling treat loved by people of all ages. Bread is stuffed with a mixture of mashed potatoes, onions, and spices, then cooked on a griddle until golden brown and crispy. It is preferably served with butter or yoghurt and is staple in Punjabi food.


Punjab’s culinary landscape is heavily dependent on it’s agricultural sector. Traditional foods of Punjab offer a blend of flavors, and essences that celebrate the region’s culinary legacy. Whether it’s the street food of Punjab or the home made delicacies, Punjabi food is sure to mesmerize one.


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