Kamaal ke desi combos

by Sanjeev Kapoor

What is so interesting about desi food combinations? Let me answer that question with one word, ‘everything.’ India is known for having a varied list of  desi  combinations. And scientists too, have figured out what makes Indian food so delicious.

Indian food is a result of the precise pairing of ingredients which is very different from the West. Western cuisine consists of many dishes with overlapping flavours. Indian cuisine, on the other hand, does not have a mix of ingredients that overlap at all.

We have hand-picked some popular Indian food combinations that are just one thing, ‘the best!’


Lachcha Parantha with Dal Makhni

A dish as rich as its legacy. Dal Makhni is as old as the butter chicken and one of the most prestigious dishes of North India.

This delicious gravy is paired with a crisp layered desi bread, called the Lachcha Parantha. How much more Punjabi could it get?




Bengali Luchi and Aloo Dum

Just like every region in India, Bengal is crazy about their food too. Their version of puri is the ‘luchi,’ made with refined flour. The most traditional way to savour the Luchi is with the delicately flavoured potato sabzi called Aloo Dum.  Try it to find out what makes it so popular.




Hyderabadi Dum Gosht Biryani and Burani Raita

One of India’s most popular and royal biryani has an accompaniment that goes best with it – the super flavourful garlic raita, Burani Raita. Even though the name says ‘Hyderabadi,’ it is a popular pick in the Awadh region in India.  




Moong Methi Pakode & Noon Chai (Kashmiri Tea)

Chai and pakode is a combo we could not miss out on. But we had to give you something different, as always! Hence, we got you a pair of crisp Methi Palak ke Pakode, made with the goodness of spinach and methi with a very special tea from Kashmir. Did you know that Noon chai, also called as ‘shir chai,’ is pink in colour?




Puran Poli and Milk

If you’re in Maharashtra, you cannot just miss on this popular sweet snack, the much celebrated Puran Poli. And besides ghee being drizzled on it in copious amounts while serving, the next best thing to pair it up with is milk.



Gajar ka Halwa and Vanilla Ice Cream

Aren’t you salivating already? A unique pairing, but a pretty popular one. This is the best of both the worlds. And know what the good news is? Red carrots, the ones that make the best of halwas, are in season now. So what are you waiting for? Try it.




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MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal www.sanjeevkapoor.com is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.