Punjabi Cuisine

Punjabi cuisine is associated with food from the Punjab region of India and Pakistan. The cuisine has a rich tradition of tandoori cooking. Punjabi cuisine also has been influenced by Mughlai cuisine, a characteristic also featured in the cuisine of Kashmir.

The local cuisine is influenced by the agriculture and farming lifestyle that has been prevalent throughout Punjab for centuries, and supported by locally grown staple foods. Distinctively Punjabi cuisine includes sarson da saag, tandoori chicken, shami kebab, and makki di roti.

Popular Delicacies

The food items that form a part of the traditional food of Punjab are so eye-catchy that you can hardly resist your temptation to taste them all. Some of the popular delicacies in the state have been listed below:

Vegetarian Dishes


Sarson ka Saag (Mustard leaves curry)
Dal Makhani/ Dal Handi (curry of pulses)
Choley (generally eaten with Naan)
Punj Ratani Dal (a mixtute of 5 lentils)
Kadhai Paneer
Shahi Paneer
Punjabi Kadhi Pakora (traditional curry with pakoras)

Non-vegetarian Dishes


Tandoori Chicken
Butter Chicken
Amritsari Fish
Tandoori Fish
Fish Tikka
Chicken Biriyani
Lamb Biriyani
Keema Naans
Reshmi Tikka
Malai Tikka

Bread & Flour Preparations


Punjabi cuisine is also famous for variety of bread and flour preparations. Some of them are as below:

Tandoori Roti
Lachha Paratha
Phulka or chapatti
Aloo paratha
Mooli paratha



Punjabi cuisine is incomplete without the flavor of its special desserts. One of the very delicious items in their menu is called roh di kheer, which is prepared by cooking rice in sugarcane juice for a long time. Besides this, there are more of Punjabi desserts, like:

Rice Kheer
Gulab Jamun
Gaajar Halwa
Sooji Halwa

    And the list of Punjabi foods continues….


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