10 Most Delicious Punjabi Dishes


Punjab is about eating, drinking and making merry . Punjabis are hard working, vibrant people who love good food. Punjabi dishes are rich, colourful and aromatic. Lots of butter, ghee,  and spices are the speciality of this North Indian cuisine. For the 10 most delicious Punjabi dishes, read through.

Tandoori Chicken

Punjab is particularly well known for its Tandoor dishes. And the king of all Tandoori dishes in a well marinated succulent  Tandoori Chicken dish.

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Fresh chicken, marinated overnight when cooked well in a tandoor and addition of spices offer the most incredible flavours and can enhance anyone’s mood.

Paneer Tikka

Paneer Tikka is a tasty Punjabi appetizer which would be loved by one and all.

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It would be tough to find anyone who does not like paneer. When paneer is marinated in spices and grilled to perfection, you are ready to relish on this dish.

Makke di Roti te Sarso da saag

The word Punjabi invariably brings to mind Sarso da Saag and Makke di Roti. This dish hardly needs any explanation. Mustard leaves, spinach and spices are the key ingredients of sarso da saag.

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Makke di Roti is prepared from maize flour. Butter or ghee that garnishes both the dishes add to the temptation brought in by this wonderful traditional delicacy. Winters in north India without Makke ki Roti te Sarson da Saag is incomplete.

Chhole Bhature 

Almost no one is unaware of Chhole Bhature. A fried bread called Bhatura when served with flavourful curry prepared with white chickpeas makes for a great dish for breakfast,  lunch or dinner.

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The fame of this dish has made it a dish that can be found in any corner of India not only Punjab.

Dal Makhani

Red kidney beans, whole black lentils along with butter and cream are used to prepare Dal makhani, a creamy textured dal that tastes simply amazing.

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Piping jeera rice or butter naan or plain hot tandoori roti when served with this dal would surely mesmerise your taste buds.

Macchli Amritsari

Punjabi cuisine would be incomplete without mentioning Macchli Amritsari.

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Fresh pieces of fish added to a tasty batter and then garnishing it with lemon juice and garam masala are the steps included in making this savoury dish.

Dhaba Dal

Dhaba Dal is prepared by distinct traditional flavours of spices and butter added to black gram. It would surely remind you of the rustic rural taste that you always crave for.

Its rich in falvour and taste. Have it with hot butter roti and onions and enjoy a simple yet delicious meal.

Murgh Makhani or Butter Chicken

One of the hot favourite Punjabi dishe that is famous  all over the world is butter chicken.  It does contain quite a lot of calories but this creamy chicken is just too tasty to resist.

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Its rich, aromatic and really delicious. Best eaten with hot Roti or rice. needless to say it is one of the best Punjabi Chicken preparation.

Rajma Chawal

Red kidney beans prepared with spices, onion and garlic served with steaming hot jeera rice is a dish anyone could die for. Its tangy , spicy and tasty.

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It is a must have if you happen to be in Punjab. A staple food of every Punjabi home it is really good and healthy.


Let’s end this culinary joy ride with a dessert Phirni.  It is a sweet dish from Punjab that is prepared with the help of rice flour added to milk.

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It is made even tastier with the help of cardamom, saffron and rose water. There are several variations of this absolutely fantastic dessert. If you have a sweet tooth, you would surely love it.

If you are at Punjab, you should not miss out on these awesome dishes in addition to the usual Aloo de Paranthe served with a dollop of butter, curd, pickle and Sweet Lassi. Dum Aloo, Malai Kofta and Chicken Malaiwala can also be added to your list of “must try dishes in Punjab”. This is of course just a snippet as Punjab is replete with lots of dishes that would be a treat for your palate.