33 Famous foods of Punjab with recipes

The famous food of Punjab makes Punjab different from the other states of India because it uses spices, ghee, and butter abundantly. Anyone can eat breakfast items like Chola Bhatura, bread pakoras, and various dinner items like Sarson da saag and Makki di roti. Their authentic cooking makes them popular as Punjabi songs.

Items like butter chicken, desi tandoori chicken, Amritsari fish are the favourite for non-vegetarians. Paneer is used vividly, from starter-like paneer tikka to the main course like butter paneer.

Famous foods of Punjab
Famous foods of Punjab

Table of Contents

famous punjabi food
Famous Punjabi food

Punjabi cuisine is the favourite food of all the people around the world. Those foods satisfy both vegetarian and non-vegetarian people’s tummies. A wide variety of vegetarian food can be found in Punjab, like paneer tikka, dal makhani, etc.

 33 Most Popular famous food items are:-

  • Butter Chicken: A famous dish of Punjab
  • Lassi: The pride of Punjab
  • Amritsari chole: Traditional food of Punjab
  • Shakerpara: A delicious sweet dish of Punjab
  • Paratha: Famous food of Punjabi’s
  • Bhature: The famous delicacy of Punjab
  • Dal makhani: Traditional food of Punjab
  • Amritsari fish: Traditional non-veg food of Punjab
  • Punjabi kadhi with pakora: Tangy and flavorful food
  • Paneer tikka – A popular and delicious tandoori snack
  • Sarson ka saag: Favourite Punjabi sabzi and a winter delicacy
  • Makki ki roti: With Sarson da saag
  • Rajma: a mouth-watering dish of Punjab
  • Pinni: A hot and sweet food of Punjab
  • Achaar of gobi-shalgam-gajar (CARROT ): Must have Punjabi pickle
  • Kada Prasad: Sweet dish known as Gurudwara Prashad or Atte ka Halwa in Punjab
  • Amritsari kulcha: A crispy Vegetarian Yummy Punjabi delight
  • Tandoori chicken: non-veg delight
  • Murgh Malaiwala: Indian Rich creamy chicken in Gravy
  • Bhatti da Murgh Pindiwala: Bhatti da Murg is an absolute delicious dish
  • Phirni: rich, creamy, thick, sweet Indian pudding
  • Naan
  • Paneer Paratha
  • Gobi paratha
  • Falooda
  • Makhana Doodh
  • Masala Chai
  • Dahi vada
  • Khoya
  • Paya
  • Panjeeri with milk
  • Shami Kebab
  • Kunna Gosht

1. Butter Chicken: A famous dish of Punjab

The dish is made with the help of tandoori chicken in gravy made of tomato, butter, and cream. The owner of a Delhi restaurant first made it, Moti Mahal, Kundan Lal Jaggi.

Butter Chicken ingredients

1.  Butter 11. Coriander
2. Chicken12. Ginger
3. Cream13. Ground meat
4. Garam masala14. Cumin
5. Chili pepper15. Salt
6. Tomato16. Chicken thighs
7. Garlic 17. Boneless meat
8. Yogurt18. Chili powder
9. Onion19. Tomato puree
10. Chicken breast20. Minced garlic
Butter Chicken ingredients
punjabi butter chicken masala
Punjabi butter chicken masala – Famous food of Punjab

How to cook Butter Chicken

  1. Marinate the chicken pieces with a mixture of all the spices and curd.
  2. Then allow it to rest for at least one hour. This can also be done overnight.
  3. After, fry the marinated chicken pieces in a non-stick pan with oil.
  4. Repeat the process for 20-22 minutes so that no moisture will remain there. 
  5. Then in the same non-stick pan, add onion and cumin seed and fry them until the onion turns transparent.
  6. Next, mix the onion-garlic paste in it and add the tomato puree along with all the spices.
  7. At last, add fresh cream to the chicken pieces.  

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2. Lassi: The pride of Punjab

Lassi is both popular in India and Pakistan. It makes you feel relaxed and refreshed. It can be salty or sweet depending upon choice. 

Lassi ingredients

1. Yogurt6. Sugar ( for more sweet in the lassi)
2. Cream7. Rosewater (optional)
3. Water8. Cardamom (optional)
4. Spices9. Ice cubes (optional)
5. Salt (for more salt in the lassi)10. Saffron (optional)
Lassi ingredients

How to Make Lassi

Sweet lassi make

  1. Put fresh and chilled yogurt in a bowl to make it smooth.
  2. Add 2 to 3 tablespoons of sugar and whisk it.
  3. Add saffron and rosewater (optional).
  4. After adding half a tablespoon of cardamom powder and whisk it until everything gets mixed and the sugar gets dissolved.
  5. Finally, add water until the lassi reaches the consistency required.
sweet lassi
Sweet lassi

Salty lassi make

  1. Add chilled yogurt to a bowl and whisk it until it is smooth.
  2. Add roasted cumin seed for a mouth-watering smell.
  3. After adding salt (regular black salt or Himalayan salt) and water to reach the desired consistency.
  4. Finally, pour it into a glass.

You can also garnish it with mint leaves.  

salted lassi
Salted lassi

3. Amritsari chole: Traditional food of Punjab

Amritsari chole is a type of curry made by chickpea in Punjabi style. It is one of the most famous foods of Punjab, which is served in many places like restaurants, Dhaba, and also served in Punjabi thali in many restaurants.

Amritsari chole ingredients

1. Chana masala9. Ginger
2. Chickpea10. Salt
3. Onion 11. Coriander
4. Chili pepper12. Chili powder
5. Garam masala13. Turmeric
6. Tomato14. Coriander powder
7. Ghee15. Amchoor
8. Cumin 
Amritsari chole ingredients
Amritsari chole
Amritsari chole

How to cook Amritsari chole

  1. Wash and soak 3-4 cups of chole in water for 7-8 hours.
  2. Drain the water and add the chole to a pressure cooker along with a tea bag and 3-4 cups of water.
  3. For the chole to turn soft, you will have to cook them in a pressure cooker.
  4. Roast all the spices in a pan until their colour turns brown, and a fragrance starts coming out of it. 
  5. Then grind them into powder after being cooled.
  6. Heat the ghee in a pan and add onion. Cook it until the onion becomes transparent—Cook for 2 minutes after adding tomato, ginger, and chillies.
  7. Now add the roasted powder, turmeric, and red chilli powder.
  8. Add the cooked chole in it with some water and salt. You can also mash the chole with a spoon.
  9. Cook it for 5 minutes and mix well. Add tamarind paste. Serve your chole with coriander leaves.  

4. Shakerpara: A Delicious sweet dish of Punjab

A sweet snack made of flour and coated with sugar in its crystallized form. Shaker pares an essential item on the menu of different occasions like Holi and Diwali. They are an excellent option for serving some snacks with tea. 

Shakerpara ingredients

1. Milk4. Maida
2. Sugar 5. Semolina
3. Ghee 
Shakerpara ingredients
Shakarpara sweet dish of Punjab
Shakarpara – a sweet dish of Punjab

How to make Shakerpara

  1. Mix one-fourth cup of sugar and water in a bowl.
  2. Then add maida, ghee, and salt to it. You can also add Rava and cardamom powder (optional). For making it soft and smooth, mix and knead the dough properly.
  3. Roll it like a paratha (the thickness will depend on what you want them to be).
  4. Cut them in a different shape (the diamond shape is most famous).
  5. Deep fry it in oil for 10-20 minutes on medium flame till its colour turns golden brown.
  6. Drain the oil and serve them on a plate.  

5. Paratha: Famous food of Punjabi’s

There are many different kinds of roti in Punjabi. Among them, the parantha (or paratha) is the most famous. Parantha can be of varying stuffing, but ‘Aaloo ka parantha’ is love! You can make it round shaped like every other roti or make it in a triangle shape. Paranthas are rich in taste and also a staple food in Punjab.

Paratha ingredients

1. Whole-wheat flour5. Garam masala
2. Chili powder6. Ghee
3. Salt7. Chili pepper.
4. Cumin8. Potato
Paratha ingredients
stuffed paratha
Stuffed paratha

How to make Paratha

  1. Use a pressure cooker to boil the potatoes.
  2. After the potatoes get cool, peel the skin and mash them.
  3. Add green chillies, chilli powder, salt, cumin, garam masala, chilli pepper. Mix it nicely.
  4. You can also add coriander leaves. In another bowl, add whole wheat flour, ghee, water, and then knead them and make them into a soft and smooth dough.
  5. Keep it aside covered for 30 minutes. 
  6. Take two small balls from the dough, roll them into small roti, and on one of them put the stuffed potato.
  7. Then place the other roti on top of it, and seal it from all the sides.
  8. Put some flour on it and gently start rolling the parantha.
  9. On a hot Tawa, cook the parantha using ghee on a low flame until it is soft but crispy.  

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6. Bhature: The famous delicacy of Punjab

This dish of Punjab is usually served with chole. Famous fast food Bhaturas are on the menu of all the restaurants. Savour them at any food stalls near any street or any corner in Punjab.

Bhature ingredients

1. Flour5. Baking powder (optional)
2. Yogurt6. Ghee
3. Maida7. Salt
4. Semolina8. Butter
Bhature ingredients
Bhature A large poori
Bhature – A large poori

How to cook Bhature

  1. In a bowl, add flour, maida semolina seed, and salt, mix them well and add yogurt and ghee.
  2. After mixing everything, add baking powder and again mix it well.
  3. Add lukewarm water slowly and knead the mixture into dough until it becomes soft.
  4. Keep the dough away after covering it for 5 minutes.
  5. Then divide the dough into small balls and roll each ‘Bhatura ball’ gently. There should be no cracks. You need to use a lot of ghee in this step. 
  6. Put a pan with oil to heat on the stove. When hot, put your bhaturas in it and deep fry it from both sides.
  7. When it turns golden and crispy, take it out on a plate and serve it with chole.  

7. Dal makhani: Traditional food of Punjab

Dal makhani is one of Punjab’s most famous dishes. It is made in every part of the country and in Punjab too. Even the name waters our mouths! Kidney beans are used for cooking Dal Makhani.

Dal makhani ingredients

1. Butter8. Ginger
2. Garam masala 9. Coriander
3. Cream10. Kidney beans
4. Onion11. Salt
5. Chili pepper12. Chili powder
6. Cumin 13. Tomato puree
7. Garlic14. Urad dal
Dal makhani ingredients
Dal makhani famous North Indian Punjabi cuisine
Dal makhani – Famous North Indian Punjabi cuisine

How to cook Dal makhani

  1. Wash and soak kidney beans and urad dal for at least 8 hours.
  2. Then drain the water and add 3-4 cups of freshwater to it. And put them in a pressure cooker to cook for 35-40 minutes (10 whistles).
  3. When done, open the oven and check if they have softened or not.
  4. Then heat a pan, pour ghee in it and all the spices, and stir it for 2 minutes.
  5. Next, add onions and cook them until they are transparent.
  6. Add ginger-garlic paste and cook it. Finally, add the tomato puree and mix it. 
  7. After that, add salt, red chilli powder, garam masala, and cook until the mixture becomes thick.
  8. Next, mash the kidney beans and urad dal and add them to this mixture along with 1-2 cups of water.
  9. Stir and cook it until the dal becomes thick protects it from sticking on the bottom.
  10. Serve it by putting cream over it.  

8. Amritsari fish: Traditional non-veg food of Punjab

Amritsari fish is a popular food of Punjab, served both at a restaurant and as street food. It is a tasty delight for all non-vegetarian food lovers. Originated from the city of Amritsar, this dish is cooked at every home or on any occasion like weddings.

Amritsari fish ingredients

1. Fish7. Ajwain
2. Ginger8. Lemon juice
3. Garlic9. Garam masala
4. Salt10. Amchur powder
5. Turmeric powder 11. Besan
6. Red chilli powder 12. Oil
 13. Curd (optional).
Amritsari fish ingredients
amritsari fish masala tikka tandoori
Amritsari fish masala tikka tandoori

How to cook Amritsari fish

  1. Clean the fish properly.
  2. Put it in a bowl, and add all the masala, like- amchur powder, besan, garam masala, lemon juice, ajwain powder, red chili powder, salt, ginger-garlic paste, add some curd if you want to mix it all properly.
  3. Marinate the wish fish in the spices well for 6-7 minutes. 
  4. Then heat a pan with oil in it, and when the oil becomes hot, drop the marinated pieces of fish in it.
  5. Deep fry it till your fish becomes crisp and golden in color.
  6. Amritsari fish can eat it with green chutney and onions. Amritsari fish fry is ready!

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9. Punjabi kadhi with pakora: Tangy and flavorful food

Punjabi kadhi is cooked in the rasoi ( kitchen) of every family in Punjab daily. The spicy and tangy taste of this kadhi, along with pakora, tastes heavenly. The pakodas can be made of any stuffing that anyone likes.

Punjabi kadhi with pakora ingredients

1. Sour yoghurt10. Ajwain
2. Red chilli powder11. Oil
3. Turmeric powder12. Ginger
4. Garam masala powder13. Garlic
5. Hing14. Onion (for kadhi)
6. Salt15. Methi seed
7. Gram flour16. Cumin seed
8. Thinly sliced onion (for pakoda)17. Curry leaf
9. Besan18. Green chillies
Punjabi kadhi with pakora ingredients
Kadhi Pakora
Kadhi Pakora

How to cook Punjabi kadhi with pakora

  1. First, make a slurry for the kadhi.
  2. In a bowl, take the yogurt and whisk it into a thin paste.
  3. Add besan, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, garam masala, put salt in it.
  4. Mix everything by adding water.
  5. To make the onion pakoras, take besan in a bowl, add red chilli powder, ajwain, garam masala. Put salt in it and mix it well.
  6. After adding sliced onions, please keep them away for 30 minutes.
  7. Then mix water to make a thick batter accordingly.
  8. Heat a pan and pour oil, and drop the pakoda batter slowly.
  9. Deep fry the pakoras until they change to crispy and golden. 
  10. To make the kadhi put oil in another pan, add cumin seed, methi seed, and a bit of Hing.
  11. Cook them on low heat until the cumin seed changes its colour.
  12. Then add chopped onions and cook them. After adding ginger, garlic, green chillies and cook it.
  13. Add curry leaves then and dried red chillies, and mix it.
  14. Then add the kadhi slurry cook it well until it starts boiling.
  15. Lower the flame and stir it continuously to prevent it from sticking at the bottom.
  16. You can add water to make it thin.
  17. When it is ready, add the pakoras and close it with a lid. Allow it to cook for some time.
  18. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve it hot.  

Paneer has a special place in our rasoi. We can make many dishes with it. For example, Paneer tikka is a famous dish of Punjab made by paneer, and everyone loves eating it.

Paneer tikka ingredients

1. Paneer9. Cumin seed
2. Chili pepper10. Salt 
3. Garam masala11. chilli powder
4. Onion 12. chaat masala
5. Tomato13. coriander leaves
6. Yogurt14. ajwain
7. Coriander15. Oil
8. Bell pepper 
Paneer tikka ingredients
Paneer tikka masala kabab
Paneer tikka masala kabab

How to cook Paneer tikka

  1. In a mixing bowl, add yogurt, red chili powder, salt, coriander powder, garam masala, chat masala, ginger-garlic paste, ajwain, and a tablespoon oil, mix it well.
  2. The mixture should be thick. Dice the capsicum and onion, and coat it in this mixture.
  3. Keep it aside, dice the paneer, and coat it similarly. 
  4. Please put them in the refrigerator for about an hour. After, thread on a skewer.
  5. Then put the Tawa on the stove and oil on it.
  6. When it becomes hot, place the skewers and grill evenly on medium heat until it turns golden.
  7. Serve your paneer tikka with green chutney, enjoy!

11. Sarson ka saag: Favourite Punjabi sabzi and a winter delicacy

A popular vegetarian dish of Punjab is Sarson ka saag. It is usually eaten with Makki ki roti. The combination of Sarson ka saag and Makki ki roti is delicious. People, whether living in a village or city, always say yes to this combination.

Sarson ka saag ingredients

1. Methi9. Chili pepper
2. Sarson10. Ghee
3. Bathua11. Garam masala
4. Spinach12. Onion
5. Mooli leaves 13. Black mustard seed
6. Ginger14. Cumin seed
7. Garlic15. Red chilli powder
8. Salt16. Maize flour
Sarson ka saag ingredients
Sarson ka saag
Sarson ka saag

How to cook Sarson ka saag

  1. Wash and clean all the green vegetables, then add them to a pressure cooker.
  2. Cook well for 5-7 minutes. Blend the cooked greens and maize flour in a blender.
  3. Then put a pan on the stove and add this paste and simmer it for 30 minutes.
  4. In another pan, add the onions in oil and fry them.
  5. Add the paste of greens and add all the spices listed above and stir it. Cook it for 3-4 minutes.  

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12. Makki ki roti: With Sarson da saag

People love to serve Makke ki roti mostly with Sarson ka saag. It is a famous Punjab dish made from cornmeal and cooked on Tawa.

Makki ki roti ingredients

1. Makki ka atta4. Warm water
2. Coriander leaves5. Salt
3. Ajwain6. Oil or ghee
Makki ki roti ingredients
Makke ki roti
Makke ki roti

How to cook Makki ki roti

  1. Take the Makki ka atta in a bowl. Add coriander leaves, ajwain, and salt in this.
  2. Then add warm water and knead the mixture in a soft dough.
  3. Divide the dough into small balls.
  4. Take two plastic sheets, put one plastic sheet on the rolling board, and put one ball on it.
  5. Then place another plastic sheet on it.
  6. Gently start rolling it into a roti.
  7. Heat the Tawa and cook the roti after removing the plastic sheet from both sides.
  8. Apply oil on it and cook it until the colour is brown. Your makke ki roti is ready!

13. Rajma: A mouth-watering dish of Punjab

Rajma chawal is eaten everywhere in our country, Haryana, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Bangalore, Delhi, Sikkim, and other places. It originally hails from Jammu but is the staple food in every household. 

Rajma ingredients

1. Red kidney beans8. Coriander
2. Garam masala9. Ginger
3. Chili pepper10. Chilli powder
4. Onion11. Coriander powder
5. Cumin seed12. Cumin seed
6. Tomato13. Bay leaf
7. Salt 
Rajma ingredients
Rajma masala dal
Rajma masala dal

How to cook Rajma

  1. Wash the rajma with water and soak them for 8 hours.
  2. Then put them in the pressure cooker and cook it for some time (4 whistles).
  3. Check if they have appropriately cooked and mash them easily.
  4. Heat a pan and pour oil in it, put bay leaves and cumin seed and stir it.
  5. Then add the ginger-garlic paste to it.
  6. Then add the onions and cook until they turn transparent.
  7. Next, add tomatoes and all the spices listed above and cook it well till the mixture becomes thick. 
  8. Then add rajma and water to achieve the desired consistency.
  9. Mix it well, add green chillies and cook it on low flames for 15 minutes.
  10. Your rajma is ready to serve it with some coriander leaves on top.

14. Pinni: A hot and sweet food of Punjab

Pinni is a dessert eaten mainly in the winter season. It’s made of desi ghee. Punjabi’s call it a supplement for energy! Pinni can be served with hot tea and samosa.

Pinni ingredients

1. Ghee6. Semolina
2. Sugar7. Cardamom powder
3. Cashew8. Raisin
4. Almond9. Icing sugar
5. Wheat flour 10. Milk
Pinni ingredients
Punjabi Atte ki Pinni
Punjabi Atte ki Pinni

How to cook Pinni

  1. Heat a low-bottomed pan and add the wheat flour and semolina in it.
  2. Cooked on low flame for 6-7 minutes and mixed well till the colour changes to light brown.
  3. Add the chopped cashew, almond, raisins, and cardamom powder to it.
  4. Add sugar and mix everything well after adding some milk.
  5. Switch off the gas and allow it to cool down.
  6. Take some mixture in your hands, shape them into small and round balls, and garnish them with dry fruits. Your Punjabi Pinni is ready!

15. Achaar of gobi-shalgam-gajar (CARROT ): Must have Punjabi pickle

Our mouths start watering by just hearing the word achaar or just by having a glance at its picture. Be it rice, roti, or any sabzi, and we need achaar with everything. Gobi-gajar-shalgam achaar is famous in Punjab.

Achaar of gobi-shalgam-gajar ingredients

1. 500-gram gobi8. 150-gram onion
2. 500-gram shalgam 9. 250-ml mustard oil
3. 500-gram carrot 10. Six teaspoons red chilli powder
4. Vinegar11. Four teaspoon garam masala
5. 400-gram jaggery12. Two teaspoon mustard seed
6. 30-gram ginger13. Eight teaspoon salt
7. 20-gram garlic 
Achaar of gobi-shalgam-gajar ingredients
Gajar Gobhi Shalgam Achar
Gajar Gobhi Shalgam Achar

How to cook Achaar of gobi-shalgam-gajar

  1. Wash the gobi, gajar (carrot), salgam with water, and add them to a pot. Boil them in 8-9 cups of water. 
  2. After boiling, place them on a cloth and allow them to dry completely with no moisture left.
  3. Then blend chopped onion, ginger, and garlic in a blender without adding water. 
  4. In another pan, add jaggery and vinegar and keep it on the stove till the jaggery melts. Cook it until it forms a string that is half or one complete inconsistency.
  5. In another pan, heat the mustard oil and add the ginger-onion-garlic paste and cook for 15 minutes. 
  6. Add the salt, garam masala, red chilli powder, and mustard seed (optional).
  7. Mix it well, add the vinegar and jaggery mixture to it.
  8. Cook for 10 minutes on low flame and then cool down before putting it in a jar.  

16. Kada Prasad: Sweet dish known as Gurudwara Prashad or Atte ka Halwa in Punjab

Karma Prasad or Kadha Prasad is a famous dish mainly served in Gurudwara. Many Gurudwaras, especially the golden temple, serving karma Prasad to devotees.

Kada Prasad ingredients

1. Whole-wheat flour 3. Water 
2. Ghee4. Sugar
Kada Prasad ingredients
gurudwara karah prasad
Gurudwara karah prasad

How to cook Kada Prasad

  1. Heat the ghee in a kadhai, and add the whole wheat flour and start roasting it.
  2. In another pan, boil sugar in water by keeping them on the stove.
  3. Be careful to stir the flour; otherwise, it will stick to the bottom of the kadhai.
  4. Stir the flour until its colour changes into golden brown. 
  5. When your sugar solution will start to bubble, add this mixture to the hot atta and stir it well. 
  6. There should be no lumps. When the mixture becomes thick, turn off the gas. Your Kadha Prasad is ready!

17. Amritsari kulcha: A crispy Vegetarian Yummy Punjabi delight

Amritsari kulcha is an Indian flatbread made by using maida or refined flour. This item serves with various types of sabzi. Many food joints in the streets sell it with different sabzis.

Amritsari kulcha ingredients

1. Maida6. Sugar
2. Yogurt7. Salt
3. Baking powder8. Ghee
4. Baking soda9. Kalonji
5. Water
Amritsari kulcha ingredients
Amritsari kulcha
Amritsari kulcha

How to cook Amritsari kulcha

  1. Mix with maida, sugar, salt, baking soda, and baking powder in a utensil.
  2. Then add oil, water, and yoghurt to it. Knead it into a smooth dough by mixing everything well.
  3. Cover it and keep it away for 1-2 hours. Make small balls from the dough after adding kalonji.
  4. Then roll them into a roti, heat a pan, and cook the rolled kulcha with oil from both sides.
  5. Cook until it becomes golden from all sides. Your kulcha is ready to be served!

18. Tandoori chicken: Non-veg delight

Tandoori chicken is prepared by roasting and marinating chicken in a tandoor using spices and yoghurt. It tastes so yummy every time I lick my fingers and ask for some more.

Tandoori chicken ingredients

1. yoghurt7. garlic
2. red chilli powder8. Kasuri methi
3. garam masala9. salt
4. coriander powder10. chicken
5. turmeric11. lemon juice
6. ginger12. oil
tandoori chicken masala tikka
Tandoori chicken masala tikka

How to cook Tandoori chicken

Put the yoghurt in a bowl and all the masala in it, and mix it well. Add some lemon juice and oil to it. Add chicken to the paste. Make sure the chicken doesn’t contain any moisture. Coat the chicken in the mixture properly. Cover it and put it in a refrigerator for at least 6-7 hours. This can also be done overnight. 

Then heat a pan and add oil to it. When the oil is hot, place the chicken and cooks it on a medium flame for 3-4 minutes, then cook from the other side too. Add red chilli powder and oil in a bowl, make a paste, and then smear chicken with this paste. Cook them from both the side. If it looks dry, add some butter. Your tandoori chicken is ready now. Eat it with onion and lemon along with green chutney.

19. Murgh Malaiwala: Indian Rich creamy chicken in Gravy

It is a chicken that is overloaded with cream. Murgh Malaiwala can eat the dish with almost anything with roti or rice. Its unique flavour makes it a famous dish of Punjab.

Murgh Malaiwala ingredients

1. Chicken11. Chicken masala powder
2. Tomato puree12. Kasuri methi
3. Yogurt13. Fresh cream
4. Ginger-garlic paste14. Oil
5. Fried onions 15. Bay leaf 
6. Green chillies16. Cardamom
7. Mint leaf17. Cumin seeds 
8. Coriander leaf18. Cinnamon
9. Kashmiri Lal Mirch19. Cloves
10. Turmeric 20. Black pepper
Murgh Malaiwala ingredients
punjabi malai chicken tikka gravy
Punjabi malai chicken tikka gravy

How to cook Murgh Malaiwala

  1. Heat the pan on the stove and add bay leaves, cardamom, cinnamon, cumin seeds, cloves, and black pepper after adding ginger-garlic paste mixes.
  2. Add chicken and fry till it turns white on medium flame. Keep it aside. 
  3. Then in the same pan, add oil, puree of tomato, and salt. It should cook for at least 5 minutes.
  4. Turn the gas off and add the chicken to this mixture, mix it well and allow it to cool.
  5. After mixing this chicken, yoghurt, fried onions, mint, coriander leaves, turmeric, green chilli, red chilli powder, salt, chicken masala powder.
  6. Put it away for an hour. You can also place it in the refrigerator for the whole night. 
  7. After, heat a pan with oil and add the marinated chicken with it, and cover the chicken.
  8. The chicken should cook on a low flame until it becomes soft. You can also add water.
  9. Then add some more chicken masala powder and Kasuri methi.
  10. Add fresh cream and again cook it for some time.
  11. Serve it hot along with coriander leaves and any roti.

20. Bhatti da Murgh Pindiwala: Bhatti da Murg is an absolute delicious dish

This chicken is melt in the mouth instantly and is sure to make you fall in love with this non-veg delicacy. Here the chicken is grilled on a charcoal grill. Just imagine the smoky flavour of this chicken.

Bhatti da Murgh Pindiwala ingredients

1. Chicken legs (with bone)9. Cardamom powder
2. Ghee10. Cinnamon powder
3. Oil11. Cumin powder
4. Ginger-garlic paste12. Coriander powder
5. Yoghurt 13. Cardamom powder
6. Vinegar14. Clove powder
7. Black pepper15. Fenugreek seed
8. Amchur16. Salt
Bhatti da Murgh Pindiwala ingredients
Bhatti da Murga Pindiwala
Bhatti da Murga Pindiwala

How to cook Bhatti da Murgh Pindiwala

  1. Clean and cut the chicken as desired. Heat the pan on the stove and pour oil in it, and add the ginger-garlic paste.
  2. Remove the pan from above the stove and add yoghurt after allowing it to cool down.
  3. After being cool, add all the masala as mentioned above.
  4. Then add the chicken legs and marinate them in the mixture properly. Keep it aside for 6-7 hours.
  5. Then put the chicken leg on a charcoal grill and roast it on medium heat for 6-7 minutes.
  6. Cook it from all the sides and apply ghee to cook better.
  7. Then remove the drumstick bone from the thigh bone and roast it on the charcoal grill for 5 minutes.

21. Phirni: rich, creamy, thick, sweet Indian pudding

Phirni is a favourite Punjabi food that is made on special occasions. This Indian and Pakistani food dish is a favourite of those people who like sweets, and it is also easy to cook. We are already drooling just hearing the name!

Phirni ingredients

1. Basmati rice 4. Almonds
2. Milk5. Cardamom
3. Sugar6. Saffron strands
Phirni ingredients
Kesar Malai Phirni
Kesar Malai Phirni

How to make Phirni

  1. In a pan, heat milk, take this one tablespoon of this milk in a bowl, mix saffron, and keep it aside.
  2. For the rest of the milk, allow it to boil and add grounded rice and sugar.
  3. Cook this mixture on a low flame, keep stirring it so that there are no lumps.
  4. Add cardamom, almond, and the dissolved saffron to this milk. Stir the phirni and cook it for 6-7 minutes.
  5. If available, you can also add rosewater. Now your Phirni is ready, then cool it in the refrigerator and serve. 

22. Naan

A leavened flatbread cooked in a tandoor. Naan is found in western and central Asia cuisine, the Indian subcontinent, Myanmar, etc. It’s the most ordered flatbread in restaurants in India. 

Naan Ingredients

1. Flour7. Oil or melted butter
2. Baking powder8. Yogurt
3. Baking soda9. Lukewarm water
4. Salt10. Garlic cloves (chopped)
5. Sugar11. Coriander leaves (chopped).
6. Grated garlic (optional)  
Naan Ingredients
punjabi butter naan
Punjabi Butter naan

How to cook Naan

  1. Mix 2 cup flour, ½ teaspoon baking powder and salt, ¼ baking soda, two teaspoon sugar, and one teaspoon grated garlic in a bowl. 
  2. Then add two tablespoons of melted butter or oil and ½ cup yogurt and knead the dough by adding lukewarm water. 
  3. The dough must be soft and non-sticky. Then cover and keep it aside for 30 minutes. Divide the dough into 5-6 parts. 
  4. Take a dough ball and roll it into an oval shape. Sprinkle chopped garlic cloves and coriander leaves over it and gently roll again. 
  5. Heat a Tawa and place the naan on it.
  6. Flip the naan to the other side with a tong. Then cook it on a griddle or directly over a gas flame. (don’t press with a spatula)
  7. Place the cooked naan on a plate and apply some melted butter. Serve them hot with dal or paneer. 

23. Paneer Paratha

Paneer paratha, a north Indian flatbread, is made of wheat flour. It’s stuffed with spiced and grated paneer (Indian cottage cheese). They are popular breakfast items and are served in Punjabi restaurants, Dhaba etc. 

Paneer Paratha Ingredients

1. Whole-wheat flour5. Green chillies (finely chopped)
2. ghee/ oil6. Red chilly powder
3. Salt7. Garam masala powder
4. Paneer (Indian cottage cheese)8. Amchur powder (dry mango powder)
Paneer Paratha Ingredients
paneer stuffed paratha
Paneer Stuffed Paratha

How to cook Paneer Paratha

  1. Mix 2 cups of whole wheat flour, one teaspoon ghee/oil, and ½ teaspoon salt in a bowl.
  2. Add water and knead the flour into a dough and allow it to rest for 30 minutes.
  3. Grate 200 g paneer and add chopped green chilli, dry mango powder, garam masala powder, red chilli powder, and salt. (as per your preference)
  4. Divide the dough into two small balls and roll them evenly with a rolling pin.
  5. Place the stuffing of the paneer on one rolled dough and place the other on top of it. Seal the edges by pressing properly. 
  6. Roll the stuffed dough gently by sprinkling some flour on it.
  7. Heat a Tawa and place the rolled paratha on it. Cook from both sides by applying ghee/oil till it’s golden brown.

24. Gobi paratha

Gobi paratha or cauliflower paratha is a famous Punjabi recipe. It’s a whole wheat flatbread stuffed with grated and spicy cauliflower. The crispy parathas are cooked during winter when tender cauliflowers are widely available. 

Gobi paratha Ingredients

1. Wheat flour5. Green chilli (chopped)
2. ghee/oil6. Garam masala powder
3. Salt7. Red chilly powder.  
4. Cauliflower head (finely grated) 
Gobi paratha Ingredients
stuffed  Gobi paratha
Stuffed Gobi Paratha

How to cook Gobi paratha

  1. Rinse and grate the cauliflower head finely. Add chopped green chilli and keep it aside.
  2. Mix 3 cups whole wheat flour and salt in a bowl. Add ghee and water to knead the flour into a dough and keep it aside for 30 minutes.
  3. Divide the dough into two small balls and roll them using a rolling pin. 
  4. Apply some ghee/oil on the rolled dough and place the cauliflower stuffing on one of them. 
  5. Sprinkle red chilli powder, salt, garam masala, and some wheat flour on it. Cover it with another rolled dough and seal the edges properly. Gently roll the stuffed dough.
  6. Heat a Tawa and put the paratha over it. Cook from both sides by applying ghee/oil until golden brown. 

25. Falooda

Falooda is a dessert drink prepared in the summer, and it’s a famous Punjabi recipe in India. The drink is a perfect recipe for warm weather and outdoor dining.

Falooda Ingredients

1. Sabja seeds ( Tukmaria seeds and sweet basil seeds)6. Pistachios (not salted)
2. Falooda sev (wheat vermicelli)7. Almond
3. Rose syrup8. Cashews
4. Chilled almond milk9. Raisins or glazed cherries.
5. Vanilla ice cream10. Jelly (optional)
Falooda Ingredients
Falooda
Falooda

How to cook Falooda

  1. Take ½ tablespoon sabja seed (sweet basil) in a bowl and add water. 
  2. Soak them for 30 minutes, after which they will look gelatinous. 
  3. Strain the extra water, cover the seeds, and keep them aside.
  4. Cook the faluda sev by boiling them in water like noodles. Strain and rinse them in running water to remove extra starch. Cover and let it cool. 
  5. Rinse and chop cashew, almond, and pistachios. 
  6. In a serving, glass add rose syrup, the soaked sabja seeds, falooda sev, and jelly (optional). 
  7. Add chilled milk but make sure that it doesn’t get mixed with rose syrup and sabja seeds. (layers make it look attractive)
  8. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream and sprinkle sliced raisin, almond, and pistachios. Decorate it with glazed cherry (optional). 

26. Makhana Doodh

Makhana is a good source of nutrients like calcium, iron, magnesium, etc. Their health benefits make them a popular drink in Punjab and all over India. Drink a glass of hot makhana milk before sleeping to give your body the required dose of proteins. 

Makhana Doodh Ingredients

1. Milk5. Saffron strands
2. Makhana6. Chopped nuts
3. Ghee7. Nutmeg powder
4. Sugar8. Cardamom powder
Makhana Doodh Ingredients
Makhana Doodh
Makhana Doodh

How to cook Makhana Doodh

  1. Roast makhana in a pan with ghee until they become crisp.
  2. Boil the milk and reduce it to half.
  3. Add cardamom powder, nutmeg powder, chopped nuts, saffron strands, and sugar to the milk.
  4. Then add makhana and allow the milk to simmer on a low flame. 
  5. Remove the milk from the gas stove when makhana shrinks in size. Allow it to cool down. 
  6. Pour it into a serving glass and garnish it with pistachios. 

27. Masala Chai

Masala chai or tea is a favourite drink of Indians, along with evening snacks made with spices and milk. The tea reduces headaches and freshens up the body.

Masala Chai Ingredients

1. Sugar6. Green cardamom
2. Milk7. Ginger
3. Water8. Cloves
4. Assam tea (other brands can also be used)9. Mint leaves or lemongrass (optional)
5. Cinnamon 
Masala Chai Ingredients
Masala Chai
Masala Chai

How to cook Masala Chai

  1. Crush green cardamom, cloves, ginger, and cinnamon in a mortar-pestle.
  2. Heat water in a saucepan, allow it to boil and then add the crushed spices. Add mint leaves and lemongrass (optional). 
  3. Boil the spices for 3-4 minutes, and then add sugar as per your taste.
  4. Add Assam tea (or any other tea) and boil it for 2 minutes. For strong and intense tea, simmer it for a couple of minutes more. 
  5. Add milk and allow it to simmer for 3-4 minutes. 
  6. Pour the masala tea in a cup through a strainer and serve it hot. 

28. Dahi Vada

Dahi vadas are popular Punjabi street food. They are specially made on occasions and festivals. However, these vada’s can also be served as a snack for parties or an appetizer. 

Dahi Vada Ingredients

1. Urad dal12. Black salt
2. Green chilli,(chopped)13.  pomegranate arils (optional)
3. Chopped ginger14. Coriander leaves (chopped)
4. Cumin seed15. Tamarind
5. Asafoetida (hing)16. Ginger powder
6. Raisins and cashews (chopped)17. Jaggery or sugar
7. Salt18. Rock salt
8. Curd19. Oil
9. Chaat masala20. Amchur powder
10. Red chilli powder21. Chopped garlic
11. Cumin powder 
Dahi Vada Ingredients
Dahi vada
Dahi vada

How to cook Dahi Vada

  1. Soak a cup of urad dal overnight or for 4-5 hours and grind them in a blender. Add chopped green chilli and ginger, one teaspoon of cumin seed, a little hing (asafoetida), and salt as required. 
  2. Take the batter in a bowl and whisk it for 2-3 minutes with a spatula. Add chopped raisins and cashews to the batter (optional). 
  3. Heat a pan on medium flame. Once the oil reaches 180-190 degrees celsius, drop the batter with fingers or a spoon in it. Fry the vada’s until they are golden and crisp.  
  4. Add the vada in the water while they are still hot and soak them for 15 minutes. (the vada will increase in size, and their colour will change)
  5. Take the vada’s out of the water and press them gently to remove water.
  6. Beat some chilled curd and make green chutney and tamarind chutney. 
  7. Arrange the vada’s on a plate and pour the beaten curd over them evenly. Then spread green and tamarind chutney over them. 
  8. Sprinkle red chilli powder, cumin powder, black salt, chaat masala, pomegranate arils (optional) on the vada. Refrigerate them for a couple of hours, then serve with coriander leaves. 

29. Khoya

Khoya is a dairy food used for preparing many Indian sweets. It’s the leftover solid of milk after evaporating. 

Khoya Ingredients

1. Full fat whole fresh milk.
Khoya Ingredients
Mawa or Khoya sweet dish in Punjab
Mawa or Khoya sweet dish in Punjab

How to cook Khoya

  1. Pour the milk into a pan and put it over a stove. Bring the milk to boil on a low flame. 
  2. Lower the flame and simmer the milk while stirring. The milk will reduce in quantity and become thick. 
  3. When bubbles are seen in the milk, continue to stir it, or the milk will burn. 
  4. Pour the milk in a bowl when bubbles no longer appear and let it cool. (can also be refrigerated)

30. Paya

Paya or trotter soup is a famous non-vegetarian Punjabi food. It’s a favourite breakfast and after-sickness recipe. Paya is a culinary legacy of Bahmani kings and Hyderabadi nizams.  

Paya Ingredients

1. Paya legs (sheep’s trotters)9. Turmeric powder
2. Onion, ginger, and garlic10. Cumin powder
3. Ginger-garlic paste11. Garam masala
4. Cardamom12. Curd
5. Cinnamon sticks13. Oil
6. Clove14. Coriander
7. Salt 15. Lemon juice.
8. Red chilli powder 
Paya Ingredients
Beef Paya curry
Beef Paya curry

How to cook Paya

  1. Add paya to a pressure cooker. Cook for an hour or until it becomes tender. (strain the Paya broth)
  2. Heat a pan and fry onions until they are golden brown. Mix the fried onion with curd to make a smooth paste. 
  3. Fry the Paya pieces on low-medium flame. Then add ginger-garlic paste and cook for 2 minutes. 
  4. Add onion-curd paste, all the spices, salt, and a cup of water. Cook for 5 minutes and add Paya broth.
  5. Simmer for 8-9 minutes on low flame and then add coriander leaves and lemon juice.

31. Panjeeri with Milk

Panjeeri is a traditional sweet dish of Punjab. Punjabi start their day by drinking a glass of hot milk with Panjeeri. 

Panjeeri with Milk Ingredients

1. Wheat flour4. Almonds
2. Powdered sugar5. Cashews
3. Ghee6. Raisins
Panjeeri with Milk Ingredients
Panjeeri with milk
Panjeeri with milk

How to cook Panjeeri with Milk

  1. Heat a pan and add ghee to roast almonds and cashews. Take them out on a plate and blend them into a coarse powder.
  2. Roast the wheat flour in ghee on a low flame until it turns golden brown (an aroma starts coming). 
  3. Stir it continuously for 10-15 minutes and add dry fruits.
  4. Turn the flame off and allow the mixture to cool down. 
  5. Add powdered sugar and raisins and mix thoroughly.
  6. Serve the panjeeri with a glass of hot milk. 

32. Shami Kebab

Shami kebab is a famous Punjabi cuisine. It’s eaten as a snack and appetizer. This kebab is served with sheer khurma during the celebration of Eid. 

Shami Kebab Ingredients

1. Chana dal10. Chilli flakes
2. Oil11. Boneless chicken
3. Cumin seed12. Salt
4. Clove13. Ginger (chopped)
5. Cinamon 14. Green chilli
6. Black pepper15. Garlic (chopped)
7. Coriander seed16. Coriander and mint leaves (chopped)
8. Ajwain17. Eggs
9. Red chilli 
Shami Kebab Ingredients
Shami Kebab
Shami Kebab

How to cook Shami Kebab

  1. Soak chana dal for at least 30 minutes. 
  2. In a pressure cooker, heat oil and add ajwain, red chilli, chilli flakes, cumin seeds, cloves, black peppercorns, cinnamon, coriander seeds, and saute them for 2-4 minutes. 
  3. Add the soaked chana dal and mix properly. Then add the boneless chicken and salt to it. Allow it to simmer after adding adequate water. 
  4. Cook until the chicken is tender and water has evaporated. Allow it to cool, and then grind them into a thick paste. Add coriander leaves, mint leaves, ginger, green chilli, garlic, raw eggs, and mix well. 
  5. Use your palm to make flat and round kebabs. Then shallow fry them until they turn golden and brown. 

33. Kunna Gosht

It’s another famous Punjabi food item.

Kunna Gosht Ingredients Mutton

1. Ghee8. ground cumin
2. Onion (sliced)9. Yogurt
3. Ginger-garlic paste10. Mace and nutmeg (crushed)
4. Red chilli powder11. Garam masala
5. Turmeric12. Cardamom powder
6. Coriander seed13. All-purpose flour
7. Salt 
Kunna Gosht Ingredients Mutton
Kunna Gosht
Kunna Gosht

How to cook Kunna Gosht

  1. Heat ghee in a pan and saute the onions until they turn transparent. Add mutton and ginger-garlic paste, stir them till mutton changes colour. 
  2. Add red chilli powder, turmeric, coriander seed, ground cumin, salt, and water. 
  3. Allow the water to boil, and then close the lid and cook for 15 minutes or until the meat becomes tender on a low flame.
  4. Add yogurt and two tablespoons of flour and mix thoroughly. Then add cardamom powder, garam masala, crushed mace, nutmeg, and allow them to simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. For making Tarka, heat ghee in a pan, add cumin seed, and saute them until they start crackling. 

Punjab and Punjabis

Punjab, with its capital, Chandigarh, is the heart of India. Sikh Guru Ram Das founded Amritsar. The city is famous for the golden temple, which is a pilgrimage site. 

Punjabi people love to cook delicious food items. From ‘Sarson de khet’ to ‘Sarson da saag’, Punjabi’s have sorted it all. Punjab is famous for its culture, tradition of healthy and tasty recipes.

The fame of Punjabi cuisine has spread in India and outside too. “Punjab” is a family-run north Indian restaurant in the United Kingdom since 1946. In Hong Kong, “the new Punjab club” is the first Punjabi restaurant in the world to be awarded a Michelin star.

What is the national food of Punjab?

It is Butter chicken. Punjabi’s love chicken so much that it should be called their national bird. Thus, this makes butter chicken their national food!

What is the main food of Punjab?

Dishes like lassi, chole bhature, dal makhani, etc., are the main food which can find in the beautiful city of Punjab.

What is the most popular food in Punjab?

The Most popular dishes whose credit of origination should be given to Punjab are butter chicken, tandoori chicken, aloo parantha, Makki di roti, lassi, etc.

What is the most famous food in Punjab?

Punjabi dishes like Sarson da saag, Makki di roti, tandoori chicken, Shammi kabab are the most famous Punjab dishes all over the country.

Which is the most famous vegetarian dish of Punjab?

Sarson da saag, Chole Bhature, dal makhani, rajma, etc., are the most famous vegetarian food in Punjab.

What is the famous sweet of Punjab?

Phirni, Kada Prasad, shaker pare, Chikki, Ladoos are the most popular sweets from Punjab. Most of them are popularly eaten during the winter season.

What is Punjabi Dhabba?

It is a restaurant which is mainly situated on the roadside, mainly on the highways. Dhabas are well-known for serving Punjab’s local food. Drivers, travellers, tourists, everybody loves the food served in a Dhaba.

Why is Punjabi food so popular?

Punjabi food is the staple food all over India. The use of spices, butter, ghee makes Punjabi food delicious. Roti, sabzi, dal, and rice are found everywhere in India, making Punjabi food so popular.

How many Punjabi dishes are there?

There are more than 1200 delicious Punjabi foods. The best among them being Sarson da Saag, Makke di roti, butter chicken, rajma chawal, etc

What is the speciality of Punjabi food?

The speciality of Punjabi food is its rich and buttery taste. Punjabi cuisine has a wide range of vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian food.

What do Punjabi farmers eat?

Punjabi farmers eat food like butter chicken, tandoori chicken, Makki di roti, Sarson da Saag, Shami kebab, egg curry, Amritsari fish. etc

From those famous foods of Punjab, it is evident that Punjabi people love everything starting from ghee, butter, chicken. Moreover, they love to use a variety of spices in their food. Moreover, there is a vast wheat production in Punjab, which means roti’s different types and stuffing are famous.    

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