When ordering an Indian from your local takeaway delivery there is no denying that some of the best bits of the meal are the sides, breads and rice dishes that you get too. Indian cuisine offers so many amazing extra dishes and there is so much selection. No matter which restaurant you order from you can guarantee they will have something for everyone.
Choosing a rice dish to accompany your main curry dish can be a difficult task. There are lots to pick from and you want to make sure that the decision you make pairs well. To help anyone that is trying to get their head around the vast range of rice dishes you get in Indian cuisine, ChefOnline has put together a helpful guide.
You may see this sometimes referred to as ‘plain rice’ or ‘boiled rice’ on an Indian menu but this usually means it is basmati rice. It is often a rice dish without any additional seasoning making it the perfect side for any main curry dish. Basmati is a variety of long-grained rice and it is considered the best of Indian rice.
This rice dish is usually bright yellow in colour and it is a really popular choice. Pilau rice is a bowl of intensely flavoured rice and it contains a huge range of spices. The bright colour comes from turmeric or saffron and restaurants will usually use cardamom in this dish too, along with any other spices specific to their recipe. This rice has its own flavour, so remember that you will taste it no matter what you pair it with.
Mushrooms are quite a controversial vegetable and you definitely need to like them if you’re ordering this rice. Restaurants tend to use thinly sliced button or field mushrooms in this dish and they will accompany basmati rice to make the base of this side. Of course, to ensure that the rice is full of flavour, there will be different spices added to finish it off. This rice doesn’t have an incredibly strong flavour so it will pair well with the majority of the main dishes.
You can almost guarantee to find this on any Indian menu the same way you usually find a keema naan. They both use flavoured mincemeat at the heart of the dish which makes them stand out from the others on the menu. Again, you can expect this dish to contain numerous spices and sometimes onions and peppers too. Some people order this dish as a meal in itself so, just remember how filling and packed full of ingredients it is when your pairing it with your main.
This rice dish is exactly what you would expect from the name. Depending on the Indian restaurant you purchase from this dish may differ slightly, the vegetables in the rice will differ as will the spices used. You can usually expect this dish to be similar to the pilau rice but with additional vegetables and maybe even potatoes. So, like the pilau, it will have a strong fragrant flavour and but it should work with all of your favourite mains.
Of all the rice dishes, this is probably one of the least well known. This is a healthy and delicious type of rice which is made using Indian spinach and a range of mild spices. Lots of restaurants will use lemon juice in their recipe for this dish creating a unique flavour to the rice dish. Therefore, if you want to try something really different then this is the dish to go for.
Ordering Rice Dishes
Next time you order a takeaway try getting a couple of new rice dishes as well as your standard basmati rice. The only way you will get to experience all of the amazing flavours used in these rice dishes is by trying them out. If you really love Indian food then we can pretty much guarantee that you will love them all anyway.
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