One item you will find on everyone’s Indian order is poppadoms. There is no denying that this crispy side is a staple when you order a takeaway. Whether you love to eat yours with your curry, an onion salad or a range of different dips we can guarantee that you will be fighting over the last one in the packet.
When ordering your Indian poppadoms you will often be sent a selection of different dips to enjoy them with. Many people have no idea what these dips are and they have been popularly named by their colour. If the red dip is your favourite or you prefer the yellow one, you will know exactly what we are talking about.
There are so many different delicious Indian dips that are available and you may never have heard of but you simply have to try. We have put together a list of our favourites, some you will recognise and some you won’t, that you should try next time your order your local takeaway delivery.
We had to start with the most popular choice, this is also definitely the most well known. You will not only find this on your takeaway menu but also on the shelves of the majority of supermarkets. It tastes exactly how you would expect from the name and is a sweet addition to any meal. Many people don’t just use mango chutney as a dip but it can also be added to your curry if you want a sweeter flavour.
This is another popular choice for many people, you may also know it as saunth chutney or imli chutney. Tamarind chutney is a sweet tangy chutney usually made from tamarind, jaggery and spices. It is sweet, tangy, spicy and sour, all at the same time. As well as dipping your poppadoms in this chutney it is also used for making Bhel Puri, served with samosa and is an integral part of any Indian Chaat.
Raitas are yoghurt-based dipping sauces that contain vegetables or fruits and spices. One of the most popular favours is mint, you will often be sent one of these with your poppadoms in your local takeaway delivery. Raitas aren’t just used for dipping, they are also turned to when a curry is too spicy. They are used to chill down hot dishes and are usually a necessity when young children want to try your takeaway.
This is the Indian version of pickles but instead of vinegar, they use various kinds of oils and spices as the preservative ingredients. Pachranga is not the name of the ingredients in this achaar, it is the name of one of the most famous manufacturers of achaar in India. This signature achaar is made with mango, lotus root, turnip, carrot, red chiles, cumin, and ginger. If you want to try something different then ask for this at your local Indian restaurants and takeaways.
You will probably know this sauce best as the ‘red dip’ that comes with your poppadoms. A pakora sauce is often seen as a side dish to popular traditional Indian starters. If you like spice then this is the dip for you, it is often just referred to as a chilli dip on takeaway menus. You can quickly spice up any curry with this sauce, if you haven’t eaten it all with your poppadoms.
Trying these dips
We are sure that you probably fancy an Indian takeaway after reading this, don’t worry, if you do we know the perfect takeaway site for you to visit. ChefOnline will provide you with a range of local Indian takeaways for you to choose from. You can view all of their menus online, many of which have a dip section for you to browse. If you can’t find the dip you are looking for, it may be listed under a different name and the restaurant will be able to advise you which one to order.