Indian culture and eating habits have made us habitual of eating practically all of our meals with side dishes. Our meals feel and look incomplete without at least one serving of a side dish, which can range from 'papad' to pickle. Side dishes like these helps to elevate the whole dining experience and can be enjoyed with breakfast as well as dinner.  

It enhances the flavours and taste of the food, making it more attractive and well-balanced.  We've compiled a list of 5 side dishes to accompany your next meal: 

 •    Crispy Papads  

 This is one of the most popular side dishes around, appreciated by most of us. It's also known as 'papadum,' and has a crispy, crunchy texture and comes in a variety of flavours. It has the feel of a thin wafer and is usually made from dried lentils and few spices.  If you want to make it taste even better, top it with chopped tomatoes and onions and chutneys. It will add a crispy twist to your main course dish.  

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     Pakoras 

It is an evening snack relished by Indians with a cup of tea. However, few people realise that pakoras can also be served as a side dish. Pakoras can be made with any vegetable because it is so adaptable. It's also quite simple to make; simply coat any vegetable in spicy besan batter and fry it on medium heat to create this delicious side dish. Aloo pakoras, gobhi pakoras, shimla mirch pakoras are just a few examples.  

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     Rasam 

Although not technically a meal, 'rasam' is a spicy and zingy south Indian soup that is gaining popularity across India. Rasam, a South Indian dish typically enjoyed with dosas and idlis, is winning everyone’s hearts these days. You may serve this delightful soup with plain rice as well, as it is made with lentils, tomato, ginger, garlic, tamarind, and many other spices. It would taste amazing.  

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     Cucumber Raita 

This side dish, a favourite of Indian mothers and best savoured in the summer, is made with yoghurt and grated cucumber seasoned with salt and pepper. This one is the simplest to prepare and is best served chilled. The refreshing flavour of raita with our food elevates the entire dining experience. 

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    Spiced Stir Fried Vegetables 

This Indian side dish has a slight western flavour, yet it goes well with practically any dinner. It's also a great way to use up any leftover vegetables you have in the fridge. You can use any number of veggies, such as bell peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, potatoes, capsicum, tomatoes, and so on.  Season them with salt and pepper, then stir fry them in a little oil before serving with your dinner. This colourful combination of vegetables can brighten up even the most boring of meals.  

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 Never take a side dish for granted, as it has been proven numerous times that these dishes are capable of making even the most bland and unappealing dinner seem delectable.  Put on your chef's hat and cook one of these dishes for your next meal.