G20 Summit: 20 Foods From Bharat That Are International Stars

Over the weekend, the Bharat Mandapan Convention Centre in Delhi’s Pragati Maidan area is set to become the focus of the world’s attention. On the 9th and 10th, delegates from all over the world will be pouring in for the G20 Summit 2023 and convening in the capital to strengthen international relationships and shape the architecture of the world. 

But when it comes to building relationships, we believe there’s to way quicker to win someone’s heart than with food. Indian food in particular, with its melange of spices, flavours and unique regional differences has so much to offer the world. 

There are some dishes that have already flown the nest and made their way across the seas to become staples of international cuisine. Here are 20 that put smiles on faces no matter where they’re served. 

1. Barfi: Also known as mithai, this confection is made from condensed milk, sugar, and flavourings, often garnished with nuts, the sweet treat has become a favourite in many countries with Indian populations, because who can resist some desi sweets?

2. Bhajiyas: Frying makes everything better and when it comes to bhajiyas, these fritters made from gram flour and various vegetables, provide a crunchy snack to be munch at any time of the day.

3. Biryani: The fragrance of biryani has charmed hearts for centuries and it’s finally getting plenty of international love too. This rice dish cooked with spices and meat or vegetables, is celebrated for its aromatic nature and comforting flavours.

4. Butter Chicken: Not to be confused with the British creation of Chicken Tikka Masala, this creamy tomato-based curry originated in Delhi and is made with tender chicken pieces, offering a rich and indulgent taste.

5. Chicken Tikka: Although finding a handy tandoor might be tough outside India, Chicken Tikka has managed to take over the world. These yoghurt and spice marinated and grilled chicken pieces are known for their smoky and flavorful profile.

6. Dal Tadka: The whole world has come to the same conclusion. Dal is the ultimate comfort food. The simple yet delicious dish is made from lentils tempered with spices, offering nutrition and a warm belly.

7. Dosa: South India may not get as much representation on menus abroad, but dosas have surely made their mark. The thin lentil crepes, stuffed with flavorful masala potato filling now have fans the world over. 

8. Gulab Jamun: Sweet and sugar steeped, Gulab Jamuns are the mainstay of every Indian festival and now they can be found on menus worldwide providing smiles and a sweet ending to meals.

9. Haldi Doodh: The worldwide sensation of ‘Golden Milk’ has its roots in Indian Ayurveda for the healing properties of turmeric. As a relaxing nighttime beverage or a cleansing drink, this has shot to fame and is now touted by health experts globally. 

10. Idli Sambar: Another simple, South Indian favourite, Idli Sambar has long been loved as a light, nutritious breakfast made with fermented rice batter cakes and dipped in a spiced tomato-based stew. For those looking for a taste of home, this is a must-have.

11. Jalebi: Hot and fresh Jalebi baby! Nothing could be better than this sweet dessert made from deep-fried batter soaked in saffron-scented sugar syrup, offering a sticky treat.

12. Kebabs: Skewered and grilled meat or vegetables, marinated with spices, renowned for their succulent taste...and their ability to help you recover from a night out.

13. Masala Chai: No it’s no chai tea, but if you call it Masala Chai, you can have as much as you want! A spiced afternoon staple, it’s brewed with black tea leaves, milk, and aromatic spices like cardamom and ginger.

14. Naan: What is Indian food without some a bread by its side. All types of rotis and naans are easily found on supermarket shelves worldwide these days perfect for sopping up delicious curries and gravies.

15. Pani Puri: Chaat has gone international, and along with a bevy of fusion flavours, the OG pani puri has become a fun addition to global menus fortis interactive experience and spicy chutneys.

16. Palak Paneer: Even someone who hates eating greens will fall for Palak Paneer. This creamy spinach curry with chunks of soft paneer provides a healthy and flavourful experience.

17. Saag Aloo: Thanks to some very memorable pop culture moments, Saag Aloo has been embedded in the global consciousness. The veg dish featuring potatoes and leafy greens cooked with aromatic spices offers a simple but nutritious meal.

18. Samosas: The triangular pastry snack to rule them all, samosas may not have originated in India, but they’ve become synonymous Indian culture and these spiced potatoes, pea, or meat-filled pockets are a popular snack or appetiser.

19. Tandoori Chicken: India’s famed kebabs, chicken is marinated in yoghurt and spices, then cooked in a tandoor, for a smoky, finger-licking experience.

20. Vindaloo: This spicy Goan curry, often prepared with pork or lamb, is for its bold and fiery flavours. It may have come with the Portuguese, but this dish is better known in its British Indian form and is a favourite of curry houses.

(Please Note: This list appears in alphabetical order)