Norwegian Diplomat, Erik Solheim Calls Indian Food The Best

Indian food is loved all over the world for its incredible complexity of tastes, aromas, and cultural influences. Among its splendid array of regional delights, the Punjabi thali shines as a glorious example. Bursting with vibrant colors and robust flavors, a Punjabi thali presents an assortment of dishes that reflect the culinary richness of the region. Recently, Norwegian diplomat Erik Solheim posted a picture of a delicious Thali on X( previusly Twitter) to praise the bounty of Indian cuisine.  

Erik Solheim, a Norwegian Diplomat who is the President of the Green Belt and Road Institute shared Punjabi thali photo on X and wrote, “Indian food is simply the best!”. The photograph showcases a diverse array of over 20 delectable dishes, ranging from pani puri to butter naan to kadhi pakoda. These appetising offerings epitomise the flavorsome Punjabi cuisine. 

In recent times, Indian cuisine has garnered remarkable global recognition, eliciting admiration from foreign delegates and dignitaries. Its intricate blend of flavors, diverse regional dishes, and vibrant spices have transcended borders, captivating palates worldwide. This culinary journey not only mirrors India's rich heritage but also serves as a unifying force, fostering cross-cultural connections through the universal language of food. As appreciation for Indian culinary traditions grows, it cements the nation's place on the international gastronomic map. 

Now that you're reading this, we are sure you're hungry for some delicious traditional Punjabi fare. Here are some of the best meals to try. 

Sarson da Saag and Makki di Roti: A classic winter delicacy, Sarson da Saag is a nutritious dish made from mustard greens, spinach, and other leafy vegetables, cooked and seasoned with spices. It's often paired with Makki di Roti, a flatbread made from maize flour, creating a harmonious and satisfying meal. 

Butter Chicken: This globally renowned dish consists of tender pieces of chicken marinated in a mixture of yogurt and spices, cooked in a rich tomato and butter-based gravy. The combination of smoky flavors and creamy texture makes it a favorite among locals and foreigners alike. 

Chole Bhature: Chole Bhature is a popular street food dish. Chole, or spicy chickpea curry, is served with Bhature, a deep-fried bread made from refined flour. It's a delightful combination of spicy and tangy flavors, often enjoyed for breakfast or as a filling lunch. 

Paneer Tikka: Paneer Tikka is a vegetarian delight where cubes of paneer (Indian cottage cheese) are marinated in a blend of yogurt and spices, skewered, and then grilled or cooked in a tandoor. The resulting dish is flavorful, slightly smoky, and accompanied by fresh mint chutney.  

Dal Makhani: Dal Makhani is a creamy lentil dish made from whole black lentils and kidney beans, cooked with spices, butter, and cream. It's slow-cooked to perfection, resulting in a velvety texture and a rich, aromatic flavor profile.  

These dishes are only a taste of the rich variety that characterises Punjabi food. They are representative of the region's love of bold spices, smooth textures, and balanced flavours.