Tandoori Mahi and Garlic Naan

A Taste of India: Northern vs. Southern Food

Serene Cuisine of India

If you’ve gone to an Indian restaurant, you are likely familiar with popular dishes like a tikka masala or tandoori chicken. But what you may not know is that the food in northern India differs vastly from the cuisine in southern India.

Northern Indian food frequently incorporates dairy (ghee, milk and a soft cheese called paneer) and wheat (including bread like naan and roti), and is known best for its use of the tandoori oven to cook chicken, fish, lamb and even bread. You can also find delicious vegetarian options, like the spinach-based saag curry.

In contrast, southerners typically use more grains — often incorporating rice instead of bread into meals. The sour flavor of tamarind is widely used, and vegetarian dishes are far more prevalent here — especially those made with lentils.

Luckily, you don’t have to travel far to enjoy the best of both worlds here at Serene in Denver!

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