Grand Cafe: Indian recipes you need to try
When you visit Kenya for the first time, one of the things that you might be considering is trying the local food. While this is something that everyone should certainly try, remember that Kenya is also the home of lots of amazing international cuisines! One, in particular, is the variety of Indian food available.
This is where we at Grand Cafe come into the picture. It has become our goal to bring authentic Indian food to both the locals and tourists that we welcome in our cafe. If this is your first time trying the local food, then you are certainly in for a surprise! To learn more about this, take a look at some of the must-try Indian dishes and recipes to take note of in the section below:
For all of the foodies out there who love snacking on food, you simply must try authentic Indian Chaat. This is an excellent dish that can be enjoyed any time of the day because of its flexible nature, and it goes with almost any dish or sauce! Chaat is made with vegetables, chutney, a breaded crust and many other delicious ingredients.
Chaat translates to ‘to lick’ and rightfully so because you will be licking the remnants of this delicious snack off your fingers once you are done enjoying it! In fact, the locals even enjoy eating Chaat with other popular dishes such as palak paneer and curry to add to the taste and make the dining experience even more enjoyable.
If you are the kind of person who enjoys eating bread, then you will surely have a lot of fun while eating traditional Indian naan. This is a kind of bread that is soft and pillowy to the touch and has a delicious texture once you are able to enjoy it. Be sure to order it as a side whenever you have Indian food here at Grand Cafe.
On the other hand, remember that naan bread is also best served hot. It is filled with yeast and is cooked to perfection in a clay oven, so be sure to enjoy it with other dishes like palak paneer and various curries to really bring out the flavour!
Another kind of snack that lots of locals in both India and Kenya enjoy is samosas. These are small, baked pastries that are shaped in a triangular form and filled with lots of delicious ingredients. Some of the common fillings include potatoes, chickpeas, onions and peppers.
Much like all of the other Indian dishes and recipes on this list, samosas are best enjoyed while hot and fresh out of the oven. Be sure to dip it into sauces like curries or mint sauce to really bring out the taste! Although, samosas are already delicious on their own if you would like to enjoy them as such.
If most Asian countries have rice to offer, then India has its own variation as well! This comes in the form of biryani, a traditional Indian dish that features longer rice grains, delicious spices along with a bunch of extra yummy ingredients like meat, veggies and yoghurt among others.
Contrary to what other people know about biryani, this dish is not made with any soup or broth of any kind. Instead, it’s a completely dry dish that has a lot of aromatic spices and bursts with flavour after every bite that you take. This is a must-try and you can have the real thing when you dine with us here at Grand Cafe!
Of course, you simply cannot try Indian cuisine without having a traditional and authentic curry. Hailing from Northern India, this dish is a deliciously hot and flavourful dish that is typically made with chicken. Some of the ingredients added include coriander, curry powder, cumin, coconut milk, chicken, onions, tomatoes and many more.
Be sure to have a small taste of the curry first before you pour it all over your rice or bread. This is because this is one of the hotter curries out there. On the other hand, those who like spicy food will surely enjoy this classic dish.
Another type of curry is korma. It also comes from the Northern parts of India and has a distinct flavour bursting with curry powder, coconut milk and various spices. Compared to other curries such as madras curry, this one is a bit milder and friendly with the taste buds in the sense that it is not too spicy.
Be sure to try this dish as soon as you can and enjoy it with a bunch of different sides such as naan bread or even biryani rice. You will find that it is one of the best curries you will ever have in your life!
For all of the vegetarians out there, you do not have to worry because there are a lot of delicious dishes that you can enjoy when you try Indian palak paneer. This is a dish made with yummy ingredients such as pureed spinach, paneer cheese, onions, garlic, cumin, ginger, chilli powder and many more.
Not only is this dish healthier than some of the others on this list, but it is delectable at the same time! You can enjoy it with rice or bread at any time of the day as long as you are having those savoury cravings.
Stepping away from all of the curry and sauce-laden dishes out there, it’s time to talk about India’s version of fried chicken. This comes in the form of the iconic tandoori chicken. Made with ingredients such as tender chicken, paprika, coriander, ginger, salt, and yoghurt, this dish is grilled to perfection until the meat is practically falling off the bones.
One bite of this will instantly transport you to chicken heaven, where lots of flavours will burst in your taste buds and make for a truly memorable dining experience. So, be sure to give this a try when you pay us a visit in Kenya!
With all of the different dishes and recipes that you have learned about here at Grand Cafe, it would be our pleasure to help you experience all of these for yourself and see what Indian cuisine has to offer! Be sure to try it out for yourself and book your tables here at our restaurant today.
Why should you come and visit Kenya?
Upon learning more about Indian cuisines and what we at Grand Cafe have to offer, why should you head over to Kenya and visit our cafe? There is a lot to look forward to, especially if you consider yourself to be a first-timer in the country. Check out the section below to learn more about it:
Gorgeous scenery and wildlife reserves
One of the first things that you can look forward to upon visiting Kenya is the gorgeous scenery. No matter where you look, there is an opportunity to find beautiful mountains, fields, seascapes and many more. This is because it’s a natural sanctuary for both people and animals all over the country!
You can also expect a lot of amazing wildlife in the area. It is home to native animals such as lions, hippos, elephants, zebras and many more. There might be a few restrictions based on what areas you can access, but you have the chance to see these animals up close and personal!
Kind and hospitable locals
Another massive contributing factor to every trip that you take should include learning more about the locals and actually getting to know them. Remember that this is a place where the customs and traditions are different. This is why it’s a good idea to get outside of your bubble and try to talk to other people!
Experience Kenyan culture for yourself
Last but not least, the main reason why you should consider visiting Kenya is because of the country’s culture. There are so many unique things about the country and its people that should be known by others as well.
Plus, our shop here at Grand Cafe is located in Kenya and offers some of the best local and Indian food in the country! Be sure to give it a try and see the different culinary experiences you can get. After all, what better way to get to know a culture rather than through food?
About Grand Cafe
Based in Kenya, we at the Grand Cafe pride ourselves on reaching out to as many people as possible and letting them know just how special Indian cuisine is. While we do offer some local Kenyan favourites, you can also broaden your horizons and have a bit of both in our cafe! You will find that our twist on Indian cuisine is something that you shouldn’t miss.