Are You in an Indian Restaurant? How to Place Order?

Are You in an Indian Restaurant? How to Place Order?

The titles of Indian foods are not as difficult as they sound. Foods are mostly named after their cooking process, such as Tandoori Chicken (Tandoor-roasted chicken). They could also be named after the place of origin, for example, Kashmiri Pulav for having chili found in Kashmir). Similarly, they are known for the culture of origin (Mughlai Biryani from the Mughal culture) and main ingredient (Butter Chicken, for having butter in the gravy). So, consider these terms when going to a vegetarian restaurant in Sydney next time.



Bhurji means the dishes are stir-fried, like scrambled eggs. It can be mild or very hot and main ingredient is accompanied by tomatoes, onions, garlic, ginger, and spices like cumin, chilies, coriander, and turmeric. They are dry dishes and match with gravied ones as well.



This dish is made of spices just like Indian spices. These dishes can be very hot and they usually have a tangy flavor. You may expect spices like fennel, chili, carom seed, and mustard.


Bhuna (Fry)

Bhuna means sauté or stir-fried. Most of the Indian dishes call for spices to be fried or lightly fried to release their flavors or aroma and to keep them from raw taste. These dishes can be hot or mild. Spices like cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, bay leaves, cloves, coriander, chilies, and cumin are added along with tomatoes and onions.



These can me medium or very hot. Biryani can be both vegetarian and non-vegetarian. It includes variety of spices and a large dish with fragrant, pre-cooked, rice.