The Spiciest Dishes in India

August 21, 2020

Indian cuisine is known for its heat as the culture revolves around the implementation of spice. Interestingly, spicy food is eaten in hot countries because it encourages the body to sweat, thereby reducing the temperature of diners and cooling them down. With this said, there are a handful of dishes found in India that are known for their intense heat and flavour. Read on as we go over the top three…


Originating from Kashmir, rista is a spicy dish made from red meat like lamb and cooked in a tomato-based gravy. It gets its mouth-watering heat from the array of spices that are allowed to permeate through the meat and is known for being incredibly aromatic. In fact, a traditional rista utilises 3 black cardamom, 4 green cardamom, 4 tablespoons of saffron, ½ tablespoon of turmeric, 4 tablespoons of ghee and 6 tablespoons of chilli powder!

Laal Maas

This Rajasthani speciality translates to ‘Red Meat’ and gets its heat from the implementation of red Mathania chilli’s that are native to the Indian region. After all, Laal Maas is a popular Rajasthani curry that has two distinctive features: its use of a native mustard oil and a remarkable smoky flavour profile. It is usually prepared with mutton as the signature meat, and was traditionally eaten by Rajput warriors.


Although the etymology of the word Vindaloo suggests that it has a Portuguese origin, this well-known curry comes from Goa in Maharashtra. It is traditionally made using spicy chilli peppers, garlic and a variety of spices like paprika, ginger, coriander, turmeric, mustard powder, cumin and cinnamon. Known for its mouth-numbing attribute, vindaloo is a spicy Indian curry that diners should brace themselves for ahead of time.

Here at Royal Nawaab, our chefs craft all of our dishes with the authenticity of traditional Indian flavours. After all, we recognise that our restaurant appeals to the Asian community and the last thing we want to serve is a poor imitation of the real thing! To find out more information about the role of spice in Indian cuisine, get in contact with the best restaurant Manchester has to offer and speak to a member of the Royal Nawaab team today!