The Delicious Indian Side Dishes You’ve Probably Never Tried

August 13, 2018

When you’re in the mood for some delicious Indian side dishes, it’s only natural for you to start piling your plate with onion bhaji’s, naan bread and vegetable samosas. After all, these are old favourites, right?

Along with a splash of mango chutney and mint raita, these are your go-to side dishes when enjoying a good curry. Of course, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with this, and these foods are so popular for a reason: they’re downright delicious.

However, Indian cuisine is the home to all manner of fantastic side dishes, and it would be such a shame if you failed to give any of these a try. While you might be tempted to squeeze an extra bhaji onto your plate, these are the side dishes every curry-lover needs to try, (but probably never has).


After you’ve seen a plate of momo for the first time, you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s a part of Chinese cuisine. However, these delicious dumplings are incredibly popular within the South Asian regions of Nepal, Tibet and, of course, India.

Typically a steamed dumpling with some kind of filling- meat, vegetables and cheese are always popular- momo is traditionally served alongside sesame chutney and chilli sauce.


Panipuri has always been an incredibly popular snack in India, and there’s absolutely no reason why it can’t be eaten as a side dish.

Made with a hollowed-out bread and then fried, panipuri is filled with flavoured water, potato, chickpeas, onion and tamarind paste. Packed with countless Indian flavours and causing the taste buds to really tingle, everyone needs to give panipuri a try.

Papri Chaat

Make no mistake- these crispy wafers are absolutely delicious. Offering a fantastic combination of sweet and spicy flavours, papri chaat is usually loaded with boiled potatoes and chickpeas, then finished off with a splash of mint and chili sauce.

Spicy, crispy and simply unmissable.

Mushroom Bhaje

Not to be confused with the word ‘bhaji’, this delicious Indian dish can be eaten as either a main or a side dish. Either way, you need to make sure to try it.

Made with mild spices and soaking in a tasty sauce, mushroom bhaje is perfect alongside some poppadum’s or naan bread, while it can also act as a great accompaniment to your chosen curry. Not too spicy but packed with flavour, mushroom bhaje is one side dish we bet you’ve never tried.

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