There is a tremendous love and demand for Indian cuisine and restaurants all over Australia, and this passion has grown steadily since the 1960s, around when the Aussies began travelling to India. There are several reasons for the same, one of the most obvious being the fact that Indian food is absolutely delicious. However, one of the more prevalent reasons is the already large and consistently growing Indian community in the land down under. There are as many as 500,000 Indians in Australia, which makes them the fourth largest immigrant community there. Check out some of the exotic Indian treats waiting for you at any of the incredible Indian restaurants in Collingwood.

Non-Vegetarian Delights

Butter Chicken: One of the world’s most popular chicken dishes, this involves overnight marinating of chicken in a mixture of yoghurt and spices like coriander, cumin, turmeric, garlic paste, ginger, chilli, pepper, lemon and garam masala. It is cooked in a world-famous traditional Indian clay oven called a tandoor, and tastes absolutely divine.

Chicken Tikka Masala: Undoubtedly the most loved Indian dish all over the world, this incredible delight is served as a bowl or chunks of roasted chicken, in an explosive, rich, spicy and creamy sauce. This, too, is cooked in the famous Tandoor, which finds its way right into the heart of Southern, Western and Central Asian cuisine.

Rogan Josh: A sumptuous lamb or mutton dish, the Rogan Josh’s roots can be traced far back into Persia. A literal translation would give you “cooked at intense heat in oil”. Don’t let the meaning ward you away from it; it’s delightful! Rogan Josh has been named among the most delicious curries in the world, and is also one of the very best ways to eat your lamb.

Veggie Delicacies

Malai Kofta: Essentially a vegetarian equivalent of meatballs, these creamy, fluffy balls taste incredible with any flatbread, naan or rice dish. They are served at special occasions like weddings and parties, but can be found at any good Indian restaurant throughout the year.

Chole or Chana: A rich curry made with chickpeas is possibly one of the best North Indian treats there is. It is eaten most favourably with bhatooras, which are fluffy, fried Indian breads, and accompanied by carrot or mango pickle, onions, and green chutney. Suitable for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, you name it! It goes well with anything and everything, and is a must-try!

Palak Paneer: A marriage of cottage cheese and pureed spinach, this is one of the most incredible vegetarian dishes you will find anywhere in the world. Served with a generous dollop of butter or cream, this couldn’t taste any better!

Chaat: One of the most popular Indian snacks; you will find numerous street vendors serving their rendition of the tangy madness that is a chaat. Most of the variants are based on a form of fried dough, coupled with yoghurt, spices, tomatoes, coriander and what not. A celebration of colours and flavours, this is definitive of the very essence of Indian cuisine.