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Top 5 Most Popular Indian Foods in Sydney

Hello Sydney foodies! Willing to explore the amazing world of Indian cuisine? Sydney is known for its diverse food scene, and Indian dishes are a big part of it. From delicious Railway Goat Curry to classic Chicken Tikka Masala, there's so much to try. Indian food is all about rich flavors, tasty gravies, and unique spices. Let’s learn about the top 5 dishes at The Colonial British-Indian Cuisine that you must try these most popular Indian foods in Sydney on your next foodie adventure in Balmain, Neutral Bay or Darlinghurst!

Butter Chicken

No Indian food journey can be complete without indulging in the creamy goodness of Butter Chicken. Butter Chicken, also called Murgh Makhani, originated in India’s capital, Delhi in the 1950s and since then a celebration without it has been incomplete for chicken lovers. Tender pieces of chicken, marinated in a blend of yogurt and spices, are cooked in a creamy tomato-based sauce. Tandoor (clay oven) is often used to cook the chicken to bring out a smoky flavour to the dish. It is best paired with either a side of garlic naan or basmati rice for a divine experience. 

butter chicken- Most Popular Indian Foods in Sydney

Railway Goat Curry

Railway Goat Curry has an interesting history. It is said to have originated during British colonial rule in the Indian subcontinent. The dish is prepared from tender goat meat cooked in a rich, spicy curry sauce, flavoured with aromatic Indian spices such as cumin, coriander, turmeric, and garam masala. Tomatoes, onions, garlic, ginger, black cardamom, cassia bark, and yoghurt are added to enhance the curry's flavour and texture. The speciality is loved for its rich flavours and historical importance. Pair it with rice, roti, naan, and pickles to add a tangy flavour to it. 

Paneer Tikka Masala

Paneer Tikka Masala is a must-try appetizer that never fails to impress all vegetarians and paneer lovers. It consists of marinated paneer (Indian cottage cheese) cubes coated with creamy tomato sauce with flavours of ginger, garlic, coriander, and other spices. When this marinated paneer is grilled, it is added to a sauce of some more spices (surprise, surprise), onions, cream, and tomatoes. Served with a garnish of coriander on the top, green chutney and side of a naan bread, making it a completely flavourful scrumptious meal. 

Chicken Tikka Masala

Another cherished dish from Indian kitchens, similar to Paneer Tikka Masala just Paneer being replaced by Chicken. The Chicken is marinated with a mixture of yogurt and spices, including turmeric, cumin, coriander and garam masala, and later roasted till a rich golden-brown colour. Further, it is added to a creamy tomato sauce with all the spices and butter, cream, onions, and garlic in it. Chicken Tikka Masala is ideally served with steamed rice, or warm naan, having a perfect balance of smoky, spicy and creamy flavours. 

Cheese Naan

The hero of all the above dishes is the naan, which brings out the best of all. Cheese Naan is a variation of the classic Indian Garlic Naan. It is soft dough prepared with flour, water, yeast and a dash of yogurt. Later, a mixture of cheese, mozzarella, paneer, and herbs is added to it and it is cooked in a traditional clay oven, tandoor, where the magic happens. It can be paired with Butter Chicken, Railway Goat Curry, Paneer & Chicken Tikki Masala as well. Whether consumed on its own or as a side, Cheese Naan is a delight to your taste buds and you surely will end up craving more of it.

cheese naan- Most Popular Indian Foods in Sydney


In summary, Sydney has a diverse food scene, and The Colonial Restaurant is a prime example of this cultural blend. We put a creative spin on traditional Indian dishes like Butter Chicken and Naan, making it a must-try for every food lover. So, don't miss out on the chance to enjoy their delicious offerings during your next dining adventure in the city. Make your reservations at The Colonial Restaurant, to try out all these top Indian Dishes for an unforgettable experience. 


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