Rajma is the kidney beans in a thick gravy popular across North India.
It is usually prepared for an accompaniment for rice, particularly delicious when served piping hot in the winter.
Feeling: Summer holidays at your grandparents' house
11. Tandoori chicken
Tandoori chicken is chicken marinated for hours in a paste of yogurt and spices, and then roasted (traditionally) in a clay oven called a tandoor.
It is usually prepared for wowing your dinner guests with minimal effort.
Feeling: Making a pit stop at a roadside diner three hours into a family road trip.
12. Banana chips
Bananas chips is the chips thin slices of banana deep fried in savory spices.
It is usually prepared for munching on while watching your favorite movie.
Feeling: The wind flying through your hair as you sail down Kerala's backwaters in a houseboat
13. Baingan Bharta
Baingan Bharta is roasted eggplant mashed together with a variety of other vegetables and spices, served with flatbread.
It is usually prepared for an exciting and fancy vegetarian meal.
Feeling: Going back for seconds at a family friend's house
Dosa is a crispy, flat bread (similar to a crepe or pancake) made of rice batter, served with a lentil sauce (sambar) and a variety of chutneys.
It is usually prepared when you want breakfast to be the highlight of your day.
Feeling: Recounting last night's events the morning after a sleepover
Bhelpuri ispuffed rice fried with vegetables, in a spicy and tangy tamarind sauce.
It is usually prepared for when you want a chilled savory snack.
Feeling: Sitting in the back of a rickshaw at the peak of summer, thankful for the breeze
Vada is a South Indian snack staple made of a lentil or flour batter fried into a doughnut shape.
It is usually prepared for a neutral carb to accompany your craving for chutney and lentils.
Feeling: A morning raga
17. Bhindi Masala fry
Bhindi Masala fry is Okra stuffed with spices, fried.
It is usually prepared for a vegetarian dish that's both exciting and comfort food.
Feeling: Mom's cooking
18. Rogan Josh
Rogan Josh is a lamb curry of Persian origin, now popular in the Kashmir area. In India, rogan josh is often made using goat meat instead of lamb.
It is usually prepared for when you don't just want a meal – you want a feast.
Feeling: Strutting around in your nicest traditional finery and feeling like royalty