One Word, Singapore

Indian Cuisine

Like other divisions of Singaporean cuisine, Indian Singaporean Cuisine has influence from multiple ethnic groups. Dishes from both the North Indian region and the South Indian region can be found in Singapore. 

  • Butter chicken

Butter chicken is basically a North Indian dish, popular type of chicken curry sauce, which is seen in almost all Indian restaurant menus. Chicken cooked in creamy rich sauce made with cashews, almonds, tomatoes and butter, also known as Chicken Makhani.


  • Biryani

Biryani is a rice-based dish made with spices, rice (usually basmati) and chicken, mutton, fish, eggs, or vegetables. The name is derived from the Persian word beryā(n), which means “fried” or “roasted”. Alternative spellings include biriani,biriyaniburiyaniberyani or beriani. Biryani was believed to have been invented in the kitchen of the Muslim MughalEmperors.

It is very popular in South Asia and is a key element of the South Asian cuisine. Kolkata, Hyderabad, Malabar, Delhi, Agra,Dhaka, Kashmir, Karachi, Lucknow and Lahore, are the main centres of biryani cuisine. A typica biryanimeal provides 500 kCal of energy.

nasi biryani

  •  Murtabak

Martabak or murtabak, also mutabbaq is a stuffed pancake or pan-fried bread which is commonly found in Saudi Arabia (especially the Tihamah and the Hejaz regions), Yemen, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, and Brunei. Depending on the location, the name and ingredients can significantly vary. The name mutabbaq (or sometimes mutabbag) in Arabic means “folded”. In Indonesia, the Murtabak is one of the most popular street foods and is known as “martabak”.


  • Roti prata

Roti prata (印度煎饼 in Chinese) is a fried flour-based pancake that is cooked over a flat grill. It is usually served with a vegetable or meat based curry and is sold all over Singapore in food centres. Prata is also commonly cooked (upon request) with cheese, onion, banana, red bean, chocolate, mushroom or egg.

roti prata

  • Mamak rojak, or Indian rojak (Pasembor)

Rojak (Malaysian and Singaporean spelling) or Rujak (Indonesian spelling) is a traditional fruit and vegetable salad dish commonly found in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. The term “Rojak” is Malay for mixture.



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