Your Complete Guide to Continental Foods

With the power of the internet, we can now access any recipe from any cuisine in the most remote corners of the world, right at our fingertips. This has led to cuisine exploration and diversifying of eating habits everywhere. 

One such cuisine is the continental cuisine that has won people's hearts! Let's explore more-

Continental food is prepared in the continent of Europe. It essentially contains Mediterranean and French cuisine. Continental food includes the cuisines of European countries like Spain, France, Italy and more. This cuisine’s staple ingredients are olive oil, wine, garlic and various herbs and spices to season and add flavour to the dishes. It is often confused with oriental cuisine which belongs to Southeast Asian countries like China, Thailand, Korea and Japan. 

If you are new to continental food, we have got the perfect list of foods for you to begin your journey of exploring this delicious cuisine! 

Corn & Cauliflower Soup

This soup is like tasting comfort from a bowl. Once you have corn and cauliflower soup, you will crave this every winter evening! The combination of sweet corn and the creamy texture of cauliflower is heavenly. What more? It's super healthy so you can go for another serving without any guilt!

Chicken & Cheese Salad

Everything's better with a little bit of cheese! A flavourful and filling salad made of juicy chicken breast, seasoning and loaded with mayo! 

This is also served with beautiful juliennes of carrots, tomato and chillies which elevates the flavour of the dish to another level!

This is by far one of the most popular continental dishes that you have to try. 

You can even give it a tweak and Indianise it by adding tandoori mayo- amazing right?

Paneer Steak

Let us give an Indian touch to Europe. What’s more Indian than Paneer? This dish is not strictly continental but an Indian fusion version of the steak that you will find in European countries. 

Cottage cheese seasoned with salt, pepper and chilli flakes, pan-fried in garlic butter and then served with a wholesome coriander chimichurri is as tasty as it can get.

This is then baked with cheese on tomatoes on the top and served hot!

Let's explore a little more

Chickpea Soup

If you are looking to expand your soup recipe book, chickpea soup is the way to go, This continental soup uses leeks, celery, zucchini, bell peppers and chickpeas to give the most soothing and warm bowl of soup you will ever taste. Chickpea soup served with garlic-crusted crostini is a healthy yet satiating meal that you can have when you are not in the mood for a heavy dinner!

Corn & Raw Mango Salad

We Indians already love Mango and raw mango always hit the right spots! This dish screams summer. Made from corn, raw mango, spring onions, cherry tomatoes and herbs, it is healthy, hearty and delicious. You can also add avocadoes if you are a fan. This dish served chilled in Indian summers will be your saving grace!

Looking to spice it up and Indianise this salad? Add chilli paste and lemon juice to it and toss the salad.

There are many more delicious eats such as lasagna, hot pots, pasta and stews which are lip-smacking and soulful. Continental food has the scope of expanding and hence it is easy to make Indian-fusion dishes with continental flavours. You can find good restaurants with continental food all over India, a few fine dining restaurants as well if you are looking for something fancy!