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The Indian Influence on Malaysian Food

The Indian Influence on Malaysian Food

As wonderful as the country of Malaysia is, the cuisine is even more amazing. It comes in a variety of different things and there are so many dishes that are offered to a tourist.

The culture of Malaysia is so rich that it makes everyone to go there and never want to come back without fully learning everything about it.

So if you are wondering about the Indian influence on Malaysian food, then you have come to the right place because that’s the topic we plan on covering today.

India is a large country and even bigger than its size is its population.  Indians tend to migrate a lot and they can be found in almost every country. The Indian influence on Malaysian cuisine mainly started back in the 19th century when a lot of Indians moved to Malaysia to work. Now just like Malaysia, India is a culturally rich country too. There are plenty of cuisines that it offers. Due to the diversity in its culture the food varies from the northern area to southern area of India.

North Indian foods usually consist of meat and heavy spices. They are consumed with Chapati (flatbread). On the contrary, in South India, meals are usually eaten with rice. The popular South Indian ingredients are coconut milk, mustard seeds, and chilies.

Although spices are very commonly used in Indian cooking, there’s a contrast in the quantity and proportions with the geographical boundaries.

The popular way to use spices in India is to freshly ground them and add them in a variety of different combinations. The most widely used spices are coriander, turmeric, cumin, chilies, fennel, and fenugreek. Cardamom, clove, cinnamon and star aniseed are also some commonly used fragrant spices.

While in Malaysia, you will be able to find Indian restaurants and food stalls in abundance which will surely fulfill your appetite and craving for Indian food. The conventional way of serving Indian food is to place it in katoris (small bowls) and place those katoris on a thali (metallic tray).

Usually you will find the rice or the bread placed directly on to the thali because that is what you eat your dishes with. The dishes, however, will be placed in the kartoris. If you are in luck, you will be able to find South Indian restaurants in India which serve food on banana leaves. In addition to the food, the cutlery is the added experience which you go through while having a traditional Indian meal.

Malaysian residents who are originally from India have created unique and brilliant versions of local dishes, which are not even available in India because they aren’t original. For instance, “mee goreng” is made by combing fresh Chinese yellow noodles, tofu, bean-sprouts, and dried shrimp paste.

You will also have the pleasure of eating “Nasi Kandar”, while in Malaysia, which is truthfully a mixture of Malay and Indian cuisine.

Tandoori dishes are also very popular in India which now can be found in Malaysia too.

Local Food: Malaysia’s 10 best street food eats

Local Food: Malaysia’s 10 best street food eats

Malaysia is famous for its food. And why wouldn’t it be? It is a country whose cuisine is inspired by so many other countries mainly India and China. You can easily find the Indian and Chinese influence in dishes available in Malaysia.

With that being said, Malaysia offers a variety of street food too and a list of 10 such foods is given below:


1.     Assam Laksa

Assam Laksa is a Malaysian take on rice noodles and soup. Other ingredients in this dish are chilies, onions, cucumber matchsticks, and ginger flowers.

2.     Rojak

Rojak is mainly made up of fruits and other things which range from squid to fried pieces of dough. There is also a sweet sauce which is sprinkled all over it to give it a tinge of sweetness.

3.     Roti

Roti is an Indian flatbread which is used to consume dishes with. You can take this roti and eat it along with curry or any other dish that you find. People also have breakfast with it in Malaysia.

4.     Chendul

Chendul is a cold dessert soup which can be easily found on the streets. The primary ingredients which it is made up of are coconut milk, palm sugar, and beans.

5.     Apom Balik

A stuffed rice flour pancake filled with creamed corn is an Apom Balik.

6.     Batu Maung Satay

At night the streets in Malaysia are filled with people who are looking for food and at a time like that people go for this dish. Batu Maung satay — marinated pieces of chicken, pork, or beef on bamboo skewers — are barbecued, and served with chunks of vegetable and raw white onion for spearing if you

7.     Koay Chiap

Koay Chiap is a duck and noodle soup. It is very commonly available at the Kimberly street. Other ingredients that this soup consist of are duck meat shreds, gizzards, coagulated blood, a soy-sauce-boiled egg, and curled-up scrolls of rice noodles.

8.     Chee Cheong Fun

Chee Cheong Fun are rice noodle rolls. They come with mouth-watering shrimp sauce and chili sauce as per preference.

9.     Nescafe and Milo

If you have been feeling home sick and you want your regular beverages then you are in luck because in Malaysia you can easily find coffee and chocolate malted drinks.

10.Teh Tarik

It is an Indian beverage which is why you will be able to easily find it at Indian stalls.