This post may contain affiliate links. Read the full disclosure
Bring your love of travel to you, without leaving home, by cooking up one of these delicious traditional recipes from around the world! These signature dishes from international destinations will inspire you to visit somewhere new, or simply remember why you fell in love with a place all over again!
The Best Traditional Recipes From Around The World
We also love Mexican food. And while there are plenty of Mexican restaurants here and abroad, nothing quite beats the real thing! I will never forget the poolside taco bar at Secrets Vallarta Bay. And beyond the resort too!
Vietnamese food is another of our favourites. We got to do a cooking class in Hoi An during our visit to Vietnam and have since made a few of our favourite traditional dishes back home.
We asked talented food bloggers and travelling foodies to share their best traditional recipes from around the world to help you create the ultimate staycation and travel without leaving home!
Recipes From Around The World
Take your tastebuds on a voyage around the world with these traditional and much-loved recipes from around the world. Across continents and borders, you can cook up a storm with your family. Choose a destination and create a foodie staycation at home, starting with your kitchen! This is a budget way to travel without leaving your home!
RECIPES FROM INDIA
Whether it is fragrant curries and rice dishes you love, or simply trying your hand at making naan for the first time, these Indian food recipes are sure to create a meal the whole family will enjoy!
Making restaurant-style chicken tikka masala at home is easier than you think. Learn how to make this iconic dish in an Instant Pot or stove-top quickly and effortlessly. You’ll never do takeout again!
This one-pot Vegetable Biryani is made in the instant pot, and is easy to cook with the same authentic flavours! Fragrant basmati rice cooked with lots of vegetables, and aromatic whole spices and herbs, all rady in less than 40 minutes.
This veg frankie recipe is one of the most loved Indian street food! Whole wheat roti or chapati is layered with spiced mashed potato rolls, green chutney, chopped onions, pickled green chillies, and frankie masala. This easy Indian frankie roll is one of the TASTIEST ways to enjoy Bombay (Mumbai) street food.
An authentic North Indian mutton korma recipe made with mutton, yogurt, fried onions and spices. A few commonly available ingredients in the right proportions make for this signature Mughlai dish that has people salivating! Serve with warm naan for a full and very satisfying meal
Dal Tadka is curry lentil soup topped with an additional tempering to enhance the flavours. Curry Lentil soup or Dal, when tempered with ghee and spices, becomes everyone’s favourite. A great recipe to make with kids.
If you were to ever try just one Pakistani meal in your life, it would have to be a traditional Chicken Karahi. A curry cooked in an aromatic sauce made with lots of tomatoes, garlic, ginger and coriander, this is a finger-licking good meal which you’ll find served in virtually every restaurant in Pakistan
Pho Ga (Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup) is one of the classic dishes of Northern Vietnamese cuisine. Light yet flavorful, simple yet sophisticated, this fragrant noodle soup can warm your heart and soul.
Vietnamese Grilled Pork Meatballs with Vermicelli Noodles (Bun Cha) is a classic Northern Vietnamese dish. Bun Cha features flavorful and juicy pork meatballs, vermicelli noodles, plenty of refreshing herbs and traditional lime fish sauce dipping. It is the dish all Hanoians hold dear in their hearts.
Eat the rainbow with these delicious fresh vegetable spring rolls. These beautiful and light Vietnamese Spring Rolls are great as an appetizer or a light meal. This non-fried, low-calorie recipe is full of fresh vibes, marvellous flavours and easy to customize.
Fesenjan (Koresht Fesenjoon) is a delicious traditional Persian stew from Iran. Ground walnuts form the basis of the sauce, which is fragrant with cinnamon and pomegranate molasses. This easy meatless version is served with roasted cauliflower.
One of the best things to make with eggplant is this Middle Eastern dip. It is smokiness which defines The Best Baba Ganoush. The charring of the eggplant infuses the dip which is smooth, creamy and full of complex flavours. Make it a day ahead if possible to allow the wonderful flavours to fully develop.
This easy and healthy Air Fryer Falafel recipe is gluten-free, vegan, grain-free, and allergy-free! No oil or frying needed for these light and crispy falafel. Quick to make using canned chickpeas and chickpea flour and perfect for filling a gluten-free pita, lunches, appetizers, or dinners! Freezing and baking instructions included!
These classic Midwestern Loose Meat Sandwiches are simmered in a savoury sauce made with spices, beef consomme and Worcestershire sauce. They are cheap, quick and easy. A delicious sandwich with the charm of small-town Americana.
Jamaican Rundown is a delicious fish stew that is full of flavour! Perfect for entertaining or easy weeknight meals, you'll love how easy it is to make this traditional Jamaican Rundown recipe. Suitable for Gluten Free diets.
This is the most incredible, flavorful Peruvian Sandwich (aka sanguche). Peru is famous for sandwiches, where myriad cafes and street vendors sell them, often for breakfast. This vegetable sandwich is filled with Peruvian spices and roasted vegetables to give it loads of great taste.
Looking for a delicious chicken snack recipe? Then you'll love these deep-fried chicken croquettes from Brazil! Coxinha, the Portuguese name, is one of the most popular street food snacks in Brazil, and it's not only a fun recipe to make, but it also tastes divine!
RECIPES FROM EUROPE
There is no denying that Europe is one of our favourite foodie destinations and these recipes from Europe will take you to almost every corner of the European continent - Italy, Poland, Germany, Spain and so many places in between. Your biggest challenge is to pick a destination to explore in the kitchen!
This humble spaghetti with garlic and olive is a classic Italian pasta dish that requires a few cheap ingredients, little effort, and it’s ready in 10 minutes. It’s a super quick spaghetti recipe, delicious and packed with flavour.
Minestrone Soup is a perfect family-friendly meal hearty enough for even the biggest appetites. It’s the easiest, and best Instant Pot Minestrone Soup recipe ever and full of protein-packed beans and loaded with veggies. This soup is filling comfort food in a bowl. Your family will love this soup for dinner.
Peposo is a traditional Tuscan Beef Stew originating from Florence. It truly is the simplest stew you’ll ever make yet it has so much flavour. Made with garlic, lots of black pepper and a whole bottle of red wine, super delicious and perfect served with creamy polenta.
Our Easy Homemade Pasta is simple to make and oh so delicious too! With just four common kitchen ingredients, you can have Homemade Pasta from scratch on your dinner table this evening. So much fun for the kids to help make the pasta with you and they’ll be learning math skills as they measure out ingredients!
Pasta alla carbonara is one of the most traditional and iconic dishes from Rome, Italy. Served both in private homes and traditional trattorie, it is made with simple yet tasty ingredients that give away the popular origin of the dish. In its purest form, it is made with eggs, guanciale (a cut of pork) and percorino romano (cheese) but these ingredients are hard to find in Rome and it is acceptable to replace them with parmesan and bacon. The dish is strictly made with no cream, the sauce comes from the clever use of the raw eggs! You can find the authentic recipe here.
Borscht soup is traditional Russian beet soup. It’s packed with vitamins and has a vibrant red colour. This is the original Russian recipe from my Mother. A similar style beet soup is popular in many of the neighbouring countries such as Poland and Ukraine too.
This Finnish Salmon Soup, known as Lohikeitto in the homeland, is to die for. Creamy and hearty, it is guaranteed to warm your soul on cold fall and winter days. Plus, it’s really easy and quick to make – ready in a half an hour!
This recipe for Spanish spinach and chickpeas tapas is a fairly traditional recipe for espinacas con garbanzos. This vegan chickpea recipe can be served as a main course or as part of a Spanish tapas spread! It's an iconic Andalusian dish from Southern Spain.
This Greek lamb giouvetsi is the perfect comfort dish. An easy to make recipe with few ingredients, this traditional and authentic dish is slow cooked for a rich flavor. This orzo stew can be made with lamb, veal, beef or chicken.
Moussakas is the most popular dish in Greece. It is a casserole of layered sautéed slices of potatoes and eggplants (in some places they also add zucchini and tomatoes), with the meat sauce (either pork or veal) in the middle layer and topped with a lush layer of béchamel sauce.
Goulash is a traditional Hungarian main course. Hungarians call "goulash" the people looking after a herd of cows and this dish was originally made by them. There are 3 types you can make and stay authentic: beef goulash, mock goulash and bean goulash.
Authentic Moroccan Chicken Tagine Recipe with Preserved Lemon and Olives. This classic Moroccan dish can be made using a traditional clay pot (tagine) or a dutch oven. The resulting chicken will be tender, juicy and full of flavour!
The coq au vin is a traditional chicken stew, dating back to the time Julius Caesar and the Romans invaded France. An old rooster cooked for hours in wine. But for busy French families today, there is the Instant Pot.
RECIPES FROM UNITED KINGDOM
The United Kingdom deserves its own special mention, with the comfort foods that are much loved by the British!
Any dish that still remains popular nearly 200 years after it’s creation is going to be a damn good meal. I grew up in the North of England, so this Traditional Lancashire Hotpot is one of my staple dinners!
Never tried Chakalaka? You’re missing out. Chakalaka is a traditional South African vegetable relish that tastes amazing served with bread, stews, meat and more. Learn how to easily make it in this post.
RECIPES FROM WESTERN ASIA
Just when you thought we had given you enough yummy recipes to try from Asia, we thought you'd like a few more, this time from Western Asia - Lebanon.