We are continuing with our food list from A to Z.
Here, we are going to move on to the letter D!
In the beginning, it might seem complicated. You start thinking about donuts, donut holes, and daiquiris. But, what other foods are there that start with the letter D?
No worries! I’ve got you covered.
Here, you’ll find 100 foods that start with the letter D, an explanation, and some fun facts about them.
So, without any further ado, let’s get started!
|Item||Food or Drink?||What is it?|
|Dabai fruit||Food||Black oval-shaped fruit traditionally from Southeast Asia.|
|Dagwood sandwich||Food||Multilayer tall sandwich.|
|Dahi Vada||Food||Traditional Indian homemade lentil dumplings.|
|Dahl||Food||Indian term for split pulses or legumes.|
|Daikon||Food||White root vegetable.|
|Daim bar||Food||Almond caramel chocolate covered bar created in 1952.|
|Daiquiri||Beverage||Alcoholic beverage similar to a margarita.|
|Dairy||Food/Beverage||Any by-product made from milk.|
|Dal Tadka||Food||Traditional Indian dish made with lentils and finished with ghee and spices.|
|Dalgona coffee||Drink||Hand-beaten coffee.|
|Dall sheep||Food||Wild species of sheet.|
|Damson||Food||Oval purple fruits with a sour taste.|
|Dan dan noodles||Food||Traditional Chinese noodles with preserved vegetables.|
|Dandelion greens||Food||Edible green parts of the dandelion plant.|
|Dandelion wine||Beverage||Wine made with dandelion, raisins, water, sugar, and yeast.|
|Danish blue cheese||Food||Creamy and strong flavored cheese.|
|Danish ham||Food||Traditional ham from Denmark.|
|Danish pastry||Food||Multi-layer puff pastry.|
|Darjeeling tea||Beverage||Type of tea grown in India.|
|Dark beer||Beverage||Dark-colored beer with a strong roasted flavor.|
|Dark chocolate||Food||Chocolate with >50% of cocoa solids.|
|Dark corn syrup||Food||Light syrup that has been added refiner’s sugar.|
|Dark rum||Beverage||Rum aged for a minimum of one year.|
|Dasheen||Food||Root vegetable from the Caribbean.|
|Dates||Food||Sweet fruit with a caramel taste.|
|Daube Provençale||Food||Traditional beef stew made in Provençal.|
|Date-plum||Food||Fruit that has a taste similar to dates and plums.|
|Dauphinoise potatoes||Food||Traditional French side dish made with sliced potatoes, heavy cream, and cheese.|
|Decaf coffee||Beverage||Coffee without any caffeine.|
|Deep dish pizza||Food||Traditional Chicago pizza that resembles a pizza pie.|
|Deer||Food||Type of game animal.|
|Dekopon||Food||Seedless sweet orange.|
|Deli turkey||Food||Turkey made into slices with preservatives to extend its shelf life.|
|Delicata squash||Food||Type of winter squash.|
|Demerara sugar||Food||Low-processed sugar.|
|Denver omelet||Food||Omelet made with eggs, bell peppers, onion, ham, and cheese.|
|Derby pie||Food||Chocolate walnut open-faced pie.|
|Desert King fig||Food||Dark green fruit with a bright pink inside.|
|Desert lime||Food||Citric fruit commonly found in New South Wales and Australia.|
|Desert quandong||Food||Sweet fruit with a red flesh.|
|Devil’s food cake||Food||Creamy, rich, multi-layer chocolate cake.|
|Deviled eggs||Food||Hard-boiled eggs stuffed with a filling of egg yolks, mayo, and mustard.|
|Deviled ham||Food||Ground ham with seasonings.|
|Devilfish||Food||A type of ray, commonly known as a delicacy.|
|Dewberry||Food||Fruits similar to blackberries, grown in North America or Norther Europe.|
|Diet soda||Drink||Carbonated drinks made with sugar-free alternatives.|
|Dijon mustard||Food||Made with mustard seeds, white vinegar, white wine, granulated sugar, and salt.|
|Dilkush bread||Food||Stuffed dough bread with coconut and dried fruit.|
|Dill||Food||Herb with a sweet and strong flavor.|
|Dill pickles||Food||Cucumber placed in vinegar and dill weed.|
|Dim sum||Food||Popular Chinese dish made from bite-sized balls stuffed with meats and vegetables.|
|Ding dongs||Food||Processed chocolate cake snack.|
|Dip||Food||Dipping sauce or condiments for different snacks or vegetables.|
|Discovery apple||Food||Type of apple.|
|Ditalini||Food||Tube form pasta.|
|Dolichos bean||Food||Plant native to Africa.|
|Dolmades||Food||Traditional Greek recipe by stuffing rice or meats in a grape leaf.|
|Dolmas||Food||Similar to Dolmades but the Turkish version uses other flavors.|
|Domsiah rice||Food||Long-grained rice with a black spot on one end.|
|Doner kebab||Food||Type of kebab, place inside a pita bread with vegetables and sauces.|
|Donut||Food||Fried donut rings, glazed or sprinkled with sugar.|
|Donut holes||Food||Small bite-sized donuts.|
|Doritos||Food||Triangle-shaped cheese snacks.|
|Dosa||Food||Traditional South Indian thin pancake.|
|Doub palm fruit||Food||Fruit similar to a coconut, traditional from Southeast Asia.|
|Double cheeseburger||Food||Two patties with cheese in the middle, inside a hamburger bun.|
|Dough||Food||Mixture of flour and water.|
|Dough balls||Food||Dough made into ball cooked with herbs or spices.|
|Dover sole||Food||Type of lean fish.|
|Dowdy||Food||Traditional American dessert made from apples.|
|Dracontomelon||Food||Fruit original from Southeast Asia with a sweet taste.|
|Draft beer||Food||Beer served from a keg or cask.|
|Dragee||Food||Bite-sized confectionary hard candy.|
|Dragon fruit||Food||Fruit with a high antioxidant value.|
|Dragon noodles||Food||Types of noodles traditional in China.|
|Draw soup||Food||Traditional Nigerian soup made with ogbono seeds.|
|Dried fruit||Food||Dehydrated fruits.|
|Dry squid||Food||Dehydrated squid.|
|Droewors||Food||Dried sausage snack traditional in Africa.|
|Drum fish||Food||Lean source of fish.|
|Drumstick||Food||A poultry’s leg.|
|Drunken shrimp||Food||Recipe made by soaking shrimp in alcohol.|
|Dry milk||Food/beverage||Dehydrated milk turned into powder.|
|Duck||Food||High quality protein source|
|Duck eggs||Food||Eggs you obtain from ducks.|
|Duck fat||Food||Fat you obtain from ducks.|
|Duff||Food||Dessert from the Bahamas made with dough and guava.|
|Dukkah||Food||Traditional Egyptian dish made with different herbs, nuts, and spices.|
|Duku fruit||Food||Fruit common in Southeast Asia.|
|Dulce de leche||Food||Popular Latin American sweet made by cooking milk and sugar for a long time.|
|Dulse||Food||Type of red algae.|
|Dump cake||Food||Dessert made by dumping ingredients into a baking pan.|
|Dumplings||Food||Dish made by filling cooked pieces of dough with assorted meats, vegetables, or sweets.|
|Dunkaroos||Food||Snack from the 90s where you dunked cookies into a frosting dip.|
|Durian||Food||Strong smell fruit, forbidden in certain regions.|
|Durum wheat||Food||Type of wheat used to make semolina.|
|Dutch apple pie||Food||Similar to apple pie but with a crumble top layer.|
|Dutch baby pancakes||Food||Thicker pancakes made in the oven instead of frying.|
|Dwarf bananas||Food||Small-sized bananas.|
Foods starting with the letter D
1. Dabai fruit
Dabai fruit is a black oval-shaped fruit. While it is locally known as dabai its scientific name is actually Canarium odontophyllulm. It is native to Borneo, an island in South East Asia. Now, while the fruit’s skin is black, the flesh has a yellow hue.
You can eat the dabai fruit raw, blanched, with salt, soy, or sugar. Thanks to its versatility, it is used in sauces or even in fried rice. In some cases, you can make it into a powder to add to foods or drinks.
But besides being an addition to your meals, it is also highly nutritious. It is high in antioxidants, magnesium, potassium, and calcium.
Also known as badderlocks or Alaria esculenta, dabberlocks is an edible seaweed. Some people know it as winged seaweed due to its form. Like any other seaweed, dabberlocks are high in nutrients like vitamins K, A, C, and several from the B complex. Additionally, it is high in antioxidants, meaning it can help reduce inflammation.
One of the interesting facts about this seaweed is that it can grow to almost two meters in length. And, while it can be used for human consumption, it can also be used in cosmetics.
3. Dagwood sandwich
Dagwood sandwich is a tall sandwich made with several layers of meats, cheese, and condiments. The name comes from the classic comic strip Blondie where her husband Dagwood Bumstead frequently ate these crazy sandwiches.
When it comes to a dagwood sandwich, the sky is the limit on the layers you can add. In most cases, you’ll find them made with salami, ham, pepperoni, turkey, cheddar, provolone, American cheese, lettuce, tomato, mayo, mustard, bell peppers, and onions.
4. Dahi Vada
This traditional Indian recipe is made by frying homemade lentil dumplings. Once you make it, you dunk it into whipped yogurt and topped with sweet or spicy chutney. Dahi vada makes a great appetizer or a dish perfect for sharing in your next group meeting.
Since Dahi Vada is considered street food, it is a must during festive seasons in India, such as the Holi festival (commonly known as the Festival of Colors).
If you don’t seem to find Dahi Vada, you can also find it by its other name: Dahi Bhalla.
In Indian cuisine, the term dahl refers to any split pulses or legumes. Here, you can find foods such as lentils, beans, and peas. They are typically cooked in ghee and other herbs or spices to create a creamy, delicious stew.
What makes them such an important part of Indian cuisine is their high nutritional value. They are high in protein, fiber, and essential vitamins and minerals. But, besides being so nutrient-dense, it is a low-cost product.
You can serve it along with naan or rice.
Daikon, or winter radish, is a white root vegetable. It has a mild flavor with a crunchy texture. Some people would describe it to be as slightly sweet with a spicy hint. They are low in carbs and calories, making them ideal for adding if you are trying to lose weight.
To eat daikon, you can have it cooked, boiled, or in soups. Some people eat them raw with some olive oil and lemon or peanut butter.
In Korea, daikon is used to make kimchi, a fermented food that can help improve gut health and add tons of flavor to your dishes.
7. Daim Bar
This Swedich-Norwegian chocolate bar was first introduced in 1952. So, it has a long trajectory! It is a chocolate bar made from crunchy almond caramel covered in milk chocolate. In the beginning, it was called Djam bar but it was renamed Daim (Dime) bar for the UK market.
Now, you might not find it everywhere, but one of the benefits is that the company offers delivery worldwide for you to enjoy this delicious treat.
If you are on a hot summer day next to a swimming pool, you probably have a refreshing daiquiri in your hand. This is a classic alcoholic beverage where you mix lemon (or lime), rum, and sugar. All of which is served on a chilled glass. There are different types of daiquiris, such as strawberry or mango.
In reality, daiquiris and margaritas are almost the same thing. They both use lime, juice, and a lot of ice. However, the difference depends on the alcohol used. Margarita uses tequila, while daiquiri uses rum.
Dairy, or milk products, is anything product that is made from milk. Here, you get cheese, milk, yogurt, and kefir. Nowadays, most people avoid milk products for several reasons. It might be due to the environmental impact cows have or due to lactose intolerance.
In fact, did you know that over 68% of the population is lactose intolerant? There are different levels of lactose intolerance. You might be able to withstand one glass of milk and nothing else. However, there are other people that the tiniest particle might produce symptoms.
If you’re on the lookout for cow milk alternatives, here’s our guide to dozens of types of milk.
10. Dal Tadka
This traditional Indian dish is made with cooked spiced lentils. What makes it stand out over the rest of the traditional Indian dishes is that it is finished with a tempering made of ghee with several spices.
There is a long list of ingredients in this recipe. But overall, some ingredients are toor dal, moong dal, tomato, onions, garlic, bay, cardamom, turmeric, ghee, and chili powder. To enjoy it add some rice.
11. Dalgona coffee
Originally made in Macau, Dalgona coffee is a beverage known as hand-beaten coffee. To make it, you need to mix equal parts of instant coffee, sugar, and hot water. You mix it until it becomes creamy. Once you have the whipped coffee, add it to a glass of your favorite dairy, either hot or cold.
On top of it, you can sprinkle cinnamon, cocoa powder, crumbled cookies, or honey.
So, if you want to switch your boring instant coffee drink, try making Dalgona coffee instead. Not only will you love the recipe, but you’ll have fun making it.
12. Dall sheep
Dall sheep is a wild species of sheep typically found in North America. It is not common a common type of meat, but some people hunt them for their flavor and nutritional properties. It has a gamey flavor some people seem to enjoy. One of its benefits is that it is a lean protein that pairs nicely with potatoes and cooked vegetables.
Did you know that a dall sheep’s horns can take up to eight years to fully develop? And, they can live to be 12 years old, but some might reach 16 or 19 years of age.
Part of the plum family, we have damsons, which are small oval purple fruits with a sour taste. The biggest difference between plums and damsons is that plums tend to have a softer and sweeter taste than damson.
Due to their tart flavor, it’s better to have them cooked or made into jam. Still, when they are ripe, some people eat them raw.
The name of the fruit comes from its origin. They are originally from Syria, from the city of Damascus.
14. Dan dan noodles
Dan dan noodles, dandan noodles, or dandanmian noodles, all three names refer to the same thing. They are a traditional Chinese noodle dish made with preserved vegetables, Sichuan pepper, minced pork, chili oil, and scallions served over the noodles. There is no one way to make dan dan noodles. In fact, there are different takes to the dish.
The name dan dan noodles translate to “noodles carried on a pole.” And that is because this dish was sold by street vendors, who would carry the dish around on poles and sell it to pedestrians.
15. Dandelion greens
Who doesn’t love grabbing a dandelion and blowing it away?
However, there is more to the dandelion than just a pretty flower. The green parts of the dandelion flour (dandelion greens) are highly nutritious greens you can eat. It seems that they can help improve digestion and act as a diuretic.
But you might be wondering how do you cook them. It doesn’t have to be so complicated. Sautee them with some garlic, onions, and olive oil. Cook them for 5-10 minutes, and top them with grated Parmesan cheese. It will make one of the best side dishes you have ever tried.
16. Dandelion wine
On the same note as the dandelion greens, dandelion wine is another product you can obtain from dandelions. Dandelion wine is a wine typically brewed in the country where you combine citric foods, raisins, water, sugar, yeast, and dandelions. It is a typical summer beverage since you only get dandelions in summer.
The alcoholic content might vary from each product, but on average, it can have around 10-12% alcohol. It has a sweet flavor, and most people say it has an earthy and honey taste.
17. Danish blue cheese
There is a difference between Danish blue and traditional blue cheese. Danish blue cheese is a creamy and soft chee made from cow’s milk. One of its benefits is its versatility. You can spread some on top of your favorite cracker or make a sauce to have along your steaks.
If you want to make a recipe using Danish blue cheese, why not try a dip. Mix some Danish blue cheese, buttermilk, garlic, white wine vinegar, sugar, sour cream, mayo, salt, and pepper. Mix all the ingredients and let it sit for 2 hours (the longer it sits the more flavor it will have).
18. Danish ham
Danish ham is a traditional ham made in Denmark. It is a cured and smoked meat typically served during Christmas. To make Danish ham, you need to cook it slowly for several hours to retain the juices and flavor. But before cooking it, a cross-hatch pattern is placed around the ham and covered with a mix of thyme, bay, juniper, honey, and salt.
It seems that the Danish ham dated back several hundreds of years ago. They used it as a way to preserve and store meat.
19. Danish pastry
Danish pastry is a baked pastry made with several layers of dough or puff pastry. The dough is made with wheat flour, milk, sugar, butter (a lot of butter), and eggs. The pastry if cooked until you get a crunchy exterior with a soft and buttery inside.
According to stories, it seems that the invention of the Danish pastry was to try to cover a mistake. When a chef forgot to add butter to the dough, he folded chunks of butter into the dough.
20. Darjeeling tea
Darjeeling tea is a type of tea grown in Darjeeling, India. Only the tea grown there can be called Darjeeling tea. What makes this tea great is that Darjeeling seem to have the best conditions (climate and altitude) to grow tea. That is why Darjeeling tea is sometimes called the “champagne of teas.”
While it might resemble black tea, it is lighter and less astringent. Also, it seems to have a more complex flavor. Since it has a high demand but a low production, Darjeeling tea might be sold at higher prices.
21. Dark beer
Compared to light beer, dark beer tends to have more ingredients than light beer. As a result, you get a dark colored beverage. It has a strong coffee, chocolate, caramel, or nutty flavor. It all depends on the ingredients used.
There are different types of dark beers: porter, dark lager, dark ale, stout, black IPA, dunkel, and Schwwarzbier. The alcohol content might vary between each type, but on average, it might have 4-10% of alcohol.
Due to its intense flavor, you need to be wise about the food you choose to pair it with. Pork and steak go nicely with a glass of dark beer or some aged cheese like Gouda or sharp cheddar.
22. Dark chocolate
Dark chocolate is chocolate made with 50 to 90% of cocoa solids. It can also have other ingredients, such as cocoa butter, sugar, dried fruit, or nuts. Typically, dark chocolate is said to be healthier than milk chocolate due to its lower sugar content and higher antioxidant properties.
If you are not a fan of dark chocolate, start with a lower percentage and slowly start increasing it once you get used to it. That way, it gives your palate a chance to adapt to its bitter taste.
23. Dark corn syrup
Dark corn syrup is almost the same as light corn syrup. However, the biggest difference is that it is added refiner’s sugar. This special ingredient is what gives dark syrups its distinctive color.
So, if you want dark corn syrup but don’t seem to have it, if you have light syrup and molasses, that could do the trick. Mix three parts of light syrups and one part of molasses. It can give the same flavor and texture as dark corn syrup.
24. Dark rum
Dark rum is a rum that has been aged for a longer time compared to golden or white rum. It gets its color due to the oak. In the heat, the oak expands and contracts, becoming porous. This makes the beverage go in and out of the oak. As a result, you get a darker color and a more complex flavor.
To be considered dark rum it must be aged for at least a year to be considered dark rum. But you can find drinks with longer aging. On average, dark rum can have a whopping 40% alcohol content.
Dasheen is a root vegetable common in the Caribbean. I know you probably have heard of it, but with its other name, taro. To cook dasheen, peel it and boil it in water for 15-20 minutes, or until you can be pierced by a fork.
There are different ways to use dasheen. You can use it in casseroles, soup, curry, or as a side dish. They are highly nutritious since they are a good source of fiber, vitamins C, A, and K.
Did you know that the word dates comes from the Greek word “daktylos”? The word daktylos means finger, which is what dates resemble, the tip of a finger. Dates are a sweet fruit with a caramel flavor. They are high in fiber and potassium, making them highly nutritious.
One of the benefits of dates is using it as a natural sweetener. Add it to your favorite shakes, or create delicious dishes with them. For example, if you want to create a natural “Snickers,” cut a date in half, add one whole almond, spread some peanut butter, and cover the tip with melted chocolate. Try it, and you’ll thank me later.
27. Daube Provençale
This delicious classic beef stew is traditional in Provencal, hence the name. It is made by cooking wine, vegetables, garlic, herbs, and beef. In some cases, instead of beef you might find lamb as the main protein.
As for the seasoning, you might find it has cinnamon, thyme, bay, and peppercorns. So, as you can see, it will create a burst of flavor with each bite.
Just like the name states, this fruit is similar to dates and plums. They are sometimes called lilac persimmons, or Caucasian persimmons. They have a sweet texture, which means you an eat them either raw or cooked.
You can use them just like you would a plum or a date. You can chop them and use them as salad toppings or add them to your favorite smoothie to naturally sweeten the drink.
29. Dauphinoise potatoes
Dauphinoise potatoes are a traditional French side dish made with sliced potatoes, heavy cream, and gruyere cheese. In other words, it is a creamy potato casserole that the whole family will enjoy trying.
To make it, you layer the potato slices and add the heavy cream, butter, and cheese in between. Repeat this until you create all the layers. On top, sprinkle some cheese (because who doesn’t love cheese?) and place it in the oven.
30. Decaf coffee
Decaf coffee is coffee that doesn’t have any caffeine. Caffeine is a natural stimulant that can make you more focused and with a boost of energy. There might be several reasons why you might want to drink decaf coffee.
Some people are highly sensitive to caffeine, so drinking coffee can be a good way to enjoy a cup of coffee without the negative side effects. Also, caffeine might cause some stomach problems like bloating and heartburn. So, switching to decaf coffee might be a good solution.
31. Deep dish pizza
Chicago pizza, or deep dish pizza, is characterized by having high edges which provides a lot of space to add sauce and cheese (lots and lots of cheese). Imagine that it resembles a pizza pie.
The inside of the pizza has layered toppings as much as the dough can handle. That is why when you cut the pizza, the gooey center just oozes from the pan. So, if you are a fan of cheese, this is a dish worth trying.
Deer or venison meat is a type of game animal. It is a highly nutritious food since it is high in protein, vitamins, and minerals, with low-fat content. Since it is so low in fat, people sometimes need to add fat to make it more tasty.
Not many people like to eat venison due to its intense smell. However, if you want to avoid this, some people recommend marinating it for 1-2 hours in yogurt. Others recommend soaking it for several hours (hopefully overnight) in buttermilk. This can significantly reduce its smell.
Dekopon is a seedless and sweet orange traditionally from Japan. They are typically hand harvested and seem to be a popular fruit worldwide. Just like regular oranges, they are high in vitamin D, potassium, magnesium, and antioxidants.
Thanks to their sweet taste, you can eat them raw as a snack. But you can also add some to your favorite salads, carpaccios or make a delicious sauce with them. The skin also has potent flavors, so it can be used zested to add more flavor to certain recipes or desserts.
34. Deli turkey
For the perfect on-the-go snack, deli turkey can be a great way to add more protein to your diet. Its long shelf life makes it the best option to mix with cheese or add to your favorite sandwich for a quick lunch.
One of my favorite ways to have deli turkey is in cucumber rollups. Slice some cucumber, layer some turkey, spinach, and some tomatoes or red bell peppers. Roll everything up and place a stick in the middle to keep its shape. It makes the perfect snack or appetizer.
35. Delicata squash
Delicata squash is a type of winter squash. It has a striped outer layer and a creamy inside. It has a subtly sweet flavor and a creamy texture. There are different ways in which you can add delicata squash to your diet.
One way is to roast it in cubes and place it on top of your favorite salad. Another way to make delicata quash boats. You fill them up with the insides of the delicata squash, ground beef, tomatoes, and cheese. Or, for those winter nights, a delicata soup can warm you up.
36. Demerera sugar
If you want low-processed raw sugar, demerara sugar might be the best option. It is a brown sugar with large granules. You obtain it from sugar cane. It has a golden-brown color and a crunchy texture. It has that name because it originated from Guyana, previously called Demerara.
You can use it to flavor your favorite drinks, sprinkle it on top of your favorite sugar cookies, or place it on creme brulee.
37. Denver omelet
It’s time for breakfast, and what better way to start the day than with an omelet? A Denver omelet is made with eggs, bell peppers, onion, ham, and sometimes cheese. In most cases, you’ll find it next to a slice of toast or some hash browns.
According to stories, it was originally made in San Francisco when someone placed an omelet between two slices of bread. However, along the way, the bread was left behind, leaving the delicious omelet.
38. Derby pie
Derby pie is a walnut and chocolate open-faced pie. The name Derby Pie has an interesting story. Apparently, the Kern family, which is the one that registered the trademark “Derby pie,” was the one who created the name. It seems that the family had several names for the pie. So, to make things easier, they drew names from a hat to choose the name, and as a result, the Derby pie was born.
While it might resemble a pecan pie, on top of having the same ingredients as a pecan pie, in its filling, it has chocolate chips and bourbon, making it even richer.
39. Desert King fig
Desert King fig is a dark green fruit with a bright pink inside. One interesting fact about Desert King fig is that it only produces one fruit in the entire year. People say that a Desert King fig tastes like strawberry jam, and the riper it gets, the more flavor it has.
Thanks to its delicious taste, you can eat it raw, or you can use it in desserts.
40. Desert lime
Desert lime, or Citrus glauca, is a native tree to New South Wales and Australia. It has a zesty and sour flavor, and just like other citric fruits, its high vitamin C content makes it the ideal food to add if you want to reduce the risk of colds.
One of the advantages of desert lime is that you can use it in both sweet and savory dishes. You can use it in custards, cakes, biscuits, ice cream, dressings, pickles, preserves, or smoothies.
41. Desert quandong
Also called quandong, native peach, or sweet quandong is an edible fruit native to Australia. It is highly nutritious with a red flesh. It has a hard shell, which you typically remove to eat its flesh.
There are different ways in which you can do a desert quandong. You can make them into jams, chutneys, or pies.
An interesting fact about them is that they are the preferred fruit of camels, meaning if you find one in the desert, you are going to have competition for eating it.
42. Devil’s food cake
For those who are looking for a moist, creamy, and rich chocolate cake, Devil’s food cake is the perfect choice. This is a rich chocolate layer cake with a fluffy texture. What makes it unique is that the batter uses baking soda, helping the cake rise and making it creamier and more tasty.
It was named Devil’s food cake due to the contrast to a vanilla cake with a similar resemblance which is angel food cake.
43. Deviled eggs
Deviled eggs, or stuffed eggs, are hard-boiled eggs cut in half that have been shelled. The yolks are mixed with mayo and mustard to create a creamy filling. You then scoop some of the mixture to fill the egg white shell. Finally, sprinkle some paprika for some finishing touches.
In most cases, mayo is used to create deviled eggs. But, if you want a lighter or lower-fat version, you can mix the yolk with mustard and Greek yogurt.
These are used as an appetizer, a snack, or a perfect on-the-go option to help increase your protein intake.
44. Deviled ham
Deviled ham is ground ham mixed with seasonings like chili peppers, cayenne pepper, or mustard. In some cases, you can find it canned, but you can also make it at home. It is typically served on top of some crackers as a snack or appetizer.
If you want to make it at home, it is fairly easy to make. Place diced ham in a food processor, and add the seasonings of your choice. Besides the ones stated above, you can also add Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, and white vinegar.
Devilfish is a type of ray, and while it is very rare, some people eat it as a form of delicacy. But, keep in mind that it is forbidden to eat it since it is under government protection.
With that said, there might be other better options that can still provide similar health benefits. Lean fish options like tilapia can be a good way to boost your protein without adding too much fat.
Similar to blackberries, dewberries are fruits you can typically find in North America or Northern Europe. They have a sweet but slightly acidic taste, which you can enjoy raw. Or you can also use them to make cobblers, pies, or jams.
Like any of the other berries, dewberries are high in antioxidants, which can help reduce inflammation and reduce the risk of chronic illnesses. On top of that, thanks to their vitamin C content, they can help promote better-looking skin.
47. Diet soda
Diet soda is carbonated water, flavoring, sugar-free sweeteners (whether natural or artificial), and colors. Additionally, you might find other ingredients like caffeine or essential vitamins and minerals. Switching from regular soda to diet soda can help you save several calories, allowing you to lose some weight.
Still, while it is healthier than regular soda, it doesn’t mean you should be adding it every day at large quantities. They can still cause some side effects, such as bloating, gas, and heartburn. To keep it safe, make sure you drink 1-2 servings per week.
48. Dijon mustard
Forget about boring old mustard. If you want to add some flavor, try this French mustard. The difference between yellow mustard and yellow mustard is that Dijon mustard has a more complex flavor.
It uses mustard seeds, white vinegar, white wine, granulated sugar, and salt. Some versions add other flavors to spice things up. The name Dijon comes from the place it was first name, a town in France called Dijon.
49. Dilkush bread
Dilkhush bread is a stuffed dough bread with a coconut and tutti frutti (dried fruit) filling. This is a traditional sweet treat from South India. To make sure you get a delicious treat, make sure you don’t overbake the batter and use high-quality yeast.
You can have dilkush as a snack or for dessert.
Did you know that the word dilkhush means “happy heart?” That gives you an idea of how you feel after eating it!
Dill is a herb with a sweet and strong flavor. One of my favorite pairings in the kitchen is dill and salmon. You really cannot go wrong with those two. While it is not very high in nutrients, it can still provide you with essential vitamins and minerals such as folate, iron, and manganese.
The name dill comes from the English word “to lull.” This is because it is sometimes used to treat digestive problems, especially in children, such as stomach cramps and colics.
So, make sure you keep some dried dill in your pantry!
51. Dill pickles
Dill pickles are cucumbers or small cucumbers placed in vinegar as a way of preserving them. The main difference between regular pickles and dill pickles is that dill pickles have fresh dill weed added to the liquid.
You can take advantage of its tangy flavor by adding it to your favorite sandwich, burger or simply eat it on its own. And, will it is a popular dish over in the US, is seems that pickles have been around for a long time, dating back to severals thousands of years ago.
52. Dim sum
Dim sum is like the Chinese version of tapas…small dishes you can share with your friends or family. When you translate dim sum, it means “touch the heart.”
One of my favorite things about eating dim sum is the experience. In most restaurants, you order several dim sums to share with your family while having a pleasant time with them. It is the perfect dish to bring the whole family together.
53. Ding dongs
For a chocolaty snack, Ding Dongs are the preferred option for some. They are chocolate cakes filled with creme. Since they come in individual packages, they are easy to carry around to have as an on-the-go snack.
Now, while they are good to have once in a while, make sure you don’t make it part of your regular diet. Since they are highly processed and with high sugar content, it’s better to have them only a couple of times during the week.
A dip or dipping sauce is a condiment used to add flavor to bread, pita bread, crackers, fruits, vegetables, or any other snack food. There are several different types of dip, all with different ingredients, flavors, and textures.
One of my favorite dips is mixing Greek yogurt, garlic powder, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, mayo, and blue cheese. You’ll have the best low-fat dipping sauce to go with your BBQ wings or vegetables.
55. Discovery apple
Discovery apples are one of the many types of apples. They are small to medium size and have a red and yellow outer layer. On the inside, you find a white flesh (like any other apple) with a juicy and sweet taste. What makes them a great option is their high nutrient value. They are high in fiber, potassium, vitamin C, and zinc.
You can make a microwave apple pie by using Discovery apples. Slice them, and add some butter, sugar, and cinnamon. Place it in the microwave for 30-60 seconds or until they are fully cooked. For some crunch, you can add granola or some oatmeal. Simply delicious!
Ditalini pasta is pasta shaped in tube form. While you can use it to make traditional pasta dishes, it is typically used in Italian soups like Minestrone. But, in some cases, people also add it to some salads as the starch option.
For example, mixing ditalini pasta, red bell peppers, celery, red onions, sweet pickles, hard-boiled eggs, and salad dressing can make a refreshing salad. Now, keep in mind that while it is called a salad, you need to be careful with the portion due to its high carb content.
57. Dolichos bean
Dolichos bean is a plant native to Africa. They are long, slender pods with dark green coloring. What makes them great is their high nutritional value. Dolichos beans are high in calcium, phosphorus, and iron.
There are several ways to cook dolichos beans, but the most common is by making a stir-fry. Place the dolichos beans, olive oil, turmeric, chili powder, and peanut powder in a pan. This can be the perfect side dish that can boost your nutrition.
Dolmades is a traditional Greek recipe made with cabbage or grape leaves, stuffed with herbal rice, shaped into rolls, and boiled until tender. There are different versions to dolmades. In some cases, there might be minced meat such as pork or beef.
While it might sound simple, there are some essential steps that can take the dish to the next level. For example, you need to prepare the leaves before cooking. This includes washing the leaves and soaking them in cold water for several minutes.
Dolmas are similar to dolmades, but make sure you don’t get them confused. Turkish dolmas are made using tomato paste and pine nuts. However, as seen before, Greek dolmades use herbs to boost the flavor; typically, they use green onions and dill.
But besides the flavors, they have a similar cooking. You grab the ingredients and stuff them into a grape leaf.
The word dolmas come from the Turkish word “filling.” The same applies to dolmades, but in this case, it comes from the Greek word dolmades.
60. Domsiah rice
This is a type of rice traditionally found in Iran. It is a long-grained rice with a black spot on one end. That is why it is called domsiah, which in Persian means “black end.” While you can have it on its own, meaning cooking it plain, other delicious recipes can elevate the dish’s flavor.
Once the rice is cooked, mix it with butter, saffron, cumin, and chopped parsley. If you don’t have domsiah rice, basmati rice can be a good replacement.
61. Doner kebab
A doner kebab is a type of kebab made with meat cooked on a vertical rotisserie. There are different versions of a doner kebab since you can use different meats. However, the most traditional one is made with lamb or a combination of lamb and beef. The meat is thinly sliced and pounded. Once the meat is ready, you add it inside a pita (or another flatbread), along with vegetables and sauce.
So, if you are looking to add some variety in your on-the-go meals, a doner kebab can be a great option.
No matter whether you spell it donut or doughnut, we are talking about the same thing! They are rings of dough that are typically fried.
There are different types of donuts. You can find them glazed (vanilla, chocolate, or strawberry) or sprinkled with cinnamon or powdered sugar. But, no matter which one you choose, it seems to be an all-time favorite. In fact, the US population consumes over 10 billion donuts every year.
63. Donut holes
Donut holes are small bite-size donuts. In the beginning, they were made from the reminding dough from the center of the donut rings. Just like regular donuts, you can find them glazed, sprinkled with sugar, or coated in chocolate.
One of the benefits of donut holes (or donuts) is that you can make them according to your nutritional needs. For example, you can make them without any yeast. You can make them baked instead of fried. Or, you can change the flour type for a gluten-free option.
This American brand of flavored tortillas with a cheesy flavor is the go-to snack for several people. Doritos are carefully formulated to make you keep wanting more. The combination of crunchiness and high-fat concentration makes a delicious snack that melts in your mouth. As a result, the body doesn’t understand fullness cues and simply wants more.
One interesting fact about Doritos is that they were created at a restaurant at Disneyland. They were born in Casa de Fritos, owned by what would one day become Frito-Lay. The restaurant gathered stale tortillas, fried them, and added several spices to add some flavor. As a result, you got an all-time winner.
A dosa is a traditional South Indian thin pancake. They are made with a fermented batter made from ground black lentils and rice. Typically, they are served hot with a side of chutney or other sauces.
What makes this recipe so great is that you can eat it any time you want. You can have it for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or as a snack. Any time you are in the mood for a dosa is a good time.
66. Doub palm fruit
Also known as palmyra plam, panai maram, or tal palm, doub palm is a palm traditionally found in Southeast Asia. The fruit from the doub palm is similar to a coconut, with great antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Some say the fruit has a lychee texture but a subtle coconut flavor. You can eat the fruit raw, or you can boil it. You can also use it to make cakes, desserts, jam, and ice cream.
67. Double cheeseburger
Who doesn’t love a cheeseburger? So, if one cheeseburger is delicious, what about a double cheeseburger? A double cheeseburger is where you stack two patties into one hamburger bun. In the middle, there might be other ingredients, such as cheese, bacon, or sauce.
While most people believe that burgers are not good for you, they can be part of a healthy, balanced diet. It all depends on the quality of the ingredients and how to cook them. To have a healthier version, choose the leanest ground beef, a low-fat cheese, and add as many vegetables as you want. The addition of a double patty can actually be a good way to boost your protein intake.
Dough is a mixture of flour and liquid, which is used for baking pastries or bread. There are different types of dough. It all depends on the ingredients they have. Sometimes it might include other ingredients such as yeast, fat (like butter), and sugar.
For example, you can make bread when you mix flour, water, salt, oil, and sugar. Another option is mixing flour, water, and eggs to make pasta.
So, as you can see, dough just refers to mixing water with flour. But, you can create so many different combinations with it.
69. Dough balls
We already talked about dough, but what about dough balls? Dough balls are small bites of dough mixed with herbs and spices. They can be cooked alone or with meats or vegetables.
There are different ways in which you can make dough balls. For example, you can make delicious butter and garlic dough balls. Or, you can make pizza dough balls for the entire family. No matter which option you choose, they are a must-have in your kitchen!
70. Dover sole
Dover sole, or black sole, is a type of flatfish. It is a lean protein that provides all the essential amino acids the body needs to stay healthy and support muscle mass. In some places, dover sole is considered a delicacy. They can weigh between 10 to 30 pounds.
It doesn’t have to be complicated if you are new to cooking dover sole. Place some butter in a pan, and wait until it is melted. You can add some garlic if you want or skip it. Add the dover sole fillets and cook for 3-5 minutes or until it is golden brown on the sides. And, there you have it … a delicious dover sole fillet. Have it along with a nice green salad and some quinoa, and you have a well-balanced meal.
Dowdy or pandowdy is a traditional American dessert made from apples. You use puff pastry where you place it in the bottom and on the top. While it is similar to a cobbler or an apple crumble, don’t get them confused!
Regarding its origin, it seems that the term pandowdy might come from the “dowdy” appearance of the broken-up, messy crust.
To make dowdy you’ll need apples, butter, brown sugar, all-purpose flour, vanilla extract, ground cinnamon, salt, lemon, ginger, puff pastry, granulated sugar, and ice cream to serve on top.
Dracontomelon is a fruit originally from Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands. It has a sweet taste, which is why some people mix it with their tea to provide some sweetness without being too overpowering.
But, eating it raw is not the only way you can eat them. You can also eat it fresh or mixed with fish sauce for a savory dish. You can also add it to your favorite cold beverage, along with some sugar.
73. Draft beer
Draft (or draught) beer is beer you serve from a keg or a cask instead of a bottle or can. As a result, they are typically more carbonated than cans or bottles. But, the fact that it gets more air and its bubblier, it can enhance its taste and aroma.
The history of draft beer might date back to the 1600s, where people used to store beer in barrels, and it was directly served from them. But, the mechanism of the beer engine was not invented until the 1700s.
Dragée or lambas, ir a bite-size confectionery with a hard outer shell. In other words, they are sugared almonds or chocolate-covered almonds that undergo a process of layering to result in a hard candy.
It seems that the name, and the process, date back to Rome, where a man called Julius Dagatus, made honey-covered almonds as a confection. While in the beginning they were called dragati, later in the 15th century, the name was changed to dragée.
75. Dragon fruit
Dragon fruit is a fruit with an intense color. Due to their potent coloring, they are high in antioxidants, meaning they can help reduce inflammation and boost overall health. On top of that, they are high in vitamin C, which can help reduce the symptoms of the common cold.
The fruit gets its name due to its appearance. Since it has spikes resembling fire or the scales of a dragon, people named it dragon fruit.
There are different uses for dragon fruit. You can use it on its own. But you can also make smoothies, sauces, or desserts.
76. Dragon noodles
Dragon noodles are a type of noodles from China. They get their name due to their thin and long appearance, which is similar to the beard of the Chinese dragon.
There are different ways in which you can cook dragon noodles. One of my favorite ways is to cook them with garlic, cayenne pepper, green onions, red bell pepper, carrots, zucchini, soy sauce (low-sodium), chili garlic sauce, creamy peanut butter, and chicken broth. The end result will be a spicy meal that I know you’ll enjoy!
77. Draw soup
Draw soup or ogbono soup are traditional Southeast and Southwest Nigeria soup recipes. It is packed with nutrients since it uses ogbono seeds, palm oil, assorted meat, and several traditional spices.
Now, you might be wondering what is ogbono. Ogbono seeds are seeds from the Irvingia gabonensis fruit, which is also known as the African mango fruit. It is native to the Central and West part of Africa, as well as Southeast Asia. While you can eat the entire fruit, the seeds are what make this a characteristic dish.
78. Dried fruit
As we’ve seen, there are different fruits you can dehydrate. While we have talked about some, the list is endless when it comes to dehydrated fruit. You can make dried pineapple, mango, coconut, or any other option your choice.
In some cases, you can find packages of assorted dried fruits.
79. Dried squid
Fruit is not the only thing that you can find dried, in some cases, you can find several herbs and spices (dried garlic or dried basil), but you can also find dried proteins like dried squid. Just like it sounds, dried squid is shredded squid that has been dried to extend its shelf life. This is a popular food in Asian countries, Hawaii and Russia.
Now, just because it is dried, it doesn’t mean you can eat it straight out of the bag. You still need to cook it or fry it before eating it.
Droewors is a traditional African snack made from thin sausage which is dried. It has a resemblance to beef jerky. They are highly spiced with coriander, but they also have pork neck, beef fat, red wine, brown sugar, and malt vinegar. In some cases, other meats are used, such as venison or lamb.
The name comes from the word droëwors which translates to dry sausage.
So, if you are a beef jerky fan, I’m sure you are going to like this option!
81. Drum fish
Drum fish or drummer is a type of ray-finned fish. An interesting fact about them is that they use a cracking sound to communicate with other fish. Just like any of other fish, they are a good source of lean protein.
There are different ways in which you can cook drum fish. You can make pan-fried dreaded drum fish, or you can make blackened drum fish. No matter which recipe you choose, this is a fish it is worth trying.
A drumstick is the whole leg of poultry. It can be chicken or turkey. Even though they are a good source of protein, note that the skin is high in saturated fat.
There are different ways for you to cook drumsticks.
The most traditional way is to bake it along with several spices. My favorite blend is garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, and olive oil. But, you can also cook it with herbs and spices.
83. Drunken shrimp
Drunken shrimp, or drunken prawns, is a traditional Chinese recipe for cooking shrimp previously immersed in liquor. Now, there are different recipes for drunken shrimp. Some use white wine as the main liquor, but others use beer or vodka. It all depends on the other flavors of the dish.
The reason shrimp is soaked in alcohol is to have easier consumption.
84. Dry milk
The main purpose of dry milk is to extend its shelf life. Since it doesn’t have any water, it doesn’t need to be refrigerated, and it can last several weeks, or even months, depending on how you store it and when you open it.
There are many uses for powdered milk. Some people add it to their morning coffee instead of regular milk. Others use it to make smoothies or desserts.
In some cases, dry milk is added to some ice creams to make them creamier.
Duck meat is an excellent source of protein. As mentioned before, it can help support muscle mass and it can help you stay satiated for a longer time. Besides being high in protein, it is also a good source of essential vitamins and minerals like vitamins K, A, B1, and B2.
Since duck is a higher fat cut, it typically doesn’t need to be basted in order to remain juicy while cooking. On average, it might take 20 to 30 minutes to cook a full duck, or it might take longer according to age and size.
86. Duck eggs
Another way in which you can add duck to your meals is by adding duck eggs. Duck eggs tend to be larger than chicken eggs, which means they have more protein, fats, and vitamins. They are an excellent source of protein, and what makes them stand out is their omega-3 content. These are essential fatty acids that can help reduce inflammation.
The best way to cook duck eggs is for 6-7 minutes to get a perfectly runny yolk. If you are not a runny-yolk type of gal or guy, cook them for 9 minutes. You can also make them scrambled just like you would with chicken eggs.
87. Duck fat
Did you know you can get duck fat on its own? It is a by-product of duck meat. Thanks to its richness, it has several uses in the culinary world. Like duck fat fries!
There are also several other ways in which you can use duck fat. You can use it to stir-fry vegetables, roast potatoes, or sear meats. Additionally, you can use it like any other fat. For example, you can make dressings, popcorn, or even mayo.
Duff is a dessert tradition from the Bahamas. You make it by folding guava (a tropical fruit) into dough and then boiling it. Once it is cooked, you serve it with some sauce. The sauce is typically made from sugar and butter. It can contain rum or brandy.
It seems that the word duff can resemble “dough” or as a way of saying pudding.
Dukkah is a traditional Egyptian dish made with different herbs, nuts, and spices. It is used as a dip with vegetables or bread. Some people also use it to crust their meats to add more flavor to their meals.
The word dukkah is translated from Arabic, which means “to pound.” It refers to how the dish is made since you pound several nuts, seeds, and spices in a mortar to create a crunchy mix.
While there are different versions of this recipe, one of my favorite ways to prepare it is to use hazelnuts, white sesame seeds, almonds, fennel seeds, cumin, coriander, and cayenne pepper.
90. Duku fruit
Duku fruit is a fruit from Indonesia or other places in Southeast Asia. It has a sweet and sour taste, which some people find very similar to pomelo or grapefruit. To eat it, you open it like a rambutan and then you eat the fruit on the inside.
While you can have it raw, you can also use duku fruit as salad toppings, juiced, coated with syrups, or in desserts.
But, besides being delicious, they are also high in antioxidants, vitamin C, and other essential vitamins from the B complex.
91. Dulce de leche
Dulce de leche, or manjar de leche, is a popular Latin American confection made with caramelized milk. You make it by slowly heating sugar and milk over several hours. The result is a creamy and sweet food.
There are different uses for dulce de leche. You can use it to layer cakes, spread on top of cookies, or spread it on top of slice of toasted bread.
According to stories, the creator of dulce de leche was a housemaid who managed to create dulce de leche after forgetting to take away the milk and sugar mix from the stove.
Dulse is a red alga that grows in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Like any other algae, they are high in nutrients like iodine, potassium, and antioxidants. While it is not as common as chlorella and spirulina, you can use it in your favorite recipes.
For example, you can add it raw to your salads, dressings, smoothies, or sauces. You can also add it to your cooked meals, like meats, vegetables, soups, or stews. Another way is to bake it with your loaves of bread or other savory baked goods.
93. Dump cake
Dump cake gets its name because you dump several ingredients into a cake pan without mixing them. Usually, you dump pie fillings, cake mix, fruits, and butter to create a delicious dessert.
People love baking them because they are very easy to make, after all, you only need to dump all the ingredients in a pan.
One version of dump cake which I love is using cherry pie filling, canned pineapples, yellow cake, and butter. It creates the perfect summer dessert.
Dumpings are a well-renowned dish made by filling cooked pieces of dough with meat, fish, cheese, vegetables, fruits, or other sweets. That is right! You can make sweet or savory dumplings.
While the traditional dumplings are from China, other countries like India, Italy, and Korea have a form of dumplings. Another interesting fact about them is that you can cook them in several ways. You can boil, steam, or fry them.
People from the 90s are going to understand me when I talk about Dunkaroos. They are a snack food made by the Betty Crocker company where you got small cookies with a frosting dipping sauce. They were supposed to be dunked (hence the name) in the frosting before eating them.
While they were discontinued for some time, it seems that they are back! So, if you have a case of 90s nostalgia, this will do!
Some of you probably have heard about durian. It is a peculiar fruit with a strong odor and weird taste. When it comes to the flavor, people sometimes describe it as a weird combination of flavors, like vanilla ice cream, with garlic, onions, and cheese (yeah, I know it sounds weird).
The biggest issue regarding durian is its smell. Most people describe the smell as rotten eggs. That is why in some cases, durian is banned. It is commonly used to make juices, soups, candy, ice cream, or as a side dish.
97. Durum wheat
Durum wheat is the second most common wheat cultivated (bread being the first). Its grains are often grounded into semolina flour, which is used to make pasta. Besides making pasta, it can also be used to make cereals, puddings, bulgur, or durum flour.
The name durum wheat comes from the Latin word durum, which means “hard.” That is because durum wheat is one of the most resistant grains.
98. Dutch apple pie
What makes different Dutch apple pie from traditional apple pie is that it has a top layer made from crumbled pie crust. To make the filling you’ll need the same ingredients as apple pie which are apples, granulated sugar, all-purpose flour, cinnamon, and lemon juice. To make the crust, you’ll need butter, all-purpose flour, brown sugar, and granulated sugar.
Once it is cooked, you can serve it with some whipped cream or ice cream.
99. Dutch baby pancakes
A Dutch baby pancake, or German pancake, is a pancake that, instead of being cooked in a pan, it is baked in the oven. They are generally thicker than most pancakes, and they do not have leavening ingredients like baking powder.
To make them, you’ll need all-purpose flour, whole milk, eggs, granulated sugar, vanilla extract, salt, butter, and the toppings you choose (fruits, jams, or syrup).
100. Dwarf bananas
Just like regular bananas, dwarf bananas have the same flavor and sweetness. But what makes them unique is their smaller size.
Just like regular bananas, they are high in potassium, magnesium, fiber, and vitamins from the B complex. You can eat them as the perfect to-go snack, or make them into dessert.
And… that’s it!
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