103 Delicious Foods Starting with D
Do you love delicious food? Because this list features some of the most delightful, delectable, divine foods from around the world that start with the letter D.
Delicious, doughy rings of delight – perfect for any occasion. Whether you like them glazed, frosted, or filled, there’s a donut out there for everyone. Even plain or vegan ones will put a smile on your face.
Loved throughout the world, these little pillows of dough can hold many tasty fillings. In Asia, you have savory Jiaozi or Gyoza, Latin America prides itself with Empanadas and Pasteles, Europe enjoys Pierogi or Gnocchi, while Banku and Kenkey are African favorites.
3. Dim sum
There is a Cantonese tradition of sharing portions of delightful food, such as dumplings, buns, and noodles. Served in bamboo steamers or on small plates, dim sum a wonderful way of sampling different dishes and socializing with friends and family.
Known for its strong odor, which is often described as pungent or even rotten, durian is actually banned in some public places, hotels, and transportation systems. Still, the sweet and creamy interior has many fans, especially in China and other parts of Southeast Asia.
These crispy pancakes are made from fermented rice and lentil batter. They are a popular dish in South India, and can be served with a variety of fillings, such as sambar, chutney, or potatoes.
Cooking foods inside a leaf or vegetable is common in many culinary cultures. Dolmas are made with grape leaves (or cabbage) stuffed with a mix of rice, meat, or vegetables, then boiled or baked. They are a popular food in the Middle East, the Balkans, Northern Africa and Central Asia.
Flaky, buttery pastry is filled with sweet or savory fillings, such as custard, fruit, or cheese. They are a popular breakfast or dessert food in Denmark and other parts of Scandinavia.
This light, flavorful Japanese stock made from Kombu (dried kelp) and katsuobushi (dried, fermented skipjack tuna flakes) is a great example of umami flavor. Savor it in many awesome dishes, including miso soup, ramen, and udon.
Meaning small thimbles, these are tiny pasta tubes commonly used in soups and stews. Classic dishes such as minestrone and pasta e fagioliare are made with ditelini.
If you’re in Romania over Easter, you’re having drob. It’s almost mandatory. This haggis-like dish is traditionally made with lamb (though chicken is an alternative), fresh herbs, sometimes cooked rice or bread crumbs, and presented alongside polenta.
12. Dalgona coffee
An Instagram-worthy drink from South Korea, this is made with equal parts instant coffee, sugar, and hot water, whipped together to make a thick, creamy foam, then layered on top of iced milk. Enjoy the taste and the likes!
Vegetarian recipes can be hit-or-miss, but dhokla will surely impress. It’s a savory steamed cake, light and spongy in texture, with a tangy and slightly spicy flavor. Try it with green or tamarind chutney.
This is such a nostalgic snack from the 1990s – crunchy cookies in different shapes that came with a sweet frosting for dipping. And they’ve been brought back in 2020, so add them to the shopping list.
15. Dodger Dog
You just can’t enjoy a baseball game without having a hot dog, it’s part of the experience. This 10-inch long, all-beef hot dog is a staple of Dodger Stadium, and a favorite for sports fans all around.
This unique dessert comes from the Bahamas. It’s made with fruit, especially guava, folded into the dough and then boiled. It might not sound appetizing, but with some chocolate or rum sauce it’s really yummy.
Dilkush is Hindi for heart-pleasing, an accurate description for this lovely sweet bun which is generally stuffed with coconut, sugar, or dried fruits. For savory variations, spiced potatoes, cooked lentils, sautéed vegetables, and sometimes paneer.
18. Deep Dish Pizza
This is believed to have been created at Pizzeria Uno in Chicago during the 1940s, when founder Ike Sewell wanted to offer a pizza that was more substantial and hearty. Since then, it became a worldwide phenomenon.
19. Deli Meat
Did you know deli is short for delicatessen? It refers to precooked or cured cuts of meat that are typically sliced and served cold – very practical for sandwiches, salads or toppings for pizza.
20. Ding Dongs
These are an iconic puck-shaped treat made with two layers of chocolate cake that sandwich a layer of sweet and creamy filling. Ding Dongs were first introduced in 1967 and quickly became popular.
21. Discada Norteña
Planning a nice cook out? Consider a discarda norteña. It involves cooking a variety of bite-sized meats and vegetables together on a large disc-shaped griddle or pan (discada). Generally, chorizo, pork, beef, with onions, bell peppers, tomatoes.
This nougat-like confection is so light and fluffy, it’s almost like biting into a cloud. The story goes that someone tried it and exclaimed “Divine!”, and that’s how the name came about.
After a long night dancing in Trinidad and Tobago, the locals recommend having a doubles. Two soft, fried flatbreads called bara filled with a flavorful mixture of curried chickpeas, known as channa, with chutney on top.
A cross between a mandarin orange and a ponkan orange, these fruit having a sweet and tangy flavor. Dekopons are known for their large size, their bumpy skin, and their distinctive crown.
This Japanese rice bowl dish can be topped with a variety of ingredients, such as meat, fish, vegetables, and eggs. Donburi literally translates as bowl and refers to the way in which the dish is served.
This simple and rustic type of bush bread was historically baked by stockmen and travelers over an open fire. Now, it is a beloved part of Australian culinary heritage, enjoyed in various settings, from outdoor gatherings to modern kitchens.
These small, round fruit are from Borneo and resemble olives in shape and size. They have a shiny, dark purple to black skin that gives them a distinctive appearance. Dabai fruits are slightly bitter in taste, balanced by a creamy texture.
These provide so many ways of adding flavor. Scoop some guacamole with tortilla chips, pour some salsa on your tacos, spread some hummus on a falafel, ranch dip on chicken wings, please; tzatziki on gyros or kebabs, and cheese dip on basically anything, right?
Various dried lentils, peas, or beans are commonly used in India, and dishes made from these legumes, are often cooked into a thick, flavorful stew or soup-like consistency. Examples are masoor dal (red lentils), or urad dal (black gram).
30. Dahi Vada
This popular Indian snack or chaat dish is made with fried lentil fritters (vadas) soaked in thick yogurt (dahi). It’s a popular street food in India and often served at parties and festivals.
These were great to play with as a child, but these flowers are also safe to eat. The leaves are used in salads (slightly bitter taste), while the flowers are great for for teas, syrups and even wine.
This Gujarati snack is made with a spiced potato filling, chutneys, and sev (crispy gram flour noodles). It is typically served in a halved pav (a type of bun) and is often described as a vegetarian burger.
For those with a sweet tooth, Donauwelle which translates to “Danube wave” is a must-try. Layers of buttercream and sour cherries are sandwiched between sheets of chocolate cake, then glazed with chocolate. On top, a wavy pattern resembles the mighty river.
34. Dak Galbi
This inexpensive meal has become a hit with students. This spicy stir-fried chicken features marinated chicken, vegetables, and a spicy sauce. With a vibrant red color and bold flavors, it’s ideal for Korean locals and visitors alike.
35. Daab Chingri
This unique approach to cooking prawns (chingri) inside a tender green coconut (daab) results in a dish that is both aromatic and visually appealing.
A local dish in Oita Prefecture, Kyushu, dango (dumpling) soup is particularly awesome during cold days. Hand-kneaded, thick wheat dango noodles, onions, leeks, taro, carrots, shiitake mushrooms, boiled in a miso broth make for a cozy meal.
From the Provençal cookbook, daube is meaty stew that is left to simmer for hours in a sauce made with red wine, tomatoes, onions, garlic, and herbs. The meat becomes tender and infused with incredible flavor.
Okra, or lady’s fingers, is the main ingredient for this traditional Zambian dish. The leaves are cooked with onions, tomatoes, spices, and sometimes meat, then served alongside cornmeal.
This is the name for a small, cylindrical mold with sweet desserts cooked inside, such as custards, puddings, mousses, and individual cakes. These molds help create uniform shapes and sizes for elegant presentations.
These shiny, colorful little confections are intended for decorating cakes, pastries, and other desserts, but so much fun eaten before that. They have a nut, seed, or a sugar-coated chocolate center, with a thin layer of sugar.
This peanut butter is not just for sandwiches but also goes in stews. Made primarily from ripe plantains and groundnut sauce (peanut sauce) along with any local vegetables, dodomah is accompanied by a side of rice, yams, or other starchy foods.
42. Dragon Fruit
These may not be the magic the name implies, yet they are still pretty and tasty. They have bright pink or yellow skin and white or red flesh speckled with small black seeds. It is a member of the cactus family.
Combine rum, lime juice, simple syrup, and ice in a blender and you’ve got yourself an amazing cocktail. This popular drink goes perfectly well with the vibrant Cuban nightlife.
After breakfast dumplings, soup and savory dumplings, there is a dumpling for dessert. Dango is a Japanese sweet dumpling, made with rice flour and served on skewers. Chewy and slightly sticky in texture, it’s often coated with various toppings or sauces.
45. Danish Dream Cake
Imagine an aromatic, moist sponge base topped with a rich and caramelized coconut and brown sugar topping. With a warm cup of tea or coffee right next to it, you’d wake up with a smile every morning (and a few too many pounds).
What would you say to some thin slices of meat (beef, chicken, or even fish), seasoned, marinated, and then dried or fried until it jerky-like in texture? Sounds pretty yummy, no?
47. Derby Pie
This is a pastry crust filled with a mixture of ingredients that create a sweet, nutty, and gooey filling, closely associated with the Kentucky Derby. Savor a slice of this chocolate sensation while watching the race.
48. Dambu Nama
This traditional Northern Nigerian dish is made with dried beef that is shredded and then cooked in a sauce made with tomatoes, onions, and spices. It’s typically served with rice or bread.
This classic French culinary preparation involves finely chopping or mincing mushrooms, shallots, and sometimes other aromatic ingredients, and then cooking them together to create a flavorful mixture. Awesome as a spread or Beef Wellington stuffing.
It’s easy to be a vegetarian with dishes like this. This stew includes potatoes, carrots, cauliflower, peas, green beans or eggplant, along with classic Indian spices, cumin seeds, ground turmeric, ground coriander, red chili powder, and garam masala.
This type of plum has a distinctive tart flavor. Actually, their tanginess can be almost off-putting to some. Damson plums are often used in pies, jams, and jellies.
52. Dandan Noodles
Freshly made noodles are amazing for some dishes, and you can really tell the difference when ordering the traditional Sichuan version. It’s just noodles, the signature spicy sauce, ground pork and chopped scallions. Less can be more.
53. Dublin Lawyer
Lobster in Ireland? Well, the recipe calls for lobster cooked in a rich and creamy sauce, often flavored with whiskey. It’s unclear where the name comes, supposedly from being so expensive.
This is a type of chili pepper and a hot sauce that prominently features this pepper. They are used for marinades, glazes, dips, pickles, and the sauce is often drizzled on foods like pizza, sandwiches, tacos, and grilled meats.
55. Debris Po-boy
From New Orleans, Louisiana, this sandwich is made with roast beef, gravy, and “debris”. Debris meaning the crispy bits of meat and fat that fall off of the roast beef as it cooks.
56. Devil’s Food Cake
This is a sinfully indulgent counterpart to angel food cake. A classic American dessert, it is rich and covered in chocolate frosting, then topped with whipped cream or chocolate shavings. Completely irresistible.
57. Deviled Eggs
This simple appetizer is great for picnics, potlucks, parties, and holiday gatherings. Have you tried some alternatives to the classic deviled eggs, like the slightly sweet Southern deviled eggs, bacon and cheese, avacado, sriracha or even caviar-topped?
58. Dijon Mustard
The Dijon mustard is known for its smooth texture, strong flavor (tangy with a bit of heat), and extensive versatility in various culinary applications. Dijon was the capital of mustard making, but production has actually moved to a nearby town now.
59. Dover Sole
Chefs and home-cooks love this flatfish for its mild, sweet flavor and the fact that it holds up well when prepared. Most common recipe is pan-fried after dusting in flour or breadcrumbs.
60. Dragon Beard Noodles
These long, very thin and delicate noodles are designed to look like the beard of a Chinese dragon. They’re wonderful in soups, being easy to slurp, and certain stir-fries.
61. Draw Soup
This thick and viscous soup gets its name from the way it “draws” out the okra, one of the main ingredients. Served with fufu, a type of dough made from cassava flour, to soak up the liquid.
SO many to choose from. From the classic zingy vinaigrette, to creamy versions based on mayonnaise or yogurt, to Ranch, honey mustard, lemon Dijon vinaigrette, to Asian-inspired ones that use soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger, and rice vinegar.
63. Dried Fruit
These are fruit dehydrated or dried to remove water content, which extends shelf life and concentrates the natural sugars and flavors. Most fruits can be dried, from raisins to bananas, and they’re often added to yogurt, oatmeal, or salads.
65. Drunken Shrimp
Drunken in this dish refers to the use of alcohol in the cooking process, which imparts its aromas to the shrimp while also providing a distinct and tasty twist.
Every cuisine seems to have its own take in regard to cooking duck. Popular dishes include the French duck à l’orange and duck confit, Chinese Peking duck, Indian duck biryani, duck choila and duck tacos.
67. Dirty Rice
Rice cooked in the Holy Trinity of Creole and Cajun cuisine, consisting of onions, bell peppers, and celery. The dirty part comes from being fried in the rendered fat of the meat, which gives it a dark color.
Yes, chicken drumsticks are great, seasoned and fried or grilled, but drumstick ice-cream is arguably better. It comes in different flavors, and apparently more than 8 million pounds of peanuts have been used as sprinkles since the start.
Known as mahi-mahi in Hawaiian, this fish has vibrant colors, a firm texture, and a mild, slightly sweet flavor. Grilled, pan-fried, or baked, the dorado is a really tasty and healthy food consumed around the Globe.
This legendary Lithuanian cheese is considered a gourmet product. Nutty and buttery, with a hard texture, it’s awesome on platers and grated on pizza. Dziugas even has a museum dedicated to preserving its history and production process.
71. Duck Sauce
This sweet and tangy condiment is commonly used in Chinese-American cuisine. It is often served as a dipping sauce for dishes such as egg rolls, spring rolls, dumplings, and other appetizers. (It doesn’t actually contain duck, though.)
This incredibly aromatic Middle Eastern spice mix is made with nuts, seeds, and spices. It’s traditionally served as a dip with bread and olive oil but can also be used as seasoning for various dishes (roasted vegetables, grilled meats, fish).
73. Dulce de Leche
Cherished throughout Latin American as a delightful treat and key ingredient in pastries, cakes, and ice cream, it was supposedly created by a cook who accidentally left a pot of milk and sugar on the stove for too long. Argentinian desserts are especially known for the heavy use of dulce de leche.
74. Dump Cake
When you’re feeling lazy but dream of having something tasty quickly, the dump cake recipe is your best bet. In a baking dish, just dump some canned fruit, then cake mix, butter and toppings. That’s it!
75. Dagwood Sandwich
This come straight from the long-running comic strip “Blondie”, created by Chic Young, where Dagwood Bumstead assembles elaborate and towering sandwiches that he creates as late-night snacks. Looks hilarious yet tastes amazing.
This large, white radish is native to East Asia. Has a mild, slightly peppery flavor, crisp texture and an incredible ability to absorb flavors. Besides cooking, it can also help with weight loss and control blood pressure.
Sweet and spicy, the delirio was created by crossing the habanero pepper with the California wonder pepper. They are typically orange or red in color, and have a thick flesh.
Similar in appearance and taste to blackberries, they often have a distinctively sweet and tangy flavor. You can commonly find them in the wild, particularly in North America and Europe.
79. Dark Chocolate
Chocolate enthusiasts adore this type of sweet because of its distinct characteristics. Dark chocolate is made primarily from cacao solids and cocoa butter, with little to no milk solids added. It is more grainy in texture and slightly bitter.
80. Darjeeling Tea
This champagne of teas has a delicate flavor, floral aroma, and creates a bright coppery infusion. It’s one of the most sought-after and revered teas in the world, generally drunk black.
81. Delicata Squash
This winter squash is related to pumpkins and butternut squash. It has a creamy and tender texture, sweet flavor, and edible skin, making it ideal for roasting and baking. It goes well in salads and soups.
You might think sugar is sugar, but demerara is a particular variety that is minimally processed and retains some of its natural molasses content. It presents as large, crunchy crystals of light brown hues and a caramel-like flavor.
83. Donut Holes
These are simply bite-sized versions of traditional donuts. These small balls of fun can be glazed, frosted, or topped with any topping imaginable. They pair well with a cup of coffee or hot chocolate.
You always need some dill for pickling. This aromatic herb is known for its delicate feathery leaves and distinct flavor, herbaceous and slightly tangy. Add some to your salads, sauces or soups.
This seaweed is commonly used in salads, soups, stews and seaweed wraps. The name likely comes from the long ribbon-like fronds that dance with the waves.
This tropical fish has a flat body and large, round eyes. It often has a diamond or rhombus shape and can vary in color, ranging from silver to pale brown. It is easily cooked, and the meat becomes delicate and flaky.
87. Durum Wheat
This species of wheat is known for its hard texture and high protein content. It’s cultivated mainly for making semolina flour, which is primarily used for pasta production, but also couscous, bulgur and similar foods.
88. Date Plum
Not related to actual dates, this fruit has a unique and complex flavor – a mix of sweet and tangy, with a hint of apricot and a slightly astringent aftertaste.
89. Discovery Apple
At some point or another, you’ve probably tried this popular variety of apple. They have a thin, yellow skin that is often flushed with red. The flesh is white and crisp, with a sweet, honey-like flavor.
90. Duku Fruit
From Southeast Asia, this unusual fruit has a translucent, juicy, and somewhat gelatinous flesh. Closely related to lychee and longan, it’s sweet and citrusy, often being used in desserts as well as drinks.
Also known as taro, this has heart-shaped leaves and an underground stem that resembles a potato. When cooked, it has a mild, nutty, and earthy flavor. In Hawaiian cuisine, dasheen is used to make poi, a traditional staple food.
92. Devilled Ham
This is cooked and finely ground ham that is mixed with mayonnaise, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, and various seasonings. Deviled refers to the spicy and tangy resulting flavor.
This lesser known candy bar from Sweden has a crunchy caramel center contrasted by the creamy chocolate coating. You may find these bars at local IKEA shops in different variations, including dark chocolate-coated Daim bars and mini-sized versions.
This is a Korean dish of grilled chicken skewers, where the meat is marinated in a mixture of soy sauce, garlic, ginger, and sesame oil. Rice, noodles, or vegetables are commonly served alongside.
95. Dhal Puri
This is ideal for a simple snack. This Indo-Caribbean flatbread is filled with spiced split peas that are bursting with flavor. It may be presented with several side dishes, such as curries, chutneys, and vegetables.
This unique and traditional frozen dessert originates from Turkey. What sets dondurma apart from other types of ice cream is its distinct texture, elasticity, and resistance to melting. Try some of the special flavors, like sahlep, mastic, and rose.
Donut muffins – the best of two worlds. This delightful and creative hybrid pastry is soft and moist inside, while the exterior is often coated with a sugary or glaze-like topping, reminiscent of donuts.
98. Deli Rolls
These are quite like a sandwich instead is rolled in dough and baked. They are filled with sliced deli meats (like turkey, ham, or pastrami), cheeses (like Swiss or cheddar), and sometimes vegetables (like bell peppers or onions). Gotta try them!
99. Doner Kebab
This extremely popular street food is made with meat that is cooked on a vertical rotisserie and then sliced and served in a pita bread with lettuce, tomato, and onion, along with yogurt or garlic sauce. Arguably the best doner kebabs are found in Berlin, Germany’s capital city.
This traditional Filipino dish originates from the Ilocos region and features a variety of fresh vegetables. It is typically seasoned with bagoong, a fermented shrimp or fish paste.
Layers of deliciousness, stacked one on top of the other. Nut meringue is followed by luscious creams, mousses, buttercream, ganache, or even fruit compotes. It is somewhat similar to the Australian and New Zealand dessert known as Pavlova.
This delightful dessert combines the richness of traditional pudding with the lightness of whipped cream. It’s made with ladyfingers, custard, and apricot jam or other similar sweets.
This older recipe is slightly going out of style, but it remains as tasty as the day it was invented. It consists of a Hungarian dumpling made with boiled potatoes and flour. It’s served with roasted onions and sour cream.
These are our favorite foods that start with D. Let us know in the comments section below if we missed any of your favorite ones.