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30 Foods that Start with D from Across the Globe

Welcome to, here we have yet another post in our Foodcyclopedia. In this post, we are going to talk about foods that start with D. I have enjoyed crafting this list a lot, just like our other lists in the category. Finding foods that start with the letter D is not so hard, given that there are many words already starting with D. I’ve had a hard time with the X list. Anyway, I have done my best to keep it interesting.

Let us get straight into it, shall we?

1. Date

Brown-yellow date fruits hanging on a date tree branch

The first item on our list of foods that start with D is the Date fruit. Date is a sweet fruit that is originally grown in the Middle East. It has a long seed and a mild texture. It takes part in Islamic Culture. Every year during Ramadan Fest, people fast. After the fasting period ends every night, the Date is usually the first food they eat. It is rich in fibers, magnesium, and manganese. It has been cultivated in the region for about 5000 years. Ancient Egyptians used to make Date wine from this fruit. Then as time passed by, in Ancient Rome, Date was the symbol of victory.

2. Donut or Doughnut

Who does not love Donuts? It is very popular in the American tv series and also one of the foods that start with D. You can see the policemen grabbing a doughnut on their way to the crime scene. This dessert is very high in sugar and contains mostly carbohydrates. What makes a doughnut special is mostly the dough. It is a very soft sweet dough that will literally melt in your mouth as you drink your strong black coffee with it.

When I was in Germany for an internship, a chocolate doughnut was the best option for me on my way to work. There are of course other versions of doughnuts where the dough can be crispier but the original doughnut should be soft. Above the doughnut, there is usually a topping made from chocolate or a strawberry sauce. The dough however resembles that of the Berliner’s. What is special about the Berliner is, that it has a strawberry jam in the middle, but is made from a dough-like doughnut’s. The top of the Berliner is then garnished with icing sugar.

3. Dill

The third item on our list of foods that start with D is Dill. Dill is a type of plant that is often used as a seasoning. It actually originated in Asia. If its leaves and seeds are dried and then ground, you get the seasoning. It is also used in many salads and pastries. For example, If you come to Turkey and want to eat some Poğaça (pronounced: Poacha), which is a kind of a pastry, we strongly recommend that you eat some Dill Poğaça. It makes the color of the Poğaça greener than it is and really increases the taste.

In European cuisine, people use Dill as a topping for boiled potatoes, of course, covered with fresh butter.

Another interesting use of Dill lies in Russia. Dill has antiflatulent properties. What is antiflatulent you ask? It means that dill helps with the prevention of excessive intestinal gas. Russian cosmonauts eat dill in space because of the confined quarters and closed air supply.

In Polish cuisine, fresh dill leaves are mixed with sour cream to be served as a dressing. This dressing can then be mixed with freshly cut cucumbers. Delicious and juicy cucumbers are then mixed with this sauce, forming a salad named Mizeria.

4. Dolma

Meat stuffed gourds, Dolma is one of the foods that start with D

Ahh, Dolma… My mom makes the best Dolma in the world! Being one of the foods that start with D, Dolma is a Turkish specialty. There are many kinds of Dolma made with different vegetables. Dolma means stuffing in Turkish so you might also assume, that there are many types of Dolma. Let us talk about some of them.

Sarma is a kind of dolma that is made with rice, currant, olive oil, and spices. The stuffing contains the ingredients mentioned in the last sentence. After the stuffing is ready, you can lay some grapevine leaves on the table which are usually stored in salty water. Leaves are rolled with the stuffing inside and put nicely into a pot. After that you lay lemon slices above the pot, pour water and olive oil in, and let simmer. After that, the sarmas are ready to be served.

Another type of dolma is the Bell Pepper Dolma. Top of the bell peppers are sliced and the mix is stuffed within the bell pepper. The top of the bell pepper act as a natural lid for the dolma and the way they are cooked is similar to that of the Sarma’s. After cooking, be sure to serve it with Turkish yogurt. The combination works best if the yogurt is a bit sour. With almost the same stuffing, you can make Gourd Dolma. The inside part of the gourd needs to be however carved out first so there is enough room for you to put the stuffing in. Keep reading to find more foods that start with D!

5. Dip

Who does not love to dip? Dips are also one of the foods beginning with the letter D. You are sitting with your friends, watching Netflix, or having a drink together eating chips of course! The best part for me about the chips is the dipping part. There are three dipping characters in the world and they are as follows:

  • Soft Dippers: People who dip their chips just a little. They want to get the flavor of the chips more and garnish the taste by adding the aroma of the dip.
  • Medium Dippers: These people are ordinary people like most of us. They dip just fine to balance the taste of the chip and the dip.
  • Hard Dippers: People who cover their chip almost entirely with the sauce. These people live up to the extreme mostly with their food. They prefer the aroma of the dip over the taste of the chip.

If you are wondering what kind of a dipper I am, I am a soft dipper 🙂 Also with the fries!

Dips are mixtures of sauces and liquids so you enjoy your food better. Salsa and nacho dips are the most famous dips that go along well with chips. For fries though, one of the most famous dips is the ranch dip. Ranch sauce is also one of my favorites. Dip is one of my favorite foods that start with D.

6. Desserts

Being one of the foods that start with D, desserts are sweet foods that people like to eat after their main meal. For example, after supper, an apple pie is a perfect dessert. It is going to make you sleepy and you will enjoy the mixtures of apple and cinnamon aromas. My favorite desserts are:

Apple Pie: Apple Pie is one of my favorites in the world. Oh boy do I love cinnamon! Apple Pie is one of the most famous pies in the world. The main factors in an apple pie are the dough and of course, the quality of the apple used. Sometimes it is topped with cream or ice cream or it is even served with cheddar cheese.

The history of the apple pie goes back to medieval times. In Holland, apple pie is first documented in a cookbook. In this old recipe, the apples were first cooked one time, then peeled off. The apples are then to be mixed with a wooden spoon and put in the pastry. The apples can be seasoned with ginger, cinnamon, small coconut, cloves, and icing sugar. After that, the apples are mixed with cream inside the pastry to be cooked in the oven once again.

7. Decaf Coffee

Decaf is the short version of decaffeinated. When people go up to a coffee place or a roastery, they ask for a tall decaf and they get a tall-size decaffeinated black coffee. That is why Decaf is in our list of foods that start with D. Some of us prefer regular coffee with caffeine content. But some of us may prefer decaffeinated coffee, because of health issues, or because we do not want to receive stimulants in our body. Caffeine stimulates our body and causes an increased temporary sense of wakefulness and therefore you become more alert.

For example, most people get sleepy after they eat lunch, dinner, or breakfast. The best way to mitigate this sleepiness is to drink an espresso or drink a beverage with high caffeine content. This will balance the sleepiness caused by having a meal. here is also one more possible use of coffee. If you would translate it to English it would mean “breakofee”.

Power Napping with Coffee

If you want to power-nap during the day, which is an amazing way to get some rest during a busy day, that involves 10-25 minutes of sleep. So, if you would like to do a power-nap, you should drink an espresso before doing so. Caffeine gets absorbed after 20-25 minutes into the body, which means that you will be much more awake when you wake up from your power-nap.

Decaffeinated Coffee is preferred mostly by people who, as mentioned above, have health issues. Caffeine may cause uncomfortable symptoms in their body, preventing them from sleeping. Also, it is recommended that pregnant women should not drink coffee for the health of their unborn children.

As you may have guessed, some of the foods that start with D, cannot be taken lightly…

8. Daiquiri

A cocktail glass filled with grapefruit Daiquiri, glancing red like blood

Daiquiri is one of the most famous cocktails in the world and also one of the foods that start with D. It is also a family of cocktails, whose basic ingredients include rum, citrus juices, and sweetener or sugar. Citrus juice is mostly lime juice but there are variations of Daiquiri where Bartenders use orange juice as well. Daiquiri is also one of the basic six drinks in the book “The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks“, written by David Ebury.

We have mentioned this book before in the Conclusion section of our list: foods that start with X. I just really love the way fruits from the citrus family like oranges, lime, or lemon are mixed with drinks like tequila or rum. They are real taste enhancers.

Other most known variations of Daiquiri are:

  • Strawberry Daiquiri: A drink that contains blended strawberry, rum, lime juice, and cane sugar.
  • Banana Daiquiri: A drink that contains blended half-banana with regular Daiquiri
  • Avocado Daiquiri: A drink that contains blended half-avocado with regular Daiquiri
  • Hemingway Daiquiri: Is a Daiquiri made out of white rum, lime and grapefruit juice, and maraschino liqueur

9. Dragon Fruit

Dragon Fruit is one of the foods that start with D and it is also known as Honolulu queen. They are called Dragon Fruits because they resemble the texture of a dragon or a dragon egg. They are the fruit of a cactus species and cultivated almost all around the world including the United States, Southeast Asia, the Caribbean, and Australia.

The best part about this fruit is that not only it is delicious, but you can make really cool and tasty smoothies with it. Having a good blender while making a smoothie is a crucial part of the process. That is why, if you are looking for a quiet and powerful blender, check our Top 10 Best Quiet Blender Reviews at JarKitchen.

Studies show, that eating 100 grams of dried Dragon Fruit supplies you with 11% of your necessary Vitamin C intake. It is also rich in calcium and protein. Which makes it a very good option in the Covid-19 Pandemic. People rarely (or should rarely) go out and do not have healthy eating habits. That is why it is important to take your vitamins, eat enough protein each day to keep your muscles from going through muscular dystrophy. Remember to take a walk for 15-20 minutes every day!

10. Dark Chocolate

Who does not love chocolate right? Some people prefer dark chocolate over milk chocolate and of course, they have their reasons. Dark Chocolate is the 10th food on our list of foods that start with D. You might be wondering how dark chocolate is made. The difference lies in the making of them. Milk chocolate contains a high amount of milk, where dark chocolate does not. Some people with lactose intolerance prefer eating Dark Chocolate because when they eat lactose-containing foods like Dairy products, for example, they go through bloating and create abnormal amounts of intestinal gas.

If you ask me, I prefer milk chocolate. I like how sweet the combination of milk and chocolate is. It is also called Bitter Chocolate because, without milk, the chocolate tastes bitter when compared to milk chocolate.

If you would like to drink something while eating Dark Chocolate, one of the best options is Turkish coffee. Turkish coffee is usually consumed along with something sweet like dark chocolate or Turkish delights.

We are at half of our list of foods that start with D. Keep reading for more interesting foods that start with D.

11. Deviled Eggs

Deviled Eggs with sprinkled hot pepper flakes above them

One of the best ways to eat an egg is to make Deviled Eggs or a.k.a Russian eggs. It is also one of the foods that start with D. The name might not give away what kind of a cooking style Deviled eggs are. They are stuffed eggs. Deviled eggs have been made since the Ancient Roman times, where they were found in recipes. Deviled Eggs are made by cutting hard-boiled eggs in half of course without shells, then extracting the yolk.

This yolk is then combined with other sauces like mayonnaise, mustard, and some greens to make a paste-textured form. This paste is inserted back into the slot left in the egg white. They are usually served cold as an Hors d’oeuvre.

12. Dilkush Bread

Dilkush Bread is one of the foods that start with D. It is one of the most popular snacks in India and believe me they look and sound very delicious. They are made from ordinary dough or puff pastry. The original recipe includes coconut or dried fruits in the Bread. They are mostly liked by kids, teenagers and of course by the adults too. The reason why they are so much liked by the kids is that they are the perfect snack and they are of course sweet!

Another upside of the Dilkush bread is, that you can bake them at home very easily! People may think that baking Dilkush bread is a complex process and may require extra kitchen gadgets to make. But they are wrong, they are very easy to make which makes it a perfect option for students also.

There are some suggestions to make a perfect Dilkush bread. Firstly, you need to use fresh and good quality yeast. If the yeast you are using is low quality or not fresh, the bread may turn chewy. The inside can be made more colorful by adding tutti frutti and cherries. They will look amazing!

13. Dowdy

This is an old fashioned pastry which is mostly baked on a pan. Dowdy is one of the foods that start with D and you will like this one very much just like the others! To make an Apple Pan Dowdy, for example, you need to add cooked syrup over the apples. After that, you need to add a flour topping. Which will make the dowdy look even tastier. They are also one of the foods that start with D.

Quick Apple Pan Dowdy Recipe

To bake an Apple Pan Dowdy, you need to preheat the oven to 400 Degrees Fahrenheit or 200 Degrees Celcius. Grease the baking tray and lay the apples on it evenly and nicely.

After that, mix the brown sugar and flour in a saucepan. Add vinegar and water until the mixture is blended and the sugar is completely dissolved. Start heating it up! Bring the mixture to a simmer and be sure to keep stirring constantly otherwise the mixture might get burnt where it makes contact with the pan. You are going to see the sauce getting thickened up. Remove the saucepan from the heat and let cool for ten minutes.

Take the cooked sauce and pour it over the apples evenly and make sure every inch of those delicious apples are covered with the sauce, they need to be marinated. While mixing them, add some vanilla extract.

In a separate bowl, mix the flour with baking powder until you see no lumps in the mix. Add milk and pour the batter over the apples and syrup.

Put the tray in the preheated oven and bake until the topping is golden brown and apples are tender enough, which you can easily test with a fork. This step should last about 35 minutes. After that, the Apple Pan Dowdy is ready to be served! Bon Appetit!

14. Dodger

Dodger is a very tasty cake which is also one of the foods that start with D. What is so special about the Dodger Cake is, that it is made from cornbread. It needs to be small and oval-shaped. That is why they are one of the best options out there to be eaten along with a cup of tea. You can dip the Dodgers in your cup of tea to enhance the taste and the flavor of both the cake and the tea. They are like the king of biscuits! to make a white chocolate Dodger Cake you need to:

  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celcius. Do not forget to grease the baking tray.
  • Afterward, you need to melt the chocolate and the butter in a large saucepan. Be sure to stir constantly so there are no lumps formed in the pan. With a mixer at hand, mix sugar and eggs firmly and add the chocolate-butter mix to be stirred by the mixer. Then you need to add the flour to get a dough-like mix, which then you will have to pour into the baking tray you’ve already greased before.
  • The next step is to add some jam, preferably strawberry jam, and slowly stir in the jam with a knife. You should not mix too much because you need the taste of the jam stimulating your taste buds perfectly at most bites. Bake for 25 minutes in the oven and after letting it cool, they are ready to be served!

15. Demitasse

Demitasse is the 15th food on our list of foods that start with D. Actually, what a Demitasse is can be understood from the naming. The naming is French. Demi means half and tasse means cup. Demitasse actually means half a cup. Still, sounds not so easy to understand? It is actually pretty simple. Demitasse is a small cup used to serve Turkish coffee or espresso.

You know, espresso and Turkish coffee is poured into very little cups while being served. Because they have so much caffeine in them, they should not be consumed in big cups as you do with a filter coffee. This usage has disappeared in France by the early 20th century.

The cups are mostly made out of ceramic and they come with matching saucers. For example, if you ever visit Turkey and order one cup of Turkish coffee, you will see they are served within a Demitasses. They also have decorations on most of the time and sometimes they are put in metal frames to make them look more authentic and oriental.

16. Dumplings

3 dumplings served on a wooden plate, dumplings are one of the foods that start with D

Not only Dumplings are one of the foods that start with D, but they are also very interesting. There are many many varieties of Dumplings made all around the world. Dumplings are actually a classification that consists of pieces of dough wrapped around a stuffing/filling. There are also some cuisines that make dumplings without any fillings but they mostly do that in the dough directly. For example in Italian cuisine, the dough of the Dumplings themselves contains tomatoes, or as the Italian people say Pomodoro.

For example, in Turkish cuisine, you can find many varieties of dumplings and their main name is Mantı. Mantı is also a dough wrapped around minced meat in small portions. The minced meat is mixed with salt and pepper, afterward, they get wrapped in dough, forming a triangle shape. They are one of the most delicious meals in Turkish cuisine.

So, be sure to eat them along with garlic yogurt. After you pour the yogurt on the Mantı, get your hands on a small saucepan, add butter and pepper flakes, heat, and stir until the mix turns red. Be careful not to burn the flakes! Pour the sauce on yogurt and… Bon Appetit!

17. Drambuie

Drambuie is a golden-colored liqueur made with Scotch Whiskey. We know this one is a drink but it still qualifies as food! That is why Drambuie is on our list of foods that start with D. Drambuie is a brand created by the MacKinnon family for a hundred years now. They were recently bought by the William Grant & Sons in 2014. The naming of this cool liqueur comes from the Scottish Gaelic phrase an dram buidheach which means “the drink that satisfies”. How cool is that!

Drambuie received the highest possible score in the spirit rating competition in 2008, which is organized by the “Wine Enthusiast”.

It is also a key ingredient while making the Rusty Nail cocktail. We are going to talk about the Rusty Nail cocktail when we collect foods that start with R.

18. Dripping

Dripping may not sound familiar to you since it does not have a specific name itself but you can actually guess what it is once you know what to think. Going on and on in our list of foods beginning with D, Dripping is the 18th food on our list. Dripping is the fat or the juice that drips while you are frying or roasting meat. You know salt bae right?

Of course, you do… Although he became famous for his “salting” act, cooking meat is his specialty. When you are having a barbecue and that meat is properly grilled, you should cut the meat in half and you will see that the juice of the meat will start dripping. That is what I am exactly talking about with Dripping!

19. Drumstick

Chicken legs with sprinkled paprika and ground thyme on them, ready for cooking

We are almost at the end of our list of foods that start with D. But be sure to read the last two! Drumstick is a type of meat that is collected mostly from chicken. They are also pretty famous in fried chicken restaurants like KFC. Drumsticks are the lower joint of a fowl’s leg. They are also pretty fun to eat. A good option for marination and frying. Drumsticks are high in fat, so you will every bit of juice or fat in the meat, which means it is going to be very very tender. They are named Drumsticks because they actually look like Drumsticks. You can just get 2 Drumsticks and start jammin’! I am kidding of course…

20. Duckling

There we are, at the end of our list of foods that start with D. Duckling is a young duck and it is edible in some countries. Just like the difference between a lamb and a sheep, people enjoy eating their young versions more. If you ask me, it is not my thing.


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