Food from around the country!! See that warm smile that has crept to your face and the drool that has started doing the rounds of your mouth? We’ve spotted a fellow foodie. If you were a little disillusioned about what regional foods are good and which you could travel all the way across the country for, here is our comprehensive list for you. Keep your bucket list ready and add any, some or all of the under to the list!
Every foodista’s paradise, Aamchi Mumbai! Dig into the best Bombil Fry, sandwiches, falooda, Frankies, the yummy Modaks and a delectable spread of sea food. Who can ignore the bhel puri and sev puri, which have come to be a facet of Mumbai itself! Gujarati, Maharastrian and Parsee influence couple up to rock every foodie’s world here. Enjoy the food as it comes and have a lot of fun.
Be it the sumptuous spread of various kinds of chaat, the ghee-dripping baati or the foamy, creamy goodness of the malaiyo, Banaras has something to delight every foodista! The Malaiyo, a winter speciality of Banaras, is prepared by leaving flavoured milk out for being tempered by the morning dew. Chowk, Godowlia, is your destination for this rich, Subah-e-Banaras experience. For the non-veg enthusiats out there, do not miss the Chicken Tikka and Achari Murgh at Hotel Lallan, Madanpura. The steamy, buttery delight of the coal-roasted meat is an affair to remember.
This one is an absolute stunner. Be it Nahari or Haleem during Ramadan, be it the rich, succulent kababs and parathas in Old Delhi, be it the awesome Chole Bhature, or simply the golgappas, Delhi has something for every food lover. Having been home to people from all walks of life, Delhi stands in a class of it’s own – local food-wise! We assure you, you’ll run out of money AND space in your stomach if you get to exploring Delhi food in its entirety!
4. Arunachal Pradesh:
This is another one of those places in India which you should visit if you have a tongue for a different kind of cuisine. Different areas of the state have different preferences when it comes to food, but overall, apang, a rice beer prepared from fermented rice is a favorite beverage here. Rice, meat and fish form the centre of the food system here and none of the dishes will ever disappoint! Thukpa is another Tibetan dish that is amazing, in Arunachal!
“Gar Firdaus bar roo-e-zameenast, Hameenast-o hameenast-o hameenast” (“If there is a Paradise on Face of the Earth, it is this, it is this, it is this“). This stands true for every single facet of the paradisaical land which we mortals call Kashmir. Non-veg lovers, this is your Elysium. Try the Goshtaba (meatballs in a creamy gravy), Yakhni (lamb in a yoghurt-based gravy) or the famous Rogan Josh to get those juices flowing. Vegetarians, don’t be disappointed. Kashmir won’t turn you away unhappy. Try the Dum Olav (a potato specialty similar to the dum aloo) and Kashmiri tea for some soulful food love!
Hyderabadi cuisine is an amalgamation of Mughlai, Turkish and Arabic cooking styles garnished with touches of Telugu and Marathawada cuisines. Needless to say, this is a cuisine that has many layers to it. Try the several types of Biryani that the Telangana Capital has to offer, especially the Kachhe Gosht ki Biryani. Among other delicacies are the Haleem, Paaya, Hyderabadi Marag, etc. The sweetmeats from the land of food are a delight as well. You’re sure to come back from Hyderabad after having gained a kilo or two!
The state of colours, and the state of food-love! Bite into the most succulent of dishes like daal-baati choorma, various styles of cooking the yummy gatte, laal maas or kadhi or the honest-to-God, awesome sweet offerings like Balushahi, Ghevar and Gujia. Food is an important part of Rajasthan and that gives us even more reason to love it so!
Momo lovers, unite and travel to Sikkim for the most amazing, breathtaking, supple momos, straight from from Heaven. Although found in almost every corner of the country now, the North-East still holds the bragging rights to this one. The vegetable or minced meat-filled dumplings are served with a clear soup and a tangy hot sauce which will take your winter pangs away! Thukpa (Noodle soup with meat, eggs or vegetables) and Phagshapa (Pork fat stewed with vegetables) are other darling dishes to be gorged upon when one is at Sikkim.
Awadhi Cuisine lies at the heart of Uttar Pradesh, waiting to mesmerize and enchant. Try the world-famous Tunday Kabab and come fall in love with Lucknow!
A French colony in more than just the name, French cuisine lies at the heart of Pondicherry. Amazing South Indian as well as French cuisine mark the food goodness of this beautiful town. Food in the Auroville Cafeteria is simple, yet salivatingly good, so make sure you give it a try!