When it comes to food, nothing beats the Punjabi cuisines, at least for me. Nevertheless, I love the food from various other regions of India as well. I have been a traveler for more than fifteen years now, which has officially made me a connoisseur of multiple foods. In some states in India, street food is the best. While in some other cities, a few restaurants take the cake when it comes to the best of their region. Let me share the best foods that you can try in a few states in India:
I cannot stop myself from mentioning Delhi on top of the list because of the sheer variety of cuisines it offers. Whether it is vegetarian food or the non-vegetarian type from any ethnicity, I just fall in love with everything I order in most of the restaurants as well as roadside stalls. My favorite foods are Kadhai Chicken, Paneer Butter Masala, Garlic Naan, Mushroom Rolls, Lasagna, and Maggi Pasta. Concerning street foods, I love Bhalle Papdi, Calcutta Gol Gappe, and Dahi Chaat. If I start writing about the other foods, the list will never end. In Delhi, I can assure one thing, go where the crowd goes, no matter the size of the outlet. Even the smallest eatery in the capital city can promise delectable food from each state of India.
Amritsari Naan along with White Channa, Onion-Pudina Chutney tops the list from the local foods of Amritsar. No matter how hard I try, I cannot stop myself from gulping down the sweet Punjabi Lassi after the meal. If you have been dieting, you must forget your diet chart, when in Amritsar, and just enjoy the mouthwatering Punjabi food. I don’t want to get started again about the butter-loaded chicken dishes in Punjab, but they are just so awesome.
Mumbai is truly called the paradise of a foodie. I can find the cuisines from every culture right here in Mumbai without looking for any famous restaurant. Whenever I am in the Maximum City, I love to delve into Sev Puri, Bhel Puri, Modaks, Falooda, Cheese Omelet and Frankies. Nothing in the world can surpass the pleasure of having street food in Mumbai.
Varanasi, or Banaras, as they call the city, is a heaven for sweet lovers. I go to Varanasi to attend Dev Deepawali after every couple of years and devour everything I can. My favorite foods from this city of the Buddha are Malaiyo, and Baati loaded with ghee; I get to eat both of these in the morning. For lunch, I cannot forget to ask for Achari Murgh and Chicken Tikka.
Although I don’t have to go to East India to have their famous thukpa and apang, I still love to be in the atmosphere to enjoy the cuisine on the plate at its best. Just like street food tastes best in Mumbai, thukpa tastes delicious only when I have it in its state of origin. The rice beer called apang may not make me feel too high at times, but it still gives a fantastic feeling to have it in its state of origin. Besides, fish, meat, and rice form the epicenter of staple food here. I have also found the best of thukpas in McLeodganj in Himachal Pradesh as well.
The cuisines from Hyderabad are a combination of various ancient traditions. The culinary styles of Arabic, Turkish, and Mughlai lineage are garnished with the flavors of Marathwada and Telugu cuisines. Now the Hyderabadi Biryani that comes passing from so many traditions will definitely taste delectable. The Kachhe Gosht Ki Biryani is among my top favorites in Hyderabad. Whenever I return from such an amazing place where life means food, I do gain a few kilograms!
Just like the clothes from Rajasthan are vibrant and colorful, so is the food. My passion for having flavor-rich food gets a boost in Jaipur, Jodhpur, and Udaipur. How can I forget to eat Daal-Baati-Choorma, Gate-Ki-Sabzi, Kadhi Pakoda, and Laal Maas when I am in Rajasthan? It would be a sin to dodge the sweetmeats like Gujia, Ghevar, and Balushahi after the meal. However, the famous Mawa Kachori is a meal in itself, although many Rajasthani people have it as a dessert.
It is impossible to skip eating the Kannada cuisines when I visit Bangalore. Although the traffic in the city is a big mess, I still resolve to bear it for the sake of Neer Dosa, Korri Gassi, Kundapura Koli Saaru, Mysore Masala Dosa, and Allugedda. The list of my favorite foods from Bangalore is even longer, but I have to suffice with only a few things. Nevertheless, I always take my Self-Drive Car Bangalore after the meal to the sweet shops where I can get mouth-watering Mysore Pak and Haal Bai.
Very few places in India offer well-prepared seafood, which includes flavors as well as presentation as the main ingredients for the cuisine to pass the test. I am not a connoisseur of sea food, but I can differentiate good sea food from the bad. I hate the stale lobsters and fish that smell a lot while cooking or when they come to the table; none of these unpleasant things happen in Goa. I love to have prawns, crabs, mussels, lobsters, salmon, mackerel, and tuna at this beautiful beach city. However, when I have to eat such delectable cuisines in front of my vegetarian friends, it is indeed an issue for them. But, who cares!
My stomach always feels full while having the scrumptious foods in various states of India, but my heart never feels gratified. I wish I had a bigger tummy so that I could stuff as much food in it as I wanted. Nonetheless, I feel lucky to have traveled to so many places and try different regional cuisines. Just a few places in India are left for me to visit, and I will do that for sure in the next couple of years. Till then, wait for my next blog!