11. Gujarat’s Dhokla
Often referred to as the “Jewel of Western India”, the state of Gujarat is predominantly influenced by the Jain culture. Thus, the food in this region is primarily vegetarian. The Gujarati thali has garnered much fame and popularity not only outside the Gujarati diaspora but also internationally. A typical thali is composed of an array of selective dishes. One of the most popular dishes is Dhokla. A soft, spongy cake, it is at its best when served with tempura or pan fried green chillies. A light yet delicious square is the perfect way to describe this dish.
12. Rajasthan’s Dal-Baati-Churma
The state of Rajasthan is known for its opulent, regal culture and heritage. The state is home to different yet unique cooking and culinary styles. The rich history and traditions mixed with the gastronomic enthusiasm among the local people has led to the creation of a wide and diverse variety of delicacies. One such item is the Dal-Baati-Churma. Appreciated globally, this delicious platter is composed of 3 different items : a spicy lentil soup (DAL), a flaky bread (BAATI), and a slightly sweet CHURMA. A perfect marriage between sweet and spicy, this should be on your must haves list the next time you visit Rajasthan.
13. Delhi’s Chole Bhature
The capital’s love for food can lead you to the small unknown streets to the well established restaurants, but there are certain classics which are found everywhere. One such component is the leading and acclaimed Chole Bhature. A spicy chickpea curry complemented with crispy, golden pillows of bread, garnished with fresh onion slices, and sprinkled with lemon juice ,this is one lip-smacking choice. A signature that never goes out of style.
14. Bihar’s Litti Chokha
We all know about the big states of India, and what they have to offer to the world of gastronomy. However, the small states contribute an equal portion in terms of food. With a rich history, the land of Bihar is equally famous for the plethora of delicacies that feature in its cuisine. One such dish is Litti Chokha. A delicious, spicy ball dipped in ghee accompanied by the “Chokha”, a mixture of boiled vegetables, chopped onion, and exotic spices, this is savoured by one an all, and requires no introduction. It serves as a grand welcome in to the wonderful gastronomic world of Bihar.
15. Haryana’s Bajre Ki Khichdi
Haryanvi cuisine is like the inhabitants of Haryana -simple, earthy and inevitably connected to their land. This state is often referred to as the “Land of Rotis”, as it is home to all sorts of grains such as wheat, bajra etc. The famous dish from this state is Bajre Ki Khichdi. A pearl millet creamy rice pudding, it is one that is an authentic delicacy of Haryana. A healthy, flavourful, and light dish is the best way to describe this dish.
16. Punjab’s Sarson da Saag
The cuisine of Punjab is just like its people- rich, robust, and full of life. Bold flavours and textures and hearty ingredients are what makes this type of food so popular in India as well as globally. One of the signature dishes is Sarson Da Saag. A rich and creamy amalgamation of green leafy vegetables paired with exotic spices, it is a rustic dish cooked to perfection. Accompanied with Makki ki Roti, this dish is sure to create sensation with your taste buds.
17. Jammu and Kashmir’s Rogan Josh
The crown of the country is a picturesque and serene sight to see, and also a paradise of bold flavours and diversity. One of the prime delicacies that is cherished in Kashmir is Rogan Josh. An aromatic lamb marinated in various spices, and paired with onions and refreshing yogurt, this is a dish that you will yearn for more.
18. Sikkim’s Momos
Highly influenced by the Nepali cooking style, Sikkim is home to the famous Momos. Hot steamed flour dumplings filled with minced meat, cheese, or grated veggies, this is every kid’s favourite. Paired with spicy chilly sauce or a comforting, hot soup, this is one classic that everyone will love, and can be found in every nook and corner of the state.
19. Meghalaya’s Jadoh
The Northeastern cuisine is a melange of various cultures and tribes. Their food is as unique as their colourful way of life. Many dishes use simple yet flavourful ingredients to create a comforting meal. One of the classic dishes of Meghalaya is Jadoh. A luscious pork and rice dish, it is an important element of the state’s cuisine, and no ceremony is complete without this sumptuous dish.
20. Manipur’s Eromba
The last stop on this epic journey through the wide world of gastronomy is Manipur. Considered to be the lifeline of Manipuri cuisine, this fermented fish and potatoes dish is marked by its strong and pungent taste. This is a must have side dish, and pairs really well with evening snacks. Who knew fish and chips just got elevated to a whole new level?