As a inherent foodie I am firm believer in the saying “The way to a man’s heart passes through his stomach“.
I am a travel lover and have travelled a lot since childhood tasted different kinds of cuisine from different states of India. However after long vacations when I used to return home the simple “Daal-Chawal” or as we call it in Marathi “Varan-Bhaat” (Rice with lentil curry) with small amount of pickle at home used to taste heavenly.
When it comes to food I am not really a health conscious person and love oily,junk or spicy food very much. In my journey throughout India I came to know that each state has it specialities which you should not miss on also alongwith that you should know which food not to order at which place.
Like if you are travelling in South India don’t forget to taste varieties of “Dosas” ( a pancake made from rice flour and ground pulses), “Idlis” (steamed cake of rice, usually served with sambhar), “Medu Vadas” ( a savoury fried snack made from black lentil or urad dal) alongwith the the tasty “Chutneys” and “Sambhars” (spicy lentil curry).
Similarly if you are travelling in Northern states like Punjab or Himachal don’t forget to taste the “Parathas” (Indian Flatbread) with different kind of stuffings like Aloo (Potato), Gobi (Cauliflower) or even Cheese served hot and topped with a chunk of butter. Along with that don’t forget to taste “Makai roti” (bread of maize) and “Sarso Saag” (cooked mustard leaves) These are Seasonal available only in winter , I only tasted it once but still miss the taste. Sweet or salted “Lassi” (Yogurt based drink) to quench your thirst.
If you happen to travel through Maharashtra or specially Mumbai do not miss the “Wada-pav” (a deep fried potato dumpling placed inside a bread bun), “Misal pav” (a spicy curry usually made of sprouted moth beans with bread bun) or if you have a sweet tooth then you can try “Puran Poli “( Indian sweet flatbread)
Likewise each state or region has its own specialties which have evolved over a period of time and more suitable to weather of that place. Nowadays in most of the cities all kinds of food are available all over India but in my opinion if you want to have the real taste then its best at the place of origin. Also nowadays Indian Chinese is gaining popularity allover India. Hakka or Schezwan Noodles or Rice, Manchurian and Manchow soups can make anybody’s mouth water.
One article would be too small to cover even the major cuisines in India so I have covered only some of my favourites in my next article I will write about the cuisines I tried out side India.