India is not only a country of people with big hearts, but also of people with appetites just as big (no, bigger actually). The passionate love affair Indians have with their food has made India a food destination like no other.
Indian food is different from rest of the world not only in taste but also in the preparation. It reflects a perfect blend of various cultures and ages.
Whether you’re in the north or the south, the east or the west, each Indian state has its diverse variety of food. And when we say it’s diverse, we mean it.
And talking of diversity, why not go on a journey of some really delicious dishes from India.
From biryani to kebabs to sweet dishes, the royal Indian cuisine has it all.
Here we are sharing 10 mouth-watering Indian food delicacies that you must try before you die.
Let’s get started then.
1) Filter Kaapi, South India
Let’s start with our journey with irresistible filter kaapi (read Coffee). With our tea estates in Kerala and Munnar and chai(tea)-stalls at every corner of the country shows that we are tea-drinkers by heart and soul. But say the word ‘filter kapi’ and you can’t resist ordering one for yourself. You need to have it in the traditional steel glass and it has to be piping hot. It’s a deliciously addictive brew you will find in every street corner in South India.
2) Bhelpuri, Mumbai
Eating Bhel Puri at Chowpatty Beach is one of the quintessential Mumbai experiences while on a trip to the ‘Maximum City’. It’s a simple mixture of puffed rice, onions, sev and some tangy, spicy flavors of chutney. Don’t miss this quite healthy and super delicious snack when you travel to Mumbai.
3) Phuchka, Kolkata
It’s known as Gol Gappa in Delhi and Panipuri in Mumbai, but in Kolkata it gets its name from the “phuch” sound it makes when you take a bite. Phuchka is a crisp fried hollow ball made of flour, filled with spicy potatoes topped with tangy, spicy tamarind water. And of course, there’s also the churmur, a treat of crushed phuchkas, mashed potatoes and dried spices. If you are in Kolkata, this is one street food you must try.
4) Chhole Bhature, Delhi
Only in Delhi can you taste the best Chhole Bhature. It’s a dish which is not common in high end restaurants. It is mostly available on the streets. This fluffy bhatura with spicy chhole makes it the one of the best street food dishes you can have in Delhi. Ask for that special chutney to put in your chhole with some lemon chili pickle. Do try at Ratan Lal Chole in Rajinder Nagar, for Chhole Bhature with raita while you visit Delhi. We are sure you will just lick your fingers while eating.
5) Undhiyu-Jalebi, Gujarat
Undhiyu-Jalebi is is what Gujarati crave for and is a part of every festive kitchen for the day of Uttarayan. Undhiyu uses a mixture of winter vegetables like the papdi, rataalu, sweet potato, potato and tender juicy brinjals cooked with green masala. As with all Indian festivals, Undhiyu has its special variety such as Surti undhiyu (famous in Surat), matla undhiyu, etc. Don’t forget to try this delicacy while you planning to visit Gujarat.
6) Dal Bati-Churma, Rajasthan
Dal Bati Churma is a traditional Rajasthani dish, a combination of spicy dal with the deep fried bati and sweet churma. The batis are crushed and mixed with lots of ghee and dal. You can add spicy garlic chutney for the taste. Don’t miss this food delicacy while traveling to Rajasthan, you won’t get this at any other place easily and if you do, the taste just won’t be the same.
7) Darjeeling Tea
What’s good if you don’t try Darjeeling Tea while visiting to the best tea producers in World’? There are many tea factory outlets and tea lounges in Darjeeling where you can drink a cup of black, green, Oolong or white tea. Enjoy the aroma of the tea while watching the scenic mountains. And then take back home garden fresh packaged tea of your choice from the outlet owner.
8) Biryani, Hyderabad
We know that Hyderabad is famous for many things: its pearls, its skilled art, its Nizams, its mosques and palaces, but most importantly, its Biryani. Biryani isn’t just a dish, it’s is a national culinary icon. Every single community and region prepares it in different styles. Unlike other places in India, the biryani is prepared authentically in Hyderabad.
9) Thukpa, Sikkim
Those of you familiar with Tibetan food probably already know Momos. But if you are a true Tibetan food lover, then you must try Thukpa, a traditional Tibetan dish in Sikkim. Thukpa (soup with egg noodles) is a noodle-based soup with vegetables or meat.
10) Malaiyo, Varanasi
If you ever find yourself walking around the main streets of India’s spiritual capital Vanarasi, you will notice huge pots and pans full of a yellow fluffy substance topped with little green sprinkles, known as Malaiyo). Malaiyo is nothing but the flavored (foam) milk served in a small bowl garnished with almonds and pistachio. It is prepared only in Banaras. It’s a seasoned creamy dessert available in winter. How Malaiyo is made, it is indeed a secret and varies from vendor to vendor. Don’t forget to try this sweet dish while visiting the holy city of Varanasi.
We are so sure that these foods are worth traveling for, and we promise they’ll make your next trip to India even more amazing.
If you feel like we left your favorite have-to-try dish off the list, let us know in the comments below