We often hear how rich is India’s traditional heritage and culture. And now we also see and experience the cuisines of India which has got rich culinary preparations and taste. The nation with over billion people has given so much to explore starting from traditional food like dal makhani and subzi to variety of myriad cuisines. A normal person to a typical foodie, everyone wants to relish different tastes and lesser known cuisines of India.
Let us see some of the not so well known Indian cuisines which can make you drool.
While many do not know much about the Parsi community and their cuisines, they are must try out for food lovers. They tickle our taste buds with delightful flavors. Meat lovers especially should try their dhansak which is mutton with lentils and vegetables. Further, emli goor no kuchumbar is must decide which is paste made with tamarind.
Telangana has a rich range of spicy food and tastes all around the state. To start with, one should try Telangana’s staple millet Jonna roti which should be paired with Kura, the curry. There are further varients to add on like rasam or Pappu charu and the tangy tamarind dish like pulusu.
One should not miss out the famous mamsam pulusu in case you are non-vegetarian. This is mutton cooked with tamarind leaves. There are also several sweet and snack options to try out like pharda pheni and garijelu.
Mappila cuisine of Kerala
This is named after Mappila community in Kerala who draw their culinary dishes from Arab, Dutch, British and Portuguese traditions. In case you love Mughlai foods, then you should try out their tellicherry biryani which is cooked with meat in their dum style.
Further, try out their puttu which is made with rice flour and coconut and serve it with meat curry or lentils curry. Their arikadukka with stuffed mussels and fish biryani are must haves too.
Many do not know much about Orissa’s food and cuisines. With regular rice and spicy foods, people often think what’s so new to explore. But let us for once try a simple basi pakhala platter which is rice fermented overnight and pair it with dried lentil pellets, which are badi chuda fried vadi. They are mixed with garlic and red chilies and tastes like heaven. Have this for once and tell why the cuisine tastes like heaven.
Other well known Orissa dishes include dahi baigan (brinjals cooked with curd) and khattas which are spicy curries. Dalma is loved by all who are lentils cooked in vegetables and chillies with mustard sprinkled around.
Malenadu cuisine from Karnataka
The malnadu region of Karnataka which is covered with forests all around has their own type of cuisine which for sure is going to please you. Their tangy pickles and steamed food is for those who love sweet and sour. There must-try dishes include benne kadabu which is idli with coconut and rice. Do not miss out on the pulimunchi which is juicy fish curry with tamarind and coconut.
Most of us stereotype Gujarati food a lot on the name that it is too sugary and sweet to eat. Well, do not then skip having Kathiawadi region’s food and their cuisine. They are spicy and cooked on the fire. Their simple kichdi with lasaniya batata (potato with chillis and garlic) are must try.
Further also try out sev tamatar sabzi which is curry prepared with a lot of spices and tomatoes, topped with the sev. Pair this curry with the local bhakri bread. This is the best snack you can imagine to relish in your whole life.
When one talks about Kashmiri cuisine, most of us think either of Kashmiri tea or the wazwaan. But forget not, there is much more to this. Several vegetarian delicacies like gogje rajma which is kidney beans with curry and duma alov prepared in Kashmiri way are must try.
Nonvegetarian lovers should totally dig into naan qualiya which s mutton curry. Have it with khamiri roti to satisfy your hunger and taste buds. Do not miss out their famous shufta which is a dessert made with honey, saffron and dry fruits.
The state with beautiful Himalayan mountains surrounded around also has several dishes to try out from the plate. While the state is divided into Garhwal and Kumaon, both the regions have something to taste from. Tor ki dal and chawal along with til ki chutney made with sesame seeds are well known in Garhwal region. They eat this with mandua roti which is finger millet based roti.
Further Kumaon has well-known bhatt ki churdkani which is soya bean in black color locally grown to taste from. The meat lovers should definitely try out their kachhmauli with chili, turmeric and mustard oil. It is the whole goat which is roasted in spit fire.
Tribal cuisine (Adivasi food)
While many know about rich India’s tribal culture, not many know and tasted their culinary rich food. Their lifestyle is so rich and healthy that their food can be clearly noticed for being nutritious. Their chutneys by Chattisgarh’s Dhurwa tribe are well known which are made with red ants. Further, stir-fried silk worms as eri polu from Assam are for those who want to try out and are enthusiastic about new food.
And forget not, everyone swears by the tasty pork cooked by Naga tribes with fermented bamboo shoots and jolokia chillis.
Their spicy and sour food is for those who love this taste. Konkans from Goa and Maharashtra has distinguished delicacies which many do not know about. Their kokum is used often for tirphal (green pepper curry). Konkan fish curry is must try for food lovers along with kolmbo sambar and kadamb.
There is no one who never tasted the delicious Punjabi cuisine. There are among the most popular dishes in India among this cuisine dishes. Both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes are quite exotic and are prepared with the help of traditional culinary recipes and tandoori styles. They are mouth watering and has rich, spicy yet buttery flavor within the forms of food. Their most common food items are bread like Tandoori roti and Naan which food lovers generally carve for. Further, they are most famous for chicken dishes such as chicken butter masala.
The Rajasthani cuisine originated in the state of Rajasthan is known for including the rich heritage in their dishes. The have unique cooking styles, influenced by their climatic conditions and scarce water resources. These dishes can be stored for several days and still can be served with flavor. The exquisite Rajasthani dishes include Dal Baati Churma and Bikaneeri Bhujia. Other dishes like Bajre ki roti, Lashun ki chutney , Kichdi, and Kadhi are also well known internationally among food lovers.
Given the variety of cuisines of India from all over the country, food lovers are for sure in drool already. Do not miss out on trying these dishes when you visit the places.