Often a country is defined by its culture, tradition, and history but these days it has gone beyond these parameters including food as a new parameter to define a nation. In this post, you will get to know about the topmost food items in India.
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In India, taste and flavor changes with demography and cities, food has created a life journey in Indian history. India has a rich palate and its food shows the maximum variation just like its heritage. The local food in India is often spicy and worth tasting. People of India and from abroad travel distances to tantalize their taste buds.
When we talk about delicious food, we cannot forget a wide variety of gastronomic delights that are available on the Indian streets at a reasonable price.
Let’s have a look at the delicious foods that no one is embarrassed about picking up a quick bit and also can satisfy your taste bud.
Food of South India: State of tranquillity and kindness
South Indian Food is mainly known for its flow, smell and the irresistible taste that can be found all across the world. Dishes from the South are not only delicious to eat but also nourishing and digestible.
Rice is the staple food of South India, where lentils, coconuts, and spices are often used in abundant to bring out the brilliant blend of flavor, seasoning, nutrition, taste, and appearance in the prepared dish. Here are some best South Indian delicacies food you must try to pamper your taste bud.
Appam with Tanga Pal/Kurma
Appam is a famous dish of Kerala which is a type of Pancake made up of a fermented rice batter. It is preferred during breakfast and dinner, which can be served with tanga pal (Coconut Milk) or with Kurma. Coconut is the main ingredient of this dish.
Puttu aka “steamed rice cake” is another common dish of south India mainly popular in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and some parts of Karnataka. It’s also a breakfast dish having cylinder shape cooked using rice flour and coconut.
Rasam is not only popular for the delicious taste, but also health benefit has to offer. The major benefits come from the ingredients used in Rasam such as tomato, tamarind and black pepper which are good for the digestive system and overall health. It can be taken as a soup or as a side dish with rice.
The best of hot Rasam is good for throat and cold which is medically prescribed. Nowadays, all the seasonings required are combined and ground beforehand into Rasam powder, which is available in almost all the supermarkets.
Paniyaram is known as Paddu, Apple, Gulliappa, or Guilttu is an all-time favorite dish in South India. Made by steaming a fermented batter, gets its awesome taste from added spices and vegetables. A special pan with multiple fissures is used to prepare Paniyaram.
Onion Rave Dosa
Onion Rave Dosa or Ravattu is quick to make and delicious recipe for Tamil Nadu. For the making dish Rava dosa we required a thin batter that is made from sooji, rice flour, and maida. In this dish Semolina is the main ingredient.
Food of Punjab: The Land of Bhangra
Coming from south Indian food, we will talk about the delicious food of Punjab. As you all know, Punjab is one of the most prosperous states in India, and the food of Punjab attests to this in every morsel. Down South, a lot of people think that most North Indians are Punjabi and you can’t blame them given all the Punjabi influence in the culture up North.
No matter what divides people, Food has the power to unite us as Indians, especially the rich Punjabi food with its succulent taste and desi ghee.
If there’s anything else a Gurudwara is famous for apart from tranquillity, Kindness and their open kitchens, it is the Karma Prashad. This dish of Punjab is one of the best things which you have ever tasted, especially on a cold morning in Gurudwara. That is made with equal portions of (sooji), Semolina, butter, and sugar, it is a dish that screams love and affection, much like your mother does. If you want to show someone you love them, make them a smattering of indulgent halwa, a true labor of love.
A hot, sweet hug from Punjab. While eaten as a dessert, this is a dish mainly prepared in winter. It is made with desi ghee, wheat flour, jaggery, and some nuts. The ingredients give a lot of heat and energy during winter. Some people don’t even treat it as a dessert but take it to be just another nutritional supplement.
Amritsari Fish: (Non-Veggie Delights)
Punjab is mostly well renowned for its obsession with Chicken. But did you know that Punjab also boasts of a fish delicacy that has the locals hooked for centuries? Punjab may not have a coastline but is a land of five rivers, and one gets the best variety of fish near Amritsar. The Amritsaries love to eat fried food, which us what makes the fried fish snack so popular in the region along with other favorites like pakoras and kachoris.
The fish is typically served with green chutney coated in besan batter with freshly ground spices like garam masala, crushed dhania seeds, ajwain, red chili powder, lemon juice, chopped green chili, and salt the spicy-fried delicacy is a must-try when in Amritsar.
Shakkar Para: (A sweet indulgent dish of Punjab)
Shakkar Para serves as a great snack when you crave something sweet. It is a light and not a too sweet snack. A great accompaniment to tea, it can also be snacked on when you’re craving something a little sweet. It is made from semolina & flour and can be easily made at home. For those with a sweeter tooth, these can be coated in coarse sugar or desecrated coconut for a different flavor. Also, this can be easily stored for 2-3 weeks to keep munching on.
Paneer Tikka – One of the topmost Food items in India
Also called “Chicken of the Veggies ”. The Panner Tikka has a special place in the food of Punjab. Chargrilled and spiced, this soft cottage cheese delicacy is the first to come in mind when one thinks of vegetarian appetizers. And frankly, any menu would be incomplete without it.
Food of Rajasthan: State of Best Food Item
Rajasthani cuisine is rich, colorful and unique just like its culture. The Rajwadi Land of Rajputs is a paradise for foodies out there. Milk, lots of clarified butter and local spices are the prerequisites of many local dishes. From a range of vegetarian and non-vegetarian options to sweet and savory delicacies, discover the Rajasthani dishes you need to try.
Gatte Ki Sabzi
It is the most Famous Food in Rajasthan. It is a perfect meatless vegetarian dish. Typically, Rajasthani food platters are almost incomplete without Gattes. Rajasthani Gatte ki sabzi is way spicier and mouth-watering. A traditional delicacy of Rajasthan, Gatte ki Sabzi is fried or steamed gram balls cooked in curd gravy with lots of Indian spices, resulting in a delicious tangy flavor.
It is a traditional Rajasthani fried snack. It is crispy in taste and also a delicious appetizer. Basically, Vada has a crispy outside and soft inside making it a great tea time snack. It is served with Imli chutney and a hot cup of Ginger Tea as a wonderful tea time snack.
Aam ki Launji
Do you want on the side of your Indian dishes other than pickles? In that case, Kacche Aam ki Launji is your best pick. It is a sweet and spicy chutney made of raw green mangoes. The quick and easy pickle that tickles your proportions or pickling time involved in making this, yet it stays fresh for almost four days in the refrigerator. This sweet and spicy launji can be served with paranthas or with roti of your choice.
In the list of Non-veggie, you cannot skip this fiery Mohan mass dish. A dish that’s straight from royal Kitchen – Mohan Mass is cooked in milk and mild spices that make the meat tender and juicy. Don’t go by its plain white color, it is extremely rich and flavored.
It is also non-veggie and delicious in taste. Here are some authentic Rajasthani flavors infused into juicy mutton pieces to dazzle up your dining table. The meat is marinated in garlic, red chilies, turmeric and the prominent taste of coriander adds that rustic touch to the dish. Here’s a word of caution, if you can’t handle spicy food. Please stay away from this as it can set your taste buds on fire. Best eaten with Rotis, you can even have it with rice.
Before you think that this gastronomical journey ends here, let me inform you that there are many more dishes that will leave a lingering taste in your mouth. The food of all these states are nutritious, flavourful and is perhaps the most colorful of all cuisines in India. It is prepared with a lot of time, with lovely spices and with bread constitutes a large part of their platter. So Guys, Go head and explore these wonderfully happy cuisines.