If just the mention of Chicken Tikka Masala and Hyderabadi Mutton Biryani gets you salivating, then you are in for a roller-coaster ride in India. While it has always been considered a land of diversities, what comes free with such a diverse land is the wide variety of cuisines and the styles of cooking. Apart from this, you also have the option of choosing from several kinds of eateries – plush 5-star restaurants to the small eateries in street corners. If you love the idea of going on this gastronomical adventure, start planning your trip by booking your tickets through Indian Railways. Leave picking the best destinations for us!
A trip to the city of the Nizams is a must if you want to sample the best of Mughlai fare. You will not have enough fingers to count the number of dishes that will keep you begging for more. While the Hyderabadi Biryani is world famous, there are lots of other dishes such as Magaz Masala and Dum Pukht from the Mughlai cuisine that should be tried. Try the versatile Pachchadi’s (a local version of a chutney).
Think Rajasthan and the first thing that comes to your mind is Dal Bhati Churma! Yes, this is a land of Ghee and everything that’s delicious. A trip to Jaipur is incomplete without savouring the Lal Maas, Kheema Bhati or the Mawa kachori. Most of these dishes are fried in ghee, giving it the authentic taste that you are so familiar with. If it is the desserts that gets you going, then try the Ghewar or the Moong Dal Halwa. The Mal pua is also quite famous in this region.
Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh:
Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh being in the center of the country, manages to combine all the gorgeous spices and flavours to create something of its own! The best place to try some of the best that Bhopal can offer is the Chatori Galli. Not only will you get the best of the best but you will find that it does not burn a hole in your budget as well. They have their own version of the Biryani which is a must try!
Kolkata, West Bengal:
If you thought that the delicacies in Kolkata were limited to the “Rosogulla” and the “Misthi Doi”, then a visit to this city is a must! You will not only see the sweet dishes that are available in new light, but you will find that they do not fail you on savories as well! Your trip to the city will be incomplete without a taste of the rolls, chops, and cutlets. Head out to one of the many local outlets to try out the best Aloo Poshto, Sorshe ilish, and Bhetki Macher Paturi. Last but not least, visit Bancharam’s for the best your sweet tooth can handle!
The tall glass of Lassi (smooth buttermilk with cream), the buttery goodness of the garlic naan or the yummy Paneer Butter Masala are central to the region of Amritsar and you will not get anything close to their quality or taste anywhere else in India. The Amritsari Kulcha, or the flaky, yummy bread you know well is famous in this region and should be sampled the right way, with loads of butter! Also, while you are there, don’t miss the Amritsari fish or the chicken!
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