When you travel, you get to discover not only the places but also the cuisine that is intrinsic to the particular region. For a foodie, this is a part of the journey, which is even more relishing if you get to try out dishes that appeal to your taste buds. Let’s go across some of the destinations in India where you will not only enjoy the place but also its food and culture.
Goa offers an exotic array of seafood either at the shacks or the restaurants. If you are fond of rice and fish, you will get them everywhere; with dry fish preparation as side dish. From mackerel to shark to pomfret to tuna, you can take your pick. There are also crabs, lobsters, mussels, squids and prawns. Try out the chicken, pork or beef xacuti, sorpotel, and vindaloo. Do not miss the pork sausages. For dessert, bibinca, a cake made from layers of coconut pancake is a must-taste. Sitting at a seaside shack and digging into a plate of seafood is heavenly.
From hot kathi rolls to jhal muri to shingara to phuchka, Kolkata is known for its street food as much as for fish delicacies. Whether it is shorshe ilish (hilsa cooked in mustard gravy), or daab chingri (prawns cooked in tender coconut shell), doi mach (fish and curd preparation), bhetki paturi and pabda maachher jhol you must try them all. Yes, your journey would be incomplete without trying out kosha mangsho, which can be chicken or mutton preparation. Of course, how can you forget the mishit doi (sweet yoghurt) and the rosogulla?
Bangalore can be rightly termed as the food city in the country, as at every nook and corner of the city you will find a food joint. Whether a small south Indian restaurant or a fine dining place, you will find them all in all the localities across the city. The Udupi restaurants dot every neighbourhood, offering good vegetarian fares, including crisp masala dosas, varieties of idlis, vadas, pongal rice, puliyoghare or tamarind rice, lemon rice and curd rice. Non-vegetarians, do not be disheartened, you can enjoy tandoori chicken, biryani and kebabs both at fine dining restaurants and street-side joints. Those fond of world cuisine, can also sample English, French, Chinese and Afghan cuisines in the city.
If you are looking for a street food hub, then Mumbai is definitely your destination. There are many who would rather prefer eating at a street-side joint than sitting at a restaurant. From Vada pav, bhel puri, paani puri, dahi puri, sev puri to kulfis you will be spoiled for choice. Bombil fry or the Bombay duck (don’t go by the name because it is not a duck but a type of fish) and the tandoori crab are some of the must-try dishes in the city. Mumbai is also replete with gourmet dishes from across the world.
The city of Nizams, boasts of a rich cultural cuisine. It is known for its biryanis and kebabs, especially the mouth-watering Hyderabadi gosht biryani. Other non-vegetarian fares that you must try are patthar ka gosht and haleem found especially during the Ramadan season. The Irani chai and the Osmania biscuits are equally popular. The street food of this city is also well-known. It is a paradise for food lovers as you can get cuisines from not only south but also from the north and east of India.
Delhi has plenty to offer its food connoisseurs from fine dining to street food. When you are in Old Delhi, you will be spoiled for choice from Mughal spreads to a variety parathas, chaats and sweets like jalebis and faloodas. You can also try out the traditional north Indian dishes like murg musallam, daal makhani and chicken butter masala. The lanes and bylanes of Chandni Chowk are bustling with food joints, where you can tickle your taste buds.