Top 11 Foods to Try When Visiting India

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Guest post by Aayushi Khandelwal

Have you ever tried Indian Cuisine? India has always been known for its diversity whether it’s different cultures, languages, festivals but when it comes to cuisines, India has got a lot to offer! 

Indian food does not bring exclusivity but its authentic taste makes people crave more.

If you’re planning to visit India anytime soon, you really need to get your hands on these scrumptious dishes. This blog will drive you through all the dishes, which you must definitely give a shot!

Misal Pav

It’s popular street food in Maharashtra. If you had ever been there, you’d have known that this place is famous for its Vada Pav and Misal Pav. It’s such a wholesome food made of sprouts, tomatoes and onions, mixed with Indian spices.

If you enjoy eating spicy food, then definitely, this is your thing. 

Dhokla

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It’s a breakfast/snack dish of Gujrat and is made of fermented rice and chickpeas batter. If you’re someone who enjoys having savoury food with a few spices involved, then this is your go-to snack.

Also, it’s served hot with tangy pudhina chutney.

Makke Di Roti and Sarson Da Saag

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This is authentic food from Punjab. It’s a traditional dish of Punjab. If you wanna feel the real Indian flavour, then you must definitely give it a try.

This dish is made of cornbread and is served along with the saag which is mustard green, topped with butter, or more traditionally with ghee. It’s often served with a glass of cold Lassi.

Biryani

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If you ever wish to have Biryani, do check out the Hyderabadi biryani. It’s generally prepared with Mutton but if you wanna try the best version, it has to be chicken. It’s an aromatic rice dish cooked in a sealed container with some spices and marinated chicken/mutton.

Spices add authentic flavour to it, making it more exclusive and devouring. 

Masala Dosa

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It’s a dish that has originated from the Southern Part of the country. A crispy paper-thin -flatbread made up of rice, stuffed with aloo masala, and served with coconut chutney and sambar.

This is a wholesome and subtle food that would definitely fill your stomach but would make you crave more. 

Pav Bhaji

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It comprises butter Pao and thick vegetable bhaji, topped with onions and some more butter. It’s a delectable dish that would literally make you lick your fingers.

Trust me, it’s one of the best and most flavourful dishes that you can ever have in life.

Chole Bhature

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This is a dish, which you’d easily find in the northern part of the country. It consists of fluffy fried bread and thick curry.  You can top this up with some onions. 

Gulab Jamun

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This dish is for people who’ve got a sweet tooth and have been craving sugar badly. Gulab Jamun is a sweet dish made by deep-frying milk balls in caramelized sugar.

This is something which you can have anytime and anywhere, and would still not get bored! To make it more delicious you can have this with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Gajar ka Halwa

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If you’re visiting India, then you can’t go without having Gajar Ka Halwa. Perhaps, this is probably one of the dishes which you’d find at every house. It’s a concoction of carrot, milk and sugar.

If you’ve got a sweet tooth, definitely you’d enjoy each bite of it. Also, it’s often seasoned with cardamom, saffron and dry fruits.

Papri Chaat

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If you’re someone who loves traditional street food and experimenting with different food items, then this dish is just right for you.

It’s a chaat which you’d find at every corner of the street and is made of crispy wafers, stuffed with boiled potatoes and chillies, and is served with tamarind chutney or curd.

Masala Chai

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In India, morning often begins with a cup of tea. It’s a beverage that every Indian knows how to make and is a classic staple of India.

It’s usually prepared using fresh tea leaves, hot water and some grated ginger. You can add some more spices to make it more flavourful. 

The Takeaway

I hope these mind-boggling food items will lure you to visit India. Trust me, if you’re a foodie, you just can’t skip these dishes! Although this list is not exhaustive, we hope you’ll try them on your next visit to the country!

Which dish do you like the most and why? Tell us in the comments section below!


Author Bio: Aayushi Khandelwal

Aayushi is a content writer at F and B Recipes. When not writing, she can be found reading about Intuitive Counseling and Spiritual Mind Treatment.

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