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29 Delightful Regional Dishes From All Over India

Delightful Regional Dishes

India is home to an abundant variety of culinary gems, each of them telling a tale of the country’s diverse cultural setup.

Indian food is a shining jewel in India’s crown. As diverse as it is delicious, it is sought after all over the globe.

Each state has its own speciality and cuisine. Today, we’ll go on a tour of 29 Indian States to know about their food culture.

29 Lipsmacking Dishes from Different States Of India:

1. Andhra Pradesh – Pootharekulu

Andhra Pradesh - Pootharekulu

The word Pootharekulu means coated sheet which is true to what this dish actually is, a thin wafer-like sheet wrapped around dry fruits and nuts.

It is a very sweet dish that is served during weddings, festivals and other celebrations.

2. Arunachal Pradesh – Pike Pila

Arunachal Pradesh - Pike Pila

The Pike Pila is a variation of pickles made with pork fat and bamboo shoots.

It is eaten majorly by the Apatanis who sun dry and turn the ashes of plants into a liquid and mix them with pork fat and smoked meat to create this delicious dish.

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3. Assam – Masor Tenga

Assam - Masor Tenga

Masor Tenga is prepared by slow-cooking fish in a special broth made out of lemon, tomatoes and the eponymous tenga.

It is generally eaten after a heavy meal as it is believed that the sourness of the curry aids digestion.

4. Bihar – Litti Chowka

Bihar - Litti Chowka

The Litti is made by stuffing wheat balls with pulses, herbs and spices and then baking them over coal or wood.

They are then served with a curry made out of eggplant, tomatoes and potatoes known as Chowka. This constitutes a full meal. 

5. Chhatisgarsh – Chilla

Chhatisgarsh - Chilla

Another dish that can be described as a savoury pancake, Chilla is made out of gram flour, ginger and green chillies.

As it is a very light dish, often eaten for breakfast or as a light snack.

6. Gujarat – Khandvi

Gujarat - Khandvi

Khandvi is primarily made of gram flour and yoghurt and rolled into tight, bite-sized pieces.

It is often served with flavourful garlic chutney or tea and eaten as snacks and appetizers. It is a healthy dish for those suffering from diabetes and gluten intolerance.

7. Goa – Goan Fish Curry

Goa - Goan Fish Curry

It wouldn’t be right to recommend anything but the stellar seafood that originates in Goa.

Made with tomato, coconut, garlic, ginger and an eclectic mix of spices, the Goan fish curry comes with incredibly tender fish that seems to just melt away in your mouth.

8. Haryana – Bajre ki Khichdi

Haryana - Bajre ki Khichdi

Khichdi is a ubiquitous dish found in every kitchen in India but bajre ki khichdi is unique to Haryana.

It is very simple to make and the eclectic mix of spices means you never get bored of it. Hence, it is a staple food for the state.

9. Himachal Pradesh – Kangri Dham

Himachal Pradesh - Kangri Dham

Kangri Dham is not just a dish but a full festive meal that is prepared in Himachal Pradesh.

It generally includes Kale Channe ka katta, Mukund Wadi Curry, Madra, Paneer and rice.

Each dish is complementary to the other and makes for a filling and satisfying meal.

10. Jharkand – Dhooska

Jharkand - Dhooska

Dhooska refers to deep fried balls of bread stuffed with chana dal, potatoes, bread and powdered rice.

It is often eaten as a snack and served with ketchup and other kinds of chutneys.

It would be rare to find Dhooska in fancy restaurants and you should try street stalls for authentic Dhooska instead.

11. Karnataka – Neer Dosa

Karnataka - Neer Dosa

Dosa is a popular food found in nearly every South Indian home. They are soft crepes made with rice batter but Neer Dosas are something special.

They are so fluffy and soft in texture that their name, which literally translates to water dosas, perfectly fits the description of this dish. 

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12. Kashmir – Rogan Josh

Kashmir - Rogan Josh

Rogan Josh is an aromatic red meat dish – traditionally, goat, lamb or mutton.

The flavour is added with the help of the alkanet flower and Kashmiri chillies, giving the curry a unique flavour and colour.

13. Kerala – Appam

Kerala - Appam

Appam is a soft, spongy pancake-like breakfast dish enjoyed all over Kerala. It is made with fermented rice batter and coconut milk.

If you enjoy appams, you’ll be delighted to know that there are many variants of it available.

14. Madhya Pradesh – Bhutte Ka Khees

Madhya Pradesh - Bhutte Ka Khees

Grated corn, various spices and a dash of lemon come together to create this well-beloved street food dish.

It is the perfect dish to consume on cold winter evenings as the spices will warm you up inside out.

15. Maharashtra – Puran Poli

Maharashtra - Puran Poli

Puran Poli refers to a wheat flatbread stuffed with a sweet chana dal filling.

It is often eaten with a warm glass of milk for any meal, be it breakfast, lunch or dinner with a drop of ghee on top as garnishing.

16. Manipur – Kangshoi

Manipur - Kangshoi

Kangshoi is a vegetable stew prepared with freshwater fish, carefully selected vegetables and some other dried meat versions.

It is best eaten with rice on chilly days. The flavours of the dish are simply exquisite. 

17. Meghalaya – Jadoh

Meghalaya - Jadoh

The word Jadoh is derived from two words, ‘ja’ which means rice and ‘doh’ which means meat.

Therefore, Jadoh refers to rice prepared with the stock of pork or chicken which gives it a unique flavour unlike any other in Indian cuisine.

18. Mizoram – Misa Mach Poroa

Mizoram - Misa Mach Poroa

Misa Mach Poora is a dish with grilled shrimp that is much easier to prepare than it seems.

It is made by grilling the shrimps by wrapping them in banana leaves and placing them on hot charcoal.

19. Nagaland – Pork with Bamboo Shoot

Nagaland - Pork with Bamboo Shoot

Pork is an important component of East Indian cuisines as is evident from this dish.

Huge chunks of pork are deep-fried with shoots of bamboo and seasoned with chillies.

No special occasion is necessary for this oil-free dish and you can enjoy it any time.

20. Odisha – Chenna Poda

Odisha - Chenna Poda

The name Chenna Poda which translates to baked cheese should give you an accurate idea of what this dessert is.

Chenna cheese is well kneaded and infused with sugar until it gains a beautiful golden brown texture to create this dessert.

21. Punjab – Amritsari Kulcha

Punjab - Amritsari Kulcha

A variation on the well-known Mughlai Naan, Amritsari Kulcha is the perfect spicy flatbread to accompany any curry but it is best eaten with Chole.

It is crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside making it perfect to absorb all the flavours of the curries, yet keeping the crunch intact.

22. Rajasthan – Dal Baati Churma

Rajasthan - Dal Baati Churma

Baati is bread that is baked into a ball which is then enjoyed with the famous Rajasthani dal and churma, which again is a sweet dish made with wheat and bajra flour.

It is usually enjoyed during Makar Sankranti and Diwali.

23. Sikkim – Thukpa

Sikkim - Thukpa

Thukpa is a spicy noodle soup that originated in Tibet but migrated to Sikkim along with Tibetan people and became the state’s speciality.

The soup can be of any kind with a bowl of noodles added to it.

24. Tamil Nadu – Pongal

Tamil Nadu - Pongal

Everyone has heard of the festival Pongal but it is a rare person who knows that the word also refers to a dish’Ven Pongal’ made out of rice, moong dal, cumin and black pepper.

It is usually made as part of celebrations to mark special occasions.

25. Telangana – Biryani

Telangana - Biryani

Popularly known as Hyderabadi Biryani, this particular dish originated in the courts of the Nizam from Mughlai cuisine.

It is traditionally made with basmati rice and goat meat and cooked in dum pukht style. 

26. Tripura – Chakwi

Tripura - Chakwi

Chakwi is made with green papaya, bamboo shoots and pork.

It is a dish that originated in the Tiprasa tribe and is served mainly during weddings or other special occasions due to the time-consuming process of making it. 

27. Uttarakhand – Bhang ki Chutney

Uttarakhand - Bhang ki Chutney

Bhang ki Chutney is prepared using a variety of seeds and spices.

They are ground into a fine paste until they form a thick liquid which is served as a sauce with nearly every meal.

The tang of cumin seeds, bhang seeds and tamarind fulfils all your savoury needs.

28. Uttar Pradesh – Tunde Ke Kebabs

Uttar Pradesh - Tunde Ke Kebabs

Tunde Ke Kebabs is a spicy meat dish that originates in Awadhi cuisine. With as many as 160 spices, it is a dish like no other.

An iconic restaurant named Tunday Kababi in Lucknow that was started in 1905 is famous for its servings of Tunde Ke Kebabs.

29. West Bengal – Kosha Mangsho

West Bengal - Kosha Mangsho

Goat meat is slow-cooked over a low flame in order to create this iconic curry which is then served with rice or parothas.

Golbari at the Shyambazaar crossing in Calcutta is famous for its servings of Kosha Mangsho.

With such a vast extent of India’s regional food, your trip to this land is going to be packed with unending opportunities to taste the flavours of different parts of India.

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Written by Lakshmi Kalarikkal

Lakshmi Kalarikkal is pursuing her degrees in History and Economics at Mumbai University, although she has been researching, studying and writing about the world around her for far longer than that. With over a decade of professional training in classical dance and music, she is deeply interested in Indian culture and lifestyle. She has studied many aspects of Indian life ranging from Ancient India to the present century, both in her formal classroom and beyond it. With a penchant for reading and writing history, she works to enrich the Ethnic Lifestyle and Joyful Celebrations pages at Yeh Hai India with well researched stories about the culture and life in India.

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