September 15, 2016 5 min to read

29 States. 29 Delicacies.

Category : Via India, Travel and More

India’s diversity is not only evident in its multi-religious, multi-lingual people but also the vast variety of cuisines that Indians relish. No matter where you stay there is always that one particular food item that will remind you of your hometown- one delicacy that defines ‘home’ for you. We wondered what would be the defining food items from each of the 29 states of India and came up with the following list:

1. Maharashtra – Misal Pav

Indian Delicacies - Misal Pav
Misal Pav – A water based curried preparation of cooked sprouted lentils, served with Pav and lemon wedges


2. Punjab – Makki Di Roti & Sarson Da Saag

Indian Delicacies - Sarson Da Saag
‘Makki Roti’ is a corn meal Indian bread that tastes fabulous with ‘Sarson saag’ – mustard green and a glass of lassi.


3. West Bengal – Kosha Mangsho

Indian Delicacies - Kosha Mangsho
A velvety gravy with juicy pieces of meat served with maida luchi (pooris)


4. Gujarat – Dhokla

Dhokla is a vegetarian made from a fermented batter of rice and split chickpeas. It is served as a snack with tangy chutneys.
Dhokla is a vegetarian made from a fermented batter of rice and split chickpeas. It is served as a snack with tangy chutneys.


5. Kashmir – Rogan Josh

Indian Delicacies - Rogan Josh
Rogan Josh is an aromatic lamb dish with flavours of browned onions, various spices and yoghurt. It is usually served with steamed rice.


6. Tamil nadu – Pongal

Indian Delicacies - Pongal
Veg Pongal is a rice lentil dish that is often prepared in south Indian homes as an offering to the goddess. But it is also a comfort food that is very easy to digest.


7. Assam – Papaya Khar

Indian Delicacies - Papaya Khar
Khar is a completely off beat dish prepared out of the unusual combination of red rice, beaten pulses and raw papaya along with traditional Assamese spices.


8. Bihar – Litti Chowkha

Indian Delicacies - Litti Chowkha
Litti Chowkha is baked from wheat flour dough that is stuffed with a mixture of roasted gram flour, spices and lemon juice, and served with chokha (baked and pulped vegetables).


9. Himachal Pradesh – Dham

Indian Delicacies - Dham
Dham is a dish prepared by cooking red kidney beans (rajma), green lentils (moong daal) and rice in curd. It is served teamed with mash daal, boor ki kari and sweet and sour sauce made from tamarind and jaggery (gur).


10. Andhra Pradesh –  Pootha Rekulu

Indian Delicacies - PootaRekulu
Pootharekulu literally means coated sheets of sugar preparation. Pootharekulu are made by making thin wrappers prepared from rice flour, pure ghee and lots of powdered sugar.


11. Telangana – Biryani

Biryani- more famously the Hyderabadi version- is prepared in the form of kachay gosht ki biryani and dum ki biryani.


12. Goa – Fish Curry

Indian Delicacies - Fish Curry
Xit Codi meaning curry rice is the deliciously tangy fish curry served with steamed rice or roti.


13. Uttarakhand – Kafuli

Indian Delicacies - Kafuli
Kafuli is a thick gravy preparation made from green leafy vegetables. Kafuli made of Spinach leaves is the most common preparation.


14. Tripura – Chakhwi

Indian Delicacies - Chakhwi
Chakhwi is a healthy recipe that is a tasty mix of bamboo shoots, jack fruit and pork.


15. Manipur – Kangshoi

Indian Delicacies - Kangshoi
Kangshoi is a soupy stew of seasonal vegetables, coarsely chopped onions or spring onion, dried or fried fish pieces and water.


16. Meghalaya – Jadoh

Indian Delicacies - Jadoh
Jadoh is red hill rice cooked with pork pieces. It is a khasi version of biryani.


17. Kerala – Appam

Indian Delicacies - Appam
Appam is a type of pancake made with fermented rice batter and coconut milk.


18. Madhya Pradesh – Bhutte Ka Kees

Indian Delicacies - Bhutte Ka Khees
Bhutte ka kees is a spicy grated sweetcorn dish from the land of magical chaats, Indore.


19. Rajasthan – Dal Baati Churma

Indian Delicacies - Dal Baati Churma
Dal Bati Churma is a traditional Rajasthani treat with the spicy dal with the sweet churma along with deep fried crunchy batis.


20. Haryana – Bajre Ki Khichdi

Indian Delicacies - Bajre Ki Khichdi
Bajre ki Khichdi is a porridge (khichdi) made of coarsely crushed pearl millet and is eaten with pure ghee or sesame oil.


21. Arunachal Pradesh – Thukpa

Indian Delicacies - Thukpa
Thukpa is boiled noodles, filtered and mixed with vegetables and meat items.


22. Sikkim – Momos 

Indian Delicacies - Momos
Momo is a type of South Asian dumpling that is served with a chilli based dip.


23. Karnataka – Bisi Bele Bath

Indian Delicacies - Bisi Bele Bath
Bisi Bele Bath is a dish in which the sambar dal and rice are cooked together with tamarind and spice powders.


24. Nagaland – Pork with Bamboo Shoots

Indian Delicacies - Pork Bamboo Shoots
Pork with bamboo shoots is simply a dish that is cooked with dry bamboo shoots, loads of chillies and herbs, . This dish tastes heavenly with boiled rice.


25. Mizoram – Misa Mash Poora

Indian Delicacies - Misa Mash Poora
Misa Mash Poora is a sea food delicacy with roasted shrimps that get even better with a squeezed lemon.


26. Odisha – Chenna Poda

Indian Delicacies - Chenna Poda
Chhena poda is the quintessential cheese dessert made with chhena.


27. Chhatisgarh – Chila

Indian Delicacies - Chila
A chila is a North-Indian crepe made out of chickpea flour. You can have your chila with chutney or roll it around a stuffing like Tofu Crumble.


28. Jharkhand – Rugda

Indian Delicacies - Rugda
Rugda also known as Phutka in some areas of Jharkhand is a variety of mushroom. The subzi tastes great with rice or poori.


29. Uttar Pradesh – Kabab

Indian Delicacies - Kabab
Kebabs are simple treats made of deep fried minced meat.


So, which one do you want to try out first?

Chhavi Mahajan