What's On Your Plate, India?

What's On Your Plate, India?
29 shades of The Indian Food Palette, Photo Credit: Shutterstock

If you don’t mind a food coma, feast on the best dishes of India, one state at a time

Kevin Verghese
July 24 , 2019
25 Min Read

The Indian sub-continent is blessed with diversity, and with the vast expanse of people, culture and traditions, food becomes a life line, a common connection for all. As a wise person once said, ‘there is no love more sincere, than the love for food’.

Putting our traditional dishes in the spotlight here are the most famous dishes from each state of the country you must try, before you say goodbye.


Maharashtra: Misal Pav

 Famous Mumbai misal pav

Misal pav is a popular street food in Maharashtra. A great breakfast recipe that includes a curry made of sprouts, topped with finely chopped onions, tomatoes and ‘farsan’(fried savory mixture) and lime juice served pav, heated on the pan with a hint of butter.

Punjab: Makki Di Roti & Sarson Da SaagTraditional Makki di Roti and Sarso da Saag

Makki di Roti is a corn meal Indian bread that tastes fabulous with ‘Sarson saag’ – mustard green and a glass of lassi. The dish is regarded as the traditional way to prepare saag and is usually served with makki di roti literally (unleavened cornbread). It can be topped with either Makkhan (unprocessed white butter or processed yellow butter) or more traditionally with ghee.

West Bengal: Kosha MangshoA plate of Kosha Mangsho

This Spicy Bengali Mutton Curry aka Kosha Mangsho is a perfect lunch recipe that would be loved by all. Velvety gravy with juicy pieces of meat served with maida luchi (pooris), full of flavors from the mutton, spices and mustard oil.

Gujarat: DhoklaFresh Dhokla

Dhokla is a vegetarian dish made from a fermented batter of rice and split chickpeas. It is served with tangy chutneys and can be eaten for breakfast, as a main course, as a side dish, or as a snack.

Kashmir: Rogan JoshFlavor rich Rogan Josh

Rogan Josh is an aromatic lamb dish with flavors of browned onions, various spices and yoghurt. It is usually served with steamed rice and consists of pieces of lamb or mutton braised with gravy flavored with garlic, ginger and aromatic spices (cloves, bay leaves, cardamom, and cinnamon).

Tamil Nadu: PongalThe perfect breakfast, Pongal

Vegetarian 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.

Assam: Papaya KharThe perfect 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. Khar (alkali) is synonymous with Assamese cuisine. Essentially, it is an exotic liquid strained from sun-dried banana skin and cooked with a seasonal vegetable like papaya(omita), water gourd (pani lau)or mustard greens (lai haak).

Bihar: Litti ChowkhaA dish to remember

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

Himachal Pradesh: 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 a sweet & sour sauce made from tamarind and jaggery (gur).

Andhra Pradesh: Pootharekulu

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

Telengana: BiryaniA dish loved by all

Biryani more famously the Hyderabadi version, is prepared in the form of kachay gosht ki Biryani and dum ki Biryani. This all time classic needs no explanation.

Goa: Fish CurryA heavenly mixture of spices and flavor

Xit Codi meaning curry rice is the deliciously tangy fish curry made with special spices, served with steamed rice or roti.

Uttarakhand: Kafuli

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When your pahadi friend shares a recipe with you...you have to make it...@rahul_painuly this one is for you 😄 . . Garhwali Kafuli . Ingredients: 1. Spinach - 2 bunches 2. Fenugreek leaves - 1 bunch 3. Ginger - 1 inch (chopped) 4. Rice flour - 2 tbsp 5. Curd - ¼ cup 6. Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp 7. Red chilli powder - ½ tsp 8. Coriander powder - 2 tsp 9. Asafoetida - ¼ tsp 10. Green chillies - 2 11. Garam masala - 1 tsp 12. Cumin seeds - 1 tsp 13. Salt to taste Method: 1. Chop and wash the spinach and Fenugreek. 2. Boil them along with chopped green chillies for 10-12 minutes. Strain and blend in a mixer to make a puree, keep aside. 3. Heat oil in a pan and add ginger, asafoetida, cumin, red chili powder, turmeric and coriander powder. 4. Add the puree and a 1/2 cup water. Cook for few minutes. 5. Mix rice flour in 2 tbsp of water to make a paste and add to the gravy. Cook for another few minutes and add the curd. 6. Add salt and garam masala and cook for 10 more minutes. -- if the gravy is too thick add 1/2 a cup of water cook for abother 5 minutes. Serve hot with rice or missi roti with ghee 😋 #kafuli #food #foodpost #newpost #instagood #igers #foodporn #foodblogger #puneblogger #indore #cooking #homemade #newrecipe #recipe #indianfood #garhwali #saag #methi #spinach #foodgasm #tastemade #tasty #yummy #yummynem

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This easy-to-make thick curry recipe is made using spinach, fenugreek leaves, garlic, ginger, green chilies, curd, rice paste and a mélange of spices. Kafuli is commonly served as a main-dish and savored best with chapattis or steamed rice.

Tripura: Chakhwi

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Chakhwi is one of the very traditional and very delicious and healthy preparations of the Tripura cuisines and the m.ain ingredients of chakhwi are Bamboo Shoot, Green Papaya and verities of lentil.

Manipur: Kangshoi

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When the rains are pouring cats and dogs, a bowl of hot stew / kangshoi with pod peas, garden tomatoes, potatoes, fermented fish and steamed rice is the most comforting... My love for kangshoi is there to stay forever! #kangshoi #stew #podpeas #fermentedfish #ngari #manipurifood #cilantro #bestwithrice #instafood #incrediblenortheast #northeastindia #traditional #comfortfood #healthyfood #nooil #instashare #igers #foodblogger #foodstory #foodphotography #foodceleb #foodie #instagood #foodpic #rainyseason #enjoy

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

Meghalaya: JadohAn amazing dish relished by many

Jadoh is red hill rice cooked with pork pieces. It is a Khasi version of Biryani and is laboriously-made dish prepared with rice and meat. Being Khasi cuisine, it takes hours to make.

Kerala: AppamFreshly made Appam

Appam is a type of pancake made with fermented rice batter and coconut milk. The origin of Appam is disputed and potential sources of origin might be Sri Lanka or the southern tip of India. It is a common food in Sri Lanka and the Indian state of Kerala where it is eaten most frequently for breakfast or dinner.

Madhya Pradesh: Bhutte Ka Kees

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Bhutte Ka Kees is an easy and delicious recipe which you can cook for your tea time break. This recipe is a street food in Indore, but is also made in households very often. Easy to make and delicious to taste, this recipe can be prepared in less than 30 minutes.

Rajasthan: Dal Baati ChurmaA classic dish from Rajasthan

Dal Bati Churma is a traditional Rajasthani treat with the spicy dal with the sweet churma along with deep fried crunchy batis (bread).

 Haryana: Bajre Ki Khichdi

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#29Days29States _ Bajre ki khichdi is said to be good for health and is easy to digest. It is very popular in Haryana. We all know that bajara is very good for health as it is a hardy crop (grows even in harsh conditions and is easily found). The mild flavour of the khichdi and the unique taste makes this vegetarian recipe a tempting treat. _ . Culturenation brings you "29 days - 29states" Exploring the richness of the diverse and unified culture of the Indian heritage. . _ . _ . _ . _ . _ . __________________________________________ #colorful #style #culture #culturetrip #cultureclub #insta #indiatravel #indians #india #indianheritage #heritageday #heritage #heritageofindia #travelphotography #travelindia #traveling #travel #photography #photooftheday #culturenation #bajra #bajrekikhichdi #food #healthy #haryana

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

Arunachal Pradesh: ThukpaThukpa best enjoyed steaming hot

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

Sikkim: Momo A delicacy loved by all

Momo is a type of South Asian dumpling, served with spicy sauces, popular across the Indian subcontinent and the Himalayan regions of broader South Asia.

Karnataka: Bisi Bele Bath

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

Nagaland: Pork with Bamboo Shoot

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Ground pork with bamboo. One of my favorite dishes. Swipe left for all the ingredients. 😋 #porkwithbambooshoot #bambooshoot #cilantro #greenonion #delicious #groundpork #chilipepper #lemongrass #limeleaves #onion #food #instafood #food #homemade #homecook #homecooking #homechef #yum #nostalgic #childhoodfood #foodlover #hmongfood #hmongcooking #spicy #spicyfood #lovespicyfood

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Pork with bamboo shoots is simply a dish that is cooked with dry bamboo shoots, loads of chilies and herbs. This dish tastes heavenly with boiled rice.

Mizoram: Misa Mach PooraA dish for sea food loversMisa Mach Poora is a sea food delicacy with roasted shrimps that get even better with a squeezed lemon.

Odisha: Chenna Poda  A dish to satiate your sweet tooth Chhena poda is a cheese dessert from the Indian state of Odisha. Chhena poda literally means Roasted Cheese in Odia. It is made of well-kneaded homemade fresh cheese chhena, sugar, and suji, and is baked for several hours until it browns.

Chhatisgarh: ChilaA plate of freshly made ChilaA 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.

Jharkhand: Dhooska

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Ghar à¤Â•à¥Â€ à¤ÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂœब याद à¤Â†तà¥Â€ हà¥Âˆ... I had this Dhooska when I was in my hometown. It is a popular dish and usually consumed for breakfast. It is made up of rice and lentil batter served along with Aloo Sabzi and Dhaniya Pudina Chutney. Your journey to #ranchi is incomplete without tasting Dhooska.

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Dhooska or Dushka is a popular deep fried snack eaten all over Jharkhand. The main ingredients of the dhooska are powdered rice, chana dal (powdered) and sometimes boiled potatoes are also added to this savory dish. The bread is then deep fried. It is often served with any sauce or chutney.

Uttar Pradesh: Tunde Ke Kebabs

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It was during Nawab Asad ud Daula's reign, that the famous 'galouti' or 'galawati' kebabs were born. Galawat basically means "tenderizer". Raw papaya or raw mango paste were the commonly used stuff to tenderize the meat and hence the name 'galwati'. So the story goes like this . The Nawab was very fond of kebabs. It is said that he had loads of rakabdars & khansamas working for him just to device new recipes of kebabs every day. The chefs used to use different techniques, spices, smoke infusing, use of real pearl & gold dust and what not just to impress the Nawab. It is also said that the galouti kebab used to have 160 spices in its mixture & if eaten with a clear palate, you could to taste each & every spice . Anyway, as the Nawab grew old, he became toothless but his love for meaty kebabs didn't fade away. He asked the royal chefs to device something 'paste style's but with the essence & flavours of a kebab . And thus, if historical texts are to be believed, Haji Muhammad Fakr-e-Alam Saheb made the first ever galwati kebab. It was sort of the first draft of melt in your mouth kebabs, which became the base to create an even finer kebab . It is said that Ali, who was working on perfecting the meat mixture, fell off the roof and broke his one arm. Hence, the name "Tunde ke kebab" or kebabs made by the "one-arm man" . Afterwards, Ali's son set up shop under the patronage of Nawab Wajid Ali Shah which went on to become the famous "Tunde Kebabi". The Awadh Restaurant absolutely nails the flavours & textures of a 'tunde ke kebab' and bags my recommendation. So, is there at all any difference between galwati kebabs & Tunde ke kebabs? May be. May be not . #kolkata #bangalorefoodies #kolkatafood #kebabs #nawabifood #foodporn #foodblogger #foodphotography #tundekebabs #foodrecommend

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Tunde KeKebab also known as Buffalo meat galouti kebab is a dish made out of minced meat which is popular in Lucknow, India. It is a part of Awadhi cuisine and is said to incorporate 160 spices.

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