What's On Your Plate, Chhattisgarh?

What's On Your Plate, Chhattisgarh?
Tribal artwork from Bastar, Chhattisgarh, Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Chhattisgarh food is one of the best ways to explore the region's diverse tribal culture

Precious Kamei
September 28 , 2019
03 Min Read
Chhattisgarh, India's rice-bowl, is a region worth visiting for so many reasons. And just once isn't enough. From gorgeous waterfalls to heavy forest covers, wildlife to its many temples and tribal communities and their way of living, there's so much to experience in Chhattisgarh. But there's one most important factor that influences anyone to travel, and that's food. When in Chhattisgarh, one will easily find many influences from the neighbouring states, mostly when it comes to food. But if you really want to experience the region, be on a food tour. The local cuisine of Chhattisgarh is as vibrant as their culture and tradition. Here are some of the popular dishes from Chhattisgarh you can try in your next visit.
 
 
 
 
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Chapura 
 
This one's the famous red ant chutney of Bastar region. Red ants are no joke and while they can be at their painful best when disturbed, they are  also great source of protein and even medicinal. While its a task to conquer a red ant nest, once done, both ants and eggs are ground into a fine paste with chilies, ginger and salt. If you want more tang, add lime to the paste. Chapura is probably the most popular dish from Bastar region. 

Aamat

The versatile bamboo shoot meets traditional Chhattisgarh. Aamat is originally from Bastar region and it is a local favourite. A whole lot of fresh vegetables are cooked together with bamboo shoot and is a special dish for when you have guests at home. 

Local delicacies sold at a local market

Scene from a tribal market in ChhattisgarhMuthia
Chhattisgarh cuisine has a lot of steamed items. One such is muthia. A local favourite simple snack, muthia is traditionally made with rice flour, sesame seeds, and spices of your choice. The kneaded rice flour mix is then steamed and served hot with mint chutney. Goes well as a breakfast food.

Farra
Another steamed snack is farra. You get farra when you blend soaked Bengal gram with garlic and chilies and stuff it inside a kneaded rice flour and then steam it. Locally farra is also called a peetha.

Bafauri
Are pakoras even pakoras when they aren't fried? Yes they are in Chhattisgarh and they are called bafauri. Steamed pakora, everyone. It's different, it's healthy and definitely tasty. Bengal gram flour mixed with spices and vegetables and then steamed. These are little balls of steamed goodness.

Mahua Juice
Mahua plays a big role in the region's culture and tradition. From alcoholic beverage to something sacred to even medicinal usage, mahua is indispensable. Here we are talking about mahua juice, a juice made out of the fruit of the tree. Grind the water-soaked mahua fruit into a fine slush and add lemon and salt/sugar to taste. What you have now is a refreshing drink for a hot afternoon.

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