16 Must Try Food On Your Trip to India

India, the land of culture and traditions have always welcomed the guests and the tourists with open arms. The country believes the guests to be equivalent to the God and has the motto of “Atithi Devo Bhava”. Indians love to welcome and entertain the guests with every kind of foods for all touristy moods. It is their way of making a space in your heart through mouthwatering delicacies.

One noticeable thing is the taste and variety of the food that changes with every 50 miles you travel. Whether exploring the snowy peaks in Kashmir or getting sun-kissed down the Kanyakumari beaches in the south, no doubt you will find different flavors, colors, and spices to tickle your taste buds in each of the corners in India.

If you are visiting India, do not forget to explore the food lanes below –

  1. West Bengal – Rasgulla and Fish Curry

Coordinates: 22.9868° N, 87.8550° E

The specialty of West Bengal, the appetizing fish curry marinated in yogurt can explode your tastebud. You will keep asking for more when the variety in fish is served on your platter. When you are completely immersed in the taste of fish, the sugary spongy sweet rasgulla served in desserts gives a perfect balance and ease all your stress away. If you are in West Bengal, fish curry and rasgulla (rosogolla) must be on your list of must-try foods.

  1. Punjab – Makki di Roti and Sarson da Saag with Lassi

Coordinates: 31.1471° N, 75.3412° E

From the land of the large-hearted gabrus and the famous gidda and bhangadas, Punjab is famous for its Amritsar Temple and in food, you must try Makki di roti and Sarson da Saag. It is served with oodles of butter which cannot be avoided as it is the love of the Punjabis and a glass full of heavy lassi. Makki di roti is a kind of Indian bread made out of corn and Sarson da saag is mustard green cooked in a variety of spices and heaps of butter.

  1. Uttar Pradesh – Galouti Kebab

Coordinates: 26.8467° N, 80.9462° E

In the Land of Nawabs, you cannot resist the aromatic tastes of Kebabs. Although the street food like chaat, samosas, and pakoras are delectable too, the kebabs, especially the galouti kebab has no comparison. The galouti kebab was first made for Nawab Wajid Ali Shah who lost all his teeth. This specialty dish of Uttar Pradesh melts into your mouth as soon as you put it inside.

  1. Rajasthan – Safed Maas and Malai Ghewar

Coordinates: 27.0238° N, 74.2179° E

For the non-vegetarians, a chicken delicacy named Safed Maas is a must try when you are exploring Rajasthan. It is loaded with curd, cream, cashew nuts, and milk.  For the sweet lovers, the round shaped malai ghewar dessert made out of pure ghee, flour, and milk is just irresistible.

  1. Maharashtra – Vada Pav

Coordinates: 19.7515° N, 75.7139° E

This is definitely a must try when in Maharashtra. Vada Pav can be called a street food but people come from far away places for this lip-smacking delicacy. Served with green chilies and piquant chutney, vada pav tastes heavenly.

  1. Madhya Pradesh – Achaar Gosht

Coordinates: 22.9734° N, 78.6569° E

This pilgrim land serves you the best-minced keema in flavored spices. The aromatic achari gosht that is the pickled lamb is a must try an item with a variety of pulao that you can find in Madhya Pradesh.

  1. Kerala – Irachi Ishtu

Coordinates: 10.8505° N, 76.2711° E

The name might be difficult but the taste is out of the world when it comes to Irachi Ishtu. It is a Keralan stew made out of lamb, chicken, or beef. When you serve this dish with plain bread or appam, you cannot find the second match for it.

  1. Karnataka – Spicy and Tangy Flavored Meat

Coordinates: 15.3173° N, 75.7139° E

The variety in tangy and spicy meat can be found in Karnataka. From Koomu curry that is spicy mushroom to koli curry, the chicken cooked in authentic gravy and yarchi manga curry, the raw mango flavored lamb curry, you can find a great range in spices at Karnataka.

  1. Jammu and Kashmir – Kahwa and Rogan Josh

Coordinates: 34° 5′ 1.1616” N and 74° 47′ 50.5356” E

The traditional drink to beat the cold in Kashmir is the kahwa which is the green tea flavored pure nectar with crushed almond and cardamom. Another staple in Kashmir is the rogan josh. It is boneless lamb curry cooked in caramelized shallots, spices, and yogurt.

  1. Himachal Pradesh – Madra

Coordinates: 31.1048° N, 77.1734° E

Madra is a must try a dish from the state of Himachal made out of an exceptional blend of chickpeas, coconut, yogurt, raisins, and almonds.

  1. Gujarat – Dhokla

Coordinates: 22.2587° N, 71.1924° E

The besan, fermented rice, chickpea batter is a breakfast dish from Gujarat that is served with a sweet chutney. It is a must try dish if you are in this state.

  1. Goa – Goan Spicy Food

Coordinates: 15.2993° N, 74.1240° E

When in Goa, definitely try the dishes made from conventional ingredients from the state of Goa, namely dried red chillis, kokum, cashew nuts, coconut milk, palm vinegar nuts.

  1. Delhi NCR – Spicy Chaat Vs Sweet Desserts

Coordinates: 28.7041° N, 77.1025° E

If you don’t taste the dhaba and street food like papri chaat, kachori, bhel puri, and dahi bhalla in Delhi, then you are definitely missing greatly. After having such spicy delicacies, desserts and sweets from Ghantewala and Annapurna is a must.

  1. Bihar – Litti Chokha

Coordinates: 25.0961° N, 85.3131° E

The lip-smacking and crunchy litti dipped in ghee are made of roasted gram flour and chokha is made of potatoes mashed or aubergines grilled is worth all the calories gained.

  1. Eastern Indian States – Tea, Momos, and Thukpas

The East Indian States like Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Assam, Sikkim offers the world-class thukpas and momos. The world-famous tea gardens in these regions are also a must visit and must try tea leaves while you are in these parts of India.

  1. Andhra Pradesh – Mutton Biriyani

Coordinates: 15.9129° N, 79.7400° E

The mutton biriyani from Hyderabad which presently comes under the Telangana state is a world-famous cuisine.

From sweet lassi to zesty pakoras, hot momos to lip-smacking chicken tandoori, India will never disappoint the foodie in you.