India is a nation of various races, cultures and tribes, and of course food.
While we know quite a lot about common Indian food, which are readily available at any restaurant, there are certain dishes that are essential members of each regional cuisine, and we haven’t even heard their names.
Wherever they may have originated, these are must-try dishes that will win your heart, and you should know about them.
Sidu is a dish from Himachal Pradesh. It resembles a calzone, but doesn’t taste similar. The dish is made with wheat flour, paneer, and boiled green peas, and is served with chutney and dal.
Gojjavalakki is basically the spicier version of poha. To prepare this dish, poha is soaked in a spicy curry. The poha absorbs the curry and gets its spicy taste.
3. CHAMAN KALIYA
Sounds like a name of a gangster, but it’s actually a dish from Kashmir! Paneer is the main ingredient in this dish, where it is deep fried and then put in milk containing green cardamom.
4. KANCHIPURAM IDLI
You’ve gorged on idlis, but have you heard of Kanchipuram idlis? They taste different from the regular idlis because they are peppered with spices. To make Kanchipuram idlis, you ought to spice them up with pepper, jeera, ginger, chillies and cashew nuts.
This traditional dish from Belgaum is made of wheat flour, sugar powder, ghee, cardamom and poppy seeds. The dish is especially made during the Ganesh festival.
Not many know of this Goan dish. Bebinca is a multi-layered pudding made out of flour, sugar, ghee, egg yolk, coconut milk and crushed nuts.
7. TALER BORA
Made during Janmashthami, Taler Bora is a sweet Bengali dish. The dish is made from palm fruit and semolina as the main ingredients. The dish is more of a sweet pakora dish as it is deep fried in oil.
Dhuskas are Jharkhand’s version of kachoris. Made of chana dal, they are served as puris.
Did you know that lotus stem is edible? In Punjab, lotus stems are sliced and made into a sabji. It is also called Kamal Kakdi and tastes even better with green peas in it.
Hayagreeva is a traditional dish, offered as prasadto Lord Hayagreeva – Lord Vishnu’s horse-faced incarnation. The dish is made from chana dal, jaggery and coconut.
So have you heard any of these food delicacies? Do you know any other which can be included here? Do share it with us in the comments below. We would love to add it in the list.