Let’s have a bite of India’s food culture!
When famous playwright George Bernard Shaw said that ‘there is no sincerer love than the food of love,’ he was indeed true. Many of us would agree that a plate full of a lip-smacking dish is capable to rekindle your joy and passion for the day. We all have various motives for travelling to a different destination; however, among all of them our love for food exceeds everything-especially when we are heading to one of these top 5 food capitals of India. The local food of every city in India is an integral part of its character and few of these are typically known by the food they serve.
No wonder that the capital city of India is also its food capital. An ultimate foodie destination, Delhi offers an unrivalled gastronomical ride. Although it’s high-end restaurants serves lip-smacking dishes from all the world, Delhi’s food culture is best represented via its street food. From the 100 kinds of paratha (stuffed breads) in Chandani Chowk to some authentic Tandoori Chicken in front of Jama Masjid- it is culinary ride to die for. Also, while you have a mouthful of its famous dahi bhalle, golgappe and papdi chaat, you should not miss the famous Daulat ki Chaat. Not to forget, Momos and Kathi Rolls! Do we need to say more?
If Delhi is on top, then Mumbai has to be the second! Your trip to Mumbai is definitely incomplete if you have not savoured its staple snack Vada Pav. Head out to Chowpatty and experience the roller-coaster of flavours while relishing its famous Pav Bhaaji with a generous spoonful of butter. Forget your diet-plan for a while with the spicy taste of Pani Puri and Chaat. Non-vegetarians will not be able to resist any temptation on the Mohammad Ali road, seeing people gorging on plates full of sumptuous Niharis, kebabs and tikkas.
Paradise for food lovers, Kolkata’s street food justifies the worldwide popularity of the Bengali cuisine. Mumbai’s famous Bhel Puri and Pani Puri are served here under the names of Jhaal Muri and Puchkas taking the taste of these patent Indian snacks to another level. Once you grab a bite of these, cool the fiery flavours of spices with Rashgullas and Sandesh. The defining dishes of the traditional Bengali cuisine are the River fish (hilsa and bhetki) that are prepared with mustard, a mouthful of which should not be avoided. A gastronomical ride, Kolkata is a ‘city of joy’ for every foodie.
The most anticipated destination in India is also a sheer culinary delight. Apart from its majestic palaces, forts and heritage hotels, Jaipur’s streets are filled with eateries serving authentic Rajasthani dishes treating your taste buds with an explosion of flavours. Go straight to Chowki Dhaani and book a spot in its village-themed restaurant, where the thali served is like Rajasthan’s food culture in a plate. From Daal Baati Churma, Ker Saangri, Pyaaz Kachoris and much more, everything will leave you rejuvenated.
In India, Biryani means Hyderabad! The city of Nizams, Hyderabad is famous for its authentic Dum biryani more than anything else. Relished by everyone, the Hyderabadi Dum Biryani, with its unique flavours and spices is like food for your soul. Also, the local food blends Mughlai, Turkish and Andhra cuisine, a taste of which will make you utter “Food, glorious food!” Other must-try delicacies include haleem (avalaible during Ramzaan), seekh kebabs, and chaakna (a kind of a spicy stew).