10 Indian Cities & Their Unique Food

Besides being culturally diverse, India is diverse in its food. While the North is known for ‘Chole Bhature’, South is known for ‘Idli Dosa’. Like this, all Indian cities are known for their unique food. In this article, we have collected food from every region of India.

  • Delhi

     

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    Photo Courtesy: Indian Healthy Recipes

    Delhi is known for its delicious food. Delhi’s famous dishes, Chole Bhature and Chaat Papdi cannot be found anywhere else. So, if you visit Delhi, the next time you should order a large plate of this snack.

  • Mumbai

     

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    Photo Courtesy: HungryForever

    Vada Pav is Indian form of vegetarian burger. It is a very popular food of Maharashtra. It is a very important dish that is available in every corner of Maharashtra.

  • Lucknow

     

    1d895b4f6035dd65f334a9a94fec6ba8--places-to-see-kebabTunde Kebab a very important dish of Lucknow. The dish belongs to the Awadhi cuisine. The Kebab gets its name from one-armed chef “Murad Ali” who had a nickname of “Tunde”. Tunde Kebab is prepared with the help of 160 spices. It is a family secret.

  • Kolkata

     

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    Photo Courtesy: HungryForever

    Kolkata is known for its sweets and music. In this city, the delicious rasgulla was invented. Whenever you visit this city, you must try Sandesh and rasgullas.

  • Srinagar

     

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    Photo Courtesy: Boldsky

    Srinagar is known for its beauty as well as delicious food. If you want to try the special taste of Kashmir, then you must try the gustaba, a meatball curry. It is best served with Kashmiri pulao. You must try the dish when you visit Srinagar.

  • Chennai

     

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    Photo Courtesy: The Better India

    Chennai is known for Idli, Sambhar and Dosa. These delicious delicacies are not to be missed.

  • Hyderabad

     

    hyderabadi-dum-biryani.jpg.image.784.410Hyderabad was ruled by Nizam. And it is greatly influenced by Mughlai and Andhra cuisine. Hyderabadi dum biryani is a staple dish of this city.

  • Jaipur

     

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    Jaipur is well known for its beautiful fabrics and Polki jewellery. Besides this, the food in Jaipur is awesome. The Dal Bati Churma is an excellent dish which is served with ghee.

  • Agra

     

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    Photo Courtesy: Indobase

    Besides being known for the Taj Mahal, Agra is also known for Petha, a world renowned sweet. So, whenever you visit Agra, you must try it.

  • Amritsar

     

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    Photo Courtesy: CookingWithSapana

    This city is famous for its sarson da saag and makke di roti. The Golden city is also known for its tasty Paranthas and Amritsari chole.

Swad Ka Safar(Experience UP Cuisine)

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Uttar Pradesh(UP) is located at the Northern part of India so its culture and cuisine are greatly influenced by the rulers who arrived here from outside India. Heart of the state, Lucknow is a witness to all the cultural and culinary variations from ancient past till now.

Other than Lucknow, other districts of UP are also known for their food like Banaras is known for its Kaddu Purie, Mathura is known for Pedha, Agra is known for Petha, Kanpur is famous for its Kakori and Boti kebabs. Every state has its distinct taste.

The cuisine of Lucknow is synonymous to Mughlai cuisine or Awadhi cuisine as it has been ruled by Mughals. Mughlai and Awadhi cuisines are similar to those of Kashmir and Punjab due to the common influence of the Mughal rule. Nawabi Food is another name for these cuisines. These Nawabi foods comprise of some special combination of spices like cardamom, saffron, and flower extract like Kewada Itra, which is an essential ingredient of Kebabs.

DUM PUKHT Photo Courtesy: flickriver

DUM PUKHT
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Mughlai or Awadhi cuisine introduced the new techniques of cooking which is known as Dampukth. In this style of cooking food is sealed in a large pan called handi which is placed on slow heat which allow the ingredients to be cooked in their own juices. And the final result is in the form of a flavorful and aromatic dish.

Cooks of this cuisine are also categorized into different categories according to the amount of food they are supposed to cook. The Bawarchis cook food in large quantities while the Rakabdars cook in small gourmet quantities and also specialize in garnishing and presentation. Nanfus are the special cooks who deal only with making breads like Roti, Chapati, Naans, Sheermals and Kulchas. The Lucknowi cuisine is incomplete without the description of some elaborate dishes such as Kebabs, Kormas, Biryanis, Roomali Roti, Stuffed Parathas.

Galouti Kebab

Galouti Kebab

Kebabs: Awadhi kebabs are grilled on chulha or grilled tandoor. Seekh Kebabs were introduced by Mughals and are made by beef mince on skewers and cooked on charcoal fire. Nowadays lamb mince is preferred for its soft texture.

Galouti KebabIt is made of minced meat and spices without binding agent.

Kakori Kebab: It was originally made in the Darghah of Hazarat Shah Ahder Sahib with divine blessings. It was made by the leg of mutton with khoya and spices.

Some dishes of UP are synonymous to the festivals. For eg. Gujia is prepared on the occasion of Holi .Recently, Makar Sankrinti which is also known as Khichdi was celebrated. On this occasion khichdi is prepared at every household.

The cuisine of UP cannot be explained in words or any definition.

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