Our love for travel would not be half as exciting had it not been for the varying cuisines from every nook and corner of our vast subcontinent of food connoisseurs. The states, cities, and villages pride themselves in their local cuisine, and the diverse range of dishes stands witness to the fact that we Indians can never get tired of the delicious food available to us. Be it your love for spicy food that makes your eyes water, or for the delectable dessert that satisfies your sweet tooth, India has everything in plenty. Out of the many cities that make up “Incredible India”, we bring the top five for the foodie in you.
Ahmedabad is a city which preserves history as carefully as it adapts to modernism. If you wish to savor the taste of Gujarat, then you should definitely try out its famous snack items like khandvi, samosa, dhokla, uundhyu, thepla, bardoli ki khichdi, and handvo. Apart from these scrumptious snacks, Ahmedabad is an ideal place for people who wish to try out Gujarati thalis.
Manek Chowk is one of the most popular places to go for a one-stop street food sampling experience. Look out the for the cheese pineapple sandwich and farali sandwich. Also go to HL College Road for Maggi specialties along with other delights.
Primarily a fishing village, Kochi is a throbbing tourist hub with a mixed cultural heritage. The traditional thali served on a banana leaf is absolutely scrumptious and mouth-watering dishes such as porota, idiyappam, puttu, beef fry, and dosa will surely satisfy your stomach. For dessert, try out the delicious ada pradhaman.
Try the Kashi Art Cafe for some tasty European fare but for the real fare get into one of the many ‘thattukadas’ or roadside shacks for hot appams and egg curry.
Appropriately named the “City of Pearls”, Hyderabad offers a cuisine that is a blend of Arabic, Mughlai, and Turkish food. A trip to Hyderabad is incomplete without forgetting about your diet plan for a while and gorging on the Hyderabadi Biryani like there’s no tomorrow! Also, don’t miss out the spicy haleem and chakna.
While Paradise is the most well-known restaurant to non-Hyderabadis, famous for its biryani, there are various other hangout spots that specialize in street food. Go to Old City or near Golconda Fort for more delights in street food like samosas, more biryani, egg bondas or the very special ‘punugulu’, which are chops made out of dosa batter and chutney.
The cultural and spiritual city of the Sikh community is also a dream destination for the food lovers. The gourmet traveler can conveniently dip their fingers in the spicy chicken tikka and crispy tandoori chicken with silken kulchas and paranthas. However, the fame of Amritsar lies in its variety of mouth-watering lassis. Whether you like it plain, or with dry fruits, they have it all. Gur Halwa, a sweet dish commonly enjoyed with puris is also a dish you should taste.
Amritsar is the home of the Golden Temple and the langar here should not be missed. Giani Tea Stall, Brijwasi Chat, and Famous Kulchawale are some of the must-try eateries here. And of course, you can walk in to any dhaba for a lip smacking fare of parathas and makhan and curry.
There is a reason why Bengalis are so proud of our cuisine. Kolkata is a city that never fails to surprise. It will offer you the shorshe ilish which will make your eyes water owing to the spicy mustard, only to bring you mishti doi and rasgullas immediately after to cool off your fiery tongue. Kolkata’s street foods, ranging from jhaal muri to puchkas will awaken the taste buds you never knew you had. Other delicious food items that this city has to offer are bhetki maach er paturi, aalu posto, kosha mangsho, and sandesh.
Try Vivekananda Park for puchkas, Stock Exchange Place or Dacre Street for various snacks, and Vardaan Market and New Market for street food, and drinks.
So, do not resist anymore and let the tantalizing aroma of delicious food ensnare your senses. Allow your olfactory receptors to take over your rationality and rush to the nearest source of food to tickle your taste buds! Bon appétit!0