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10 places in india every foodie must visit , guest post by Rohit

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If food is your best friend, then you would know that it is not enough to try out all the restaurants and eateries in one’s own city or town. Every foodie must experience the cuisines of different places and cultures. India is a land of diversity and every state offers a varied and distinct cuisine of its own. Out of the many places, the ten destinations listed here should be on every foodie’s bucket list.

  1. Hyderabad
    Biryani, Photo by Dheerajk88, CC BY-SA 4.0
Food-lovers can almost smell the aroma of that delectable biryani (a rice preparation of South Asia), the moment they think of Hyderabad. Hyderabadi Biryani is an experience in itself. The Basmati rice (a type of aromatic rice), the spices, fried onions, the meat, saffron, and a score of other things make this dish unforgettable. The city not only offers biryani to satiate your taste buds, but also offers Haleem (a type of stew), a range of Kebabs (grilled meat), Hyderabadi Baingan (Egg Plant), Double ka Meetha (dessert made of bread pudding), Khubani ka Meetha (dessert made of dried apricots), and the list continues. There are several famous eateries that one can try out when in this city, such as Paradise, Bawarchi, Shadab Hotel, Shah Ghouse, Café Bahar, Al Zaara Matbaq Al Mandi, etc. So, do not forget to plan a trip to the City of Pearls and dig into its cuisine.
  1. Delhi
    Chole Bhature, Photo by Satish Krishnamurthy, CC BY 2.0
If you love food more than most other things in life, then Delhi should be your next stop. Piping hot, stuffed Paranthas (flatbread of Indian subcontinent), mouth-watering Chaats (spicy snack), Kebabs, Rolls (an Indian street food usually made of egg or meat wrapped in an Indian flatbread), Butter Chicken, Nihari (a type of stew), Golgappes (Indian street food), and innumerable other dishes lure every foodie to this city. The street food of the capital city is something no foodie can afford to miss.
  1. Mumbai
    Vada Pav, Photo by Deepeshmd, CC BY 3.0

How can your gastronomic trip be complete without a visit to India’s City of Dreams? The famous street food: Chaats, Vada Pav (an Indian street snack), Paav Bhaji (Indian fast food), etc., the delicious sea food, tasty Modaks (sweet dumplings) among other food items, make Mumbai an ideal getaway for food enthusiasts.
  1. Lucknow
    Photo by Kaveh, CC BY 2.0
Do Kebabs, Biryani, kormas (a type of curry), Kulchas (leavened bread), and such delicacies pull you like magnet? If yes, then the City of Nawabs, Lucknow, is the perfect place for you. A blend of North-Indian, Middle Eastern, and Central Asian influences has shaped the Awadhi cuisine (the cuisine of Lucknow is called Awadhi cuisine). The Biryani, Tehri (a vegetarian rice preparation), varied kinds of Kebabs (Tunday Kebab, Seekh Kebab), Kormas, the Pulao (a type of rice dish), desserts, are all delicious to the core. Tunday Kababi and Aadab-E-Dastarkhwan are two of the many popular eateries in Lucknow to appease your appetite.
  1. Kolkata
    Pani Puri, Photo by Biswarup Ganguly, CC BY 3.0
To be a foodie and never to have set foot in the land of food-lovers is a crime. The City of Joy is well-known for its love for everything food. The streets of Kolkata are filled with rolls of every kind (Egg rolls, Chicken rolls, Egg-chicken rolls), Phuchkas (Indian street snack), Cutlets (Indian snack made up of stuffing fried with a thick batter), and what not! The quintessential Bengali cuisine comprises of dishes made out of fishes, meat, rice, and other components. One can find good Tibetan and Chinese dishes as well in Kolkata. Phuchkas at Vivekananda Park, Hot Kathi Roll at Park Street for rolls, Chinese breakfast at Tiretta Bazaar, are few of the countless number of eateries to be found in the city. This city is a pure joy for food-lovers.
  1. Goa
    Lobsters and King Prawns, Photo by Extempore, CC BY-ND 2.0
What could be better than relishing a scrumptious seafood preparation while enjoying a beach holiday? Goa provides just that and more. The Goan cuisine is a result of its Hindu origins, the Muslim rule and the Portuguese rule. Goan Prawn Curry is one of the most popular dishes in the state. One can find an assortment of Hindu and Catholic dishes to choose from when in Goa.
  1. Punjab
    Channa Masala, Photo by Gail, CC BY 2.0
This place is every food-lovers delight. Amritsari Kulchas (leavened flatbread of Amritsar, a city in Punjab), Panjiri (a type of dessert), Sarson da saag (vegetable dish), Paranthas, Dal Makhani (an Indian dish with lentils, red kidney beans, butter and cream), and so on, make the Punjabi cuisine lip-smacking. Tandoor (a type of oven) items and Lassi (an Indian drink that is yogurt-based) are a must try in Punjab. Don’t forget to sit for a langar (common kitchen or canteen in the religious place (Gurdwara) of the Sikhs, where food is served to all) to taste some authentic Punjabi vegetarian food.
  1. Gujarat
    Dhokla, Photo by Dhananjai11, CC BY-SA 4.0
A food haven for the vegetarians. The Gujarati Thali (platter of an Indian tyle), Dhoklas (vegetarian food item), Chakri (Indian snack), Khakhra (a type of cracker) are few of the things to savour when in Gujarat. You will be spoilt for choice on what to order, as there are a number of Shaaks (vegetable dishes), Farsan (snacks and side dishes), and Sweets in the Gujarati cuisine.
  1. Jaipur
    Raj Kachori, Photo by Sonal, CC BY 2.0
Rajasthani cuisine is unique and your culinary experience would be incomplete without trying it out. The sweet dishes and curries are the specialities. Spice Court, Natraj, Rawat Mishtan Bhandar are few of the restaurants reputed for serving authentic Rajasthani food.
  1. Shillong
    Momos, Photo by rocksee, CC BY-SA 2.0
This beautiful place is the home to cuisines that cannot be excluded from any foodie’s list. The local flavours make the dishes worth every dime. Momos, Tungtab (chutney made out of dried fish) and Tarumbai (fermented beans) are few of Shillong’s sought-after dishes. Café Shillong, Trattoria and Jadoh are some of the popular restaurants.

With so many places offering such a wide variety of appetizing cuisines, it is time to pack your bags and be at your next food destination. 
 
About the author of this post:
Rohit loves to eat as much he loves to travel. He believes that one should relish the local cuisine of a place to understand its true flavours. You can read more about his stories at TransIndiaTravels.com.



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