Have you ever questioned your reasons to travel, or what inspires you to embark on a new voyage? While one common answer is the urge to explore popular destinations, one of the lesser thought of reasons is the love for food. A melting pot of culture and traditions, India is also renowned as the paradise for the seekers of gastronomic adventure. Each state in India presents a unique delicacy that you will find nowhere else.

For those who don’t know, food tourism is actually a thing and there are many travellers who travel for food. A recent study shows that a majority of people travel to new places in search of taste, picking their destination in accordance to the delicious cuisines of the destination. If this information already got you all drooling and craving for food, then you too are an appetite pleaser. Visit these exciting destinations of India to satiate your gluttony.

Makke Di Roti and Sarson Da Saag, Punjab


Makke Di Roti and Sarson Da Saag is a traditional dish of Punjab, which loved and relished all over India. The green gravy (saag) is made from mustard leaves (sarso), spinach, fenugreek, radish and spices. The gravy is served with flat bread made of corn flour, called Makke di roti. Embark on a joyous journey to the colourful land of Punjab to taste this mouth watering delicacy. Since, it’s a winter delicacy, make sure this winter you include Punjab in your itinerary. What’s interesting about this dish is that it is cooked in earthen pots with charcoal underneath that helps give a smoky flavour to the dish.

Puranpoli, Maharashtra


A popular dish in Maharashtra, Puranpoli is made from all-purpose flour stuffed with a paste of lentil and jiggery (unrefined cane sugar). The sweet flat bread is then cooked on a pan until brown. Every Maharashtrian family has their own special recipe for Puranpoli and the preparation varies across different regions of the state. In the Konkan belt, grated coconut is added to the stuffing, which is not commonly used otherwise.  This special dish of Maharashtra is prepared during festivals such as Ganesh Chaturthi and Holi.

Paya Shorba, Hyderabad

If the name isn’t making you drool already, tasting this scrumptious dish definitely will. Paya Shorba of Hyderabad is popular among tourists from different parts of India. Paya is prepared with roasted spices and goat trotters with moist flavours packed into one delicious dish. Paya Shorba is served with steamed rice with an aromatic fragrance. The dish is also famous by the name Kharode Ka Shorba in Delhi.

Jadoh, Meghalaya


Jodah is another must try delicacy, and a popular dish in Meghalaya. Popular among the Khasi community, the dish is appetizing because of its rich and unique colour. Jadoh is basically red rice, cooked with generous amounts of pork meat. It is also cooked with chicken or fish. A mix of green chillies, onions, ginger, turmeric, black pepper and bay leaves is made, then pieces of pork are added and fried off, after which the red rice is added and cooked off. The ingredients used are minimal, but the flavours pack a punch. If you love pork, this is a dish not to be missed.

Undhiyu, Gujarat

A popular dish of Gujarat, Undhiyu is made of all the vegetables you can think of. The curry is prepared with eggplant, peas, potatoes, purple yam, green beans and other seasonal vegetables, all slow-cooked into an even pulp. The name of this dish comes from the Gujarati word “undhu”, which translates to upside down. The dish is traditionally cooked upside down underground in earthen pots, termed “matlu”, which are fired from above. Not only is it packed with nutrition and goodness, Undhiyu is traditionally made upside-down in earthen pots, heated from above!

Misa Mach Poora, Mizoram

If you love seafood, this Mizo dish is just the right choice for you. Misa Mach Poora (or grilled shrimp) is a dish traditionally made by grilling or roasting the shrimp on banana leaves placed on hot charcoals. The shrimp is flavoured with local spices and served with steamed rice. Prepared in a simple manner, the dish is a comfort to the soul.

Chamani Qaliya, Kashmir

Chaman Qaliya is a creamy cottage cheese curry seasoned with fennel and cardamom. The gravy is suffused with delicate flavours of Kashmiri spices, but the real essence of the dish lies in the utensil it is cooked in. Kashmiris use earthenware to give the dish its unique flavour and aroma. This aromatic curry is cooked in milk and flavored with Kashmiri Spices. This perfect vegetarian side dish is commonly served on special occasions in the valley.

Til Pitha, Assam


Til Pitha is a popular delicacy of Assam prepared during the Magh Bihu Celebration in January. The pithas are made of rice powder, and is stuffed with either til (sesame seeds) or coconut. Sweet in taste, these pithas are also crunchy that makes it the perfect evening snack with tea. The dish might seem to be very easy but it is not so. In fact, it is only the Assamese people who actually know the art of cooking pithas or in other words, sesame pancakes. The final burst that you would feel when the pithas is the flavor that melting of the jaggery in the mouth.

Zutho, Nagaland

Zutho is an energizing and refreshing summer drink of Nagaland. It is a kind of rice beer which is prepared through a long spanned fermentation process. Zutho is a famous rice beer that is made all over the North East especially famous in Nagaland and is the main source of enjoyment for the people. The drink has an intoxicating fruit flavour with the combination sweet and sour taste and a frothy look. The locals love to enjoy this cooling drink which goes well with roasted soya bean and dry fried red chilies.

Zan, Arunachal Pradesh

A mouthwatering, spicy porridge presented with relished juicy, green veggies as well as charred meat; sounds tempting? It indeed is. Zan is cooked by boiling water along with millet flour. If you haven’t yet visited Arunachal Pradesh, do so now to taste this amazing dish. Zan will pamper your taste buds with an intriguing mix of several authentic flavours. The dish is preferred by the tribes of Arunachal Pradesh during the summers months as it is light, nutritious and easy to digest.

Bhutte Ka Kees, Madhya Pradesh

Bhutte ka kees is popular street food from Madhya Pradesh, mainly Indore, which is famous for its chaat and dairy sweets. The dish is prepared with grated corn and is cooked with spices and simmered with milk. This delicious snack is simple, wholesome and extremely satisfying.

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Have you ever questioned your reasons to travel, or what inspires you to embark on a new voyage? While one common answer is the urge to explore popular destinations, one of the lesser thought of reasons is the love for food. A melting pot of culture and traditions, India...