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Exploring our Desh through Dish!

If you’re big on food, like I am, you would want to pack your bags and explore our country just to savour the cuisine from a particular region! Gear up, loosen your belt, and allow me to start this series with something sweet…Sweets and Desserts, it is!

1) Starting our Food tour from the South, if you’re in Tamil Nadu, you have got to have the Pongal. Named so because of the festival it’s made in; this delicacy is a blend of raw rice and milk that melts at the tip of your tongue!

Sweet Pongal
Sweet Pongal

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2) Semiya Payasam, a traditional South Indian dish in general, but made best in Kerala during Onam. If you’re being served a meal on a banana leaf, this is the first thing you are served, and are supposed to begin the meal with!

Semiya Payasam
Semiya Payasam

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3) How’s the Food tour going, so far…? 😀 Well, formerly called the Mysore State, it comes as no surprise that Mysore Pak is the best sweet to taste here in Karnataka!

Mysore Pakk
Mysore Pakk

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4) After all the shopping and the boozing and the partying on the beautiful beaches, don’t leave out the traditional Christmas rice cake – Bibinka – while in Goa! Just yum!

Bibinka!

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5) Another of my favourites, don’t miss out the Maharastrian version of yogurt- Shrikhand!

Shrikhand!
Shrikhand!

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6) This state is known for its traditional Jain dishes. Dhokla and Khandvi are now made all around the country, but to try the Monthar/ Monthal, you’ve got to go to Gujarat! Yes, that’s right, travel for food!

Monthar!
Monthar!

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7) Monthtal is one of the best dishes of Rajasthan too! But no Rajasthani meal is complete without these mouth watering Choorma Ladoo!

Rajasthani Churma Ladoo!
Rajasthani Churma Ladoo!

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8) Punjab, is, no doubt, known for lassi and the dal and the roti! But there’s this mouth watering delicacy that you may not know much about! The Sujii ka Halwa! It makes any foodies heart content!

sooji halwa
sooji halwa

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9) If you’re in Dilli (Delhi) and you’ve visited all the places, and the paranthe wali gali, and eaten every chaat and delicacy, then, you have most probably come savoured the mooti choor ke ladoo and the sohan halwa and the kulfies and the faloodas!

Motichoor ladoo
Motichoor ladoo

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10) Uttar Pradesh! This is one place you can wake up with the smell of Jalebis floating in through your windows! Go to the gullywale sweet shops for the best ones!

Jalebiiii!
Jalebiiii!

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11) Tilkut! Sounds like some tiny fairy’s name, no? But, fortunately it isn’t. It’s one of the savouries of Jharkhand and Bihar.

Tilkut!
Tilkut!

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12) Rasabali, is much like rasamalai and other sweets soaked in milk. This one started off as a traditional temple sweet in Orissa.

Rasabali

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13) The one thing Kolkata is famous for, all over the world, is Rasagulla! Or, maybe, Rosogolla. Whatever, I hear FOOD! And, no, you have to just taste it, I’m not describing it for you!

Rasgulla!
Rasgulla!

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14) Kashmir, more than its sweets, if at all, is known for the special kind of sweet green tea you get to drink there! (Yes, kehwa.) God’s own Payasam from Kerala could be called the one dish made all over the country. Then, in Madhya Pradesh, it’s the bhutte ki kheer that’s making people crazy! Andhra Pradesh is a land of spices where you would treat your taste buds to the spiciest of delicacies. And, then, there is the land of Tukpah and momos! Rice beer and cherry wine! Yes, those North Eastern States! Also known for the Zu tea of Mizo and Kyat beer.

Indian Food makes me a more passionate traveller! Travel for Food, I say!

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I walk, and I discover, myself and places. I draw, and I write. And that's how I travel.

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