For all the foodies reading this blog, your visit to India can never be complete without tasting its delicious cuisines in different cities. Food is a part of Indian culture and tradition and different cities boast of different cuisines in this diverse land. If you have any plans for a tour to India, make sure you do not miss out on the special food of the city you are in. Be it Delhi, Mumbai or the party capital Goa, each place has its own food specialty and here’s the top cities known for their delicious food. Check out our list of Indian cities and their special cuisine.
Petha in Agra
Agra, famous for Taj Mahal, is one of the most visited cities by foreign tourists. The city is not just famous for the wonderful Taj and other historical sites but also for its delectable pethas. It is known as ‘Agra ka Petha’ in all around the country. It is a sweet made from sugar syrup and ash gourd vegetable. The translucent candy like sweet is available in different flavors like kesaria, aam papad, paan petha, angoori petha and more. The best petha seller in the city is Panchhi Petha. However, make sure you buy pethas from an original Panchhi shop as there are many fake shops selling pethas by the name of Panchhi all around the city.
Paan, Rabri and Chaat in Varanasi
When it comes to food, Varanasi has got a unique food culture. Being the oldest city of India, Banaras or Varanasi has got the most authentic dishes with distinct tastes such as sour and sweet to spicy and bitter. Try the lip-smacking tamatar chaat, spicy aalu chat, mouth-watering rabri and dare not miss out the special ‘Banarasi Paan’. The city is one of the favorites amongst foodies for its amazing flavors. When booking cheap flights to India, make sure you include Varanasi to your itinerary list because you will regret missing it out later.
Idli & Dosa in Chennai
Well, idli, vada and dosa are dishes that you cannot miss out in Chennai. Why? It is the staple food of the city and found at almost every restaurant and food vendors on the streets. Served traditionally on banana leaves, the food is rich in protein and nutrients. Other delicious items that you should taste in Chennai include Kothu Parotta, Appam, Murukku, Puttu, Idappam, etc.
Chole Bhature in Delhi
The capital city of India, Delhi, is undeniably one of the cities with the best food scene. You will be amazed by tasting the finger-licking chole bhature, kachori and other street foods available across the city. Do not forget to try the Tandoori Chicken and other grilled and spicy chicken dishes. Go to Karim’s and Parathewali gali for authentic Indian food. Chandni Chowk is known for its street food such as tikki, golgappe, dal cheela, raj kachori, bhel puri, pakode, etc. Flying in a business class flight to Delhi for a conference with colleagues? Take out some time for trying out these delicacies in the capital.
Prawn Gassi in Goa
Goa is famous for its sea food and one of the best specialties of the party capital is Prawn Gassi. It is a Goan prawn curry, favorite of tourists having a love for sea food such as crab, prawn, squid, etc. When in Goa, don’t go crazy over the cheap liquor only but also taste some authentic sea food and other Goan dishes.
Biryani in Hyderabad
Hyderabad, the City of Nizams is widely known across the country for its delectable Awadhi and Mughlai cuisines. From Hyderabadi Dum Biryani to varieties of kebabs, the city offers the traditional and authentic taste till date. Try different types of Biryani at some of the most famous restaurant chains in the city such as Bawarchi, Paradise, etc.
Dal Baati Choorma in Jaipur
Rajasthani cuisine is loved by many, both Indian and foreign tourists and we bet it is worth a try. The restaurants in the city serve the authentic Rajasthani Thali with royal food like dal bati churma as the main dish. The thali consists of a combination of sweet and spicy dishes. All you need is to make sure you enter the right shop for a perfectly authentic Rajasthani thali.
Rasogullas in Kolkata
Kolkata, in West Bengal, is famous all around the country for it savory sweets such as Rasogullas, Sondesh, Misthi Doi and more. In addition to these, you will also have a perfect traditional style fish curry made by a Bengali chef. Have a complete Bengali style meal at a popular restaurant that includes Bhaat, hilsa mach (fish), and other variants with misthi doi as a dessert. Also try the delicious street food of Kolkata like Puchkas and jhal muri. We bet you will fall in love with the east India cuisine.