Food destinations in India: India is one of the most culturally, linguistically and climatically diverse countries in the world and this is reflected in its food scene. Every city on this subcontinent has its own unique taste and culinary style. From north to south and everywhere in between, discover the best spots of these South Asian foodie flavors.Also Read – Congressional Presidential Election Tomorrow; Shashi Tharoor OR Mallikarjun Kharge? Results on Wednesday
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Delhi is famous for many things, but its food scene tops the list. Often referred to as the ‘Food Capital of India’, Delhi is home to India’s best and most eclectic street food, so you might as well browse. In every nook and corner of the capital you will find a selection of finger-licking street food: Chole Bhature, Golgappe, Aloo Chaat, Dahi Bhalla and the list goes on. There are also numerous award-winning restaurants and walled cafes serving everything from Indian to international cuisine – rest assured you’ll be spoiled for choice. Not to mention that the city’s melting pot of cultures is key to its delicious and diverse cuisine. Also Read – Viral Video: Auto Rickshaw Drives on Kurla Platform in Mumbai; How did it get there? watch
Boasting an impressive collection of traditional and avant-garde restaurants, deli cafes, old-school bars and street food stalls, Mumbai is definitely the country’s holy grail for foodies. From dirt cheap street food to regional cuisines such as Mangalore seafood, Goan Vindaloo, South Indian and Konkani coastal dishes, Maharashtrian dishes, Mughlai kebabs, Kerala thalis and Gujarati to global cuisines including continental, modern American, Chinese, Italian, Thai, Mediterranean, European and Persian, Mumbai has it all. However, a trip to the city of dreams is incomplete without sampling their signature dishes – pav bhaji and vada pav (fried potato dumplings in a bun) along with masala chai. Mumbai’s food scene is huge and rich in variety and volume, offering something for everyone 24 hours a day!
City of Joy, Kolkata
Affectionately known as the City of Joy, Kolkata is culturally and gastronomically rich. The town offers an abundance of fish-based staples, although those that stand head and shoulders above the rest are sweets, rasgulla and sandesh. Its delicious street food like spicy jhal muri and puchkas are also famous across the country.
Lucknow has distinguished itself as a pioneer in Awadhi cuisine. Kebabs are the most important part of the cuisine and here you will find a variety of them such as tunday, boti, galouti, seekh, kakori and shami. Be sure to try the Lucknowi biryani (a combination of rice, garden-fresh spices and marinated chicken) and paya ki nihari (lamb flatbread broth). While the city is a meat lover’s paradise, there are also several options for vegetarians.
The city of Nizams is internationally renowned for its biryani, which can be found everywhere from roadside dhabas to luxury restaurants. This signature dish shows the strong influence of Mughlai, Andhra and Turkish cuisine.
City older than time, Varanasi
Be it the luscious spread of different types of chaat, the ghee dripping baati, or the frothy, creamy goodness of the malaiyo, Banaras has something delicious for every foodie! A winter specialty of Banaras, malaiyo is prepared by omitting flavored milk to temper it with the morning dew. For the more nuanced foodies, Chowk – Godowlia is your destination for this rich Subah-e-Banaras experience. Non-veggie enthusiasts out there, don’t miss the Chicken Tikka and Achari Murgh at Hotel Lallan, Madanpura.