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  • saren Jun 16, 2011 08:05 AM
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Hi everyone, i am planning on doing a 6 month gastronomical tour of India, focusing state by state, on the various delicacies. If you can help me to organize (a bit) my ideas by state, i would very much appreciate that.

Already, i got it started, by I'm afraid i have made some mistakes? Please excuse me if I upset any dietary beliefs.

tamil nadu: payasam, idli with coconut chutney, vadas, appams, uttappams, paniyaram, masala dosa, upma, lemon, tomato, coconut rice, upperi -

kerala meen pullichathu, molee, nendraparam, puttu, chemeen, tharavu, avial - fried quail - sweet coconut tube - lentil donut, (kerlana breakfast: peas cocunut base, chutney)

karnakata - holige - kolumbu -

hyderabad: pachidi - kurma pulusu - sabudana uthapam-

goa : caldeen, bebinca, xacuti, sanna,dodol, bathique, chicken cafrae,

maharashtra: kao gali (falooda)

rajastan murg ko khato, mawa ladoo, churma, mawa samosa, mawa kachori, dahi kachar, rasgulla, ghewar, mint chutney, mirchi pakora, suji helwa, besan halwa, safed maas, chach drink

uttarpradesh: peitha, gajak

dehli: mughalai

I don't know where to put the following?
eat: kotoo roti - sabudana kheer - kesar lassi - khus sharbat - nimbu pani - rooh afza - chandan - kathal - kesari phirni - gatta currey - kadhi - malai kofta - paneer makhani - gajar ka halwa - gulab jamun - kesar phirni - panna - chhana, jaal jeera, badam, bhelpuri, bhajia, cheiku, kulcha, kulfi, palak paneer, methi malai, jaal jeera drink, paw paw fruit, vada doughnuts, kachori -

sikkim:

west bengal hills:: rashmi kabab, alu dum

uttarchand: chandrakala

himachal:

kashmir: eat: alu dum, dom kukur, alu bokhara korma, lotus (in yogurt) -

orissa: eat:saag bhaja - aloo poshto
madhya pradesh:
bihar:

Again, I don't know where these go?
eat: kotoo roti - sabudana kheer - kesar lassi - khus sharbat - nimbu pani - rooh afza - chandan - kathal - kesari phirni - gatta currey - kadhi - malai kofta - paneer makhani - gajar ka halwa - gulab jamun - kesar phirni - panna - chhana, jaal jeera, badam, bhelpuri, bhajia, cheiku, kulcha, kulfi, palak paneer, methi malai, jaal jeera drink, paw paw fruit, vada doughnuts, kachori -

Thank you again.

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  1. my thoughts....
    someone may come along and correct me.:)

    malai kofta, paneer makhani, palak paneer, gajar ka halwa, gulab jamun, lassi, kulfi- punjab!

    sabudana kheer, kadhi - gujarat

    bhelpuri- maharashtra (famous in bombay)

    kotoo roti is sri lankan, not indian.

    rooh afza- not sure what you mean. it's a bottled rose syrup you can get in india, pakistan, and elsewhere.

    vada doughnuts are eaten all over south india. vada sambhar, dahi vada, and so on.

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    1. re: junglekitte

      without diving into this whole thing, I think you would do well to read some solid indian cook books that would give you a better idea of the characteristic dishes of each region. Each of these regions may have hundreds of dishes (more) vegetarian or non-vegetarian.. You could start with a regional book that covers all the regions lightly, like that of Madhur Jaffrey, say and then move into some of the books that are specific to a region or cuisine. There are major and multiple cuisines of many separate communities in many of these states, not just a few dishes, and it would help you to know more about them. If you want any further suggestions, just ask. There are also many excellent blogs and websites covering indian cuisine, even wikipedia would help you, again please feel free to ask for recommendations

      just
      A few specific comments:

      Foods like palak paneer, methi malai, malai kofta, jal jeera, paneer makhani are northern - punjab, delhi, etc.

      the dishes you have listed under hyderabad look like andhra veg dishes (the state hyderabad is in) but characteristic hyderabadi dishes include muslim meat and rice dishes like biryani, nihari,etc.

      I think the "gatta" curry you refer to is a curry of chickpea flour dough which is eaten in rajasthan.

      the coastal area of Karnataka and also goa, kerala etc. have seafood dishes

    2. There is a huge variety of food to be eaten in India and I can't even begin to give you a comprehensive response. I could list out all the things you should eat to the best of my knowledge, but I would like to ask if there are specific cities, regions and areas you are going to cover or are you just going in search across the country? I can give you a detailed answer either way.

      1. In addition to what you mentioned

        Punjab- Amritsari fish fry, aloo paratha, tandoori chicken, palak panner, punjabi kadhi, butter chicken, lassi

        Uttar Pradesh- you HAVE to go to Lucknow- any decent restaurant serving nawabi/muglai cuisine will have excellent stuff. try lamb dishes, rice biryani, paaya (if you can)

        Rajasthan- laal maas

        Andhra Pradesh- Hyderebad has a cuisine of its own. a must-try is Hyderabadi Biryani. you cannot get it anywhere else in the world. a good place to get is paradise cafe. also, try 'haleem' and 'kubani ka meetha' in the old city area. stop at 'karachi bakery' in the city and pick up a box of fruit cookies. you will thank me later.
        a regional breatfast item to try is 'pesarattu'.
        in addition to that, there are all the kurmas, pachadis, spicy podis etc. you can find very regional andhra food in homestyle restaurants.

        West Bengal- poshto, fish curries, sandesh, egg rolls (street food), rasogollah

        karnataka- mysore masala dosa (not tamilnadu), bisi bele bath, raagi cookies (if you can find them)

        kashmir- kashmiri pulao

        i can go on and on but i wont. hope this helps. have fun!

        1. Does this help?

           
          1. You have left out Gujarat - among the more sophisticated of Indian regional cuisines. I suggest including it. A google search will help you become familiar with it.

            Honestly, everything you have left in your list could be had quite easily in Mumbai or Delhi.

            Your plan is quite ambitious and it is certain to be a terrific journey, and if you manage to go to all of these places, expect that the highlights of your trip may actually end up being things other than the food!

            Good luck

            1. Have a look at this guide to maharashtrian food.
              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/854909