Traditional authentic Indian Foods - Part 4 - YOURDEFT

Bharat is the land of rich cultural traditions with diversity in geography, climate, languages, clothing and most importantly the food people eat. As well said, “We become the food we eat”. Each and every cell of our body is made of nutrition that the food provides us. The variety one can find in Indian food is amazing. The same dish has different styles of cooking in different parts of the country and so does the taste.

In this article, we are mentioning the List of traditional Indian Food items each Indian state is famous for. Focusing on the vegetarian cuisines only as our country has a large number of vegetarian population and so does the food. Agricultural land is rich with a plant-based diet and spices that make each dish savoring.

Maharashtra

Maharashtrian traditional food items are spicy and delicious. The state has a wide range of varieties of sweets also. The dishes famous from the state are Batata Vada, Veg Kohlapuri, Kothibir Vadi, Methi Bhaji, Misl Pav, Kanda Poha, Vada Pav, Tondli chi bhaji, Bharli bhindi, Chakli, Pitla, Usal, Aluchya Wadya, Pav Bhaji etc.

The Famous Sweet cuisines include Puran Poli, Shrikhand, Modak, Shankarpada, Mango Mastani, etc.

Goa

The smallest state in western coast of India, Goa has a wide range of Goan-style traditional food recipes. The list of traditional dishes from the state are Mushroom Xacuti, Jackfruit sushel, Papdachi Kismoor, Moringa Dal, Madyechi Usli, Vodyache Aam, Khatkhat – Goan vegetable stew, Madyecho fodi, Garlic Red Chilli Coconut chutney, Doodhi Bharta, Kelphulachi bhaji, Goan Moolyacho Ross, Suran Tonak, Vaalchi bhaji, Alsande Usli, Patoli, Tomato Saar, Kelachi Bhaji, Cashew curry etc.

Traditional sweets of state are Bebinca, Dodol, Pinag, Kulkuls, Patoleo, Doce, Bol, Alle Belle, Coconut toffee, Perad, Kokad etc.

Odisha

Odisha is land of Lord Jaggannath. The state has rich culture and tradition. Rice is staple diet in the region. The traditional dishes from the state are Dalma, Pakhala Bhata, Mix Veg Ghanta, Aalu Potol Rossa, Chakuli Pitha, Besara, Dahi Kanji, Badi Chura, Aalu Dum Ghoogni,

Sweet dishes famous from the state are Kheersagar, Ghee Pitha, Cheena Gaja, Pahala Rasagulla, Odia Rasabali, Chhena Podo, Podo Pitha, Manda Pitha/Enduri Pitha etc.

Telangana

Telangana food items are rich in ingredients like tamarind, spices, asafoetida etc. The state is famous for both veg and non-veg varieties. Some of the traditional foods of the state are Sarva Pindi, Sakinalu, Pachi Pulusu, Chegodilu, Polelu, Tunti Koora, Potlakaya Pulusu, Rail Palaram, Bachali Kura, Puntikura Chana Dal, Makka Garelu, Kaddu Dalcha etc.

Sweets famous from the state are Qubani ka meetha, Bobbatlu, Ariselu, Poornalu, Palathalikalu, Undrallu, Sunnundalu, Rava Laddu etc.

Andhra Pradesh

Andhra Pradesh cuisine is full of spices and rice. Ragi is also used is many food items. The traditional Dosas are also famous. The traditional dishes from the state are Pulihora, Panasa Puttu kora – Andhra style jackfruit curry, Gutti Vnakaya Kura, Hyderabadi Biryani, Thakkali Rasam, Pesarattu, Atukula Dosa, Avakaya – Andhra mango pickle, Punugulu, Javvarisi Payasam, Mirchi Bajji, Allam Pachadi, Panakkam/Panagam, Ugadi Pachadi etc.

Sweets famous from the state are Bobbatlu, Ariselu, Poornalu, Palathalikalu, Bandar Laddu, Gavvalu, Paramannam, Gulabilu, Kobbari Kova, Rava Laddu etc.

Karnataka

Next southern state in the list is Karnataka. Staple food items of state include Rice, Jowar and Raagi. Famous traditional dishes of the state are Bisi Bele Bhaat, Devnagre benne Dosa, Mysore Masala Dosa, Neer Dosa, Set Dosa, Maddur Vada, Taate Idli, Jolada Roti, Masala Puri, Udupi Sambhar, Mysore Bonda, Mangalore style Sambhar, Mango Coconut chutney, Kadle Manoli, Veg Sagu, Vangi Bhaat, Akki roti, Mysore Rasam, Potato Sagu, Mangalore Bajji, Kosambari, Khara Bhaat, Ragi Mudde, Yereyappa, Paneer Gassi etc.

Traditional sweets from the state are Mysore Paak, Dharwad Peda, Chiroti, Haalbai and Huggi, Puri Unde, etc.

Tamil Nadu

Vegetarian cuisine has been popular in Tamilians since ancient times. Different places are famous for different food varieties. A traditional meal served on Banana leaf is known as Virundhu Sappadu. Delicacies from Chettinad include Vallaiappan, Idiyappam, Uthhappam, Paal paniyaram, etc. Other dishes from the state are Thakkali Rasam, Rava Idli, Veg Korma, Dal vada, Paniyaram, Ven Pongal, Sandhavai, Puttu, Mushroom Kurma, Adai Dosai, Chettinaad Verai Kurma, etc.

Traditional sweets from the region are Nei Payasam, Kesari, Akkaravadisal, Achhu Murukku, Pal Khova, Vella Chedai, Vella Kozhakkattai, Rava Laddoo etc.

Kerala

The southernmost state of the country is full of vegetarian options. Although the majority of the population eats seafood people also have vegetarian dishes as a staple diet. The traditional dishes from the state are Appam, Avial, Pavakka Varathatu, Cabbage thoran, Erissery, Idiyappam, Madura Kizhangu Uppumavu, Pazhampori ( Banana Fritters ), Pulissery, Puttu and Chana Curry, Vada Koottu curry, Olan, Pachadi etc.

Dessersts famous in the state are Pazha Pradhaman, Vettila Murukkan, Nei Appam, Mutta Maala, Palada Payasam etc.

Lakshadweep

Majority of population in Lakshadweep islands eat sea food including fishes and rice. Although vegetarian food is also available. Famous veg food includes Rice, Idlis, Dosas, Sambhar, Vadai, Rasam, Upma etc. Coconut is also used in all food items. Kavaratti islands are famous for Malabar style dishes.

Andaman and Nicobar Islands

The islands in the Bay of Bengal also have a majority fish food diet. Major vegetarian dishes include Tamil and Andhra cusines. Idli, Sambhar, Dosas, Vada, etc are most common.

Articles in the series:-

  1. Traditional authentic Indian Foods – Part 1
  2. Traditional authentic Indian Foods – Part 2
  3. Traditional authentic Indian Foods – Part 3