Who isn’t aware of the diverse cultures that inhabit this wondrous nation?

India, from time unknown has been a home to various civilizations, tribes, kingdoms right up to the present-day mixed-society.

Under official recognition, India is host to over 20 different languages. As one can well imagine, these languages also mirror the diverse cultures involved.

And where there is culture, there is of course cuisine!

This post is dedicated to the foodies like myself. I’m going to highlight cuisines with reference to the destinations that Ease India Travel curates.

The regions are of course North, South, East, West and the Far-East. And in each zone I’m going to highlight my favourites, see if they fall in line with yours.

To the North, rich aromatic gravies, spicy vegetable stir-fries, moist and tender slow-cooked meat, and sinful desserts. A number of preparations are made in pure desi ghee or doused in fresh cream. You need only take a bite and you know you are in for a gastronomic joyride.  It is not without reason when people say that the North Indians take their food seriously. Every nook and corner here has many delightful treats to offer.

Here are my 5 favourites from the North:

  1. Chole Bhature
  2. Chicken Dum Biryani
  3. Daal Bati Churma
  4. Nihari Gosht
  5. Rajma Chawal
Nihari Gosht
Nihari Gosht

To the North, rich aromatic gravies, spicy vegetable stir-fries, moist and tender slow-cooked meat, and sinful desserts. A number of preparations are made in pure desi ghee or doused in fresh cream. You need only take a bite and you know you are in for a gastronomic joyride.  It is not without reason when people say that the North Indians take their food seriously. Every nook and corner here has many delightful treats to offer.

Here are my 5 favourites from the North:

  1. Chole Bhature
  2. Chicken Dum Biryani
  3. Daal Bati Churma
  4. Nihari Gosht
  5. Rajma Chawal

Down South, the smell of crisp vadas, the sound of spluttering mustard seeds, the taste of piping-hot sambar made with fresh tamarind, and the touch of feather-light, soft idlis – there’s no doubt that South Indian food is a treat to the senses. With its rocky plateau, river valleys and coastal plains, dosa and chutney are just a brief trailer to a colourful, rich and absolutely fascinating culinary journey that is South India.

Here are my 5 favourites from the South:

  1. Meen Murringakka Curry
  2. Chicken Stew with Appams
  3. Idli Sambar
  4. Konju Varutharaccha Curry (Kerala Prawn Curry)
  5. Kozhikodan Biryani

To the East, a hot mix of vegetarian and non-vegetarian food. Cultural and lingual diversity along with rich histories of the encompassing states makes the cuisine of this zone unique and unsurpassable.  Fish and other sea food are in plenty in this region and so are the recipes. What unites Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal and Orissa is the magical mix of seeds used for tempering dishes. Known as ‘Panch Phoran’, the mix consists of aniseed, mustard, fenugreek seed, cumin seed and black cumin seed. Influence of Buddhism is apparent in Bihar and Jharkhand as majority of the population practice vegetarianism. The state came under the influence of mighty Mughals once and naturally the famous Mughal cuisine left its mark here too.

Here are my 5 favourites from the East:

  1. Doi Machch
  2. Kala-Chana Ghoomni
  3. Besan (Gatte) ki Sabzi
  4. Begun Bhaja
  5. Bihari Litti

To the East, a hot mix of vegetarian and non-vegetarian food. Cultural and lingual diversity along with rich histories of the encompassing states makes the cuisine of this zone unique and unsurpassable.  Fish and other sea food are in plenty in this region and so are the recipes. What unites Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal and Orissa is the magical mix of seeds used for tempering dishes. Known as ‘Panch Phoran’, the mix consists of aniseed, mustard, fenugreek seed, cumin seed and black cumin seed. Influence of Buddhism is apparent in Bihar and Jharkhand as majority of the population practice vegetarianism. The state came under the influence of mighty Mughals once and naturally the famous Mughal cuisine left its mark here too.

Here are my 5 favourites from the East:

  1. Doi Machch
  2. Kala-Chana Ghoomni
  3. Besan (Gatte) ki Sabzi
  4. Begun Bhaja
  5. Bihari Litti

To the West, diversity is one thing that is common across this regions – from culture through climate to food. West Indian foods also boast of eclectic spices and a diverse range of dishes since the cuisine varies from region to region. This region offers a multifarious cuisine that keeps experimenting and reinventing new recipes that is rich in flavour.

Here are my 5 favourites from the West:

  1. Bombay Duck
  2. Laal Maas
  3. Chicken Xacuti
  4. Pork Vindaloo
  5. Undhiyu

The Far-East, an exciting melange of various tribes and cultures. Their flavours and dishes are as unique as their colourful way of life. The 7 sisters provide an exotic blend of spices and taste, the dishes you find here are so diverse in their taste, use of ingredients and style of cooking. Most of their dishes use simple and flavourful fresh ingredients like Bamboo Shoot, Bhut Jolokia and local greens. And even though most dishes consist of meat, it is interesting to note how these are very light and lip-smackingly enjoyable. The dishes are prepared with Mustard oil to intensify the flavour.

Here are my 5 favourites from the Far-East:

  1. Kumurat diya Hanhor Mangxo
  2. Vawksa Rep
  3. Nga Atoiba Thongba
  4. Gyathuk
  5. Jadoh

The Far-East, an exciting melange of various tribes and cultures. Their flavours and dishes are as unique as their colourful way of life. The 7 sisters provide an exotic blend of spices and taste, the dishes you find here are so diverse in their taste, use of ingredients and style of cooking. Most of their dishes use simple and flavourful fresh ingredients like Bamboo Shoot, Bhut Jolokia and local greens. And even though most dishes consist of meat, it is interesting to note how these are very light and lip-smackingly enjoyable. The dishes are prepared with Mustard oil to intensify the flavour.

Here are my 5 favourites from the Far-East:

  1. Kumurat diya Hanhor Mangxo
  2. Vawksa Rep
  3. Nga Atoiba Thongba
  4. Gyathuk
  5. Jadoh

Now, I know I have highlighted five favourites from each zone, but I must be honest that my favourite dish above all else is the traditional Momo from Sikkim. I can eat it anytime, all the time.
After going through this post I know many stomachs might be in a state of want.

Well, we at Ease India Travel would be glad to come your aid. Pick a destination, decide a duration of stay and let us help sate your gastronomical desire.

No matter the duration you choose to experience while in backpacking mode, we welcome you to contact us and raise enquires about your desired destination. The team at Ease India Travel will gladly assist you in planning and booking of all your travel & stay requirements.

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