Tasting India: A Culinary Adventure through the Regional Cuisines

MyTravaly_Logo  Michelle Singh Aulakh 07 Jun, 2023 8 mins read 27
Tasting India: A Culinary Adventure through the Regional Cuisines

The mouthwatering flavors of India's regional cuisines portray a story of history, tradition, and the vibrant tapestry of its people in a country as diverse and culturally rich as India. In this blog, we will take you on a wonderful gourmet adventure, exploring the heart and spirit of India's culinary legacy.

In this culinary adventure, you'll discover classic dishes like Makki di roti and Sarson da saag from Punjab, aromatic biryanis from Hyderabad, and Rogan Josh from Kashmir. The journey, however, does not finish there. You'll also come across lesser-known regional specialties Chenna Poda, Kangshoi, and many more


Punjab's iconic dish are Saarson da Saag and Makke ki Roti.  A traditional Punjabi dish made from mustard greens, spinach, and other leafy greens, while Makke ki Roti is a bread made from maize flour. They are a treasured and inseparable pair that embodies the essence of Punjabi cuisine. These recipes have become extremely popular not only in Punjab, but also throughout world. Saarson da Saag's rich and hearty flavours, mixed with the earthy and rustic taste of Makke ki Roti, have made this combo a true Punjabi delicacy enjoyed by people of all backgrounds.


Dhokla is a savoury steamed cake created from fermented rice and chickpea flour. It originated in Gujarat and has since spread throughout India and beyond. Dhokla is a popular snack and breakfast choice that is known for its light and fluffy texture, a bit tangy in flavour, and tempered with mustard seeds and curry leaves. Dhokla is often served with sour chutneys and green chilies. 


Thaalipeeth is a traditional Maharashtrian multigrain pancake made of sorghum, pearl millet, rice, and chickpea flour, as well as spices and herbs. It's a flavor-packed nutritional and nourishing dish. Thaalipeeth is a popular dish in Maharashtrian cuisine, frequently served with yoghurt, pickles, and a spoonful of butter. It has spread beyond Maharashtra and is now enjoyed in other regions of India. Thaalipeeth has become a favourite breakfast or snack option for individuals looking for a healthy and satiating meal that reflects the distinct flavours of Maharashtra, thanks to its unique taste, crispy texture, and adaptability.


Rogan Josh is a traditional Kashmiri dish known for its rich, fragrant flavors. Slow-cooked meat curry made with soft chunks of lamb or goat simmered in an aromatic blend of spices like Kashmiri red chilli, fennel, ginger, and cloves, resulting in a brilliant red gravy. "Rogan Josh" means "red juice" in Persian, which reflects the dish's bright colour. It's strong flavors and relaxing nature have made it a favourite among meat eaters and a popular item on Indian restaurant menus around the world.


Chenna Poda is a delicious traditional Odia delicacy that has won the hearts and palates of people all over Odisha as well as worldwide. "Poda" means roasted or burnt, and "Chenna" means fresh cottage cheese. This one-of-a-kind dessert is produced by caramelising sugar on top of a cake-like batter made of chenna, semolina, ghee, and sugar. The tempting combination of textures and flavours of Chenna Poda—sweet, somewhat smokey, and creamy—explains its popularity. It has become a popular delicacy for festival events, family gatherings, and among sweet enthusiasts experiencing the flavours of Odisha.


Goan fish curry is a mouthwatering dish that epitomizes the vibrant coastal cuisine of Goa, a state on India's western coast. The tangy and spicy flavours of this curry originate from a harmonic blend of fresh fish, coconut milk, aromatic spices, tamarind, and a hint of sweetness. The curry's particular flavour is due to a combination of local ingredients and traditional cooking techniques. It is a Goan home staple, a feature of Goan restaurant menus, and has captured the interest of food fans all over the world, becoming an iconic dish of Goan cuisine.


Telangana Biryani is an aromatic and savoury rice dish from the southern Indian state of Telangana. It is famous for its distinct spice blend, delicate meat (typically chicken or mutton), and aromatic basmati rice. Telangana Biryani has earned recognition for its excellent flavour and is relished by biryani enthusiasts all over India.


Kangshoi is a mouthwatering vegetable stew made with fragrant herbs and spices and a medley of locally obtained vegetables such as mustard greens, spinach, beans, and potatoes. Kangshoi reflects the region's agricultural bounty and culinary heritage. Its healthy and nutritious quality attracts to health-conscious folks wanting a taste of real Indian cuisine, and its popularity extends beyond Manipur. Kangshoi is a favorite among locals and a tempting option for adventurous cuisine fans due to the ease with which it is prepared and the bright blend of flavours.

Wrapping up words

Through this blog, we got to know India's rich, flavorful, and diversified culture through its famous dishes found around the country. We welcome our readers to join us on a colourful trip that highlights the variety and complexity of different Indian cuisines.


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Michelle Singh Aulakh
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