I have been to many places across India and will try to sum up the most tasty food I have had experiences with over there.
1. Poha Jalebi
Its a popular breakfast in central India. Indore and Kota are the places where we can see its popularity. Poha is a simple dish made of chiwda (beaten rice) and served with raw oninos, pomegranate, coriander leaves and sev(a namkeen or snack). Its a quick make and tastes nice. They also put some jeeravan masala before serving. To make a breakfast combo, Jalebis are also served with Poha so as to add sweetness in your meal. This combo is perfect.
2. Bhutte ka Kees
This is a seasonal dish ate mainly in rainy season when we have fresh and sweet corn (bhutta) available in the market. It is made by grating corn cobs fine and adding spices and some milk. This takes time to prepare but the taste is splendid. It is garnished with grated and coriander leaves. This can be eaten as a quick snack or used as a curry for rotis. Also, samosas and kachoris are made as a stuffing of this.
Again, this dish is mostly prevalent in central India mainly, Indore.
3. Sabudana Khichdi
This is a quick snack made of sabudana(sago). It is prepared using finely grind peanuts, mashed potatoes, black pepper and rock salt(sendha namak). Sugar is also added according to the taste. This snack is eaten mainly when we are on a fast(vrat). It is served with fariyali namkeen(namkeen used in a vrat), coriander leaves and lime drops.
This one is my personal favourite snack.
4. Mysore Bajjji
Its a popular fried snack mainly available in southern part of India. It is made of maida and rice flour. They are spongy and very tasty. They are mainly eaten as morning breakfast and are available in almost every dosa stalls on streets.
It is served with coconut chutney, spicy tomato chutney and sometimes sambhar.
5. Medu Vada
This one is also a fried snack mainly eaten in southern India. They are crispy and doughnut shaped vadas served with coconut chutney and sambhar. Its batter is prepared from grinding urad dal (black gram). Medu vada is normally eaten with idlis.
6. Dal Baati Churma
This dish is very popular heavy meal from Rajasthan. It is served in weddings also. Baati is eaten with dal. Baati are prepared from wheat flour, first boiled in water and then heated on tandoor. In villages, baatis are prepared on gobar ke kande (cow dung’s tandoor). Baati is all mixed with ghee and served with toor dal (pigeon pea). Also, to complete the meal, sooji (rawa/semolina) churma is served as a dessert. Churma is also rich in ghee and dry fruits. This is so heavy meal that you can skip next 2 meals also :).
7. Litti Chokha
This is popular dish in Northern parts of India, especially Bihar. Littis are eaten with chokha and raita. Litti is prepared from wheat flour dough stuffed with sattu, ginger, carom seeds and lime drops. This mixture is then baked on a tandoor. Chokha is a vegetable curry made by mixing roasted mashed brinjal, mashed tomatoes and other veggies in mustard oil.
8. Hyderabadi Biryani
This is a cuisine which Hyderabad has given to rest of the world. It is a Nizami cuisine having different types of spices and is made of long sized rice (biryani rice). There are different types of biryani: Chicken, Mutton and also Veg. biryani. Onion shorba(gravy) and raita are served with the biryani. Paradise in Hyderabad is world famous restaurant which serves the best biryani.