1. Neer dosa and Chicken curry (Mangalore)
This Manglorean specialty has us lusting after it already! Thin and soft rice pancakes served with mildly spiced chicken curry based in coconut milk gravy. You could dig into this delicacy for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Since the dosas are as thin as crepes, don’t be surprised if you end up downing a lot of them.
2. Sorpotel (Goa)
Originally a Portuguese dish, it is now commonly coked in Goan households. Using pork as its main ingredient, this stew of sorts uses vinegar to attain its sour flavor. Its enjoyed best with sanna or sweet, white, fluffy rice cake.
3. Rogan josh (Kashmir)
Traditional Kashmir wazwan is never complete without this. Lamb shank or shoulder cooked in kashmiri chili and other spices in a thick gravy is usually eaten with saffron flavoured rice or naan, a type of Indian flat bread.
4. Kaali daal (Punjab)
Daal is no doubt a staple in most Indian regions. But we assure you that Kaali daal made of black urad, is anything but ordinary. With a rich tomato-based gravy with whisked full cream, you are sure to ask for more of it. Try it with steaming hot jeera rice and finish off with a tall glass of chaas.
5. Puran Poli ( Maharashtra )
This is probably the only sweet dish that is also a main course. Made of gram flour and jaggery, it is served on a thali (platter) with veggies, dal, rice and salad on holi. Of course you can have it as dessert too with milk or ghee.
6. Lauki ke kofte (Rajasthan)
Never thought that bottle gourd could be yummy, right? Try this yummy lauki pakoras in a onion and tomato based gravy. You will surely wish more veggies were made this way. Had best with chappatis or phulkas (thin Indian bread made of wheat flour).
7. Undhiyo (Gujarat)
Undhiyo is a beautiful mix of flavours as it is seasonal vegetables in herbs and spices. This is a typically winter preparation in Gujarat. The variety of vegetables and flavours of various spices will leave you feeling happy and satiated. Best had with fresh puris or deep fried Indian bread.
8. Macher Jhol ( Bengali )
Every fish lover simply has to try macher jhol or fish in tangy tomato based gravy. Tempered in mustard and cumin seeds, lends good blend of flavours to sweet river fish. Try it with steamed rice.
9. Hyderabadi dum biryani (Andhra Pradesh):
Inspired from mughal as well as Indian flavours, this biryani, made of either vegetable, chicken or mutton is a complete meal in itself. Cooked with caramelized onions, saffron milk and meat or veggies marinated in yogurt, it’s a delight to the tastebuds.