Accordingly Madhya Pradesh, called the ‘Heart of India’ not just because of the location but also for the uniqueness and vibrant cuisine. The state also offers various types of madhya pradesh traditional foods that are delicious, and also have an influence by the neighboring states such as Rajasthan. Also there are many types of dishes to try, but here are few famous dishes that are must to try while you’re visiting Madhya Pradesh.
Famous Food of Madhya Pradesh:
Although super light and healthy cuisine eaten in all the parts of our country given to India by Madhya Pradesh. Altogether Poha made with the flattened rice along with the well-cooked onions, tomatoes and is best savored with green chillies, curry leaves and a bit of lemon. A great bowl of Poha enjoyed in all the parts of Madhya Pradesh.
2. Dal Bafla:
Dal Bafla served in Madhya Pradesh is a mouth-watering cuisine which is very similar to the famous Dal Bati of Rajasthan. Bafla is a delicious treat of the wheat balls well cooked in ghee. The dish complemented with a bowl of Dal and coriander sauce. Dal Bafla is not only celestial in taste but also provides a good dose of multiple vitamins, proteins, carbohydrates and fat just in the right quantity.
3. Seek Kebabs
Another food palate of Madhya Pradesh has got a strong influence from Mughal cuisines. Basically Seek Kebabs are being one of the most savored non-vegetarian dishes of Madhya Pradesh. Well-minced meat presented in a wrap and can make your taste buds going with its meat that melts in your mouth.
4. Bhutte ka kees
We bet you’d never have had this variant of the corn anywhere else in the country. Another Madhya Pradesh specialty food, the bhutte ki khees boiled and grated corns tempered with heeng, cumin, green chillies and fennel seeds, topped with some spices, a pinch of lemon and garnished with grated coconut.
5. Bhopali Gosht Korma
Another delectable cuisine of Madhya Pradesh that has got its taste is Bhopali Gosht Korma. A plate of this Nawabi cuisine offers you a great dose of spices. Mutton being the main ingredient of the dish with the great Indian spices to obtain a delicious plate of Gosht Korma. The best Gosht Korma will served to you in Bhopal.
6. Palak Puri
When it comes to healthy food, Madhya Pradesh has a plate full of delicacies that are not just palatable in taste but also provide a great source of nutrients. Palak Puri eaten as a breakfast meal, and it served with aloo sabzi and raita for a perfect lunch meal. Palak Puri with wheat dough mixed with grind spinach leaves and some spices to get the best taste.
7. Chakki ka Shak
Chakki ki Shak is a dish which has got its influence from Rajasthani cuisine. This dish with steamed dough which added to the gravy with different kinds of Indian spices. Indore is widely famous for its Chakki ki Shak.
8. Biryani Pilaf
The biryani created by layering the rice and meat and that sets it apart from the pulao. But it is also true that the pilaf/pulao is a much more subtly spiced dish than the biryani.
Traditional Sweets of Madhya Pradesh:
Say hello to the India’s own pancakes. Malpua is majorly prepared with flour, fried in ghee and then dipped in the sugar syrup to add the taste that will make you crave for the dish again and again. The dressing of some saffron can further enhance the taste of this dish. Malpua served with rabdi for a complete treat.
One dish that you will be seeing in every nook of the state is Jalebi. And, trust me, you can expect a heavenly taste of this amazing delicacy of Madhya Pradesh even in the hidden interior of the state. The dish is prepared with utmost love in wheat flour, fried and then soaked in sugar syrup.
3. Mawa Bati
The perfect crisp, the right amount of sweetness and the perfect texture. Mawa Bati is probably one dish that defines the sweet dish palate of Madhya Pradesh. It is prepared with mava dough which mixed with rich dry fruits. After deep frying the mava dough balls, the dish is well-soaked in the sugar syrup to add the sweetness in the dish.
Street Food of Madhya Pradesh:
1. Dahi Bade
You’d be wondering what’s so special about these simple lentil balls dipped in curd and found in every nook and cranny of the country? You have to try them at Madhya Pradesh’s sarrafa bazaar to see the humble dahi-vadas transform to a work of art. The dahi vadas are yummy and the experience will stay with you for a while.
2. Sabudana Khichdi
Who thought the bland pearly white tapioca seeds (sabudana) could feature amongst the best Indore Street foods list. That is what street food is all about in Indore – turning the mundane to the magical, with a little innovation and some spicy sprinkling.
This is Indore’s version of the crispy and tangy Aloo ki chaat from Delhi. A yam-variant, Garadu, diced, fried to golden brown and then sprinkled with a good helping of the special masala (yes, in Indore there’s a special spice mix for every dish!) and lots of lemon juice – the perfect recipe for yumminess in a platter.
Don’t get deceived by the name, this is no cool lemon drink to wash down all that chaat you’ve gorged on at Chappan dukan or Sarafa Bazar. This thick milky variant is a mini meal in itself. Rich in texture and somewhere between a rabdi and lassi in taste, the Shikanji glass garnished with heaps of dry fruit.
5. Egg Benjo
The egg benjos at Johnny’s Hot Dogs are one of the most famous Indore food items that you must try during your food trail through the city. In the primarily vegetarian food landscape of Indore, Egg and Mutton benjos at Johnny’s are probably the only non-vegetarian items that have such a huge fan following amongst the youth.
6. Lal Bati ki Kachori
Indore boasts of an entire list of must-try kachori places for those who love these delicious spicy balls of fried dough filled with a range of stuffing. Jostling for the title of the most famous kachori with a host of other shops is the uniquely christened ‘Lal Balti ki kachori’. Their kachoris stuffed with potato filling and served with their unique green chilli chatni (a very spicy version, not for the faint-hearted!).
The sandwich is a dish that is available in lots of types in Indore. From a grilled vegetable sandwich to a tandoori sandwich, you can try all kinds of sandwiches on your Indore Street food spree. The locals love the cheese and sev sandwich that is available all around the city. Shyam Sandwich and Ajanta Sandwich Centre serve some of the most delicious sandwiches in the city and they have a lot of variety to choose from.
8. Sarafe ke Paratha
Paratha are one of the most eaten dishes in India and the ones that served at streets are irresistible. Indore like any other city in India has a special street where scrumptious parathas served. Sarafa is a well-known marketplace in Indore, and it is also known for the famous spot called the Aadesh Shahi Paratha where you can try all kinds of paratha. From paneer paratha to potato sev paratha, you can get whatever you wish for.