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Bon Appétit! 14 Incredible Experiences That Should Be On Every Foodie’s Bucket List
We all have a list of things we want to do before we die. But amidst all our dreams of skydiving, or lazing on sun-kissed beaches, we must have a foodie bucket list. HolidayIQ Travellers share culinary delights that ought to featured.

Bon Appétit! 14 Incredible Experiences That Should Be On Every Foodie’s Bucket List:

  1. Gujarat
  2. Mumbai (Maharashtra)
  3. Rajasthan
  4. Lonavala (Maharashtra)
  5. Andhra Pradesh
  6. Assam
  7. Kerala
  8. Bangalore (Karnataka)
  9. Amritsar (Punjab)
  10. Kolhapur (Maharashtra)

1. Patra From Gujarat

Patra From Gujaratsource:

Colcocasia leaves with the mixture of gram flour and spices add to good health. The easily available leaves are not only an addition to your nutrients count but also a simple recipe without leaving a dent in your pocket. Patra remains every Gujarati’s favourite dish because it comes in so many different styles – dahi (curd) wala patra, fried patra, vagharela (sautéed spices) patra, bafela patra!HolidayIQ Traveller Raj Patel shares, “For people who love to eat Jamnagar is the best place. Vanilla gathiya, kachori, patra, khaman, dhokla and everything that I ate was awesome. Try the pan in Jamnagar. If you go Jamnagar then don't forgot to try various dishes.”

2. Mumbai Ka Iconic Misal Pav

Mumbai Ka Iconic Misal Pavsource:

A popular Indian street food, misal pav is the perfect dish for breakfast or a mid-day snack. Apart from being cheap, it's relatively easy to prepare. Misal, is a curry that's prepared with sprouted beans. The curry is then topped with potato-chiwda mix, sev, onions, lemon and coriander. It's usually served with bread toasted with butter and buttermilk or curd and papad. The fact that it's considered as one of the tastiest vegetarian dishes in the world should be reason enough to add it to your bucket list. Adds HolidayIQ Traveller Rashesh Bhagwati, “Be it Vada pav, spicy Misal pav (curry of moth bean or peas eaten as a breakfast or mid­day snack), sabudana vada or usal (made of green gram or moth bean), everything is a must try when in Mumbai.”

3. Chakki Ki Sabzi In Rajasthan

Chakki Ki Sabzi In Rajasthansource:

Rajasthani chakki ki sabzi is popular Rajasthani gravy curry. Chakki is made of wheat flour-atta dough, after wash dough cut into medium size pieces and deep fry them in oil. Cook these chakki in a onion and curd curry gravy. This is a unique dish, mainly prepared in Jodhpur. You can serve with roti or rice. HolidayIQ Traveller Qamrul Huda says, “The Rajasthani food in the restaurant was really good, but cook need to improve on other cuisines. I tried papad and payaj ki sabji which was really good.”

4. Chikki From Lonavala

Chikki From Lonavalasource:

This place has a huge assortment of chocolate chikkis, both dark and white. It also contains fresh dry fruits, nuts and caramel. "Next time you plan your trip to Lonavala, do not forget to buy the famous chikkis and fudges," says HolidayIQ Traveller Shubham Dangi. He adds that every second chikki is called Maganlal Chikki, which is an attempt to cash in on the legacy of Maganlal Seth, the man to have pioneered chikki-making here. Groundnut chikki is what chikkis were all about, but they now come in a wide variety - mint, sesame and chocolate.


5. Gongura Mutton From Andhra Pradesh

Gongura Mutton From Andhra Pradeshsource:

It's a typical Andhra mutton dish that's has the right kind of flavours. If you like your food spicy then gongura mutton is a dish you just can't miss.  The dish is best had in the winters since its spicy nature will warm you up nicely from the inside. The mutton is cooked in a spicy masala base with sour red sorrel leaves, giving the dish its distinctive fiery and tangy taste. HolidayIQ Traveller M Roy shares, “ Local Andhra food has its own charm too. Especially Gongura mutton/ chicken with veg/non veg Andhra biryani.”

6. Assam's Khorisa

Assam's Khorisasource:

Khorisa maas is a speciality of Assam. Khorisa is grated bamboo shoots in raw, fermented or pickled form. You will just love that aroma of the fermented bamboo shoot. 
HolidayIQ Traveller Babita Goyal shares, “ I would say that the food here is exceptional in its own way. North-East india has it's own food. Smoked meats, fiery chillies, chicken and pork dishes flavoured with bamboo shoots and chutneys and curries are the dishes of these states.”

7. Nethili Varuval From Kerala

Nethili Varuval From Keralasource:

Nethili (also called natholi and uzhuva) is the Kerala version of anchovies but a lot larger than the South East Asian kind. This is probably the most favourite Kerala fish recipe - nethili fry. The fish is supposedly high in calcium because we eat the bones too after frying it marinated in spices.

8. Bengaluru's Very Own Masala Dosa

Bengaluru's Very Own Masala Dosasource:

Wafer thin pancake, cooked to lacy perfection, the Masala Dosa has come a long way. Mashed potato with fried onions, the Masala concoction served with garlic chutney has foodies across the world giving their nod for the Indian dish. Ideal for breakfast or lunch, the Masala dosa has roadside stalls mushroom overnight at every nook and corner. Served steaming hot, the Masala Dosa is best relished in Uduppi hotels. Try it to believe it! HolidayIQ Traveller Pavan Kumar says, “You can taste pure south Indian dishes in Bangalore, especially the famous idli and dosa.” HolidayIQ Traveller Manavv adds, “The food you get in the city is amazing especially MTR dosa.”


9. Mumbai Ki Pani Puri

Mumbai Ki Pani Purisource:

Mumbai is filled with street stalls serving delicious pani puri!

10. Jalebis In Amritsar

Jalebis In Amritsarsource:

The Amritsaris' lust for jalebis has to be tasted to be believed. “Do not miss the mouth-watering jalebis made of pure ghee at Gurdas Ram Jalebi wala”, says HolidayIQ Traveller Lakshmi.

11. Sarson Da Saag & Makki Di Roti At Amritsar

Sarson Da Saag & Makki Di Roti At Amritsarsource:

HolidayIQ Traveller Anil Kumar says, “Amritsar is very famous for the Punjabi food like sarson da saag & makki di roti, choley bhatturey and lassi.” HolidayIQ Traveller Sholi Kappor says, “Amritsar is a haven for foodies as it offers some of the most delectable and mouth-watering menus. From aaloo paranthas with makkhan; makki di roti and sarson da saag to that refreshing huge glass of the lassi; Amritsar will not stop at giving you options till you drop! Bharawan Da Dhaba, Ashok Kulchewala or Kesar Da Dhaba are just a few places to name. The night market of food stalls at Queen's Road is for the explorers and those who don't mind being away from the fine dine and enjoy lip smacking street food! A great experience is to take the free meal at the Golden Temple where discipline and no wastage is the motto. What can be assured here is that the food prepared is absolutely pure, fresh and hygienic. A greater experience is if you get a chance to serve to others as well!”

12. Ker Sangri From Rajasthan

Ker Sangri From Rajasthansource:

It is one of the most expensive ingredients in India. Sangri or Prosopis cineraria is a small to medium size tree, found mainly in the Thar Desert in Rajasthan. It is a small, moderately-sized evergreen thorny tree, with slender branches armed with conical thorns and with light bluish-green foliage. HolidayIQ Traveller Guru from Chandigarh says, “Famous Rajasthani dishes, which are extremely popular and sought-after in Jaipur include dal-bati churma, besan ka gatta, mawa kachori, pyaaz ki kachori and the famous ker sangri. Jaipur cuisine is known for its unique combination of spices.”


13. Kolhapuri Chicken

Kolhapuri Chickensource:

It is one of the must-try dishes when in Kolhapur. Keep a bowl of sugar handy before you dig in. HolidayIQ Traveller Shashank Vaidya says, “Spicy Misal, Tambada- Pandhra Rassa are famous food in Kolhapur. Kolhapuri Chicken & Mutton are also special dishes to eat. Since sugarcane industry is located here, you should have sugarcane juice here.”

14. Dabeli


Dabeli originated from the Kutch region of Gujarat and is consumed by people of all ages. A type of vadapav, stuffed with mashed potato and a mixture of spices and groundnuts is often served with meethi chutney made of dates and tamarind. The colourful texture, the aroma of spices and a single bite of dabeli would surely leave you drooling! 
HolidayIQ Traveller Punit Makwana shares, “One of the most famous things is jesal toral mandir and bhikha ni dabeli, the dabeli was very much delicious.” HolidayIQ Traveller Nishith shares, “If you are food-o-holic , don't forget to try Dabeli of Binharif or Mandvi at Bus Station. You should also try Kadak which is another variant of Dabeli but little different. Apart from traditional Dabeli; in Bhuj you can also get Bhel Dabeli !!”

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