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Spicy Pandi Curry or a Crispy Kachori. What Tingles Your Taste Buds?

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You might have had the famous 'daal-baati' in Jaipur or the delicious Hyderabadi 'biryani', but ever tried Mughlai cuisine with a Bengali twist? It's time to whet your appetite. Here are the best and most underrated food destinations India has to offer.

Spicy Pandi Curry or a Crispy Kachori. What Tingles Your Taste Buds?:

  1. Parnakuti Homestay, Udupi (Karnataka)
  2. Pearl Resort, Diveagar (Maharashtra)
  3. Java Mane, Coorg (Karnataka)
  4. The Fame Hotel, Murshidabad (West Bengal)
  5. Clarks Inn, Mathura (Uttar Pradesh)
  6. Daragaon Village Retreat, Pelling (Sikkim)

1. Udupi, Not For The Krishna Temple But For Their Masala Dosa

Udupi, Not For The Krishna Temple But For Their Masala Dosasource: ndtv.com

Visiting Udupi for it’s Krishna Temple? Don’t. Instead, the next time you are here, take some time out to explore its lip-smacking cuisine. Apart from the ubiquitous presence of coconut oil in all the dishes Udupi serves, July is the right time to taste some authentic 'paayasaa', 'bajji' and tangy 'saaru', commonly known as 'rasam'. Udupi has a list of exhaustive dishes that are a must try: Kosambari (dal salad), Koddelu (sambar), Avalakki Upkaari (red chilli poha) and Holiges (sweet pancake). But the one masterpiece is the 'masala dosa', Udupi's most prized possession.

"Udupi has excellent and delicious food. 'Rava idli', 'sambar vada', filter coffee sold at small cafes near Malpe Beach is delicious," says Traveller Chandrasekhar.

Traveller Gaurav Kumar stayed at Parnakuti Homestay while in Udupi:Consistent with its name, Parnakuti is a genuine gift. A solitary explorer, two or three, a little family or an expansive family. A quiet, tranquil and outlandish area makes stay at Parnakuti really advantageous. Add to that the fabulous friendliness of Mr, Uday Shenoy and humble consideration of overseer Yogi and it turns into an awesome ordeal. A genuine home stay and companions whom I can call family now.”

2. More Than Just The Beach And Sun. Diveagar For Their Delicious Solkadhi

More Than Just The Beach And Sun. Diveagar For Their Delicious Solkadhisource: madhurasrecipe.com

Thought Diveagar is just about the beach and the sun? But we are sure you didn’t know about the interesting mix of dishes that you could relish here. Visit Diveagar to try the delicious fish dry, curries and yes not to forget, the very popular drink- solkadhi. Made of coconut milk and ‘kokam’ this local drink is the best solution for the soaring heat.

Traveller Shagun shares: "Most places serve fresh homemade food and you have to book your meals. You will find a wide range in food be it veggies, seafood, chicken and mutton. But the best part is the morning breakfast. 'Poha' at any place in Diveagar is to die for.”

HolidayIQ traveller Abhishek G shares his experience at Pearl Resort: “The location is about 1. 5 km away from beach. The overall appearance of the hotel is good. There are plenty of delicious options in Diveagar to try out.”

3. Forget Coffee and Homestays! Visit Coorg For Their Pandi Curry

Forget Coffee and Homestays! Visit Coorg For Their Pandi Currysource: foodandlighting.files.wordpress.com

You can be forgiven if you thought that Coorg is just about coffee and idyllic homestays. Food from the region is spicy and if you haven’t tried it yet, do so! Dig into the traditional 'karjikal', rice 'payasa',akki roti (rice roti) or kadambuttu (rice dumplings), fish chutney and 'neer dosa'. The Kodavas love pork and the delicious pandhi curry will definitely leave you wanting for more. Special spices in Coorg like malabar tamarind (Kachampuli), pepper, cardamom, bird's eye chilli are a must buy when you are here.

Says Foodie Traveller Savio: "Food in Coorg is simply awesome! The famous 'pandhi curry' a.k.a Chilli Pork is amazing. Some 'pandhi curry' with 'akki roti' is a must-try." Foodie Mr. Singh shares: “It was a brilliant experience to learn the local Coorgi dishes- kumbla curry, koli curry, pandi curry and Kadambuttu.”

Java Mane is the place in Coorg where you should be. HolidayIQ Traveller Vandana Archit says: “A paradise amidst a coffee ranch, chirping birds, delicate sunshine striking through your window, a river by the side to sit by with a drink or with your pet and a swing to sway on and on, delicious & sumptuous food with a welcoming host. This is all you need to just relax or vegetate.”

4. Bengali Food With Mughal Influences? Visit Murshidabad

Bengali Food With Mughal Influences? Visit Murshidabadsource: holidayiq.com

Ever had bengali food with Mughlai taste? Unlike the rest of Bengal, Murshidabad cuisine is Bengali food with strong Mughal influences. Try the 'posto halwa', 'shukto' and potato ''biryani' packed with bags of flavour. And not just fish, foodies will find a lot of meat, especially mutton, consumed in the region. Sample the Murshidabad murgir biryani and mutton biryani at local dhabas.

Says HolidayIQ.com Traveller Deeptendu: "Local 'dhabas' at Murshidabad serve tasty local cusine like rice along with fish, mutton and chicken curry."

When here, check in the The Fame Hotel.

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5. Not Just A Pilgrimage. Mathura For It's Pedas & Kachoris

Not Just A Pilgrimage. Mathura For It's Pedas & Kachorissource: ushafoods.com

It is believed to be the birthplace of Lord Krishna but visit Marthura not just for a pilgrimage tour but to taste its famous 'pedas' and 'kachoris'. Tourists should have Mathura’s interesting breakfast spread at local shops, which comprises of 'kachoris', milk followed by something sweet such as 'jalebi' and milk 'pedas'.

HolidayIQ.com traveller Mayank says: "Don't forget to taste 'badam' milk & 'mishri makhan' of Mathura."

Traveller Anisha Mahajan recommends stay at Clarks Inn: “The food I got here was very tasty and I found it very hygienic.”

6. Not For Beautiful Landscapes, Visit Sikkim For Momos and Chhaang

Not For Beautiful Landscapes, Visit Sikkim For Momos and Chhaangsource: flickr.com

Don’t visit Sikkim for the alpine meadows, buddhist monasteries or hulking mountains. Yes, it’s way more than this. Relish the delicious momos by the  roadside shacks or enjoy the Thukpaor Gya-thuk.  Do not miss to try on interesting dishes like Phagshapa, sael roti, Niguru with churpi. And if you are bold enough, wash it down with a glass of Chhaang.

Traveller Babita Goyal from Kalimpong shares: “The North-Eastern states also have an exceptional variety of sweet dishes. In Sikkim - seal roti is very famous. It is eaten with spicy potato and is mainly prepared during the festivals.”

While in Sikkim, stay at Daragaon Village Retreat. Traveller Vani shares: “The owner, Shiva and Radha took good care of us. The place is all naturally built and the food is also good. My husband loved the momos prepared by Radha.”

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