The state of Madhya Pradesh resides in the heart of the subcontinent and is renowned for its outstanding cuisine and numerous delicacies. The vibrant culture and the rich traditions of Madhya Pradesh are reflected in its mouth-watering cuisine that offers a myriad of traditional sweet dishes cooked in milk and few spices. The state is home to a plethora of tantalizing non-vegetarian delicacies offering some of the most delicious meat and fish items as well as wholesome vegetarian preparations that boast just the perfect mix of curd, spices, herbs, milk and lip-smacking snacks, that have landed the state among the top gastronomical paradises of the country. The Madhya Pradesh cuisine is known to use the flavourful tropical herbs and spices grown in the subcontinent, that give the delicacies their distinctive tangy and tantalizing taste. Cereals like Jowar (Boom Corn), Bajra (Pearl Millet) and wheat are used in the preparation of almost every dish. From popular starters and appetizers like Pani Puri and Poha to main course preparations like Gosht Korma and Kaju Curry, the state of Madhya Pradesh proudly boasts its savoury and delectable cuisine.
Here is a list and details of 15 of the most unique and interesting delicacies from Madhya Pradesh:
1. Bhutte Ka Kees
Bhutte ka Kees is a famous dish that is unique to the state of Madhya Pradesh. It is made by grating sweet, soft corn followed by cooking it in a tantalizing blend of spices and skimmed milk. The unusual dish is a street food delicacy from Indore.
2. Dal Bafla
Dal Bafla is a famous delicacy in Madhya Pradesh that has been influenced from the Rajasthani dish ‘Dal Bhati.’ The dish is prepared by boiling dough balls followed by dipping the dough balls in clarified butter. The final preparation is served with dal and some local sweet and spicy chutneys!
3. Indori Puri Bhaji
Puri Bhaji is a major breakfast dish famous in the regions of Indore and Khandwa. The dish is prepared by deep frying the flat Indian bread and is served with a potato curry, raw mango pickle and local chutneys.
The Pilaf is a unique local dish found in the regions of Jabalpur
. The Pilaf is a local way of preparing pulao using aromatic basmati rice cooked with numerous spices, herbs, onions, garlic, peas and carrots.
5. Seekh Kebab
Seekh Kebabs are a well-known delicacy of Madhya Pradesh, especially in the Bhopal
region. Seekh kebabs are prepared by mixing minced mutton with a number of spices and vegetables. The mixture is then rolled into sausage shaped pieces that are grilled or fried. The preparation is then served with mint chutney and onions. The crunchy crust and the soft meat are perfectly complemented by butter and mint chutney that are sure to tantalize your taste buds.
6. Dahi Bada
Dahi Bada is a well consumed delicacy in North India, especially in the Indore region of Madhya Pradesh. Dahi bada consist of deep fried lentil and pulse mixture that is marinated in curd or cold yoghurt. Numerous spices like cumin seeds, boiled potato cubes, red chilli powder, black pepper and green chillies are added to the mixture. The final preparation is topped with mint chutney and sweet tamarind Sause before serving.
7. Keema Pulav
Keema Pulav is a popular dish from Madhya Pradesh and is consumed mostly in Bhopal. The dish is prepared by cooking minced marinated lamb meat in aromatic basmati rice along with herbs and spices. The lip smacking delicacy is a local take on Biryani.
8. Shahi Shikanji
Shahi Shikanji or Shikanji of Milk is a cold beverage that belongs to the Indore region of Madhya Pradesh. The beverage is exceptionally famous locally and is considered to be the best remedy to beat the summer heat. The main ingredient of the shikanji as the name suggests, is milk, which is heated with sugar and saffron and left to cool down in the refrigerator overnight. The thick mixture of the milk is then blended with curd and crushed ice. The preparation is served chilled with a dressing of dry fruits on top.
9. Rogan Josh
Rogan Josh is a very famous Mughlai dish that is believed to have been originated in Kashmir. The dish is extremely popular in Madhya Pradesh. The dish is prepared by cooking marinated lamb meat in a gravy of onions, tomatoes and spices like cloves, cardamom, cinnamon and chillies. The dish is consumed with Tandoori rotis or Rumali rotis.
10. Moong Dal Khasta Kachori
Moong Dal Khasta Kachori is one of the most famous appetizers in Madhya Pradesh, especially in the city of Indore. The kachori is prepared by stuffing the round Indian bread with potatoes, beans, spiced lentils, green chillies, turmeric powder, coriander powder and cumin seeds. The bread is then deep fried till it turns olden brown in colour. The preparation is then served hot with tamarind and coriander chutney.
11. Sabudana Khichdi
Sabudana Khichdi is one of the most popular breakfast delicacies enjoyed in Madhya Pradesh, especially in the city of Indore. The dish is prepared by cooking already soaked soft Sago (Sabudana) pearls with potatoes and friend peanuts. Numerous spices and herbs like salt, red chilli powder, garam masala, coriander powder, black pepper are added to the dish and the final preparation is garnished with lemons and coriander leaves before serving. The perfect blend of the unique exotic spices gives the dish a sweet and tangy taste, which makes the dish extremely popular delicacy among tourists and locals alike.
12. Mawa Bati
Mawa bati is a sweet dish that has its origins in Rajasthan, but has found a significant place in the culture and cuisine of Madhya Pradesh, so much so that it has become a local delicacy. The crispiness, sweetness, rich texture and balanced flavours of this traditional sweet is what that makes it so popular throughout the state. The sweet is prepared by deep frying stuffed mawa dough balls till they are golden brown. The dough balls are soaked in sugar syrup for a while. The final preparation is served warm.
13. Bhopali Pan
Bhopali Pan is one of the most famous and widely served delicacies in India. Shops serving pan can be found on every corner of the state. It is prepared by adding, spices and sweeteners inside a Beetle leaf that is wrapped in a red cloth. The pan is known to have a nice taste, refreshing flavour and is commonly used as a mouth freshener in almost every part of the subcontinent.
Khopra Pak is dish that has its roots in Gujarat but has managed to find its place in the extraordinary cuisine of Madhya Pradesh. Khopra pak is a delicate coconut sweet with a rich flavour and texture. The dish is prepared by cooking a mixture of grated coconut, sugar, milk, mawa, saffron and cardamom. The mixture is cooked till it gets thick and lumpy. Once cooled, the mixture is cut into pieces and served.
Sev is a famous snack that consists of small pieces of crunchy noodles made from chickpea flour paste. The snack is extremely popular in the state of Madhya Pradesh and each city has its own take on the snack. The Ratlam Sev is a popular crisp snack in the city of Ratlam with relatively thicker chickpea noodles. The Ratlam sev is mixed with clove, pepper, mint and a special blend of spices that gives it a unique and extraordinary flavour.
The Ujjaini Sev is another popular form of sev which is a traditional Ujjaini speciality. The Ujjaini sev are usually thin and crispy. Ujjaini Sev are a perfect topping with dahi puri, rava upma, poha, sandwich and other chat items.
Visit Madhya Pradesh and indulge in an ecstatic affair with the some of the most unique and interesting local cuisine and street food, whose essence and soul resides in the heart of the country.