Vegetacoming to India this weekend 'must eat' list?

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Hi, I am a vegetarian coming to India for the first time this weekend. We've all read about the 'must do' lists for India, but what about the 'must eats'? If you have a dish that you think I should 'must eat' please post it here and if you dont mind a little explanation about what it is, I know what chana masala is but thats about it, apologies for my ignorance and thanking you in advance, Jo

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What are the places that you'll be visiting? I doubt if there's anything called an Indian cuisine, as Indian cuisine typically refers to a variety of regional cuisines. I don't know if you find this very naive, but here's a list. My favorite, by a long long way is paneer tikka!

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Thank you, I will look at your link. I am travelling to Mumbai, Udaipur, Delhi, Varanasi, Orchha, Agra as the main kind of loop...I was reading on this forum of everyone's favourite recipes, which people were very enthusiastic about, and I didn't know what any if them were so thought it a good idea to start getting a list together so if I see an option available I'll know what it is and don't just stick to dahl makhani or chana masala... (Which i both love)...
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Jo,

There has been a recent list of good eateries near the Gateway to India (ie, your first stop).

I'm a vego too - don't worry, many restaurants and cafes in India will specify the vego dishes on the menu, just like home.

Restaurants in and around the gateway of India

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I had to google paneer tikka, yum, that looks delicious. It is officially the first dish on my 'must eat' list
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Originally Posted by IndiaHereIComeWooHoo View Post I had to google paneer tikka, yum, that looks delicious. It is officially the first dish on my 'must eat' list
I'm sure you'll love it. Try it in Delhi...it's a North Indian specialty. (I'm drooling as I write this! )
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Look for a vegetarian thali. if you are going to Ahmedabad I can recommend a superb one.

Paneer is variable. Good stuff is great but some of it is like indiarubber.
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Oh yum that veg thali looks delicious too.

Thanks for Mumbai restaurant link, will check it out now
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Mumbai:- Bhel Puri , Dabeli

Udaipur:- Daal-baati-churma

Delhi:- Paneer Tikka

Varanasi:- Tikki Chat, Thandai (without bhang), Lassi

Agra:- Petha (sweets)

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Rooting for the South side!...Chole bhatura, masala dosa!

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How about this one?!
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Just to clear the air, you're not vegan, right?
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South Indian veggie must haves:

Breakfast: a plate of Idli or Pongal, Masala or Urad Vada, Sambhar, 3 different kinds of Chutney (Coconut, Mint and Onion/Tomato) and wash it down with Madras Filter Coffee.

Lunch : A south Indian Thali (Udupi style) with Pooris, sabji, Puliogere, Rice, Sambhar, Rasam, 3 different kinds of cooked veggies, papad, curd, mango pickles and Payasam.

Dinner: Masala Dosa or Uthappam or Arisi Uppuma Kozhukkattai (dont know if you even get this in hotels).

In Between snacks: Mysore Bonda, Onion/Potato/Plantain Bajjis, Puran Polis, Onion Pakoras, Aloo Bonda, Chilly Bajjis......

I know of places I can recommend in South India, but clueless about quality places in Delhi. :-(

PS: Googling reveals that there is a Saravana Bhavan in Delhi. This is the McD of south Indian veggie food in that the taste and quality are standardized across cities (and now countries). I find that there are better places in Chennai or Bangalore, but for the lack of any other places, you should try them out once.
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Originally Posted by NomadicBoo View Post Rooting for the South side!...Chole bhatura, masala dosa!

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Chole Bhatura is a punjabi speciality , though consumed mostly all over India now.
For the best masala dosa, south is definitely the best place.
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As a all time foodie, here is some of my favorite dishes with state wise split from India:
1. Punjab - sarson ka sag(mustard leaves curry), Dal makhni(whole black lentils) with Amritsari Kulche(type of filled Nan)
2. Delhi - Chat, Parathe from gali parathe wali
3. Rajasthan - Choorma-Dal-Bhati (conbination dish of wheat flour, tons of clarified butter & some sweet & definitely tangy) and Ghevar (type of dessert - not for weak hearted)
4. Gujarat - Undhiyu(Mix vegetable dish), and a lot of snack items like Khakra, fafda etc(all are mainly fried and made from gram flour)
5. Bengal - Aalu posto (poppy seeds with potato), tok dal(Sour mando lentils) & Bengali Khichdi(Rice and Lentils with vegetables), Mishti Doi (sweetened yoghurt dessert)
6. Himachal - Aloo Palda (potato in yoghurt curry), Bhey (cruncy n spicy fried lotus root), Tibetian specialitites ( if visiting McLeadganj)
7. J&K - Hard to think of anything vegetarian speciality, traditional good food is Dum Aloo(Whole potatos) but I have found it good at many other places too. One drink is a must, its Kahwa(sweetened green tea)
8. Uttar Pradesh- Awadhi Cuisine (mainly mughlai dishes), don't ever forget the "Thandai"(sweet, spicy & intoxicating milk drink).
9. Orissa - Dahi Baigan (Yoghurt & Eggplant/Aubergine/Brinjal- how you want to say it)
10. Maharashtra - Puranpoli(sweetened lentil filled), Misal Pav(Not for faint hearted - spicy lentil with load of other stuff eaten with indian dinner rolls), Bhakri with Methi sabji(millet flour pancackes with fenugreek leaves)
11. Karnataka - Bisibele Bhat(Spicy rice preparation), Kosambari(green salad), Mysore pak(dessert)
12. Andhra Pradesh - Jangiri(sweet made with lentils), Hyderabadi Biryani, Mirchi Ka Salan (green chili curry)
13. Tamilnadu - Rasam(spicy venegtable broth), Tamarind Rice, Uppama(Spicy semolina breakfast dish)
14. Kerala - Puttu(steamed rground rice & coconut) with Kadla curry(black garbanzo), Kappa puzhukku(tapioca), Avial(literally means "mixed" vegetables)

Notes:
a. Many of the items listed may be hard to find in a restaurant, as is the case of real regional cuisines), so try to get invited as I do. :P
b. A lot of items are speciality in a particular region of a state, like Kappa puzhukku in south-central kerala
c. Its "my" selected dishes, which came first to my mind, there IS a lot of omissions for sure.
d. Not all states & dishes are listed as its just from my own very limited experience and I wanted to highlight only selected regional specialities from each place.
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