Since I am into travel business, so tend to fly more often at different places around the world. Which has its best part that you make lot many friends across the globe. So whenever any of my friends are planning to visit India, I am always ready with my hospitality gesture as an typical Indian. Obviously my friends have certain limited notion about Indian cuisines that are famous like chicken curry, chole bhature, rice etc and I always surprise them by certain unusual Indian dishes. Here are some of my favorite lists.
Mahni : Mahni is a sweet and sour black gram preparation from Himachal Pradesh. It has a special place in the hearts of every Himachali, as it is cooked only on special events such as marriage or on arrival of distinguished guests. The recipe demands jaggery, dry mango powder and several other aromatic spices to make a luscious dessert.
Manglorean Chicken Ghee Roast : If you are from Manglorean, then you must be knowing the favourite dish of Kundapur is Chicken Ghee Roast. This fiery red, tangy and spicy preparation has an unmistakable flavour of clarified butter or ghee, in which the meat and the spices are roasted in. This is not a dish for the faint-hearted. I have reduced the number of chillies in this recipe to suit most palates. If you desire a more fiery dish increase the quantity of red chillies accordingly.
Benami Kheer: This dish doesn’t give out any details until you’ve taken a bite of the rich preparation. Called the Benami Kheer (meaning nameless in Hindi) the primary ingredient of this kheer is garlic. Surprised? Well, garlic is thinly sliced and then boiled thrice in succession with a pinch of food grade saltpeter (potassium nitrate). The water is then discarded. Boiling takes away the oleophilic properties of garlic by precipitation and changing the water thrice along with saltpeter keeps it crisp. Cook with khova (concentrated milk solids), full fat milk along with a sweetener and a pinch of green cardamom, and you’ll have a delicious dessert ready to be consumed.
Tujji Kebab : Just to have a Srinagar taste, here comes one of the famous street food of Srinagar, Tujji Kebab. Srinagar’s skewered lamb kebabs commonly known as ‘Tujjis,’ are juicy, soft, and unusually consistent, irrespective of the street stall you have them at, in the city. It is made by cooking soft mutton balls on an iron rod; the balls are then heated on coal flames. These meaty treats are generally dished out with a side of local bread known as lavas and mint chutney.
Pineapple Pulissery : Let me take you to south India with some sweet taste. The pineapple pulissery is a traditional Kerala dish that is also served on festive occasions and weddings. It is recommended that you prepare this a few hours ahead, so that the flavour of the pineapple is infused into the gravy by the time it is served. Basic ingredient includes Coconut, garlic, Pineapple chunks off course, and seasoning elements.
Moong Sprouts Masala Vadai : These addictive fritters are crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. They’re kid-friendly and great as a snack or appetizer. Ingredient used are grinded moon sprout, onion, curry leaves, green chillies, chopped ginger. Vadai” is a deep fried snack made with lentils or legumes.
Murg Saagwala : Oriya food, for some reason, is never in the lime light. Every region has its own specialty but somehow Oriya food is underrated. This combination of spinach and chicken is what stands out from the rest. The goodness of chicken, the nutritional benefit from spinach and the earthiness of the spices make it a definite must have.
Amirtsari Machli : While the world woos Punjabi food like no other, this simple fish recipe makes Punjab a taste bud friendly state. This dish is actually a better and spicy variation of ‘fish & chips’ from the United Kingdom. The fish is marinated with tonnes of fresh ingredients like onion, ginger-garlic paste, gram flour and lots of various spices. Deep fry it till golden and mouth-watering fried fish is up for grabs.