“One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.” -Luciano Pavarotti
So, keep on adding flavours to life by trying local culinary delights like:
1. King Chilli/ Bhut Jolokia
Think you can handle spicy? Try this out. Mix mayonnaise with Bhut Jolokia’s (‘ghost chili’) sauce to make a spicy dip and relish it with any starter or pep up your regular aloo paratha with Bhul Jolokia’s pickle. Electrify your taste buds with one of the world’s hottest chilly. Spice up any dish with just a pinch of Bhut Jolokia powder.
2. Roasted Potatoes in Village style
In Indian Villages, people do not require any baking equipment to cook crunchy baked potatoes. They simply roast the raw potatoes by inserting them between flaming hot ashes of decayed leaves and then serve them with chilly lemon chutney. One should definitely visit any of these villages and try making this simple-yet interesting dish.
3. Chana Madra
You must have tried chole bhature many a times but, have you ever tried- Channa Madra, which is a thick curd based curry and a popular dish of Pahari or Himachali cuisine. This dish is a zesty blend of chickpeas and yoghurt. Aroma of cardamom and cinnamon will lure you to gobble it up with rice, using your fingers while sighting the snow-capped hills of Himalayas.
4. Local Chocolate Fudge – Bal Mithai
Bal Mithai is a soft caramelized brown chocolate-like fudge, made with roasted khoya and coated with white sugar balls. Rejuvenate yourself by boating in the midst of Bhimtal Lake while savouring this lip-smacking sweet dish of Uttarakhand.
All these dishes can be prepared in our kitchens; however, they taste their best when cooked by local people using local ingredients. Therefore, I would suggest you to personally visit a village, eat with the villagers and witness their candid hospitality and simplicity.