Top 20 Comfort Food Across Indian States

Top 20 Comfort Food Across Indian States

The rich cultural heritage of our country has a strong influence on its culinary culture. Each state has an exclusive dish that is known as comfort food. Comfort food includes the delicacies associated with childhood nostalgia or the authentic household taste. These dishes are known not only for their taste, but also for the emotions associated with them. These comfort food items speak about the family traditions and memories tied with special occasions. Here are 20 such comfort food from the states of India:

1.Punjab: Makki Di Roti And Sarson Da Saag

This combo includes flat bread made from maize flour and curry made from mustard leaves. This slightly crunchy bread combined with the spicy mashed mustard leaves curry is full of flavor. The dish is served with fresh white butter with pickles and buttered milk in the side dish.


2.West Bengal: Rasgulla

This is an authentic sweet from the state of West Bengal. These spongy balls of cottage cheese are very soft in texture and are dipped in sugary syrup.


3.Gujarat: Dhokla

This nutritious snack is a native of Gujarat. It is very soft, moist and spongy. These delicious snacks contain fermented rice and chickpea flour. They are usually yellow in color. Some white varieties are also available.


4.Kerala: Puttu And Kadala Curry

This dish serves as a wholesome breakfast option. Puttus are basically steamed cakes made of rice flour and coconut. The layers of coconut hidden in the rice flour, gives it a delicious flavor and a good texture.


5.Rajasthan: Dal Baati Churma

This comfort food is a traditional dish of Rajasthan. This dish carries the influence of the arid climate of Rajasthan. Baati is a hard, round ball made from wheat flour by baking over fire. The flour is mixed with semolina, salt and clarified butter. It is served with a stew of a mix of lentils with delicious spices and a sweet dish, Churma that consists of wheat flour, sugar and clarified butter.


6.Tamil Nadu: Pongal

It is a traditional dish prepare during Pongal festival. This dish has two variations- the creamy and the sweet variations. The main ingredients are rice and split yellow gram flavored with spices or jaggery, depending on the desired taste.


7.Maharashtra: Poha

This dish is a famous breakfast snack made from flat rice flakes. The rice flakes are immersed in water and tossed with mustard seeds, curry leaves, spices, onions, chilies. Lemon juice is sprinkled on it. It is garnished with coriander leaves or pomegranate seeds to elevate the taste.


8.Bihar: Litti Chokha

Chokha is made of mashed vegetables, commonly including roasted eggplants, tomatoes, and boiled potatoes. Litti is a wheat flour ball filled with roasted gram flour and spices. These balls are crispy outside and spicy inside.


9.Assam: Masor Tenga

This tangy fish curry is a native to the state of Assam. The simple and fresh taste of the freshwater fish and ingredients like tomatoes, lemon or sour fruits and leaves makes it a unique comfort food.


10.Goa: Goan Fish Curry

This dish is a staple food of Goa. It carries Konkani and Portuguese culinary influence. This dish is a blend of flavors and is popular for its coconut milk flavor and the creamy texture.


11.Karnataka: Bisi Bele Bath

Bisi Bele Bath is a traditional cuisine of Karnataka. It is lentil rice served hot. Bisi Bele Bath is a spicy, delicious meal made from rice, lentils, and various spices. Carrots, beans, peas, potatoes, etc., are also added.


12.Uttar Pradesh: Aloo Paratha

Aloo Paratha is a popular North Indian dish. It is a paratha stuffed with a spicy potato filling. Aloo paratha is served with butter or clarified butter (ghee), curd or pickle. Uttar Pradesh has its own version of this wholesome preparation.


13.Andhra Pradesh: Pesarattu

Pesarattu is green gram dosa. It is a comfort food of Andhra Pradesh. The main ingredient is green gram or moong dal. It tastes well with upma( a dish made from semolina) and ginger or tamarind chutney.

.Andhra Pradesh: Pesarattu

14.Himachal Pradesh: Sidu

Sidu is an authentic cuisine of Himachal Pradesh. It is a wheat bread stuffed with a mixture of walnuts, sesame seeds, and yeast. Sidu tastes delicious with clarified butter, lentil curry or mutton.

Himachal Pradesh: Sidu

15.Madhya Pradesh: Poha

This dish is a famous breakfast snack made from flat rice flakes. The rice flakes are immersed in water and tossed with mustard seeds, curry leaves, spices, onions, chilies. Lemon juice is sprinkled on it. It is garnished with coriander leaves or pomegranate seeds to elevate the taste. Sev, added as a topping, makes poha taste delicious.


16.Odisha: Dalma

Dalma is a delicious, healthy dish of Odisha. Dalma is a stewed curry made of lentils and vegetables. Spices are added in moderation. Dalma is served hot with rice.

Odisha: Dalma

17.Haryana: Bajra Khichdi

Bajra Khichdi is a comfort food made from bajra (millets) and green gram. Bajra Khichdi is a staple during winter season. Bajra Khichdi pairs well with ghee, curd, or pickles.

Haryana: Bajra Khichdi

18.Jammu Kashmir: Rogan Josh

Rogan Josh is a sumptuous Kashmiri delicacy. It is an aromatic curry. The rich, red color and the flavor of spices makes this dish tempting. The mutton or lamb curry dish is served with naan or rice.

Jammu Kashmir: Rogan Josh

19.Tripura: Mui Borok

Mui Borok is Bamboo Shoot Fermented Fish. It is an authentic comfort food of Tripura. Berma fish is fermented fish. It contributes a unique taste. Mashed Berma fish is cooked with bamboo shoots.

Tripura: Mui Borok

20.Chhattisgarh: Chana Samosa

Chana Samosa is a famous street food. Samosas are crushed and topped with a spicy chickpea curry. This combination is savory with the sharp taste of dried mango powder and carom seeds. Onions, tomatoes, chillies, coriander, ginger are added.

Chhattisgarh: Chana Samosa