A-Z Culinary Journey through Indian States Recap (Indian Food Odyssey Recap)

Indian Food Odyssey is a culinary journey through the Indian states and selected union territories. It has been quite a journey, I have to say, that I thoroughly enjoyed taking. A lot of Googling, Wikipedia reading went into this. Here’s a recap of the 30 dishes I made for this series: Andhra Pradesh — Madatha Kaaja: Arunachal Pradesh — Thukpa:

West Bengal — Lobong Lathika

Blogging Marathon# 39 – Indian States: Day 30 State: West Bengal Dish: Lobong Lathika The last Indian state we are going to visit today is West Bengal. It is located in eastern India and is the fourth most populated state in India. It is a major agricultural producer in India. West Bengal is noted for its political activism and for its cultural activities and presence of cultutal and educational institutions. The state capital Kolkata is known as the ‘Cultural Capital of India’. The state’s cultural heritage, besides varied folk traditiona, ranges from stalwarts in literature including Nobel-laureate Rabindranath Tagore to…

Uttarakhand — Mandua ki Roti with Aloo-Tamatar ki Jhol

Blogging Marathon# 39 – Indian States: Day 29 State: Uttarakhand Dish: Mandua ki Roti with Aloo-Tamatar ki Jhol Today we are going to Uttarakhand, formerly known as Uttaranchal, that was carved out of Uttar Pradesh in November 2000. It is often referred to as the ‘Land of the Gods (Dev-bhumi)’ due to the many holy Hindu temples and prigrim centers throughout the state. Uttarakand is also known for its natural beauty. The natives of the state are generally called either Garhwali or Kumaoni depending on their place of origin. A large portion of the population of Rajputs and Brahmins. Uttarakand…

Uttar Pradesh — Nimona (Green Pea & Potato Curry)

Blogging Marathon# 39 – Indian States: Day 28 State: Uttar Pradesh Dish: Nimona (Green Peas & Potato Curry) We are almost at the home stretch now, only 2 more days to go and we will be done with our month long marathon exploring the Indian States. Today we are going to Uttar Pradesh or UP for short, located in northern India. UP was home to powerful empires of ancient and medieval India, including Magadha, Gupta, Mughal and Nawabs of Awadh. UP is a very touristy place with a number of historical, natural and religious tourist destinations. We visited UP twice…

Tripura — Kosoi Bwtwi (Green Beans & Garlic Curry)

Blogging Marathon# 39 – Indian States: Day 27 State: Tripura Dish: Kosoi Bwtwi (Green Beans & Garlic Curry) From south India, we are moving all the way to northeastern state of Tripura. Tripura is one of the seven sister states in North Eastern India. Indigenous communities forma about 30% of Tripura’s population. The Kokborok-speaking Tirupuri people are the major group among 19 tribes and many sub-tribes. Because of its geographical location, Tripura only has one major highway, National Highway 44, connecting it with the rest of the country. This is the reason for the hindered economic progress in the state….

Sikkim — Vegetarian Momos

Blogging Marathon# 39 – Indian States: Day 25 State: Sikkim Dish: Vegetarian Momos Sikkim is a state in northeastern India located in the Himalayan mountains. The state is bordered by Nepal to the west, Tibet to the north and east, Bhutan to the east and West Bengal to the south. Sikkim is the least populous state in India and it is the only state with an ethic Nepali majority. Because of the close proximity to Nepal and Tibet, Sikkim cuisine is highly infuenced by both of those cuisines. Sikkimese are traditionally rice eaters. Meat and dairy products are also consumed…

Rajasthani Vegetarian Thali

Rajasthan — Lunch Thali

Hearty and delicious Rajasthani Vegetarian Thali with Appetizer — Dal Pakoda
Breads — Missi Roti & Tawa pudi
Rice & accompaniments to go with rice — White rice with Kale Chana ki Kadhi
Curries: Panchmel Subzi, Subz Jaipuri, Dhana wadi/ Mung wadi cilantro curry
Sweets or Desserts: Goond ki Ladoo
Drinks: Chaas and Kesar Malai Lassi

Pondicherry — Pori Kuzhambu or Pathiya Kuzhambu

Blogging Marathon# 39 – Indian States: Day 22 State: Pondicherry Dish: Pori Kuzhambu or Pathiya Kuzhambu Today, we are going south to Puducherry, formerly known as Pondicherry, is a Union territory in India. The French acquired Pondicherry in 1674 and held control, with occasional interruption from the Britsih and Dutch, until 1954, when it was incorporated into the Indian Union along with the rest of India. I have a long association with Pondicherry, not directly but indirectly. I went to Aurobindo school in Hyderabad which was founded based on the principles and teachings of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. Pondicherry…