I’m quite mixed up.
When people ask me where I’m from, I try to explain this pie chart to them.
Add to that the places where I’ve lived: Shillong, Calcutta, and Delhi.
I’ve grown up eating all kinds of food and I’m quite comfortable with a variety of tastes.
Also the fact that I come from a seriously crazy food-loving family. Here are some examples:
My grandmom makes a mean lemon tart.
My aunt is a speciality cake queen.
My uncle is a genius with pork.
My mum makes the most heavenly biryani.
And my dad can bake more than a 100 fruit cakes in a day.
I wanted to celebrate all those wonderful food experiences and that led to this: I’ve thought about this 100 Indian foods (and drinks) to try before you die list for months now. There can never be a perfect representation, because we’re a great nation of incredible food. I have tried to represent as many places as possible, but I’m sure some wonderful stuff has been left out. This is just my list, but I thought it would be fun to share it with you all. If you’re not sure what the dish is, click on it for a brief web description.
100 Indian foods (and drinks) to try before you die
Appam and chicken stew
Bamboo shoot pork
Bread pakora/ bread roll
Chaat (papri, aloo, raj kachori)
Chicken tikka masala
Dal baati churma
Gajar ka halwa
Idli and sambar
Kulfi and falooda
Malabar or Kerala paratha
Moong dal halwa
Palak paneer/shahi paneer
Sarson ka saag and makki ki roti
I’ve been lucky enough to have eaten/drunk all of these. Leave a number in the comments below telling me how many you’ve tried Also, let me know what you would add to this list. Have I left out any of your favourites?