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Top 10 Foods of Central India Cuisine


Talking about Central India, Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh are the states that geographically lie in the region and are together known as the “Heart of India”. These culturally rich states are famous for numerous pilgrimages but apart from these spiritual destinations, the food here is equally famous whether it is Poha Jalebi or Indori Patties. The cuisine here is a mixture of sweet and salty flavours. And don’t even begin to ask about the love for tea (chai) in this region☕. There is an abundance of Tea flavours in the states because of the unmatched fondness for tea here.

Central Indian cuisine has a variety of dishes and cooking styles, which can be seen varying as we move from one town to another. Bhutte ki Kees, Dal Bafla and Khurma attract local people and tourists. Do not miss, the amazing Dal Pithi, Chila and Kadi Pakora? So, let’s discuss one by one of the famous cuisines from Central India.

1. Poha Jalebi

People from Bhopal and Indore will get angry; if Poha Jalebi’s name is not taken together, it will be disrespectful to both of them. Breakfast is incomplete without them.

Poha Jalebi, Via:

You can enjoy a  plate of Poha Sev and Jalebi at almost anywhere in the city of lakes. Along with simple Jalebi, Rabdi Jalebi is equally popular in Old city area of Bhopal and Gwalior.

Also Read: Places to Visit in Madhya Pradesh

2. Bhutte Ki Khees

As its name suggests, Bhutte ki khees means Corns are grated with a spicy mixture and served in Bhel-Puri manner. Grated corns are well-cooked with spices and skimmed milk which adds a slightly sweet taste to the dish.

Indore special Bhutte ki kees, Via:

Mustard seeds and green chilies are further combined to enhance the flavour of this authentic food of Madhya Pradesh. This cuisine can be found in Indore.

3. Bhopali Kebabs- A traditional Central India cuisine

Bhopal is also proud of their kebabs, just like Hydrabad and Lucknow Kebabs. These kebabs are prepared from finely chopped meat and cooked on coal.

Bhopali Seekh Kebabs, Via:

Chatori Gali is the best place to get some of the most captivating kebabs you’ll ever taste in the state. Bhopal Foodies love these kebabs.

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4. Bafauri

Bafauri is a light snack prepared from chickpea daal, onions and a mixture of tasty spices. It makes for a healthy alternative for fried Pakoda.

Bafauri, Via:

Bafauri is easy to make a snack from Chhattisgarh State. It is not fried, which makes it more beautiful and healthy tea time snack.

Also Read: Top 5 Places To Visit In Chhattisgarh

5. Bhopali Gosht Korma- authentic flavour Central India

Madhya Pradesh has got its taste from Mughlai cuisine is Bhopali Gosht Korma and it is an ancient cuisine since the 15th century. A plate of this Nawabi cuisine offers you a high dose of spices.

Bhopali Ghost Korma, Via:

Mutton is the main ingredient of the dish complemented with the great Indian spices to obtain a delicious plate of Gosht Korma. The best Gosht Korma will be served to you in Bhopal.

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6. Palak Puri

Palak Puri is the healthiest dish you will found in Madhya Pradesh. Palak Puri provides a great source of nutrients and Protein. Palak Puri is very fondly eaten as a breakfast meal and it is best served with aloo sabzi and raita.

Palak Puri, Via: Youtube

Palak Puri is prepared with wheat dough mixed with grind spinach leaves and some spices to get the best taste.

7. Chila

Besan Chila or Besan Puda is the lightest food you will taste in Madhya Pradesh, Central India. It is just like Dosa but made from gram flour batter, which is mixed with onion, tomato and masalas.

Besan Chila, Via:

Gram flour is a very healthy and easy to cook with and gives a lot of protein to start your day.

8. Malpua

Malpua taste just like pancakes and the prepared with flour and then fried in ghee. After frying, Malpua is dipped in the sugar syrup to enhance the flavour.

Famous Dessert Malpua, Via:

Malpuas are best served with Rabdi for a complete treat. The best Malpuas you will get in Jabalpur.

9. Mawa Bati – a sweet of Central India

Mawa Bati is the best dessert you will find in Madhya Pradesh. It looks like a bigger Gulab Jamun. The mawa ball rolled and mixed with dry fruits, which are then deep fried and further soaked in sugar syrup.

Special Mawa Bati, Via:

Mawa Bati is also garnished with coconut powder. This dessert is also served on many occasions.

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10. Sheer Khurma- the taste of Central India

Sewaiya or Sheer Khurma is a famous dessert that is served on Ed and different festive seasons. Mainly this cuisine comes from Chattisgarh. Sheer Khurma is prepared with milk and vermicelli. The roasted vermicelli is added to the boiling water along with sugar syrup and rich dry fruits to get a lip-smacking dessert, which will surely satisfy your sweet tooth.

Ed special Sheer Khurma, Via: Youtube

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