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5 Authentic Foods You Have to Try in India

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India is a whirlwind of sights, sounds, scents, and most importantly to foodies — flavours. Indian cuisine has spread far beyond the country to all corners of the globe, but nothing is like tasting the spices, chutneys, curries, and breads in the country where they were perfected hundreds of years ago.

At 3,286,694 square kilometres in size and with 29 culturally diverse states, it’s no wonder that flavours and cuisines change as you travel throughout the country. Because of this, there are hundreds of mouthwatering dishes that could easily make a list of “must try” foods. However, these five authentic Indian foods are ones you simply can’t leave the country without tasting.

 

Chaat

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Originating in the Uttar Pradesh state, chaat can now be found throughout India. Instead of just one food, chaat is a collection of messy, spicy and flavorful snacks, often purchased on the street. You’ll see a huge variety of items available when ordering chaat, like Aloo Tiki, mashed potato pieces served with tamarind and mint chutney, and Pani Puri (also known as Golgappas), a fried puff-pastry filled with potato and tamarind juice. Choose the chaat that suits your taste and watch while it’s prepared before your eyes.

 

Chole Bhature

Chole Bhature is another must-try Indian street food, but if you’re weary of eating on India’s hectic and often not-so-sanitary streets, you’ll find it on restaurant menus too. This hearty snack, which will feel much more like a meal, includes deep-fried bread filled with spicy chickpeas. It’s served with green chutney, onions and a pickle and can be eaten at any time of day.

 

Butter Chicken

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Thought you loved curries? Your tastebuds will do backflips the moment Indian butter chicken hits them. It’s a staple dish in North India, but you’ll find it on menus in every region. Soak up this thick, buttery, tomato-based curry with garlic naan, and you’ll get your first taste of true Indian comfort food.

 

Dhokla

When nearly every meal in India feels hearty, Dhokla offers a lighter twist. This sweet and savory treat is a steamed batter of chickpea flour and fermented rice, serving as a light and fluffy snack. Taste it with dhania chutney for even more flavour.

 

Masala Chai

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Tasting a full range of flavours in India means drinking them too, and there’s no Indian drink more authentic than Masala Chai. This traditional Indian tea is carefully crafted with cardamon, ginger, cinnamon and cloves, which are heated in a saucepan before being combined with milk and sugar. Taste it at a street stand in Ahmedabad for the ultimate chai experience, but don’t worry if you’re not headed to the Gujarat capital, you’ll find it on most menus too.

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About the Author: Rachel Gross

Rachel Gross is a nationally-recognized author, women’s voice advocate and proponent of self-improvement. Her work can be found in several niche-interest lifestyle publications, blogs and more. A life enthusiast and natural creative, Rachel is driven by the strength within each of us. She believes in the power of exploration, travel which excites, and a good cup of coffee.

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