Madhya Pradesh - A state of timeless cuisines
As you travel the length and breadth of Madhya Pradesh, you'll encounter sights that you've never seen before, experiences that will transform into stories but most importantly, you’ll set out on a gastronomical journey. One that will leave you wanting more.
The cuisines have various influences owing to its cultural and historical legacy. In Bundelkhand the cuisine is not just influenced by historic rulers and their preferences but also by geographical and climate conditions. However, what is truly unique to this region is the famed Bhundeli hospitality. Influenced by the Mughals, the Rajputs and Tribals, delectable dishes such as the Murar Ke Kebabs, Kodu Til Ka Baat (rice with black sesame) and the Bhundeli Ghost are sure to leave you completely satisfied.
The Mahalkhoshal Cuisine shares a similar culinary journey. Situated in the upper eastern valley of the Narmada, it's influenced by Rajasthani, Gujarati, Maharashtrian and a tribal style of cooking. However, it has evolved with time to suit modern taste while retaining much of its authenticity. Just sample some favourites such as the traditional Tikkis. Or, indulge in some hot Gulab Jamun. And, if that's not enough then the Meva Bati should do the trick.
However, if you're a meat lover then you need to savour some food from Bhopal. Popularly referred to as “Meat Lovers Paradise”; the Sheek Kebab made of mince lamb, fresh mint, curry paste, green chillies etc., the Keema Pulav, the Chicken or Mutton pilaf are just what you need. However, what is sure to steal the spotlight is the "Bhopaali Paan." The cuisine is dominated both by Muslim and Hindu styles of cooking. Each dish has been perfected for years together now.
The Guptas, Sindhias and the Mughals ruled Gwalior for centuries. Then came the British. And all of these four distinct empires had four completely different cultures. And Gwalior imbibed all of these with time. A bite of the delicious Gwalia kebabs will set your taste buds jumping for more. Alongside this stands the tempting rogan josh, made the Gwalior way. Another 'must-have' of this city is the Gwalior biryani. This mouth-watering and filling preparation can be found across the city.
The distinct Malwa cuisine, the Nimar cuisine or the Bagelkhand cuisine, Madhya Pradesh has a lot to offer. Be it Rass Kheer, Lapsi, Kalakand, Lavang Latika, Palak Puri, Bhutte Ki Khees (grated corn roasted in ghee and later cooked in milk with spices). Amli Ri Kadhi made with tamarind instead of yogurt, Khoprapak and Malpua; there’s so much to try out, that one visit just won’t be enough.
While the majestic monuments might hint at what it must have felt to be a king, it is the food that will truly transport you into a bygone era.