Travel India: 10 Popular Local Dishes in Madhya Pradesh

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Madhya Pradesh can be considered as a food lovers’ heaven. Enchanting locations and delectable cuisines of the state gives the best experience to any traveler. Famous delicacies of Madhya Pradesh have always fascinated the tourists. There is an array of vegetarian and nonvegetarian dishes. For the nonvegetarians, Bhopali cuisine has always been the first choice and vegetarians also have a wide variety of options to chose from.

1. Bhutte Ka Kees

It is one of the most famous seasonal dishes that originated from the contribution of Marwari and Maharashtrian communities of Indore, MP. Bhutte Ka kees is a sweet spicy grated corn snack garnished with coriander leaves and grated coconut. If you are in Indore, especially in winters, then don’t forget to try this sensational snack.


2. Bhopali Gosht Korma

As the name implies, it is a Bhopali dish of mutton korma. Mutton is first boiled and then simmered in the meat stock. Curd is used in making a thick gravy along with other Indian spices and garnished with ginger juliennes and usually served with paratha or rice.


3. Seekh Kebabs

It is another popular nonvegetarian dish of Madhya Pradesh and is quite common in Bhopal also. As most of the Bhopali cuisines have Muslim influence, Seekh Kebabs are one among the many contributions from the Muslim community. Made with minced mutton and other Indian spices, this is a must-have item during any trip to the state.


4. Indori Poha-Jalebi

Poha (flattened rice) is a savory dish that is served with popular Indian sweet-jalebi, and is known to be an extraordinary combo and is very commonly found in the homes and street markets of Indore. It is mainly eaten at breakfast and is quite a unique cuisine of the city.


5. Khopra paties

This is also a famous Indori dis. The main ingredients of Khopra patties are potato and coconut. These are fried potato balls that are stuffed with coconut and some other basic spices. This dish is commonly consumed during the evening as a snack and is served with tangy tamarind chutney and is also known as Coconut or aloo Patties.


6. Dal Bafla

Dal Bafla is another popular dish from Madhya Pradesh that is commonly available in most of the places within the state. Bafla is a wheat cake that is accompanied with dal. Rajasthani bati is a twin to Bafla, though the cooking method of bafla is quite different from the former. Baflas alone can also be eaten as snacks with tangy chutney.


7. Malpua

Malpua is one of the most famous dessert dishes of the state found in its central part. This dessert originated in Bengal, but here it is made with some twists and innovations. Made with milk, flour, semolina and curd, the pancake-shaped malpua is a must-have dessert during the festive season Madhya Pradesh.


8. Keema Pulao

The nonvegetarian dishes are way too common and famous in the Bhopal region due to its Muslim and Mughal influence. Keema pulao is another popular nonvegetarian dish of Madhya Pradesh. It is prepared with minced lamb meat, basmati rice, spices, and herbs. It is consumed mostly in Bhopal.


9. Garadu

Garadu is a root belonging to the potato family that is widely found in Central India. It is a seasonal winter dish.  Fried Indori-style garadus are commonly available in the markets of MP. It is a quick snack, just peel and cut garadus, and then deep fry them. Sprinkle garadu masalalime juice, and tasty Garadu chaat is ready to enjoy with your family!


10. Kopra pak

Kopra pak is a wonderful sweet dish of Jabalpur. It is lightly flavored dessert made with coconut. Other ingredients are cardamom and saffron which gives additional flavor to it. To bind these ingredients, thickened sweet milk (mawa) is the key ingredient that makes the dessert soft and yummy.


The dishes of Madhya Pradesh vary from region to region, but every region in the state has something unique and very delectable to offer to all kinds of foodies.

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