In keeping with the Indian tradition, Madhya Pradesh cuisine includes both vegetarian and non vegetarian dishes.

Madhya Pradesh food is unique in its own way from other culinary traditions that are found in India. The region of Madhya Pradesh is enormous so, naturally, Madhya Pradesh food varies across the land. Meat and wheat-based foods are common in the dryer regions of the north and west of the state, while the wetter south and east are dominated by rice and fish. There’s wonderful fruit to be had, especially in the lush south and southeast regions – mangoes and custard apples are the highlights.

Bhopal produces some exquisite meat and fish dishes such as rogan josh, korma, keema, biryani, pilaf and kebabs. There is street named “Chatori Gali” in old Bhopal where one can find traditional Muslim non-veg fare like Paya Soup, Bun Kabab, Nalli-Nihari as some of the specialties.

Milk is a common ingredient in Gwalior and Indore. The street food of Indore is renowned, with shops that have been active for generations. Dal bafla is a common Madhya Pradesh cuisine and can be easily found in Indore and other nearby regions. It consists of a steamed and grilled wheat cake dunked in rich ghee which is eaten with daal and ladoos. The culinary speciality of the Malwa and specially Indore region of central Madhya Pradesh is poha (flattened rice); usually eaten at breakfast with jalebi. Those brave enough to venture to the tribal markets of Chhattisgarh will see locals eating live ants.

Beverages in the region include lassi, beer, rum and sugarcane juice. The favourite tipple, meanwhile, is a liquor made from the flowers of the mahuwa tree, which you’d be advised to drink with caution – it’s potent. Date palm toddy is also popular. In tribal regions, a popular drink is the sap of the sulfi tree, which may be alcoholic if it has gone through fermentation.


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