Saturday, 13 May 2017

10 Best Destinations to Eat Finger Licking Punjabi Cuisine in India

India is a multicultural country. With different regions and heritages present in India, there are many cuisines which have been born as natives to those specific regions. Be it the Litti Chokha from Bihar or the thick noodle dish known as Thukpa and momos from Sikkim, there is a huge diversity when it comes to regional dishes and cuisines. With so many palates to choose from, it would not be wrong to say that India is a country of foodies. With the use of a variety of spices, the cuisines gain their distinct taste as well as character. One of the most popular cuisines out of the lot will be Punjabi food. So here are ten of the best places to try the lip smacking taste of the Punjabi Cuisine.

1. Delhi
Butter chicken, Photo by Abhinav Baruah, CC BY-SA 4.0

The country’s capital is one of the most diverse places be it people from
all around the nation or food from different regions. Being in close proximity to the homeland and the places heavily influenced by the Punjabi cuisine, the taste and the dishes are seen here in abundance. The famous ‘Paranthe Wali Gali’ serves numerous assortments of Parathas with fillings varying from Potatoes to Cheese and pretty much anything imaginable. There are also Kachoris as well as Lassi sold in clay containers to hit the right spots. Coming to restaurants, there are certain ones that have become the place for the cuisine. Be it Moti Mahal, Pind Balluchi or non-vegetarian delights in Punjabi Bagh, there is something for everyone to try and enjoy in Delhi.

2. Amritsar
Make di roti and sarso da saag, Photo by Kunalpage in, CC BY-SA 4.0
The historical city of Amritsar has witnessed a lot being in the center of our freedom struggles. Situated in Punjab which is the birthplace of the cuisine, there is a hint of influence seen from the neighboring countries. The Punjabi style dishes are also very popular there. Here in Amritsar, the cuisine can be enjoyed in its full glory and variety. Once here, do not be afraid to try new things as there is a good chance you will find a favorite dish you had not heard of before. If you want that typical, depicted in numerous Bollywood movies Makke Di Roti along with Sarso da saag, try it in a Dhaba to get the goodness sans any variation. For the meaty delights, head to rose garden to enjoy dishes like Chaap, Butter Chicken etc. And if you are visiting the Golden Temple, do not miss out on the Langar and the Kada Prasad as it’s one of the best meals you will ever have.

3. Banaras
Paneer tikka, Photo by Riddhi Dharod, CC BY-SA 4.0
Sounds like an odd place for the North Indian cuisine, doesn’t it? But if you know where to go and what to order, you will not be disappointed. Banaras blends the spiritual being of humanity with its culinary varieties making it worthwhile for your stomach and your soul. The Lassi served here is legendary. The vegetarian preparations here are to die for. Try any of the Paneer dishes at the Sahi restaurant or take yourself to dinner at Rasna which is known for its delicious preparations suited for every pocket and palate.

4. Ludhiana

Dhodha barfi, Photo by Thamizhpparithi Maari, CC BY-SA 4.0
At the heart of the birthplace lies Ludhiana, the place where people live to eat. The sheer variety of Punjabi cooking is to die for. Wherever you are in the city, you’ll find something delicious to eat and wash it down with a cold beverage. Dhabas serve stuffed Parathas along with chole or achar. There is also A large variety of Tandoori style cuisine in breads as well as dishes like the much popular Tandoori Chicken. If you have a sweet tooth, do try the Dhodha Barfi made from milk, nuts and sugar resulting in brown colored goodness which melts in your mouth.

5. Chandigarh

Rajma chawal, Photo by Ankur Gulati, CC BY-ND 2.0
A literal happy place for its denizens as ranked in a poll, Chandigarh is a cosmopolitan Mecca of modern cuisine with foodies having a large number of options suiting every price range. The food scene of Chandigarh is diversified with multi cuisine restaurants but still there are places to find your fix of Punjabi food. For street food, you can try Rajma Chawal, Kadi Chawal or Kulchas served with chutney and onions in the popular sector 17. There is also traditional Butter Chicken or the Tandoori counterpart. There is Malai Kofta from Copper Chimney and the much-revered chicken dishes as well. To eat and then too, what to eat? That is the question.

6. Jalandhar

Dal makhana, Photo by Charles Haynes, CC BY-SA 2.0
Home to the Daily Punjab Kesari and the old Capital city of Punjab, Jalandhar has a rich past mixed with some exceptions along with a beautiful present. Being one of the ancient cities of the country, there is bound to be a vivid and interesting background. With a large presence of Sporting goods manufacturing industry, this is where it all comes from. The bat that made those winning runs in your favorite match was probably made here. Coming to the food scene here, it is just plain awesome. The buttery goodness of the delicious Dal Makhani is evident from the fragrance emanating from the little metal buckets from which it is served. Butter plays another crucial role to give Butter Chicken its trademark mild yet spicy taste.

7. Bathinda

Stuffed parathans, Photo by Zeel Patel, CC BY-SA 4.0
With a very prevalent street food culture and warm hospitality of the locals, Bathinda is a great city to live in. The love is evident in the food served here. There are great sweet shops, famous street stalls as well as the quintessential Dhaba experience. Coming to Parathas, the staple bread as well as a standalone dish going well with chutney or choles, there is paratha stall in mall road called Giani Paratha. But don't be late as the joint runs out of Parathas very fast. Treat yourself to the delights of Amrik da Dhaba and for desserts, go to Manoj sweets and cap off a perfect food day.

8. Karnal

Chicken biryani, Photo by Bordecia34, CC BY 2.0
In the agrarian society of India, Karnal has a major place in the production as well as research fields in the country. Quite an important city from strategic point of view during the British era, Karnal is a leader in the production of a finer variety of rice known as Basmati. Due to this, it has acquired the nickname of being the Rice bowl of India. Rice is a staple in many parts of the country. For mouthwatering taste and homemade feel of Punjabi food, head over to Kevals Dhaba for the delicious Butter Chicken and Roti. And for a classic Punjabi experience, do not miss out on Haveli as it exudes Punjabi culture and tasty dishes.

9. Mohali

Barbeque Chicken, Photo by dilanranjith, CC0 1.0
Situated just minutes from its neighboring city of Chandigarh, Mohali was renamed in recent times after the eldest scion of Guru Gobind Singh to Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar. Its proximities to the well-planned city of Chandigarh have helped its development as well. It also houses a Cricket stadium where International matches as well as IPL matches are played. For simple yet delicious vegetarian food, head over to Khalsa Vaishno Dhaba and indulge in Butter Naan and Dal Makhni. And for the non-vegetarians, head over to Pappaji Chicken Corner and try the Barbeque Chicken.

10. Patiala
Chole bhature, Photo by Satish Krishnamurthy, CC BY 2.0
Patiala Shahi Pagdi to the notorious Patiala Peg, the city has given names to many mass popular things in the country. In older times, Patiala was a princely state with influences of multiple dynasties visible in the cultural landscape. The cuisine here is a perfect representation of Punjabi form of cooking with bold use of flavors along with a generous helping of dairy products like Ghee and butter. Famous dishes which attracts tourists to visit Patiala include non-veg dishes such as Kebabs, Tandoori Chicken and in the vegetarian department, go and try Rajma Chawal as well as Chole Bhature.

Guest Post by Rohit. 
Author’S Bio:

Rohit writes for Trans India Travels  to share his passion of exploring the globe with others.

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