Madhya Pradesh is known for 2 things; It’s great hospitality and even better food. I recently got the opportunity to visit this beautiful place, also known as the Heart of India. Apart from the wildlife and natural beauty, It’s food is something that its really proud of. There is definitely a lot of history behind the food culture of Madhya Pradesh.
The traditional cuisine here is very simple. Even though spices are used wholeheartedly, it is made sure that the natural flavor of the meat/ vegetable isn’t over powered. Hints of Gujarati, Maharashtrian and Rajasthani cuisines can be found in the food here. Wheat is the staple in most homes and even though majority of the dishes are vegetarian, the non vegetarians are also in for a great time. Milk and Ghee are the other staples here and are a part of almost every dish and even dessert!
Bhutte ki Kees is a great example of the love for ghee and milk in this area. Corn is grated and roasted in ghee. It is then cooked with milk and spices giving you a mouth watering meal. Many traditional dishes like Mawa-bati, shreekhand and khoprapak are also made with ghee and milk in one form or the other.
Moving on to some street food. Sabudana Khichdi, Malpua, Samosas, Jalebis, Kachoris, Rabdi are a few of the delicacies enjoyed by the local people. These can be found in every nook and corner of the place. While in Pachmarhi, we had some really good almond milk at a stall. The milk was cooked with a few spices like cinnamon and cardamom along with some nuts and dry fruits. Almond and saffron were the stars of this delicacy. Cooked in a huge metallic vessel, the milk was served hot,straight from it!
The people of Madhya Pradesh are very passionate about their traditional food and that can be seen in the way they prepare it. A lot of love and care goes into preparing these meals and they devour every bite. It is not possible to experience their entire food culture in one visit but if you ever get an opportunity to visit this beautiful place and experience their food, don’t under any circumstances miss it.