Khurja Khurchan

A little-known milk sweet that is perhaps one of the greatest finds of North India is the delicious khurchan. Traditional sweetmakers have been churning out this innovative dessert since centuries. It is unclear who created this dish first, but, locals of Khurja take pride in their version of khurchan that is deemed to be nothing short of... Continue Reading →

Balod Ginger (Ginger-based Products)

Balod district in Chhattisgarh has for years been a treasure trove of rare medicinal plants, spices, agricultural produce and exotic flowers. The rich plant diversity seen in this district has not been found anywhere else in Central India.   This district has a sizeable tribal population who have perfected the art of living harmoniously with... Continue Reading →

Prayagraj Rabri

Rabri is the quintessential Indian dessert that makes it appearance in every festival and celebration across the country. Rabdi is arguably the most popular sweet in India and best enjoyed in the holy cities of Banaras and Prayagraj.   The sweetmakers of both these cities still adopt the traditional methods to churn out these sinfully... Continue Reading →

Kodaikanal Avocado

Kodaikanal is known for its thriving organic farming community and excellent agricultural produce. Garlic, coffee, pepper, citrus fruits, hill banana and cotton have been grown in the lush green hilly terrain of Kodaikanal for decades.   Avocado, the latest entrant has truly been the surprise package for small and marginal farmers of this region. Avocado... Continue Reading →

Prayagraj Lassi

Prayagraj lassi, an irresistible combination of creamy goodness and delicious richness is a signature dessert of the holy city. This lassi is deemed to be on par with the legendary Banarasi lassi in terms of taste, quality and ingenuity.   In fact, only a true Banarasi or Prayagrajvaasi can correctly identify the subtle differences in the preparation of... Continue Reading →

Jashpur Tea

Jashpur district, tucked away in the north-eastern part of Chhattisgarh is fast becoming the most preferred destination for agritourism in Central India. This district is blessed with stunning natural beauty, exotic flowers and excellent agricultural produce.   This tribal belt is dotted with many plantations growing coffee, strawberry, cashew, pear and chamomile. However, it is... Continue Reading →

Prayagraj Soan Papdi

Soan papdi, the very name invokes a multitude of emotions ranging from dread to resignation to amusement to desperation. Undoubtedly, India's most hated sweet that makes its appearance in every festive season. The unwanted yet expected and convenient guest that plays musical chairs in every social and religious function. At the end of the festive... Continue Reading →

Tripura Bamboo Rice

A truly unique product from the North Eastern state of Tripura is bamboo rice. This exotic immunity boosting rice launched during the pandemic by the proactive state and central government is prepared from the seeds of 30- to 40-year-old bamboo plants.   According to the locals, no part of the bamboo be it the tender... Continue Reading →

Prayagraj Biryani

Prayagraj biryani, rated second-best in India after your grandmother's is an integral component of one's daily diet in the holy city. This traditional delicacy of India is a complex dish of wholesome delicious and flavoursome goodness.   Biryani is still prepared in the age-old method of slow cooking with almost all the ingredients procured locally. It... Continue Reading →

Tripura Bamboo Cookies

Bamboo is an economically viable grass with every part namely culm, rhizome, root, leaves and young shoots used for culinary, medicinal, domestic and industrial purposes. In Tripura especially, 21 known species of bamboo are grown in over 3,500 sq. km area of forests and planned forestry.   The current state and central government have done... Continue Reading →

Prayagraj Dahi Bhalla

A hugely popular street food of Prayagraj and pretty much the whole of North India is the deliciously creamy dahi bhalla. Also known as dahi pakodi or dahi vada or dahi gujiya, this vada made from urad dal makes its appearance in almost all festivals and celebrations.   It is perhaps the excellent quality milk and curd of Prayagraj... Continue Reading →

Ramgarh Papaya

Papaya, a deva phala (divine fruit) is valued for its immense medical, industrial and nutritional properties. Rich in Vitamin A, papaya is highly recommended to improve one's immunity, nervous system, digestion and overall body constitution. In recent years, papaya seeds, leaves and fruit have been used to treat dengue and other ailments found in the tropical region.... Continue Reading →

Prayagraj Dahi Jalebi

A droolworthy Prayagraj delicacy that is commonly had as breakfast is dahi jalebi! Yes, dahi jalebi in Prayagraj is more of a breakfast item than a dessert or a snack and is relished by locals and visitors.   Interestingly, dahi jalebi, jalebi rabri, imarti rabri, imarti dahi and plain jalebi or plain imarti are hugely popular breakfast items not only in Prayagraj but... Continue Reading →

Palamu Tomato

Palamu district is fast becoming one of the most exciting case studies for self-sufficient farming, crop diversification, watershed development, intensive cropping based on fruit crop, micro irrigation and traditional practices using latest scientific technology in India. The lateritic soil, warm summers with cool winters and average annual rainfall of about 1200 mm seen in Palamu is... Continue Reading →

Prayagraj Samosa

Prayagraj has an enviable reputation of serving up the best gulab jamun (known here as dehati ke rasgulle) and samosa in the world. Both Banaras and Prayagraj prepare some of the most delicious sweets and namkeen using pure desi ghee that truly enhances its taste. Age-old methods and secret recipes handed down from generation to generation have... Continue Reading →

Deoghar Peda

Devotees throng the holy city of Deogarh for two reasons namely to have darshan of Lord Bholenath at Baba Baidyanath Mandir and to sample their world-famous prasad, the delectable peda. The temple of Baba Baidyanath, a Jyotirlinga is said to have been built by the Pala Empire (Pala Dynasty of Orissa) and the tradition of offering peda to Lord Shiva... Continue Reading →

Prayagraj Khasta Dum Aloo

A truly finger-licking dish of Uttar Pradesh is the iconic Prayagraj dum aloo that is served at breakfast with crispy samosas, paratha, khasta or rice. Dum aloo is a flavoursome curry made with whole baby potatoes (aloo means potato in Hindi).   There are typically two ways to make this quick dish. First, the baby potatoes are cooked, peeled carefully... Continue Reading →

Nuzividu Rasalu

One of the most sought-after mangoes grown extensively in Nuzividu in Eluru district in Andhra Pradesh is the sinfully delicious rasalu. Also known as chinna rasalu (small) or cheruku rasalu (sugarcane) or pedda rasalu (big) depending on its size and sweetness, this native mango is perhaps the most popular juice mango of South India.   Rasalu is cultivated by... Continue Reading →

Prayagraj Angoori Petha

Commonly known as a poor man's sweet, the humble petha is one of the most popular and iconic sweets of Uttar Pradesh. Though petha is generally associated with Agra (Agra Petha), the angoori petha of Prayagraj is equally famous and delicious.   The residents of Prayagraj have for long been accorded the status of being the biggest food... Continue Reading →

Ranchi Guava

Though Ranchi is better known as an important industrial and infrastructure hub, it is also valued for its agricultural wealth. The hilly topography combined with dense forest cover, moderate temperature in the summers with cool winters and average annual rainfall between 1300 - 1500 mm and laterite soil is ideal for a fruit crop based... Continue Reading →

Prayagraj Masala Churmura

Uttar Pradesh is a food lover's haven with each and every district and town offering a variety of local delicacies that are simply divine. The quality of food in this state is unbelievably high and everyone you meet will be able to dish out his or her ancestral recipes with utmost ease.   The holy... Continue Reading →

Dhanbad Potato

The Dhanbad district in Jharkhand, more commonly known as the 'Coal Capital of India' is a land of abundant mineral resources and agricultural wealth. Dhanbad derives its name from dhana meaning wealth (referring to rural prosperity by virtue of its paddy produce and cattle).   This region is blessed with the waters of the Damodar and its... Continue Reading →

Prayagraj ke Dehati ke Rasgulle

All gastronomical roads in Prayagraj lead to Dehati Rasgulla in Old Bairhana to sample their delicious dehati ke rasgulle. Dehati ke rasgulle are known as gulab jamuns in the rest of India while the white rasgulla is called chhena here.   According to the locals, Baba Ram Sevak Yadav began making and selling his dehati rasgulle in his... Continue Reading →

Jamtara Chilli

It is perhaps not known to many that the exotic chillies of Jharkhand are some of the best in the world and in great demand in USA and several western countries. What makes the chillies cultivated here and especially in Jamtara so spectacular is the unique agro-climatic conditions (hot summers with cool winters and monsoon... Continue Reading →

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