Himachali Lakucha

Lakucha is one of the most revered native fruits that finds mention in several Hindu texts and treatises. Lakucha (Artocarpus lacucha), commonly known as monkey jack or monkey jackfruit is often taken to be the cousin of the more famous jackfruit and possesses a rare combination of sweetness and sourness accompanied with a fiery punch.   In... Continue Reading →

Banarasi Paan

The finest paan of India is the celebrated Banarasi paan prepared in the world-famous Keshav Tambul Bhandar in the ancient city of Kashi. This paan has been loved by visitors from all over for years. Even heads of state including Prime Minister Narendra Modi have sampled their renowned meetha paan.   Interestingly, all the ingredients... Continue Reading →

Himachali Lasura

Lasura, a relatively unknown tree to many is actually one of the most revered trees in India. Also known as Indian Cherry or Gum Berry or Glue Berry, lasura as it is called in the hilly state of Himachal has been used in Ayurveda, traditional medicines and Unani for centuries.   The fruits, leaves, bark... Continue Reading →

Kanpur Chaat

Kanpur, renowned for its brilliant and varied gastronomic delights is the best place in India to sample multitude of chaats at reasonable prices. Eating chaat in Kanpur is a social ritual with a number of narrow lanes and even a whole street dedicated to this important tradition.   One can choose from the famous kurkuri tikki,... Continue Reading →

Kanpur Mattha

Kanpur's most iconic breakfast is the freshly churned white butter and warm bread topped off with delicious creamy mattha served at Pahalwan Ji Ka Special Mattha on Mall Road. This hugely popular joint is frequented by locals and visitors from across the world.   The shop had very humble beginnings with its founder selling his... Continue Reading →

Himachali Beedana Pickle

Beedana (Cydonia oblonga M.,), more commonly known as quince is an edible fruit found in abundance in the Kullu region of Himachal Pradesh. This indigenous fruit is revered by locals for its medicinal, healing and nutritional properties and used to treat several ailments like cancer, diabetes, ulcers and respiratory infections to mention a few.  ... Continue Reading →

Kanpur Lassi

Kanpur has often been called as the food capital of Bharat with countless travellers from across the world praising the wide range of local delicacies over the years in their chronicles. One such fine example is the Kanpur lassi. Like the delicious Prayagraj and Banarasi lassi, the Kanpur lassi is equal to the task and is an amazing combination... Continue Reading →

Himachali Aaroo Pickle

The hilly state of Himachal Pradesh has a variety of traditional pickles prepared from native fruits, vegetables, tree stems, buds, roots and leaves. These pickles are revered by the locals for their nutritional, medicinal and healing properties. Each part of Himachal has a particular speciality based on the availability of the produce and its use.... Continue Reading →

Kanpur Imarti

A droolworthy Kanpur delicacy that features in the prestigious Raj Bhog is imarti. This hugely popular sweet that is very often mistaken for its sister, the delectable jalebi is interestingly more of a breakfast item than a dessert or a snack in Kanpur.   Imarti rabri, imarti dahi and plain imarti are available in almost every street corner and relished by... Continue Reading →

Kanpur Badnaam Kulfi

Another fascinating innovation of the late Ram Avatar Pandey, the founder of Thaggu Ke Laddu is Badnaam Kulfi that literally translates to disreputable kulfi with the famous tagline 'मेहमान को चखाना नहीं, टिक जाएगा, चखते ही जेब और जुबां की गर्मी हो जाएगी गायब |' that means 'do not offer it to your guest, for he will... Continue Reading →

Belgaum Kunda

Belgaum, known as the 'sugar bowl of Karnataka' is famous for its karadantu, 'cycle' khova, mandige and of course, kunda! In fact, the city is also called Kundagiri after this delectable sweet made from fresh milk, sugar and spices.   According to the locals, the origin of this sweet can be traced back to Gajanan Mithaiwala of Vitthal... Continue Reading →

Belgaum Mandige (Mandaka)

Besides the eponymous karadantu, Belagavi is known for mandige or mande which is essentially a wafer-thin roomali like roti folded like a dosa filled with sugar, ghee and spices. According to historians, an inscription of 1121 CE of the Western Chalukya dynasty has mentioned that during the reign of Vikramaditya VI, Govinda-dandadhipa started the tradition of... Continue Reading →

Pal Therattipal (Paal Therattipal)

Pal therattipal is a traditional milk sweet that is said to have been first offered by Periyalvar in Srivilliputhur. This delicious sweet derives its name from the Tamil words pal (also written as paal) meaning milk and therattipal meaning the product obtained by constantly stirring and reducing the milk.   Tamilians especially Tamil Brahmins define palkova and pal therattipal... Continue Reading →

Puneri Pagadi, Maharashtra

Pagadi or turban has historically been a sign of culture, wisdom, virility and often used identify the different sections of community. Puneri pagadi is an inseparable part of Pune which is the cultural capital of Maharashtra.   Puneri pagadi is conceptualized from the Peshwe turban worn by the Peshwas which itself was inspired by the traditional Chakribandh... Continue Reading →

Waghya Ghevada, Maharashtra

One of the most famous cash crops of Western Maharashtra is Waghya ghevada. Grown extensively in North Koregaon taluka of Satara district, this rajma was first cultivated in 1950 by the late Kashinath Mahajan who bought seeds of this variety from a trader in Pune. This variety soon became popular with the locals and was... Continue Reading →

Sindhudurg and Ratnagiri Kokum, Maharashtra

Kokum (Garcinia indica) called as the ‘The Kool King’ of Indian fruits flourishes in the dense forests of the Western Ghats of Maharashtra. Konkan kokum is a perennial fruit of commercial value that thrives in the scenic Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts.   According to the locals, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts have about 43,000 centuries-old kokum... Continue Reading →

Swamimalai Bronze Icons of Tamil Nadu

Shilpa Shastra, broadly classified as the ‘Science of Arts and Crafts’ is the supreme authority on the Chatushashti Kalas (Sixty-four arts) of the universe. The subject of Shilpa Shastra is dealt with at length in the Vedas, Puranas, Agamas and others scriptures and has been assiduously adopted by kings, craftsmen and patrons of art since time immemorial. This highly... Continue Reading →

Wooden Mask of Kushmandi, West Bengal

The quaint village of Mahisbathan in Kushmandi district in the heritage belt of Dakshin Dinajpur is famous for its unique wooden masks. The origin of this craft of mask making is unknown but the stylization, designs and motifs of the masks suggests a deep connection to their religious beliefs. These masks are an intrinsic part... Continue Reading →

Tulaipanji Rice of West Bengal

Dinajpur district in West Bengal is renowned for its indigenous rice diversity finding mention in many important scriptural texts dating back to 1100 CE One of the oldest native varieties found here is Tulaipanji or Tulai that has been cultivated for centuries with traditional methods. Folk songs glorifying this scented rice, its cultivation practices and... Continue Reading →

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