Madhya Pradesh, located centrally in India is not just the geographical centre of the country. Madhya Pradesh is also the heart of innumerable touristy wonders. Right from pilgrimage spots to wildlife hotspots and many more such as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, lakes, waterfalls, adventure activities and so on. Trekking, hiking, water sports, river rafting, mountaineering, etc. cater to the satiate adventure lovers. Bandhavgarh Safari Booking, Kanha Tiger tour, bird watching in Karera Bird Sanctuary, etc. provide happiness to wildlife enthusiasts. Several tourist places like Sanchi Stupa, Bhimbetka Caves, Khajuraho Temples, Amarkantak, etc. are the ideal destinations for wanderlusts. Similarly, an array of traditional and local dishes of Madhya Pradesh quench the hunger pangs of foodaholic individuals who travel to different parts of the country or the world to gift their taste buds the flavours of different places. The ingredients used and technique adopted to prepare various recipes gives the essence of the corresponding culture of the place. Therefore it is often considered that consuming food is quite similar to swallowing emotions from hand to mouth. Without much beating around the bush, let’s take you straightway to the plates serving delicious Madhya Pradesh cuisines hot.

1. Daal bafla

To put it simply, daal bafla is the Madhya Pradeshi version of Rajasthan’s Dal Bati Churma. It is an integral part of local food in the Malwa region of Madhya Pradesh. The bafla is made of wheat balls first boiled and then baked. It is served with chutney and a lentil curry.

2. Poha

This delicacy makes your mornings good. One of the best breakfast options in Madhya Pradesh, widely preferable as it is both light and healthy. The king ingredient is flattened rice sautéed with sliced onions, tomatoes, chilies and curry leaves, with the addition of a few spices.

3. Bhopali gosht korma

Mutton is known as gosht in Hindi. The origin of the dish can be traced back to the Mughal period. The delicacy is prepared with tender mutton and the thick curry or gravy is prepared with a lot of spices and it needs cooking for a significant amount of time so that the essence surfaces on every bite of the gosht. 

4. Seekh kebabs

Saliva peeps in from the glands on the mention of seekh kebabs. These kebabs are one of the celebrated items of Mughal cuisine. Seekh kebabs are prepared using minced meat to cater for a melting experience once inside the mouth. Fancifully served as starters accompanied with chutney or raita, seekh kebabs are prepared using chicken, lamb or beef. The preparation process begins with the marination of the meat with some spices and ends with grilling them to give them an outer charred texture and juicy from inside.

5. Palak puri

Puris are common almost all over India. Madhya Pradesh offers palak puri which is unique and tasty. Grinded spinach is added to the wheat dough along with a few spices and the rest of the process is the same. First, it is flattened and then deep-fried in hot oil till it puffs up. Palak puris are best served with aloo sabzi.

6. Bhutte ka kees

The meaning of the dish translates to grated corn. Quite popular in Indore, bhutte ka kees is mostly available in winter. With a blend of spices and milk, grated corn is cooked and garnished with coconut. This yummy dish is rich in vitamins provisioning lots of energy.

7. Biryani pilaf

The best taste of this dish is easily available in Bhopal and is the mutton pulao of Madhya Pradesh. At first, the rice is boiled and mixed with meat, milk and spices like cardamom, cinnamon, saffron, raisin, almond or pistachio to enhance the flavour. 

8. Chakki ki shak

This traditional dish of Madhya Pradesh has the influence of Rajasthani cuisine. The dish is specially prepared on certain auspicious occasions. Wheat balls are steamed or fried and stirred on gravy made of tomato paste and spices.