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Pritha Manchanda May 08 2015

State flavours in Delhi

Jigyasha Prasad May 08 2015
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From spicy Andhra food to sweet Bengali food, Delhi takes you on a gastronomical food trip across the country without actually making much effort! These are our favourite picks from the umpteen State Bhawans in Delhi!

1. Andhra Bhavan

Step-in at one of this most popular restaurants in Delhi for a lavish treat. To start with, the place is a paradise for people who love non-veg food! But vegetarians, take heart as the veggie options are equally awesome. Exotic dishes, hearty helpings and smiling staff--what more can you ask for?

The thalis here are worth trying with boiled rice, mouth-watering spicy curry and four veg dishes. We recommend you don’t leave the place without trying the delicious dry mutton and hot prawn curry! How about rounding off your meal with yummy ice-cream at India Gate? Well, you can easily do that as this restaurant lies very close to the iconic monument.

Address: 1, Andhra Bhavan, Ashoka Road
Telephone: +91-11-23387499

2. Kerala House

If you are up for some authentic Kerala grub, head straight to Kerala House. Highly recommended for its fish biryani, kappa (tapioca) and meen curry (fish curry). The restaurant offers food that will leave a long lasting taste in your mouth.

Foodies are in for a special treat with dishes like beef curry and chicken masala. Vegetarians can relish the hearty vegetarian thali and enjoy the soft appams with curries. With the dishes served in Kerala House being absolutely delicious, the modest setting of the restaurant is not much of a concern. Also, the famous Jantar Mantar is a short walk from Kerala House!

Address: 3, Jantar Mantar Road
Telephone: +91-11-30411411

3. Karnataka Sangha, R.K. Puram

How about a little bit of Karnataka on your plate? Dining at Karnataka Sangha is a no-frills affair with simple decor, prompt service and loads of delicious options on the menu. Don’t step out without trying the piping hot sambhar, awesome Mysore dosas and tasty idlis, but the star attraction is Tiffin Thali, which has something for everyone!

Head here if you are looking for that quick morning bite or a hearty lunch in between your shopping expeditions or hectic office hours. However, make sure you start early on weekends as there are long queues during lunch time. Since R.K. Puram is one of greenest parts of Delhi, taking a leisure stroll around after a heavy meal won’t be a bad idea at all. You can also visit one of the nearby temples.

Address: Sector 12, R.K. Puram, Rao Tula Ram Road
Telephone: +91-11-26187357

4. Bangla Bhawan

For an authentic Bengali meal at reasonable prices, nothing beats the Bangla Bhawan at Hailey Road. The expert chefs are extremely particular about the quality of food and no wonder every dish that is brought to your table is simply awesome.

The menu offers typical fish dishes with a twist! For instance your elish, chittal and pabda come in variety of choices--steamed, leaf-wrapped, curry and orley--you name it, they have it. Vegetarians can try aloo dum and aloo poshto, two of the most significant veg dishes on the menu. If you are a little new to Bengali cuisine, it would be wise to take in suggestions from the staff.Round off your meal with the addictive range of desserts and have a sweet ride back home. As the restaurant is located very close to Connaught Place, you can always indulge in shopping or watching your favourite movie after satiating your hunger pangs!

Address: 3, Hailey Road, Barakhamba Road
Telephone: +91-11-233036035

5. Nagaland House

Enjoy some authentic taste and flavours of Nagaland on your visit here. A tiny restaurant, Nagaland House is a huge favourite among non-vegetarians as the menu mainly boasts of dishes like pork ribs, smoked pork and dried fish. Rev up your meal by adding roasted tomato chutney and you will be yearning for more! A short auto ride to Safdarjung Tomb would be an interesting idea if you would like to soak up some history!

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Address: 29 Aurangzeb Road, Opposite Race Course Road Metro Station
Telephone: +91-11-23015638

6. Gujarat Bhawan

Even though the menu at Gujarat Bhawan is not all-inclusive, you will surely enjoy the traditional flavours here. The highlight is special thali, which offers unlimited portions of rice, kathod, thepla, gujarati dal, khichdi, farsan of the day and the refreshing chaas. Round off your meal with delicious dessert and you are done for the day! Visit the nearby Nehru Park if you like to take a pleasant stroll after your meal.

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Address: 11, Kautilya Marg, Chanakyapuri
Telephone: +91-11-46273200

7. Orissa Niwas

The hearty Oriya thali at Orissa Niwas is a great way to discover the regional cuisine of the state.Try the dahi baingan kadhi (spiced buttermilk and aubergine), ghanto (assorted mixed vegetarian preparation), dalma (the famous potluck veg-lentil dish), tomato-khajur khatta (chutney), santula (mashed vegetable preparation) and dahi pakha (curd rice). You can order non-vegetarian dishes separately and the recommended choices are fried anchovies and maccha besar (mustard fish).

Don’t miss the fresh and spongy rasgullas and the yummy chhena poda for your sweet cravings. If you are the kind who can’t resist shopping even when eating out, make a trip to the nearby Sarojini Nagar Market for some serious retail therapy!

Address: 4, Bordoloi Marg, Kautilya Marg, Chanakyapuri
Telephone: +91-11-24679201

8. Bihar Bhawan

Think Bihar,think litti choka and sattu-puri! Head to Bihar Bhawan to enjoy the real taste and flavour of these dishes. Litti is perhaps the most famous Bihari dish and is a kind of deep fried flatbread stuffed with a filling of powdered gram with chopped green chillies, coriander and onions. Chokha is a kind of paste made from mashed brinjals/potatoes seasoned with green chillies and coriander.

Address:5, Kautilya Marg, Chanakya Puri
Telephone: +91-11-23010147

9. Jakoi, Assam Bhavan

A little heavy on pocket as compared to other state bhawans in Delhi, Jakoi in Assam Bhavan is worth every penny. You will simply love the traditional decor in bright colours and a wonderful outdoor seating space just completes the picture.

The open-to-all Jakoi restaurant is specially recommended for authentic Assamese menu and the USP is its Parampara non-veg thali which has the traditional duck meat, daal, steamed fish and rice. You can also try the ever popular bhoot jolokiya chicken and chicken bamboo hollow hilsa. Don’t forget to have puffed rice with jaggery cream for your sweet craving.

Address: 1, Bardoloi Marg
Telephone: +91-11-23015551

10. Himachal Bhawan

A typical Himachali meal can be had at the Himachal Bhawan. Special pahari cuisine (local Himachali delicacies) made by the traditional chefs are available here Don’t miss the tadka dal, delicious kadhi and freshly prepared, refreshing Kangra tea when you are here. If you are left with any free time, do visit National School of Drama to catch your favorite play as the restaurant is bang between Sri Ram Centre, Kamani Auditorium and NSD.

Address: 27, Sikandra Road
Telephone: +91-11-23716574

Think Delhi,think culture, people and food! A lot of food! We Delhiites love our food.. not just 'our' food, we love food from everywhere in the country! It’s not unusual then, that you can trace the country through the amazing variety of food options at the State Bhawans in Delhi.

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