Most of us probably have a list of things we want to do before we leave this world. A bucket list full of places to visit, things to do, or feats to accomplish. But amidst all our dreams of skydiving, dining under the Eiffel Tower, or lazing on the sun-kissed beaches of Santorini, we must also have a foodie bucket list. A list of delicious dishes from around the would, we must try before we die. So, here are a few culinary delights that ought to feature on every foodie's ultimate bucket list:
1. Roomali Khakhra
Khakhra is the go to Gujrati snack that's best enjoyed with either some mango pickle or chutney. Khakharas are usually thin crackers made from wheat flour and oil which are then roasted. But in the past few years a new twist has emerged that makes these babies even better. The khakhras are made with roomali rotis. Sounds yum right? You can eat these bad boys with any kind of tikka! Head to 21st Century Bar & Restaurant , Nashik to try this speciality and get 15%* off on your food bill using your Axis Bank Card.
2. Bhut Jolokia Chutney
Bhut jolokia, according to the Guinness World Records, is considered as the world's hottest chili pepper. Even though this little chilli has a nasty reputation, the flavour it packs is unprecedented. It's a very popular ingredient in the North Eastern part of India. It's usually used in pork curries, pickles and chutneys. Add little to your meal and let the great Indian flavours explode in your mouth.
Phall first originated in an Indian restaurant in Birmingham, UK and is one of the hottest forms of curry available. It's even hotter than the vindaloo. It's made by using a large number of ground standard chilli peppers which is mixed in a thick tomato-based curry. The best part about the phall is that it can be made with any kind of meat or vegetable. So, if you like your meals hot, then you can't miss this one.
4. Misal Pav
A popular Indian street food, misal pav is the perfect dish for breakfast or a mid-day snack. Apart from being cheap, it's relatively easy to prepare. Misal, is a curry that's prepared with sprouted beans. The curry is then topped with potato-chiwda mix, sev, onions, lemon and coriander. It's usually served with bread toasted with butter and buttermilk or curd and papad. The fact that it's considered as one of the tastiest vegetarian dishes in the world should be reason enough to add it to your bucket list.
5. Gongura Mutton
It's a typical Andhra mutton dish that's has the right kind of flavours. If you like your food spicy then gongura mutton is a dish you just can't miss. The dish is best had in the winters since its spicy nature will warm you up nicely from the inside. The mutton is cooked in a spicy masala base with sour red sorrel leaves, giving the dish its distinctive fiery and tangy taste. Aangan at Amogh Hotels, Hyderabad has the best gongura mutton. Head down there and get 15%* off on your total bill using your Axis Bank Card.
The beauty in this dish is that it's marinated in two different flavours before it's grilled to perfection. The chicken is first marinated with ginger paste, garlic paste, malt vinegar and salt for 30 minutes. Then comes the second marinate which is done with hung yoghurt, gram flour, cashew paste, cream with green cardamom powder, kewra water, red chilli powder and saffron strands. Once the chicken is set for about an hour, the pieces are placed on a grill and cooked till perfection. Yum! Try this at The Blues at Radisson Blu Resort , Chennai and get 15%* discount on your total food bill by using your Axis Bank Card.
7. Pancakes with ACTUAL Maple Syrup
Pancakes with maple syrup are the perfect breakfast treat but believe us when we say that bottled maple syrup is nothing like the actual thing. Bottled syrups are usually made with maple extract and corn syrup. Thus, they lack many health benefits. But on the other hand, real maple syrup is not only a great breakfast sweetener but also good for your general well-being.
Bring out that inner child in you as you happily unwrap a tamales treat on the dining table. These little parcels usually contain flavourful meat or vegetables that are boiled or steamed in a leaf. The process of eating these is very simple-you unwrap the corn husk to reveal a Masa dough with a delicious filling inside. Sounds beautiful, doesn't it?
9. Pimento Cheese
Fondly known as the Caviar of the South, pimento cheese is the perfect condiment. The basic recipe is made with sharp cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, pimentos, salt and pepper. With time, variations like cream cheese, Louisiana-style hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, cayenne pepper, paprika, jalapeños, onions, garlic, and dill pickles have been added to give it a nice, tangy twist. Team up your favourite crackers with pimento cheese or slather it on a piece of bread. However, if you really want to tease your taste buds, we suggest you eat it directly from the jar!
10. Lobster Roll
It's like a hot dog but only a million times better. Traditionally a lobster roll is an open bread sandwich that is topped with pieces of lobster soaked in butter. The operative word here being 'SOAKED.' There are some variations of this sandwich that may contain diced celery or scallion and mayonnaise, but mostly it's just buttered lobster and bread! Drooling yet?
A delicious dessert hailing from the Ottoman Empire, baklava is a rich pastry which is made from layers of filo. Filo is basically sheets of unleavened dough that is brushed with butter. Once the layers are set, they are filled with a generous helping of chopped nuts. To make the pastry sweet and to hold it together, honey or sweetened syrup is used. It's then baked and after baking, a syrup, which may include honey, rosewater, or orange flower water is poured over the cooked baklava and allowed to soak in. Yummers!
12. Chakki Ki Sabzi
Chakki Ki Sabzi was a replacement for meat for all the vegetarians in Rajasthan. It's a highly unique dish that is made from fried balls of wheat/gluten that are dipped in a light flavourful curry. The amalgamation of flavours is so strong in this dish that it can be had with both a roti and rice. Try this dish at C'est Bon - Hotel Imperial, Jaipur and avail 15%* discount by using your Axis Bank Card.
13. Chicken & Waffles
This is the ultimate sweet and savory combination. It's basically deep fried chicken, nestled between a giant, crunchy waffle, topped with butter and syrup. A bowl of peaches and cream is usually served along with it as sides, which also doubles as the ultimate dessert. A dish that combines two of the world's favourite things; chicken and waffles is nothing short of soul food!
This delicious stew type dish dates back to the 18th Century. The fact that it's just as popular today, speaks volumes. It primarily consists of a strongly flavored stock, meat or shellfish, a thickener, and the vegetable holy trinity of celery, bell peppers, and onions. The dish simmers for nearly three hours before it's topped with spices and served with rice. Sounds tempting, right?
15. Chocolate Covered Bacon
In theory, chocolate covered bacon may seem like a dare you would give to your enemies but in practicality, it's one of the best combinations in the world. The reason for this is that the saltiness of the bacon is balanced out when it's dipped in smooth dark or milk chocolate. Simply cook the bacon till it's crisp, then dip it in melted chocolate, leaving some of the bacon showing and then let it cool. Easy-peasy!
16. Chicago-Style Deep Dish Pizza
Don't confuse this master creation with the 'deep dish' pizza that's often served by many pizza chains in our country. A Chicago-style deep dish is usually prepared in a round pan similar to the one used for baking a cake. The reason for this is simple, the larger the pan, the more room you have for stuffing it. A deep dish pizza is made upside-down, with the cheese layer at the bottom, then a generous helping of mixed meats and vegetables and finally an uncooked blend of tomatoes on the top. It's then baked for a few minutes before being served. Doesn't it sound absolutely divine?
17. Crab Lollipops
You know what is better than chicken lollipops? Well, crab lollipops! Crab as a meat is softer and more flavourful than chicken. That's why, when you are working with crab meat to make lollipops, the process of making it is not only simpler, the outcome is scrumptious too! Try this at the Noodle King, Chennai and get 15%* discount on your total food bill by using your Axis Bank Card.
These are little pieces of sugary fluff that literally melt in your mouth in a matter of seconds. The process of making these delectable sugary clouds is fairly simple. All you have to do is deep fry some Choux pastry and add a copious amount of powdered sugar on top. People around the world usually eat these for breakfast with a cup of coffee, but we'd say, these little babies can be eaten anytime, anywhere and with anything.
19. Peking Duck
A famous duck dish from Beijing, the Peking duck is known for its thin, crisp layer of skin. It's roasted in a closed or hung oven and is eaten with scallion, cucumber and sweet bean sauce with pancakes rolled around the fillings. The duck is usually carved in front the diners and it's eaten in three stages. The experience of eating a Peking duck is what makes this a bucket list worthy dish.
20. Brandy Snaps
Before you get too excited, Brandy Snaps doesn't contain any Brandy. But wait. They contain other great stuff like syrup, sugar, butter and cream. And they are bound to give you a high... a sugar high! Brandy snaps are tubular, brittle, sweet, baked casings that are typically 10 cm long and 2 cm in diameter that are filled with whipped cream. They are the perfectly light dessert for when you are craving something sweet. Indulge in some Brandy snaps cookies at Cookie Man , and get 15%* off on your total bill by using your Axis Bank Card.
21. Strawberry Compote
When you combine a thick strawberry jam with a soft and smooth strawberry sauce, what you get is a strawberry compote. It's basically a jam-like silky sauce that you can serve on ice-creams, scones or have it as it is. It's fairly easy to make. All you need to do is cut the strawberries, put it in a pan with sugar and lemon juice. Heat gently until the sugar dissolves, then bring to a simmer. Cover the pan and cook the strawberries for 3 minutes or until dark red and syrupy. Serve hot and store for up to 2 weeks in the fridge. Easy, right? Try some strawberry compote at Costa Coffee , across the country and get 15%* off by using your Axis Bank Card.
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