Little-known Indian delicacies available across Mumbai
This Independence Day, take a culinary tour with The Guide's list of eateries that offer some of the lesser-known regional cuisines that dot the length and breadth of the city
Nagpur Saoji: Maharashtra
Not for the weak-stomached, Saoji from Nagpur will be a hit with those who love eye-watering dishes. A gravy dish loaded with chillies, Nagpuri cuisine also offers something for vegetarians called the Patodi Saoji, made of chickpea flour which poses tough competition to the non-vegetarian version.
At: Nagpurian Saoji, shop 3, Yamuna Building, near Heera Panna Mall, Oshiwara MHADA, Andheri (W).
Littie Chokha: Bihar
For those who are a fan of food on-the-go, try an Indian version; Littie Chokha. This delicious and healthy (it’s grill-cooked) dish from Bihar comprises flour balls stuffed with a mixture of gram flour and is served with two ‘dips’ -- spiced mashed potatoes (Chokha) and Baingan Bharta.
At: Littie Express, shop 949, New Link Road, Jogeshwari (W).
Locho and Undhiyu: Surat, Gujarat
Surti in Kalbadevi is a place you go to when you wish to have something more than just Undhiyu (the mixed vegetable dish specially consumed during the winter) as they offer a Surti Thali. Another Surti delicacy to try is Locho, a mushier version of the yellow khaman dhokla at Jani Khaman and
At: Surti, 3/01, Bhuleshwar Corner, opposite Cotton Exchange, Kalbadevi.
At: Shop 11, Star Trade Centre, Sodawala Lane, opposite Chamunda Circle, Borivali (W).
Shahi Mutton Dum ki Biryani: Hyderabad
Yes, a lot of places sell Hyderabadi biryani in the city, but Hyderabad Xpress does a cracker of a job and is quite close to the actual version. Also, try the Achari Chicken gravy that has the right tangy flavour due to tomato and coconut, two ingredients borrowed from South
At: 95, next to Lotus Petrol Pump, Adarsh Nagar, Andheri (W).
Dhaam Thali: Himachal Pradesh
When there’s a wedding in a village in Himachal Pradesh, the entire village is Call:ed for a feast, which is known as Dhaam. Now, you can savour the taste of the simple, homely cuisine of Himachal Pradesh at Himachali Zaika. The thali is available in both vegetarian and non-vegetarian versions and they also offer different stuffed paranthas, Rajma Rice and a special dessert made of pumpkin.
At: Kukreja Plaza Building, plot 55, sector 11, CBD, Belapur.
Kakori Kebab: Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
It is said that the Kakori Kebabs were specially prepared by the royal cooks to please the royals with an easy-to-have kebab. Take a bite of the softest kebab in the world at Kakori House.
At: Kakori House, Shiv Sagar, opposite Paradise Cinema, also at Bandra (W) and Oshiwara.
Kerala cuisine at Hotel Deluxe & Taste of Kerala, Peetha Street, Fort.
Call: 22044545 (Taste of Kerala); 22042351
(Hotel Deluxe).Koli delicacies at Mi Hai Koli, Lal Bahadur Shastri Road, Teen Petrol Pump Junction, Naupada, Thane (W);