When it comes to Indian food, first thing comes in mind is rich, delicious cuisines, spices, finger-licking curries, hot tandoori chicken, butter naan, rich flavors etc. Have you ever heard India could also have bizarre foods that are second to none? If you used to believe that Indian food is all about curries, vegetables and spices, keep reading to get your facts right. We strongly believe that your perceptions about Indian food will change. India is truly a land of surprises. The following list of bizarre foods available in India will truly surprise you.
Chapra is the hottest favorite meals of the tribe in Chhattisgarh. It is actually the tribal state where this type of food is common. Chapra is chutney made of red ants and their eggs. It has spicy and pungent flavor which gives amazing experience. It looks weird at first. These ants are used for garnishing the dishes to add some spice and heat.
In Nagaland the food culture is totally different from that of India. The dish is supposed to be the delicacy which might be considered as a taboo to Indians. The delicacies are made of spiders, dogs, beef, pork, cats, crabs, chicken and they even don’t leave elephants. Dog meat is the delicacy in the tribal community of Mizoram, Nagaland and Manipur only.
In Sikkim’s Lepchas community, having a few pieces of frog legs is really very exotic experience. The tribal people relish on frog legs as their delicacy for their whole life. According to them, frog legs have medicinal values and they can treat various stomach ailments and dysentery.
When it comes to food, Goa has Portuguese inclinations. Goa is offering bizarre food known as Sorpotel. The pork offal is the ingredient which makes it so bizarre. Offal is actually the internal organs and entrails of animal which is used as food or waste material.
Made of silk worm pupas, Eri Polu is one of the delicious yet bizarre foods in Assam. The main ingredient in this delicacy is Eri silkworm. Its cocoon is spun and used to prepare it. Usually, it is served with another exotic dish, “Khorisa” It is prepared using fermented bamboo shoots. This traditional condiment is used in Assam.
Llisha or Hilsa is a fish species found in the Bay of Bengal. It is also one of the popular foods among the people of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha. Hilsa eggs in Bengal are made with turmeric and mustard oil.
Tilli is actually the spleen of buffalo which is marinated in spices and char-grilled. It is the delicacy in Pune. It has great nutritional value of protein and iron and it is low fat. It is a tasty and aromatic street snack in Pune.
Restaurants in Bihar are used to serve rat meat. The rat curry or roasted rat is the main delicacy in their menu. It is locally known as Patal Bageri by the Musharar community in Jharkhand and Bihar.
It is actually a rice dish that is cooked with either chicken or pig blood and entrails. This dish is popular in North East India among Jaintia tribes. It is a well-known dish which includes rice cooked with entrails and blood of chicken and pigs. It is like Pulao but the main ingredients are blood, rice and pig intestine.
Garo tribe is known for having this delicacy. The dish includes a curry made of dried fish which is well-blended with vegetables and distilled ashes. The dish smells actually bad, sometimes even worse than expected. But dried fish is well known in several parts of the country.