I have placed links (don't worry, the links won't be copied when you copy the list) to a picture or a recipe for each food, for someone who may not be familiar with that particular food. I thoroughly enjoying browsing the blogs and flickr looking for suitable pictures. The pictures which thrilled me the most were those depicting the "people behind the food"...the vendors and cooks who earn their humble living by expertly making the foods we crave the most. Hats off to them, and many thanks to the talented bloggers and amateur photographers who document these foods and people for us.
Apart from being a meme to fill a few moments of boredom, I hope this list could be used as a starting point for a traveler looking to try new flavors in India, for us to introduce our non-Indian friends to new foods (as Lavanya suggested) and for home cooks to try and make some of these all-time favorites in our own kitchens.
To all those who shared their own lists in comments on the previous post- thank you! It is fun to see how we keep coming back to the same dishes as perennial favorites. And that many of our favorite foods are simple home-style dishes that never fail to comfort us.
Your challenge, should you take up this meme is to:
- Copy the entire list, along with these instructions, into your blog post
- Bold the foods that you have tried
- Strike out the foods you would never try
- Tell us your score in the comments :)
- If you wish to, make your own list or add to this one
Nupur's Indian Vegetarian 100
1. Ripe mangoes
2. Curd rice
5. Puran poli
6. Boiled peanuts
8. Stuffed baby eggplants
10. Stuffed paratha
11. Masala chai
14. Curry leaves
15. Banana chips fried in coconut oil
17. Vada pav
18. Tender coconut water
20. Madras filter coffee
21. Boondi laddoo
22. Boondi raita
23. Navratan korma
25. Masala peanuts
26. A home-cooked Indian vegetarian meal
27. Sugarcane juice
28. Sabudana/sago in any form
30. Maggi noodles
31. Podi with rice and ghee
32. Roomali roti
33. Bitter gourd
34. Nylon sev
35. Vegetable biryani
36. Thali at a restaurant
37. Plantain flower
39. Nimbu pani
41. Kotthu parotta
42. Panch phoran
44. Indian "French toast"
45. Sarson ka saag
47. Pav bhaji
49. Glucose biscuits
53. Tomato "omelet"
54. A wedding feast
55. Grilled corn on the cob with lemon juice, salt and chilli powder
56. Cadbury's fruit and nut chocolate
57. Sai bhaji
59. Indian-Chinese meal
61. Black forest cake
62. Bharwa bhindi
63. Kashmiri saffron
65. Ripe jackfruit
68. Bhut jolokia
69. Baby mango pickle
70. Meal off a banana leaf
72. Moong khichdi
74. Daal baati
75. Methi greens
79. Sweet lemon pickle
80. Ridge gourd
81. Bisi bele bhath
82. Coconut burfi
83. Caramel custard
86. Baingan bharta
87. Mysore pak
88. Punjabi wadi
90. Dal makhani
91. Paper dosa
93. Hand-churned butter
95. Curd chillies
96. Mustard oil
97. Fresh cashews
98. Tomato pickle
My own score: 95%
I don't remember ever eating horsegram (#29), plantain flower (#37), kotthu paratha (#41), or mustard oil (#95). And I certainly have never tasted bhut jolokia (#68), the newly crowned hottest chilli in the world and currently enjoying fame on the US restaurant scene, I hear.
Next update- in a week or so!
Love the list and especially the maggi noodles :-)ReplyDelete
I loved your list :)ReplyDelete
interesting list - i'm intrigued to see tirphal there.ReplyDelete
i've got one recipe that involves tirphal (in a coconut sauce with fish), and i bought a load back when i was last in Mumbai, so i'd like more good ways to use it.
have you got any favourite recipes that involve tirphal?
or general hints about how you use it?
Gud score.. and interesting list too! But I dont think cn score more than 80%ReplyDelete
Three of my 5 made it in :) I am happy. I like your list esp the meticulous links.ReplyDelete
Lovely list. Am putting this up on my blog right away!ReplyDelete
What a delicious list. The links are what I like the most.ReplyDelete
Great list! I can't believe you haven't eaten horsegram - I thought it is a Maharashtrian staple (even in a pseudo-Marathi household like ours)!ReplyDelete
wonderful list Nupur! You are so right about us being spoiled with choices in India.ReplyDelete
I enjoyed clicking through the list and looking at the photos. The candid road-side photos are surely the best ones and depict the dish in its true form. Will have it up on my blog soon and come back with the score :-) Have a great weekend.
Nice lists! I'll add you to my list. Thanks for the info.ReplyDelete
I loved your list and going through the links and pictures :) Just awesome !!
I made 92%. Foods I missed are :
1. Tirphal (not sure if it is the same one that is used in ayurvedic preparations)
2. Vada Pav (Having been born in Pune and lived there for a few years, I know its a shame but I dont know why I never ate this.. both my parents LOVE this)
3. Kotthu Paratha
4. Indian French Toast
5. Sai Bhaji
7. Bhut Jolokia
And all my choices made to the list... ofcourse Dahi Puri got clubbed in Chaat.. :)) but still.. Yaay !!!
That was quick! Will try to take the challenge..I have a feeling my score is going to be low.ReplyDelete
That is great list. I have five missed food! Probably I was not exposed or ignored such dishes! Great links at least I can visualize those items.ReplyDelete
Oooh! ur list!! i's so doing this!!ReplyDelete
Just 1 question: Triphal, as in the ayurvedic medicine?
I love the list! I'm going to come back and comment later about this :)ReplyDelete
Wow - this list is fascinating and a lot of unknown food for me - you are indeed lucky to have such wonderful flavours - I felt a bit sad that I couldn't do an Australian veg 100 because our food is mostly derived from immigrants - and the Indigenous flavours we do have are not widely appreciatedReplyDelete
Liked your list! - though I didn't know what some of the items (Bebinca?) were. And thanks for the painstaking links as well!ReplyDelete
Btw, I only had kottu parotta recently - ironically, in Germany, where I now live and never once in South India, where I grew up. It's a standard Sri Lankan dish as well - I actually had it at a Sri Lankan restaurant here - and was blown away by how good it tasted. A kind of Indian pasta, almost - except the roti/paratha is the "pasta" (it seems to lose it "roti-ness" entirely). I've made it at home since then, and been amazed at the results - so simple and yet, the seemingly transparent combination of roti and veggies and standard Indian spices creates a whole new entity fused in a deliciously complex way. I could go on and on, so I'd better stop here - but please try it if you haven't!
One other thing I wanted to mention re. masala peanuts - I actually didn't mean the paper cones sold on Indian street (though those are wonderful as well) but the mixture of peanuts, tomatoes, onions, chilies, cilantro and spices that's served as an appetizer/bar-snack.
I am so delighted to see you back here. Welcome back!ReplyDelete
Loved your list. Also thrilled to see Thayir Sadhaam up in the list. As an incorrigible South Indian foodie, I cannot live without that. #68 is too hot I hear. .I doubt if I will ever try it..
Now, off to click on the links.
-Suganthi aka thodarumm
wow.......i scored a 99%....except for the bhut jolokia have tried everything else.......ReplyDelete
Lovely list with Indian touch!ReplyDelete
My score 97/100.I have not tasted Bhut Jolokia,Bebinca and Tirphal.That's it.I was amazed that I had tasted almost all of that list.Thanks to my dad I have lived in Chennai,Panvel,Mumbai,Indore,Noida(New Delhi)and Silvassa(Dadra nagarReplyDelete
Haveli) and now in USA.I have friends from almost every region in India and I think it is safe to say I dined at every one of their homes to cover this list.LOL!
Glucose biscuits..good one!ReplyDelete
I am so glad you are blogging again! :) I will do the list, but having only recently started preparing Indian foods, I haven't sampled many on the list, but I would like to! DeeReplyDelete
Its a shame you call "chakli" "murruku" - unless ofcourse you meant the south indian kind which is made with rice flour vs "chakali" which is made from "bhajanee".
I enjoyed your list! I scored 84%. Not that bad, if you ask me.ReplyDelete
Thank god it is eating, I thought cooking and then my list would have only 5 or 6ReplyDelete
Lovely collection Nupur!! :)..ReplyDelete
How HOW Proud I feel to see my bananachips up there !!!
I am HONOURED!!..:)
No words to thank you Nupur!!!
I scored a dismal 46, but given the fact that I studiously avoid coconut-laden dishes, and that I'm not Indian, I guess that's not too bad. As a Kitchen Barbarian I feel free to leave out of a recipe anything I don't like, or to avoid it altogether, and coconut definitely falls into that category.ReplyDelete
but wedding feast is very generic..a traditional marathi wedding feast would have to have jilbi and mattha, masale bhaat..(of course these days they are very "modern" with ras-malai and pulav and korma)..with the fun being in the eating competitions and the "aagraha" (where you are lovingly forced to eat just one more..) which is altogether missing in the buffet systems these days..
Hi Nupur, Its great to see you back on this page. I was wondering what had happened. Love this website. You rock..ReplyDelete
Wow - I'm not Indian, but I have eaten 65 of the list - pretty darn good for a white chick! Some of the ones I haven't tried sound really interesting, like falooda and thecha (not together though...). This is a very interesting place to start exploring.ReplyDelete
I am growing my own methi this year, as the supply at the farmer's market was too erratic and got snapped up too quickly. I should be able to havest the first batch this weekend.
Nice to see you back at posting, Nupur. And that's quite a list. Looks like there are a few there I need to explore.ReplyDelete
I see my baby mangoes are here too. Thanks for mentioning them.
Ha! 98% all but Bebinca and bhoot jholokia. Loved it that you put glucose biscuits and maggi noodles in there. Missed seeing bhelpuri there.ReplyDelete
Wow...interesting list and loved the maggie bit in it.WOnderful idea!ReplyDelete
Nupur, I took up your 100 challenge and scored 95%! I also added another 25 items to the list!! :DReplyDelete