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India has been blessed with plentiful cultural diversity which has also made its way into the country’s culinary landscape. Food is an emotion here, and there’s a raging debate to decide the national dish of India. The sheer variety makes it almost impossible to award any one dish the title of national food of India.

One of the best ways to sample this culinary bounty is by boking a holiday at a Club Mahindra resort in India. Club Mahindra resorts are spread all over the country and showcase the local cuisine as a part of your holiday experience. It is a chance to broaden your horizons and try new flavours. While we may never settle on any one dish as India’s national food, here are seven dishes that are the most likely candidates to become the national food of India.

1. Masala Dosa

The humble masala dosa is our first candidate to be the national dish of India. The crisp round crepe cooked in ghee, cradles a dollop of cooked potatoes that add a spicy depth to its warm embrace. Add the tang of hearty sambar and the soothing caress of ground coconut chutney, and you get a balanced, flavourful breakfast that is easily available everywhere. In fact, it is a staple in Club Mahindra resorts all around the country. What do you think of the masala dosa?

2. Idli and Meduvada

The next closest candidates for becoming the national food of India are idli and meduvada. You will also find these at every Club Mahindra resort in India. The idli is as fluffy and light as a cloud while the meduvada is a fried indulgence. You can have either the idli or the meduvada or have one of each to get the best of both worlds. The idli is a pocket-friendly any-time snack, which is one more argument in its favour for becoming India’s national food.

3. Butter Chicken

A rich, mellow gravy married to tandoor-roasted pieces of boneless chicken is a match made in heaven. The ubiquitous butter chicken marks its presence in all resorts in India. Liked by young and old equally passionately, it is a successful representative of Indian cuisine abroad, making it a strong contender to be the national food of India. The best part of this dish is that every restaurant has its own interpretation. With soaring popularity, the butter chicken is an apt choice as India’s national food.

4. Paneer Tikka

Paneer is a versatile ingredient that takes on the colour and flavour of every dish it graces. Soft, flavourful, and decadent, every bite of paneer tikka is a sheer delight. The soft bouncy cubes, marinated in an aromatic medley of spices and grilled to perfection in a tandoor, make a mouth-watering snack that can be enjoyed anytime. Available by the roadside, in regular restaurants and in the poshest resorts in India, paneer tikka has a strong claim to the title of national food of India.

5. Chhole Bhature

There’s hardly a food lover in India that as not tasted chhole bhature. Break off a piece of the deep fried bhatura and scoop a generous helping of chhole. The hearty chickpea gravy packs a punch of flavours in every bite. This heavyweight contender for national food of India can be enjoyed at any time of the day. If you have it for breakfast, it will give a powerful start to your day and as dinner it is an indulgence that can be enjoyed leisurely.

6. Vada Pav

Starting out as a pocket-friendly snack, vada pav has carved a place for itself in India’s culinary hall of fame. It presents a strong case for its claim to be the national food of India. It packs a lot of flavours and is easily available almost everywhere around the country. It can be eaten with one hand and is a perfect on-the-go sustenance. There are countless variations of this humble snack and the taste changes around every corner. Have you had a vada pav yet?

7. Chaat

Our last contender for national food of India is not a single dish. It is a rather large food group that boasts of famous family members such as sev puri, bhelpuri, pani puri, and samosa chaat. The tangy, sweet, and spicy flavours have a fanatical fan following around the country. While they may take on different names in different parts of the country, their popularity remains unchanged. In an unbiased election, the chaat is more likely to win than any other dish in our list.

While the Indian foodscape is a vast territory, some dishes stand out with their flavours and textures. These are our choices for national food of India due to their unequivocal popularity and wide availability.

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Mahindra Holidays & Resorts India Limited (MHRIL), India’s leading player in the leisure hospitality industry, offers quality family holidays as also stated by Club Mahindra Membership Reviews and Club Mahindra Reviews, primarily through vacation ownership memberships. While Club Mahindra is the flagship brand offering Club Mahindra Membership, other brands offered by the company are – Club Mahindra Resorts Fundays and Svaastha Spa. As of Mar 31, 2019, MHRIL has 61+ resorts across India and abroad and its subsidiary, Holiday Club Resorts Oy, Finland, a leading vacation ownership company in Europe has 33 resorts across Finland, Sweden and Spain. Visit us at

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