10 Bizarre and Weird Food in India That People Eat
Indian food is a beautiful amalgamation of the culture and diversity that is part of the country. When you think about the Indian cuisine, you think about the rich flavours, the mouth-watering and eye-watering spices, the delightful sweetness of our mithais and the fine aromas.
But there are weird food in India that people eat which will leave you surprised because these bizarre dishes are far from the regular types of Indian cuisine which people have grown to love. Some of these dishes might even give Bear Grylls a run for his money!
This dish is popular with the Jaintia tribe of the North East, predominantly Meghalaya. It consists of rice being cooked with the blood and entrails of either pigs or chicken. It is like your regular Pulav, but with blood and intestines.
2. Doh Khlieh
Another one from Meghalaya makes it to the list. If you’ve ever had pork and onion salad, this is very similar to that. But of course, there is a catch here. It’s the garnishing that it comes with. This delicacy is garnished with steamed pig brain; yes you read that right. If that doesn't qualify for it to be on the list of weird food in India, then we don't know what will. Pig Brain, anyone?
3. Dog Meat
All you dog lovers can stay away from this one! Though unheard of in rest of the country, Nagaland has delicacies that include dogs, spiders, pork, beef, crabs and even elephants. Dog meat prepared in different ways and is a favourite amongst the tribal communities of Nagaland, Mizoram and Manipur.
Red ants, their eggs and some spices; how does that sound to you? Maybe it repels you, or maybe it makes you curious. But the tribes in Chhatisgarh swear by the pungent and spicy chutney of the red ants. They even use red ants for garnishing. Let’s all go try out some ants!
5. Baby Shark Curry
This one was a complete surprise to me which is why it had to be on the list of weird food in India. If you’re in Goa, you’ll find that this is a star dish of the Goan cuisine. Just think of it like any other fish, really. Since it’s very difficult to catch and also very well-loved by the locals, this is one curry that won’t come for cheap. Who is afraid of sharks, anymore?
6. Frog legs
This exotic delicacy is part of the Goan and Sikkimcuisines. The battered and fried frog legs are considered to be of great medicinal value by the Lepchas community in Sikkim. It is known to have cured dysentery and other stomach ailments. And, no; you won’t start jumping like frogs after eating it.
7. Eri Polu
Love that new silk saree you bought? Well, thank the silkworms! But that’s not all that they can give you. Here in Assam, silkworm pupae are a much loved delicacy. The Eri silkworm is used after it has spun its cocoon. It is usually served with Khorisa, a dish prepared from fermented bamboo shoots.
8. Phan Pyut
You vegetarians probably didn’t expect any vegetarian dishes here. Well, (un)fortunately, there is one! Potatoes are part of the staple diet for majority of the Indians. It’s the same with this that is part of the regular North East Indian cuisine. Except that the potatoes are rotten. Ask them why and they’ll tell you how delicious it is. This one probably tops the list of weird food in India which people actually eat as the main ingredient itself is rotten!! But people do enjoy eating it and they have no qualms about it eating it raw or cooking it like any other vegetable.
This dish is a favourite amongst members of Meghalaya’s Garo tribe. This delicacy is made from dried fish, vegetables (if you want any) and distilled ashes. Yes, the same one you get from burning something. It apparently tastes delicious. The only problem is the smell – it smells rotten. Talk about bizaree food!!
10. Sorpotel (Chouricos)
If you haven’t had enough of pigs yet, here is another Goan delicacy that you can try out. Like many of the delicacies in Goa, this dish has Portugese written all over it. Sorpotel is made with pork offal. In simpler words, it is made of a pig’s internal organs and entrails that would otherwise be treated as waste.
If you’ve tasted any of the bizarre and weird dishes, share your experience in the comments below. For the one’s who haven’t, go get adventurous! We dare you.