#9 – Our Journey Across The 29 States – Madhya Pradesh
Our journey across the 29 states of India continues in Madhya Pradesh, India’s second-largest state by area. The size of Madhya Pradesh is so large that the time is 40 minutes ahead of the local time zone in Ramanujgang, a town on the eastern border of the State and Jabhua, on the western border.
Madhya Pradesh is one of the few states that is surrounded by other states on all its sides. It lies in the plain regions of the country and occupies one of the oldest parts of the Indian Subcontinent which was once the land of the Gonds called the Gondwana. Every twelve years the grand fair of Kumbh Mela is organised here. Madhya Pradesh has some spectacular historical places in its region, of which a temple made of glass in Indore is world recognized. Ujjain, a sacred city for the Hindus, is a renowned place in the world as it is one of 12 Jyotirlingas in India. Madhya Pradesh is particularly famous for its Khajuraho temples which exhibit the erotic sculptures depicting the ancient Indian Kama Sutra.
Wheat, jowar and maize form the most staple food for the people of Madhya Pradesh. Vegetables and protein-rich lentils like arhar dhal are a key component in their daily meals. Wheat cakes popularly known as bafla are a traditional food of the people where they dip it in ghee and eat with a peppery lentil broth. Most importantly, Madhya Pradesh is known for its sweets which is clearly reflected in their food habits. Popular sweet delicacies are Jalebi, Kusli and Cashew Burfi. Due to the abundance of milk in this state, there are lots of dairy-based sweets. At The 29 States, we are constantly trying to evolve our menu and bring new concepts to life. We are currently in the process of developing a dessert menu and will be looking to take inspiration from this great state!