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Most people associate snakes, frogs, and spiders to ‘bizarre foods’. But we found that in India, that is not the limit. We were curious to know what other weird food items Indians eat and to say that what we found was shocking, is an understatement. Now that you’re curious too, we encourage you to read on and see for yourself.
WARNING: Do not read this when eating, it may cause some people to throw up.
Rat Meat (Bihar)
Yes, you read that right! Some people in Bihar eat rat meat. You may even find certain eateries serving rat meat in some parts Bihar. Some dietetics studies show that rat meat is richer in protein than chicken, and tastier too. Would you be willing to try it?
‘Chaprah’ – Red Ants Chutney (Chhattisgarh)
As we all know, in recent years, insects are emerging as an alternative source of protein in Western countries. But what most people don’t know is that Indians have already been eating insects for a long time. In Chhattisgarh and parts of Jharkhand and Orissa, ‘Chaprah’ is a very popular dish. It is made by drying and grinding red ants and their larvae, along with some spices and making them into a spicy chutney. Red ants are rich in protein and contain formic acid which is a good anti-bacterial agent. Hence, people consider this dish to be healthy.
Eri Polu (Assam)
Eri Polu is a popular delicacy in Assam made of silkworms. The silkworms are used for the dish after they have spun their cocoons. The dish is supposedly tasty and “melts in the mouth”. It is generally eaten along with a dish called ‘Khorisa’ which is prepared by fermenting bamboo shoots. We dare you to give it a try!
Phan Pyut (North East)
Phan Pyut is an exotic dish eaten by North-East Indians. It made by aged, or rather rotten, potatoes. They are generally eaten after tempering with spices and is supposed to be very tasty according to the locals. Shout out to all the vegetarians reading this!
Hilsa Eggs (West Bengal)
This is the cheaper, Indian version of Caviar. Hilsa is a species of fish commonly found in West Bengal, Odisha, and Andhra Pradesh. But in West Bengal, the eggs of the Hilsa fish are eaten as a delicacy.
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