Chattisgarh, the newly created state carved out from the state of Madhya Pradesh has been able to carve out an identity of its own even within a short duration of its existence as a separate identity. Chattisgarh, flanked by the Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh have imbibed some elements from its neighboring states, but inspite of that has been able to retain its individuality in terms of its culture and the cuisines of Chattisgarh.
The state of Chhattisgarh is known for its diverse cultivation of agricultural products. These products influence the cuisines of Chhattisgarh to a large extent. Wheat, jowar and maize form the staple foods of the state. Moreover, the central region of Chhattisgarh is a fertile plain and is extremely favourable for paddy cultivation. Rice is grown here on an extensive scale. Hence this central portion is known as the 'rice bowl of India'. No wonder rice also forms an important constituent of people's diet here. Other important agricultural produce used in the diet comprises of coarse grains, fruits, pulses, etc.
Like the rest of India, Chhattisgarh also has many peculiar dishes which are considered to be a part of the culture of Chhattisgarh. The cuisine in Chhattisgarh is special and is known for its taste. The state has developed a lot in every aspect, and its cuisine is as rich as its cultural traditions.
Various cuisines of Chhattisgarh are prepared for different occasions. All festivals have their own variety of specialty cuisine. The Chhattisgarhi cuisine is reflected in the festivals here like Madai, Bastar Lokastav, Hareli, etc. Local, traditional cuisines are expertly prepared during these festivals. Interestingly, the local food materials from Chhattisgarh are outsourced to some countries abroad. Many international chocolate brands use the Bastar sal butter as a raw material.