People of Madhya Pradesh and Chhatisgarh are fond of sweets and namkeens. Though they do not have a distinct food style of their own they have imbibed the best of the recipes of other states of India and given them a distinct flavour of Madhya Pradesh. Influence of recipes of other states is stronger in Madhya Pradesh as a large number of people from different corners of the country came and settled in this erstwhile largest state of the country.
Staple food of the people in these states is wheat, jowar and maize. The meals are also inclusive of protein rich lentils. Most commonly consumed of all is the Arhar dal. People cook vegetables in variety of styles as these are must past of the daily food habit of the people. People of Madhya Pradesh are very much fond of sweets and this is duly reflected in the cuisine of this state. Food pattern in these states varies from region to region. In some regions people consume rice and fish in their daily routine. Dairy based dishes are more commonly used in Gwalior and Indore districts.
The best part of these states is that people here are extremely hospitable and treat guests with utmost respect and generosity. The old Indian saying of Atithi Devo Bhava, meaning guests is as God comes true to this state.