Food is Important

Trip Start Aug 15, 2012
Trip End Jan 10, 2013

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Flag of India  , Rajasthan,
Saturday, August 4, 2012

One of the most surprising food experiences for me was that Indian food I've eaten all around the world (eg: UK, France, Dubai, Germany) is not dissimilar from the Indian we've now eaten in India. I expected it would be a bit different (like eating Chinese in China) and much better quality, but it wasn't. There were some new things (parantha bread, yum) and I must say it was only marginally better than the best I've eaten outside India. All delicious though, we were pretty happy.

We did sample some Modern Indian which was loooovely!

My favourite dish is Palak Paneer, puréed spinach with firm cottage cheese. In Agra, after we visited the Taj Mahal, I ate Palak Tofu! Now it was only the second time I'd seen tofu on a menu in India and I was very excited given my main source of protein here had been cheese and pulses. I needed a change and I love good tofu. It was the best Palak gravy I had ever eaten. Smooth, silky, green as green and very flavoursome. The tofu wasn't the horrible dish cloth stuff you get in noodle dishes but lovely silky tofu that melts in your mouth. I am going to yearn for that Palak Tofu for some time to come.

Eggplant gazpacho, think smooth (no texture at all), silky, cold hummus but the best you've ever eaten. Yes, I happily OD'd on garlic.

Indian Sweets

If you haven't tried fresh Indian sweets before you must go and find some right now. We love them, our favourite is the little slices made from cheese and condensed milk with the silver or gold leaf on top. Paneer Burfi, Kalak, an old time favourite and so readily available in Oz, Gulab Jamun. We only had some the once while we were in Shimla because we knew we could trust the vendor otherwise we would have had lots. Perhaps a good thing we couldn't.

I was very happy to stumble across a cheese cake with a sweet spicy sauce drizzled all around it. Priceless combination.

Soan Cake, weird earthy coloured fairy floss made from sugar cane with chopped up nuts. I was scared to eat it because it looked so strange but oh my gosh it was delicious. I wasn't quick enough to capture Leigh's before his tray was collected by the very proficient train waiters. I am going to look for this one everywhere I go.


We weren't eating them, I'm a vegetarian after-all. But boy they saw us as a source of food. There were so many children begging for money to feed themselves. A couple we saw were clearly being monitored and coached by nearby adults. It's such a devastating sight to see, both the fact that they are hungry and being exploited to beg from strangers. We gave one of them the free caps we were given by the tour company we used. Not many people wear caps here but it felt better than giving them money and feeding the business of children begging.

Curry, curry, curry and more curry

We love a good Indian feed and used to eat it once a fortnight or once a week sometimes but never before now had we eaten it for 3-5 meals in a row. Before we left we were a little concerned about the likely event of falling victim to Delhi Belly but we needn't have worried. We stuck to the safe stuff and survived but our bodies weren't prepared for the constant spices and chili in everything we ate. Needles to say while we didn't get sick we did spend a decent amount of time in the bathroom.

There is a saying "you are what you eat" not sure if you've heard it =). Well after days of eating predominantly digestive cleansing Indian food (with the occasional pizza or burrito thrown in) and 9-10 hours sleep every night we were feeling great.

It is a good thing there is a gap between when we leave India and when we visit Kaz & Tom in the UK. Their local curry joint is one of our all time favourites and we can't go all that way and not have a curry!

Chicken & Mutton

Leigh's choices were limited to these two meat varieties so it's a good thing he loves Tandoori Chicken! He ate it about every third meal. Leigh's belly is a little more sensitive than mine so he needed some more frequent relief from the curry gravies.

Cows of course are the sacred animal in the Hindu faith so beef was off the menu for our entire 2 weeks we were in India. After seeing what some of the cows were eating and how skinny they were I don't think he'd be missing much. Apparently they too get Delhi Belly from eating the rubbish that lines the streets. I am sure Europe and the US will more than make up for this, especially some of the Texan towns will be staying in.

I couldn't remember what animal mutton comes from. Silly I know but I don't frequent the butchers much these days.

All in all a yummy food experience in India!

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