Tasty Udaipur

Trip Start Sep 20, 2010
Trip End Dec 18, 2011

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Jag Niwas

Flag of India  , Rajasthan,
Friday, October 8, 2010

Not really a lot to say about Udaipur as a place because i was surprisingly uninspired by the place.  Surprisingly because it is advertised as the most romantic city in India, and anyway everyone we have met said that we would love it. However it didn't have that extra 'i don't know what' which i would expect of a place bigged up in such a way. I think one of the main reasons was because it was a bit too touristy.  Unlike Jaisalmer which we have given a shining review of its more on the beaten track from an accessibility and time perspective and also probably because of the aforementioned reputation.  Having said that i am being a little unfair because there were some lovely views across the lakes and it was quite a relaxing couple of days.  We did happen to stumble across Udaipur on the first and second days of a 9 day festival so we went along one night and witnessed the town stick dancing.  There didn't appear to be any organisation in this and some people looked mightily unhappy to be dancing with sticks but it was fun nonetheless and the odd overenthusiastic Indian boy, or uncoordinated Europoean man getting involved added to the enjoyment!

We couldnt attend the first night of the festival because Kevin had booked us unto cooking lesson! This is one of the best things we have done in India.  Our teacher was a fantastic lady called Shashi. Having been widowed at just 32 with 2 kids, she is unable to remarry being a Brahmin and therefore, one the suggestion on an Irish man she met a few years ago she
started cooking lessons.  When she started she couldn't speak any foreign language but with the help of her first few students she is now very good at English and knows all the ingredients for German (we know for sure because there were 2 Germans in our class) plus a number of other languages.  She was a little scary at first as her style was very direct but she was actually brilliant.  We started with masala chai, before swiftly moving on to various types of masala, pakora, paneer, chappati, naan and parantha (sweet and savoury).  Once we had learnt how to cook, and cooked, all of these things we then got to sit down and eat the feast.  Needless to say there were a lot of left overs - a shame as apparently the course is free if you're able to eat everything.  I hope you like the pictures - we shall be purchasing 2 aprons and a rolling pin
when we get home as it seems to suit us!   

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Lauren on

So you will cook for us when you get back then!?! Dinner party and Liz and Kevs! Looks so yummy

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