The Jealous-Maker.

Trip Start Feb 04, 2008
Trip End Mar 31, 2008

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Saturday, February 16, 2008

Not much to report right now, other than that Keralan food is good! It's very similar to that of Tamil Nadu, but less greasy. Lots of rice and soupy curries, but more stuff is steamed or fried without oil. Parottas are especially popular. Also called Parathas or Porottas, they're like naan bread, but they'll be made from a ball, then smacked down on a hot place until they cook, then they'll be taken off and smacked around a bit more, then they'll be served to you. Not at all heavy: makes a nice change after all the grease of the past weeks.

Some typical breakfast dishes are Appam (which I've had, like rice-based pancakes - you have with a curry) and Iddiya Appam (like rice-based noodles - haven't had it yet but looks good). Also on the to-try list is Puttu. That was recommended by the owner of the homestay I"m at - no idea what it's like, but worth a try.

For supper I had Parottas with what was the Keralan version of traditional Newfoundland Split Pea Soup. The smell of the peas as it was served was unmistakeable. I pity the poor wretches who sit next to me on the bus to Coimbatore tomorrow.

Today was a big hiking day, despite a cold (Indian colds are apparently exactly the same as their Western counterparts!). I got hopelessly lost in the ridiculously beautiful tea-growing estates around Munnar, where I am. You know, fields of tea plants smell strangely like... tea! It was like walking around the edge of a cuppa.

Actually, at one point, when lost and feeling the heat, I was convinced that I wouldn't make it out and they would find me dried up in the middle of a tea field. They'd have to boil some water and drop me in for a couple of minutes to bring me back.

Anyways, I'm trying to sort out pics for this one - then you'll see why I called it the Jealous-Maker. Tea-fields are very, very photogenic! Any of you who've used Travelpod - I'm curious to know which browser you use! Mine doesn't seem to work using the manual upload, plus the other one takes forever to download Java, etc...
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aintgoinnowhere on

Pea soup
You said:
> I had Parottas with what was the
> Keralan version of traditional Newfoundland
> Split Pea Soup.

But I bet there was no salt meat in it.

How did you know about the hiking paths in the tea fields? Were there signs? Or just a wandery sense when you got up in the morning?

I think I'd feel like I was in heaven, walking around tea fields with the smell of tea all around me.

motionpicture on

Re: Pea soup
Oh, there were no paths as such - they were more 'access roads'. It seems to be mainly women harvesting the tea, then carrying it back on their heads in big baskets. They use those tiny roads for that, and probably wheelbarrows too.

I was actually trying to find the main tourist magnets - a waterfall and a lookout point over much of Tamil Nadu - but the horrible map I was given at the place I was staying guaranteed I'd get lost.

missruckus on

is the food much like the stuff at those keralan restaurants in stoke-newington? how i miss rasa!

re: browsers.. i used whatever they had on their computers which was usually IE. it took a long time to upload pics, i think, but i just went through with it.

missruckus on

p.s. have you been meeting people?

motionpicture on

Re: people
I've been meeting a FEW people. Trouble is there are no hostels here, only cheap hotels. On a privacy level, that's great, but I'd be willing to sacrifice some privacy to be more social. That said, the past few places have been pretty good, so can't really complain. Met a nice Canadian couple living in Aus last night and we had dinner and talked about how crazy this country is.

That's a subject of conversation that's limitless....

As far as the food goes, I can't remember how Rasa was, other than that it was really good. I'll go when I'm back in London, for sure, though, and report back!

missruckus on

Re: Re: people
in china, i found it easier to meet people when i was staying in hostel dorm rooms, definitely.. but when i stayed in private rooms, it was harder as well.. and sometimes, would go days without talking to anyone aside from the people i bought food from (in the few mandarin words i knew) or paid for a room (also, sometimes as above). i was also there during low tourist season..

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