If you told 7-year-old me I would LOVE Indian food in about 20 years, I would have called you a liar. I may have said your pants were on fire too. You, however, would be speaking the truth. In India I am in food heaven.
Food here is mostly vegetarian (veg. is the word Indian people use). Cheese, creme and butter are common ingredients. Spices are liberally applied and all meals are served with a carbohydrate. I usually eat with my hands and I am improving my one-handed rip and scoop skills (non-technical term).
Slowly I am learning the names for common foods and items I enjoy most. This is my small dictionary:
A satisfying and tasty McDonald’s meal at the Kuala Lumpur airpot. Homemade yogurt at Nina’s AirB&B on our first morning in Delhi.
There was so much food at Tarun’s wedding celebrations! Here is a sampling of what I ate upon arrival at the hotel, at the first night’s festivities, and at breakfast the second day.
We tried almost every food served on Tarun’s wedding night. It was a feast.
The day after the wedding, Tarun’s dad shared his favorite fruit with us. It is called sharifa or sitafal in India. Wikipedia says the English name is sugar-apple. The fruit has white, meaty, sweet pockets of flesh with a small black seed inside. Each pocket is pulled from the larger fruit before eating.
Tarun’s family hosted me and Bryana for breakfast after the wedding festivities ended. It was a great meal and it was special to be invited into their home. The following day, the buffet breakfast at our hotel included sautéed veggies. I had not seen vegetables prepared this way for a while.
In Agra, Bryana and I enjoyed meals together. Most meals in India are easily under $5USD.
Under the guise of needing to pay with credit card, I rationalized an expensive lunch buffet at a luxury hotel in Agra. I do not regret this decision. The view was also excellent.
Thali is the word for a plate of food made up of various dishes. Louie from London and I ate this meal together in Jaipur. A thali is a great way to try a variety of foods and to sample the best items at the restaurant. Also pictured is rice biryani, samosas and coffee, palak (spinach) dal, paneer (cheese cubes), and an after meal digestive of sugar and anise seed.
I met an awesome group of British women, Charlotte, Amy, and Kelly, in Jaipur. We traveled together to Pushkar too. I hope to see these friends for New Years celebrations in Goa.
Coffee served blended and with milk is now a regular part of my diet. I also enjoy chai, a traditional Indian drink of black tea mixed with milk and spices available everywhere.
Two of my meals in the lake city of Udaipur. For breakfast I tried a common Indian food, upma, made from semolina. At lunch I ordered thali.
I traveled to Delhi to spend time with my friend Kory from Minneapolis. She was in India to recruit students to the Carlson School’s MS programs. Kory welcomed me in her classy hotel and I treated myself to something I had never tried before – room service. The mozzarella and vegetable lasagna was outstanding. The breakfast buffet at the hotel was equally impressive. Thanks Kory!