If you are travelling in India at this time of the year then one of the many things that I recommend doing in India is drinking the popular Indian drink the “Lassi”. The lassi is something like a milk shake or a smoothie with yogurt, milk, water and exotic spices. Sometimes fruit is also added to it. The typical lassi is very popular in the summer months and often served in clay pots called “Kullhad” or steel glasses. Lassi is made by mixing yogurt, milk, water and the other ingredients and giving it a good churn. Watch the video below to see how lassi is made!
If you are the adventurous type and love trying things to eat then I highly recommend trying chewing the “paan” in India especially if you consume tobacco. Some people would laugh at the sight of a westerner chewing the paan but it is something that you must experience. You find little stalls on the roadside everywhere so you can’t escape it. There are different types of paan in India so I will go through what exactly paan is and which ones you should try?
If you are one of those people like me who love pizza then don’t worry, you are in luck. There are places in India for example the Pizza Hut where you can eat. The good thing is that you will find them in most major cities and towns of India. Although you may not find Pizza Hut in smaller towns and villages but most metros and larger towns of India will have them. If you are travelling to Delhi then there’s one in the popular destination of Connaught Circus in Connaught Place in Delhi.
India is about experiencing different types of food that it has to offer and here’s something that you must try. You just have to try the traditional Indian tea (we call it chai) and to go with the Indian chai, you have to try some ‘pakoras’. Pakoras are basically battered fried snacks a bit like potato cutlets. They can be of different types; potatoes, corn, cauliflower, onions and even chicken pakoras. My favourite have always been the onion pakoras.
Some of the most popular sightseeing places in India are big in size. This means that you will have to do a lot of walking around. For example, let’s take the grounds of Delhi’s Red Fort for instance or the Raj Ghat (memorial to Mahatma Gandhi); they are big and you will have to do a lot of walking. Undoubtedly, some of us will get hungry and would like take a little break. I certainly start feeling peckish after all that walking around. What do you in such a situation? Why not take a break and have a cup of Indian tea and something to eat before you go to your next destination. In fact, it might be good thing to take a mini break for a moment to take it all in. The great thing about India is that you don’t have to go very far to find a street food stall or even a small restaurant – most of the time, it’s usually round the corner. Just feel free to take a look at their menu.
If you want to enjoy Delhi then you just have to walk its small by-lanes. This is where the magic of India really is. I understand site-seeing is an integral part of any visit but Delhi is different. You don’t just do site-seeing, you experience the place.
If your stomach is strong enough, I suggest trying out India’s most famous street dish called the “chaat”. This particular dish is so popular that most of us Indians will walk out of the house just to have a plate of chaat from the local street vendor. Most Indian localities will have one of these street food carts. As you can see below, the chaat is made of chickpeas with chillies and other hot spices. You think of a spice and it’s in it. The brown sauce running down the yoghurt is tamarind sauce, the classic ingredient of chaat that gives it that tangy taste. It will also have dried ginger and pepper, coriander leaves, onions, dried noodles, and aloo tikkis or samosas. If you love Indian food, you’ll love the chaat.
We Indians don’t just love tea, we adore it. Not a day goes by where we would not down few cups of tea down our throats. We just have to have it. So, if you love tea then you are going to love India too.
I would like to suggest that you try Uttapam for lunch when in India. Uttapam is a bit like a pancake or an omelette with toppings. It’s definitely not a pizza but it does look like one.
I am really surprised this elegant dish is not as popular in the north as the other South Indian dishes. Although it may not be as popular as the Masala Dosa but you’ll find this in all South Indian restaurants all over India. Good thing about the Uttapam is that it does not require a lot of oil so those travellers to India watching their weight can have this.
Last year I attending a relative’s wedding and I had the pleasure of visiting Shiraz’s Orchid Restaurant located at 4 Queens Road in Amritsar. At the time of the visit, I took some photos although I had no idea that I will be writing a blog post about it.
Anyway, I found the restaurant quite nice. The staff were attentive to the customers and accommodating of special requests. The seating area was generally quiet and typical of any mid-level restaurant in Amritsar. I found the seating area slightly open with little privacy. The eating area was generally clean, including the off-white chair seats and white table cloths. Unlike some other local restaurants, dirty tablecloths are sometimes left on the table for the next set of customers but at Shiraz’s I had no complaints.
I had a talk radio interview by Hannah Murray, the presenter and producer of Talk Radio Europe of Spain, the Marbella based radio station covering the Costa del Sol, the Costa Blanca, Almeria and Mallorca – to talk about Indian breakfast.
She has a wonderful show about breakfasts around the world and Friday 17th 2013 was all about Indian breakfast and I was the one talking about it.
She called me few minutes just before the show and made me comfortable. She then played the track “Wanna Marry You” from the album “Raula Pai Gaya” (2007) by the Bhangra King Daler Mehndi. We then talked Indian breakfast.
As it always happens we tend to put on weight after a holiday. The rest and relaxation, and of course gorging on tasty delicacies, induces weight gain and you find it difficult to shed the weight. Moreover your routine gets disturbed and the time change also plays havoc on your body. Since you’re on vacation you tend to indulge your sweet tooth and end up adding calories. Especially on your travel to India you can always expect to have good food, great hospitality and unlimited enjoyment. The varied Indian culture allows you to experiment with a variety of cuisine that is a treat to taste buds. At the same time you need to be careful that you don’t add a few more pounds after a vacation.
Here’s a taste of what I or most of us Indians have for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Typically, an Indian breakfast could comprise of parathas or chapattis and a vegetable dish eaten lightly. I usually miss breakfast but if I were to have it, I would have 1 or 2 chapattis. Sometimes, we would have “puris” (deep fried) especially if we have visitors staying with us.