|The best saag paneer and chana masala we had in India.|
This dream-team duo was Pappu's recommendation at a Rajasthan roadside restaurant.
It was so good, we stopped at this place twice.
My favorite part of India was the food. Delicious and super-cheap, I always looked forward to meal time (but when don't I look forward to meal time?). Remarkably, during the six weeks we travelled through India I would say I was 90% vegetarian. And I liked it. Frankly, the vegetables were fresher, better prepared, and simply tastier than the meat dishes. Though, I must admit a few chickens gave their lives so they could be turned into delicious tikka or tikka masala...
Here are some of our favorite dishes:
|Delicious veg jalfrazi|
|More wonderful chana masala. Just look at that gravy!|
|And the naan. Glorious, buttery, garlic naan.|
|Spices, potatoes, and fried bits for sale|
|The proper way to eat a thali.|
Look Ma! Hands-only!
|And while beef may be off limits, fish is not.|
Here is a tuna just sitting in the sun. Yum.
|But there was lots of fruit.|
Cheap and delicious fruit.
So long as we could peel it.
|Or drink its sweet sweet water.|
Oh how I miss the $0.20 young coconut.
|Just a typical $1-2 meal. |
Delicious, filling, and pretty healthy (if you are not scared of lots and lots of oil. And ghee).
|Even the food on the trains wasn't so bad.|
OK, it was bad, but after long delays and no snacks, even egg biryani from the train can taste good.
[JLM: Wrong. It does not taste good.]
|Hmmmm, on second thought, eating that train veg-biryani may not have been the smartest move.|
It seems India Rail may not follow the most demanding set of food-safety standards.
|And one more respite from the frenzy of India.|
The McVeg was pretty good.
It was no surprise to me.
And last, but not least:
The birthday cake the Trident hotel delivered to us for Ms. Jesse Meshkov's 30th birthday.
It seemed that they were quite anxious to give Jesse her present. We walked to our room in a bit of a convoy: First me and Jesse, next one bellman with Twinny Brown and another bellman with Twinny Orange, and last was an unexplained chef pushing a cart with a silver-domed plate. As soon as the whole entourage entered the room, the chef asked to present the madam with a special gift from the hotel. Voila! A delicious chocolate cake.