September 14, 2008

Gastronomic Delights

Street Food near Juma Masjid, Delhi

During my last trip to India, I had some yummy food and that included Bisi Bele Bhaath, Vada Pav, Pav Bhaaji, Kesari Bhaath, Holige (Puranpoli), Kaju Barfi, Pedas, and add to that delicious thick sweet Lassi.

Journeying through just Karnataka and Maharashtra, I was able to relish Delhi style Chole Baturae, Punjabi Dal Makhani, Keralite Fish Curry, Sikkimese Momos, Madhya Pradesh type Daal Baati, Gujarati Dhokla, and Tamil Nadu style Sambhar.
And a lovely way to end each meal with either Bengali Mishti Doi, or Marathi style Shrikhand.

At Karim's

Indian cuisine varies from place to place. It reflects the varied demographics of the ethnically diverse subcontinent. The beauty of India is that a person does not have to be in one particular state or region to enjoy the cuisine of that state. A variety of food is available almost in every town and city.

What is your favourite of the above food items?

Dining room of the Scindias, Gwalior


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Priyank said...

Puran poli, undisputed winner :P Although I like it Malwa style, not Maharashtra style ;-)

To rank the second foods would be difficult maybe Pav Bhaji, Chhole Bhature, Keshari Bhaat. How come you don't mention any non-veg stuff!

indicaspecies said...


The Holige in Kannada is similar to Maharashtrian Puran Poli (I prefer former) but I haven't tasted the Malwa type as yet.

Hehehe..since you mentioned it, I just realized I thought of (and consumed) more veg food. However, Momos can be non-veg. Moreover, guess you overlooked the Keralite fish curry above?:)

*~*{Sameera}*~* said...

Yummy post! :P

I like vada pav and kaju barfi best from the list you given :)

That's some grandeur for a dining room!

indicaspecies said...


That dining room is part of the opulent Jai Vilas Palace in Gwalior that I have blogged about earlier. I am expecting an invitation from Jyotiraditya Scindia for dinner at the Palace..haha..just kidding!

The last time I had vada pav was in Lonavala a few weeks back. Kaju barfi is so rich, and yummy, ain't it?;)

Zhu said...

Reminds me of China! Different flavor but great food...

I wish most travelers were brave enough to try "street food". It might no fit the Western standards of "clean" but damn, it taste good.

indicaspecies said...


Yes, venturing to consume ''street food'' needs some courage. Thankfully, so far, I have not been adversely affected tasting such food and hope never will.;)

Indrani said...

Food is another major temptation for me to travel. We are visiting Rajasthan this Dusshera vacation. :)

Cuckoo said...

I came to know of puran poli only after coming to maharashtra so don't know of any variety as such.

You went to Karims as well ?

indicaspecies said...


Hey, have a wonderful trip to Rajasthan.:)

Will you be going to Jaisalmer?

indicaspecies said...


Puran poli or Holige? Hehe..
I almost always pass by Karim's while in Delhi.:)

shooting star said...

i love chole bhature and mishti doi!!....
and my hubby loves eating otu at karim's but we dont go there often coz am a veggie!!!

San said...

I've had very little exposure to Indian foods, Celine. But what little I've had was delectable.

These photographs are delectable too.

Lakshmi said...

vada pav for me..these days, food has become functional..trying to be on a diet :(

indicaspecies said...

Shooting Star:

I had some lovely chole baturae in Rishikesh last. Mishti doi is yum!

indicaspecies said...


How about us meeting some time and I introduce you to some exotic Indian food? I guess the idea seems far-fetched, however, nothing is impossible. What say? :)

indicaspecies said...


Glad to hear I've got company. So I'm not the only one "trying" to go on a diet..haha!

Cheer up!

Mridula said...

All those sweets, makes my mouh water.

indicaspecies said...


So does mine, just thinking of those.:)

Anil said...

I'm no expert on India food, but I know that many dishes have different names across the country.

My favorite: palak paneer :)

indicaspecies said...


Me an expert at devouring
I like Palak Paneer too.:)