An affair of travel and food in these five Indian cities: The spices begin their customary dance on the perfectly flat stage of the frying pan as soon as the chef throws them in the hot oil. The finely chopped onions which follow have their own melody to sing. Their song continues until they turn golden brown after which they meet the freshly mashed potatoes on the pan and add their juicy flavours to it. Just next to it, the rice batter falls in love with the steaming hot cast iron pan and spreads on its surface before rising in glory. The story continues and the mashed potato mixture meets the thin rice crust on the bigger pan, a few chopped tomatoes, green chillies and grated coconut too join the party before they are enclosed in the form of a letter roll and served on a banana leaf with spicy chutneys. People call this process, cooking, we call it Art. And we stand at a point where the smell of this food meets the music of the waves and the dauntless spirit of the shinning sun. No luxurious restaurant can replace the feeling of eating underneath the open sky while wondering about the vastness of the ocean. Yes, we travel for food. People call us travelling foodies but we like to define ourselves as the ministers who want to unite travel and food in holy matrimony. We are bitten by the lust for food and drenched completely in the love for travel and we bring to you today bits and bytes about the affair of food and travel in these five cities.
An affair of travel and food in these five Indian cities
Eat: Macher Jhol (a stew of fish in tomato to spice up your life). Rasmalai (Now that is one food which will literally melt in your mouth)
Love: Fall in love with the art galleries, the people and the history of Kolkata. Embrace the warmth of the culture and submit yourself to the beauty of the Howrah Bridge at night while you eat and stay here.
Eat: Mirchi Vada (Guess what? It’s not just fried chillies. It has a filling of spicy potatoes inside). Ghevar (You need to neutralize the heat, don’t you?)
Love: Fall in love with the smell of the Rajasthani mitti (plus the food) and pay visit to the tons of monuments while enjoying the culinary flavours of the city.
Eat: Pyaaz ki Kachori (Trust us you can eat it all day long with some masala chai. Do remember, it is best served steaming hot.) Balushahi (For no meal can end without a hint of sweetness in the mouth)
Love: Just don’t fall in love with the Nawaabi andaaz but live like one while you are here. (Visit, Stay, Eat … Repeat)
Eat: Mirchi ka salan (who knew that chillies and peanuts when combined make your taste buds fall in love with them). Qubani ka meetha (A sweet dish made out of apricots. Nom-nom…Now that’s a must try.)
Love: Do you believe in love at first sight? You will, when you stay and eat to your heart’s desire in Hyderabad.
Eat: Puneri Misal (Visited the city and came back without eating its most famous dish? Well, it never happens to us and you should not let it happen to you too). Ukadiche Modak (Eat it and feel the flavours play symphony in your mouth)
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Love: Fall head over heels in love with the palaces and museums of Pune. This city will not only feed your soul with food but also satisfy your wanderlust with its beauty.
PS – STOP drooling and START booking.