Hybrids

I like seeing hybrid items, many countries have them, where an introduced food item becomes so popular that the locals eat it themselves, amending the flavours to suit the local palate. Sometimes these food items are overlooked by me, dismissed as an item aimed at appeasing the western palate, when frequently available in local places…

More Street Eats

Train samosas With an early morning train journey robbing me of a chance at getting my beauty sleep and any obvious choice for breakfast a railway platform selection is a sad but inevitable choice. Sure the chai is strong, teeth shatteringly sweet and readily available in tiny little cups that burn the fingertips before I…

Street Eats

Jaipur has a pretty good collection of street food sellers, with a procession of locals the food had a good turn over in food. I really enjoyed finally having street food vendors I trusted enough to eat with. Channa and bread With a large concave skillets, reminiscent of a paella pan bubbling away with a chickpea…

Chaat

I’m a bit annoyed with myself for waiting so long to eat puffed rice snacks. I call them puffed rice snacks, but really they are made from a collection of crisp items, puffed rice and barley, crisp chickpeas, crisped potato, fried noodles, pressed and fried fresh millet, even dried peas. Tossed with spices, chopped tomato…

Kachori

This is the quintessentially Rajasthani street snack, by far the most common fried item seen street side. The thick crisp deep brown pastry is delightfully blistered and is crunchy to the fingertips. Kachori are more common here than samosas or pakoras, these blistered crisp pastry encrusted snacks would be great with a beer, if one…

Jalebi and Jamun

I have a sweet tooth, and to date I have eaten a wide range of Indian sweets, many of them make my teeth ache and toes curl with their sweetness. Inside the shops these small mouthfuls of sugar are often without the names listed so I have been unable to mention them. Sure I’ve been…

Cooking Class

There are many places in India where you can do things outside the usual realm, activities to engage with something new, to spice up the trip, something different than the usual options of temple, palace, fort or shops. I enjoy doing cookery lessons as an activity, rather than having an objective of aiming to gain…

Forts

The craggy hilltops that surround Jaipur are topped by a significant number of forts, these craggy tops and block like forts are reminders of times long gone when noble families acquired great wealth and influence Perhaps the most popular, and certainly the most accessible of these forts can be found at Amber, a relatively short…

Jaipur

The pink city, the first stop for many people visiting Rajasthan with the high walls that surround the old city are certainly bombarded with a cacophony of sound as the modern cities traffic joins with the old centre. I need to find new words for hustle and bustle to enable me to continue describing Indian…

Fatehpur

Fatehpur Sikri is large palace and separate mosque complex built in the 16th century, abandoned just 20 years after completion due to a lack of sustainable water supply. The tranquil relatively hassle free palace is impressive in size and preservation. The complex is enormous, so large it almost ceases to be impressive by the time…

Around Agra

Everything in Agra links or reference the Taj in some way, understandable really, from the marble inlay in the tourist shops, to the gift shops the restaurant names even the local council uses the iconic shape as a text embellishment. The baby Taj is no exception, predating the Taj Mahal by 50 plus years this…

Agra and the Taj

Agra itself is pretty forgettable, but considering the city contains one of the worlds most recognisable sights. It’s not surprising Agra itself is easily forgotten, everyone that comes here is on a buzz about having just seen the Taj Mahal. The ticket office for the east gate is a kilometre from the entry gate, already…