Breakfasts

I’ve had some great Indian breakfast dishes on this trip, a local style breakfast is always welcome. A chance to try something new, interesting and delicious is much better than a predictable and boring western style breakfast. With few local breakfast variations in each location I visit, it’s hard to post about them chronologically and…

Pure veg power load

The retreat in Munnar was great, it included a daily changing offer for breakfast and dinner so there was lots of varied food to try, simply order what you want from the pure vegetarian menu and you could get it. The three nights I stayed gave me a great opportunity to try many vegetarian dishes,…

Munnar

The Munnar region contains 65ooo acres of tea plantations and is responsible for 15% of India’s tea production. This extensive planting results in some excellent views with steep high hills and wide valleys covered in cushion like tea plants, tropical forests, peppercorn plants, coffee trees, and cardamom palms completed the complex valley landscapes. I stayed…

Backwaters

Kochi’s spice laden history is support by generations of people who produced the spices traded at the port city, the hinterland behind Kochi and the Western Ghat mountains bordering Tamil Nadu is a rich spice producing countryside. Transportation around these areas would have been impossible by land, so a series of canals have been dug,…

Keralan fish

Kerala has an interesting food culture, one where many of the outside influences have amalgamated with local foods to create something different to the rest of India. It seems to me to be that the food here is more reminiscent of South East Asia rather than India, with more coconut flavours, more spices, lemongrass and…

Kochi

Kochi is a large modern city spread across a few coastal islands and peninsulas near the city’s large port. The newest part of the city has the usual Indian city feel to it, compact, crowded and hectic, the massive modern port and the huge heavily restricted naval base is close to this part. Kochi’s saving…

Vegetarian

India provides some excellent vegetarian meals, with an enormous part of the society vegetarian, or pure vegetarian (without eggs) it should be no surprise. Veganism isn’t so popular here and I imagine to be even more difficult here than anywhere else, with ghee, curd (yoghurt) and paneer entwined within pure vegetarian cookery. I don’t like…

Nom nom nom

Mumbai is a place where my limited number of appetites become a problem, I’m never going to be able to eat all I want to. Like most cities there is food everywhere, on the streets and in trendy bars, classic cafes and or course there are more restaurants here than you could visit in a…

Mumbai

Anyone who has seen Slumdog Millionaire knows about Mumbai’s slums, some of the largest in the world, millions of people live in them. To me the idea of visiting slums is not enticing, I am not anthropologically minded. There are companies that offer slum tours for those who are compelled to do so, perhaps profiteering,…

Mutton Biryani

I’ve been waiting to eat biryani until I reached Hyderabad, everywhere I had looked for, or considered eating biryani, Hyderabadi biryani was on the menu, basically anytime I read about biryani Hyderabad was mentioned as the best example. With so many things to try elsewhere I thought it best to wait until I was in…

Market street

The market area dominates the roads surrounding the palace, masking its access location with a flurry of shops just past the historic central mosque, this area is often crowded with much to see and do, a few shops have a first floor view over the busy markets, a nice place to brace yourself before delving…

Hyderabad

Talk about coming back to earth with a thud, landing straight back into a huge city after the incredibly relaxed Goan beaches is certainly a shock to the senses. Hyderabad started off with a thump and although it’s not overwhelming in a physical or sensory sense, the first impression of the city is leading me…