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Cardamom and Curry and Chapati! Oh, My! – The Best Foods I Had in India

Before I went to India, one of my friends remarked that he didn’t like the Subcontinent’s cuisine because, to paraphrase him, “it’s basically just a bunch of vegetables and lentils boiled down to texture-less mush.” I’d disagreed with him then, and after eating my way across Rajasthan for a week, that feeling intensified by about a thousand. I know that I only tasted the barest fraction of the delicious food the region had to offer, but what I did eat was some of the best food I’ve encountered anywhere in the world. And I ate as much of it as I could. About halfway through our trip, one of my friends had remarked, “I think we’ve all learned at this point that you’re willing to try anything. ‘Well haven’t had a bite of that one yet…’”

As I’m never one to skip an opportunity to making a ranked list, here are the eleven best foods I ate while in India, in no particular order. Don’t read this while you’re hungry.

1.)   Navratan KormaIt’s not exactly a secret that India is home to some truly bangin’ curry, and I did my best to taste as many delicious varieties as I could. Of all of those, navratan korma was probably my favorite. In Hindi, it translates to “nine jewels,” which refers to the variety of vegetables, nuts, and fruits used in the dish. Mine had cashews, paneer, carrots, green beans, carrots, and potatoes in it, to name just a few ingredients. There was hardly any oil in it, unlike a lot of the other curries I’d eaten, and the cashews added a huge amount of creaminess. The thing that made navratan korma stick out to me was the inclusion of pineapple. It made for a surprising note of sweetness in what would have otherwise been a pretty mild (and even bland) curry.

Navratan Korma
Navratan Korma

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The Road to Heaven Is Paved in Bhelpuri – An Epicurean Intro to Delhi

Trying to fit my two-week trip across northern India and Nepal into a single blog post would be like trying to cram every one of Delhi’s sixteen million people into a Japanese elevator. It’s just not going to happen. My winter vacation was everything I could have hoped for – spoiler alert, the Taj Mahal is every bit as breathtaking as it looks – and so much more. I’ll likely be writing about my trip for at least the next month, so I hope you like reading about curry, sacred cows, and tuk-tuk rides. Continue reading The Road to Heaven Is Paved in Bhelpuri – An Epicurean Intro to Delhi

Introducing Throwback Thursday — Macau

A few weeks ago, I finally cracked and signed up for an Instagram account, despite swearing for months that I’d never succumb to that trend. I blame my new iPhone, with its lightning-fast processor and crystal-clear pictures, two qualities my old Android was sorely lacking. Anyway, I Instagram pics like a pro now, and I’m especially taken with the “Throwback Thursday” trend. I figured that TBT would work pretty well for my blog. One of the things I regret most is that I only started blogging fourteen months or so ago, because I didn’t have a chance to write about any of my past travels. Now, though, that’s going to change. Continue reading Introducing Throwback Thursday — Macau