While I had my fair share of Indian cuisine in Singapore and Hong Kong, I felt like I was in veggie paradise coming to India for the first time.
Even the meal served on Jet Airways was tasty as I flew from Hong Kong to Mumbai, which landed at 1am followed by a 4 hour drive to Pune.
The main purpose of coming to India was to attend my friend’s wedding and do some sightseeing as well.
Since I stayed at her house during my entire trip there, I was able to eat what the locals eat.
Here’s a peek:
Puran Poli is like a pancake that has a sweet filling inside, which you eat with other dishes.
Laddoo is an Indian sweet made of semolina that is served at special occasions and simply melts in your mouth. I love to round it off after my meal. Above, Namrata’s mother showing off the tin of Laddoo she made herself.
This was lunch served at home before my friend’s wedding ceremony in the evening.
On the first night before the wedding (Shrimant Pujan) where the groom gets invited to the bride’s place, guests were treated to a vegetarian dinner.
The full course meal consists of salad, curry that was spicy and rich, dhal gravy on rice and dessert.
On her actual wedding day, the luncheon was another full course spread. I had a hearty meal.
There are several breakfast dishes that Indians eat in the morning. This dish is called Upma, a type of grain/ wheat and sprinkled with coconut and parsley.
This is another typical breakfast dish that comprises of peas, potatoes and lentils served with bread fresh from the bakery in Panjim City, Goa.