Indian Delights

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

Puran Poli

Puran Poli is like a pancake that has a sweet filling inside, which you eat with other dishes.

Laddoo

Laddoo

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.

lunch

lunch

This was lunch served at home before my friend’s wedding ceremony in the evening.

dinner served at wedding ritual

dinner served at wedding ritual

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.

wedding luncheon

wedding luncheon

On her actual wedding day, the luncheon was another full course spread. I had a hearty meal.

Upma

Upma

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.

lentil breakfast

lentil breakfast

This is another typical breakfast dish that comprises of peas, potatoes and lentils served with bread fresh from the bakery in Panjim City, Goa.

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