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Hyderabadi Bazaar (Hyderabad, India)

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bazaar7Yet another post about India that is only half food-related, but still seemed worthy of inclusion.  While we were in Hyderabad for an elaborate wedding, we took an afternoon trip down to one of the old Muslim bazaars in the city, near the famous site of Charminar.  The bazaar was teeming with activity — these pictures were the first to make me nostalgic for the feverish crowds and ceaseless energy of India — and pretty tasty-looking food items.  We didn’t eat, but we ogled.

Also, Charminar was pretty great to see.

 

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June 24, 2009 at 10:53 am

Spice Market (Fort Cochin, Kerala, India)

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spicemkt2This is not entirely a post on food, but it seems to fall within the general ambit of this site.  While we were in Kerala, we visited the famous spice markets in Fort Cochin, after being pestered into taking a guided tour by drivers of “tuk tuk ferraris.”  The spice markets dealt primarily in ayurvedic “spices,” but edible spices were also available, including ginger, star anise, and a number of others.  The storage facilities were beautiful and old — they have been used since approximately 1500, when the Portuguese based their tea trading out of the city, I believe.  Also, the lime-covered drying area for ginger was a memorable and blinding spectacle.  The one thing the pictures don’t convey is the smells, which were powerful and lingering.

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June 24, 2009 at 10:09 am

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Keralan Cuisine (Allepey, India)

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kerala1While in India in February 2009, we took a trip down South to Kerala (the “Hawaii of India”) for some rest and relaxation and to sleep on a houseboat in the famed backwaters.  It was much calmer than the rest of India and more beautiful (especially as the sun set over the backwaters), although the bugs were pretty nasty at night.

Kerala is known for its spicy seafood, so we were naturally excited to eat.  And we were not disappointed.  Some of the best food of our entire trip was the “home-cooked” food prepared on the houseboat by the chef who travelled with us.

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May 15, 2009 at 11:42 am

Trishna (Mumbai, India)

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trishna1In yet another homage to R.W. Apple, one of the inspirations for this site, we went to Trishna (here is the web site) for some seafood while in Mumbai in February.  Trishna was one of the ten restaurants that Apple recommended traveling around the world to experience, in his last article.  It is one of my pet projects to eat in all of those restaurants, though it means I have some serious traveling ahead of me.

So, the food was very good.  Per Apple’s (and the staff’s) recommendation, we had king crab in garlic, butter, and pepper.  We made the mistake of having it brought in the shell, which meant we had to get our hands all over the food to eat it.  (Getting your hands all over your food in India, while necessary sometimes, is not terribly comforting.)  It was so messy we needed bibs.  Messy, but delicious.  The highlight of the meal was the Jumbo Pomfret — a popular white, flaky fish — cooked in the “Hyderabadi Tikka” style, which was very peppery and slightly charred.  It was fantastic.

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May 11, 2009 at 1:27 pm

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Dosas – February 2009 (Mumbai, India)

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dosa1This is the first of a series of posts on food in India.  We spent a couple weeks in Southern India in February 2009, eating as much as we could without wreaking unnecessary havoc in our bellies.  One of great staples of South Indian food is the dosa, which is something like a crêpe made of rice and lentils.  Dosas come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and are accompanied by any number of fillings and dipping sauces, many of which we ate without fully understanding.

The first memorable dosas we ate in Mumbai were at an incredible restaurant called Swati Snacks — which many people say is their favorite place to eat in the city (see here too).  It was one of very few restaurants we visited more than once on this trip.  (There may be another post on Swati Snacks coming soon.)  This dosa came in a conical shape and had some (mysterious) greens cooked into it.  The dosa was delicious, although the great presentation dissembled the moment we started tearing pieces away.  Also, the drink in the picture is a sugar cane fizz, which is basically sugar cane juice and seltzer.  It is very special and very refreshing.  Too bad you can’t find it so easily in the States!

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May 8, 2009 at 3:28 pm

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