This summer my daughter Thea and me came up with the idea to go all-in on Indian food, for 7 days. Welcome to our little culinary project.
We made a pact of just having typical Indian food for breakfast, lunch and dinner – for one week.
You might think indulging in 21 consecutive Indian meals isn’t that much of an accomplishment. We both love indian food so we couldn’t have been more enthusiastic. However, to deal with the sneaking craving for something non-Indian (that occurred a few days into the project) we eventually had to slightly bend the rules. Read on to see how elegant that was dealt with.
Breakfast is served, this are good examples of what we enjoyed:
Steamed Idli with Sambar and coconut chutney. Masala Dosa, the must have potato and vegetable filled thin crispy “pancake”. Also served with chutney. Pav Bahji, the Mumbai street-food specialty. You figure out which one is what.
It’s lunch time…
Veg-kebabs, non-veg-kebabs. The great Indian Thali of course. A lot of it. And…yes, the Dosa again and again. You never get tired of it.
Finally dinner time. In India it’s late in the evening.
Gout dish from Punjab, slow cooked 4 hours on open fire. Fish tikka. Butter Chicken. Lamb kebab. Naan. Round it off with the great Kulfi, (Indian ice-cream) with caramel sauce and almonds.
Don’t forget the wine
Miracles has happened to Indian wine culture, not to mention Indian wines. Sula is my favorite.
Bending the rules: High-Tea is more than tea
Why limit to the 3 Indian meals a day covered by our agreement. We discovered and quickly adopted to the old English treat that bridges lunch with dinner; “High-tea”. If you go to the right places, as here in Imperial New Delhi, the tiered stands are filled with a lot other than dry biscuits.
A few pictures to tribute some of the local street-food heroes in South-Mumbai.
Main lessons learned:
-Not much is better than Indian food.
-What makes Indian food great, is having frequent affairs with other cuisines, then coming back.
-Taking good food photos is extremely difficult.
All photos (C) 2015 Thea & Trond