It's time to keep posting my foodie adventures!…
Have you ever had Indian food for two weeks straight? Can you imagine! Heavenly spice is what I would call it.
We've spent the last two weeks here in Thumpamon, India for celebrating Hilary, my twin's second wedding, the Indian wedding, with her husband Jacob. We stayed at a four star hotel in Adoor, India which is about 20 minutes drive from his parents home. Luckily the food we were exposed to was of much better quality than that you would find on the streets. It's kind of unbelievable the way they treat their country. Trash is spewed anywhere and everywhere. Cars, rickshaws and bikes literally pollute the streets. If there is a space on the road, it will be filled by motorists. It's almost seems to be a competition driving through the streets. The drivers are constantly slamming on the breaks and the horn. It isn't an angry kind of driving, it's simply just the way it is here.
Anyway, the focus here is the food, not the driving. Whenever you enter someone's home you are greeted with specialty food and drink. It's very nice when you are hungry, but when you have had multiple full meals already, the last thing you'd like to be offered is food. At first it seems that many of the menu items are the same, but the preparation is quite different. I love that nothing is processed here. Even though we eat SO much, it doesn't even compare to the possible harm you can do to your body just eating american processed "food."
Breakfast for me was usually the same. Masala Dosa with coconut chutney and sambar. There were a few other items I tried like the ghee roast, or the egg roast, but the dose became my favorite option. For lunch, we typically ate out somewhere, so I would try any dish I could eat with garlic naan. Here you use your right hand to eat. No forks or spoons, unless you're a foreigner and make a special request for them. It's actually kind of fun, more primal. For dinner, we usually shared at someone's home; a large feast with many side options. Typically there would be a large rice bowl (I love the biryani with cashews and caramelized onions), a veggie salad (diced veggies), a couple meat options, like currie fish or mutton(lamb) and most definitely chicken. If there was dessert, it would be a pudding, or a sweet soft noodle dish with dried fruit. They do have an excellent assortment of goodies at their bakeries; my favorite were these fudge-looking items and they came in a few flavors. Most pastry items used coconut (which grows here) as the sweetener, instead of sugar.
It has been an unbelievable culinary experience. Luckily I didn't experience any bowel discomfort because I never took any pills or vaccinations before coming.