The Jalebi Express

A Father and Sons Indian Adventure

Lets Eat India! – Northern Episode

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Dad and I love our food and India is a paradise for the hungry traveler.  From street snacks to fine restaurant fare, wedding banquets and vegan burgers on the beach, we’ve done our best so far to eat India!  Here are a few highlights:

Dads first thali (set dinner served on a steel plate) in the famous Sravan Bhavan - Connaught Place, Delhi Food from Tamil Nadu with Puri (deep fried breads), Sambar (like a soup, heavy in the tamarind) and loads of coconut based curries

Dads first thali (set dinner served on a steel plate) in the famous Sravan Bhavan – Connaught Place, Delhi
Food from Tamil Nadu with Puri (deep fried breads), Sambar (like a soup, heavy in the tamarind) and loads of coconut based curries and chutneys.  Southern food is lighter and less spicy than northern food.  More rice, less flat breads generally.

Jalebis!!!!!!!!!!!

Jalebis!!!!!!!!!!!

Thali no. 2 - A smorgasbord of Gujarati and Rajasthan specialities.  Radjhani Restaurant, Connaught Place again. The sheer weight of dishes here makes it hard to convey, the waiters wash your hands with rose water from an ornate decanter before diving in.  Probably about 50 delicacies, free flowing and a taste overload.

Thali no. 2 – A smorgasbord of Gujarati and Rajasthan specialities. Radjhani Restaurant, Connaught Place again.
The sheer weight of dishes here makes it hard to convey, the waiters wash your hands with rose water from an ornate decanter before diving in. Probably about 50 delicacies, free flowing and a taste overload.

Shopping for veggies, Sadhar Market, Jodphur

Shopping for veggies, Sadhar Market, Jodphur

Israeli Salad (Indian Traveler Classic) - see my food blog thebeachhousekitchenfor recipe.

What happened to the veggies?  Israeli Salad (Indian Traveler Classic) – see my food blog thebeachhousekitchen for the recipe.

The salad disappears!

The salad disappears!

The best Rajasthani Thali we eat, filled with regional specialities - Restaurant Mid Town, Jodphur

The best Rajasthani Thali we eat, filled with regional specialities – Restaurant Mid Town, Jodphur

Fast food joint, Sadar Market, Jodphur. Selling a variety of deep fried snacks like samosa, kitc

Fast food joint, Sadar Market, Jodphur.
Selling a variety of deep fried snacks like samosa, and fried potato sandwiches stuffed with paneer

Helping out with a engagement party curry, The Hill View Guesthouse, Jodphur

Helping out with a engagement party curry, The Hill View Guesthouse, Jodphur

Massive engagement party rotis - two were made at the same time, then spilt after toasting.  Ingenius.

Massive engagement party rotis – two were made at the same time, then spilt after toasting. Ingenius.

 

The roti making ladies

The roti making ladies

Rava Dosa with Potato Masala, Coconut Chutney and Rasam (Classic South Indian Breakfast) - Ahmedabad, Gujarat

Rava Dosa with Potato Masala, Coconut Chutney and Rasam (Classic South Indian Breakfast) – Ahmedabad, Gujarat

Rava Dosa disappearing!!!

Rava Dosa disappearing!!!  Dad like dosa’s but his favourite breakfast is Uttapams (thick rice pancakes)

Gujarhati Thali in the Gopi Dining Hall - one of the best meals we've had.  I got so excited, I forgot to take a picture.  These were just the condiments.  Mint Chutney. Mango Pickle, Raw Red Onion and Deep Fried Peppers - Ahmedabad, Gujharat

Gujarhati Thali in the Gopi Dining Hall – one of the best meals we’ve had. I got so excited, I forgot to take a picture. These were just the condiments. Mint Chutney. Mango Pickle, Raw Red Onion and Deep Fried Peppers and Fresh Lemon.  A meal in itself! – Ahmedabad, Gujharat

This is excellent, but standard fare, when ordering from a Northen Indian Menu.  Palak Aloo, Stuffed Peppers, Bhaigan Bhartan and all the trimmings. Hotel Arya,  Jalgaon, Maharastra

This is excellent, but standard fare, when ordering from a Northen Indian Menu. Palak Aloo, Stuffed Peppers, Bhaigan Bhartan and all the trimmings. Hotel Arya, Jalgaon, Maharastra

Hungry punters after a day wandering around ancient caves in the sun.

Hungry punters after a day wandering around ancient caves in the sun.

The Sabji (Vegetable) Man - no milk men in India (well there are in more traditional areas) but this is the veg equivalent.  Fresh veg delivered to your door.  Mumbai

The Sabji (Vegetable) Man – no milk men in India (well there are in more traditional areas) but this is the veg equivalent. Fresh veg delivered to your door. Mumbai

Dad samples a young coconut, very refreshing.  On the beach, Mumbai

Dad samples a young coconut, very refreshing. On the beach, Mumbai

A serous spice man - Arjuna Market, Goa

A serous spice man – Arjuna Market, Goa

In Goa, you can get anything!  This is an Amaranth, Spinach and Mushroom Burger.  Arjuna is a vegans paradise (with a beach attached - The German Bakery, Arjuna, Goa

In Goa, you can get anything! This is an Amaranth, Spinach and Mushroom Burger. Arjuna is a vegans paradise (with a beach attached – The German Bakery, Arjuna, Goa

Our first proper Goan meal - Vegetable Xacuti and Goan King Fish Curry for the big man.  Very unique cuisine.  Viva Panjim! (the finest resturant in town) Panjim, Goa

Our first proper Goan meal – Vegetable Xacuti and Goan King Fish Curry for the big man. Very unique cuisine. Viva Panjim! (the finest resturant in town) Panjim, Goa

Dad samples the local toddy, Cashew Feni.  Its rough stuff! - Panjim, Goa

Dad samples the local toddy, Cashew Feni. Its rough stuff! – Panjim, Goa

Raw Pizza at the awesome vegan restaurant 'Bean Me Up' - Vagator, Goa

Raw Pizza at the awesome vegan restaurant ‘Bean Me Up’ – Vagator, Goa

Lets Eat India! - Bean Me Up (probably the best vegan restaurant I've ever been to!)

Lets Eat India! – Bean Me Up (probably the best vegan restaurant I’ve ever been to!)  I had the cosmic sampler plate and Dad went for the BBQ seitan sandwiches.  All home made.  This is the land of cashew and coconut, so vegans are in heaven.  Loads of homemade cheeses, mayonnaise, sour creams and desserts (see below)

Pina Colada Cheesecake (vegan).  Stunning!  - Bean Me Up, Vagator, Goa

Pina Colada Cheesecake (vegan). Stunning! – Bean Me Up, Vagator, Goa

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Author: leroy watson

I am a vegan cook, writer, blogger, traveller and sometimes TV presenter. I like to pass time writing poetry, playing guitar, gardening, blogging, creating new vegan recipes, walking in the hills, practicing all forms of yoga and meditation, running, sitting by the fire, cooking elaborate feasts for my loved ones and finding elusive chess partners.

8 thoughts on “Lets Eat India! – Northern Episode

  1. Interesting pics of colourful food.

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  2. Hey Watsons,

    Great post, no surprise to hear that Watson senior loved the uttapams, basically a hearty Indian pizza! Fantastic to see all the colours of the cuisine and the fresh local ingredients, it brings back such great memories. Hey Guys, when you go back to Delhi for Johnny to fly home, if you have not already visited, why not go to Azadpur Mandi, http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/slideshows/infrastructure/azadpur-mandi-behind-the-scenes-of-asias-largest-wholesale-market/slideshow/20042457.cms . Its pretty much the biggest veg market in the world and one the biggest markets globally in terms of quantity or produce shifted. They have an onsite dairy, load of restaurants – its like a town within a city? Worth a visit potentially very exciting…

    Really looking for ward to your forthcoming anecdotes from the south, will Johnny get his Chicken legs out in the tropical Goan sun? will Leroy make friends with the local feral dogs? Anything could happen during this uplifting farther and son adventure. Stay safe, keep beaming out that good stuff and I’m sure you’ll meet many more kind hearted spirits along the way. We’re all thinking of you.

    Big love from the small island

    Paulo 🙂

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    • Nice one Pablo, Dad and are basking on a beach in north Kerala. We’ve stumbled upon a little slice of unspoiled paradise. We are off to a wilderness park tomorrow inland and a theyyam dance, where the participants are possessed by various gods. Lots to do, but today, the beach and surf are more than enough. Thanks for the Delhi tips, could be interesting. Have magnificent times, lee and john

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  4. YUMMO! Everything looks so delicious and I love Indian food. Part and parcel of the beginning of a vegan food journey is the discovery of good Indian food, the backbone of a good diet with plenty of great variety. That cashew booze looks decidedly rough if your dad is making that face after drinking it! Note to self “NO cashew booze if I even go to India!” ;). Cheers for the excellent share Leroy, you should have videoed this and sold it to your equivalent of our Foxtel tv.

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    • It is all so super tasty Fran, its a moveable feast, especially down here in Kerala. Trying to keep pace with this blog is daunting, I will get there in the end, but writing on the road is simple enough, its the email connections that count! I’ve just learnt how to make the most amazing ginger curry with roasted coconut that I will post one day, probably cooking it back in the BHK. Peace and Parsnips, lee

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      • Can’t wait to get the recipe for that gorgeous sounding curry. I love ginger (Steve, not so much) and heady spices and that sounds amazing. Have the most awesome time with your dad Leroy, these times are precious and you are forging an awesome bond together 🙂

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