Indian cuisine is popular across the world and it’s eaten and enjoyed in continents as far away from India as Australia and Europe.
However have you ever thought what it would be like to taste the flavours of India in the country where they originate? Whilst my favourite Indian restaurant in Adelaide offers up some seriously delicious traditional indian food, it’s just not the same as being there!
So here are our top 6 reasons for travelling to India to try the cuisine:
1. Soaking India Up
There’s nothing like the sounds, smells and colours of India. Every region has its own identity which you can soak up simply by being in the area, walking the streets and chatting to the people.
Indian cuisine varies from the North to the South of the country, and from the East to the West.
Similarly, the dishes vary depending on whether there’s fresh fish or meat nearby, or whether they’re primarily vegetable based. Understanding the country and getting a sense of the atmosphere surrounding the food is invaluable.
2. Experience the Street Markets
Street Food Culture has only recently arrived in Australia but it’s been going on for centuries in India and plays a huge role in the food culture. By visiting a traditional Indian street food stall you’ll be tasting the most authentic version of any dish.
In addition, street food stalls are great places to see – they’re packed with local people and you’ll be sure to discover foods and snacks you’ve never come across in Australian versions of Indian food.
3. Taking Tea
Tasting a chai tea in India is an unforgettable experience. Go for an Indian Masala Chai to really understand the roots of this warming drink made from cinnamon, cardamom, ginger and cloves.
Sweetened with lots of sugar and served with milk, chai tea is usually drunk in large groups throughout the day. There are all sorts of old tea stalls serving the drink around India’s major cities.
4. Home Cooked Meals
Many of the Indian cities now have companies offering tourists ‘home cooked tours’. A guide will take you to the home of an Indian family who will cook you a traditional Indian meal to enjoy with them, in their own surroundings.
You’ll experience home-made chappatis eaten metres from where they were made and learn about the city’s occupants way of life and history. This is also a great way to learn about the regional differences in Indian cooking.
5. Eat On A Train
Whilst most of us would groan at the thought of having to tackle a sandwich from the train. Indian trains have a whole gastronomic culture of their own. The best places to try this are on the intercity trains where you’ll find yourself served with curry, bread, juice and hot drinks.
Always be cautious with food such as salads that may have been washed in unclean water. Most of the train meals should be hygienically sealed so you can ensure their freshness.
6. Find a Jalebi
How can you resist a snack that’s described as heart shaped fried batter cooked in sugar syrup? OK, so it’s not the healthiest thing you’ll find in Indian cuisine – but it might just be the most delicious.
OK, so it’s not the healthiest thing you’ll find in Indian cuisine – but it might just be the most delicious.
Search for them at street markets, in small shops and at roadside stalls – you won’t be disappointed!