We spent time in Bangalore and Delhi for most parts. Then, we did little trips to Mysore and Rishikesh. It was a month of visiting friends, spending time with family and of course eating. Before we knew, a month had flown by and we are back in the US.
There is no doubt that one of the big highlights of the trip is that we got to eat Indian mangoes. Both the kids and us devoured all the different mangoes that were available.
The choices were immense. There was langda, dusheri, chausa, banganpalli, sindoori and many little ones for which I cannot recollect the names. Oh it was just delicious! Sweet as sugar, the kids loved it. We probably had one if not more everyday!
During our travel we also had a chance to savor local, traditional meals and thalis whether it was North Karnataka thali or a vegetarian thali at the famous "Chotiwala" restaurant in Rishikesh in Uttarakhand.
There will be a separate post on my India travels. In this post I want to talk about all the good homemade food I ate. Delicious, simple, or complicated, they were made with so much love for us. Rice rava upma, mirchi ka salan, katla macher jhol, multigrain dosa, mishti aamer achar (sweet mango pickle) are just some of them.
Here is how to do it.
1 ridge gourd - chopped thinly into small pieces
1/2 cup fresh cocunut - sliced thinly into small pieces
1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
1/4 cup toasted almonds - sliced
1 tbspoon lemon juice
1/4 tspoon fresh ground black pepper
salt to taste
Mix the ridge gourd and coconut pieces together. Sprinkle the lemon juice, salt and pepper and keep it aside for 30 minutes. Just before serving add the pomegranate seeds and almonds/peanuts and serve immediately.
We ate ours with vegetable makhani, dal and mirchi ka salan.