Since I came here all I do is eating, I’ve missed so much Indian food that It seems I just can’t get enough. Although, I’d like to make it clear that I’ve been a vegan for 1 year and a half, but in here I decided to go back to vegetarianism for personal reasons and I’m not really discussing the fact today. So all the food I’ll be talking about is lactovegetarian. Shalo? (let’s go?)
1 Gulab Jamun
Gulab jamun is my favorite sweet in here, really… I’m crazy about it! It’s balls made of flour, but somehow they are like sponges and they are served with a hot sugar syrup, so when you bite it all the syrup inside explodes in your mouth bringing instantaneous happiness.
Those who are close to me know how addicted to coffee I am, but I must say Brazilian coffee is super amazing and it’s really hard to find something close to it here. Although, I’ve become addicted to something else: Chai. And I drink as often as I drink coffee in Brazil, breakfast, 10 am, after lunch, afternoon, evening… all day long. The chai is basically tea (I believe is black tea), with water and milk. If you like you can add spices to eat and turns into masala chai, but I enjoy more the regular one. So the measurement would be a spoon of dry tea to a cup of water and a quarter of milk, let it boil for a while (watch it so you won’t make a mess in your kitchen when the milk rises) and it’s done, strain it and if you like add sugar.
3 Pani Puri
Pani Puri has other names, but I confess I find it difficult to remember, but it’s like a snack and street food. Pani means water and Puri is like a shell made of white flour fried. So basically the shell is broken and potato is stuffed inside and you make it as a cup for the spiced water, you have to wat all at once and tastes really good. It can be salted or sweet, I prefer the salted one.
Paneer is like ricotta or tofu, they call it cottage cheese, there are several ways to make it, in the sauce, or as if it was a barbecue. I totally and deeply love this thing. I’ve tried to make it myself first time I got home after visiting India, I couldn’t make it properly, it all melted when I put in the sauce. But the recipe is quite simple, add to the milk lemon or vinegar, boil and strain, make it dry and shape it. Perhaps It’s a matter of practice.
6 Masala Dosa
Masala Dosa is a south Indian dish that looks like a very thin pancake, it’s made with rice flour and inside you have masala smashed potatoes. it’s usually served with coconut chutney or coriander chutney, it’s so worth trying! really go for it!
7 Cajar Halua
Cajar Halua is a carrot sweet extremely easy to make and super good! You grate the carrot, then in a pan add some butter or oil, sugar and a bit of milk, let it dry and it’s done, you can also add some dry fruits to it. The texture reminds me of pumpik sweet.
Dahl is eaten here as we eat beans in Brazil, it’s lentils and it can be yellow or black, I myself love the black one with chapati (bread), you can also eat with rice.
9 Besan ke Laddu
This dessert is eaten in winters especially in north India, it’s a brown ball made out of gram flour or besan roasted with ghee. It can also contain nuts. It’s a very different texture, looks soft but when you eat looks like our Brazilian peanut sweet (paçoca). It’s very heavy, I hardly can eat half, but warms the body and tastes good.
Well, there are thousands of other recipes of course, and every day I get to try new ones. But what calls my attention is how everything in here is homemade, all the process of cooking, and mainly how they know the qualities of each food and how they eat accordingly to each season. I believe it’s related to Ayurveda tradition this knowledge that goes from generation to generation.