I was on a trip to Simla, Kullu and Manali.. I could feel heaven under my foot. :) why wont it be! when the climate was so chill and could see nothing but greenery, all absolutely unlike chennai. ;) And yeah the first touch of snow brought a miraculous feeling in me. I am still not out of it. ;)
I am really proud to say that I am an Indian and India is lovely. Lot of difference in culture, dressing, climate, look and feel and last but not the least FOOD.
Saw a lot of interesting varieties and clicked a few of them.
Just thought of sharing the pics taken on the go :)
Had these momos in simla. :) Momo is a Tibetan or Napalese dumpling made out of maida(all purpose flour) dough and is filled with lot of combinational food. It was available in both veg and non-veg make of it. They served it with white sauce and a green chutney. :)
I just loved it. :) I am sure I would try it out soon. :)
This one was totally a new dish for me. Its kind-of vegetable Kebab-ish dish. It tasted a little similar to veg cutlets. But was really good too eat it hot with white sauce, green chutney and a red chutney. It best suits for a cold place like simla. ;)
GOL GAPPA (pani puri)
This can be called as the No. 1 street food of India. Visit any state or city in India, you would find a stall, shop or even just a pot covered with red cloth having this dish. :)
Gol gappa as it is called locally is one of the tastiest chat I ever cherish. Its a double purpose dish which would quench your thirst as well as satisfy your hunger. ;)
The puri is made of suji and wheat flour/maida. The filling depends on your taste. The pani is either sweet(meti) pani or hot(gharam) pani.
Aaloo tikki was available on the way to simla. This specific stall was in front of Pinjore garden. The lovely golden yellow color of it would challenge anyones resistance to oily food. Bet no one can eat just one. ;)
They serve this with tomato sauce and if you are a person who would like it hot, they add chilly powder to it too. :)
DHODADhoda is a famous sweet of Northern India. This is a milk based sweet with some nuts and sometimes grated vegetables to it to give the different taste.
I visited Bikanervala a very famous sweet shop in Delhi. I could not resist at the mouth watering varieties of sweets and savories they had. Yummmm they looked and tasted too. Especially this one. :) I can serve you one if you come home right away.
Tanda mathlab Goli soda.. This should have been the quote those days.. :) This is a very old yet very interesting drink for the summer. It is simply soda water. If lemon is added to it, it is called lemon soda. If it has additional food color, then it is called color soda. :)
The bottle is designed to hold a goli(Glass marble) on its neck, very close to the place we sip it, which is an absolute attraction to it. ;)
Its simply a no Bandha drink that would quich the summer thirst. :)
Hot bread bajjis were sold in mall road - Manali.
Had a short walk on the mall road on a lovely cold evening. Its such a picture perfect situation that you can imagine. Wouldn't it be so blank to be empty handed for a hunger freak like me. Yeah.... so imagine a bread bajji on my hand that I would relish with some tomato sauce.. :) Now its a perfect snack too.
RAVA IDLYI seriously got bored with 8 days of bread sandwitches in the morning. Badly wanted some change, so being a south Indian I wanted to have some dish of my kind. So had these yummy and fluffy rava idlis at Sagar Ratna hotel in Chandigarh. :)
ONION UTHAPPAM WITH TRI COLOR CHUTNEY
Ended up the tour at Delhi, with yet another south Indian delicacy. Onion uthappa was so soft and nice and went so well with all the three flavoured chutneys. :) I loved the green(Coriander) one the most. :)
The trip was a very memorable one with a lot of adventure, fun and food. :)
Will be back with a bang of dishes and recipes ASAP.
Written by: Nithya
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