Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Desi food in Des! Slurp! Slurp!

Nothing to beat it. Hot and Spicy ... very nice! From the 5 star hotels to the road side dhabhas/darshinis, food available here is simply superb. I had always HATED the coconut chutney served in the US, no matter how good the rest of the food was. And now here, I get to have the best spicy/hot coconut chutney. Finger-licking good!

The coconut chutney that eluded me! Yummy!

Not to mention having access to your mom's, MIL's, aunts', cousins' foods! And of course the temple and wedding foods! Yum, yum, yum! The full-fledged authentic meals served on banana leaves, now THAT is something you will never get in the US! If it was the banana leaf meals that I missed, it must be something else for another US Indian.

Special banana leaf meals

The bay area does have a decent number of temples and these temples do offer lots of food for people visiting the temple. However, the authenticity was what was missing from those foods, IMHO. Nothing like the specialty pulliyogre, laddoo, vada, etc that you get in the temples in India. This doesn't mean that I am a regular temple goer, hardly! But, when I do go, I definitely enjoy the authentic and yum-tasting prasads.

Lastly, being a vegetarian doesn't limit you in anyway when you are on the Indian road. :)

14 comments:

Laurie said...

Chitra, your blog is very interesting. I am so happy for you being back home with the people, climate and food you love. It is fun to find out real things about Bangalore (not that I am planning to move.) I had no idea the traffic was so bad there, and I think it is wonderful that people elsewhere in the world are actually using solar power (but terrible that we here in the U.S. are not).

Do you think Bangalore traffic and real estate prices are in crisis because of the overseas tech investments? Just curious.

Also a dumb question. Do most people, around town and in your family, use English to communicate more than any other language? Just wondering why you chose English for your blog.

Chitra said...

You were right on the nail about the real estate prices and the traffic. A lot has changed around here 'coz of the IT boom. However, I can't claim that things were hunky, dory before. In fact, Bangalore traffic has always been chaotic, but now the number of vehicles on the road has increased tremendously cause of affordability.

As far as English is concerned, it is pretty much the medium of language for India, since there is not that one language that everybody has in common here, just like in Europe where every country has a language, a culture, and within a country they have dialects, India has many states with differnet languages, cultures, and dialects. So, English is pretty much the unifying language. Though of course we have a mother tongue and use that to talk with family.

Roshan said...

I can already smell what's there on the banana leaf. WOW! How delicious! :-)

Chitra said...

Roshan, :)

Ober Fuhrer said...

Very good blog...
posting those pics of yummy coconut chutney and the banana leaf meal is absolutley criminal I say...u r killing me....yum!! slurp!! drool!!

Ober Fuhrer said...

But please do keep posting them!

Chitra said...

Fuhrer :) welcome to my blog. And thanks for the comment.

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I love to have desi food..And especially the traditional south Indian food i like the most..And there are number of restaurants in Bangalore which serves these foods.

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