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Santha in Vizag

During my two year stint in Visakhapatnam, I had the pleasure of going twice a week to a village Santha where villagers would come and sell their vegetables, fruit, fish, meat and other wares. These were my impressions of the Santha at Scindia Junction in Visakhapatnam…

Below is a picture of the flower seller at the Santha. He sold Jasmin or Mullapoo as it is called and Sampangi, Chamanthi, Kanakambram, and tulasi malas for the hair as well as loose flowers including roses for pooja.

The Andhra Chilly is famous for its intense heat and this old lady is selling some of these. The heat of these chillies can be made out by their size, and colour. The smaller, the thinner and the darker green they are, the spicier they will be.

Below is a picture of my fish lady…she sold me amazingly fresh fish that she brought all the way from the Yarada fishing Village.

My fish lady had a fish cleaner lady who sat beside her. She chopped and cleaned the fish for a paltry sum of 5 Rupees.

After they saw that I was taking pictures they all wanted their pictures taken. Before I left I printed out the lot and gave it to them. They laughed themselves silly at the results!!!

Street Snack vendor selling Onion Samosas,  Dal Vadas, Arusu, Bobbattu and Gaari’s 

Juicy, tangy, yummy Jamuns at 20 Rupees a glass…

This is a picture of the lady I bought vegetables from every week…we became quite good friends.. 🙂

I just love the smile on the Lady…she looks beautiful…

The Black and white bag is one of many that are found in abundance in the Santha. They are hand made from plastic thread or strips and can only be ordered from some ladies who make them at home. Approximate cost 150/- rupees.

I love this picture and the way the lady looks but when I gave her her picture she told me frankly that she thought I knew nothing of photography and that I had taken a horrendous picture. Chandalam is the word she used. It means disgusting!!!! LOL

Colourful Fryums…eaten as a snack or as an accompaniment to a meal of rice, lentils and a vegetable fry.

The market has two tea sellers who walk around carrying this bag with thermos flasks filled with tea and small plastic glasses. They are a total lifeline for the villagers. The tea is milky, sweet and laced with ginger, cardamom and cloves…Masala chai!!!

The Bullock Cart that transports the produce to the markets.

Onion Seller. She looked like she had woken from a restful nap.

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Delhi Belly – II

The Delhi food orgy continued with further detailed explorations into the succulent nuances of street food. This time we went to the boisterous Chandni Chowk and had quite a gastronomic adventure.

Daulat ki Chaat

One of the most interesting dishes I tasted was the very famous “Daulat ki chaat ” . Available only in winters, though it is  rumored to be available in summers before 6 a.m. This is said to be a dish that originated from the Mughal kitchens. Made of light as air whipped cream and topped with caramelized nuts…it is easy to imagine some royal indulging in this delight.

Natraj @ Chandni Chowk

Aloo Tikki

We ate some amazing aloo tikki and Dahi Bhalla (the only  items on the menu) at the famous Natraj at Chandni Chowk. The food lived up to the reputation of the place with the crisp, tangy, hot Tikkis hitting the spot on a cold winter day. The luscious, creamy, soft dahi bhallas gave stiff competition to the tikkis.

Parathewalli Galli @ Chandni Chowk

Mirchi ka paratha

And how could one go to Chandni Chowk and not visit the famous Parathewalli galli. The place lived up to some of the hype. The crowd and the atmosphere definitely equaled my imagination, but the parathas themselves and the manner in which they were cooked was a big surprise. I had never imagined such a wide array of parathas cooked so fast and in a manner befitting a poori rather than a paratha. We had aloo, gobi, paneer and on recommendation – green chilly paratha’s. Having eaten our stomachs full we then proceeded to eat desert at a shop down the road. All in all the whole trip was tremendously successful.

Kulfi @ Chandni Chowk

The last thing we had a Chandni Chowk was the delightful Kulfi. Thickened milk laced with nuts, cardamom and saffron, frozen and served on a stick. I call it heaven on a stick. There is something that makes ice cream or in this case kulfi eaten in the dead of winter a very good experience. It surely was a great way to end a magical day of foodie exploration.

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Delhi Belly – I

Humayun's Tomb, Delhi

After 11 years of visiting Delhi, I finally managed to take a tour of Delhi that I liked…A Foodie Tour… of all the roadside joints Delhi is famous for. And boy was it a tour…proof of how awesome it was can be found in the fact that it left me with a Delhi Belly…the literal rather than the connotative type.

Chole Bhatura at Bengal Sweets

Falooda Kulfi @ Bengal Sweets

The food comprised of all the possible goodies that one could imagine. From sweets, to samosas, from bhaturas to parathas. We ate them all. At Sarojini Nagar we had these amazing Moong Dal ke Pakodas. Its this crispy outside, soft inside pakoda which is served with grated radish and mint chutney. Truly great soul food.

Urad Dal Pakodas @ Sarojini Nagar

Urad Dal Pakodas

To top it off we stayed at my Sister in laws place and God bless her, she is a great cook. So if we got fed up of the Delhi type eats we came home to moist carrot cake with orange laced cream cheese icing, walnut cookies, dark, luscious brownies and Provencal stews.

Carrot cake with Orange Cream Cheese topping

Walnut cookies

The delights of Delhi were so many and so varied that to do it justice I have to spread it over a couple of posts…so look out for Part II of Delhi Belly

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