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Sampling the food of India

Please enjoy this guest post about India, a destination I have not yet reached but hope to someday. 

If you’re travelling to India then the food is certainly something to look forward to. India has such a vast array of regional cuisines that it’s tricky to sum the nation’s cooking up in just one post but that’s my mission for today. The food in India has been shaped by Hindu beliefs, specifically vegetarianism. It is still evolving as it makes its way to foreign lands that have produced their own take on Indian classic dishes. For those who are eager to taste the flavours of India first-hand, there are plenty of really affordable flights available so read on then get yourself out there!

Before you get stuck in its worth heeding a word of warning on Delhi belly. There’s the saying: “boil it, peel it, bottle it, cook it or forget it”. This holds pretty true but I can elaborate slightly. If you drink water on the bus or street (anywhere outside of your hotel room or holiday resort) it’s best to check that it’s fully sealed. Beer, wine and other carbonated drinks are safe, but again, if you leave your resort avoid adding ice.

Enough about that let’s talk food! For a starter get stuck into some Tandoori Chicken Chaat. This appetiser combines sliced tandoori chicken in a spicy masala with a touch of raw mango.

tandoori chickenFor a main course be brave and tuck into a vegetable vindaloo. This fiery curry will show the locals that you’re not to be taken lightly when it comes to chilli. It will warm you up from tip to toe.

For dessert why not try some Rabri. This is a sweet, condensed milk based dish made by boiling the milk for a long time until it becomes dense and changes to a pinkish colour. Sugar, spices and nuts are added to flavour this yummy treat.

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