Tastes of India

A Taste of Gujerat….

Last Summer we went to India on holiday. We were lucky enough to have three weeks – one in Kerala, one in Rajasthan and finally in Gujerat where my father comes from.  It’s a huge state on the western coast and despite the fact that it has a huge coastline, the food is mainly vegetarian due to the influence of Hindusim.  We stayed with my father’s family and the highlight really was watching my aunt and cousin cook.  They found this incredibly bizarre but I learned a lot of new dishes – particularly my cousin Hetal’s Chai!

I’m delighted that I’ll be able to share some thoughts about Gujerat, Rajkot, my family and of course our recipes at The Vegetarian Cookery School in Bath.  I’ll be teaching a Gujerati Thali course on course on 23 September.  You can book online.  It really is a wonderful place to learn.  Read my Thai Cooking Day post for a flavour of what my course will be like.

…and a taste of everywhere else!

I’d also like to share some pictures of London’s first Taste of India festival which is on today and tomorrow on London’s Southbank.  There are some fabulous stalls offering food from all over India.  I ate so much last weekend but am ready to go back for more!

Breakfast of Bhel Puri and Pani Puri from Horn OK Please!

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Busy prepping for the queues

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Bhel Puri

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Pani Puri

And then we played a bit of Carom at Carom Cafe. Imagine snooker but with these wooden discs.

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Carom in play

Then I really fancied some South India Dosa – this one was using Tilapia…

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My Tilapia Dosa from Bangalore Express in the making

My hubby fancied a Lamb Wrap so we headed to Moti Mahal…

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This guys has his own spoon drumming technique worth a watch

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Hubby's Lamb Wrap

After that it was time for my demo all about using Cardamom for Shrikhand Tarts and Barfi Truffles.

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Me on Stage

And on to more food but by this time I had lost track of the order in a food daze!

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Malaysian Roti in the making

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Samosas

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Malaysian Curries bubbling

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More Samosas and Onion Bhajias

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Lamb Bhajias

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Masala Chips

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Veggie Roti Wrap

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Spring Rolls

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and finally some Chai!

It was such a brilliant day chatting to all the traders and inhaling the amazing smells!  More photos on my Flickr page.

The festival is open til 8pm today and from 11 til 6pm tomorrow.  If you’re still not convinced watch this!

14 responses to “Tastes of India

  1. Wishing I was in London to
    Go. Your photos are making me so hungry. I am hoping to visit India soon. My friends are moving back there this summer.

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  2. Oh wow, those look mouth watering! Will have to go to the next one for sure. Gorgeous pics.

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  3. deeeelicious. my tummy is rumbling as i read your post and see the photos… and oh no, its only 11.15am!

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  4. Hi Uravashi…Lovely post…Being born in Gujarat (Diu) myself and brought up in Goa I relish the taste of Gujarat Cuisine..It has an array of quick bites and their Thali consist of delicious Dhoklas, Undiyo, Kadi, and many more..Wish I could join The Vegetarian Cookery School in Bath…….Grt!

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  5. OMG my mouth is watering and my tummy is rummbling! My husband is gujerati and we were also able to visit there .. many years ago now. vege gujerati food is very unique and no one cooks it quite as well as my mother-in-law! sadly I’m not close enough to london to visit the food festival … Boohoo! hope you have a good time.

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  6. You know what Urvashi? I think this festival sounds even better than the Chocolate one – shhhh! Glad to see you are doing a course at the V Cookery School.I loved the one I did there a couple of years ago and would love to come and yours – unlikely, but you never know.

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