Cultural Notes and Observations: India

  • People will often say “Slowly Slowly”
  • People stare at you (more than usual) and sometimes ask for photos
  • Red carrots
  • Cows have a large hump on their backs and are considered holy animals. They walk freely everywhere
  • New Delhi feels quite sketchy
  • Sometimes metal platters to serve food
  • vegetarian
  • eat with your right hand
  • Head bobble
  • Hindu
  • Women wear sarees
  • Everyone constantly honks their horn when driving

Food I’ve tried:

  • Samosa
  • Raita
  • Idli
  • Ghee (clarified butter)
  • Indian chai Tea – a daily treat
  • Red carrots
  • Yak Cheese – tasted like a cross between Emmental and Gouda
  • Aloo gobi: Cauliflower with potatoes sautéed with garam masala, turmeric, sometimes kalonji and curry leaves.
  • Baati
  • Chapathi – bread made of whole wheat flour
  • Dal – lots of different types with lentils
  • Kofta – Gram flourballs fried with vegetables. Gram flour, veggies, rolled into balls with gram flour and fried in oil and then cooked with curry.
  • Makki di roti – had for breakfast mostly
  • Paratha- Wheat flour. Can be stuffed. Common stuffings: potato mixture, paneer, muli(white radish).
  • Puri – Bread made with wheat flour
  • Live Chennai – like sprouted chickpeas
  • Green Chutney
  • Peanut Chutney
  • Chilli paneer
  • Aloo Tikki
  • Bitter Melon
  • Paneer masala dosa
  • Vegan chocolate balls

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