Food trips in India & Sri Lanka

It’s one of the great tragedies that the spice-filled splendour of Indian and Sri Lankan cuisine, which draws inspiration from dozens of ethnic subcultures and centuries of history, has been sold to the western world as simply ‘One butter chicken, one lamb Rogan Josh and three garlic naan.’ But not on this trip. Taste fresh paratha bread fried in ghee, tamarind chutney and vegetable pickle, onion bhaji from a Delhi street stall, home-cooked Rajasthan curry and real Sri Lankan tea, picked straight from the plantation. Butter chicken will never be the same again. 


Our food trips in India & Sri Lanka

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Latest posts on food travel in India & Sri Lanka

The five most common fears about travelling in India (and why you should go anyway)

Posted on Thu, 25 Jun 2015

India seems to be one of those travel destinations that people want to go to, but don’t because they fixate on all the things that could go wrong.

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An expert guide to cooking Indian street food with food blogger Pamela Timms (recipe)

Posted on Wed, 4 Mar 2015

Chana Bhatura is one of northern India’s favourite comfort foods. It’s basically a combination of chole (spicy chick peas) and bhatura (Indian flat bead), but cookbook author Pamela Timms has given it a special twist.

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Eat your way through Old Delhi with food blogger Pamela Timms

Posted on Wed, 4 Mar 2015

It’s hard to imagine a more dramatic move. In 2005, author and food blogger Pamela Timms, her husband and three children packed up and travelled from drizzly Scotland to the heat of Delhi.

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Recipes for India & Sri Lanka

An expert guide to cooking Indian street food with food blogger Pamela Timms (recipe)

Posted on Wed, 4 Mar 2015

Chana Bhatura is one of northern India’s favourite comfort foods. It’s basically a combination of chole (spicy chick peas) and bhatura (Indian flat bead), but cookbook author Pamela Timms has given it a special twist.

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Recipes of the world: Kukul MasVanjanaya (chicken curry, Sri Lanka)

Posted on Thu, 20 Nov 2014

Rice and curry is the king of Sri Lankan cuisine. There’s a slew of variations depending on what region of Sri Lanka you visit, but the structure is usually the […]

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Tasty tips from our Intrepid Foodie

When it comes to finding the best food in India and Sri Lanka, you need to go local. That’s why we have the Intrepid Foodies: real life culinary travellers and gastronomic experts who follow their stomachs from Delhi to Colombo – sampling and learning everything they can on their quest for fresh, local cuisine.
 

Pamela Timms



Speciality: Indian
Day job: Author, food blogger and Delhi’s only ‘pop-up High Tea’ host
Website: http://eatanddust.com/
It’s hard to imagine a more dramatic move: in 2005 Pamela, her husband and three children packed up and travelled from drizzly Scotland to the heat of Delhi. They planned to stay only a year, just to shake things up and get a taste of somewhere completely different. That was ten years ago, and they’re still going strong. Pamela has always been obsessed with food, and started the blog Eat and Dust in 2009 as an attempt to chronicle her Indian food adventures. It became a bit of a sensation, and has been praised for its original recipes and street food insights. Pamela also set up one of Delhi’s first pop-ups – Uparwali Chai – beautiful high tea with an Indian twist. (Pop-up high tea – is there a cooler collection of words in the English language?)

It’s almost impossible to narrow it down, and my favourites change all the time, but I would include street food dishes like the various chaats (they’re always like a party in a plate), the Amritsari chhole kulcha, the rich meat stew called nihari, daulat ki chaat and the Hyderabadi chicken biryani I learned how to make at home.

I think it was love at first sight, in September 2005 and I haven’t been able to stay away since. The area’s combination of mesmerising chaos, crumbling historic buildings, the markets selling every commodity under the sun, an utter refusal to join the 21st century and of course the wonderful street food make it irresistible to me.

I like my local market, INA, in Delhi – it’s great for fruit, vegetables, spices, dried fruit and nuts, dairy, meat, fish. But perhaps my favourite market is the early morning market which takes place on the Dal Lake in Srinagar, Kashmir. Mapusa market in Goa is a close second. When I eventually go home, I’ll be taking huge amounts of spices – they’re so much more vibrant than the ones we get in Scotland. I’ll probably also try to smuggle out a truckload of mangoes.