Thepla, dhokla, khaman, sev tamatar ki sabji (I was awe struck when I learned about this sabji), thin and crisp til chikki, colorful nights of navratri, endless varieties of farsan, eating roti with gur and ghee, delicious juicy mangoes......I can write endlessly about this state of India. It was peaceful living in a quite locality with close knit neighbors who endlessly chatted in the evenings, ladies who went to market together, bargained a bulk price ...over all it was a pleasant stay for 4 years.
Our journey to this state took 2 days and 3 nights. Long tiffin boxes filled with achar and thepla, farsan, khakra (one of my fav), kaju burfis and the aroma which filled the air as soon as they opened their lunch box is still fresh on our minds. On the other hand, during our student days when we traveled towards Bihar, most common food among those who traveled 2 days and 3 nights were dal bhari poori, nimkis, stuffed mirchi achar(a travel companion), sattu ke parathe and aam kuccha. If you have travelled towards North one can see pooris, punjabi achar, parantha and some sweets. I have never traveled down south in trains or else I could have seen plenty of rice eating people :D where tamarind rice could be seen as a life saver which can be kept for at least day and a half.
Touring India for Indians is not a difficult task and I have concluded it (applies to us). Ever since we started touring East Asia, I started revisiting archived memories of train travel food. Again, experimenting them before I even packed them for our tour was of a great help. Despite all these experiments, I injured my foot a day before and it was a total disaster :( However, I could make few theplas, mango pickle, chutney powders and we had a travel cooker in which we prepared upma, MTR ready to packets also came to rescue.
Our random travel pictures ..........
Dreamland Beach, Bali, Indonesia
Langkawi's breathtaking ride in cable car and awesome aerial view. Langkawi is a Malaysian Island
Golden reclining Buddha of Bangkok...
Twin Towers of Kuala Lumpur, Capital of Malaysia
Coming back to the entries of Meals on Wheels, Please help yourselves to your favorite travel food. There 48 entries for this event so, I decided to just provide the link as adding too many pictures might take ages to load this page especially if you have slow internet connections. My heart felt thanks to all those who sent yummy entries to this event. My apologies, if I have not replied your emails due to lack of time.
1.Methi Chapathi from Shruthi Sunil's Blog
2.Spring Rolls from Pavithra of Paakashaale
3.Stuffed Tortillas from Priya of Priya's Feast
4.Puliyogare from Jayashri of Smayal Arai
5.Aloo Paratha, Kathal Achar from Priyanka of Asan Khana
6.Spiced Almond Powder from Uma of Essence of Andhra
7.Aloo Parantha from Srividya of Appetising Recipes
8.Savory Muffins from Cham of Spice Club
9.Methi na Dhebra from Meera of Enjoy Indian Food
10.Banana Muffins from Trupti of Recipe Center
11.Tomato Pickle from Sunedha of Sumi's Weblog
12.Tomato Chutney from Sudeshna of Bengali Cuisine
13.Makyacha Chivda from Preeti of Khaugiri
14.Capsicum spicy rice from Phanita's Kitchenette
15.Crispy Sev from Bindiya of In Love with Food
16.Pulikachal from Rajeshwari of Rak's Kitchen
17.Almond Crescent Cookies from Divya of Divya's Cook Book
18.Besan Ladoo from EC of Simple Indian Food
19.Tomato Chutney from Shama Nagarajan of Easy2Cook Recipes
20.Almond Oat Cookies from Poornima of Tasty Treats
21.Banana Dates Muffin from Jayashri Satish of Kailas Kitchen
22.Besan Kachori from Sonal of Khaane ke Shaukeen
23.Mangalore Buns from Sushma of Savi Ruchi
24.Bharwan Karela from Bhawna of From My Palate
25.Coconut Laddu from Uma of Essence of Andhra
26.Thepla from A&N of Delectably Your's
27.Crispy Nutty Treats from Pallavi of All things yummy
28.Sun dried tomato pickle from Pratibha of The Chef and Her Kitchen
29.Onion-Tomato Chutney from Kavitha of Kavithavin Kaivanam
30.Tomato Chutney from Maya of Konkan World
31.Coconut Laddu from Indrani of Appyayan
32.Rice Crispies Chaat from Uma of Essence of Andhra
33.Beat Spring Onion Paratha , Coconut Laddu , Coconut Peanut Podi, Soya Flour Parantha, Eggless oatmeal Chocochip scones from Priya of Priya's easy n tasty recipes.
34.Coconut, Uraddal and Onion Chutney from Chitra of Anyonecancook
35.Garlic Tamarind Kulambu from Valarmathi of Simple and Yummy Recipes
36.Potato Paratha with Oatmeal from Vibaa of Delectable Vegetarian Recipes
37.Bharwan Karela from Nupur of Cinnamon Hut
38.Jolada Rotti and Pulikachal from Chitra and Dibs of Chitra Amma's Kitchen
39.Mixed Dal Ambode and Spinach and Feta Pockets from Asha of Foodies Hope
40.Curry Leaves Powder from Jayashree of Luvgoodfood
41.Badam Halwa, Cup Cake, Carrot Halwa, Muffin Cakes, Plain Cakes, Carrot Cinnamon Cake, Bittergourd Fry, Cappucino Biscotti, Dates Cake, Basic Cake, Eggless Cake, Doodh Peda, Rich Plum Cake, Swiss Roll, Zebra Cake, Choclate Cake, Marble Cake, Choco Chip Cake, Double Decker Cake, Ragi Biscuits, Nutty Fudge, Wheat Bread, flax seeds chutney powder, Seimbaal, Home made condensed milk all of them and be found at SapthanaaBalachander's Passion4Cooking
42.Tomato Pickle from Kayal of Kayal's Kitchen
43.Palak Coriander Parantha from Saritha of My Kitchen's Aroma
44.Thakkali Thokku from Geethu of Get Love to Cook
45.Paltain Chips from Lavanya of Vividha Ruchulu
46.Banana Cake from Pooja of Sai Kitchen
47.Mathri, Mangalore Buns and Plantain Chips from Supriya of Celebrating Little things in life
48.Dhapathi-a Karnataka Maharastra Border Cuisine from Smitha of Life Begins Nourish It
49.Palak Thepla and Khara Avalakki from Taste of Mysore
50.Spring Rolls from Mona of Zaiqa
51.Mathri,Nimki,Thekua,Gujhia,Urad kachodi and Red chili pickle from Priyanka of Asan Khana
Thanks again to one and all who participated in this event. Have a good week ahead.