Aloo Gobi and an Unexpected Trip to India

We always say that the cuisine of each country is a trip within the trip. And if you are in a country as immense and as different as India, then surprises are guaranteed! You will be surprised to see a large number of vegetarian dishes that appear on the menu of restaurants. What do you eat in India? What are the best dishes of Indian cuisine? One of my favorite vegetarian dishes that you should try in India is Aloo Gobi.

Aloo means potato and gobi means cauliflower. It is a dry curry in which these two ingredients are combined with different spices. It is a very popular curry and not as festive as others could be but what is certain is that I love it.

The thali is a great invention. If you do not know what to eat, ask a thali. It is a metal tray where different dishes are put. There are preparations based on vegetables and meat. They usually come with rice, naan, raita (yogurt sauce and vegetables), dal (lentils), aloo gobi, palak paneer (spinach with cheese) etc.

Prices vary a lot depending on where you eat. If it's in dhabas (cheap street restaurants) it costs between 30-50 INR and up to 150 INR if you eat in restaurants. In both cases, as soon as you finish something on the plate, in many places the waiters will come and put you more until you ask them to stop. They are worse than the grandmothers!

Today, thanks to television and the internet, it is no longer necessary to go to a country to know about it. That great advantage we have today we are going to take advantage of in this post. Why, what do we know about India? Without realizing it, there are many elements already introduced in our culture, through the British culture in its majority, that come from there, for example, the peacocks of India, which are already typical in some parks and gardens, or if we talk about food, the curry that gives a special flavor to many dishes.

The Taj Mahal, Gandhi, Rabindranath Tagore, the sari (popular dress of the Indian woman), the bindi (the point they wear on the forehead), the Ganges, the curries, the polo, the elephants, The jungle book. Surely I can continue much more but what strikes me the most of India is its celebration of COLOR. The color in all its splendor, with all its meanings, is a festival that floods that culture and is very present in it. In other cultures, it has been getting lost, but in Indian culture, it is still very present.

I think India is a true reflection of that celebration of the color we were talking about before. In addition, in the center is drawn the lotus flower, one of the national symbols of the country. In a report from the National Geographic, I have seen what is the annual festival of painted elephants held in the city of Jaipur in Rajasthan.

The elephant is one of the animals venerated in India but, the one that was support of kings and that showed its magnificence now is more a tourist version of all that. At the festival, the elephant is dressed in his best clothes and a tribute is paid to him. It seems that if the Indian elephant is better preserved than its African relative, it is precisely because of the tradition it carries as a symbol of strength and health.

In fact, the elephant god, Ganesha, is one of the most known and adored of the Indian pantéon. He is revered as a repeller of obstacles, patron of the arts and sciences and the god of intelligence and wisdom. When they open a business, they pray to him so that everything goes well and as I do not believe much in coincidences, I think that this post from India and the elephant has to help in the business that I have in hand, or at least I hope so.

It is impossible to travel through India without falling in love with chai, the delicious Indian tea, which is almost a religion in itself! It is quite a spectacle to see how it is prepared. If you cheer up (and you have to cheer) try the masala chai (slightly spicy).

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