Indian ‘spices‘ and ‘curries‘ have takers all over the world. There’s not a single person who’s not a fan. Yes, go on, admit it. Even if you’d swear that extra spice or the deep fried snacks are not healthy and that you’d keep away, you’d fail. More than the taste that’d keep you hooked, it is the warm hospitality.
There are a few who have managed to keep the traditional recipes alive and few who’ve mastered the art. To find those few you’d need an expert. Padhaaro brings for you, some experiences that would help you taste the different flavors of India. So choose the city of your choice and go on an heavenly food trail.
Not for nothing is Punjab called the ‘Food Bowl of India‘. Lassi, stuffed paranthas, kulche and, all the other Punjabi dishes would leave you wanting more. Well the good news is, more than to eat, a Punjabi loves to feed. Excellent hosts, Punjabis serves with their heart and would not take no for an answer. Padhaaro offers you an experience down the roads of Amritsar and let you try as many as twenty dishes while stopping over at ten of the best shops in town. Eat to your heart’s content, cause anyways a Punjabi host won’t hear a ‘No’. Go on, try.
In the Food Capital of India (ohh, it is), you better drop your inhibitions about trying out street food because when in Delhi you better know, East or West, Street Food is the Best! If hygiene’s a concern, Fear Not! The Government has started a drive to educate the street vendors about the importance of hygiene. You’d be amazed to find a Momo’s Joint or a street vendor at every nook and corner. But only a real foodie can help you pick up the bestest, from the best. Explore the city on a cycle rickshaw with a Padhaaro Greeter, and have a taste of Delhi.
Rajasthan has something for everyone. So does a Padhaaro experience. For those awestruck by the magnificence and opulence and, would want to see what it feels like, Padhaaro offers an experience for them to enjoy the authentic Rajasthani Cuisine in a Royal Haveli and, dine in style. Those, who’d want to know the secret behind these heavenly dishes, can take a class and learn from the experienced. You can enjoy a meal with the family of the Padhaaro Greeter and try the delicious Rajasthani dishes like daal baati churma, ker sangri, laal maas and chutneys. The street food lovers can go on a trail and savor the delicious Rajasthani dishes. Only the best in town is included in this trail. A tip off- they’re little on the spicy side.
How about savoring all the delicacies Agra has to offer while roaming around the city and enjoying a ride on an electric rickshaw? A capital city of the Mughal Era, the cuisine that has evolved has a distinct Mughalai flavor. All sort of vegetarian, non-vegetarian and authentic Mughalai dishes can be enjoyed. A Padhaaro Greeter would take you round the city and would let you have only the best Agra has too offer. Along with a pick and drop facility, guests are also provided with water bottle, wipes and a face mask.
When in Kolkata, meet Iftekhar, a wonderful host who’d help you experience Kolkata at its best. On a lovely evening, he’d take you on a tour to a local market, helping you pick groceries and spices. Later, you can use them to prepare your own dish after an arranged class from a housewife or a hotel chef. If cooking’s not your thing, go on a wonderful Kolkata trail and enjoy the best street food. The trail generally begins with a masal chai to relax and refresh. For a full meal, fried fish, tikkas and curries are on offer. The trail ends on a sweet note with a sandesh!
‘Chowpatty jayenge, Bhelpuri khayenge’
Most of us have grown up singing this and our knowledge of Mumbaiya food remains limited to Vada Paav, Bhelpuri and Bhajiya. But hold on, there’s more. While the vada paav and bhelpuri remains Mumbai’s speciality, Mumbai is full of places that offers delicious dishes prepared with a Mumbaiya twist.
On offer is a fort road tour, a trail with 7 tasting locations, letting you relish and savor the best. What you can enjoy is a Milk Shake of exotic fruits, Iranian Parsi Dish, Chicken Mughlai, Paan and as they say- creamier Ice-creams.
For the daring ones, Offal Delights let you taste meat of every kind, from kidney to liver. The Street food tour covers all the important places and makes sure that you do not miss out on anything.
A second home to the hippies, Goa is frequented by people from places far and wide. Naturally, the place caters to need of all and thus has all the cuisines which you can relish while you get sun-drenched. But the specialty here is the authentic Goan cuisine which is surely not to be missed.
This experience lets you take a cooking class or enjoy Goan delicacies, as per your preference. A tour to the local market to help you get familiar with the ingredients and spices that goes in the making. A Spice tea is served and 12 classic tastes are on offer. The cooking class allows you to learn as many as five dishes. So back home, whenever you feel the urge, head straight to the kitchen. What you also get is a Certificate to flaunt and a souvenir to keep, along with an apron that you’ll need.
Char Minar at night is a sight to behold. Gazing at this wonderful monument, soaking in the aroma and relishing the Hyderabadi Biryani is an experience like none other. This ever so crowded city of Nizam Sultans is full of places that sell Biryani. But there are only a few who know the secret and have mastered the art. On a Padhaaro Biryani trail, the experienced Padhaaro Greeter makes sure that you do not miss out on anything. From the street shops to the high end hotels, this biryani trail covers everything that’s best.
A colony of the French in the past, the colonial influence can still be seen in the city. What’s on offer is an experience that would be so enriching that you’d want to come back again and again. Here, learn to cook the traditional cuisine of the place. The fun part? The host offers classes in different languages and, knows more than 5. So while the food simmers, get chatty and let a bond simmer too.
At the Heart of Karnataka, Bengaluru beats every other city when it comes to trying the authentic South Indian cuisines. A different kind of experience involves a trip to an Organic Farm, a chance to participate in farming activities and then enjoying a packed organic brunch. Another experience lets you enjoy a home cooked meal with a local. This meal is served on a banana leaf and all the traditional dishes are served. A street tour is also on offer and everything from crispy hot dosas to idlis served with chutneys can be enjoyed. The trail ends sipping a hot cup of coffee.
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