Taste of India- A Visual Food Guide

Taste of India- A Visual Food Guide

I’ve always liked Indian food restaurants that I have eaten at in America…but when something is Americanized, who knows if it’s anything even remotely close to the ACTUAL food in the real place? I realized this before traveling to India, so I was ready to bring on the authentic Indian food!!! Well, maybe I was a little nervous at first…like “Hmm…I wonder if I will get tired of eating curry and masala dishes every day for three months?” You know, sometimes I did get a little tired of it, mainly because I am a big lover of Mac N’ cheese and pizza! Who’s with me?! Overall, Indian food has been exciting and tasty! A new experience for sure. Our loyal friend/driver has taught us MUCH about what to eat and what not to eat while here. We also learned Hindi names of foods so that we know what the heck we just ordered! But don’t worry, not everything is in Hindi!

I would like to share some of my favorite dishes and tastes of India that I have experience!! This will be a great visual reference for you if you are planning to take a trip to India yourself!

Below the pics, I will include a list of Hindi names for food and their English names so that you too can know what you are ordering!

Food Translation: Hindi to English

Hindi English
Aloo Potato
Dal Lentils
Paneer Cheese
Rajma Red Kidney Beans
Sag Spinach
Samosa Deep-fried pastry filled with vegetable or meat mixtures
Rice Chawal
Onion Piyaz
Sugar Chini
Lime Nimboo
Chicken Murghi
Mushrooms Khumbi
Butter Makhan
Water Paani (When looking for bottled water, ask for “Mineral water”)

Before I go, I wanted to share a basic rule of thumb! While traveling to other Countries (depending on which ones), remember…. Don’t eat anything unless it is baked, boiled, or broiled! Just make sure it is cooked so the germs are killed. Otherwise, it needs to be something that can be peeled! Also, don’t drink their “Filter water”, only drink mineral water from a SEALED water bottle! Preferably Bisleri, Kinley, or Aquafina. This will help you avoid getting any parasites, worms or stomach aches!

Now go out and try some Indian food!

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Taste of India- A Visual Food Guide

Taj Mahal Tour

The Taj Mahal

Walking up the long path to the Taj Mahal….the anticipation was killing me! Was I really about to have the most beautiful architecture right before my eyes? The hassle of the locals was out of control on our way there! But I understand, that is how they make their living. They offered their services and tried to sell us souvenirs every step of the way. Luckily, we were warned by our beloved friend/driver that we should not allow any of them to “help” us because you never know which ones are trying to hustle you and rip you off. We worked our way through the line and security. Here comes the big moment, walking through the huge gates and onto the Taj Mahal property! The actual building was still far away, but I could see it clear as day considering it is taller than a 20 story building! It looked like a big picture was in front of me! The closer I came, the more I began to realize this WAS in fact the real thing and not some giant picture. But I could hardly seem to grasp it! It’s glow and beauty was immaculate. I told myself I would not believe it was real until I walked up inside and touched it. So that is what I did.

Taj Mahal Facts

The Taj Mahal was built in Agra India 1631-1648 by the Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan. He had it made in remembrance of his favorite wife who died in childbirth. Inside the Taj Mahal, there is a tomb that Shah Jahan and his wife, Arjumand Banu Begam, were buried in. Along with that, there are also other tomb chambers and different rooms that are closed to the public. The inside is beautifully decorated with carvings and gemstones.

 

  • To the left of the Taj Mahal is another gorgeous building called the Mihman Khana (assembly hall or guest house).
  • To the right of the Taj Mahal is the mosque, a place to worship.
  • Both buildings are almost identical and face each other (with the Taj Mahal in between).
  • When you look over the balcony behind the Taj Mahal, you see the Yamuna river.

 

Seeing the Taj Mahal has been on my bucket list and man it felt good accomplishing it! I know not everyone will get the chance to make a trip to India, so I wanted to share my personal experience and Taj Mahal tour with you! I hope you enjoy and let it inspire you to travel and chase more adventures! Now go out and follow your dreams 🙂

 

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Taj Mahal Tour