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Saturday, December 03, 2005

Craving for desi food

This Hindu article states that desis largely stick to Indian cuisine even while travelling abroad. How do we explain our reluctance to try other cuisines?

10 Comments:

  • Everybody like that I think. Not just Indians.

    By Blogger Maran, at 9:04 PM  

  • From my personal experience, Being a vegetarian , I feel severly limited in most cuisines. I have tried new cuisines which have at least a few veg dishes .

    Though on a whole to play it safe , I normally prefer Indian food .

    By Blogger Cogito, at 10:20 PM  

  • I know animals can be fun when around. Blame it on me, I have never really got myself to like dogs. Dunno for what reason. I think I have a phobia here.

    I never have had a pet but when I see other popel talk about pets and the sweeties they are I feel jealous. Really. But as I said they have managed to attract me only from the neighbours window not at my threshold.

    But i hope one day, I can manage to love a pet at my house and call him/her my sweetie.

    By Blogger Camouflaged Being, at 12:42 AM  

  • because Desi food, esp Idli vadai and dosais are too good? And no other cuisine can beat it? :)

    By Blogger WA, at 2:24 AM  

  • i get that feedback a lot from my friends.. my reason is that i have food allergies and i feel safer going into an indian restaurant and asking them to customize stuff. if i go to a chinese or thai place and ask them to get me stuff without peanuts or sesame seeds they simply laught at me..

    By Blogger Sundar Narayanan, at 4:56 AM  

  • @Maran,
    It is more common among India. Other nationalities are willing to experiment

    @Cogito,
    Agree with u. Veggies have limited choices....Chinese, Italian could be some of the choices

    @Wicked Angel,
    Looks like u r home sick

    @Sundar,
    got what u mean. makes sense if u have special dietary requirements.

    By Blogger Kaps, at 10:20 PM  

  • I think its a craving for spicy food? I've tried chinese, mexican, mediterranean and a little bit of Italian. Nothing beats the spice in Indian food. There are others too, but those are really rare to find.

    -narayanan

    By Blogger narayanan, at 1:14 PM  

  • Maran, I sort of agree. I have observed that generally most Asians are less adventurous and Indians less so as there is hardly any exposure. Koreans or Chinese kids are just about now getting exposed to Indian or Turkish food. But in India outside the Five Star Hotel circuit it is hard to taste good food from other parts of the world.

    Narayanan, Try Sichuan food, it run circles around spiciest Indian food.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/preetamrai/69620960/
    Some Korean and Thai dishes are also mighty spicy.

    I suppose if you have no dietary restrictions then you should be game to try any dish. After all food forms a big part of the culture you are exploring when you are in some other country. My adage - never let nationality come in the way of matters of heart or stomach.

    By Anonymous Preetam Rai, at 3:12 PM  

  • Preetam,
    'Sichuan', I've seen a term called 'Szechuan' (have tried this Szechuan tofu).

    But as a vegetarian, you get pretty restricted and end up in Fried Rice :(. Have tried Thai fried rice once, was defenitely spicier than the Chinese counterpart. The thing is, that place is pretty inaccessible and expensive for regular visits.

    -narayanan

    By Blogger narayanan, at 12:01 AM  

  • Same here.

    Being a Vegetarian automatically makes mosts.. nah, almost all restaurants abroad, no-go zones for me.. sometimes, I won't be able to distinguish whether the vegetarian pizza advertised is really vegetarian or just vegetable-rich..

    so, sticking to S.Indian Vegetarian cuisine is a safe bet.

    By Blogger Jagan Mohan, at 10:27 PM  

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