The last few days have been very busy and stressful at work so a proper meal did not rank high on my todo list. Fortunately, even in this busy schedule, I managed to scarve down some very delicous food. Here's a brief look at what I ate:
- chaat at the dhaba next door: SS took me to the dhaba (neighbourhood eateries that look like a dive) next to our office for snacks in the last two days. I tried their chai, coffee, potato croquette sandwich, and freshly-made samosa. The tea was rich & milky but the best part was to watch the guy brewing a huge pot of tea over low flames in front of the store. The samosa was absolutely delicious! This must be the first time that I had a freshly-made samosa. I want to come back on my own but there's the language barrier to think about...
- aloo paneer kathi roll: I wanted to pick up a quick dinner while I was waiting for a server to recover. So today, I went to the kathi roll vendor whose stall is tucked inside a little hole between Hotel BelAir and a construction site on Lane No 6. I ordered an aloo paneer kathi roll to go. It is basically a roti covered with eggs and grilled. The filling is a mixture of potato and paneer with slivers of raw sweet onions and a green chutney. For a grand total of Rs 25, this was one tasty and filling meal. Too bad it was so greasy. Otherwise, I would probably love to eat this more often.
- mithai galore: I sampled more mithai from what my coworkers brought. I had a gulab jamun, a burfi, a homemade almond ladoo, and a little fish-shaped mithai made of pressed lentil flours. I came to the conclusion that I like well-made mithai. Most of the ones I had in India are not cloyingly sweet, have complex flavour from spices & nuts & rosewater, and look quite attractive. I know I will miss these when I'm back home.
- catered lunch: I like our daily catered lunch service. The food is simple yet it is not greasy like the ones they sell in restaurants. Between the flavoured rice, dhal, and our daily choice of sauce-laden dishes, lunch has become my most important meal of the day. I had aloo gobi, some eggplant and tomato dish, and some chana dish. Besides, it's just wonderful to have a hot meal under 15 minutes so I can get back to work.
- local fruits: I had bananas and one whole seedless papaya. Although they are far from picture perfect, the flavour was intensely wonderful.
No wonder SS said that it is difficult to lose weight while living in Pune!