Travel in Mexico to the land of the Maya

Mexico embodies a spicy and fiery passion for la vida, a bit as her chiles, jalapeƱos and tequila. This spirit is found everywhere, in art, music, history and culture, but also in the way Mexicans enjoy a sense of everyday life. Being contaminated by their wonderful way of being and to discover the attractions of the country is an experience not to be missed, one of those that cannot be missed in the list of winners of globetrotters.

It's difficult to decide to book a trip to Mexico and then not be fascinated, with an amazing feeling and a unique experience that is hard to describe. Yes we are talking about the places, the wonderful sunny beaches, the warm friendly people as also of the cultural wealth and the well known historical aura surrounding this land is to be discovered.

We are of course referring to the Maya and the Aztecs, two populations that have really left their mark permanently in our human history. For completeness sake we will say that the first inhabitants of Me…

Kolkata Street Food

Kolkata Street Food

Kolkata may have its sophisticated restaurants and food plazas but many of the Calcasians are still devoted to her street food especially the mobile stalls that gather around the gates of schools, when the school gets over. Many of the school goers remain so hooked to them that not even the guardians, but some times they themselves has a suspicion that whether these things are drugged or not.

A path that leads the viewer through the knowledge of a part of the boundless Indian cuisine, perhaps the most street, certainly the most eventful and colors of part of the East always mysterious and fascinating evenings which add to the expressive power of the documentary odors and fragrances of freshly cooked food in an old and very quaint equipped van.

On this list, supreme importance can be claimed by Fuchka (panipuri). Small puffed crisp wheat balls stuffed with a mixture of boiled potato, boiled gram and roasted spices and filled with sour water of tamarind, fuchka has its origins in Benaras, where pudina and roasted red chili powder is a special addition.

One can find other varieties of fuchka like dahi-fuchka or alur dom  fuchka with yogurt and smashed potatoes, served in sal pata (dry tree leaf) bowl or the leaf itself shaped in a cone. Even after that the taste from one phuchka wala (vendor) to other varies for the mixture in spices and obviously the mixing. With fuchka comes churmur. It is a mixture of potato slices, gram and crushed fuchkas with spices and tamarind water sometimes with a pinch of coriander or lime over it.

Another item can be found from these people are aloo-kabli. It has the same ingredients that of churmur with an addition of raw onion less than the crushed fuchkas. Most tasty you will find these items when licking the residue in the sal leaf. Next in the queue comes telebhaja (oil fried snacks). Though every fried item is obviously fried in oil no one knew why only this variety is called so.

Generally the softened varieties are Maharastrian in origin with sauces and potato or cucumber slices and the ones with more crunchy items and are termed bhel puris or batata puris.

In Kolkata, the inviting dining corners were organized to present different national flavors in one place, to connect people and bring together different cultures and ethnicities. The love for Indian street food is very old, since there are many cities that bear the names of dishes and popular combinations.

According to FAO studies in the city of Kolkata, an average of one thousand calories from street food contains about: thirty grams of protein, fifteen grams of fat and one hundred and eighty grams of carbohydrates. This probably makes the street food means less expensive to get a nutritionally balanced meal outside the home, at a minimum price.

The prepared food and beverages are prepared and sold by street vendors, that cater to a huge chunk of the Indian population regardless of economic status. While the poor take this food to eat, the middle class or rich he does for his taste.

There is not one formula for its preparation and here lies the secret of taste. Chowmein (mixed noodles) is another favourite which was introduced by the Chinese in Kolkata.

The singara or the samosa is made of a vegetarian filling over a flour based covering, deep fried. The filling can be simply mashed potatoes, or may contain any vegetable including, famously, fresh cauliflower. During the Bengal winter the smell of cauliflower singaras being fried fills the air. There are so many stories about the several Mughlai eateries along with modestly priced biryani, roll, tikka and cult-status kababs (small boneless chicken cubes roasted in tandoor).

Roll is a type of Indian bread stuffed with stir-fry. In this way you can actually find small old shops that sell paranthas for generations and boasts a clientele of famous Indian politicians and celebrities who flock there often, in addition to the daily visits of ordinary people. But in their popularity chart there are behind no one and everyone hopes even the extinct ones to reincarnate in near future.

Kolkata biryani evolved from the Lucknow style. The use of potatoes has become a distinct feature of the Kolkata biryani as an additional ingredient along with the meat. In addition, the biryani is much lighter on spices and more subtle.

Among sweet delicacies most prominent item is the malai borof or kulfi (ice-cream). The item is found still on the roadside vendors in earthen pot inside which the moulds are kept, a substitution of freezer. Many of these vendors also sell flavoured coloured water.

The daily food through the street food of millions of people in the country provides a regular source of income for millions of men and women who would otherwise be unemployed. There are large and small food businesses in many Indian cities that have their origin linked to the humble eateries in the street.

The recipes of Kolkata street food are not popular only in the country but have had the same success in the rest of the world, presenting the immense diversity of the country as a delicacy to be savored.

The first thing that strikes you is the myriad of vendors present in the street, it seems that everyone has to Calcutta own business. There are barbers, shoeshine, book sellers, but especially banquets with every type of food. They range from simple luchi (a kind of fried bread) to more elaborate dishes, such as the kati rolls or others whose name escapes me yet. Kolkata is famous for its street food.

A long layover in Calcutta, the city where he remains haunted by the culture of food, by the way used for cooking, from the colors of the dishes and the many smells that emanate from the pots along the crowded streets of the city with delicate and panoramic foods that cook in pots, bringing out, in addition to food, the gestures of the cooks of the road and the patrons.


ashok said…
mouth watering...
Kala said…
Beautifully presented images, as always!

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