Indian Journey: Old Favorites, New Delights

Indian Journey: Old Favorites, New Delights

This summer, amidst all that goes into starting a new business; we put a pause on Spice Ladle and took on an Indian journey. It’s been a long 3 years since our last visit: read “A Pictorial Journey of Magnificent India: Part I and Part II” from my last trip.

When it comes to travel posts, images speak louder than words. So, I’ll let the pictures below do all the talking…

Without much ado, let’s get started, shall we?

The evolution of food in India can be summed up by the title of this post. While old favorites remain irreplaceable; my food experiences show the country’s fast evolving food palette. The urban population is clearly ready to explore food in new ways (showing that Peri’s Spice Ladle has always been onto something!)

Old Favorites:

Thali meal, Butter Chicken and Delectable Kebab

New Delights:

Mushroom Tikka, Spicy Peanut Chaat,

Satay in a Nest, Tandoori Momos,

Sliders (the Goan Sausage Slider was a Personal Favorite)

5 cool new trends I noticed across the urban food landscape

In Mumbai, Socials (casual hangouts for work and after-work) are all the rage as are microbreweries.

Classic food, placed on mini Naan/Paratha – an Indian version of pizzettes.

Molecular Gastronomy (what’s that now?) Food with a scientific bent or as they describe it ‘ Food that Creates an Illusion.’

Rustic serve-ware, cool trendy menus, focus on unique food platters.

New avatars of old chaat dishes.

Cool New Food Trends:

Classic Indian Food on Naan/Paratha,

Rustic Serveware and Quirky Menus

Beer Flight at a Microbrewery

Molecular Gastronomy:

Daal-Rice-Papad-Pickle (you read that right!),

Duck Samosa with Plum Sauce, Sali Boti in Thepla Wrap, Parmesan Appam ,

and a Dessert That was Actually Out of this World – Milky Way, Big Bang.

New Avatars of Old Chaat…Sandwich Pakoras, Papad Pizzas and More

I’ve been hearing a lot about Sodawaterbottleopenerwala, a Parsi food modern take on Irani cafes. I liked what I ate, and the fun atmosphere.

Parsi Inspirations at Sodabottleopenerwala:

A Favorite Childhood Candy, Khari Biscuit with Mushroom,

Parsi Favorite Raspberry Drink, Curry-n-Rice,

Eggs (Edu) a Staple of Parsi Cuisine, Kheemo Pav (Mince and Bread)


  • 5 cool new trends I noticed across the urban food landscape
  • 100-Seater Royal Banquet Table, Night View from the Palace,
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