Ancient city of Madurai
Trip Start Nov 15, 2004
70Trip End Nov 10, 2005
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Apart from visiting the temple, the Ghandi Museum, a 16th Century Palace and wandering the streets we have continued to try as many dishes as possible - the variety of food is amazing and we have had to resign ourselves to not being able to eat every dish produced in India!
To give you a little 'taste' of the cuisine I will attempt to describe some of the dishes..
Lunch is typically a thali - a number of dishes served on a banana leaf or tin tray. It typically includes two or three wet curries, a dry curry, curd, dhaal, chili chutney, rice, papadum or roti and a rice pudding for dessert. Men walk around with tins of the food and continually pile it onto your leaf until you are bursting. The best thus far has come from Madurai with 19 items including two desserts. The technique requires using the right hand only and mixing up the dishes with the rice into a sloppy mess in the middle of your leaf, then shovelling it in with your hand. This sets us back around 60 cents each, a backpacker's dream meal!
Anyway, after a few days of enjoying Madurai, it is off to the coastal state of Kerala where Michael intends breaking the vegetarian run with some overindulgence in seafood.