Street Food of India
From Paratha and Jalebi in the teeming lanes of Old Delhi, Vada Pow and Bhel Puri in the financial hub of Mumbai, Mishti Doi in Kolkata, to Kachori and Paan near the Ganges in Varanasi, visitors to India are greeted by an astonishing variety of street food. Join ‘Street Food of India’ author-photographer Sephi Bergerson on a great culinary tour and photography adventure exploring the sights, sounds and colors of four of India’s cultural hubs while tasting and photographing the very best street food the country has to offer.
Where: Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Varanasi
Price: US$ 3,450
“My favorite is “Street Food of India” by Sephi Bergerson, a photographer who lives in Delhi. In just 50 recipes and under 200 pages, Mr. Bergerson accomplishes the rare feat of capturing how people eat, not just what. He shows people eating, making and clamoring for the outdoor snacks that are nearly universal in India: cool lemonade spiked with cumin and salt, scalding hot sweet tea with ginger, potato cakes with vibrant herb chutneys.” Julia Moskin, The New York Times
“Some of the photographs in this book are so beautiful they look like carefully crafted dishes made for a glossy magazine shoot. Bergerson has lived in India for the past seven years, and this book is an impressive reflection of time well spent. The recipes are delicious and can easily be recreated using ingredients easily found in the West, but it is the photographs that make the book stand out. Bergerson has a strong visual feel for Indian street life and the food that makes it distinctive, and he rarely takes a bad shot. There are some particularly arresting images of the street life in Calcutta, and of the colorful juice stands of Delhi. Many images are accompanied by text with fleeting details of how certain recipes are cooked, or the traditions surrounding them. Eating street food in India can be a slightly nerve-racking experience, but this book turns it into a pure pleasure.” The Telegraph UK
If you are a photographer and want to improve your street-photography skills, or a foodie fascinated with street food and exotic places, this tour is for you. It is not for the faint-hearted but will not get you killed either. We will maybe push the limits of your stomach a little bit as we aim to have an outstanding and unusual cultural and culinary experience, enjoy and learn in a completely new teritory. You should be willing to trust, try new food and new tastes and be ready to fall in love again. It will be an intense introduction to India through Indian food that is not available in any restaurant.
The four cities we will visit are all very intense but we will not make it a rushed tour, running from one food stall to the other and then to the airport and all over again just to say we tried it all. The idea is to have a great time. We’re going to slow down and let ourselves relax when we can, have a dinner together, take an afternoon off if we want to. Bring your camera of course as we will have the time to talk photography, personal projects, technical skills and approach and not only eat. We will be able to shoot at different lighting conditions, early mornings and evenings and spend quality time talking, reflecting and learning.
We believe that some of the value of a good expedition is also in the close contact and personal relationship you forge with the tour leader. Limited group size ensures that participants receive individual attention on a regular basis.
Day 1 to 3 – Delhi
The first three nights will be spent in Delhi – the capital of India – a vibrant and busy metropolis juxtaposing the old city in the north with New Delhi in the south. We will spend quality time in Old Delhi exploring the markets and absorbing the culture and atmosphere of the old city while taking pictures and tasting some of the most exciting street food at Paratha Wali Galli, Natraj Dahi Bala, Dariba Jalebi wala and other hidden jems. We will go back in time to visit the old shrine of the sufi saint Nizamuddin Aulia in New Delhi, sample some snacks at India gate park, taste the amazing Sitaran Dewan Chand Chhole Bhatura in Paharganj and hopefully have some time to relax and explore the newer aspects of the rapidly changing India.
Day 4 to 6 – Mumbai
Mumbai, the commercial and entertainment capital of India. lies on the west coast of India and offers a cosmopolitan and diverse lifestyle with a variety of food, entertainment and nightlife. We will spend time in the downtown area near Colaba, Victoria Terminus and Churchgate stations, The gateway of India, and visit the famous Khau galli food lane. We will also check out the early evening street food scene on Chowpatti beach for the famous Panipuri and Pav Bhaji and visit Haji Ali mosque and the charming old Parsi cafe for a light early morning breakfast. A lunch at the very famous Bhagat Tarachand dhaba promises to be a treat. We will not leave Mumbai without sampling the veg sandwich and vada pav.
Day 7 to 9 – Kolkata
Located on the east bank of the Hooghly River, Kolkata, formerly known as Calcutta, is the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal and the commercial capital of East India. Once the center of modern education, science, culture, and politics in India, the city is noted for its vibrant political culture and architecture from the time of the British rule. Bengalis are known to be fish-eaters-with-a-sweet-tooth and street food in Kolkata is nothing like anywhere else in India. The sidewalk next to Writers Building is literally an open street restaurant where hundreds of professionals sit for a proper lunch rather than snacks like in other cities. The Maidan and Victoria Memorial are great places for an afternoon visit and Bhel puri and Massala Muri. We will get up early in the morning for the famous Chinese breakfast stalls at Tiretti Bazaar, visit the unique Indian Coffee House on College Street, and check out the scene of the flower market under the Howrah bridge.
Day 10 to 12 – Varanasi
Very few places around the world are as total and intense as Varanasi on the banks of the river Ganges, and nothing can really prepare you for it. Regarded as a holy city by Hindus, Buddhists and Jains, it is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and probably the oldest in India. The chaos, the burning ghats, the narrow lanes of the old city and the night Aarti (fire ceremony) on river that calmly runs by, gives this city an almost mithycal aura. We will take an early morning boat ride on the river to get a feel of the city and then plunge into the mess, get lost in the alleyways and hope to come out on the other side of Kachori gali with some taste of sweet paan in our mouths. Visiting the roadside paanwalla to buy a paan and eating it leisurely, is a way of life but in Banaras, paan is a habit with a deep social significance. We will also have chai on the ghat, Kachori on a leaf plate, mungfali in a paper cone and cool Thandai and Bhang lassi for the brave-hearted.
G O U R M A N D W o r l d C o o k b o o k A w a r d s 2010
STREET FOOD OF INDIA, Winner of Best Cookbook Photography in the UK, Nominated for BEST IN THE WORLD
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