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Great Indian recipes that fueled our travels

A few words of introduction. Firstly what I am not. I not a cook (although I enjoy cooking) nor a dietician nor a nutritionist.

What I am is someone who was overweight when I left on my travel adventure and was not overweight when I returned.

There may be a few reasons for this, being more active, being removed from the temptation of what was calling me from the fridge and a healthy and simple diet.

The excess weight began disappearing for both Carol and I as we travelled through South India where we fed well and ate mainly sambar, mixed vegetable curry and chapattis and frankly I reached a weight never dreamed of in the past 30 years.

As we travelled north and as the food became richer we both noticed that our clothes began to get a little tighter. Once back home the call of the fridge and a return to a western diet soon began to take its toll and so we decided to include into our diets the dhaba type food we had enjoyed so much while travelling.

Don’t get me wrong, we still eat some naughty stuff but we keep a large bowl of sambar in the fridge and some rice and lentils handy and this keeps us a little slimmer and a lot healthier.

We are giving away a few of the Cardamom Days recipes that sustained us during our travels and which we now eat on a regular basis. They are predominantly South Indian and therefore completely vegetarian and I guess pretty healthy. Just pop over to our website for more details.


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My partner Carol and I set off on a 400 day long trip around the Indian Subcontinent. Travelling mainly by local bus it proved to be an extraordinary adventure as we rubbed shoulders with many interesting people and visited fascinating places. We travelled through Sri Lanka, much off India and into Nepal and wrote the book Cardamom Days upon which my blog is based. We wanted the trip to be extraordinary and extraordinary is what it proved to be.

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