On the Spice Trail – Culinary Journeys to India

There are so many wonderful adventures that await the culinary traveler. Recently, I became acquainted with a fabulous group, that offers culinary adventures in India: Explore Himalaya Travel & Adventure / Kipling India Travels.  Here is how they described the Indian cuisine & tours to me.

An Overview on Culinary Travels to India

For centuries, people from all over the world have been drawn to India for its spices and spirituality. India, a land of spiritualism has also deftly mastered the art of preparing food for the soul and body. The sheer diversity of cuisines has transformed this magnificent country into a sensory haven for food lovers. Even though the Indian spices are the essence of Indian dishes, there is another element, which plays a vital role in making Indian cuisines popular worldwide. It is the love and the care with which every dish is prepared and the joy of seeing someone truly savor every bite is what makes Indian food so special. Warm hospitality and the spirit of serving others is what truly make Indian food so divine and delicious. Embark on a beautiful culinary tour where you not only get to learn on how to prepare authentic Indian delicacies but also discover the passion with which each and every dish is prepared and served.

Different styles of cooking

Christine Culinary Adventures | Taste of IndiaThe cuisines of India are as diverse as the country and the style of preparation is also quite unique for each of them. While in the northern part of the country especially regions in and around Lucknow and Delhi, Mughlai and Awadhi cuisines are popular, in the southern part of the country, primarily South Indian cuisine is popular. The cooking techniques used to prepare these cuisines are immensely different and distinctive.

Food & Travel with Christine Couvelier | Culinary Concierge

Mughlai is a style of cooking that originated in the kitchens of the Mughal Empire and the cuisine is known for its distinctive aroma and flavors of whole spices. Ideally, the base for most of the Mughlai dishes are butter based curries and flavored sauces. Awadhi cuisine belongs to Lucknow and the manner of cooking is quite similar to what is found in the Middle East, Central Asia and Northern India. It is known for its distinctive style of cooking called the dum style of cooking, where the food is cooked over a slow fire. Rich ingredients such as cottage cheese, mutton, chicken and spices such as cardamom and saffron are used immensely in Awadhi cuisine.

Indian Food | Travel Adventures with Culinary ConciergeThe style of cooking followed in southern India is completely in contrast to North Indian style of preparing food. For one, south Indian menu is primarily rice based and steaming is used to prepare dosas and idlis. A combination of lentils and legumes are blended with spices to create different kinds of sauces and curries.

Their fabulous tours would be full of tastes to remember & adventures of a lifetime.

If you are interested in learning more about the tours, please let me know. There are a number of people who have expressed interest to me & I would be happy to put together a group and lead the tours and tastings.

Taste, Taste, Taste



  1. I particularly love Indian Food because a lot of the dishes are gluten free. Thanks for sharing your travel adventures with us Christine. They are always so scrumptious to read.

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