aachar, or pickle in hindi, maintains a constant presence on the indian (and now, my) table. aachar is made from a vast range of preserved fruits (mangos! lemons! limes!) and vegetables (cauliflower! cabbage! pumpkin!) brined in oil, salt, and spice. achaar can be spicy or sweet, so try a bunch and bring home.
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tea or chai is everywhere in delhi, and while in town, it's most likely you'll drink the most iconic version: a heavily sweetened combination of strong black tea, whole milk, and spices. take home a few traditional and highly prized varietals and be sure to buy them at reputable shops like aap ki pasand and sancha tea boutique. darjeeling, from the hills of northeast india, is known as the champagne of teas and is always a solid choice. assam and nilgiri teas are known for their unique tastes, and are excellent to take home as well. should you want to recreate chai at home, seek out assam or ceylon for the most authentic experience.
chikankari lucknow kurti
the darjeeling tea is form part of the mahabharat range of the lesser himalayas in the state of west bengal. darjeeling is home to some of the world's most famous and sought after teas. commercially harvested in the area in 1856.
dabur hajmola is a market leader with more than 50% share of the digestive tablets segment in india. hajmola is a digestive medicated tablet manufactured by dabur in india. hajmola comes in five flavours: original, nimbu lemon imli tamarind, pudina peppermint and anardana pomegranate. pop a dabur hajmola and enjoy the chatpata taste that stimulates your digestive power. dabur hajmola is a mix of traditional indian culinary herbs, spices and edible salts. the popularity of hajmola can be gauged by the fact that almost 2.6 crore tablets are consumed every day in india. hajmola candy is a small medicated sweet which is intended to perform the same function as hajmola tablets.
beautiful and intricately hand-painted cups, cans, and tiffin boxes are ideal for storing all those spices and snacks you're bringing back. khan market, one of the oldest (and most upscale) markets in delhi, houses the tiny dastkari haat (mauve & pink, second floor, 39b, khan market, middle lane, new delhi, delhi 110003). tucked on the second level, next to amrapali jewellers, it offers a trove of handmade wares and art from craftspeople from all across india. my favorite finds were the hand-painted stainless steel boxes, cups, and tiffins.
prepared with teatime or pre-dinner snacking in mind (although i've been serving mine exclusively with apéro), delhi is brimming with all variety of salty, crunchy treats to put out in little bowls. i'm especially fond of methi mathr (salted fenugreek crackers) and bhujia, a very thin, crunchy snack made with garbanzo bean flour and spices. if you see aloo bhujia, it's the same thing, but made with a blend of garbanzo and potato flour dough. chakali, spicy, crunchy spirals made with rice flour and sesame seed dough, are another favorite. if you want something sweet, try one of the many flavors of rusk (twice-baked biscuits). one of the best food bazaars in delhi, the indian national army market or ina (shri aurobindo road, new delhi, delhi 110023), is a huge, sprawling complex filled with everything from cooking utensils to clothing. those in the know come for the groceries and hard-to-find ingredients. it's also across (a very busy) street from dilli haat (see above); it's worth spending an afternoon exploring both.
whatever your heart desires, but especially kala elaichi (black cardamom), peppercorns, brown mustard seeds, fenugreek leaves, and asafetida (a distinctive south indian spice that's relatively unknown outside of india, but should be making its way into your kitchen — yes, it's the stinky one you've heard about). buy a vacuum-sealed package and double wrap it before tucking it into your luggage. khari baoli, old delhi's wholesale spice market, is the biggest in asia and an incredible, if overpowering, experience. for packaged spices check out roopak's (6/9 ajmal khan rd, karol bagh market, new delhi, delhi 110005) and mehar chand & sons (6535, khari baoli, new delhi, delhi 110006, near fatehpuri masjid).
they are usually made of fine leather and are delicately embroidered with threads or beads. juttis are slip-on in style and are characterized by rising high to the achilles' tendon in the back and covering the toes with a round or m-shaped heavily-embroidered upper shoe and leaving the top of the foot nearly bare.
kantha embroidered saree
masks wore by kathakali dancers. kathakali is a major dance form from the south of india.
the 60-year-old indian brand is produced by mohan meakins at mohan nagar in ghaziabad, uttar pradesh, india, and worth seeking out. while it has been going in and out of fashion in india, your liquor cabinet back home will be grateful for the addition of this rich and unique seven-year-old blended dark indian rum with strong molasses flavors.
bed and table linens, scarves, cotton dresses, raw fabrics, everything ikat. a magical land for raw fabrics in every shape and size. prepare to be slightly, or in my case, wildly, overwhelmed. dilli haat ?(sri aurobindo marg, laxmi bai nagar, new delhi, delhi 110023) is a permanent open-air arts-and-crafts bazaar in southwest delhi that features a rotating collection of vendors from all over india. expect textiles and much more. the stalls are constantly rotating, so buy what you love on sight, as the vendor may have disappeared the next day.?