I remember the only time we have visited Pondicherry. My son had turned just one and my brother and SIL were visiting us for a weekend. We took our one year old car (which had done only 1600 kms) for a drive to Mahabalipuram.
On the way, my brother suggested that we can travel another 30 kms and go to Pondicherry and stay there overnight. Everyone jumped in the wagon, except me, of course! I like things to be planned and to decide a weekend getaway while travelling in a car is just unthinkable. So I started blabbering things like, “I haven’t closed the windows”, “The clothes in the yard for drying” and more stuff.
But the look from others was enough to add-on,”Yeah, all that’s fine. Let’s go to Pondicherry!”
So, the windows were open for a night and the clothes were left out to dry, but boy! what a stay we had in Pondicherry!!
The guest house we stayed (they gave us the dorm that could accommodate 15 people) charged only 300/- or 400/- INR. The food was simple and good. And that weekend was just great.
We looked around the place and totally loved it. Pondicherry is a small place, but it leaves a lasting pleasant impression on your mind. You have good pedestrian paths on both sides of the road. You can walk as much as you want.
I was shopping with my SIL and for a moment, I turned to look somewhere else. I turned back, expecting to see my SIL there, she wasn’t. She was down…She had fainted, just like that!!
She was as shocked as the rest of us were. She was fine, may be hunger and the harsh sun collapsed her. It’s something I still remember about Pondicherry.
Another thing was, my one year old would point at our car, if we pass it. We checked it multiple times, passing our car without getting in. But every single time, he would kind of point at our car correctly. Once it was parked right next to a similar colour similar model car, yet he pointed at ours correctly.
And if the kid could talk – he would have asked,”But that’s our car.Where are you going?”
At an age where in he didn’t know the numbers or may be even colours, I have no idea how he did it, but he did it all the time. He used to recognize the man’s bike as well. God knows, how though!!
Anyway, coming to the Pondicherry food, I browsed Priya’s blog for recipes. She is from Pondicherry and this is the kind of food she was brought upon. This may not be the signature dishes of Pondicherry, but their everyday food is kind of similar to this.
- Kadala Kuzhambu : Chickpeas in a tangy and coconut based gravy.
- Thenga Manga Pattani Sundal : An all time favourite beach snack. Cooked dry peas with coconut and chopped raw mangoes
- Peas and Carrot Saute : According to the book, The Pondicherry Kitchen, this is an adapted version of French sauté.
- Plain rice