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Finding India abroad

india Updated: Jan 26, 2010 19:49 IST
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With Indians residing in almost every corner of the world, it’s no wonder that Indian cuisine, as well as Indian ingredients, are now available everywhere. One no longer has to worry about not getting tawa roti or aloo gobhi when on foreign soil — there is an Indian culinary presence in most cities.

Bollywood, Barcelona
While craving for Indian food in Spain, I came across an Indian restaurant called Bollywood. The place is rife with traditional Bollywood paraphernalia, that looks quite attractive. Located on the edge of Las Ramblas (Avda.Drassanes, 27-29), the restaurant has an extensive menu including a wide selection of tandoori, tikka and masala dishes, as well as kebabs and traditional Indian vegetables.

Indus, Bangkok
Every aspect of Indus, located at 71 Sukhumvit Soi 26 — be it the interiors, cuisine, music or hospitality — makes for a rich ‘Indian’ experience. For the vegetarians, a good starter option here is the tandoori phool — the humble gobhi couldn’t have tasted any better. To suffice — no other restaurant in Bangkok can be credited with creating mass appeal for Indian-cuisine fare as Indus has.

The Tandoori Oven, Adelaide
One can hop on to Unley road in Adelaide for an Indian meal at The Tandoori Oven, which is famed for serving the best Northern Indian cuisine in Australia. Over the years, the restaurant has been a proud recipient of many prestigious hospitality awards. Order what you feel like but make sure you begin your culinary sojourn with murgh tikka chaat (dices of chicken tikka tossed with onions, tomatoes, green chillies, capsicum and mint).

Little India, Malaysia
Malaysia has many Little Indias — two in Kuala Lumpur, one in Klang and one in Penang. I went to the famous Masjid India, which is in the vicinity of Jalan Masjid India in Kuala Lumpur and is at a walking distance from Masjid Jamek LRT Station. (The one in Brickfields is along Jalan Tun Sambanthan, while the other one is along Jalan Tengku Kelana in Klang).

I felt nostalgic as I strolled along the jam-packed street, stopping at stalls which drew my interest, browsing through their goods and at the same time taking some photographs. An Indian at heart, I was happy to drop by here at least once to make a call to India, buy churan or eat a meal during my stay at the glitzy Kuala Lumpur.