Spicy or not

Spicy or not

When you are in India for the first time you certainly search for not spicy food. And maybe you already know, India is full of spices. So, when you want to eat something, no matter is it street food or restaurant, you should ask for not spicy food but even then your expectations can be disappointed.

Long time ago when we came to India for the first time, our destination was Goa. After few days in Mumbai we took a bus to Goa. All night we slept in a cold air-conditioned bus which was surprising as we were in India. In the morning we reached small village not far from Margao. There we took a rickshaw (tuk tuk) to find a hotel or specifically flat for rent. After checking many offers, which took us around 30 minutes, we found a place for us, big, not far from the beach, for a small prize. We paid 16 000Rs for a month. It had 2 bedrooms of middle size, kitchen, bathroom and a living room with a small television. Almost everyday we went outside to explore the village or just go to the beach and, what goes with it, eat something. On the beach there is no problem as the food is adapted for tourists, in the other side, there are more expensive prices. In the city it isn’t easy as that.

Sometimes when we go to the city, mostly by walking, we get hungry. So we go to the restaurant or bar. We seat and take menu. Look trough and, as always, take some kind of chicken. We tell the waitress our order and add very loudly ‘Not spicy’. We tell them that, actually few times. And they answer ‘Yes,Yes…’ shaking/nodding their head. We wait for 15 minutes drinking cold drinks and talking and finally they bring food. We, full of expectations and excitement, start eating and what we fill… ‘SPICY’. We call waitress asking to bring water, fast. After they apologize us for making it so spicy.

Complaining will not help. You can just order water and get used to it. So, the important fact about Indians is that they always have to add a lot of spices. Even when you ask them they add anyway as it is strange for them, for the food to be without them.

Here is another story or just a fact. Once living in Tamil Nadu we had a neighbors with children. Almost everyday they came to play with my sisters. Sometimes we came to their house and few times they invited us for dinner. They were careful to make it not too spicy. It was very tasty as by that time we got used to the little spicy food. But one day we invited them. We made our kind of dish, pasta with chicken sauce and tomato salad. For us it was really great but you should see their faces. It was too delicate for them. They are used to the very strong full of different spices food and this was for them without a taste.

The same story happened to one polish group traveling in India. They had few women that cooked food. But  once they cooked for these women. It was potato, souce, soup and some salad. They posted a picture where you could clearly see that Indian girls didn’t enjoy the food that was made for them.

So if you don’t like spicy food, my advice is to cook at home or just to patiently eat little by little of spicy and after you will see that it actually is really delicious. And one more thing. It’s said that in India you can easily get food poisoned. That’s not true. Actually it is in opposite. As my mom discovered, spicy food is the killer of all the parasites. In the beginning of eating spicy food here you can easily get the clearing of stomach but you will get used to it.

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