ebooks on North Indian food for Kindle

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Hi,

I am motorcycling around Hill Stations in North India in 2018.
From Delhi to Uttaranchal, Punjab and Himanchal Pradesh.

Can anyone recommend good Indian food ebooks for the kindle?

Not recipes, but what Indian/Tibetan food is available in the cafes and restaurants, descriptions etc?

Greatly appreciate any suggestions, thank you.
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You can't get much better than Rocky and Mayur's video series. They have a follow up book or two, but these have mixed reviews. See:

Highway on my Plate: the indian guide to roadside eating - Kindle Edition


Highway on my Plate - II: the indian guide to roadside eating - Kindle Edition


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Driving through India and want to know where to eat on the road? Try Highway on my Plate: the indian guide to roadside eating, the country’s first guide to dhabas and roadside restaurants. Adapted from the hit TV series on NDTV Good Times, ‘Highway on my Plate’, it lists the top eats on almost every major Indian highway and routes as presented by the popular anchors Rocky and Mayur. Packed with information, Highway on my Plate is an indispensable guide for all road trips.
(I haven't read the books, but the videos are highly recommended).
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Fantastic!

Thanks very much for that recommendation.

Is it worth getting both books or is the first one just updated in the second edition?


Any other recommendations would be appreciated as we are spending at least 5 days at each Hill Station such as Rishikesh, Dharamsala, Mandi, Manali and a couple more.

I am of course looking on Trip advisor and other online reviewers, but any help for ebooks that 'real' travellers use, would be mightily appreciated.

Thanks again
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Me - I wouldn't bother with the books, going by the reviews. Watch the vids on YouTube for the areas you plan to travel to and note down the recommendations. Small establishments are like shifting sands. Here today, gone tomorrow. Best to ask on the ground.
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ViShWa,

Most impressed with your breadth of knowledge... I am switching my search engine from Google to ViShVa
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Gotta put all those wasted hours watching late-night telly to good use somewhere!
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Highway on my plate is great!

But I'd say rather than adhere to a guidebook it's more fun to just do what Rocky and Mayur did themselves- speak to the locals and yourself discover the local gastronomic delights.

What with food sites and groups cropping up all over the place, there are virtually no good (or even bad) food joints that remain hidden for too long.

If on Facebook you could consider joining food talk india (and other such groups) for recommendations from the locals.

Some suggestions:

Rishikesh-- try the dahi samosa and chhole bhature at the legendary Chotiwala (although the Delhi version is vastly superior). The Sitting Elephant and The Little Buddha Cafe are also good.

Available at many of the ashrams, you have to try the sattvic thaali in rishikesh. In addition to obviously being vegetarian it contains no onion and garlic. Madhuban ashram run by the Hare Krishna trust does a good one.

Manali-- great choices here. Fresh trout is a specialty and Johnson's bar and cafe is an old favourite. For Indianized Chinese and Tibetan- don't miss chopsticks.

Mandi and kullu (which is more touristy) offer interesting local delicacies- siddu bread. The local Himachali kachori also. Obviously momos, which seem to get progressively better the deeper into Himachal you go.

And don't forget to have stuffed paranthas with white butter at one of the dhabhas on the Delhi Chandigarh highway. Amrik Sukhdev Dhabha and Zhilmil Dhabha are very popular.
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Great tips, BB! I agree, best to ask on the ground.
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What I like about HOMP is that one is non-vegetarian and the other is vegetarian. So the show is helpful to both eaters.

Here is a link for their videos.
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Originally Posted by aarosh View Post What I like about HOMP is that one is non-vegetarian and the other is vegetarian. So the show is helpful to both eaters.

Here is a link for their videos.
I've had the below message pop-up for the past few days for that link, so proceed with caution on that site:

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Does this work for you?
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Perfectly. Thank you.
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Thanks for all the information.

I have spent many a happy hour on the HOMP site now, a great discovery for me.

I also got the warning message but by checking out other sites, managed to see the videos elsewhere with a bit of a search!

Thanks for your in depth reply BholeBaba. I am broadening my horizons as to be truthful, I have previously just eaten anywhere or used LP, Rough guides etc. My friend who I will be travelling with is a real foodie and as I enjoy researching, I'm putting in the hours for next year and am really enjoying it.

Thanks all

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