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This is India! 74

Welcome back to This is India! I always have funny/weird stories about India to share with friends or family when I talk to them. This is just meant to be an honest portrayal about my life in India through short anecdotes. I also share here what I’ve been up to online outside Werkenntwen.

What I was up to other than here:

  • I have been DYING to share this news!!! I am going to Arunachal Pradesh on a trip with Holiday Scout. NE India is a permit only zone and they got my permit for me as well. I’ll be going on Monday for 10 days. A little bit about it: It’s NE of Bangladesh and Bhutan and also borders Tibet and Burma. It’s a tribal area and I’ll be eating a lot of momos! This is a place I’ve always wanted to go and to see the Himalayas from this side of the world in November will be great! I was in Manali (the west side of the Himalayas) in November three years ago, but hear it’s going to be even colder. I have one pair of jeans that fit and a leather jacket… so I should be warm enough ;)
  • Ben will be in Goa sad that I’m always leaving him, but pre-occupied with his dogs that are a pain in the ass. He’ll probably cook them a stew because they are all best friends.
  • On the blog: I wrote a little bit about Goa for Expat Edna’s blog: I Love My Neighborhood: Anjuna, Goa & really fun news, TripAdvisor put me in their 20 bloggers list where we gave some solo travel advice.

Now your story,

I’m going to share another recipe from the class I took, Leelu’s cooking class, in Kochi (you can email to join a class at [email protected]). It seems you guys really liked that last time!

Today I’ll share a veggie curry, you choose the veg.

what you need:

  • 1 onion chopped
  • your veg: eggplant, carrot, okra, mushroom or potato
  • 2  chopped green chilis
  • 3 garlic cloves smashed only if you choose eggplant

Simply put some coconut oil in a pan and sautee uncovered everything if you chose the eggplant, eggplant, or mushroom.

If you chose the carrot or potato, simply add water to cover it and cook it covered.

So, this curry is probably the least complicated one I’ve seen cooked and has the fewest ingredients. It would be a great one to start with! You’ll notice there is actually no “curry powder” or “garum masala” making this a bit plainer than most Indian curries.

This is India!

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About the Author:

Rachel Jones left a career in nursing and lived on the beaches of Goa, India for the five years. Now she lives in Mexico where she gives advice on the 40+ countries she’s visited in the last 10 years. She’s the author of two India travel e-books: Guide to India and Insider’s Guide to Goa. Her blog, Werkenntwen, like its name, is a contradiction combining off-beat adventurous places with glamorous and bespoke travel. Werkenntwen has been featured in ELLE, Marie Claire, Grazia, and Cosmopolitan magazines. She’s a writer for Bravo TV.


  1. Esther of Local Adventurer October 31, 2015 at 8:29 am - Reply

    Is it pretty difficult to get the permits? Is there a long waiting list? :) The curry recipe sounds delicious! I’ve only ever tried making Japanese and Thai curry, and if we’re craving Indian, we usually order or eat out. If it’s not too complicated, I might have to give it a try!

    • Rachel Jones October 31, 2015 at 12:55 pm - Reply

      I don’t know really if it is hard because they are sorting it for me, but I think there are only so many per year, and unless you are with a tour – it is hard to get around up there.

    • Mary Bartnikowski November 5, 2015 at 1:48 pm - Reply

      No its easy to get the permits. And its easy to get an extension. Here is what I did. I got my permit in Darjeeling and then went to Sikkim which is what the locals call it. I stayed a month discovering many different areas of Sikkim, hiking, staying in amazing unadvertised places on Himalayan peaks and volunteer teaching when I came across a school. I did all of this journey by train, share jeep, no planes, and solo. I got to Darjeeling after taking 2 trains for 21 hours across northern India from Rishikesh where I stayed in an ashram and taught yoga for 2 months. Incredible experience. Now I live on Kauai and lead private photography retreats on the most stunning island in the world.

      • Rachel Jones November 6, 2015 at 6:48 pm - Reply

        Sorry I may have not mentioned in post I’m in arunachal pradesh which is restricted in NE, Sikkim and darjeeling actually arent in a permit zone. The permit is more difficult with a business visa which I have. I Was just in Hawaii and love it! Good for you: )

  2. [email protected] November 1, 2015 at 1:13 pm - Reply

    I saw in the comment above that your having your permit arranged, however, it would be cool to know the process involved in aquiring one. I really want to do a year touring India. I would love to see the native parts as well.

    • Rachel Jones November 1, 2015 at 1:38 pm - Reply

      I plan to find out the details from the company and put it in an article once I’m back :)

  3. Danique November 2, 2015 at 12:24 am - Reply

    Awesome that you are allowed to go their! That should be really interesting!

  4. Justine November 2, 2015 at 7:50 am - Reply

    That trip sounds AMAZING Rachel. Have so much fun. I can’t wait to read all about it!!

  5. Tim UrbanDuniya November 3, 2015 at 2:42 pm - Reply

    Ok, so the recipe sounds awesome, but I’m really excited to hear about your trip to Arunachal Pradesh – it’s somewhere I’ve always wondered about, and I can’t wait to read what you have to say about it!

    • Rachel Jones November 6, 2015 at 6:54 pm - Reply

      It is amazing so far… really stunning and basically Tibet

  6. sarah November 4, 2015 at 5:01 pm - Reply

    Awesome that you are allowed to go their! That should be really interesting

  7. LG November 5, 2015 at 6:33 pm - Reply

    Really looking forward to reading about your experiences in Arunachal Pradesh. A corner of India that is rarely talked about for travel but again showing the amazing diversity of this country

    • Rachel Jones November 6, 2015 at 6:45 pm - Reply

      Yes I’m exploring now and it’s amazing! Cant wait to share

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