Chris and I are talking ... once we have money again ... of going to Chennai in India to see, among other things, the tomb of St. Thomas. It's in south India, in Tamilnadu. According to what we're reading, Tamils speak (shock horror) Tamil, but they're highly likely to speak English. And there's a good chance that if you try to speak Hindi to them that they'll be offended. All the websites I've looked at from Chennai are in English. We should get along okay. I've got a Chennai board too--be amazed at all that I've amassed.
I found a website that insisted that mustard oil is necessary for Indian cookery, but all the stuff I can find says, "For External Use Only." I don't think I'll take my chances. I've got coconut oil that'll fill in just fine.
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I love how important vegetarian food is to India. Only problem is that I'm ovo-vegetarian (or at least aspire to be--baby steps) and Indian food tends to be lacto-vegetarian ... and dairy makes me sick. But now I'm just babbling because I've been up since 3 AM.
Love you, gentle readers.