Celebrating 7 years of marriage in India, Day 5 in Pune, Maharashtra

Day 5 in Pune was the day for Indian food. Since husband’s tummy was still in shambles from the food poisoning from day 1, he was very careful with what he ate. He was limited to bananas and yogurts. He suffered while I took my sweet time at Westin’s buffet, eating to my heart’s content.

IMG_2609Idli. These are rice cakes, they taste like the Filipino dessert, Puto without the sweetness. I loved it, I would dip it in sambar and coconut chutney. Some days I would even drizzle maple syrup on them, pretending they were itty bitty pancakes. 


Sambar. Lentils cooked in Indian spices. Tasted amazing with the idli and dosa. 

IMG_2611Medu Vada. These are deep fried dumplings made with rice flour. They appeared like mini donuts so I had hopes that they would be sweet, but they are actually savory. Tasted pretty good, my mind just couldn’t accept the fact that they weren’t sweet so I didn’t come back for more.

Aloo Parantha. Mashed potato stuffed in Indian breads. I didn’t try this one, it didn’t seem gluten free, and it sounded like it was packed with carbs, which I could do without.

IMG_2614Mini Masala Uttapam. Indian rice pancakes. 

IMG_2615Vermicelli Upma. Vermicelli are thin rice noodles. I liked this one, it was like an Indian version of our Pancit. 

IMG_2616Punjabi Chole Masala. This is made with chickpeas.

IMG_2617Aloo Bhaji. Potatoes cooked in Indian spices. I love the spices that they cook with, the fullness of flavor you get with every bite, and the hotness that builds up through the whole meal.

DOSA ❤ This is made with rice flour, I loveeeeee dosa ❤ It is a fermented crepe made from rice batter and black lentils. It is a staple dish in South Indian states.

IMG_2619Coconut Chutney. We loved this! 

IMG_2620Ginger Jaggery Chutney.

IMG_2621Coriander Chutney. 

IMG_2622Tomato Chutney.

IMG_2623Blackcurrant Yoghurt. 

IMG_2624Kiwi Yoghurt.

IMG_2625Greek Yoghurt.

After that heavy brunch, it was time to relax by the hotel’s swimming pool.

IMG_2681The view of Pune from Westin’s swimming pool deck.

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One of the most important things that I forgot in KL was my memory card reader. After an afternoon nap in the room, I decided to take a “quick” trip to the mall to get one. That was my excuse with Marco anyway.

I decided to go to the Phoenix Marketcity Mall. Aside from the memory card reader, there was a grocery there called Foodhall that Marco’s friend suggested I visit.


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Love their slogan, “For the love of food.”

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I took my sweet time moseying around. 

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Their nuts and dried fruits bar was amazing. Made me drool..

After going crazy in the grocery, I decided to walk around and check out the food court.

Punjab Grill.
 Gourmet Fine Dining, offers rich and robust cuisines from the royal kitchens of Punjab which are presented with a contemporary twist.

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And of course, the famous fast food chains, McDonalds, KFC, 

and Pizza Hut.

At around 6 pm, I decided to make my way back to the hotel.

IMG_2998My precious loot. ❤

We had dinner plans with Marco’s friends, Monica and Divik. They picked us up at the hotel and brought us to a restaurant called Prems. Divik said that Prem in Hindi is “love”. Hence the foto below.

IMG_2870Eat, Pray, Love in India with my love ❤

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We were engrossed in conversation that I didn’t even hear what they ordered, everything was delicious!

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It was nice to meet Marco’s friends. Monica used to work with Marco in HR. They were a very lovely couple, taking the time to take us out for dinner, and they drove us around to show us Pune at night.

I thought this was cool.

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After that night drive, Divik suggested that we try the Pan. I just tried some of Marco’s. I’ve been very careful with what I eat and where I eat. I’ve seen the repercussions of Marco’s nonchalant attitude with the food, and I wasn’t read to spend an entire day puking my guts out. It was pretty tasty though, that itty bitty piece I had. 

The Paan (Pan) is considered a mouth sweetener, freshener, digestive, symbol of hospitality. It is made from Betel leaves on which various ‘fillings’ are put. The leaf is then wrapped into a neat little parcel and served, preferably chilled. Indian Paan makers, called Paan Walahs can be seen at every street corner and each has his own secret recipes! The fillings range from candied fruit, raisins, to Mukhwas, cardamom, saffron, roasted coconut, Areca nut, slaked lime paste and even edible silver leaf. http://indianfood.about.com/

Back at Westin Pune, thanks again Monica and Divik for bringing us out, we had a great time chatting with you both ❤ 


About Ky Malupa

Housewife. Mother of 2 angels. Gluten free, dairy free, corn free baker and eater. SLE patient. Hair and Makeup Artist. Image Enhancement Instructor.
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