Desert Lunch

2015-02-08

Desert mis en place.

Desert mise en place.

Stove top

Stove top

Potatoes, caulifower, rice, chapati

Potatoes, caulifower, rice, chapati

Indian chips? Made with rice flour and fried in the desert.

Indian chips? Made with rice flour and fried in the desert.

I’ll give the guys some credit for cooking this on a campfire in the desert, but I have to say the only quality difference between this meal and most of the food I’ve had here is that there was a little bit of sand in it. All in all every meal here so far is a serious mental debate with yourself about if it’s worth risking getting sick over. Often times choosing to eat bananas ¬†and oranges for a day because they seem to be the safest. Luckily we happened upon a restaurant, The Trio that was actually really good.

Paneer stuffed tomato, garlic naan

Paneer stuffed tomato, garlic naan

Dessert beans, capers, cucumber, cabbage

Dessert beans, capers, cucumber, cabbage

We had heard they had desert beans on the menu, so we had to go just to check it out. Desert beans are a traditional ingredient here and are by no means good (think bitter fibrous sea beans). Neither were the unpickled/brined capers served with them, but they did the best they could to make them palatable and keeping with traditional flavors by putting them in a salad with cucumbers and cabbage. It was crisp and well-seasoned. The stuffed tomatoes were also a shocker with the sauce tasting like an earthy mole made with Indian spices. If you find yourself near Jaisalmer I would definitely recommend The Trio and follow it up with a bhang lassi (medium strength) at the Government Authorized Bhang Shop. It’ll take the edge off of a long day.

Bhang lassi shop - strong can last into the next day. I'd suggest medium.

Bhang lassi shop – strong can last into the next day. I’d suggest medium.

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