35. Chalai Vegetable Market
One of the many reasons that make India a unique place to live in– and for which she is totally worth a visit, are fruit and vegetable markets. It takes a glance only, maybe through the glass of a bus, to fall in love with the exquisite taste of Indians when it comes down to sort vegetables by their colors.
Indian people are very gifted at setting up feasts. Maybe it has been inherited from father to son, just like their artisanship, but they do really set up feasts. Vegetables create magnificent color graduations in order to exalt the perfection of each piece. The beauty comes also with the shape of the vegetable structures they make: you will see pyramids of all sort, according to the local fashion.
Then you feel the life of the market: traditionally clothed merchants screaming negotiations, the queer-looking shapes of fruit you have never seen before… Do not be afraid to ask about them! The lady in the stand will be glad to teach you something new, and curious customers will stop by and teach you some culinary tips.
India is full of marvelous markets: just think about the flowers' market in Benares, or the royal one in Mysore. Each city hosts a special one, and Trivandrum as well.
When I have some time to spare or a friend comes to visit, I always find myself happy to spend some time in the exquisite taste of Chalai market, in Trivandrum’s historical center.
Vegetables are placed carefully on metal plates, by color graduation. There are also many banks of bananas: you will never imagine the huge variety of bananas you can find in southern India! You will experience the incredible aroma of spices and the sight of the main tower of Padmabha Temple in the distance. Isn’t it worth a visit?
Totally. But in case you need more reasons, we took some photos of the last market we attended. There will be no perfumes on them, but we hope that those colors can keep you good company for the rest of your busy day.
Eggplant comes from India. It was exported in Europe in I.V. a.D. and that’s why it has no Latin name. Eggplant comes from badingian (also known as brinjal in India), that became petonciana and, subsequently, melangiana. One of the most delicious dishes in northern India is called: bhaigan ka bharta, and it’s basically an eggplant puree.