Hiranandani Market and an Authentic Indian Dinner

To round out our first day in Mumbai, we headed to Hiranandani, an area in Mumbai where a lot of expats choose to live because of its larger-sized apartments and close proximity to markets and places to eat. It’s not very far from Powai where my parents live, so they come out this way often to do their grocery shopping at Hiranandani Market and grab a bite to eat.

Hiranandani Market & An Authentic Indian Dinner

Our first stop in Hiranandani was for ice cream at Natural Ice Cream of Juhu Scheme. This particular shop carries some of the oddest flavors of ice cream I’ve ever seen. Musk melon mango, anyone? I was not feeling particularly adventurous, so I ended up just getting vanilla. Another cool thing about this place is that they make their ice cream with only fresh fruit, dry fruit, milk, sugar, and chocolate – no preservatives at all. To find ice cream in India was unexpected, but to find a place that serves natural ice cream was a real treat!

Hiranandani Market & An Authentic Indian Dinner

We then walked to Hiranandani Market next door to purchase some lychee. Lychee is a fruit similar in appearance to a strawberry, but with a very fragrant smell. None of us had ever had any before and were curious to taste it. After haggling with the lychee vendor for some time in an attempt to get a fair price, we walked away. (Many vendors in the markets will hike prices way higher than they should be if you look like tourists.) We even tried to get my mom and dad’s driver, Shanker, to talk him down, but it was no use. We left lychee-less.

Hiranandani Market & An Authentic Indian Dinner

Hiranandani Market & An Authentic Indian Dinner

All was not lost, though. When we returned to the apartment, we had something extra special waiting on us – our first authentic Indian dinner in India. The chef at the hotel had prepared it especially for us and had it sent to our room. On the menu was chicken biryani, paratha and curry sauce, tandoori chicken, and creamed spinach and paneer.

I ate hesitantly at first, worried about the effect the spices in the meal would have on my stomach, but after two bites of that paneer, I was in. The food was excellent, probably the best I had until we got to Darjeeling, which is a story for another day. My favorite was definitely the creamed spinach and paneer (an Indian version of cottage cheese), but the chicken biryani came in a very close second. And bonus – no icky sickies from the food!

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  • Mercy Langille
    September 3, 2012 at 12:27 AM

    What you should have done was had the driver go for the lychees without him saying it was for you. If the vendor thought he was getting them for himself, you would have gotten them for a good price.

    Thankfully my local fruit and veggie vendors know me well and they never hike the prices.

  • Nicole
    August 29, 2012 at 5:06 AM

    Musk melon is like a cantaloupe/honeydew melon! I had some growing in my garden last year!

  • Janette Johanson
    August 25, 2012 at 8:43 AM

    I think that post right there would be the reason I wouldn’t survive in India. I ate at an Indian <– is that what they are called? Rest. here and I'll just say that I got the "sickies" and will never attempt that again.. Curry is NOT my friend.

  • Kerry
    August 24, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    I love Indian food so much I could eat it every night for dinner! I love paneer, I make an awesome Chicken Saag mmmmm

  • Angie
    August 23, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    I am loving getting filled in on your trip. Just reading all the new and unknown experiences makes my palms sweat…LOL

  • Ashley Ditto
    August 23, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    What a lovely post!

  • Annmarie Pipa
    August 23, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    that looks delicious! wow!!

  • Macey
    August 23, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    Not gonna lie…I would totally have been scared of the food.

  • Alyx
    August 23, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    That food looks amazing, and it’s even better that it didn’t make you sick at all!! I’m loving looking at all of your pictures and hearing all about your trip!

  • Emmymom
    August 23, 2012 at 8:53 AM

    That food looks good to me! I have had Indian food a few times and really like it. And how annoying about the prices- you would think with that many people trying to talk to him he would have brought the prices down

  • Jessica McCoy
    August 23, 2012 at 7:31 AM

    I’m such a picky eater I don’t think I would survive a foreign country! Ketchup please! :)

    That stuff looks good but I’m not sure I could do it. haha.

  • stephanie
    August 23, 2012 at 7:03 AM

    ughhh hate you, it all looks so yummy!!!

  • Connie Weiss
    August 23, 2012 at 4:47 AM

    Indian food is my absoute favorite!! I’d eat it every single day if I could.

  • Amber - Binkertation
    August 23, 2012 at 4:33 AM

    I can’t even comprehend how delicious that meal was – I LOVE Indian food and that looks amazingly divine… mmm paneer… mmm

  • Rachel @ MyNaturallyFrugalFamily
    August 23, 2012 at 4:22 AM

    Oh my goodness that looks absolutely delicious…and a chef to prepare and bring it to your room? I don’t know if I could have returned home.

    Sorry about the lychee…you think the vendors would want to earn some money and not drive off a guaranteed sale.

    I look forward to future food posts.

  • Liz
    August 23, 2012 at 4:17 AM

    Well, food is my favorite pasttime, so I love this post ;) I would have gone with vanilla too! :)