Tag Archives: Besant road

nadars coffee and general stores…


Now that Vijayawada is to become state capital, many changes are afoot as fancy brand stores and enormous malls spring up everywhere almost over night, but Besant Rd thankfully remains unchanged, it’s where normal folks go to buy just about anything and is absolutely the best place in Vijayawada to go shopping or just have a wander about.


…Nadars Coffee and General Stores, or Spice World as i like to call it, is by far my favourite spice shop on Besant road.



Its old school, nothing fancy and you can buy a bag of spices for around 13 or 14 pence. My favourites are the different chilli mixes, especially chilli with coconut that you can sprinkle over your rice or breakfast idli.


They also roast and grind their own coffee beans. In India smell is really one of the senses that is really at the forefront of everyday living…sometimes very good and sometimes very, very bad, but here inside Nadar’s, the mix of smells is intoxicating.



pay at the till, while ancestors look on…

other foody posts on this blog:

upgrades like buses and a lot of food fabada con almejas/beans and clams preserving wild garlic tortilla de maiz y chicharrones fabada asturiana lemons mrs beeton and colombia merluza-a-la-cazuela lebre con castañas callos a la gallega ossobuco vs xerrete in praise of colombian food restaurant still lives few flowered recipes first forage of the season nose to tail and farajullas flloeira cocido gallego albariño wine genius chorizos returning to the matanza chocolate con churros pani puri sunday cicchetti tea-break baracca empanada revelations in a milanese restaurant further adventures in foraging cooking the haul foraging2 foraging nose to tail (s)light relief pulpo a la gallega the matanza morcilla and dying arts jamòn serrano

wild flora…

Wild flower/herbs/weed sellers on Besant Rd in Vijayawada – frustratingly i can’t find anyone to identify the ones i don’t recognise (i think i see marigolds, flat leaf parsley/coriander…)

Also frustrating is that the countryside around me though fertile is so toxic with human waste and goodness knows what else that i would never consider tying to find any interesting wild food. A real shame because of the tropical climate, the flora is lush and abundant…

santa, christmas trees, jesus and besant road…

Christmas images from the nearest city of Vijayawada (3rd largest city in Andhra Pradesh, pop around 1.7 million): santa, Christmas trees, Jesus and Besant Road…

bus food drink…


Went to Vijayawada by public transport for the first time, previously i had always gone with the doctors (there is a rotating population of Italian paediatricians here at this time) in a fancy air conditioned car…it costs 2600 Rupees (€43) to hire that car and driver for the day.
This time i went with Z, she has been volunteer teaching here for 5 months now so she is a pro at all this stuff…so we took the 252B bus from Gannavaram. No seat…standing…and the scrum to get a seat should one become free is quite a sight. These elegant ladies in their sari’s suddenly become monsters!…anyway, the bus costs 13 Rupees (21 cents)…that’s more like it…that’s the last time i take the car! The gangway inside is packed and we often take small pothole strewn roads to pick up people from small villages…It’s a challenge to my inner balance just to remain standing…but we get to Vijayawada safe and sound..love it.


… i know this place looks a bit ropey…and if we want to there are some fancy air conditioned restaurants in town. But you have to take a chance on local food i think. Anyway the place on the busy Besant road was packed with families so it seemed OK. Actually the food was great. This is the special Thali…vegetarian, don’t ask me what everything is, am still trying to work it out but there was sambar, pickle and 2 veggie curries, yoghurt……price 55 Rupees (90 cents)…yum… Am getting quite good at eating with my hand (right hand only, remember left hand in India is for less sanitary affairs!)


another foody revelation…freshly pressed sugar cane…wow…so good…sweet (obviously) but also fragrant with a hint of gingery spice… cost 6 Rupees (10 cents)…and the machine that they use to press the sugar cane is beautiful…

all videos filmed with flip mino HD (third generation)