Sometimes I start cooking and have no idea when, how, or where the recipe came from. But other times I can pinpoint it down to the moment or, in this case, the picture. My biggest cooking inspiration comes from traveling and recipes become like edible souvenirs. Because I travel any and every chance I get, I’ve collected a few of these mealtime mementos and figured it was time to share them with you.
So, with these Indian Burritos inspired by, well, India, today marks the first installment of the Wish You Were Here series. From here on out, each month I’ll share one of my favorite photos from each place I’ve traveled and show you the recipe that photo inspired, like how my visit to the Taj Mahal inspired these Indian Burritos.
It’s embarrassing to admit that I grew up in a community of Indian-Americans here in SoCal but never bothered to learn about regional Indian cuisine until I traveled there. And though I dove deep into the culture and the cuisine and even cooked with locals, those experiences translated into recipes that were Indian in flavor but a bit easier (and, ya, probably a tad less authentic).
These Indian Burritos are inspired by the rolled flatbreads known as kati rolls that are one of the most common street-foods in India. When I got back to the States, I’d frequent Kasa Indian in San Francisco for kati but finally started concocting my own version so I could get my fix whenever I was wishing I were in India again.
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My two favorite things in life are food and travel so I’m at my happiest when my travels inspire my cooking. With that in mind, I started Wish You Were Here — a recurring column where I share a recipe inspired by my travels.