During this trip in India, I grew a morning habit: I need a chai to get started right. To me, the divine Indian spiced milk tea is best savored with some biscuits. You may think I have run out of topics to end up covering my breakfast habits, but If blogging means spreading advice, I think that Parle G, a local brand of biscuits, deserves a little post. Because it is something all India bound travelers should be aware of.
For a mere 4 rupees – something like 0.1 euros – you will get a 12 biscuits stick. Parle G are some of the best value for money: generally, if you get a cup of chai for around 5 or 6 rupees, you will be able to get a complete breakfast for 10 rupees – less than 0.2 euros-: how about that?
Forget to sit in one of those “western styled” cafes where chai is sold as “masala tea” at 20 or 30 rupees per cup, and your neighbor would eat croissant or toast while typing away on a posh Macbook. In India, tea is CHAI and has to be savored the right way: at the street side, surrounded by a bunch of locals, answering to their pushy questions, and enjoying every minute of it.
As I prefer to mingle with locals at chai street stalls,I have elected Parle G as my favorite Indian breakfast for a few reasons:
They are everywhere
Every convenience store and most chai stalls sell Parle G. And if they are not there, they will send someone to find a pack for you. Most times, this is also what you will be able to get from a sleeper train’s carriage window from local vendors.
They are perfect with Chai
Parle G are simple biscuits, so do not expect anything fancy: but oh my, how they absorb chai perfectly, keeping stiff for those few important seconds you need to stuff your mouth.
They are good conversation starters
When locals see you are consuming their favorite cheapies, they will be more happy to talk to you. Of course, getting people’s attention in India is not hard, at all. However, I noticed that over breakfast and by using Parle G, people will start giving you more respect because you are consuming what is some of the most popular Indian breakfast, together with Samosas.
I want to specify that I did not get paid from Parle G to write a post about their products, and I am not giving any direct links to their website. This is just my personal tribute to a GREAT cheapie, wishing that others would be happy to know and try the same thing making my travel days start right.