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The creators of the much-loved TV travel show -- Highway On My Plate -- revisit their travels across India, sharing stories, anecdotes, trivia, and recommendations on food, culture, people, and much more. For more trivia and behind the scenes moments from Rocky and Mayur's travel, sign up for the HOMP newsletter: http://bit.ly/HOMPnewsletter
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The creators of the much-loved TV travel show -- Highway On My Plate -- revisit their travels across India, sharing stories, anecdotes, trivia, and recommendations on food, culture, people, and much more. For more trivia and behind the scenes moments from Rocky and Mayur's travel, sign up for the HOMP newsletter: http://bit.ly/HOMPnewsletter
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    Ep 23: Biryani-hopping in Hyderabad, and a day at the Kakinada fish market

    Ep 23: Biryani-hopping in Hyderabad, and a day at the Kakinada fish market

    In this episode, Rocky, Mayur, Abhinandan and Prashant drive to a state that they claim is a driver’s delight, with beautiful roads running alongside paddy fields: a trip to erstwhile undivided Andhra Pradesh. Their travels take them to Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam, Kakinada, Vijayawada, Tirupati, Machilipatnam and Ongole.
    After a beautiful drive to Kakinada, the team sleeps it off and sets off early in the morning for the famous local fish market. Its wares included bull sharks, octopus, eels, and all sorts of other sea creatures. Rocky talks about the women who primarily run the market, and the gang unanimously agrees that it’s a photographer’s paradise (check out examples in the newsletter!). They also recall the sutta the women smoked — locally-rolled mini cigars that were incredibly aromatic, though Rocky nearly passed out when he tried one. Kakinada’s signature dish is Kaaja, a kind of cylindrical jalebi. 
    Heading to Hyderabad, they had no choice but to try biryani in every nook and corner. Abhinandan and Rocky bring up Spicy Venue, a restaurant in Jubilee Hills, where the biryani made it to Abhinandan’s top five favourite meals across years of his travels. Prashant recommends a restaurant called Bahaar, a local legend, run by a patriarch who keeps an eye on the kitchen from his home through multiple CCTV cameras. 
    Rocky remembers spending several Ramzans in Hyderabad doing nothing but wandering the streets, eating Haleem, and having a good time. He and Mayur explain that their most favourite bakery in the country is in Hyderabad, and why it’s unmissable.
    Moving on to Visakhapatnam, Abhinandan says the city has tremendous potential with its topography, since you can drive from a beach to a hill in less than an hour. They discuss the seafood at the Sea Inn, where an old retired couple serve the day’s fresh catch. The team moves on to Tirupati and then Vijayawada, where they meet a man who could fit surprising amounts of rice in his mouth at one go. They also discuss the Ongole bulls and what makes them so special.
    All this and more, only on Highway On My Podcast. 
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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Ep 22: Road-tripping with fan mail, and a tipsy pudding

    Ep 22: Road-tripping with fan mail, and a tipsy pudding

    In this episode, Rocky, Mayur, Abhinandan and Prashant take a swift trip across multiple locations. But this time, they take their cues  from some of our wonderful listeners, who have written in with their travel experiences. 
    Starting off, Abhinandan reads an email from Atharva, who recommends visiting the Irani restaurants in Mumbai and trying a wide variety of dishes. Atharva says the podcast helps him get through daily chores during the lockdown. 
    Picking up from Atharva’s city of residence, Abhinandan describes a visit to INS Hamla in Mumbai, which is the Logistics Training Institute for the Navy. Rocky remembers how the people at INS Hamla prepare an “electric” lemonade. Abhinandan and Prashant reiterate that the Army, Navy and Air Force know how to look after their own, though Prashant thinks the Navy has an edge over the others. 
    Next up is an email from Ashok, who says the podcast has become a staple while he jogs. Ashok details a trip to Sikkim, replete with photographs. Prashant points out how it’s interesting that we often remember things that go wrong during our travels — they make up some of our strongest memories from trips. Rocky adds his two cents on what he loves about Sikkim, and why we need to respect the diversity that India has to offer. The gang reads an email from Prabhjot, who also talks about a Sikkim trip, and discusses a local favourite along the Northeast, Thongba, which is a drink made from fermented rice. 
    Abhinav writes in to offer his patronage to his “food gods”, as he puts it, and why he loves Rocky and Mayur, with their show and now podcast being his steady companion through the years. Abhinav is from a fauji background, so Abhinandan and Prashant take listeners to Bengaluru, where the army’s chefs are trained, and the knife skills they witnessed.
    Rocky brings up the Floating Islands (an egg white preparation) and cold coffee from the NDA and IMA that he loves. Prashant talks about jelly custard, another standard dessert that he associates with the Army. Rocky jumps back in to salute yet another dessert that the forces make like no one else: the tipsy pudding.
    The gang wraps up with emails from Shashank, Rohit, and a few others, and what they’d like their last meals to be.
    All this and more, only on Highway On My Podcast. 
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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Ep 21: An army special from defence campuses across the country

    Ep 21: An army special from defence campuses across the country

    In the light of the loss of 20 Indian soldiers killed in action in the Galwan Valley, Highway On My Podcast decided to dedicate this episode to our men and women who survive extreme conditions for our safety and well-being. 
    So, Rocky, Mayur, Abhinandan and Prashant take you to various defence campuses across the country, which they had the fortune to visit during their 24-episode stint of Jai Hind. They travel from the freezing cold of -25° Celsius locations to excruciatingly hot terrains where army personnel train in 49° Celsius heat.
    The conversation begins with the group discussing their reactions to the Galwan Valley deaths. Rocky corrects Abhinandan when he uses the term “martyred”, explaining that he prefers the army terminology of “KIA”, or “killed in action”. Prashant remembers how cold, dark and harsh it gets in Galwan, and says, “I can’t imagine what they went through.”
    Skipping his usual cheeky approach to life, Rocky, who lost his father in action during the 1971 war, passionately speaks about the futility of war. He describes the loss of reality that looms over talking heads calling for war from television studios, and the sheer respect he has for the forces. At any point of time, an army man is ready to fight for his country. But, he adds, “If you need to go to war, have a very good reason for it.”
    On a visit to the Eastern Air Command in Shillong, the group reminisces about a funny story involving Rocky’s broken leg, made worse by Abhinandan’s miscalculated bravado. While talking about shooting somewhere in the desert, Prashant describes the minimalism of the fauji lifestyle and why army men stand apart from a crowd. Speaking of the desert, Abhinandan remembers being around one of the world’s only mounted cavalry, and also how a platoon erected a kitchen and a dining area in the middle of the desert in no time.
    Another memorable experience was a formal dinner with the para commandos, made special by the tradition and discipline enforced. According to protocol, Abhinandan explains, the main seat is taken by the senior-most officer, and nobody starts eating until food is served to the last person in the room. Once the food is served, the senior officer raises a toast to the president, who is the head of the army, along with the others in the room. Only once the officer picks up his spoon do the others begin eating. The coordination runs like clockwork, with everyone functioning in tandem.
    Towards the end of the podcast, Rocky and Mayur recollect the various times they underwent training during their travels, and Rocky’s experience of firing a medium machine gun while shooting with the Garud Commandos. They also talk about sitting around a bonfire with jawans and swapping stories and singing songs, and the glorious time they spent with men and women around the country who make up the most efficient institution this country has ever had.
    All this and more, only on Highway On My Podcast. 
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    • 57 min
    Ep 20: Bhaang Ki Chutney in Dehradun, and a visit to the Indian Military Academy

    Ep 20: Bhaang Ki Chutney in Dehradun, and a visit to the Indian Military Academy

    In this episode of Highway On My Podcast, Rocky, Mayur, Abhinandan and Prashant drive off to Abhinandan’s home state of Uttarakhand. 
    Abhinandan starts off by expressing his disappointment at how Dehradun has become cluttered with traffic and urbanisation. The team then visits the Indian Military Academy, one of the most efficiently functioning institutions in the country. They describe how a sense of “nation first” is instilled in young cadets here — and how nobody lays out a party like the army does! Rocky also explains why first-year cadets can’t ride bicycles to commute from one place to another. 
    The team leaves the academy behind to visit places that hold nostalgic value for Abhinandan and Rocky. First up, they remember a Bhaang Ki Chutney they sampled in Dehradun, where weed is abundant. Abhinandan takes listeners to his alma mater, the Doon School, before the team heads to Ellora’s bakery in Dehradun to have lemon tarts and lemon custard. Hopping on to another food favourite, the group goes to Kumar’s, next to the Ghanta Ghar, where Mayur remembers the unconventional Lauki ke Laddoo. 
    Driving towards Mussoorie, the team halts at Rose Restaurant on Rajpur Road where a gentleman serves delicious Pakodas. In Mussoorie, they debate what makes the Lovely Omelette Centre famous across India. The discussion spans ghosts, and softies, hot chocolate and Kalimpong Lollipops at the Chic Chocolate cafe. Heading to the neighbouring area of Landour, Prashant brings up the Devdar Woods restaurant, one of his favourite places in the region, with its coziness, scrumptious wood-fired pizzas, and fantastic coffee. 
    Moving on to Haridwar, the team looks out for Mathura Walon Ki Pracheen Dukaan, a place famous for its pumpkin preparations. They attend the evening aarti at Haridwar, with its mystical atmosphere on the banks of the river as the sun sets. They then head to Kathgodam, the last train station in this region, where they visit Lee’s restaurant. They also discuss boating in Nainital, the Patal Bhuvaneshwar caves, and sift through Rocky’s list of secret places across Uttarakhand.
    All this and more, only on Highway On My Podcast. 
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    • 1 hr 17 min
    Ep 19: Spicy black meat and orange-based sweets, and a seafood meal at Gajalee

    Ep 19: Spicy black meat and orange-based sweets, and a seafood meal at Gajalee

    Has the coronavirus pandemic disrupted your plan to take that long trip? Is the ongoing lockdown making you crave going off-road? Fret not. If you can’t go to the highway, Rocky, Mayur, Prashant, and Abhinandan — the team behind shows like Highway On My Plate, Vital Stats of India, Jai Hind, and Rocky and Mayur's Food Xpress — will bring the highway to you!
    So, here goes the newest offering from Newslaundry: Highway On My Podcast. The creators of the much loved TV travel show revisit their travels across India, sharing stories, anecdotes, trivia, and — for when the roads are open and inviting again — recommendations on food, culture, people, and much more. 
    In this episode of Highway On My Podcast, Rocky, Mayur, Abhinandan and Prashant traverse the coastal state of Maharashtra. Doing justice to its highly varied food culture, the gang eats everything with equal enthusiasm, from Bhel to exotic bird preparations. 
    The journey begins on a heartbreaking note in the breezy hill town of Mahabaleshwar, where the team’s dreams were shattered once they were welcomed by the caretaker of Hotel Regency. As it turned out, the hotel was so dirty that Rocky decided to sleep in the clothes he’d been wearing all day since he was sure they were much cleaner than the bedsheets. Shedding the memories of their horrific overnight stay, they hit the road to try out some roasted lentils, a speciality of Mahabaleshwar. They also try delicious jams after feasting on Chana . 
    Driving to the plains, the gang discusses, while in transit, whether monsoons are a good time to visit Mahabaleshwar. Mayur doesn’t think so but Abhinandan strongly recommends it, only for the beautiful waterfalls. 
    In Pune, they head to Kayani Bakery, a landmark in the city, that’s known for its scrumptious Shrewsbury biscuits. Prashant says the visit to Kayani is one of his more delightful experiences from their travels. They also talk about Pune’s authentic Maharashtrian food, their visit to Dorabji’s, and a place with an interesting menu. 
    Heading to Nagpur, the team visits Saoji restaurant, which Abhinandan thinks should have a national presence. Rocky advises listeners to beware of the kind of spice that goes into the food, saying Saoji’s chefs typically add half a kg of chillies for a preparation with one kg of meat. Moving from spicy black meat to delicious orange-based sweets, Rocky highly recommends the orange Soan Papdi and the orange Barfi when in Nagpur. 
    Falling short of time, the gang rushes out of Nagpur for Mumbai, discussing their memorable encounter with Mr Kohinoor, the owner of much-renowned Britannia & Co., an old Irani Cafe that is a part of city folklore. Listeners are also introduced to Mr Tony of Tony Da Dhaba, and how his salesmanship talked them into some exoic food. They feast on delicious seafood at Gajalee while Mayur tries Khichdi at Soam. The team also discusses the history behind Colaba’s iconic Cafe Mondegar and Cafe Leopold.
    Speeding off to Kolhapur, the gang shops for chappals and then samples Rajabhau’s Bhel, a local favourite and an example of how India’s street food never ceases to surprise. Prashant talks about Maharashtra’s good and bad vineyards and how locals developed a taste for wine. The group also talks about trying Mastani in Pune, the variety of Paan in Nagpur, and Mario Miranda’s art at Mondegar.
    All this and more, only on Highway On My Podcast. 
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    • 1 hr 14 min
    Ep 18: Jungle training in Vairengte, and Rocky’s close encounter with a snake

    Ep 18: Jungle training in Vairengte, and Rocky’s close encounter with a snake

    In this episode of Highway On My Podcast, Rocky, Mayur, Abhinandan and Prashant take us to Mizoram to talk about warfare training and jungle foods, before setting off for the abode of the clouds, Meghalaya. 
    After a backbreaking bus ride and a trip in a small aircraft that Abhinandan was scared to board, the gang reaches the Counter Insurgency and Jungle Warfare Training School in Vairengte, Mizoram. This is where the army is trained to survive harsh jungle conditions, and the team gets straight to shooting after a tiring journey. 
    As Abhinandan opens his box of memories, he lists food they tried that people might not believe can be eaten. Rocky talks about being bitten by a snake while eating a snake-eating snake — and that’s the most he’ll disclose. Mayur remembers the wild and abundant growth of bamboo in the area, and how the training schools make everything, from ladles to pipes to cups, out of bamboo. Abhinandan says it was one of the most special shoots he’s been a part of. 
    Driving to Meghalaya, the gang discusses how they’ve seen the state transform over their multiple visits. While driving from Guwahati to Shillong, they habitually stop at a certain point to eat fresh pineapples with red chillies. As they enter Shillong, they talk about how much the people in Meghalaya love their pork and their experience of eating Jadoh, which is red rice made with pig’s blood and various organ meats. 
    The conversation also cartwheels across trying Khasi cuisine, the friends they’ve made in the state, and celebrating Christmas with locals. Before leaving for Cherrapunji, Abhinandan recalls visiting the Matter Of Taste cafe, with its slick interiors and thriving local music scene.
    In Cherrapunji, the group remembers a beautiful night where they cooked food in the darkness atop a rock that overlooked a lit-up town in Bangladesh. It was a special moment, Abhinandan adds. 
    They also talk about some really stinky food, how Rocky is the first man in history to be bested by a dummy at the training school, dodging traps, and what it’s like to live off the land. 
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    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
107 Ratings

107 Ratings

Hunkikara ,

The best

They had the best food and travel show that I’ve ever seen, and now they follow up with one of the best podcasts I’ve heard. Give this a listen you won’t regret it I promise.

AbiranM ,

They are back, they are hungry!

A fantastic way to listen to all the food stories, to take the journey again! Put on the headphones and just sit back and listen. Lot of hunger guaranteed through the food stories, lot of travel stories to listen to! Rocky and Mayur are the food gurus of India!!

Vdin ,

Great Podcast

This is an amazing podcast from the makers of one of the greatest food shows on Indian television. There is never a dull moment in this podcast.

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