Finding Toddy in India
Posted on Monday, May 20th, 2013
Cochin, India – scenic fishing nets, and goats sitting on public park benches. And finding Toddy.
Part of the joy of traveling, is the anticipation, and researching what you would like to see in that new part of the world. I listen to the experiences of those who have experienced that area before. That’s how I learned about drinking Toddy (pronounced Toady) in India.
Our first stop in India was in Cochin, on India’s southern coast. We hired a taxi driver for the day, and began seeing the area. I told him I’d love to try a small taste of Toddy, the sap of the coconut palm tree, which ferments quickly. Like in the course of the day quickly. He shared the very sad news that Toddy was no longer served in public places. Oh darn.
We traveled to a few more sights, then Xavier, our friendly driver, offered to take us to his home for a glass of Toddy, which he buys regularly from a neighborhood vendor.
Of course, this was the highlight of, my day in Cochin! It was a huge treat to see Xavier’s home, visit with his 20 year old son, who had a million questions about the United States, and taste this unique drink. By the heat of the afternoon, the Toddy had fermented and had a vinegary kick to it with lots of delicious true coconut flavor. A very memorable and special drink.