IN­SIDE INFO

Friday - - Leisure - Tours start from Dh350 per per­son. In­dian and North African pri­vate and self-guided food tours are also avail­able. For de­tails visit www. fry­ing­panad­ven­tures. com

at the front and cur­tained off pri­vate tents to­wards the rear. Af­ter tak­ing our shoes off, we shuf­fled into a tent and Arva got busy with the or­der­ing – mandi (roasted chicken) and mathbi (chicken grilled over stones) with mixed rice and tha­reed (meat and gravy over crum­bled bread).

We ate the tra­di­tional way, sit­ting on the floor us­ing our hands. I skil­fully scat­tered hot rice all over my­self and the car­pet too. The food was so de­li­cious (and hot) I was tempted to ask for a spoon, but I re­sisted in a bid to keep things au­then­tic.

By the time we stopped at Al Am­mor, in Abu Hail (our fi­nal desti­na­tion) for our planned dessert, I was ready to yell, “Arva, no more!” But she quickly re­minded us of our “pud­ding stom­achs”, which got quickly filled up with fe­teer (an Egyp­tian lay­ered pas­try dessert) with

‘Th­ese lit­tle places de­serve to be given a chance, they de­serve some recog­ni­tion too’

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