Instagram account shows off the sights and cuisine of India on a bright yellow plate
Instagram is piled high with photographs focused on food or travel – but one account is combining the best of both worlds, showing off India's sights and cuisine on a bright yellow plate.
Himanshu Sehgal is a 26-year-old based in New Delhi, India. His Instagram account, My Yellow Plate, documents his travels around India through many people’s favourite part of travel – sampling food – all featured on his signature yellow plate.
Himanshu told Lonely Planet that to him, food and travel are deeply connected. “Food is the best way to connect with people and know a culture. And when combined with travel, it’s magic”.
The project started back in August 2015, though it was not initially conceived as a travel project. The plate was sitting unused in his kitchen, so he started eating his meals off it and sharing a few pictures on his personal Instagram account. The results inspired him to start a separate account to share whatever he was eating from the plate and where he was doing it.
What he loves about food in India is the variety and that is changes from city to city and state to state.
His favourite Indian dish is chole bhautre, a dish of spicy chickpeas served with deep fried bread, and his favourite place in India is the city of Leh in Ladakh, which he describes as serene and scenic.
Now, he wants to travel to every state of India now and pick a significant dish from that region to put on his yellow plate – a document the results. As for taking his plate out of India, Himanshu says he would love to – he just doesn’t know where yet.