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  • Celebrating Deepavali with these luscious granola tart filled with sitaphal rabdi / custard apple The magical sparkle of thousand lamps  that shines like tiny star against the dark sky, the colorful and intricately designed rangolis adorning the doorsteps, courtyards and temple entrances, the scent of bright yellow and orange marigold adorning the toran on entranceway, cheerful friendliness with merriment abound, the sound of bursting crackers, the infectious smile and frivolity in every happy faces, new clothes that glitters as much […]

    Granola tart with sitaphal (custard apple) rabdi – Diwali special

    Celebrating Deepavali with these luscious granola tart filled with sitaphal rabdi / custard apple The magical sparkle of thousand lamps  that shines like tiny star against the dark sky, the colorful and intricately designed rangolis adorning the doorsteps, courtyards and temple entrances, the scent of bright yellow and orange marigold adorning the toran on entranceway, cheerful friendliness with merriment abound, the sound of bursting crackers, the infectious smile and frivolity in every happy faces, new clothes that glitters as much […]

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  • Chanar Malpua / Paneer Malpua / Syrupy Cheese Pancakes – non – deep fried version for Diwali The soft buttery cheese pancakes, deep fried, that melts in mouth without any effort, crisp at the edges, but pillowy (cotton) soft in the center. Every bite of this luscious morsel is filled with richness of pristine milk, the softness of homemade cheese, the scent of fennel, the fragrance of dried rose buds, the delicate and subtle flavour of saffron that lends a […]

    Paneer / Chenna malpua with rabdi / Indian syrupy cheese pancakes with thickened cream

    Chanar Malpua / Paneer Malpua / Syrupy Cheese Pancakes – non – deep fried version for Diwali The soft buttery cheese pancakes, deep fried, that melts in mouth without any effort, crisp at the edges, but pillowy (cotton) soft in the center. Every bite of this luscious morsel is filled with richness of pristine milk, the softness of homemade cheese, the scent of fennel, the fragrance of dried rose buds, the delicate and subtle flavour of saffron that lends a […]

  • Aaj Mahashashti For Bengali, the festivity starts right from the Mahalaya, the day announcing the ending of “Pitru Paksha” and beginning of “Devi Paksha“. Mahalaya signifies the arrival of Agomoni or Goddess Durga, who symbolizes the “Adi Shakti“, the eternal power, the primordial cosmic energy. Mahalaya is also the beginning of Akal Bodhan (the untimely worshiping of God) , the awakening of Devi Durga, invoking the Goddess on Earth before time. For Bengalis the the day revolves around oratorical narration […]

    Durga pujo rituals, believes and food menu special series – MahaShashti

    Aaj Mahashashti For Bengali, the festivity starts right from the Mahalaya, the day announcing the ending of “Pitru Paksha” and beginning of “Devi Paksha“. Mahalaya signifies the arrival of Agomoni or Goddess Durga, who symbolizes the “Adi Shakti“, the eternal power, the primordial cosmic energy. Mahalaya is also the beginning of Akal Bodhan (the untimely worshiping of God) , the awakening of Devi Durga, invoking the Goddess on Earth before time. For Bengalis the the day revolves around oratorical narration […]

  • Durga Puja Special 2017 Chitol macher kalia and a festive meal platter – The wistful white fluffy clouds against the deep blue skies of autumn promises many thing. Homecoming, Durga pujo, bonhomie and across thousand mile, a multi course festive platter would be waiting for us to devour. Across the Rupnarayan river, amidst the lushful scenic greenery that stretches till horizon, Pujo was always a grand fare at my mamabari (uncle’s place). The mornings were typically marked with luscious affair […]

    Chitol Macher Kalia (Fish Curry) & Festive Bengali Meal Platter / Thali

    Durga Puja Special 2017 Chitol macher kalia and a festive meal platter – The wistful white fluffy clouds against the deep blue skies of autumn promises many thing. Homecoming, Durga pujo, bonhomie and across thousand mile, a multi course festive platter would be waiting for us to devour. Across the Rupnarayan river, amidst the lushful scenic greenery that stretches till horizon, Pujo was always a grand fare at my mamabari (uncle’s place). The mornings were typically marked with luscious affair […]

  • Durga Puja Special 2017 – Bengali Mishti Pulao & Kosha Mangsho / Mutton It is that time of the year again. When the autumn sky is painted in deep azure blue, the air is mildly scented with the fragrance of shiuli flowers that beautifully carpets the surrounding green grass, like fresh morning dew drops… …the kaash flowers swaying in gentle breeze, telling tales of traditions that is seeped so deep in every bengali’s heart, the hypnotic resonance of dhaaker  taal, […]

    Bengali Mishti Pulao / Pilaf & Golbari Style Kosha Mangsho / Mutton Curry

    Durga Puja Special 2017 – Bengali Mishti Pulao & Kosha Mangsho / Mutton It is that time of the year again. When the autumn sky is painted in deep azure blue, the air is mildly scented with the fragrance of shiuli flowers that beautifully carpets the surrounding green grass, like fresh morning dew drops… …the kaash flowers swaying in gentle breeze, telling tales of traditions that is seeped so deep in every bengali’s heart, the hypnotic resonance of dhaaker  taal, […]

  • Indian Thali Series – South Indian Lunch Menu Day 5 of Kannada Cuisine We are concluding our culinary journey through the wonderful state of Karnataka with this grand finale – an ode to Udupi cuisine. Though officially the district Udupi has been carved out as late as 1997 but this temple town was famous worldwide for its much celebrated cuisine – Udupi cuisine which strictly adhere to the sattvik tradition of Indian vegetarian cuisine, without use of onions and garlic. […]

    Udupdi Veg / Sattvik Thali – South Indian Meal Series

    Indian Thali Series – South Indian Lunch Menu Day 5 of Kannada Cuisine We are concluding our culinary journey through the wonderful state of Karnataka with this grand finale – an ode to Udupi cuisine. Though officially the district Udupi has been carved out as late as 1997 but this temple town was famous worldwide for its much celebrated cuisine – Udupi cuisine which strictly adhere to the sattvik tradition of Indian vegetarian cuisine, without use of onions and garlic. […]

  • Day 4 of Kannada Cuisine Neer Dosa – I was first introduced to neer dosa some 12 years back at a old style Manglorean restaurant in Bangalore.  The menu was neer dosa and kori gassi (manglorean style chicken curry), mutton sukka and Manglorean style fish fry on side. The food was scrumptious, finger licking and bit spicy to our palate but the mildly sweet neer dosa perfectly balanced out the flavours. Food conjures memories and even after so many years, […]

    Manglorean Neer Dosa with Mutton Gassi – Kannada Cuisine

    Day 4 of Kannada Cuisine Neer Dosa – I was first introduced to neer dosa some 12 years back at a old style Manglorean restaurant in Bangalore.  The menu was neer dosa and kori gassi (manglorean style chicken curry), mutton sukka and Manglorean style fish fry on side. The food was scrumptious, finger licking and bit spicy to our palate but the mildly sweet neer dosa perfectly balanced out the flavours. Food conjures memories and even after so many years, […]

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  • “Om Sai Ram” There are virtuous and kind people who did exceptional work for humanity and then there are people with exceptional degree of holiness whose life, philosophy had touched human lives in a new way, who had successfully lead us to the righteous path of dharma and moksha.  Sai Baba of Shirdi was one of them, the holy saint who championed the idea of One God – Sabka Maalik Ek (There is only one GOD who governs all)”  and […]

    Spiritual escape to Shirdi Sai Baba and my initiation into street photography

    “Om Sai Ram” There are virtuous and kind people who did exceptional work for humanity and then there are people with exceptional degree of holiness whose life, philosophy had touched human lives in a new way, who had successfully lead us to the righteous path of dharma and moksha.  Sai Baba of Shirdi was one of them, the holy saint who championed the idea of One God – Sabka Maalik Ek (There is only one GOD who governs all)”  and […]

  • “Sullen clouds are gathering fast over the black fringe of the forest. O child, do not go out! The palm trees in a row by the lake are smiting their heads against the dismal sky; the crows with their dragged wings are silent on the tamarind branches, and the eastern bank of the river is haunted by a deepening gloom.”   ~ Tagore …and as I sat down to pen my wistful memories of rain soaked days spent in the lushful […]

    Best and top monsoon destinations in India – rain, rain come again

    “Sullen clouds are gathering fast over the black fringe of the forest. O child, do not go out! The palm trees in a row by the lake are smiting their heads against the dismal sky; the crows with their dragged wings are silent on the tamarind branches, and the eastern bank of the river is haunted by a deepening gloom.”   ~ Tagore …and as I sat down to pen my wistful memories of rain soaked days spent in the lushful […]

  • This will be my concluding post on Yellowstone national park and before we venture onto our new destination, here is a quick roundup of what you can do in Yellowstone national park. Yellowstone is world’s first and most significant national park, and it’s rich and varied topography, landscapes and flora-fauna has something for everyone. From off-beat hiking trails to geyser gazing sights, or chasing the herds of bison or one-to-one interaction with wolves and bears, fishing, camping and rafting you […]

    Top 8 attractions or things to do in Yellowstone national park

    This will be my concluding post on Yellowstone national park and before we venture onto our new destination, here is a quick roundup of what you can do in Yellowstone national park. Yellowstone is world’s first and most significant national park, and it’s rich and varied topography, landscapes and flora-fauna has something for everyone. From off-beat hiking trails to geyser gazing sights, or chasing the herds of bison or one-to-one interaction with wolves and bears, fishing, camping and rafting you […]

  • Of all the trail loops in Yellowstone National Park, Fountain Paint Pot trail is one of the most interesting trail of Yellowstone park. It lies in the Lower Geyser basin which is scattered over wide expanse of area and is characteristically marked by all the geothermal features like geysers, fumaroles, mud pots and hot springs. This unique feature made this part of the Yellowstone stand apart from the rest. Celestine Pool at a distant. While none of the geysers here […]

    Fountain paint pot nature trail – Yellowstone National Park part III

    Of all the trail loops in Yellowstone National Park, Fountain Paint Pot trail is one of the most interesting trail of Yellowstone park. It lies in the Lower Geyser basin which is scattered over wide expanse of area and is characteristically marked by all the geothermal features like geysers, fumaroles, mud pots and hot springs. This unique feature made this part of the Yellowstone stand apart from the rest. Celestine Pool at a distant. While none of the geysers here […]

  • Continuing from my previous post on canyons and wild life of Yellowstone, here we will take you through the most interesting features of Yellowstone – geothermal hot springs. Geothermal, geysers and hot springs are the centerpiece of attraction in Yellowstone park.  They are concentrated primarily into two areas – Norris Geyser basin and Upper geyser basin. So if you are touring the lower loop of Yellowstone park, you have to skip Norris Geyser basin. The Lower Loop highlights include the […]

    Old Faithful and Upper geyser basin trail – Yellowstone National Park part II

    Continuing from my previous post on canyons and wild life of Yellowstone, here we will take you through the most interesting features of Yellowstone – geothermal hot springs. Geothermal, geysers and hot springs are the centerpiece of attraction in Yellowstone park.  They are concentrated primarily into two areas – Norris Geyser basin and Upper geyser basin. So if you are touring the lower loop of Yellowstone park, you have to skip Norris Geyser basin. The Lower Loop highlights include the […]

  • The scent of damp earth, the whiff of fresh air, the wind on my face, slight nip in the air, the silent gurgling of the water, tiny fishes playing around my ankle soaked in pristine crystal clear lake water, sound of birds chirping nearby and under the big sky Montana as I began to pen down my thoughts on my travel notebook, time traveled backwards…twenty years back, for the love of travel I chose to become a geologist . … […]

    Yellowstone national park – canyons & Hayden valley part I-

    The scent of damp earth, the whiff of fresh air, the wind on my face, slight nip in the air, the silent gurgling of the water, tiny fishes playing around my ankle soaked in pristine crystal clear lake water, sound of birds chirping nearby and under the big sky Montana as I began to pen down my thoughts on my travel notebook, time traveled backwards…twenty years back, for the love of travel I chose to become a geologist . … […]