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  • Bangalore is warming up to the new flavours in food and with that comes new ideas to entice the food lovers of the city. From farmers market to santhe and lunch soiree’s at the budding bohemian style cafes, the city is buzzing with lots of activities centered around food. The organic and healthy grains always scores better than the regular ones and looks very lucrative and the burlap covers somehow attested the seal of authenticity. This is a human nature […]

    Murgi’r aam kasundi / Chicken in mango mustard sauce and how to make aam kasundi

    Bangalore is warming up to the new flavours in food and with that comes new ideas to entice the food lovers of the city. From farmers market to santhe and lunch soiree’s at the budding bohemian style cafes, the city is buzzing with lots of activities centered around food. The organic and healthy grains always scores better than the regular ones and looks very lucrative and the burlap covers somehow attested the seal of authenticity. This is a human nature […]

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  • Ethylene is a small hydrocarbon gas that many fruits and vegetables releases when they begin the process of ripening. Mature fruits are sweeter, softer and palatable. This is a natural process without any human intervention, and hence it is safe. But this healthy natural equation changes once we started to pluck the unripe fruits (to extract more monetary benefits out of it)  and then sprayed it with ethylene to accelerate the ripening process. This artificial ripening process ensure the cosmetic quality […]

    Sweet and hot ripe mango chutney and issues of food safety in India

    Ethylene is a small hydrocarbon gas that many fruits and vegetables releases when they begin the process of ripening. Mature fruits are sweeter, softer and palatable. This is a natural process without any human intervention, and hence it is safe. But this healthy natural equation changes once we started to pluck the unripe fruits (to extract more monetary benefits out of it)  and then sprayed it with ethylene to accelerate the ripening process. This artificial ripening process ensure the cosmetic quality […]

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  • Summer Specials: Mangoes After spending a week in the lap of lustful Western ghats, I was back in Bangalore, rejuvenated but only to be drowned with fever and severe back pain that has puzzled my orthopedic even. Only therapy that I had not dared tried was  the acupuncture, may be the sight of  frightful needles had finally relieved me from the pain. In the meantime I had finished reading the book and watched the movie by the same name – […]

    Green mango and apple salad / kairi chaat

    Summer Specials: Mangoes After spending a week in the lap of lustful Western ghats, I was back in Bangalore, rejuvenated but only to be drowned with fever and severe back pain that has puzzled my orthopedic even. Only therapy that I had not dared tried was  the acupuncture, may be the sight of  frightful needles had finally relieved me from the pain. In the meantime I had finished reading the book and watched the movie by the same name – […]

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  • Do you remember that kindergarten rhyme- “My house is red a little house, a happy child am I. I laugh and play the live long day. I hardly ever cry. I had a tree, a green green tree to shade me from the sun. Under which I often sit, when all my play is done.” I wonder when I have read last such innocent lines. One of the classic rhyme, I guess and I was so much in love with […]

    Enchor’er dalna / green jackfruit curry in Bengali style

    Do you remember that kindergarten rhyme- “My house is red a little house, a happy child am I. I laugh and play the live long day. I hardly ever cry. I had a tree, a green green tree to shade me from the sun. Under which I often sit, when all my play is done.” I wonder when I have read last such innocent lines. One of the classic rhyme, I guess and I was so much in love with […]

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  • If you are a morning person, the one who gets up early in the morning not to sweat at the gym or to do yoga in the patio but the one who can sniff at the sweet and spicy flavors coming from the neighborhood shops and with all the new-found enthusiasm that early morning unleashes on, get ready to search the markets and shops for the delicious breakfast spread, then in my humble opinion you are true blooded Bengali. Though this […]

    Radhaballavi / kachori and spicy aloo’r dum for Bengali new Year

    If you are a morning person, the one who gets up early in the morning not to sweat at the gym or to do yoga in the patio but the one who can sniff at the sweet and spicy flavors coming from the neighborhood shops and with all the new-found enthusiasm that early morning unleashes on, get ready to search the markets and shops for the delicious breakfast spread, then in my humble opinion you are true blooded Bengali. Though this […]

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  • An unleavened flatbread that has won the hearts of the people in the subcontinent and as far away as in the south-east Asia too, the paratha is one such food that requires no introduction. There is no two-way of making the dish but many ways to enjoy it as plain paratha with basic potato curry or as stuffed paratha with raita or chutney or as flaky paratha with curries or even with sugar sometimes. When it comes to Mughlai paratha, the very basic definition of paratha changes, […]

    Mughlai paratha / minced meat stuffed paratha from Kolkata

    An unleavened flatbread that has won the hearts of the people in the subcontinent and as far away as in the south-east Asia too, the paratha is one such food that requires no introduction. There is no two-way of making the dish but many ways to enjoy it as plain paratha with basic potato curry or as stuffed paratha with raita or chutney or as flaky paratha with curries or even with sugar sometimes. When it comes to Mughlai paratha, the very basic definition of paratha changes, […]

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Travel
  • Lal Bagh Flower Show 2014 Flower show return to Lal Bagh this year with astounding display of floral replica of Mysore Palace and the famed Dasara procession. We happened to visit there on 15th of August. Not an ideal to visit as the crowd was huge.  The footfalls at the show was beyond the expectations of the organiser and they had to close the main gate number of times. Maneuvering through the suffocating crowd and handling the camera at the […]

    Lal Bagh flower show August 2014 & Dastkar handicraft fair

    Lal Bagh Flower Show 2014 Flower show return to Lal Bagh this year with astounding display of floral replica of Mysore Palace and the famed Dasara procession. We happened to visit there on 15th of August. Not an ideal to visit as the crowd was huge.  The footfalls at the show was beyond the expectations of the organiser and they had to close the main gate number of times. Maneuvering through the suffocating crowd and handling the camera at the […]

  • A jungle odyssey can be an incredible experience. When you travel in the forest you must be sensitive and careful. You must respect the forest rules and take steps so as not to disturb the animals. Good jungle etiquette can help you to enjoy the rich fauna without a negative impact on the eco-tourism. Important travel tips are discussed in this primer. You must not get out of the vehicle to take photographs of the animals. You must take photographs […]

    Important Travel Tips For An Exhilarating And Memorable Jungle Experience

    A jungle odyssey can be an incredible experience. When you travel in the forest you must be sensitive and careful. You must respect the forest rules and take steps so as not to disturb the animals. Good jungle etiquette can help you to enjoy the rich fauna without a negative impact on the eco-tourism. Important travel tips are discussed in this primer. You must not get out of the vehicle to take photographs of the animals. You must take photographs […]

  • “Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.” ― George Eliot Between summer and winter, there is  fall, a transitional phase when each leaves of the tree turns into golden, yellow and red before shedding themselves, paints the landscape in riots of color, before embracing harsh and cold winter nights in their bare branches . We are expected to be sad because soon the […]

    Fall in the dreamy Smoky mountains

    “Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.” ― George Eliot Between summer and winter, there is  fall, a transitional phase when each leaves of the tree turns into golden, yellow and red before shedding themselves, paints the landscape in riots of color, before embracing harsh and cold winter nights in their bare branches . We are expected to be sad because soon the […]

  • Two weeks of travelling through the wild – wild west of America, hopping through six national parks and enduring through the range of climatic conditions, we are finally back with tired limbs, overwhelming experience, some lifelong memories and few mind-boggling three thousand plus images and bucket full of stories for you. Let me download everything first !  I need some real vacation now ! 😀 Before my hypnotic mind get restored to its original frame, let me brief you quickly […]

    Yosemite rim fire – should you visit Yosemite or not ?

    Two weeks of travelling through the wild – wild west of America, hopping through six national parks and enduring through the range of climatic conditions, we are finally back with tired limbs, overwhelming experience, some lifelong memories and few mind-boggling three thousand plus images and bucket full of stories for you. Let me download everything first !  I need some real vacation now ! 😀 Before my hypnotic mind get restored to its original frame, let me brief you quickly […]

  • This is the concluding part of our long Florida series.  To be at “Miami” or not to be …. well ! We have to stay in Miami for two reasons – one for return flight  and other for its proximity to Everglades. So in short we spend one and half day at Miami. Thankfully enough,  weather was cool in Miami and we did enjoyed partially though , just strolling through the streets, stopped at some curio shops, and sampled foods […]

    An un inspired day at Miami and few good moments !

    This is the concluding part of our long Florida series.  To be at “Miami” or not to be …. well ! We have to stay in Miami for two reasons – one for return flight  and other for its proximity to Everglades. So in short we spend one and half day at Miami. Thankfully enough,  weather was cool in Miami and we did enjoyed partially though , just strolling through the streets, stopped at some curio shops, and sampled foods […]

  • Sanibel Sanibel ? what is that ? A beach in Florida ? Florida ? you say? Isnt Florida is all about Disneyworld ? Yes it is. Then why we should go to Sanibel ? Minutes later, we were looking for hotels in Sanibel !   I have seen beautiful picturesque beaches before, beaches where you will want to spend the rest of your lives lying on that crystal white sandy coast, but I have never seen a beach full of […]

    Sanibel and Everglades national park , Florida – on alligators, panthers and anhinga trail

    Sanibel Sanibel ? what is that ? A beach in Florida ? Florida ? you say? Isnt Florida is all about Disneyworld ? Yes it is. Then why we should go to Sanibel ? Minutes later, we were looking for hotels in Sanibel !   I have seen beautiful picturesque beaches before, beaches where you will want to spend the rest of your lives lying on that crystal white sandy coast, but I have never seen a beach full of […]