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  • Can a simple bowl of rice and lentils bring comfort to the distressed soul ? Yes, some food are like that, primitive in form and yet so nourishing and comforting. The golden pot of khichdi in which rice and lentils cooked together till they loss some of their individualistic character and become one are like that, the true comfort food ever known to man. Comfort foods are different for different people yet they serve the same purpose in life, that […]

    Bengali masoor dal (red lentils) khichdi / khichuri – for rainy days

    Can a simple bowl of rice and lentils bring comfort to the distressed soul ? Yes, some food are like that, primitive in form and yet so nourishing and comforting. The golden pot of khichdi in which rice and lentils cooked together till they loss some of their individualistic character and become one are like that, the true comfort food ever known to man. Comfort foods are different for different people yet they serve the same purpose in life, that […]

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  • Mutton keema cutlet – the juicy succulent minced meat wrapped in lacy breaded crumbs, crunchy and crisp from outside, hot and spicy from inside and it taste better in cold rainy days. Monsoon and deep fried foods has unique relationship, they tend to enhance each other’s character so well that one can not be enjoyed without the other. Dark gloomy clouds, misty rains, howling sound of winds, incessant pitter-patter of rain drops against the window panes, frenzied palm and coconut trees […]

    Mutton keema cutlet / patties (without potatoes)- Monsoon special

    Mutton keema cutlet – the juicy succulent minced meat wrapped in lacy breaded crumbs, crunchy and crisp from outside, hot and spicy from inside and it taste better in cold rainy days. Monsoon and deep fried foods has unique relationship, they tend to enhance each other’s character so well that one can not be enjoyed without the other. Dark gloomy clouds, misty rains, howling sound of winds, incessant pitter-patter of rain drops against the window panes, frenzied palm and coconut trees […]

  • The best things in life happens unexpectedly. Like this lime and lemony lemon grass chicken curry that has become very much staple part of our late summer meals. After days of scorching tropical Summer when first drizzle of rains touched the Earth, every life forms come alive, as if they are infused with fresh oxygen. This is also the time when the season changes, as summer transgressed into rainy days, it also brings dozens of  its own maladies. Our food […]

    Sweet lime and lemony chicken curry soup for the soul – Monsoon special

    The best things in life happens unexpectedly. Like this lime and lemony lemon grass chicken curry that has become very much staple part of our late summer meals. After days of scorching tropical Summer when first drizzle of rains touched the Earth, every life forms come alive, as if they are infused with fresh oxygen. This is also the time when the season changes, as summer transgressed into rainy days, it also brings dozens of  its own maladies. Our food […]

  • Flaky, buttery rich with nice golden color, perfect d-shape pastry shell, crimping on side and robust dough filled with steak pieces, carrots and potatoes, turnips mildly seasoned with just salt and pepper or some secret ingredient may be and more importantly should be made in Cornwall by Cornish women :)- that is Cornish pasties for you, legally speaking. These beauties are now protected under Geographical Indication. So all other versions out there could not be labeled as Cornish pasties, and […]

    Indian inspired Cornish style fish pasties / hand pies – Monsoon Special

    Flaky, buttery rich with nice golden color, perfect d-shape pastry shell, crimping on side and robust dough filled with steak pieces, carrots and potatoes, turnips mildly seasoned with just salt and pepper or some secret ingredient may be and more importantly should be made in Cornwall by Cornish women :)- that is Cornish pasties for you, legally speaking. These beauties are now protected under Geographical Indication. So all other versions out there could not be labeled as Cornish pasties, and […]

  • Biryani – even the word sounds so delicious and exotic, smells aromatic and promises a royal treat of highly fragrant basmati rice and richly spiced succulent meat, dish that is fit for kings and nobles. Though the word “biryani” which is derived from the word “biryan” has its root in Persia, the dish is known to origin in India during Mughal dyansty rules. As the saying goes that “necessity is the mother of all inventions” so does the biryani which […]

    Lucknowi Mutton Biryani / Awadhi pakki gosht ki biryani

    Biryani – even the word sounds so delicious and exotic, smells aromatic and promises a royal treat of highly fragrant basmati rice and richly spiced succulent meat, dish that is fit for kings and nobles. Though the word “biryani” which is derived from the word “biryan” has its root in Persia, the dish is known to origin in India during Mughal dyansty rules. As the saying goes that “necessity is the mother of all inventions” so does the biryani which […]

  • Before we head straight to rain soaked evenings, and gives masala chai and pakoras a toast, lets give a last call for summer by having this delightful aamras puri or flavoured mango pulp. Aamras  can be easily deciphered as nothing but flavoured and sweetened mango pulp. Now, you may ask what is there to blog about. Is it not the right way to enjoy mangoes. Yes, thats  absolutely true and there is no recipe to make this. I mean extracting […]

    Aamras – Poori or flavoured mango pulp – Summer delight

    Before we head straight to rain soaked evenings, and gives masala chai and pakoras a toast, lets give a last call for summer by having this delightful aamras puri or flavoured mango pulp. Aamras  can be easily deciphered as nothing but flavoured and sweetened mango pulp. Now, you may ask what is there to blog about. Is it not the right way to enjoy mangoes. Yes, thats  absolutely true and there is no recipe to make this. I mean extracting […]

  • Bengali’s love for fish is an universal truth and so much so that we are often stereotyped by rest of India as only fish and rosogolla eating people. While we love our fish and devour the rosogolla at the drop of hat, we adore our greens too, saag and vegetables remain integral to our daily meal. A Bengali meal can not be said to be complete without fish and vegetables and on some days, together they makes one – pot […]

    Bengali fish stew with summer vegetables / macher jhol – for babies and toddlers

    Bengali’s love for fish is an universal truth and so much so that we are often stereotyped by rest of India as only fish and rosogolla eating people. While we love our fish and devour the rosogolla at the drop of hat, we adore our greens too, saag and vegetables remain integral to our daily meal. A Bengali meal can not be said to be complete without fish and vegetables and on some days, together they makes one – pot […]

Travel
  • “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 . … […]

  • Intro – The quieter you become the more you can hear, like the sound of whistling Thrush that keeps you accompanied on the winding trails through the jungles of Sahyadri. Solitude is bliss, the pure “me time” when you want to be left alone to let yourself soaked in the warmth of early morning sunshine, seating at Arthur’s seat and watching as the first rays of sun paints the green valleys in hues of golden yellow, orange and ombre shades […]

    Mahabaleshwar – the gem of Western Ghats

    Intro – The quieter you become the more you can hear, like the sound of whistling Thrush that keeps you accompanied on the winding trails through the jungles of Sahyadri. Solitude is bliss, the pure “me time” when you want to be left alone to let yourself soaked in the warmth of early morning sunshine, seating at Arthur’s seat and watching as the first rays of sun paints the green valleys in hues of golden yellow, orange and ombre shades […]