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  • Koraishutir dhokar dalna is a beautiful variant of the classic Bengali dish dhokar dalna. The spicy peas and lentil cakes are steamed and then fried in enough oil till they turn golden brown. You can devour them as a snack or make a curry with scented cumin-ginger paste which is a very flavourful combination of two ingredients and it becomes a backbone of many Bengali vegetarian dishes as we do not use onion and garlic with our vegetables. The essence of […]

    Bengali koraishutir dhokar dalna / Curried spicy green peas & lentil cakes

    Koraishutir dhokar dalna is a beautiful variant of the classic Bengali dish dhokar dalna. The spicy peas and lentil cakes are steamed and then fried in enough oil till they turn golden brown. You can devour them as a snack or make a curry with scented cumin-ginger paste which is a very flavourful combination of two ingredients and it becomes a backbone of many Bengali vegetarian dishes as we do not use onion and garlic with our vegetables. The essence of […]

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  • This is going to be the most colorful post till date, commemorating the Hindu festival of color Holi in every form. Holi is the festival of life and merriment. Color plays an important part in Human psychology. It has that inherent power to cure many things, and as the season changes the languidness of Winter mellows beautifully into cheerfulness of the colorful Spring, and in India Spring has more warmer tones than in other parts of the world, there is […]

    Thandai spiced coconut milk panna cotta : Veganlicious Holi & summer treat

    This is going to be the most colorful post till date, commemorating the Hindu festival of color Holi in every form. Holi is the festival of life and merriment. Color plays an important part in Human psychology. It has that inherent power to cure many things, and as the season changes the languidness of Winter mellows beautifully into cheerfulness of the colorful Spring, and in India Spring has more warmer tones than in other parts of the world, there is […]

  • 5 Ingredients to Make Your Homemade Bread Healthier Nourishing and comforting, there’s nothing better than a hot loaf of freshly baked bread. But conventional bread isn’t the healthiest item on the menu. Thankfully, there are ways to make your favorite recipe healthier and without compromising on taste. These five ingredients will add nutrients and flavor to your homemade bread. 1. Flax Seed Meal Flax seeds have been cultivated since 3000 BC, and they make a great healthy addition to any […]

    {Guest Post} How to make your homemade bread healthier

    5 Ingredients to Make Your Homemade Bread Healthier Nourishing and comforting, there’s nothing better than a hot loaf of freshly baked bread. But conventional bread isn’t the healthiest item on the menu. Thankfully, there are ways to make your favorite recipe healthier and without compromising on taste. These five ingredients will add nutrients and flavor to your homemade bread. 1. Flax Seed Meal Flax seeds have been cultivated since 3000 BC, and they make a great healthy addition to any […]

  • “Truth is bitter but its result is sweet. Falsehood appears to be sweet but it is poisonous in effect.” And nature teaches us this maxim through various medium. Like the bitter gourd or melon and Neem / Margosa leaves. Both are known for its bitterness and yet both of them have numerous medicinal properties, have been used for centuries  in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicines. This ancient healing fruit is not appreciated by all because of its sharp, pungent and bitter […]

    Bharwan karela (pan roasted stuffed bitter gourd / melon) in Andhra style

    “Truth is bitter but its result is sweet. Falsehood appears to be sweet but it is poisonous in effect.” And nature teaches us this maxim through various medium. Like the bitter gourd or melon and Neem / Margosa leaves. Both are known for its bitterness and yet both of them have numerous medicinal properties, have been used for centuries  in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicines. This ancient healing fruit is not appreciated by all because of its sharp, pungent and bitter […]

  • Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime ~ Maimonides In Bengali mythology and culture, fish has always been a delicious symbol of fertility, prosperity and abundance and it touches many aspects of ceremonial and ritual life. (~ Chitrita Banerjee) While fish is seen as smelly and gross food to many, Bengali marriages are not complete without fishes, there are many rituals where fish is […]

    Pabda macher jhol kalojeere ar bodi diye / fish curry with nigella & no-onion no-garlic recipe

    Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime ~ Maimonides In Bengali mythology and culture, fish has always been a delicious symbol of fertility, prosperity and abundance and it touches many aspects of ceremonial and ritual life. (~ Chitrita Banerjee) While fish is seen as smelly and gross food to many, Bengali marriages are not complete without fishes, there are many rituals where fish is […]

  • Gota sheddho / casserole of whole lentils and boiled whole vegetables – a tradition reborn again. Cultural diversity gives India a unique flavour and richness. Often with in the same community or region, the differences in culture, traditions, rituals and beliefs are so divergent from each other giving a different entity altogether. Like in Bengal, where Ghotis (those originate in West Bengal) and Bangal culture (people of East Bengal before partition of India) are so different from each other that we […]

    Gota sheddho / casserole of whole lentils and boiled whole vegetables – traditions reinvented

    Gota sheddho / casserole of whole lentils and boiled whole vegetables – a tradition reborn again. Cultural diversity gives India a unique flavour and richness. Often with in the same community or region, the differences in culture, traditions, rituals and beliefs are so divergent from each other giving a different entity altogether. Like in Bengal, where Ghotis (those originate in West Bengal) and Bangal culture (people of East Bengal before partition of India) are so different from each other that we […]

  • Bangalore blue grape chutney : Chutney are chutneys. Accept as they are. Neither it is a spicy jam nor it is a dip or relishes. In fact chutneys in India are always being prepared fresh  and eaten fresh as condiment that beautifully complements the main meal. They are not (as claimed ) descended from the Medieval custom or practices of fruit relishes preserved with spices, sugar and vinegar. In fact chutneys are never meant for preserving the fruit or vegetables, for […]

    Bangalore blue grape chutney and jam

    Bangalore blue grape chutney : Chutney are chutneys. Accept as they are. Neither it is a spicy jam nor it is a dip or relishes. In fact chutneys in India are always being prepared fresh  and eaten fresh as condiment that beautifully complements the main meal. They are not (as claimed ) descended from the Medieval custom or practices of fruit relishes preserved with spices, sugar and vinegar. In fact chutneys are never meant for preserving the fruit or vegetables, for […]

Travel
  • 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 […]

  • Vibrant, Vigorous, Vivacious…. Varanasi! Popularly  known  by its monikers “Kashi” and “Banaras”, Varanasi is one of the oldest inhabited cities of the world with a history that goes beyond 3000 years. It is situated on the western riverbank of the Ganges River in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh; believed to be an abode of Lord Shiva. It is popularly known as “The City of Lights” and “The Spiritual Capital of India”. It is considered a Holy City by the […]

    5 Interesting Things to Do in Varanasi

    Vibrant, Vigorous, Vivacious…. Varanasi! Popularly  known  by its monikers “Kashi” and “Banaras”, Varanasi is one of the oldest inhabited cities of the world with a history that goes beyond 3000 years. It is situated on the western riverbank of the Ganges River in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh; believed to be an abode of Lord Shiva. It is popularly known as “The City of Lights” and “The Spiritual Capital of India”. It is considered a Holy City by the […]

  • Top 7 Himalayan treks: Since time immemorial the perpetual snow covered lofty mountains has challenged human lives. Sage, saint, hermit and vagabonds has found solace in its mighty arms that has spread across throughout the subcontinent. The wonder of wonders that has never ceased to amaze man,  with its abundant beauty that nature has chosen to bestow on it, diverse flora and fauna and many life forms that it has supported through eons, Himalayas are most sought after and at the same […]

    My most favourite Top 7 Best and most beautiful Himalayan treks

    Top 7 Himalayan treks: Since time immemorial the perpetual snow covered lofty mountains has challenged human lives. Sage, saint, hermit and vagabonds has found solace in its mighty arms that has spread across throughout the subcontinent. The wonder of wonders that has never ceased to amaze man,  with its abundant beauty that nature has chosen to bestow on it, diverse flora and fauna and many life forms that it has supported through eons, Himalayas are most sought after and at the same […]

  • 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 […]