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  • We are announcing a short break for two weeks. You will be able to access our blog. But please be patient if you faces some downtime or interruptions for few hours. The site may experience some downtime for maintenance purposes and up gradation. Meanwhile here is sweet platter for you to enjoy this festive month. We promise, will be back soon with new look, new color and new me, new us, new new… Some more sweets to make you stick […]

    Saffronstreaks on Break

    We are announcing a short break for two weeks. You will be able to access our blog. But please be patient if you faces some downtime or interruptions for few hours. The site may experience some downtime for maintenance purposes and up gradation. Meanwhile here is sweet platter for you to enjoy this festive month. We promise, will be back soon with new look, new color and new me, new us, new new… Some more sweets to make you stick […]

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  • Vanilla & Orange Chia Popsicle Smoothie – A great summer smoothie option, this recipe is fruity and refreshing (like all summer drinks should be) while having a creamy layer that sets it apart from its counterparts. The tangy oranges combined with the subtle vanilla creates a healthy and delicious smoothie combination  for standing around the BBQ. Benefits The key fats in chia seeds help to lock in the nutrients and stop them from going mouldy which means they will last […]

    {Guest Post} Vanilla & Orange Chia Popsicle Smoothie

    Vanilla & Orange Chia Popsicle Smoothie – A great summer smoothie option, this recipe is fruity and refreshing (like all summer drinks should be) while having a creamy layer that sets it apart from its counterparts. The tangy oranges combined with the subtle vanilla creates a healthy and delicious smoothie combination  for standing around the BBQ. Benefits The key fats in chia seeds help to lock in the nutrients and stop them from going mouldy which means they will last […]

  • Shahi garam masala is that one treasured spice blend that is exquisitely unique to Indian cuisine and culture. This heavenly blend of most aromatic spices of the world now truly identifies with Indian cuisine, very much like French herbs de Provence. Few spices or herbs when uses collectively can lends a truly magical and unique touch to the dish, each of the spices, the herbs then narrates stories of that region. Indian cuisine is one of the most rich and […]

    How to make Indian shahi Garam Masala spice blend

    Shahi garam masala is that one treasured spice blend that is exquisitely unique to Indian cuisine and culture. This heavenly blend of most aromatic spices of the world now truly identifies with Indian cuisine, very much like French herbs de Provence. Few spices or herbs when uses collectively can lends a truly magical and unique touch to the dish, each of the spices, the herbs then narrates stories of that region. Indian cuisine is one of the most rich and […]

  • The soft and moist amaranth almond fudge, naturally protein packed, sweetened with jaggery (refined sugar free) and scented with cardamoms. Locally known as rajgira / ramdana (God’s grain) ki barfi, these nutritional fudge are excellent to taste and can be part of your feasty festival platter like for Raksha bandhan (a unique festival that celebrates eternal bonding between brothers and sisters) or Diwali. Amaranth is pseudo cereal (that is they are non-grasses) and hence very popular in Indian community during […]

    Amaranth almond fudge / Rajgira barfi – Gluten free for raksha bandhan

    The soft and moist amaranth almond fudge, naturally protein packed, sweetened with jaggery (refined sugar free) and scented with cardamoms. Locally known as rajgira / ramdana (God’s grain) ki barfi, these nutritional fudge are excellent to taste and can be part of your feasty festival platter like for Raksha bandhan (a unique festival that celebrates eternal bonding between brothers and sisters) or Diwali. Amaranth is pseudo cereal (that is they are non-grasses) and hence very popular in Indian community during […]

  • Chapor ghonto – the beautiful mish mash of seasonal vegetables seasoned with Bengali spice blend, the panch phoron, beautifully scented with cumin-ginger paste which has become a backbone for all the Bengali vegetarian dishes. Like other Bengali vegetarian dishes, this one too uses no onion and garlic in the recipe. And as I have discussed earlier in my previous posts on Bengali vegetarian dishes (aloo posto), we attributed solely this to the community of Bengali widows of yesteryears. These group […]

    Chapor ghonto / Bengali mix vegetables with lentil patties

    Chapor ghonto – the beautiful mish mash of seasonal vegetables seasoned with Bengali spice blend, the panch phoron, beautifully scented with cumin-ginger paste which has become a backbone for all the Bengali vegetarian dishes. Like other Bengali vegetarian dishes, this one too uses no onion and garlic in the recipe. And as I have discussed earlier in my previous posts on Bengali vegetarian dishes (aloo posto), we attributed solely this to the community of Bengali widows of yesteryears. These group […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

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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 . … […]