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  • Orzo pasta salad –the beautiful pearly orzo pasta glistening in herb-ed olive oil ( I keep a small portion of olive oil always ready, infused sometimes with rosemary, thyme or garlic), peppered with colorful roasted red bell peppers, broccoli, roasted cherry tomatoes, toasted pine nuts (or any other seed or nuts for that crunch in your salad) with generous sprinkling of crumbled feta cheese (you can use Parmesan also) and fresh curly parsley /basil (from the kitchen garden). A generous […]

    Orzo Pasta Salad With Roasted Vegetables – Wholesome One Pot Meal

    Orzo pasta salad –the beautiful pearly orzo pasta glistening in herb-ed olive oil ( I keep a small portion of olive oil always ready, infused sometimes with rosemary, thyme or garlic), peppered with colorful roasted red bell peppers, broccoli, roasted cherry tomatoes, toasted pine nuts (or any other seed or nuts for that crunch in your salad) with generous sprinkling of crumbled feta cheese (you can use Parmesan also) and fresh curly parsley /basil (from the kitchen garden). A generous […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Shubh Deepawali 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,  the joyous moments of family get together, 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 as the sparklers, hand picked […]

    Diwali feast platter – 25 must have top sweets and snacks

    Shubh Deepawali 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,  the joyous moments of family get together, 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 as the sparklers, hand picked […]

  • The autumn festivity that had started with Durga Pujo, concludes with another much awaited Lakshmi pujo or more precisely Kojagari Lakshmi pujo for Bengali, that falls on Kojagari purnima or sharad purnima as known elsewhere in other parts of India. But for Bengali’s, especially those who hails from erstwhile East Bengal (present day Bangladesh) this kojagari Lakshmi pujo was just more than religious observance. This was more about sticking onto one’s cultural heritage and traditions. Through which strive for cultural […]

    Kojagari Lakshmi puja – rituals, believes and the divine Bengali feast platter

    The autumn festivity that had started with Durga Pujo, concludes with another much awaited Lakshmi pujo or more precisely Kojagari Lakshmi pujo for Bengali, that falls on Kojagari purnima or sharad purnima as known elsewhere in other parts of India. But for Bengali’s, especially those who hails from erstwhile East Bengal (present day Bangladesh) this kojagari Lakshmi pujo was just more than religious observance. This was more about sticking onto one’s cultural heritage and traditions. Through which strive for cultural […]

  • Aaj Dashami Shubho Bijoya to all my readers, The city is wrapped in misty gray clouds since morning and with a heavy heart I am writing this post on Dashami, that marks the end of Durga pujo , the five day long ceremonies amidst much fan fare, the sound of dhaks, trumpets, the sound of conch shells, chanting of mantras, shlokas and hymns, the heady scent of incense and perfumed dhoop, the scent of flowers, the exuberance, and when the […]

    Durga puja rituals, believes and mishti mukh (sweet platter) for vijaydashami

    Aaj Dashami Shubho Bijoya to all my readers, The city is wrapped in misty gray clouds since morning and with a heavy heart I am writing this post on Dashami, that marks the end of Durga pujo , the five day long ceremonies amidst much fan fare, the sound of dhaks, trumpets, the sound of conch shells, chanting of mantras, shlokas and hymns, the heady scent of incense and perfumed dhoop, the scent of flowers, the exuberance, and when the […]

  • Aaj MahaNavami Today is the ninth day of Navratri and fourth and final day of Durga pujo. MahaNavami rituals begins with mahasnan and shodashopachar puja like other days. Mahanavami tithi / timings begins right after Sandhi puja on MahaAshtami and continues till the next day. Today goddess Durga is worshiped as Mahishashur-mardini, the annihilator of demon king Mahishashur. The fierce battle that had lasted for undefined period of time has culminated today with the death of Mahishasur. Devi Durga who […]

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

    Aaj MahaNavami Today is the ninth day of Navratri and fourth and final day of Durga pujo. MahaNavami rituals begins with mahasnan and shodashopachar puja like other days. Mahanavami tithi / timings begins right after Sandhi puja on MahaAshtami and continues till the next day. Today goddess Durga is worshiped as Mahishashur-mardini, the annihilator of demon king Mahishashur. The fierce battle that had lasted for undefined period of time has culminated today with the death of Mahishasur. Devi Durga who […]

  • Aaj MahaAshtami The day starts with mahasnan of Devi Durga on a mirror using various materials. This ritual is soon followed by shodashopacharapuja, an  elaborate worship of the Devi with sixteen items (shodashopacharapuja).  The other deities, attendants and other objects associated with Devi are then worshiped. But what sets apart today (mahaashtami) from the rest of the days, is that today Devi Durga is worshipped as Mahishasur-mardini ,the killer of demon Mahishasur. Today is the day as per the mythology, […]

    Durga pujo rituals, believes and bhoger khichuri – MahaAshtami

    Aaj MahaAshtami The day starts with mahasnan of Devi Durga on a mirror using various materials. This ritual is soon followed by shodashopacharapuja, an  elaborate worship of the Devi with sixteen items (shodashopacharapuja).  The other deities, attendants and other objects associated with Devi are then worshiped. But what sets apart today (mahaashtami) from the rest of the days, is that today Devi Durga is worshipped as Mahishasur-mardini ,the killer of demon Mahishasur. Today is the day as per the mythology, […]

  • Aaj MahaSaptami The day begins at pre-dawn hours and the most significant ritual of Saptami is “kola bou snan”, a visual treat to enjoy. Kola or banana plant is always considered as sacred, auspicious and holy in Hindu rituals, and no puja is performed without the banana stalks, especially in Bengali culture. Kola bau (literally translating, banana lady) is in fact represent Devi Durga and is adorned in yellow and red border garad saree. Early morning the priest with much […]

    Durga puja rituals, believes and food menu special series – MahaSaptami

    Aaj MahaSaptami The day begins at pre-dawn hours and the most significant ritual of Saptami is “kola bou snan”, a visual treat to enjoy. Kola or banana plant is always considered as sacred, auspicious and holy in Hindu rituals, and no puja is performed without the banana stalks, especially in Bengali culture. Kola bau (literally translating, banana lady) is in fact represent Devi Durga and is adorned in yellow and red border garad saree. Early morning the priest with much […]

  • 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, […]

  • South Indian Lunch Menu Series Day 3 of Kannada Cuisine Continuing with my culinary adventures in Kannada cuisine and on my quest to explore more and more of this simple and beautiful cuisine, I dig deeper through the books, blogs and articles. And off course though my own memories that is still warm and fresh, the beautiful days we had spent in the countryside of Karnataka, the hills, the rain forest of Western Ghats, and the plantation life. Each time […]

    How to prepare Ugadi lunch menu at home – Karnataka Style

    South Indian Lunch Menu Series Day 3 of Kannada Cuisine Continuing with my culinary adventures in Kannada cuisine and on my quest to explore more and more of this simple and beautiful cuisine, I dig deeper through the books, blogs and articles. And off course though my own memories that is still warm and fresh, the beautiful days we had spent in the countryside of Karnataka, the hills, the rain forest of Western Ghats, and the plantation life. Each time […]

  • Indian thali series – Day 2 of Kannada cuisine Multitude of flavours, kaleidoscope of vivid colorful spread neatly arranged in a particular fashion and a comprehensive platter of all six tastes – sweet, salt, spicy, bitter, sour and astringent to stimulate your senses – Indian thali meals brings perfect balance and harmony to one’s palate. Join me as I am on a mission to discover the regional cuisines of India, one state at a time and if you are following […]

    Karnataka Veg Thali {Kannadiga Oota} – South Indian Meal Series

    Indian thali series – Day 2 of Kannada cuisine Multitude of flavours, kaleidoscope of vivid colorful spread neatly arranged in a particular fashion and a comprehensive platter of all six tastes – sweet, salt, spicy, bitter, sour and astringent to stimulate your senses – Indian thali meals brings perfect balance and harmony to one’s palate. Join me as I am on a mission to discover the regional cuisines of India, one state at a time and if you are following […]

  • I have heard so much about akki roti that on both occasions of my short vacations at Coorg and Chikmagalur, I made it sure to stay at home-stays so that we can enjoy the authentic cuisine of Karnataka. Something that is so difficult to find in cosmopolitan Bangalore. And in both places, my quest for true home cooked Karnataka cuisine has been satiated in more ways than one. Living in coffee plantations has its own charm and in both the […]

    Akki Roti and Chicken Saru {nati koli saru} – Karnataka special Gowda style

    I have heard so much about akki roti that on both occasions of my short vacations at Coorg and Chikmagalur, I made it sure to stay at home-stays so that we can enjoy the authentic cuisine of Karnataka. Something that is so difficult to find in cosmopolitan Bangalore. And in both places, my quest for true home cooked Karnataka cuisine has been satiated in more ways than one. Living in coffee plantations has its own charm and in both the […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • “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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • “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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]