Saturday, April 12, 2014

Jungfrau, Switzerland and Traveller's Khichdi!

Note - This post was in draft for more than 2 years now! :)

Day 3

We stayed over in Interlaken to take the morning train to Jungfrau. We went via Lauterbrunnen to Kleine Scheidegg. This ride is also scenic - picture postcard like!

Lauterbrunnen valley - oh so scenic!

Near Wengen - looks like a painting, is n't it?

Kleine Scheidegg - where we change trains to catch the luxury special train to Jungfrau!

Jungfrau view

Jungfrau view - the tour ends there where you can see the tiny people below..we did not realize that we will also reach there! :)

View from Jungfrau

Jungrau range

View from where the tiny people in the picture above were being seen.

As we walks towards the ice sculpture exhibition

Ice Sculptures...just wow!

Up in Jungfrau we found this Indian restaurant - Bollywood
Indian restaurant in Jungfrau...
Chicken Curry, Rice and Papadum in Jungfrau Restaurant
Chocolates in Jungfrau Restaurant
View on our return ride to Kleine Scheidegg - a surprisingly beautiful ride comes to an end!

My desire to see a film shoot in Switzerland came true! What if it is not a Bollywood movie, it was an Asian movie. If anyone knows which movie this is, please share.

Pretty, ain't it? I can almost imagine a Bollywood song being shot here with the heroine is a soft-colored Chiffon saree serenading the heroe! :)))

Ingredients

Rice - 1.5 cups
Turmeric - 1 tsp
Chilli Powder - 1/4 tsp
Garam Masala - 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds - few pinches

Mix them all together in a zip-loc bag and seal it.
If you can, I recommend to carry a small bottle of hot pickle to serve as a side-item with this Khichdi.Or Papads can be roasted on the stove!

In your destination, remember to add the following to your grocery list as well as some pickle if you did not carry it.

Canned\Frozen Vegetables - 1 to 2 cups
Butter - 2-3 tbsp(You can use Canola Oil if you have that available - when traveling, I usually buy Butter only since we need that for breakfast - serves double purpose.)


Method

Heat a pan and add Butter.
As it melts, add the veggies and cook them in Medium heat.

When the veggie is cooked, add the Rice-mix and mix well. Cook the Rice and Veggie mix like this for another 5-10 mins till the Rice looks translucent.

Add about 4 cups of water and let it boil in High heat.
After the water boils, reduce the heat to Medium and cover the dish. It should be done in the next 5-10 mins. Serve hot with Pickle\Papad. Add a dash of butter on top if you like.

Cherry Blossom 2014

“When spring came, even the false spring, there were no problems except where to be happiest. The only thing that could spoil a day was people and if you could keep from making engagements, each day had no limits. People were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were as good as spring itself.” 
A time of the year when I feel joyous and energized by looking at the Cherry blossoms. They don't last long, the very next rain will wash them away. Got to visit Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial yet again and Martin Luther King memorial for the first time last weekend. It was scenic and pleasant.

Quote in Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial



Jefferson Memorial

Washington Monument in the background

Martin Luther King Memorial with Washington Monument in the background

Martin Luther King Memorial - "Out of the Mountain of Despair, a stone of hope"


Saturday, July 6, 2013

Egg Chop \ Egg Pakora

This is another popular street food of Bhubaneswar. Not sure about the street flavors of this dish since I have always had it home-made. My MIL used to make it for my nephew and niece and they love it. During a recent party menu-planning, I remembered this dish and gave it a shot. It turned out quite well, to be honest. The only problem is you will have to make it as close to your eating time as possible, so that you enjoy it hot and crisp when the flavor is fully there. This is another kids-favorite recipe -enjoy!


Ingredients
Eggs about 12-15

Besan - 1.5 cups
Garam Masala - 1 tsp
Amchur - 1 tsp (or as per taste)
Salt - as per taste
Sugar - a pinch
Baking Soda - 1/8 tsp
Ajwain - a pinch (aids digestion of deep-fried food, prevents heart-burn)

Canola Oil - for deep frying 

Method

Layer the eggs in a saucepan and fill with cold water so the eggs are fully covered in water. Bring to a boil in high heat. Reduce heat to Medium and let it simmer for another 5 mins. Cover and keep aside for the eggs to continue cooking. When the container becomes room temperature or easy to handle, remove the water and peel the eggs. (This was Rachael Ray's tip for perfect boiled eggs.)

Chop the eggs into halves length-wise.

Make a batter of the remaining ingredients (except oil and baking soda). Keep the consistency thick so that it will stick to the slippery egg. Add the baking soda to the batter just before dipping the eggs in the batter and mix the batter well. Note - If there is more batter than you need, keep it aside before adding the baking soda; the batter lasts longer (one of my friend's mom's tip).

Heat the oil. Drop in one egg piece at a time gently so that the oil does not splatter and burn your hand, etc.

If there is time before you eat, keep it warm in oven at 175 degrees F. Don't microwave it else the egg may turn rubbery and the crispiness of the outer shell will no longer be there.

 
Serve with Tomato ketchup, slice of Onion and Lime. Chilli Sauce would also be a good accompaniment.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Home-made Paneer Spread


I am surprised that I have not posted this recipe so long. Quite rightly, this may have been my very first attempt at preparing a food. We used to have a class dedicated to crafting called SUPW (Socially Useful Productive Work) - every parent's nightmare to help their kids excel in this subject. :)

If I remember right, it was during 7th or 8th grade that girls were assigned to make a sandwich. My cousin had provided a certain version of this sandwich and it was a huge hit. After that, me and my mom must have made it a few times before we lost track of it and did not make it. Fast forward to me hosting a baby shower after almost 15 years and while deciding the menu, this spread came to mind. It is quite easy to make and assemble - something that both kids and grown-ups like! Ever since, if I am organizing a party with people of mixed tastes and palatte, this sandwich is a safe bet! Try it - am sure you won't regret it... :)


Ingredients

White Bread - 2 large packs (using a fine knife, chop off the edges - if you don't want to waste the edges, toast them and prepare bread-crumb to store for later use)

Paneer - 3/4 cup
American Cucumber - 1 large (Remove the seeds)
Tomato - 1/2 medium (Remove the seeds and liquid - we want the flesh alone)
Onion - 1/4 th of a small-sized

Salt - as per taste
Black Pepper - this gives the entire flavor to the spread - I like to put almost 1/2 tsp but go easy if kids will be eating it as well - for the first time, I would put 1/4th tsp or even lesser at a time and stop when the flavor is just right for your taste-buds

Preparation

Except the Bread, blend the rest of the ingredients till it results in a smooth flavorful spread. The Tomato gives the spread a beautiful Pinkish color.
 
Assembling the Sandwich involves preparing the Bread by chopping off the edges and spreading the above spread on one side of each bread. Cut them again into halves (as shown in pic) or triangles. 

Enjoy the soft delectable Sandwiches!! :)

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Cherry Blossoms - shining like the stars!!

Just an odd pic taken during an evening walk .. Wish the blossoms were a constant fixture, the world would be beautiful!