Traditionally, the kheer is a rice pudding made by boiling rice in milk and sweetened with sugar or jaggery. In this kheer we replace the rice with carrots.
For as you read this post, I am walking in the lush landscape of Munnar after having traipsed through the lanes of Fort Kochi and will probably head to Thiruvananthapuram or Kanyakumari as the week comes to an end.
Minimal use of spice and hassle free cooking make this doi chicken or chicken in yogurt sauce a healthy, tasty and easy to make dish. Perfect for those learning to cook and those looking for a quick weeknight dinner.
Fans of Greek mythology have often been fascinated with ‘the Oracle’. And with yours truly and the elder sister being ‘almost fans’, we were giddy with delight when the brother-in-law pointed out that the famed seat of Pythia the Oracle, said to have been consulted for all important decisions in ancient times, was just a few hours away in Delphi.
Do you have a napkin or a small towel handy? If not, perhaps you want to grab one. Because reading about Greek food – be it an in-depth exploration of the cuisine or simply a traveller’s list of what to eat – is nothing short of a drool-icious journey.
Have you wondered how some cities leave a mark on you – in the good way – for life. Such has been the case with Brussels where we had a layover – we were travelling from Amsterdam to Paris – and that was enough time to fall in love and put it on our ‘must visit again’ list. And Athens.
Reminiscent of the traditional kebab eaten in India – and part of Middle Eastern cuisine – the souvlaki is seasoned, biteable pieces of meat grilled on a skewer and served with pita wrap, garnishes and fried potatoes.
“Wait! What? Fifty countries at 33 and he has managed that while he works? Are you kidding me! How? Is travelling his job? Can he get me a job like his? Which places has he travelled to? How does he decide on his travel destinations? Where is he off to next?”
Mention Olympics Games now and I will spend a healthy few minutes talking about the spectacular Panathenaic Stadium in Athens. The gleaming marble of the stadium, the podium for winners and the Olympic Games symbol etched on the ground, the atmosphere here is one of passion – the passion to achieve, to succeed and win!
I will forever be indebted to the hostess at the Moma Rest & Cafe on Adrianou Street, Athens, who introduced me to the wonderful union of Greek dips and freshly baked pita bread. Thank you!
Closed my eyes, took a deep breath, succumbed to a cheek splitting grin and ticked Athens off my ‘travel wish list’. And in the same breath, added the city to my ‘visit again’ list. Literally the first thing I did after returning home from a whirlwind 3 day trip to the grand old city of Athens.
Each year, our neighbour sends over a platter of fasting goodies. It is on this platter that I discovered the singhada ka halva or Indian water chestnut halva.
In a span of 4 years and a few months, Bansari, a Gujarati, moved to Kathmandu with her husband, learned Nepali, started writing poetry in the newly learned language, wrote and performed a play in this new language and is now teaching theatre!
Travelling with a group of strangers can be a challenge for everyone involved and a learning experience too. Depending on the kind of people you’ve been thrown in with, you might forge friendships for life or have your patience tested by a self-centred travelling duo.
Continuing from the gastronomic delight that the food trail had been, one would think I was done with my food adventures in Scotland. Tsk tsk… never underestimate the capacity of a food-loving traveller.