India loves to pose – 17

India loves to pose series contains random pictures of people in different moods and gears captured during a moment in their story. I believe that behind every face lies a story. This lady had … [Read More...]

Vegetarian Recipes

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Paneer Tikka

Cottage Cheese coated with spices and grilled or shallow fried. This dish is very suitable to be served as a starter. Time Required: 20 Minutes Ingredients: 10 – 15 1” square pieces of … [Read More...]

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Papdi

Small round and flat deep-fried bread.  Papdi is used in preparation of many varieties of Chaats like Papdi Chaat, Masala Puri, Bhel Puri, and so on. Time Required: 20 Minutes … [Read More...]

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Praline

Praline is prepared using sugar and nuts.  This is used in cakes, pastries, and ice creams. Time Required: 10 minutes Ingredients: 1Cup Almonds or Cashew nuts 1Cup Sugar … [Read More...]

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Mango Lassi

Mango churned with sugar and yogurt.  A refreshing and thirst quenching drink. Time Required: 5 Minutes Ingredients: 1 ripe Mango 2 Cup Curds / Yoghurt 4tbsp Sugar A pinch of Salt … [Read More...]

Tomato Thokku

Tomato Thokku

Tomato Thokku is very popular in South India.  It is usually very spicy and goes very well when mixed with hot Rice and Ghee. Cuisine: South India Time Required: 20 Minutes Ingredients: 5 … [Read More...]

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Bread Dahi Bhalla

A tangy snack prepared using Bread and Yoghurt/Curds.  This is served as Chaats in India. Time Required: 30 Minutes Ingredients: 6 Bread slices 2tsp Meethi/Sweet Chutney 3 Cups Beaten … [Read More...]

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Alu Tikki Chaat

Alu Tikki Chaat is a tasty street food available all over North India.  It is fast catching up in South India too.  A Potato fritter is served layered with spicy, tangy. Ingredients: 1or 2 Alu … [Read More...]

Travel

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Kukkarahalli Lake – Mysore

My sister and me always had an extended summer holidays, as my uncle’s family from Delhi would be visiting Mysore every year for their summer holidays. Our holidays would end in May and their holidays … [Read More...]

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Jagdish Temple, Rajasthan

Om Jai Jagadisha Hare Swami Jai Jagdisha Hare Bhaktha janonke sankata Dasa jnonke sankata Kshaname door kare Om Jai Jagadisha Hare Meaning - Hail Lord Jagadish / Vishnu / king of the … [Read More...]

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Kunti Betta

Kunti Betta / hill was the destination for a cycling and rock climbing expedition during my college days. With non gear cycles like BSA-SLR, Hero, Nataraj etc., loads of determination, and … [Read More...]

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Karni Mata Temple

An unusual temple in Deshnoke is dedicated Karni Mata and attracts many devotees and curious tourists. Karni Mata temple is situated in Deshnoke, 30 Kms from Bikaner. Karni Mata is considered … [Read More...]

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Basillica of Bom Jesus, Goa

I had read and heard a lot about St. Francis Xavier’s mortal remains enshrined in the oldest church in India, the Basillica of Bom Jesus in Goa. When I got the opportunity to visit the … [Read More...]

Moti Dungri Fort

Moti Dungri Fort, Jaipur

Moti Dungri means Hills of Pearls and Moti Dungri Fort, Jaipur forms the backdrop for the beautiful Birla Mandir. The fortress was called Shankargarh (Shiva’s Home). Sawai Man Singh II … [Read More...]

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Bannerghatta National Park

Bannerghatta National Park spread over 25,000 acres was established in the year 1974. It is situated 22 km south of Bangalore, Karnataka at an altitude of 1245 to 1634 meters above sea level. If you … [Read More...]

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Gardening

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Crocodile Bark Tree

Plant Summary: The state tree of Goa is Crocodile Bark Tree belonging to family Combretaceae*. Botanical name of the tree is Terminalia Elliptica. The name is thus derived because the bark of the … [Read More...]

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Orchid Dendrobium Oshin

Plant Summary: The genus Dendrobium contains around 1000 species. Most of them are epiphytes (tree dwellers) and are found in tropical and sub-tropical regions. Flower types vary from being … [Read More...]

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Orchid Rhynchostylic Retusa

Rhynchostylic Retusa's common name in Rhyncho Orchid. This orchid is widely found in Western Ghats and Himalayas. It is a sturdy epiphytic orchid with fragrant flowers. The flowers are small … [Read More...]

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Four O Clock Flowers – Sanje Mallige

Plant Summary: “Sanje” means evening in Kannada and “Mallige” means Jasmine.   Since the flowers bloom at around four in the evenings and wilt by morning it is called as Sanje Mallige in Kannada and … [Read More...]

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Gomphrena

Also known as Globe Amaranth or Bachelor Button is an annual belonging to Amaranthaceae family.  It is known as Adike hoovu in Kannada, Rakthamallika in Sanskrit, Gul-e-makhmal Hindi, and Gundi in … [Read More...]

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Orchid Aerides Crispum

Orchid Aerides Crispum is widely grown in the western ghats of India. The flowers have a pleasant fragrance. The aerial roots are thick and absorb all the essential nutrients from the … [Read More...]

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Prickly Pear

This cactus grows wild all over South India. I saw them in bloom near Masinagudi and it was a pleasant site. In Kannada it is known as Dabbagalli and Vidara Vishvasaraka in Sanskrit. The botanical … [Read More...]

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