Kite Fever In Ahmedabad: A Photo Story On Uttarayan

The best time to visit Ahmedabad (anywhere in Gujarat, actually) is during Uttarayan or Makara Sankranti, in my humble opinion. That is when the citizens go all out to enjoy themselves, when the kite mania is on, when you get to see the city in a whole new avatar. This is apart from the Navratri season, when the city is decked up at its glorious best, of course.

Read my post about Uttarayan and the kite fever in Ahmedabad, just in on my photo blog!

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#SmartlyOwn With #Rentomojo

Recently, I had the opportunity to be part of a bloggers’ meet by Rentomojo, an event that turned out to be quite an interesting and enlightening one.

What is Rentomojo, you ask? Well, it is a new ‘made in India’ venture, a platform that allows you to rent bikes, furniture and household appliances in exchange for a nominal ‘Rental Monthly Instalment’ (RMI). The idea is based on the way the modern youth thinks and the way their career paths commonly seem to evolve.

Read all about Rentomojo, the new way to smartly own, in my latest post!

Rose-Flavoured Bonda Sherbet| Tender Coconut Drink From Udupi-Mangalore

In the pretty coastal areas of Udupi and Mangalore, ‘bonda’ does not just mean a deep-fried snack that tastes delicious. ‘Bonda‘ is what tender coconut is called in these regions. Bonda sherbet is a beautiful, refreshing drink that you get in these parts of Karnataka, made with tender coconut water and lemon.

This Valentine’s season, I present to you bonda sherbet with a twist – the same beautiful-tasting drink with the hint of rose to it. The rose makes for a lovely addition, I have discovered, to the sherbet, making it all the more delightful. You’ve got to try this out!

Check out the recipe, just in on my photo blog!

Home-Made Garam Masala| Indian Spice Mix

Very recently, I got around to making garam masala from scratch at home, with help from an online recipe. It was an eye-opener, a revelation!

Home-made garam masala smells so much fresher, so much better than the packaged version! You need just about 1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground masala in a dish in which you might have used 3-4 teaspoons of store-bought masala earlier – it’s that powerful! There is no way I am picking up garam masala off a supermarket store shelf any more!

Check out the recipe I used, just in on my photo blog!

Ponk Vada| Hurda Vada| Tender Jowar (Sorghum) Fritters

On our recent visit to Ahmedabad, I got my first-ever taste of ponk, and absolutely loved it. I even managed to get some back to Bangalore, which I used to make vadas. Crispy, delicious, deep-fried balls of goodness are what these ponk vadas turned out to be! We thoroughly enjoyed snacking on them, alongside our evening tea.

Check out the recipe, just in on my photo blog!

One Morning, In Wayanad

Since long, the husband and I had been craving for a vacation where we did absolutely nothing.

As we got a chance, recently, off we took to Wayanad, to stay in one of the many homestays there. To just be, and do nothing else.

It’s a different story that the bub didn’t let us just be at the homestay, and we had to head out for some sightseeing just to keep her entertained – not that we didn’t have fun in the process. 😛

Another story is that the drive back home to Bangalore from Wayanad took us 12 hours – the double of what it takes usually – thanks to crazy traffic. We ended up more exhausted than ever, but still, I am glad we managed to see a new place.

My first post about our trip to Wayanad is up on my photo blog. Walk through a home plantation with me, here!

Khichdi, Etc., Ahmedabad: Serving Khichdi Varieties From Around The Globe

‘There is a new restaurant in Prahladnagar that serves over 20 varieties of khichdi. You must visit!,’ one of our family acquaintances told me, when we were in Ahmedabad recently. Being the big fans of khichdi that the husband and I are, we were excited to hear this. We wanted to check this place out, for sure. And so, one evening, we geared up and headed to this eatery – called Khichdi, Etc. – to explore.

Check out my detailed post about our experience at Khichdi, Etc!

Daal Bafauri| Zero Oil Recipe From Chattisgarh

The theme for this month’s Shhhhh Cooking Secretly Challenge is ‘Recipes from Chattisgarh’. From the multitude of very interesting dishes that the state of Chattisgarh has to offer, I chose to make a light, steamed snack called Daal Bafauri. This dish uses absolutely zero oil and is, hence, perfect for the aged and infirm, weight watchers, and children alike. It tastes lovely, and makes for a perfect tea-time snack. What’s more, it is very, very simple to put together as well.

Check out the recipe, just in on my photo blog!