Monkey Business At Pookode Lake, Wayanad

We had mixed feelings as we walked through Pookode Lake, one of the most famed tourist attractions in Wayanad, recently.

Join me in a virtual tour of Pookode, on my photo blog!


Bhavnagari Marcha Nu Athanu|Instant Red Chilli Pickle

I have often waxed eloquent about just how abundant and beautiful winter produce is. Our recent visit to Ahmedabad happened to be in the middle of winter, when the vegetables and other seasonal produce was all over the markets, at their glorious best. We had our fill of them, of course, and even managed to bring some back home to Bangalore.

I picked up some gorgeous, bright red chillies while in Ahmedabad, locally called ‘Bhavnagri marcha‘. Though these chillies are largely used to make stuffed pickles, I didn’t do that. Instead, I used them in a North Indian-style pickle, Bhavnagari Marcha Nu Athanu. The family loved it to bits! The pickle disappeared within mere days of the making, and I am pretty sure I’m going to be making it many more times!

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

Around Meenakshi Amman Temple, Madurai: A Photo Story

Most everything in the town of Madurai revolves around the famous Meenakshi Amman temple.

The temple surroundings buzz with activity, frenetic with the comings and goings of locals and tourists alike. The place wears the look of a fair ground, especially so on the days of Indian festivals. Today, in my latest blog post, I present to you some sights we captured from around the famed Meenakshi Amman temple, on our camera.

Check out the post here!


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!


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!


Postcards From Karalad Lake, Wayanad

The beautiful, serene Karalad lake turned out to be one of my most favourite spots in Wayanad.

Take a virtual walk around the lake with me, via my latest blog post!



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!


Ponk Bhel| Hurda Bhel| Tender Jowar (Sorghum) Bhel

‘Ponk’, for the uninitiated, is the Gujarati name for immature grains of jowar, available only in the months between December and February in parts of Gujarat and Maharashtra. In Gujarat, they are all over Surat, and Ahmedabad gets a few truckloads from there, which are hungrily grabbed by the locals within minutes. Known in Marathi as ‘hurda‘, these grains are packed with nutrition and highly delicious. They can be used to make a variety of delicacies, from bhel and vada to cakes.

On our recent visit to Ahmedabad, we landed right in the midst of ponk season, I managed to get my hands on some and even carried a little back home to Bangalore. I made some beautiful ponk bhel with the first batch.

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


Postcards From Meghalaya: Pineapples In The Wild

Have you ever eaten pineapples in the wild? Sitting by a gushing waterfall? We had the opportunity to do just that, while we were holidaying in Meghalaya earlier this year.

Read all about this beautiful experience, just in on my photo blog!