Saturday, 14 May 2016

Goa: Our Favourite Holiday Destination

Our day starts in the morning 6.30 and ends up by 10 pm! Weekdays we are busy with office works and weekends are there for household chores. So we don't get time to relax and continuous works can make our life boring and monotonous and that's the time when you need a break and go for a vacation!

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Whenever me and my husband talks about vacation, the first destination we talk about is Goa! Yes, Goa is our dream destination. We may not agree on several topics but we always agree on holidaying at Goa. IF we visit 'n' number of times still it would be our favourite holiday destination. 


After our daughter born we visited Goa on 2013 in the month of November. Best time to visit Goa is in between October to February and more precisely I should say November to January is really pleasant time. During summer, it is really too hot to enjoy the beaches and in rainy season continuous rain can make trouble for you. I used to stay at Goa so very much familiar with its climate condition and accordingly we had planned our trip. 
We were traveling with our little girl so avoided public transport and took our own car. It was almost 12 hours journey including meal breaks. If anyone wants to avoid road trip, they can plan their trip via 
Airlines.



It was Friday early morning we started our journey from Bangalore. It was a thrilling experience when we were crossing western ghat. After a long journey we reached to our pre-booked resort in the evening. Resort was pretty cool and all the tiredness gone after taking a good shower. We took rest instead of going out. Next day early morning our eyes opened hearing the alarm. We got ready and went to see the sunrise in the sea beach. Our resort was nearby Bagator beach so went by rented bikes. Yes, in Goa you get rented bikes and enjoy the bike ride with less traffic and less pollution.


After coming back to resort had our breakfast and got ready for the next sightseeing. We went to Old Goa Church and had a wonderful time over there. Evening we went to the Miramar beach near Panjim (Capital of Goa) and famous Dona Paula. When we reached Miramar beach sun is just setting down, what a beautiful moment to cherish! I was wondering everyday sun rises and sun sets, but we are so busy in our life that we miss these moments. I think that's life...
Sunset at Miramar Beach

Aguada Fort

Next day our plan was to spend lot of time in beaches which makes Goa famous. By 9 o'clock we had our breakfast and went to Calangute, Anjuna and Baga beach. While playing in beach I was remembering the popular Bollywood song 'Samundar me naha ke aur bhi namkeen ho gayi'. We changed our dress in hotel and had our lunch with some famous sea food. Later we went to Aguada Fort and posed in front of camera ....Our vacation was about to get over so I was little upset thinking again we will go back to the square one. But that is the rule of life because vacation doesn't long last. It was time to head back to our home. Next morning we started our journey from Goa and returned back to Bangalore..

Calangute: Queen of Beaches



Though we got very short time span but we could cover most popular places with our little daughter. We wish to visit Goa once again very soon and explore the unexplored places of Goa.


Friday, 13 May 2016

Lassi / Sweet Lassi

Tuesday was the first movie date of mother and daughter ! Post mother day treat :P... Actually, I was thinking to take her for the The Jungle Book for last few days. But as usual I was tied up with my ad hoc work schedule and weekends are always busy with household chores or invitations. Finally, this Tuesday I could take her to the movie. It was 3D, so she was bit scary at times. Rest of the time she was talking too much instead of concentrating on movie. But I had a wonderful time reviving my memory of favourite childhood cartoon. It was thrilling experience and I was amazed. If you have not watched this movie I would suggest you to watch this movie in 3D. We went for noon show and when we are out from the movie hall it was terribly hot outside. After we came home, sat for sometime and decided to have some cool lassi.



You just need few ingredients to make this sweet lassi. Lassi is a thick yogurt based drink whereas Chaas or buttermilk is a diluted drink made from curd. Earlier I have shared the recipe of strawberry lassi. I would like share various types of lassi in future.

Lassi / Sweet Lassi

Ingredients

Thick Curd - 2 cups
Milk - 1/2 to 1 cup
Sugar - 2 to 3 tablespoon
Cardamom - 3 to 4 pods
Rose Essence - 1 or 2 drop (optional)

Procedure

1. Take thick curd in a big vessel and beat well.
2. No take the beaten curd in a blender and add sugar, blend well.
3. Take cardamom pods and remove the outer shell. Crush the cardamom seeds and add in the blender. Add milk (chilled preferably) and blend once again until frothy on top.
4. Finally, add a drop of rose essence and blend once again.


Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Sattu Ka Sharbat / Sattu Ka Namkeen Sharbat

Chane ka sattu a famous flour in Bihar and Jharkhand. Chane ka sattu is nothing but flour from roasted grams. Not only Bihar or Jharkhand, it is also famous in West Bengal, UP and MP. You can knead a dough of sattu with salt, onion and pickle and eat it with rice or puffed rice. It is tasty, healthy and nutritious too. In my maternal grand father's house I have seen my cousins drinking sattu ka meetha sharbat (will share the recipe later).



When I went to Kolkata for my graduation I first saw people drinking sattu ka namkeen sharbat like crazy. During my stay at Kolkata, I used to go tutions in the morning. Most of the times the roads were empty in the morning but I used to notice a crowd at a point everyday. Initially I used to think people are gambling with cards so I used to avoid that place and walk really faster to cross that part of the road. One day the crowd was less and my eyes automatically went their I saw a person sitting with two matkas (pot) of water, some lemons and lemon squeezer. I slowed my speed and noticed he is taking out some powder from a container putting in glass adding lemon juice some masala and finally adding water and serving to everyone. I explained the same thing to my mom over the phone, she said it is nothing but he is selling sattu ka sherbat. I did not have much courage to buy and drink the sharbat from him dur to my hygienic consciousness as a Microbiology student. When I went home during holidays I tried this and like it very much.

Sattu Ka Sharbat  / Sattu Ka Namkeen Sharbat

Ingredients (Per Glass)

Chana ka Sattu (Roasted Gram with skin Flour) - 2 to 3 tablespoon
Lemon Juice - 11/2 teaspoon
Black Salt - 1/2 teaspoon
Salt - 1/2 teaspoon
Roasted Cumin Powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Green Chili - 1/2 teaspoon, chopped (optional)
Water as required

Procedure

1. At first take sattu in a glass and add both salts and add little water. Stir and make a smooth paste.
2. Now add more water to fill the glass. Add lemon juice, roasted cumin powder and chopped green chili. Stir it properly and the sattu ka namkeen sharbat is ready.