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South Indian Dishes Most People Don’t Know About

south Indian food

Indian cuisine encompasses a wide variety of regional and traditional dishes because of its much diversified culture, spices and geo locations. It is best known for spices, and mouthwatering tastes. The food not only appeals your taste buds, but also your eyes. 

 

South Indian cuisine includes the dishes of the five southern states of India: Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Telangana.

The similarities among these five states are the inclusion of rice as a staple food and use of lentils,  spices, red chilies, fresh green chilies, coconut, and native fruits and vegetables.

Some of the most common South Indian Dishes include Dosa, Idly, Bonda, Sambhar, Vada etc, but wait, there are many of the south Indian Dishes which exist but not so popular. To taste them you need to visit the place from where they belong. Most of these dishes are not served in many of the south Indian restaurants across India. South Indian food does not means only Sambhar Dosa and Idli. Let me introduce you to some uncommon south Indian Dishes.

 1) Kozhukkatta

Kozhukkatta

Kozhukkatta

It is a sweet dish from Kerala shaped like the dumpling made from rice flour which has the filling of Jaggery and Coconut inside. Yumm! This dish is traditionally made for Ganesh Chaturthi in Maharashtra as well. Looking at this mouthwatering dish will remind you how Po in Kung Fu Panda does when he’s near dumplings.

 

2) Manga Perukku

Manga Perukku

Manga Perukku

This is an appetizer or an accompaniment for lunch. It’s made with raw mangoes, coconut, mustard seeds, etc. It is a traditional Kerala dish especially in areas of Palakkad. Fires up your taste buds like nothing else.

 

3) Puttu

Puttu

Puttu

Basically rice powder and grated coconut steamed in layers in a cylindrical vessel. Puttu is a prime breakfast in Kerala and Sri Lanka. There are many types of Puttu available. Variations are made in the coconut, banana, meat, fish, etc. and the rice powder can be replaced with ragi, corn, wheat, etc. It is usually eaten with black gram curry, pappadams and banana.

 

4) Sukhiyan

Sukhiyan

Sukhiyan

Sukhiyan is a deep fried traditional Kerala tea time snack made from Green gram or peas and Mung bean, coconut and Jaggery filling. This is a highly nutritious food because the mung bean is a rich source of low-fat protein and fiber.

 

5) Pazhampori

Pazhampori

Pazhampori

In Malayalam pazham means Banana and pori means fry, thus the name Pazhampori. This however these are not the regular banana which we get from the market, This special banana is readily available in the local market only. The plantain species of banana is used for making this delicious sweet snack. Pazhampori or Banana Fritters is generally had in the evening with a hot cup of tea.

 

6) Pakarkaai Pitlai(Bitter gourd pitlai)

Pakarkaai Pitlai(Bitter gourd pitlai)

Pakarkaai Pitlai(Bitter gourd pitlai)

Many of us hate bitter gourd for its taste like me 🙂 , but this is one tasty and healthy dish. In Kerala and some parts of Kanyakumari people makes two dishes using bitter gourd, which tastes great. Let me share some facts about Bitter gourd:

  • Bitter gourd is used in diabetics treatment which brings down the sugar level.
  • It is also a blood purifier.
  • Bitter gourd is the excellent source of the vitamin.

This dish ‘Pakarkaai Pitlai‘ is usually had along with rice and ghee.

 

7) Paruppu Usili

Paruppu Usili

Paruppu Usili

This is a traditional dish which pairs well with Vatha Kuzhambhu and Mor Kuzhambhu. You can eat this either as an accompaniment to rice or mix with rice and take morkozhambhu as accompaniment. This one is a tasty and protein rich dish. The main ingredient of this dish is dal and vegteables like beans, plantain flower or cabbage.

 

8) Mor Kozhambhu

Mor Kozhambhu

Mor Kozhambhu

Morkuzhambu is one of the instant Kuzhambu varieties that do not need much efforts for preparation. It is taken with rice and paruppu usili. You can add pumpkin, Okra or sundaikkai also known as turkey berry. This is a simple, tasty, and traditional dish made at home especially during festive seasons.

 

9) Kancheepuram Idli

Kancheepuram Idli

Kancheepuram Idli

As you see in the image it is neither a regular shaped Idli nor the taste and it is a Rava Idli which we usually don’t get anywhere in but in Kancheepuram it is famous and yes, it is steamed with tumblers.

 

10) Mutton and Egg Dosa

Mutton and Egg Dosa

This is dosa topped with an egg and fried spicy mutton. The best in the list I’d say. Better than any pizza you could have. If you are in Kerala you must try this local dish and I am sure you will fall in love with it.

 

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Travel Tips

All in one Female Travel Packing Checklist For India

packing checklist for india

India is a country with varied landscape and climatic conditions. Our rich heritage and culture attracts millions of tourists across globe to visit India. It is famous for its natural beauty and for spiritual enlightenment.

If you are planning your vacation in India, then you must be ready with vacation packing checklist. One general tip is to keep your bag as light as possible. You should keep clothes that will suit all climatic conditions.

If you are planning your stay in hilly or mountainous region keep something warm with you. Carry light clothes which are easier to wash and dry. Mostly you have to hand wash clothes while trekking. As per my travel experience I am jotting down few tips-

General Tips: Clothing

  • Carry 3-4 light full sleeves T-shirts as they are easy to wash and dry.
  • Always carry a large piece of cloth or scarf to cover your face from dust and light.
  • Carry 1-2 dark coloured jeans so that they can be used for extended period.
  • Keep at least 3 pairs of socks to cover your feet from sun tan and mosquito bites.
  • Pack 3-4 sets of leggings as they can be worn on multiple occasions.
  • Carry enough sets of inner wares (4-5 sets).
  • Keep 1 jacket if you are planning for colder treks like Himalayas.
  • One or two skirts or dresses for party and special gatherings.

HealthCare/Skincare

  • Apply mosquito repellent to all the visible part of the body.
  • Carry your sunglasses all the time.
  • Never forget to apply sun screen specially if you are planning to travel in summers.
  • Always consult your doctor for prescription before travelling for any kind of infection and allergies.
  • Keep 2 packs of pads for emergency situation and keep 1-2 loose in your handbag pocket.

Toiletries

  • Razors and lather cream should be a must in your packing list.
  • Toothbrush with covered lid and toothpaste.
  • Shampoo and conditioner of your choice.
  • Paper Soap is also very important thing.
  • You will sweat a lot in India, you keep Deodorants and perfumes.
  • Comb and hair bands.
  • Bathing soap with a covered case.
  • 2-3 hand towels and 2 full body towel.

Footwear

  • 1 pair of comfortable sport shoes to travel.
  • 1 set of sandals to match up your dresses.
  • 1 pair of flip-flops for beaches and daily wear.

 

Safety Gadgets:

  • Keep a cable lock for your suitcases
  • Carry a cash belt to safely carry your cash.
  • Pepper spray to handle unwanted situations

Entertainment/Electronic Gadgets:

  • Camera or DSLR to capture your beautiful moments.
  • IPad or Kindle to read books for time pass.
  • Headphones to enjoy music while travelling.

I have tried to jot down all the important vacation packing checklist. Enjoy your stay to the fullest and we welcome you to visit the incredible India.

 

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Travel Travel Tips

Places to Visit in Goa During New Year

Goa

We are about to say goodbye to year 2016 and I am sure most of us are planning a trip to celebrate the year ahead of us. Now can you guess a place with cheap booze and awesome sea beaches? Yes, the answer is Goa.  For all the Goa lovers and travellers, I am jotting down exclusive places that you must visit.

Baga Beach

For accommodation I will suggest get a room near Baga beach. There are a lot of cheap guest houses and hotels near the beach. To be more accurate get a room near the Tito’s lane. Baga beach is one of the most commercialized beaches with great crowd. You can find many local shops selling clothes, beach wears, chappals, hats, jewellery and what not. You can also find tattoo shops to get a fancy tattoo.

You can find a variety of restaurants on the beach offering delicious veg and non veg food. Most of the restaurants have sea food as a speciality. Candle light dinner on the beach is a must for all the people who are travelling with their loved ones.

You can also enjoy a variety of water sports at standard rates .These include boating, para sailing, jet skiing, banana ride etc. It also features clubs like Tito, Love sex and karma etc so you can booze, dance and enjoy the awesomeness at one place.

Anjuna Beach

Anjuna beach is a heavenly abode on occasions like New Year celebration and Christmas Eve. A visit during a full moon night adds a natural add-on to the beautiful beach. Place is famous for great tourist attraction.

 Wednesday Flea market

Is something you should jot down in your list of places to visit in Goa.It features a variety of snacks and goods from Tibet, Gujarat and Kashmir. Things like imported electrical and handicrafts are easily available here. You can also find t-shirts with pictures famous singers and rock brands.

Here also, you can find all kind of sports activity to rejoice and have fun.

Chapora Fort

Chapora fort is the famous fort featured in movie ‘Dil chahta hai’ .It is one of the masterpieces of Portuguese architecture and art. From the top you can have an eye-catching view of beautiful Goa. If you are fond of fishing do visit Chapora Village, giving you stress relief of soul and mind.

Calangute Goa

Calangurte beach is the largest beach in North Goa.It is a great tourist attraction during Christmas and New Year. It is a heaven for party lovers with a variety of pubs and clubs around the place. It is very famous for its awesome crowd and best nightlife. It is among the top ten bathing beaches in the world and is heavily crowded both during day and night. This beach is also popular as the ‘Queen beach’ of goa.

So, pack your bags and be ready for Go Goa!!!

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Travel Tips

5 Safety Tips for a Solo Traveller in India

5 Safety tips for solo traveller to be kept in mind while travelling in India which is a beautiful country sculpturing a variety of scenic beauty and ample of places to travel. Travelling is not just a hobby but it’s an experience. This post is all about how to travel safe and cheap across the globe with your backpack.

  • Inform Your Friends

The first thing is to inform at least one person about your travel. Be it your best buddy or your spouse or sibling. This acts as a backup for your safety. Before leaving for your solo expenditure take photocopies copies of your voter ID, Aadhaar card, train and flight tickets, hotel booking etc in advance and keep scanned copies in your mailbox.

  • Avoid Shared food

As every typical Indian parent would say “Don’t accept eatables from strangers” and do follow your instincts .It is very important that if you are not feeling comfortable talking to some stranger avoid it. Don’t trust people blindly and stay aware.

  • Tip for Train

If you are travelling by train, prefer booking upper berth and keep your valuable luggage like laptops, Ipad etc with you. I would suggest not wearing expensive shoes if travelling by train as there are chances of theft.

  • Money Keeping

Always keep your money segregated at 2-3 places. Keep small change for your local expense and keep larger amount hidden in your inner wear or socks. Don’t carry expensive and fancy bags which can lure robbers. Avoid keeping money in back pocket as it is easy to steal.

  • Travelling in Cab

Keep your friend posted about your location time to time. While travelling by a cab always take photo of the car number plate .Now a days you can also add emergency contact and share all your ride details with that contact.

  • Stay at Hotel

Always check for the room where you are staying and prefer renounced places. You should always check the reviews first for the play of stay. To visit the local places, enquire with the person at front desk or caretaker .They can tell you the safe places to travel.

  • Avoid secluded places

Be prepared for anything. Always remember that your life and safety is more valuable than materialistic thing. One important thing is to carry a pepper spray in your bag. Don’t go for secluded places alone. Have confidence and you can enjoy your travel.

In a nutshell, stay alert and travel safe. Keep above tips in mind and have a wonderful travel experience.

 

Happy travelling

Travel Video

An Adventurous and memorable trip to Della Adventure Resort Lonavala

Della Adventure Resort is a luxurious and adventure resort situated in the beautiful region of Lonavala. It’s around 77 Kms from Pune International airport and 92 Kms from Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport.

For all those who are looking for single day adventurous trip Della Adventure is the best place to spend your day. You can spend quality time with your friends and family enjoying multiple exciting lifetime activities.

It provides over 70+ activities varying every age group interests. It offers two kinds of passes – day pass and a jumbo pass. A day pass includes 50+ adrenaline pumping adventure activities excluding few activities like bungee jumping, ATV, long flying fox etc. A jumbo pass provides you all activities unlimited.

Some of the most eye catching activities include Swoop saving, Flying fox, Rocket Ejector, Paint ball, Buggy ride ,Aqua Zorb etc.If you are an adventure and courageous person do go for Bungee trampoline .

If you are a pet lover then you will be amazed to find a variety of pets like dogs, horses and jersey cow. They have beautiful horses and you can go for an amazing horse ride.Looking at calm jersey cow with their white and brown patched skin will definitely remind you of our villages .One interesting fact is that cows are named after actresses.

The  best part of the day is dog walk .It features a variety of dogs like Great Dane, pug, Labrador and my favourite St.bernard .Walk with St.bernard  -‘Joe’ was the most mesmerizing moment for me and I highly recommend going and meeting this lovely mate.

They provide you orange juice as a welcome drink to refresh your journey. Outside food is not allowed in resorts. Della offers 5 multi cuisine restaurants – Parsi Dhaba, Sports bar, Café 24,PNF Restaurant & bar and Crème Della. We had our food at Parsi Dhaba which serves delicious and authentic Parsi as well as Punjabi style food. Food is a little costly but it can be managed as the place is amazing .

One more advice is to carry your own water bottle and fill it from inside. Water bottle inside resort costs 130 bucks.

The best time to visit Della is on your birthday as the resort gives free pass to birthday boy/girl and an additional 15% off to the family or friends accompanying.Overall, it is a must to go place specially for people living nearby in Pune and Mumbai.

Tips from Yaar lets go

  •  Take your own water bottle as cost inside is 130 bucks.
  •  Avoid visit during monsoons.
  •  Wear sport shoes for adventurous activities
  •  Food @ Parsi restaurant is highly recommended compared to other 4 outlets.
  •  Check for discounts and offers on Della website before your visit.
  •  As mentioned earlier, visit during birthday and carry a DOB proof with you.
  •  If you want to stay, look for hotels in Lonavala as Della is a 5 star property and costs a fortune.