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South Indian Dishes Most People Don’t Know About

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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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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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Top 10 places to Visit in Pune

When people travel from Mumbai or some other place to Pune and ask you where to go in Pune to spend some quality time, I feel like most of the time people are black with the list of places which they can visit in Pune, and the first worry I have is – How am I going to entertain them or what should I suggest them to see.

Well, staying in a city like Pune and worrying about all this is not a problem anymore. Just take a look at top weekend getaways listed here, and I am sure you would be amazed to find out how much fun this city has to cover in.

  • Sinhagad Fort

One of the nice fort’s built by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaja. There is a  saying associated with Sinhagad fort ” Gad aala pan simha gela” in Marathi language it means “fort is conquered but Lion is lost”.

It is advisable to visit during the weekdays as weekends are very crowded. You can also enjoy the scenic drive way back along the backwaters of Khadakwasla dam.

  • Osho Auditorium

You must be wondering what Osho Auditorium is doing in this list at number 2 but let me tell you arrival of Osho to the Pune city gave it international flavour. The Osho International Meditation Resort has acquired international recognition among thousands of people around the world, and visitors comes to this place from more than 100 countries every year.

  • Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park

A Nice place to spend half a day in Pune as it is almost in the city. There are not many animals but its an open enclosure type park. Animals are well kept by the government officials. Nice to see them in their natural habitat type environment. Children enjoy watching zoo animals. The place is overall cleaned and maintained  but toilets are dirty.

Ticket line was of 200 persons when I visited this zoo
Also be prepared for walk of 4-6 kms. You can also opt for battery Operated car which is an option inside the park

  • Khadakwasla Dam

Khadakwasla is located near Pune city around 40min drive from center of town. This dam supply water to most of Pune city. There are two sides from where you can go to Khadakwasla dam, one road goes to Sinhagad fort and another one passes from NDA side which is also known as peacock bay.

One the Sinhagad road side you will find lots of food venders selling Bhel, Corn (Bhutta) and other stuff, nothing fancy all street stall kinds. If you want long peaceful drive then go on other side of this.
Good to visit in weekdays evening time, on weekends and Holidays this will be pack with people and cars, as roads are small you might stuck in a jam.

  • Okayama Friendship Garden

Pune-Okayama Friendship Garden or Pu La Deshpande Udyan is one of the largest garden located on Sinhagad Road in Pune, Maharashtra, India.

This place is very good for photo session and selfie, lots of beautiful trees and water lake in the middle of the garden which makes Okayama garden more beautiful. You can have a  good time over there with your family away from city noise and pollution.

  • Mulshi Dam

The Mulshi dam is one of the magical place far away from the hustle of the Pune city. The clouds, mountains and lake make this dam looks too beautiful and the water change color through the day. A great place to just sit down and watch nature’s painting on vast canvas.

Common people are not allowed inside the dam so you have to take a distant view of the dam.

  • ISKCON NVCC Temple

Iskon temples are known for their National and International Shri Krishna followers. This is very nice place to which reflects Vedic culture. The temple is designed beautifully and very clean and well maintained.

Attending 7 PM aarti at evening is highly recommended and enjoy free food which is very tasty.

Also there are shops where you can find number of matchless Gift, most of the items are related to Krishna. Govinda’s restaurant and a Govinda’s stall offers clean and freshly prepared food of all kinds(south Indian, north Indian, Chinese etc.) at very nominal price.

  • Darshan Museum

This Museum is about the life and teachings of Swami Revered Dada Vaswani and they are presented so beautifully in this museum that you will love it.

The museum play a 90 min 3D show on the life, times and teaching of Swami Vaswani both in Hindi and English.

Nicely maintained, clean and aesthetic place with heart touching simple messages of life. This is a place where we can find peace of mind free of cost

  • Neelkantheshwar

Neelkantheswar is a Hindu temple devoted to lord Shiva, which is about 40 minutes drive from Pune. This temple is situated on hill top so you need to do a lot of climbing to reach the temple.

The temple displays almost all Indian Mythology stories. The temple is having more than 200 scenes depicted. You will get a very beautiful views from hill top. Keep in mind to carry food items and edibles as you won’t find any up there.

  • Malshej Ghats

Known for its scenic view and waterfalls Malshej ghat is must to visit in the rainy season if you are around Pune or Mumbai. Enjoy several view points or  take a chance to stay at the MTDC (only residence in Malshej) and enjoy bonfire. Be it the first time or hundreds of time you will still feels as new and refreshing always. Don’t forget to get your natural car wash done.

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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.
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A story of lonely beach near Pune

Yaar lets go somewhere on this weekend is the easiest sentence we can say to our friends.

But planning a weekend trip in Mumbai or Pune is not easy.

Because everyone had already covered Lonavla, Khandala, Igatpuri and other locations near Pune & Mumbai.

Maharastra is a very beautiful place with beach, hills, mountains we get many options of trekking, camping  near rivers & Fort.

But this time i was looking for a peaceful weekend trip with my friends.

I was looking for nearby Mumbai, Pune weekend gateway

Places like Harihareshwar, Kashid, Alibagh, deviaghar.

Diveagar was shortlisted now.

The road trip was beautiful we left Saturday early morning 4.5 hours and we were there direct to beach.

How it was ? 

One of the most beautiful place i ever been as a traveler

In front of me a beautiful hill was hugging the sea with mirror reflection of the sun the sand was shining like gold and birds flying above me,

Many of turtles heading back to sea

What else do i need for my weekend road trip from mumbai & pune

Halfway to Lonavla.

I forgot everything just watching the nature.

Then we headed to checkin into Oceanic Resort that was luckily very close to beach hardly took 7 mins of walking.

We need to order the meals in advance as this place is non-commercialised only accommodated by helpful villagers and few places to have meal. The market is 3 km from Diveagar. So best is to order the meal before reaching.

Place is known for its sea food cooked in traditional way.

The village is covered with palm and coconut trees, with two old beautiful temples.

Few resorts are there but many of villagers do provide accommodations on reasonable prices.

After our meal we head back to the beautiful virgin beach of deviagar. The water was clear and beach was long we kept on walking to the edge of it and we found star fishes moving the sun was setting into the sea the beach was beautiful. The water sports gets closed just after sun set.

You can see our video and be one of us.

Do like comment & share if you are planning to visit it.

Feel free to ask me any question:

Don’t think yaar lets go 😎

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The Untouched Virgin Diveagar Beach

What comes to your mind when you hear about a place named diveagar, probably nothing (just like myself). Literally speaking, dive means “light” and agar means “orchards” and this place justifies its name to its core.
It’s a very beautiful and subtle place to spend your weekend.
We started our journey from Pune at 7:00am on Saturday, the morning was idyllic and so was our journey. We navigated through Pune- lonavala- route for diveagar.
This is a little longer route but who cares till the time you’re accompanied by your besties, smooth roads and a perfect destination to reach.
Finally, we reached diveagar at 1:00 pm, tripmeter showing 210 kms. It’s a small village with intense natural beauty. The locals here are mostly involved in coconut tree and Beatle nut tree cultivation.
We headed straight to our Hotel Oceanic, which is like 500m from the beautiful beach. The rooms were clear with all the amenities and facilities you can think of. They provided clean beddings, sheets, and towels. Resort has western style toilets with 24*7 hot water supply. Windows are broad giving you a mesmerising view of the beautiful village. Oceanic also provided us with the facility to enjoy a bonfire, which totally made our day. The caretaker lady is very friendly and runs a small in-house kitchen which serves delicious vegetarian and non-veg food.
After having our lunch at Patil’s house, we headed straight to the beach and trust me it’s one of the best beaches I’ve ever been to. We all were mesmerised by its beauty and the view, it felt like being in lap of mother nature, away from all noise and hectic urban life.
There were very few people on the beach, as it was noon time. There are options for water sports like banana ride, parasailing, Jet ride etc.
The water was crystal clear and would give you a perfect reflection of yourself. We got ourselves wet in the water, enjoyed some fresh coconut water and planned to come back in the evening after having some rest.
Around 7:00 pm, as planned we came back to the beach. Sky was clear and soothing- Sun was about to set peacefully in the Arabian sea.

As the sun sets, the entire water-logged sandy surface turns into a natural mirror. Some people were enjoying their drive by the Sea, as here you are allowed to drive your vehicle on the beach, provided you don’t get  yourself stuck in the sand.
Standing in middle of the beach, on my right I could see people enjoying water sports while on the other side, Sea birds were on their way back from the beach.

Overall, we had a wonderful experience and enjoyed our trip a lot. You must take out time from your busy schedule and do explore this heavenly beauty.