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My Amritsar Diaries: The Golden Temple,Street Eats & A Recipe

A vist to The Golden Temple Amritsar had been on my “Must Visit List” for quite many years now,amongst various other destinations in India.We have recently relocated to India for awhile and the hubs and me have been bitten by the weekend travel bug.More specifically the long weekend travel bug,almost as though it is now imperative to have a travel plan in order albeit a short one.This is precicesly what did just last weekend. The Golden Temple Amritsar (also known as the  Harimandir Sahib) is not only  a prime religious place of the Sikhs, but also a symbol of human brotherhood and equality. Everybody, irrespective of cast, creed or race can seek spiritual solace and religious fulfilment without any hindrance. It also represents the distinct identity, glory and heritage of the Sikhs. HOW TO GET TO AMRITSAR: We choose to fly to Delhi and then flew to Amritsar after having spent a couple of days in Delhi. There are direct flights from Mumbai-Amritsar as well. You may choose to even try travelling by train or bus …

Worth Switching to Fortune Rice Bran Oil: Subz Kheema with Paneer & Soya

        An eternal debate for me has been making a conscious and healthy choice with regards to the Cooking Oil I use in my kitchen.For many of us seem baffled with the various alternatives available on the supermarket shelves and in stores. I for one have  been using Sunflower Oil for some time now and have been on the look out for a lighter and a healthier alternative. Having moved to Mumbai just about a year ago, I’d been following many debates on the best medium of Cooking Oil.All though  one may argue and have multiple views on this topic.I’m very conscious of the Oil used for regular cooking in my kitchen as using good Cooking Oil is of prime importance for my family’s well being.That said and coupled with some extensive research made me realise that it was perhaps time to explore using Rice Bran. And just as well,this 5 kg pack of Rice Bran Oil arrived from Fortune Foods last week.     Rice Bran Oil is extracted from the rice …

Sprouted & Curried Mung (Moogachi Usal)

This is total comfort food for me. Especially after a hectic week in the kitchen with cooking workshops and recipe testing. The inner foodie in me craves simple and soul food.. Sprouted and curried Moong or better know as Moogachi Usal in Maharastra. This delicacy can be made with any beans such as Moong or red beans commonly known as matki in India. Generally the beans are soaked in water and allowed to sprout. The sprouted beans are stir fried along with onions, spices and curry leaves in oil. Little water is put to cook the sprouts or alternatively the sprouted beans could be parboiled in water in advance. I’m reminded of the magic beans in ” Jack in the Bean Stalk”.These beans once soaked over night seems to sprout quite like magic the next day.The best way to sprout them is drain off the water and wrap the Moong in a kitchen towel and keep them covered with a lid on in a warm dark place.The kitchen oven works great for me. They sprout in about a couple of days …