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Moroccan grilled chicken recipe

On festive days, you do not need to go to a restaurant always! Rather, you can cook some delicious dishes at your home. It’s far better to have fun with your family and friends at your home rather than going outside. We love chicken recipes. Chicken dishes are so easy to prepare and it takes a little time to cook. So I and Supratim tried this Moroccan grilled chicken recipe at home following the Sananda magazine. It really tastes good!

Moroccan grilled chicken is a flavorful appetiser dish especially enjoyed with green salad or tossed salad, white sauce, and a chilled strong beer 🙂

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Bangriposi – Weekend outing with friends

Bangriposi is a quiet and peaceful small tribal town situated at the foothills of the Thakurani hills in the Mayurbhanj district of Odisha. This place is only around 230 k.m. away from Kolkata and well connected by road and railway. Bus services are available to Baripada from Kolkata Dharmatala bus terminus. You have to take a bus for Baripada and descend at the Bombay Chawki which is just 14 k.m. away from Bangriposi. It takes about 4.5 hours by road to reach there. From Bombay Chawki trekkers are available for Bangriposi. The nearest railway station is Balasore which is 110 k.m. away. The best suitable train is 12821 Dhauli Express which departs from Howrah at 6:00 a.m. daily. It is a 3.5 hrs. journey. You will reach Balasore (231 k.m. from Howrah) at around 9.30 a.m. Trekkers are available from here as well to reach Bangriposi. If you have plenty of time in hand (as all the hotels check-in time is around 12:00 p.m.) you can avail the 78013 DEMU passenger at 10.05 a.m. from Balasore which is the only train (does not run on Sundays) that terminates at Bangriposi at 12:30 p.m. Bangriposi is a good place for people who want to spend some time in the solace of nature, away from regular city life.

This year planning an annual holiday was miserable for me! At first, we planned to go for a trek to Roopkund during the month of September with my friend Deep and my wife Priyanka. But we had to cancel that program as suddenly in September my mother’s glaucoma operation got scheduled. Then I planned to do a trekking to Rathong La in Sikkim with my wife during the first week of the November. My boss asked me to postpone the dates and told that we can avail a foreign trip somewhere in southeast Asia, like last year we went to Bangkok. Again due to some personal issues and the problem with leave in Priyanka’s office, we have to cancel that plan too! And finally, we decided to visit Bangriposi and Simlipal forest for four days in Odisha (in spite of the fact that just a couple of years back we have visited the Satkosia Tiger Reserve located in the Angul district of Odisha) with Deep, another friend Dhriti, and Priyanka. How pathetic :(. Earlier we have visited the Satkosia

I would not say that all of my frustrations were wiped out once we reached the location, rather I became more frustrated. The place was made much popular by the famous Bengali writer Buddhadeb Guha in his small story book “Bangriposir Dui Rattir”. As the place got popular, lots of hotels, tea shops etc. surrounded the place. There are a couple of local houses as well in front of the bungalow where we stayed, the Hotel Bangriposi Bangriposi. All these distractions destroyed the natural beauty a bit of the place.

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Rupin Pass Trek

Rupin Pass is a high altitude pass at an elevation of 4650 m. (15,250 ft.) situated on the Himalayan mountain range in the state of Himachal Pradesh. There are several passes that connects Baspa valley of Kinnaur to the Garhwal of Uttarakhand and Rupin pass is one of them which is used by shepherds. Rupin Pass trek is a well-known trail for its scenic beauty and sudden variation of the terrain that makes you feel the urge of proceeding more further.

The trek starts from Dhaula, a small settlement in Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. Dhaula can be accessed by car from its nearest railway station Dehradun, estimated 8 hours drive via Mussoorie Rd and NH 123. There are privately operated buses available as well from Dehradun. The bases start at around 5:30/6/7 in the AM near Dehradun railway station on Gandhi road and goes to Sankri. You need to get down at Naitwar which is 190 km. away and may take up to 10 hours in a bus. From Naitwar hire a private/shared jeep to Dhaula.

The trek ends in Sangla, a major town in Baspa valley of Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh. Sangla valley is very close to the Tibet border. From Sangla a govt. the bus is available at around 5:00 PM, which will take you to Shimla by covering around 235 km., and the journey could take 10-12 hours. You will reach Shimla in the early morning and connecting buses are available to Delhi (another 10 hours journey) or Chandigarh (another 4 hours journey). Rather going to Shimla, you can also take a private cab to Kalka (takes around 12 hours by road). Leave Sangla at around 4:00 PM and catch the early morning Shatabdi express from Kalka (departs at 6:15 AM) to New Delhi (reaches by 10:30 AM).

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Some awesome memories!

Sharing some of the sweet memories over the pas few years. Awesome parties and outings, celebrating life events, memorable travel etc. are the juice of life and it help us to continue our journey. It’s just a tribute to our beautiful life with joy, sorrow, emotions, and we live every single moment of it.

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Kashmiri Aloo Dum Recipe

Kashmiri aloo dum is one of the most famous north Indian curries and a very traditional Kashmiri dish. It’s made with baby potatoes in a spicy sweet and sower gravy.

Ingredients:

Baby Potato – 500 grams (medium size)
Whole black pepper – 1 teaspoon
Green cardamom – 3-4
Black cardamom – 2
Black cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon
Cloves – 4 – 5 pieces
Cinnamon – 2 pieces
Ghee/Butter – 1 tablespoon
Red chilli powder – 1 tablespoon
Dried ginger – 1/2 tablespoon
Mustard oil – 2 tablespoon
Bay leaf – 2 pieces
Panch-phoron powder (Indian blended spice) – 1 1/2 tablespoon
Salt – As per taste

Preparation and cooking method of Kashmiri aloo dum:

Clean the potatoes and boil them properly. Peel off the skins after the potatoes are cooked. Then make some holes into the potatoes with toothpicks.

Put a frying pan on the oven in medium flame and add mustard oil. Once the oil is heated, fried the potatoes until golden brown. Now take another pan and heat 2 tablespoon mustard oil. After heating the oil add whole black pepper, black cardamom, green cardamom, black cumin, cinnamon, bay leaf, cloves and stir them lightly. When our black cumin is changing color then add red chilli powder and ½ cup of water and stir them lightly. After few minutes add dried ginger and panch-phoron and keep them stir for 2-3 minutes. Now add some ghee and 750ml water and keep it for boiling. When the water start boiling, then add the potatoes to the pan and cover it for 20 minutes on a high flame.

When the gravy is thick and dried to a quarter position, then put it on low flame and cook it for 5 minutes more. Then add some coriander leaves for garnishing.

Serve the hot Kashmiri aloo dum in a bowl with some paratha or roti and enjoy the taste of traditional Kashmiri gravy.

[Image Curtsey WHITNEY – Whitbits Indian Kitchen]

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Chicken popcorn recipe

Ingredients:
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Boneless chicken – 500 grams
Ginger paste – 1 table spoon
Garlic paste – 1 table spoon
Onion paste – 1 table spoon
Chilli paste – 1 table spoon
Black pepper powder – 1 tea spoon
Lime juice – 1 table spoon
Sugar – 1 table spoon (make dust in mixer grinder)
Flour – 2 table spoon
Cornflour – 2 table spoon
Egg white – 4 eggs
Milk – 2 table spoon
Olive oil – 2 table spoon
Sun flower oil – 1 cup to deep fry the chicken
Salt to taste
Brown bread crumb or corn flakes

Preparation and cooking method:
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Clean the chicken pieces in water, rinse it to make the chicken almost dry, and keep it in a bowl. Add ginger, garlic, onion, chilli paste, and mix well. Now add the lime juice and black pepper powder; mix again and put in the fridge for 2 to 3 hours to marinate.

While the chicken is set to marinate, it’s time to prepare the batter. Put flour, cornflour, sugar dust, milk, and egg white into a bowl and mix well until the batter is fluffy. Make sure the batter is not much liquid so that it sticks on the chicken properly.

After the chicken is marinated, take it out of the fridge and allow to become it in normal temperature. Put a frying pan on the oven in medium flame and add the olive oil. Once the oil is heated, saute the chicken and keep aside. Now dip the chicken pieces in the batter and quote it with the breadcrumb. Deep fry the chicken in sunflower oil until golden brown.

Serve hot in a plate with tomato ketchup. Yammy 🙂

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Simple egg uttapam recipe – really 10 minutes!

I don’t know if someone already tried this recipe or not, but I really didn’t read it anywhere. It just came out of my mind and I tried it. You can try it too, it’s really awesome 🙂

The required ingredients are one cucumber, one medium sized onion, one medium sized tomato, two eggs, one green chili, one table spoon of sunflower oil, salt to taste, black pepper powder to taste, and tomato chili sauce.

Finely chop cucumber, onion, tomato, and green chili and keep aside. Take a bowl, crack the eggs into the bowl, add pinch of salt to taste, add some black pepper powder to taste, and stir well.

Start the oven and put a flat pan on it. Pour the oil into the pan, don’t over heat it. Add the stirred egg into the pan and make the layer round. Keep the pan into low flame for 2 – 3 minutes until the egg gets a bit hard like omelet. Once done put the round egg layer on a dish.

Now spread the chopped cucumber, onion, tomato, green chili mix over the egg layer, add some salt and black pepper powder. Add the sauce over it.

Your egg uttapam is ready to serve. Isn’t it really 10 minutes!

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Gone Fishing – Tips and Tricks

Do you love fishing? Cool! It’s a great hobby. But suppose, you planned fishing in the weekends, arranged fishing rods, tackle, bait etc. and then went to bed in excitement for the next day, rise early morning, gone for fishing, spent 5-6 hours in scorching heat, and at last you catch 3 tiny fishes 🙁 oops!!! Bad things happen in life, but lesson to be learnt. First thing is first, plan a fishing and get properly prepared for it.

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Healthy Diet Plan

Majority of us live very fast and busy life. We earn money and spend it to live a quality lifestyle. Office, colleague, home, family, friends, party, eating, outing, day end and loop. Hey, wait… where’s me and my health? To support all the other things in our life, we need to take care of ourselves and a part of that is maintaining a good health. Good health helps to keep the wellness of our body and mind. It is not such an easy thing to maintain. It should be a part of our daily routine.

To maintain good health, there needs to have proper planning, preparation, and enough dedication to maintain those. Along with regular exercise, good and healthy food habit is also necessary. First we need to understand some basic concepts on which health of body is determined. Health is nothing but a level of functional efficiency of a living person. It’s not only applicable for body , but mind as well.

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Far Cry 4 by Ubisoft is releasing this November

Ubisoft has made another great version of one of my favorite game – Far cry. I’m fond of Ubisoft who made another great, and of course one of my another favorite game – Prince of Persia. I’ve played almost all version of it – Sand of Time, Warrior Within, Two Thrones 🙂