Khaman Dhokla is a vegetarian food item that originates from the Indian state of Gujarat. Made from a fermented batter derived from rice and split chickpeas, khaman dhokla is my absolute favorite. It is easy to digest and a very healthy dish. It can be eaten for breakfast, as a main course, as a side dish, or as a snack.
Kadhi Badi Dish : I got a chance to taste the Kadhi Badi when I visited Punjab for a friend’s wedding. The dish was made with buttermilk as its base and had dumplings which were similar to Pakodas. The dish itself was spicy and had a touch of sourness from the buttermilk and made for a very satisfying meal.
Malpua Sweet Dish : My visit to Jaipur always reminds me of a dessert dish that I tasted there, called the Malpua. It was prepared by frying a watery dough made of wheat or maida flour. The one I tasted had bananas and plenty of dry fruits too. The fried dough is then soaked in sugar or jaggery syrup with hints of rose water to add to the richness.
Litti Chokha : On a visit to Bihar I was somehow hooked to this litti which is nothing but powdered gram or lentil with wheat flour. These are formed into balls, with spices and filled with ghee and then baked. I loved eating it with yogurt, potatoes and brinjal bartha. Once I had it lunch and breakfast too.
After exploring the Hayagriva Madhava temple, we were a bit hungry and so we had our lunch at a roadside restaurant on the way. I am an avid lover of food and was extremely happy to taste noodles and various other dishes in their true form. From there, we moved on to our next destination which is known as Chitralekha Udyan Assam. It is also known as Cole Park and located close to the heart of Tezpur. We were simply fascinated by the picturesque construction of the park.
One of the visitors told us that both the names i.e. Cole Park and Chitralekha Udyan are synonymous and not different. He also told us that the name of the park has been derived from a love story of Aniruddha and Usha, found in Agnigarh. The park acts as a host to different types of painting and drawing competitions organized by schools located nearby. Inside the park, we could spot the famous Bhomoraguri inscriptions which showcase plans of building a bridge over the Brahmaputra. Incidentally, there is a bridge called Koila Bhomora Setu at the same site.
We also went to the pond where we hired a paddle boat and had some fun. After that, we moved on to the next section of amusements called Bumping Cars. We could see that the cars were brand new and in good condition which clearly showed. My child was also fascinated to have a sight of Valiant MIG 21 which is considered to be one of the premiere jet fighter models of the Indian aviation industry. The actual aircraft is considered to be the first supersonic airplane to become a part of Indian Air Force.
There was a map of the country’s states as existed before 2000 and made of concrete. We also had fun near the lake where small sized paddle boats and rowing are allowed. The name of the park is derived from its founder Mr. Cole. It came into existence in the year 1906 and comprises of a restaurant, open air theatre and beautifully decorated walkways. We also came to know that the park underwent renovation in 1996 due to the efforts of the then Deputy Commissioner, Mr. MGVK Bhanu
On landing at the Guwahati Airport, we were spell bound with the serene and tranquil ambience. We found that life in this city is extremely peaceful and smooth in comparison to what we lead in Ahmedabad. We were a bit tired due to the jet lag and so we hired an AC cab to head straight to the hotel we had booked online. We reached The Residency Tourist Resort Guwahati in no time and were welcome warmly in traditional north eastern style.
It is located in front of the Assam Secretariat at a distance of 23 km from the Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi Airport. It offers conference as well as banquet facilities and boasts of lush green lawns and huge parking space with an ability to house around 100 guests at a time. We were amazed with the elegance and charm of the serene atmosphere created in the lap of Mother Nature. The weather was extremely cool and enabled us to get rid of the tiredness easily. We had booked a residency suite for ourselves as we didn’t want to compromise with luxury.
The staff members were extremely friendly and made sure that we didn’t face any kind of problem. We were very impressed with their professional attitude and the high standards of hospitality offered by the hotel. Some of the members of the hotel told us that they are planning ways of expanding the hotel and setting a new benchmark in terms of quality. One can easily select from four different types of rooms such as Residency Suite, Corporate Suite, executive club rooms and executive rooms.
One of the best things about the resort is that it gives more preference to quality rather than quantity. It is due to this reason that it has just 10 rooms but each one of them is bound to blow your mind. We came to know that the check in and check out time of the hotel is at 12PM but since we had booked online, they relaxed their rules and did the needful. Our room was equipped with intercom, mini bar, LCD TV, coffee or tea maker.
Spicy Lotus Stems Shimla : I had heard quite a lot about this fascinating dish and was dying to try it out. I finally got a chance on my last visit to Shimla. I tried it out at a local hotel and was totally amazed by the Pahari style preparation. The taste is truly one of a kind and I recommend anyone to try it out.