15th Wedding Anniversary

It was our 15th wedding anniversary on the 5th of December. Planned a lot of things, but failed to do anything. Low budget, corona, and bad condition of the car were the culprits. Anyways date of our marriage written on the invitation cards was 4th December, but the actual marriage happened in the early morning of the 5th. So all guests came on the 4th evening, enjoyed the party and returned. Our marriage took place in presence of our families only. Friends and family wish us on the 4th but we celebrate it on the 5th.

Asked the kids and wife to plan something for The Day, but nothing came up (As expected). Finally we all agreed to go out for a family dinner, nothing fancy. Went to a BBQ restaurant nearby. Food was okay-ish but kids got what they wanted, so not a bad deal.

15th Anniversary dinner with family

15th Anniversary dinner with family

We will get long weekends in December and January will plan to take them out then. As kids are growing up, I am finding it difficult to decide a place to visit, my interest is to visit a place with some historical importance and having good food, on the other hand, kids want to go to where they can buy everything of their choice and have zero interest in historical places, forests or wildlife. Well, it will be their choice which will always take precedence over mine, and this was the history as well. So I am now used to playing the role of a tour operator, a drive, a manger, a collie, and a friendly photographer.

I have mentioned it earlier as well, I will be probably going solo in January and have to fulfill their demand for an outing before that. Let’s see!

Lockdown and cooking

Staying mostly at home during the lockdown, revived my skill of cooking. As I had plenty of free time, cooked dishes of my choice and the way my mother taught us. Having no sisters, my mom has trained us (3 brothers) to be a skilled cook. Actually knowing cooking was good and bad at the same time, as you know what you like and can cook too, you will always have an argument with your spouse on how to cook. If you don’t know cooking then you will eat whatever is served on the table. 

It’s a saying in India that those who can cook well have a very good heart too. I always have the conviction that if you love something you will excel in that and if you cook something with love then that will be delicious for sure. 

When people were eating at home and what they like and gaining weight, I on the other hand was losing weight, all junk foods were stopped for me. Eating home-cooked meals is always healthy. Most Indian household still cooks at home and there is hardly anything consumed which is packaged and ready to eat in India. 

I have cooked a lot and taken photos of those items. As summer starts from March and remains till October (in north India), what we cook during summer is very much different from the dishes of winters, grouping them posting here – 

Tarkaries / Sabjies / Curries

Mix veg of cauliflower, new potato, peas, tomato and coriander

Mix veg of cauliflower, new potato, peas, tomato, and coriander, It’s a bit juicy and cooked in winters. Cooked yesterday.

Jackfruit - Veg alternate of Mutton roganjosh or Mutton-do-pyaza.

Jackfruit – Veg alternate of Mutton Rogan josh or Mutton-do-pyaza.

Baigan Bharta (egg plant) mash

Baigan Bharta (egg plant) mash

Bhindi fry (ladies finger)

Bhindi fry (ladies finger)

Mater-Paneer

Mater-Paneer

Egg-Curry and chapati

Egg-Curry and chapati

Daal

Daal-Makhani

Daal-Makhani – I have also prepared yellow-dal fry as well but do not have photos 😀

Parathas

Daal Paratha (Dalbhari) - Gram filled Paratha

Daal Paratha (Dalbhari) – Gram mash filled Paratha

Plain Paratha

Plain Paratha

Condiment / Supporting food items / Chutney / Bharta / Pickle

Green mango - Jaggery Chutney (cooked)

Green mango – Jaggery Chutney (cooked), also known as Talkha

Green mango - Jaggery - mint hutney (grinded)

Green mango – Jaggery – mint chutney (grinded)

Raita - Vegetable mixed with Curd (Yogurt)

Raita – Vegetable mixed with Curd (Yogurt)

Aloo Bharta - Mash Potato

Aloo Bharta – Mash Potato

Rice

Tahri- (it's not Biryani)

Tahri- (it’s not Biryani) – preparation is very simple, you just need to light fry all seasonal vegetables and whole garam masala in ghee, put in a pressure cooker with water, and give one whistle.

Snacks 

Bread Pizza

Bread Pizza – There wasn’t any outside food during the lockdown, so I have experimented with this.  The later wife prepared real pizza.

Roasted Rice Flakes with roasted peanuts

Roasted Rice Flakes with roasted peanuts – It’s a very common Indian household snack.

Potato wedges with mayo and tomato sauce

Potato wedges with mayo and tomato sauce – kids loved it

Noodles

Noodles – We have very much Indianised it, frying onion, ginger, and green chilies first and then putting tomatoes makes it authentic Indian not Chinese.

Breakfast

Scrambled eggs+Bread

Scrambled eggs+Bread

Omelette

Omelet

Drinks

Cold coffee

Cold coffee – Homemade is better than many branded chains

 

Ripe Mango Panna (Aam Panna)

Ripe Mango Panna (Aam Panna) – vanilla icecream topping makes it awesome

Green Mango Panna

Green Mango Panna – Must try for those who did not taste it yet 🙂

Open-air kitchen

Open Air Kitchen at Harsil, Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand

Open Air Kitchen at Harsil, Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand – Unlocking was just started when we traveled to Gangotri, we were avoiding eating outside, so carried our own groceries along with a gas stove. Used water of a stream flowing nearby to cook noodles, boil eggs, and prepared masala tea.

 

Indian Flag Runners

One of my very old friends Anurag called me to take photos of the Indian flag runners event he is participating in. 5 of his running friends have joined him to run 100 KMs this morning, post few pics –

Indian Flag Runners

Indian Flag Runners

Indian Flag Runners

Indian Flag Runners

Indian Flag Runners

Indian Flag Runners

While waiting for runners to arrive notice this composition, waited for some time for a human element to appear, and then an elderly gentleman entered into the frame with a stick in his hand on his morning walk – 

Extra income - Monring walk

Extra income – Morning walk

Ranthambore national park, Sawai Madhopur

A destination not far from home and was thinking to visit their at least once, has finally happaned this month.

It takes 10 hr to drive their from Delhi, booked a room in RTDC hotel Jhoomar Baori and went for it between 3rd and 5th of November. Best route in my opinion would be to use Yamuma Expressway to reach Mathura and then take a right till Dausa and again take a left from Dausa.

The hotel is located 2 KM under the forest and sometimes tigers roam in that area as well. Hotel manager informed us one night that there was call from Sambhar deer, which means Tiger is around the hotel, we drove to the gate after dinner in a hope and returned back empty handed :(. But overall stay in hotel was memorable, it a highly recommended place if you wish to spent few days away from buzz.

A group of worshipers heading toward Ganesha temple inside Ranthambor fort

A group of worshipers heading toward Ganesha temple inside Ranthambor fort

Family at Ranthambore fort

Family at Ranthambore fort

Spotted deer near hotel

Spotted deer near hotel

Way to RTDC hotel Jhoomar Baori

Way to RTDC hotel Jhoomar Baori

RTDC hotel Jhoomar Baori

RTDC hotel Jhoomar Baori

RTDC hotel Jhoomar Baori roof top

RTDC hotel Jhoomar Baori roof top

A local at Ranthambor Fort

A local at Ranthambor Fort

Anshu - The Diva posing opposite bushes

Anshu – The Diva posing opposite bushes