The Mighty Mysore Masala Dosa at the Oberoi , Dubai

After preparing the thali, I still thought something was amiss..there was still something this Dusshera that I hadnt explored from Mysore... and that's when I came accross the mighty Mysore Masala Dosa. I really wanted to taste the very traditional Mysore Masala Dosa …after researching that it’s a specialty of Mysore with its beginnings 60 years ago , in a small hotel called Mylari in Mysore ,Karnataka ,India ,now being run by the next generation.Yes, some of us may have tasted it many times in many of the casual dine South Indian restaurants here in Dubai , and many of you may ask what is special about it.,a question that I wanted answered too ..... The usual suspects of Karama and BurDuba

Let the Good Shine In Us Forever..

​ Maharishi Valmiki, writing the Adi Kavya or the Ramayana ,the first ever epic poem. Ahuh Satyam hi paramam dharmam dharmavido janaah 2.14.3 Truth is the highest knowledge of Dharma My grandmother would always give a lot of importance to prayers and we had to pray with her once in the evening before bedtime . She was very strict in this regard and so we could not mess around. Little did we realize that practice in this ritual would help us through lots of lows in our life and offer us strength. She would read the Ramayana (a holy book of the Hindus about Lord Ram’s life) aloud to us on auspicious days translate it so that we could understand its meaning. It is a very simple story with co

From the Emperor's Table to Mine

“I once had a thousand desires. But in my one desire to know you, all else melted away.” Rumi This is exactly how we felt when we met.It was just meant to be. It had to be. We feel very blessed that love was the main reason for our marriage. Every marriage has its challenges and if one goes with the flow of life, treats all the highs and lows the same way …life with the partner can be very harmonious. This is the greatest lesson I have learnt from him..and I dedicate this special post to my husband who has been with me through all my highs and lows standing like a rock with me and has given me the freedom to be (who I am) . There is much more than physical attraction that is needed for a mar

The Joy of Baking

It's been ages since I have desired to bake my very own bread at home . We consume quite a lot of bread at home..my kids love it and I have to run frequent errands to the supermarket or bakeries to stock up. It's been there on my list but did not get down to baking. Three weeks ago I bought a basic bread tin and it sat right in front of my kitchen door for many days . I would stare at it and put it off for the next day which never came....until yesterday. Even though I have baked bread at Hospitality School , I was'nt much of a baker..I did bake buicuits and cakes occasionally but I did not take it further. I love the idea of multi grain , or herbed or gluten free breads... and over the past

The Dum Aloo trail... from Kashmir to Kolkata...

Potatoes, whether mashed, baked, fried or roasted, are often essential comfort food in most cuisines. Potatoes are believed to have been domesticated around 7,000 -10,000 years ago near modern day Peru, South America. Today, nearly a third of the world’s production is harvested in India. So how did the Potato reach India? The Portuguese introduced potatoes to india (they called it 'Batata') in the early seventeenth century when they cultivated it along the western coast of India. The British traders introduced potatoes in Bengal as a root crop, 'Alu'. By the end of eighteenth century, it was cultivated across the northern hilly areas of India.And so this amazing ingredient was born in India

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