Victoria, Mahe Island, Seychelles

Whenever you search for images of Seychelles, you would find photographs of the lovely beaches. They are really beautiful, but the capital of Seychelles, Victoria is no less. Here I am going to post some snaps clicked in Victoria.. of course with some flowers included…

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Mahabaleshwar, Pratapgad Part 4/4

The trip to Mahabaleshwar is incomplete, without a visit to Mapro Garden, at least that is what, we are made to believe. This garden is actually near Panchagani. It is a well maintained garden and there are strawberry fields, just behind the garden. The garden has a restaurant, which serves limited choice of dishes, like sandwiches, thick shakes and obviously strawberry cream. I found them to be highly priced, even compared to Mahabaleshwar. This garden has a shop for Mapro products, where they are available at discounted rates. Sampling of the products is also available.
Overall my trip to Mahabaleshwar was good. It is still well maintained and clean hill station. It is advisable to hire a local taxi and request the driver to take you around. The rates are fixed for the season, and they are quiet reasonable. The drivers are well experienced and do plan your trip well. They would be flexible for time and will not hurry. I met Mr. Anant Parthe there and would recommend him to anyone, who is interested to visit these places..
These are some flowers, I clicked at Mapro Garden.
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I just wanted to add, almost all these photographs were clicked by me without making any adjustments, in their natural settings… see you soon, with some more clicks !!

Mahabaleshwar, Pratapgad Part 3/4

In Mahabaleshwar, apart from the various points, I also visited lingmala water falls.

There is a good pathway to a spot from where you can get a very good view of the three stages of the waterfall. But the problem is that, it is still not a full frontal view.  You can also see the small pond, which is the source of the waterfall. (It is not advisable to enter the pond though) The pathway for the waterfall goes horizontally on the mountain; instead if it was designed to slowly descent into the valley, one would have got a closer view of the waterfall.

Nonetheless, I am not dissatisfied with the present arrangements !

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Mahabaleshwar, Pratapgad Part 2/4

The Pratapgad fort is still in good condition and the statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, can be seen (with the help of binoculars) from Mahabaleshwar & Panchagani. There are steps till the top and it is not so difficult climb. There are many shops selling local goodies.

 

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Mahabaleshwar, Pratapgad Part 1/4

Mahabaleshwar, Pratapgad

It was way back in 1973, I had visited these places. It was my school picnic.

It took 44 years for me to revisit these places. I was very happy to be there

again. The beauty of Mahabaleshwar is unspoiled. It is kept very clean and

definitely much better than Darjeeling. It is easily assessable from Mumbai

& Pune and the condition of the road is very good.

This time (December) of the year is the season of strawberries. You can

eat them as much as you could. This will be followed by season of Mullberries.

 I am presenting the photographs; I clicked  there, in 4 parts.

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Metakoot – a Maharastrian multipurpose dip cum side dish

 

Ingredients

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Ingredients:

  • – 1) 2 bowl chana dal,
  • – 2) 1 bowl urad dal,
  • – 3) ½ bowl rice,
  • – 4) ¼ bowl wheat,
  • – 5) ¼ bowl red mustard seeds,
  • – 6) 2 teaspoon cumin seeds,
  • – 7) 2 teaspoon coriander seeds,
  • – 8) 1 teaspoon black pepper,
  • – 9) 3 to 4 red chilies,
  • – 10) 2 inches dry ginger,
  • – 11) 1 turmeric root,
  • – 12) ½ nutmeg,
  • – 13) Piece of asafoetida (of size of a tamarind seed. Yes this is how it used to be described.)

 

Directions

 

Method:

  • – 1) All the grains are to be dry roasted separately. The dals are to be roasted till the turn pink. Rice till the turn opaque. Wheat, till it puffs up. Mustard seeds, till they get white.
  • – 2) Cumin, coriander and pepper corns are to be roasted but care should be taken, not to burn them.
  • – 3) The ginger root, turmeric root, red chilies and asafoetida are to be broken into small pieces and to be roasted along with other grains.
  • – 4) When each ingredient is roasted, it is to be removed on kitchen towel and to be covered with another one, till all ingredients are roasted.
  • – 5) After they are done and slightly cooled, they are to be ground in fine powder and stored in air tight container.

There are various ways to use it. The traditional breakfast in konkan comprises of soft cooked rice, with salt, ghee and MetkooT.

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The dip to go with any meals is made by mixing salt, red chili powder and curd.

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Finely chopped onion, salt, chili powder and oil can be added to make another version of this dip.

The MetkooT can be spread on hot bhakari with salt and ghee and it can be even on toast butter.

 

 

 

 

मेतकूट

 

Ingredients

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 लागणारे साहित्य :

– १) २ वाट्या चण्याची डाळ,

 – २) १ वाटी उडदाची डाळ,

 – ३) अर्धी वाटी तांदूळ,

 – ४) पाव वाटी गहू,

 – ५) पाव वाटी लाल मोहरी,

 – ६) २ टिस्पून जिरे,

 – ७) २ टिस्पून धणे,

 – ८) १ टिस्पून मिरी,

  – ९) ३/४ लाल मिरच्या,

 – १०) २ इंच सुंठ,

 – ११) १ हळकुंड,

 – १२) अर्धे जायफळ,

 – १३) चिंचोक्याएवढा हिंगाचा खडा.

 

Directions

क्रमवार पाककृती :

 

– १) सर्व धान्ये कोरडीच भाजायची आहेत. चण्याची व उडदाची डाळ  गुलाबी होईपर्यंत.  तांदूळ  पांढरे अपारदर्शक

होईपर्यंत. गहू तडतड वाजेपर्यंत आणि मोहरी पांढरट होईपर्यंत भाजायला हवी.

 – २) धणे, जिरे व मिरी पण असेच खमंग भाजून घ्यायचे आहे पण ते अजिबात करपू द्यायचे नाहीत.

 – ३)  हळकुंड, सुंठ, हिंग आणि जायफळ यांचे  तूकडे करून ते धान्यासोबतच भाजून घ्यावेत. मिरच्यांचे पण तूकडे

करून धान्यासोबत भाजायच्या आहेत.

 – ४)  हे सर्व जसजसे भाजून होईल, तसतसे एका कागदावर काढून घ्यायचे आणि कागदानेच झाकून ठेवायचे.

 – ५) ते जरा निवले कि बारीक दळून मैद्याच्या चाळणीने  चाळून घ्यायचे आणि मग घट्ट झाकणाच्या डब्यात भरून  ठेवायचे.

 

मेतकूट खाण्याचे अनेक प्रकार आहेत. कोकणातील पारंपारीक  न्याहारी म्हणजे मऊ भात, तूप, मीठ आणि मेतकूट.

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कुठल्याही मेन्युसोबत तोंडीलावणे म्हणून मेतकूट, मीठ, दही व लाल तिखट घेता येते.

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दही नको असेल तर मेतकूटात मीठ, कांदा व तेल घालूनही खातात. गरमागरम भाकरीवर तूप, मीठ आणि मेतकूट  घालून छान लागते.   टोस्ट ब्रेड बटरवर पण मेतकूट  घालून खाता येते.