Nepali Dum Aloo ( A spicy potato curry, as made in Darjeeling)


Ingredients

    – 1) 500 grams potatoes,
  • 2) 250 grams ripe tomatoes,
  • 3) 1 tablespoon tomato paste,
  • 4) 1 tablespoon panch phoron ( mixture of mustard seeds, cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds, fennel seeds and nigella seeds)
  • 5) Kashmiri red chili powder as per taste. ( As I said, it is made generally hot, hence about 2 tablespoon of chili powder can be used. As we are using Kashmiri chili powder, it will still be moderately hot. You may use any other chili powder. For best results, soak the dry red chilies in water for 15 minutes and then grind them and use that paste in this dish.)
  • 6) 2 tablespoon oil ( mustard oil preferred),
  • 7) salt to taste.

Directions

    To make Nepali dum aalo
  • 1) Boil and peel the potatoes. (Remember, they should not be too soft.) And cut into small cubes.
  • 2) Finely chop the red tomatoes.
  • 3) Heat oil in a pan ( If using mustard oil, heat till it smokes.)
  • 4) Add the panch phoron and wait till the seeds crackle.
  • 5) Add the tomato pieces and cook till they soften.
  • 6) Add the tomato paste and chili powder (or paste) and cook till oil separates.
  • 7) Add water and when it boils add the potato pieces and salt. Cook till potato pieces are cooked.
  • Nepali Dum aaloo 2

    Do not add any other spice. You may add chopped onion, fresh coriander, lime juice etc, if you prefer.

 

नेपाली दम आलू


Ingredients

    तर लागणारे जिन्नस असे.
  • १) अर्धा किलो बटाटे
  • २) पाव किलो पिकलेले टोमॅटो
  • ३) १ टेबलस्पून टोमॅटो पेस्ट
  • ४) १ टेबलस्पून पंच फोडण ( यात नेमके काय असावे याचा विचार न करता, आपल्याकडे असतील त्यापैकी, राई, जिरे, मेथी, बडीशेप, कलौंजी , तीळ वगैरे घ्यावेत )
  • ५) काश्मिरी लाल तिखट.. अर्थात आवडीप्रमाणे. पण ही भाजी जरा जास्त तिखट करतात. सुक्या काश्मिरी मिरच्याभिजत घालून, त्याची वाटून केलेली पेस्ट केल्यास जास्त चांगले )
  • ६) फोडणीसाठी तेल. शक्य असल्यास राईचे.
  • ७) मीठ

Directions

    क्रमवार पाककृती:
  • १) बटाटे अर्धे कच्चे उकडून त्याच्या फोडी करून घ्या.
  • २) टोमॅटो बारीक कापून घ्या.
  • ३) तेल तापवून त्यात पंच फोडण टाका, ते तडतडले पाहिजे.
  • ४) मग त्यावर टोमॅटोच्या फोडी टाका व परतत रहा.
  • ५) त्या फोडी गळून गेल्या कि टोमॅटो पेस्ट टाका. व लाल तिखट ( वा पेस्ट ) टाका.
  • ६) मग त्यात पाणी टाका व पाण्याला उकळी आली कि मीठ व बटाट्याच्या फोडी टाका.
  • ७) बटाट्याच्या फोडी शिजेपर्यंत उकळा.
  • Nepali Dum aaloo 2

    तिथे ही भाजी घट्ट किंवा पातळ अश्या दोन्ही प्रकारे खाल्ली. फुलक्यासोबत खाताना पातळसर तर नुसती खाताना घट्ट. कांदा, लिंबू, कोथिंबीर असले लाड नव्हते. ( अर्थात तूम्ही करू शकता. )

 

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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to be continued..