Misal Pav a serving suggestion !

Misal Pav.. literally meaning a combination of mixture ( of spicy curry, pulses, chopped onion, and  optionally a mild potato bhaji, farasan ) along with bread, is a very famous and popular dish in Maharashtra.

The dish is known by the city and also by the joint. The  ingredients may differ from place to place, and the recipe is highly guarded secret.

Here I am presenting just a serving suggestion.. and the recipe is of course a secret !

 

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Carambola or Star Fruit

Most of us from India, would have school days memories of this fruit. The variety we get in India, is too sour. The one, which we get in Seychelles, is a sweeter one. It is not as sweet as any other fruit, but still you can eat it, without using salt and chili powder, as we do in India.

The trees are also very common here in Seychelles and the flowers are beautiful. Here are some snaps… !

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Cassia fistula

The net is loaded with the pictures of this beautiful Golden Shower Tree. I am also tempted to add some pictures clicked by me. I pass under this tree, every day. It makes me so happy.  This is the office of the President of Seychelles. I pass thru this office, to reach my home, which is just behind.

Not only the lovely sight of these flowers, I also enjoy the mild lemony scent of them.

The Latin name is Cassia fistula

And if you google with it, you will know lot many things about this tree. Enjoy these pictures for now.

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Anse Major Trail, Mahe, Seychelles Part 2/2

Anse Major Trail, Mahe, Seychelles Part 2/2

 

On the way, for part of the trail, there is tree cover. But there are some patches which are not covered by trees. The trail is very well marked and there is no chance of getting lost.

 

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Anse Major Trail, Mahe, Seychelles Part 1/2

Anse Major Trail, Mahe, Seychelles Part 1/2

This is another trail in Seychelles. At the end of it you are rewarded with a beautiful beach, which is almost like your private beach.

You can take a bus no 21 from main bus station and get down at the last point. After that there is a inclining road for about 200 meters and then you reach the starting point.

The steps take you to the long trail, but it is not straining your leg muscles. There is not much of inclination,  and most of the time, it is a straight path. On your left side you see the cast ocean and some islands at distance. If you start very early in the morning, which you must, then you the can see the changing shades of the already blue water.

There is a water stream coming down from the mountains, which crosses your path half way. The water is safe to drink.  Apart from that stream, there is no other water source on the way.

On the way there are some observation points, which are worth spending some time. At the end of the trail, there is a beautiful beach. Though it is a small one, but still good for family get together.

Next to the beach, there is another small beach, which is popular among tourists and locals too.  In case you are too tired to walk back, you can hire a small water taxi from there.

It is necessary to carry enough water and food with you. A hat is also required, in case the day is too hot.

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Morne Blanc Nature Trail, Seychelles

Morne Blanc Nature Trail, Seychelles

 

There are many nature trails in Seychelles. The information about these trails is availavle on various blogs and on government websites. This particular trail, Morne Blanc is quiet easy one. It is a well-marked trail. It takes about 1 hour 30 minutes to complete it. The detailed information is displayed on a board at the start of the trail.

It goes thru a thick forest and there is no exposure to direct sun. It is important to start the trail, as early in the day as possible. The climate plays its role too here. If it starts raining, then it might be difficult to reach the top.

Once you reach the top, the views of various beaches are just breath taking. The turquoise blue waters of Seychelles sea are so inviting, that after the trail, we reached for one of those lovely beaches.

On the trail, there are no water streams, hence it is necessary to carry enough water and food supplies.

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2) On the way, I saw many fruiting trees. but was not sure if they are edible. In such a case, it is always advisable to seek advice from local people. ( Which I did finally.)

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4) This is the highest peak in Seychelles, and local people visit it on Good Friday.

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26) En route the trail, I found some coffee bushes too, this is coffee leaf.

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Botanical Garden, Victoria, Seychelles Part 5/5

There is a corner for spice trees which can be grown here. There is good collection or orchids also. There is a café, which is open throughout the day.

You can happily spend two to three hours here. As this garden is near to my home, I do visit it as often as I could, and always discover something new.

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