Axomiya_lora said: ↑ Nope, the food you eat is virtually a recipe for angina pectoris served on a plate, besides being one dimensional. Indian or for that matter Bangladeshi cuisine has a lot more variety and is much healthier. There is no concept of a Pakistani ‘thali’ or a full 3 course meal in Pakistan unlike our Assamese or Bengali cuisine. Click to expand… Pakistan is a meat paradise and in that sense it is unbeatable .India has a lot of variety of food due to diversity .I never meant to say that Indian food is bad .Pakistani cuisine is mostly based on meat so that makes it special .
swnjo said: ↑ Tourists from any country, especially with fat pockets are always welcome.
You want tourists in your country, no problem, but to say your country is better than India is just exhibit your insecurity and inferiority complex.
Mark Weins, Gordon Ramsay ,Trevor james and many food bloggers have visited INDIA too, that doesnot change anything for anyone. What so special about them ? You need exclusive validations from goras ? Click to expand… UKBengali said: ↑ Yes, Pakistan is a wonderful country with friendly people, excellent food and stunning scenery.
As BD economy is in a very fast growth phase now more and more people will be able to travel further and further for tourism.
Pakistan needs to heavily promote itself in BD – Imran Khan is respected in BD and any promotion that has his backing will not be hindered by BD government. Click to expand… Imran Khan is working very hard on tourism revival in Pakistan and i am sure that Pakistan will starts to get tourist from all over the world as the perception of Pakistan changing .

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American man returns to Victory Restaurant for Indian food 45 years after his first visit in 1974 | Coconuts Singapore

You know your food is good when diners come back for more, and you know your restaurant’s on solid ground when you get repeat patrons through the years. It works both ways.
So we imagine how pleasantly surprised Victory Restaurant must’ve been when a customer returned to their North Bridge Road space 45 years after his initial visit. The American man had apparently arrived in Singapore in 1974 and sampled his first taste of Indian food (chicken curry with chapati) at the joint.
It must’ve left a great impression, because the dude brought the restaurant’s business card home to West Virginia, which didn’t have any Indian eateries at the time, to show to his family and friends.
Decades later, on a tourist stopover in Singapore with his wife, he went back to the same spot in search of the place that introduced him to Indian cuisine. Declaring how much he enjoyed the food and the service, he said he felt like he’d returned “to see family again.”
A sweet story, plus great publicity for the restaurant. It’s a win-win for all.
Watch the man narrate his tale below.


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Prego, The Westin Mumbai’s Italian restaurant launches a New Menu

Prego, The Westin Mumbai’s Italian restaurant launches a New Menu 09 pm Prego, The Westin Mumbai Garden City’s Italian Specialty restaurant, unveiled a new menu to enhance the restaurant’s fun-dining experience with authentic yet innovative gourmet flavors of Genoese cuisine. In association with the Asian Art House, the exquisite afternoon witnessed a camaraderie of like-minded guests who appreciate fine art and exquisite food. The unique showcase titled ‘Shades of Asia’ juxtaposed a curated collection of Indian and Vietnamese art featuring 30 superlative artworks from renowned artists, alongside the newly introduced menu. The creations displayed include works by eminent names like MF Husain, Amit Bhar, Laxman Aaley, Sangeeta Babani, Thota Laxmanan, Bhaskar Rao Botcha, Rangoli Garg, Sujata Sah Sejekan and Gourishankar Soni. Prego offers guests unique artistic flavors from the kitchens of Italy and brings to life a culinary art house where guests can enjoy a lively show kitchen while feasting on the most loved Italian classics including fresh pasta, homemade bread, and delicious hand-tossed pizzas. Inspired by the flavors of Genoa – Italy’s principal seaport, the cuisine is based on traditional Mediterranean cooking and very rich in ingredients and flavors. Executive Chef Rahul Dhavale along with Chef Antonello Cancedda, Chef de cuisine of Prego redefine gastronomic experiences with their proficient skills. A sojourn of two exquisite artistic endeavors amalgamates with ease at Prego, The Westin Mumbai Garden City, commemorating an unforgettable and enriching afternoon of masterful artwork complemented with gourmet delights. Related Posts

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Pan-Islamic-Pakistan said: ↑ Ignore Indian jealousy.
Pakistani food is one of the best cuisines in the world, and many of our BD brothers and sisters know it well.
Political situation between Hasina gov and Pakistan is not good.
In sha Allah, with the next government in BD, we can start our ties on a new footing.
Meanwhile, I encourage all BDis from US, Canada, Australia, UK, EU to visit Pakistan.
You will be surprised at the hospitality, scenery, and great cuisine. We also have a very strong Islamic and Mughal heritage. Muslim tourists will want to see those places.
Pakistan is totally safe, don’t believe media propaganda. Click to expand… Pakistan is underated place however we need not f.ck this up there should be Govt wide courses to educate the public on how to deal with foreigners and to set up a full functioning hospitaltity industry, if we cant western tourists quick we have big market in front of us East and SouthEast Asia which has seen growth in the outbound tourism sector plus the sigh the Gulf Arabs states too we just need fix our mindset and end the a..skissing and make its potential industry that will bring in reserves

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CROTON BUSINESS IN THE NEWS, A LATE WINTER, EARLY SPRING 2019 EVERYTHING CROTON UPDATE and RECAP

CROTON BUSINESS IN THE NEWS, A LATE WINTER, EARLY SPRING 2019 EVERYTHING CROTON UPDATE AND RECAP Welcome to Everything Croton, a collection of all things Croton–our history, our homes, our issues, our businesses, our schools, our houses of worship, in short, EVERYTHING CROTON. CROTON BUSINESS IN THE NEWS, A LATE WINTER, EARLY SPRING 2019 EVERYTHING CROTON UPDATE and RECAP–here’s only some of what’s happening—stay tuned for more every four to six weeks or so…but first… Everything Croton sometimes gets negative commentary about our business community….which your editor chooses not to publish. There are many local facebook pages and other sites that permit this kind of unfettered business bashing. This blog, however, is not one of them. (You might actually try speaking to the business you have a problem with instead). In short, Everything Croton is grateful for the continued support of our commercial establishments from the “high to the low”….speaking of which… –THANK YOU TO ALL THOSE BUSINESSES that continue to support school endeavors and fundraisers…. click here to read more about the sponsors for the recent PVC PTA Wizards Basketball event. –THANK YOU ROBBINS PHARMACY for this recent video clip of the 2019 Croton Little League Parade on April 13th; to see the video, click here . Thank you to all who sponsored teams as well. –A POST ROCHELLE GAMBINO 2019 MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP FUNDRAISER THANK YOU FROM THE GRANDSTAND https://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2019/04/a-post-rochelle-gambino-fundraiser.html –CROTON PET STATION AND NY LIFE RECENTLY SPONSORED A FREE DOGGY ID DAY! 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See the video at https://vimeo.com/329453923 PREVIOUSLY, CROTON’S BLACK ROCK KITCHEN was featured here . –FEED THE BIRDS! celebrated its 8th anniversary in Croton this past December. ALSO CONTINUES TO SUPPORT LOCAL ARTISTS; Molly Heily’s Ceramics are back; MORE HERE ; Feed the Birds is also a proud sponsor of a Little League team again this year. 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These are the best places to eat in BS5

News These are the best places to eat in BS5 Whether you live in the area or are searching in pastures new, here are some of the best eateries on offer Share Click to play Tap to play The video will start in 8 Cancel Play now Get the biggest Daily stories by email Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again later Invalid Email
It’s no secret the Bristol is a haven for foodies, with new restaurants, cafés, and bars opening on a weekly basis – many of which can be found in the city centre.
Food options off the beaten track can often fly under the radar, but if you take the time to venture into east Bristol you could well be rewarded for your efforts with some of the finest cuisine and coolest cafés the city has to offer.
There are plenty of options, with independent eateries to be found at almost every turn, but here are just a few of the best: Pipal Tree Restaurant, Chelsea Road Pipal Tree, in Bristol
If you’re a lover of Indian cuisine, or simply the Bristol food scene as a whole, there’s a good chance you’ll have already set foot in the Pipal Tree – it is consistently ranked amongst the best restaurants in the city and is currently ranked at number three on Trip Advisor.
One reviewer writes: “We found this restaurant by chance and it was a wonderful stroke of luck. The food is excellent, the location lovely, but the staff are absolutely amazing.” Read More Pizza restaurant to open in Finzels Reach development
If you’re hoping to visit on a Friday or Saturday night, you’ll more than likely have to book well in advance – tables in the cosy eatery are often snapped up extremely quickly.
The Punjabi brunch and evening menu alike prove equally popular, with the familiar dishes re-imagined by expert chefs and made only with the freshest ingredients. The Lock Up, Church Road The Lock Up, Church Road, Redfield (Image: Michael Lloyd)
Whatever you’re looking for, family run venue The Lock Up probably offers it.
With extensive breakfast, brunch, and dinner menus on offer, as well as a varied range of cocktails for late-night drinks, you could happily while away the hours in this bustling restaurant – particularly in the welcoming covered outdoor space at the front of the building. Read More ‘Worryingly addictive’ Asian restaurant to open in St Nicholas Market
Their Sunday roast is famed for being one of the best in Bristol, with a range of meat, veggie, and vegan options on offer, and is fully booked out most weekends with diners enjoying the laid-back surroundings. Bikkle Island, Stapleton Road Bikkle Island jerk chicken
It may appear fairly unassuming from the street, but step inside Bikkle Island and you’ll soon find out what all the fuss is abaout.
Serving up some of the finest Caribbean cuisine the city has to offer, Bikkle is known across BS5 for its consistently satisfying jerk chicken and goat curry. Read More Huge Bristol pub The Langley Arms put up for sale for £1.5million
The Stapleton Road venture has seen such success in recent years that another site was opened in The Galleries in early 2018, wgiving the team behind the hearty home cooking the opportunity to bring their authentic recipes to thousands of hungry shoppers. Jeevan Sweets, Stapleton Road Jeevan in Stapleton Road
Whether you’re looking for an authentic takeaway to eat in the comfort of your own home, a friendly eat-in experience, or the chance to try a range of Indian Sweets, then this Stapleton Road destination has something to offer. Read More Falafel King’s frustration at no refund after men take thousands using card machine
One TripAdvisor reviewer said: “This family run place always offers food full of flavour, great portion sizes, and we always like to try something ‘new’ which never disappoints. Staff are very friendly and happy, and it’s great peering into the kitchen where various family members are gathered and cooking away.
“I kid you not when I say, there is love in their food!” The Orchard Coffee & Co, Clouds Hill Road The Orchard and Coffee
Known as an ideal spot for families to enjoy a coffee and a slice of delicious homemade cake, this spacious café housed in a converted church is perfect for a stop-off after a morning in the nearby St George’s Park. Read More Historic Bristol harbourside pub The Ostrich to reopen after major refurbishment
With family friendly activities, some of the best coffee in east Bristol, and late-night music events set amongst twinkling fairy lights, there is something for everyone.
Serving a range of both meat and vegan options, there’s plenty to choose from on their wide-ranging menu too. No12 Easton, High Street No12 Easton (Image: Google Maps)
An award-winning neighbourhood café, No12 Easton is famed throughout BS5 as a go-to location for a hearty brunch, lunch, or coffee and a cake.
One reviewer on Facebook said: “No12 in Easton has a comfortable atmosphere with cool décor and great service. Read More
“The beer and wine selection is considered and interesting – not the same old stuff you get everywhere.
“But the main reason I have been several times before, and will continue to return, is the food. It is delicious and well-presented, at extremely reasonable prices.” Thali, St Mark’s Road Goan vegetable thoran at Thali Cafe
With restaurants across the city, Thali has become a go-to destination for those looking for quick, simple, street-style Indian food – but the one in Easton is often regarded as one of the most popular.
Despite being part of a successful city-wide chain, the cosy location on St Mark’s Road still has the feel of a community café offering reasonably priced dishes and a laid-back atmosphere, making it the perfect place to relax with friends. Read More Former charity shop in Bristol is being transformed into a micropub
It’s tiffin dishes, inspired by the Mumbai lunchtime staple, consistently deliver a wide range of delightful options – taking the stress out of putting together a complementary selection of dishes. Este Kitchen, Greenbank Road Este Kitchen (Image: Google Maps)
Inspired by Latin American delicacies, this family-run café has a special place amongst the Greenbank community.
With high quality coffee, delicious Açai bols, plenty of brunch options and a friendly atmosphere, there’s plenty to love about Este. Read More Bristol Caribbean restaurant could be shut down after woman nearly blinded in assault
With free wifi, toys and children’s activities, and a sunny outdoors seating area, this independent café is the perfect place to relax – and is also available to hire for pop ups, parties, and community events. Grounded, Church Road Grounded
It’s rare to walk past Grounded and not see it packed to the brim – with a wide range of tapas dishes, pizza, coffees, lunch options and more, it tends to stay busy throughout the day.
Showcasing some of the best of the area’s burgeoning artists and musicians, the venue has a truly independent spirit that is also found across Bristol’s other branches. Read More The company stockpiling 80 tonnes of olives because of fears over no-deal Brexit
The menu features Bristol and Wiltshire produce where possible, and offers consistently well-presented dishes that are sure to delight. A few more must-try locations… The Faraway Tree, Church Road The Bristol Loaf, Church Road Eastern Taste, St Mark’s Road Dela, Mivart Street

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Avail special offers this election season at Hotel Sahara Star

Avail special offers this election season at Hotel Sahara Star 22/04/2019
April 22, 2019, Mumbai: Celebrate this election season with one of India’s luxurious five star properties, Hotel Sahara Star. Avail great offers after voting and showing the ink mark.
Sahara Star offers you a flat 50% discount on the buffets and set menu. Enjoy a scrumptious food at a great price, so that you can enjoy with your family and friends after a round of elections.
Drink the night away with an extended happy hour, as you get buy one, get one offer on select alcoholic beverages. So gather around your friends and go for a night out to celebrate a day off from work.
If you are in a mood for a staycation with your family or friends we have special day in. Unwind with the finest food and relax in the spas or devour famous dishes from around the world.
So, get at ease and get enchanted at Hotel Sahara Star on the 29th April, 2019 after casting your vote.
Hotel: All restaurants, Hotel Sahara Star
Offer: 50% discount on buffet and set menus
Happy hours: 5 pm to midnight i.e. buy one get on free on selected alcoholic beverages
Rooms at: 7499/- plus taxes with buffet breakfast
About Sahara Star Hotel:
Sahara Star, the flagship hotel of Sahara India Pariwar, is one of India’s most desirable destinations. The 5-star hotel strategically located near Mumbai’s domestic airport magnificently blends Indian mysticism and culture, while personifying the country’s progressive spirit blending peerless hospitality with ultra-modern technology. Creating a paradigm shift, Sahara Star showcases world largest-pillar-less- clear- to- sky dome, an architectural landmark blending hospitality and entertainment to cater one of the most individualized hospitality experiences. Hotel Sahara Star features 348 well-appointed luxurious guestrooms with 25 elegant suites.9 specialty restaurants, 9 unique concepts and 1 inimitable journey. Hotel Sahara Star brings together a sumptuous array of delicacies from across the Globe. The hotel features an unbelievable external façade made of glass and steel post completion. Here, the culture, mystique & hospitality of India blend with modern facility & services to create the finest business-cum-leisure hotel of the country. Related Posts Bake With Le Cordon Bleu Chef Matthew Hodgett Celebrate Modern Italian Cuisine with Michelin Star Chef Beppe De Vito at JW Marriott New Delhi Aerocity Experience “VIbrant Hues”, painting exhibition at Sofitel Mumbai BKC

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April 22, 2019 17:05 17:06 IST more-in What to expect from chef-restaurateur Beppe De Vito’s visit to Delhi and Mumbai
Beppe De Vito grew up “plucking fruits from the tree, buying fish from the fisherman, and meat from the butcher,” in Italy. He worked at his neighbourhood café and then at 23, went to Singapore. Through his youth he did everything in the kitchen — from washing dishes to managing restaurants. In time, he opened Braci, a place he felt “I can dare to try because it’s a small place, and if it doesn’t do well, it will be my hobby, my kitchen.”
The restaurant that does progressive Italian cuisine, is defined by its name — Braci means embers in Beppe’s native tongue — using grill-oven techniques. In 2017, the 20-seater restaurant and 30-seater bar, at Boat Quay, earned a Michelin star and retained it in 2018. And while location is sometimes everything (you’re sitting and gazing out at the water), it’s about the quality of the experience: “I’m going to host you, I’m going to take care of you; you’re going to trust me,” he says, his Italian accent pronounced. “Of course great food, great drinks, great location, but above all, it’s about you coming to my place knowing you’ll be in good hands.” The memories are beyond the food.
Today Beppe runs a few restaurants, besides Braci, under the ilLido Group’s umbrella: Aura at the National Gallery does classic Italian in a sort of raw-umber-meets-burnt-orange setting; Amò is a casual diner; SONS is a trattoria that also does convenience foods to order in, and SOUTHBRIDGE is an oyster bar, where the rooftop gives you a view of Singapore’s lights.
In Mumbai and Delhi next week (it’s his second time in India; the first time he was here for a wedding), he’s putting together a six-course meal at The Marriott. The food is paired with whisky: “It’s about matching the flavours with the food rather than contrasting,” says Beppe. He’ll be looking at bringing the Braci experience to the Indian table, using ingredients locally available, even if they’re imported. Glocal support
“In Singapore, everything’s imported on a daily basis from Italy, Japan, Austraila — we do have access to the best of the best,” he says. It’s not the same in India, where tastes and availability differ, even from Delhi to Mumbai. Sommelier Nikhil Agawal’s All Things Nice is the company that’s invited Beppe.He says there’s a whole backend team just coordinating with chefs they bring into the country.
Over the last six years or so, they’ve brought in several chefs, who put out meals for an Indian audience. The challenge is to balance the chef’s signature style with local needs: “For instance, there are people who don’t eat egg, but instead of removing egg from a recipe, we simply picked dishes that didn’t have it.” Beppe feels it was more about the search for ingredients and freshness rather than about creating dishes for the market.
He says, dining is not about a single dish or a bunch of ingredients. Until a few years ago, he says people went out with an open-mind, allowing the chef, the manager or waiter “to impress them with the service, the knowledge, the product. Only lately it’s become concentrating on the food. But if you go beyond the short history, it has always been about the experience.” Contemporary cuisine
He does try and avoid the trap of the “short history”. And while ‘modern’ is a word attached to all kinds of cuisines, whether Indian or Japanese, sometimes to highlight minimalism, sometimes to be just plain gimmicky, it’s rarely to dig deeper. “Modernity is about applying research (he uses data from his customer’s feedback to tweak menus) and not be tied to our definition of tradition, because these are short-sighted,” he says. Instead, it’s about understanding heritage, and going back centuries, because who’s to say what’s ‘traditional’. “There’s a millennia of history before our own memories,” he says.
Italy, for instance, used to be one of the largest importers of spices in the world, but the World Wars made it too expensive, and food became seasonal. So recipes from over a century ago did have dried spices. Since he’s in South-East Asia, he’ll do a similar recipe with fresh varieties. Dried ginger will become galangal, and while the dish will always have an Italian soul, there’ll be that South-Asian connect.
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Jackfruit Seed Surnoli / Bikanda Surnoli

Jackfruit Seed Surnoli / Bikanda Surnoli
Surnoli is an Indian Pancake or Dosa Variety popular in Konkani Community, the Saraswat Cuisine . They are gluten free and vegan dosas that are thick, puffy, resemble an Uttapam but have more perforated holes that make it extremely spongy and light to eat. Surnolis are generally sweet in taste, with the presence of Gud or Jaggery but I have made a savoury version using dried and cooked Jackfruit Seeds or Bikand in Konkani – Presenting Jackfruit Seed Surnoli or Bikanda Surnoli.
With Summers in India and the Jackfruit season in full throttle, I am just hoping you aren’t throwing away the seeds! Are you? If yes, please save some Jackfruit seeds when you purchase Jackfruit from the market next as this recipe makes the best use of the seeds and the result is an amazing dosa which gets wiped off the minute you take it off the hot griddle . Clever use of “ best out of waste” isn’t it?
Every year I collect a lot of Jackfruit seeds, sun dry them for couple of days and store in a cool dry place. It is sort of a habit now every summer, just like my Mom used to. Couple of months ago, I received this amazing cookbook called The Konkani Saraswat Cook Book by Asha S Philar from a dear friend and food blogger Paarul.
I was very excited and book marked several unique recipes that I could try for the blog. This one, in particular, had me excited to bits. The Jackfruit Seed Surnoli recipe, originally, is a sweet version but I have chosen not to include Jaggery and kept it savory and increased the quantity of Jackfruit seeds too. Our weekend breakfast was a sheer treat and trust me, these dosas are super light that you forget how many you eat actually! Key Ingredients for Bikanda Surnoli or Dosa with Jackfruit Seeds Rice is the key ingredient . I have used the Ponni Idli Rice Variety which I use for Idli and Dosa batter at home. It needs around 3 hours of soaking time. Add the methi seeds to the rice while soaking. Jackfruit Seeds – I had plenty of sun dried seeds so I just pressure cooked them, removed the outer cover and ground them in a mixer grinder to a smooth paste. Poha or Flattened Rice – Adds to the softness element. Do not skip the same. Poha can be soaked just 5-10 minutes before grinding the batter . Urad Dal or Black Gram – I have used whole Urad Dal which I normally use for all my dosa, idli, adai preparations at home. Since the quantity of dal used is less, it requires just 30 minutes of soaking time . Coconut and Turmeric – Coconut adds the natural sweetness and Turmeric lends the signature yellow colour of the Surnoli dosa. Coconut is added while grinding the batter whereas the Turmeric is added after the batter is fermented and ready to make dosas.
Note – My version of Jackfruit Seed Surnoli is savoury so I have not added Gud, Jaggery or Vellam in the batter. How to achieve Spongy and Light Surnoli? Once the batter is fermented and ready, adjust the consistency of the batter by adding some water. It should neither be too thick nor thin like a dosa batter. You need a flat tava or griddle that should be seasoned with oil and wiped with a cloth / kitchen tissue before pouring the batter with a ladle. The gas flame should be MEDIUM and not high else it would burn the dosas from the bottom. A lid to cover and cook the dosas – Surnoli is cooked only on one side and doesn’t need flipping. Pour a ladle of batter in the centre of the griddle, DO NOT SPREAD THE BATTER THIN LIKE A DOSA . It should be thick in order to achieve the perforated holes and sponge like dosas . Pour oil on the sides and cover immediately with a lid. (check the picture below on how NOT TO Spread the dosa batter) Open the lid after a few seconds, take the dosa off the griddle and place them on a plate / hot pot / casserole. DO NOT FLIP AND COOK . An Example of HOW NOT TO SPREAD THE BATTER TOO THIN on the Tawa or Griddle which leads to NO or Less perforated holes on the dosa, making it crisp and not spongy
I soak the ingredients late afternoon and grind the batter at around 7 pm in the evening, keep it for fermentation. It is usually done by 5 am when I wake up . I just add some turmeric and salt and mix lightly and refrigerate it until breakfast. The batter stays good in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days. It is a great kids tiffin box dish, ideal for breakfast. Pair these dosas with a lovely gravy and they are a great lunch option too.
Need Accompaniment ideas or Side Dish for Surnoli – Try the Spicy Chettinad Mixed Vegetable Curry and the Kerala Vegetable Stew or if you prefer, eat it with Molagapodi or Gunpowder .
Let us now look at the recipe in detail, with pictures to help us dish out this amazing spongy dosas for breakfast. Traditionally Surnolis are eaten with butter but I have served this with coconut chutney. You can opt for either or both or try any of the accompaniments listed above. Recipe for Jackfruit Seed Surnoli / Bikanda Surnoli
Prep Time 30 minutes (soak Time 3 hours + overnight fermentation not included in prep time)
Cook time 20 minutes for 10 dosas
Batter yields approximately 20 dosas
Ingredients 3 cups Rice (125 ml cup size) washed and soaked in 6 cups of water for 3 hours 20 nos. Jackfruit seeds (pressure cooked with salt, skin removed) 2 tblsp Urad Dal / Black Gram 2 tblsp Poha or Flattened Rice 1 tsp Methi seeds or fenugreek seeds (soaked along with rice) 1 tblsp grated coconut 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder or Haldi Water as required to grind the batter Salt to taste Oil as required to cook the Surnoli
Method
(1) Pressure cook the jackfruit seeds and mash them lightly. Grind them into a thick smooth paste by adding some water and keep aside.
(2) In a mixer grinder jar, add the soaked and drained rice, Urad Dal, soaked poha, methi seeds, grated coconut. Grind them using little water until smooth.
(3) Add the thick jackfruit seeds paste and grind once again until the batter has mixed well.
(4) Remove the contents in a vessel. Cover and Allow it to ferment for 8 to 10 hours, preferably overnight. When leaving batter for overnight fermentation, I usually keep a round thali or plate below so that if excess batter spills it wont go waste and spoil the kitchen counter
(5) After the batter has fermented, add salt and turmeric powder. Mix lightly. Add some water to adjust consistency and start preparing the dosas.
(6) Heat a griddle, add oil and lightly grease the pan.
(7) Pour a ladle of this batter and lightly spread, pour few drops of oil on the side and cover the dosa pan with a lid. Allow the holes to appear and the dosas to cook (will take only couple of seconds).
(8) Remove the dosa from the pan and serve immediately / store in a casserole until breakfast.
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21 Best Places to Travel in West Bengal for Family Vacation

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No Widgets found in the Sidebar Alt! 21 Best Places to Travel in West Bengal for Family Vacation April 21, 2019 /
Hey guys!
Hope you all are doing well. Are you looking for the best places to travel in West Bengal?
Okay, Let me ask, have you ever been to West Bengal in India?
Well, my hometown is situated in West Bengal which is in the eastern region of the country India. The state combines art, music, literature, culture, heritage and has vibrant city life. Let me tell you a little about my state.
The history of the West Bengal is vast. There are several facts and incidents from the days of independence (1947); partition, the British rule, politics, communal violence, and numerous historical events are there.
Over the years, it has emerged as a beautiful state. The West Bengal tourism has everything to offer you forest, beaches, hill stations, and historical places.
I have spent 25 years of my life here studied the history of the state, went to places, enjoyed the Bengali cuisine and city life.
Also Read: https://worldupclose.in/10-most-instagrammable-spots-in-india-that-will-make-you-fall-in-love-with-the-country/
To all, who haven’t yet visited West Bengal, this article is for them. I will share with you, the 21 best places to travel in West Bengal for a perfect family vacation.
Here is the list: The city of Joy Kolkata –
Kolkata is the capital of the state. Initially, it was known by its British name ‘Calcutta,’ later it was renamed as ‘Kolkata’ by the government.
Over the decade the city has changed a lot, but it is still rich in culture and represents strong Bengali heritage and tradition.
Some of the places like Victoria Memorial , Indian Museum, Howrah Bridge, Maidan, Birla Planetarium, National Library and numerous other things about Kolkata makes it unique and different from the rest of the country.
One the best thing about the city you can never hold your cravings for the street food of Kolkata, which is famous. And of course, the sweets of Kolkata are even more popular. There are tons of things to do and see in this fantastic city.
Note: I will publish an article about ‘Kolkata’ very soon. Shanti Niketan
Every Bengali read, listen and dances on Rabindranath Tagore ‘s works. His contribution to the literature, art, and music has been immense.
Shanti Niketan is the place where he peacefully spent his days working, and he called it home. There is a University named ‘Vishwa Bharti University’ where you will find all the great works of Tagore kept safe.
Shanti Niketan is a small and quaint town, but a trip to this fantastic place will be worth remembering. Shanti Niketan is one of the best places to travel in West Bengal with family, especially during the festive occasion of ‘dol’ which is the festival of color in West Bengal. People play with colors and sing songs of Rabindranath Tagore. This is an unique of celebration that the people of Bengal love.
You can reach Shanti Niketan by rail and by road from Kolkata. Any literature lover will find the place exciting and will get to know more about Tagore’s life. Sunderban National Park
If you want to experience the wildlife and nature at the same time, a tour through the mangrove forest of Sunderban will be an ideal choice.
The National Park is located in the Sunderban deltas and is home to the Royal Bengal Tigers. If you are lucky, you can get a view of the tigers along with the other animals.
You can also get to witness many striking and beautiful birds. The Sunderban National Park is an excellent option for wildlife photographers; they can capture some of the superb wildlife photographs. Murshidabad
As I was saying West Bengal is known for its rich historical importance and, to begin with, Murshidabad is such a place. It has been home to several Nawabs who once ruled the state.
Hazarduari Palace is one of the most famous tourist destination spots. A magnificent palace built in 1837, which has a thousand doors and 114 rooms. It is an exciting place to visit and a perfect short weekend trip for a family. The best way to commute is to take Hazarduari Express train from Kolkata. Bishnupur
Do you know what terracotta is?
It is a clay-based ceramic where the fire is used for baking.
Bishnupur is popularly known as the land of terracotta. You will find plenty of temples that reflect the rich architecture and detailed terracotta work.
The best time to visit Bishnupur would be during the winter because in summer the temperature touches 42degree Celsius. The weather remains irresistible.
Bishnupur fair is quite an extraordinary thing in West Bengal, it attracts a huge crowd, but you can skip if you don’t want the crowd.
Bishnupur is well-connected by both road and rail. There are trains available from Howrah, and plenty of Calcutta State Transportation Corporation buses are available regularly from Esplanade bus stand to Bishnupur. These aren’t air-conditioned buses, so if you want a comfortable journey, it is better to hire a cab. Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary
Far from the city life, coming to a Wildlife Sanctuary spending your vacations with your family will give you all memorable moments.
There is another best place to travel in West Bengal and that is Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary is a vast grassland and is home to ‘One Horned Rhino.’
The sanctuary protects a great variety of flora and fauna. You will need to take a professional guide who will help you throughout the tour. You can also take a Jeep safari inside the forest. It will be an adventurous and thrilling experience getting close to wildlife.
Your kids will probably love to ride an elephant in the morning. Not only elephant but you can also witness other various species of animals. The trip to Jaldapara will make them forget about caged animals in the zoo and it will horizon their sight towards nature and wildlife. Dooars
The next one is my favorite destination in West Bengal which is Dooars, laying in the foothills of the Himalayas in northern Bengal is an excellent place to visit for a perfect family vacation. It is best known for its rich biodiversity and forest.
Imagine your journey through the lush green tea garden, hill slopes, quiet villages. Your heart and soul will be pleased enough with these scenic views.
October to March is traditionally the best time of the year to visit the beautiful place. The nearest town is Siliguri you can halt there for local shopping. Mandarmoni
You must want to know about the beaches in West Bengal.
Mandarmoni is a weekend gateway for the people of West Bengal. It is about 160 km from the city, and the road connectivity is too functional. Mukutmanipur
A small town in the Bankura district of Kolkata has been successfully attracting tourist over the years. Many who lives in Kolkata has never even visited the place. Mukutmanipur dam is the largest in West Bengal, and it is situated near the rivers of Kangsabati and Kumari. It is a beautiful place indeed.
The easiest way to reach Mukutmanipur is to take a train available from Kolkata to Bankura and then a bus to Mukutmanipur which is around 55-60 km. Mayapur
You must have heard of the Iskcon temple; they are spread all over the world.
Mayapur is home to the ISKCON. It is a spiritual center, people come and worship Lord Krishna. I have been to this place when I was in grade 7 or 8 with my parents. I found the place quite thrilling; they have a considerable number of followers.
There are different ways to reach Mayapur but I think the easiest will be to take a train from Kolkata (Sealdah) to Krishnanagar and from there take a bus to ISKCON Mayapur. We followed this route, and it took around 3-4 hours to reach. Talshari
I have been to Talshari, and it was 7-8 years ago. I still remember how beautiful this place is. Early morning breeze, fishers busy catching fishes, boats lying on the beach.
A perfect place to capture the landscape in my camera. It was breathtaking. You can take plenty of beautiful photographs of early morning activities of fishers and boats from a different angle. It is located on the border of Orissa but near to a place name ‘Digha.’ Digha
To every person of Bengal, Digha is a very common tourist destination and considered as one of the best place to travel in West Bengal for a weekend trip. A coastal town faces towards the Bay of Bengal. It is a one-stop destination for families looking forward to spending a weekend relaxing.
I have been to this place five times, and I can even direct you the route with my closed eyes. I happen to know this place this much better. Darjeeling
Who doesn’t know about this magnificent hill station in eastern India?
Widely known for its tea industry, it is one of the most visited hill stations in Eastern India. There are several observatory points, trekking destinations and things to do. Darjeeling is such a place which will leave no visitor disappointed. Its natural beauty, hill slopes, small villages, and tea garden will leave you overwhelmed.
It would be best if you come here for an extended vacation because you can then cover almost all the major destinations around Darjeeling. The easiest way to reach Darjeeling is from Siliguri by road. Tinchuley
How about spending your days in a small mountain village?
Tinchuley is an eco-friendly tourist spot in Darjeeling which is surrounded with lush green tea gardens, and majestic mountains. You will only get to see greenery everywhere around you. Isn’t it sound wonderful?
As it is a small village, so you won’t get accommodation readily available. It is best suggested to book resorts a few months early. Trust me guys; you won’t regret a bit after reaching Tinchuley.
Note: Take as much cash and medicines possible with you. You will get neither ATM nor any medicine stores here. So, these are two vital things that you need to keep in mind. Lepchajagat
It is yet another small mountain village in Darjeeling situated at an altitude of 6,965 ft. The picturesque village is closer to Darjeeling, and it takes around an hour by road to reach.
It is considered a unique vacation spot. A fantastic combination of mountains surrounded by dense forest and cold climate is a perfect place to spend your dream long vacation away from the digital world. An early morning walk through the trails is much relaxing. Kalimpong
You see there are so many hill stations in West Bengal that I have been discussing. Kalimpong is another destination which is a part of Darjeeling.
With the diverse culture and tradition of the Lepchas community, the place has a profound influence on the local food, music, and language too. The ‘Lepchas’ are the original inhabitants of the area. But now, many from other parts of the country have settled here to expand the tourism business.
To reach Kalimpong, you can go by road from New Jalpaiguri station. If you hire a car from Darjeeling, it will take around 2.5 hours to reach Kalimpong. There are unlimited tourist spots near Kalimpong that you can enjoy on your vacation trip with the family. Rishop
So, the list continues with another amazing place name ‘Rishop’ which is situated at an altitude of about 8100 ft. A small village close to Kalimpong about 35 km, has earned its title for its breathtaking mountainous landscape.
It could be your best family vacation if you love nature and its quietness. Early in the morning, you can even see the peak of mountains from your hotel window.
Well, while describing these places made me feel like to book a flight ticket now. Purulia
The westernmost district of West Bengal, Purulia is a beautiful town. Sometimes visiting rural life brings you a different meaning to your life.
Purulia is famous for one thing ‘Chhau Dance.’ It is a tribal dance form wearing masks and combines various movements of martial art. The dance form originally represents the rich culture of Purulia, and the performances depict the story of Indian mythology ‘Ramayana’ and ‘Mahabharata.’ Taki
You can take a day trip to Taki which is located in the southeastern part of West Bengal. The major tourist destination is the ‘Ichemati River.’ It is closer to Bangladesh.
I cannot guide you on the exact route as I went there by car from my home which took around 4 hours with a guide.
I am sorry guys. You can use the google map that will help you to find the direction. Samsing
Samsing isn’t known to many people I guess. It is around 80 km from Siliguri, a beautiful picturesque small place although not much accommodation is available there but, at Suntalekhola, you will find forest department tourist cottages.
You can try this place at least, not very crowded with regular tourist. It might give you a good feeling about the place. Henry Island
Quaint and desolate beach with the dramatic wide sky and rolling waves is what you are looking for then Henry’s Island will please you and make your vacation memorable. There aren’t many exciting things to do, but the breathtaking views of the shoreline will cheer you up. It is a quite lovely place to go with family for a weekend trip. Conclusion
Here, I thereby, end my article and hope you find the above 21 best places to travel in West Bengal article helpful to plan further if you ever travel to West Bengal.
You can comment below if you want to know any details about any of these places. I would be happy to help you.
Thank you all.

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