Monthly Archives: February 2014

Top thhings to Do in Dubai….

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Top thhings to Do in Dubai….

Here’s my take on top things to do when in Dubai….

1) The most popular destination in Dubai would certainly be the Burj Khalifa.Being the tallest building in the world. The Burj Khalifa skyscraper is a world-class destination and the magnificent centrepiece of Down town Dubai, Dubai’s new urban masterpiece. The world’s tallest building is surrounded by hotels, must-visit shopping destinations and a world of entertainment options. You could get yourself a ticket to the top form their official site @125AED (adult, 12+). From your vantage point on level 124 of the world’s tallest building, you will experience first-hand this modern architectural and engineering marvel and know at last what it is like to see the world from such a lofty height.

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2) Dubai Aquarium. The 10-million litre Dubai Aquarium tank, located on the Ground Level of The Dubai Mall, is one of the largest suspended aquarium in the world. It houses thousands of aquatic animals, comprising over 140 species. Over 400 Sharks and Rays live in this tank, including the largest collection of Sand Tiger Sharks in the world. Combo Ticket – Adult(Aquarium Tunnel + Underwater Zoo) AED 70

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3) Dubai Dolphinarium: Dubai Dolphinarium is an amazing place, where you are guaranteed to meet some of the most beautiful animals that inhabit our oceans and have lots of fun with them. You can actually swim with the dolphin and even get yourself cool souvenirs in the form of pics clicked with the dolphins. You have a variety options for ticketing depending on the seating arrangement you choose. You can get yourself the tickets from the official site.

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5) Palm Jumeirah:  The Palm Jumeirah is an artificial archipelago created using land reclamation. The Palm Jumeirah is in the shape of a palm tree. The Palm Jumeirah Monorail is a monorail line on the Palm Jumeirah. The monorail connects the Palm Jumeirah to the mainland.

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6) The Dubai Fountain : Set on the 30-acre Burj Khalifa Lake, the fountain shoots water jets as high as 500 ft (150 metres), equivalent to that of a 50-storey building. The Dubai Fountain performs daily.

Dubai Fountain schedule

1:00pm First afternoon show

1:30pm Second afternoon show

Evening Shows

6:00 PM to 11:00 PM Sun – Wed

6:00 PM to 11:30 PM Thu – Sat

( Every 30 Minutes)

 

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7) Desert Safari : This is one thing that all people visiting Dubai must do.. The trill of Dune bashing, camel riding and the exotic belly dancing.

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8) Dhow cruise :This is one of the most romantic dinner you could probably have in Dubai. As the dhow cruise glides silently along the Dubai Creek by moonlight. While you cruise aboard it offers on intriguingly different view of the amazing city – old town, Sheikh Saeed’s house, birthplace of Sheikh Saeed, Heritage village, golf club, parks and well as the famous modern skyscrapers of the city in the spectacular night lights, On the Cruise delicious Arabic/ International buffet dinner will be served .

 

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Loita Maacher Jhuri Bhaaja

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I came across this recipe when  I was in Malaysia. A true at heart Bengali deprived of all the spices for more than a month, I could hardly wait to get home and try my hands on this so very famous food. Typically belonging to the Bangal (people originating from east Bengal) style of cooking, this food has made its way to most of the Bengali kitchen. Being a Ghoti, married to a Bangal, this dish has often intrigued me. The amalgam of spices liberally used , is a treat to any spice deprived taste bud such as mine. Loita Maacher Jhuri Bhaaja or Bombay Duck fry.

I prefer the fresh Bombay duck as its dried version has a very pungent odour to it, which I can hardly claim to appreciate.

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INGREDIENTS
Loita, ( Bombay duck) 500 gms dressed and cut into 2-3 inch pieces.
Onion 300 gms, chopped fine
Garlic 1 whole pod, chopped fine ( 3-4 mm)
Green chili 6 , chopped.
Tomato 1 medium
Red chili powder 3-5 tsp , extra hot
Turmeric 1 tsp.
Coriander 1 tsp.
Cumin 1 tsp.
Mustard Oil 100 ml. preferred ( any other smell less oil).
1 tsp of sugar(this the secret ingredient to most of my dishes )
PROCESS
* Heat oil and add chopped garlic , stir to very light brown and add all the chopped onion.
* fry to very light brown and add tomato and green chili.
* reduce heat and keep frying till the tomato is soft and melting.
* add red chili powder ,turmeric,coriander, cumin, sugar and stir well for 1 minute.
* add the fish, salt and mix thoroughly till the fish gets mashed.
Don’t get scared by the amount of oil and spice that goes into the dish. It all adds to to the speciality of this dish.

Travel as a traveller not a Tourist….

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Be a traveller and not a tourist…. To understand the culture of a city you will have to travel though the city as the locals do.. Take a bus or train rather than a taxi… Walk through the back lanes and alleys…. Talk to the locals… And above all try to take in the essence of   the culture and traditions…..

 

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Bengal’s take on Bengan ka Bharta …..

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And now Bengal’s humble take on the ooh so famous Bengan ka bharta, Begun pora. The dish that all true at heart Bengali loved since childhood but somehow shy away recently and prefer to call it Bengan ka bharta instead. But even though both might sound similar, they still are poles apart in preparation. While the one that I grew up eating was roasted egg plant, garnished with onion, chillies, coriander with a dash of mustard oil to add the special taste to it, its famous counterpart gets cooked further after roasting with onion, tomatoes and other masalas. I still prefer the old familiar taste of begun pora to my recently acquired taste for Bengan ka bharta.

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Ingredients

  • 1 big brinjal (eggplant)
  • salt to taste
  • 3-4 teaspoon mustard oil
  • 1 medium size onion
  • 2-3 green chilies
  • few coriander leaves

Directions

Take the brinjal and cut slits into it. Roast the eggplant. Hold the eggplant over a low open gas flame. Rotate the eggplant every few minutes or so. The skin will gradually darken, the eggplant will start to sag, and you will notice a pleasant smoky smell. After about 20 minutes or half an hour, when the skin is completely charred, remove the eggplant from the flame.

Knead it to make it into a smooth paste. Add cut onions, green chilies, and coriander leaves, salt and  mustard oil. Mix well.

 

Healthy Yet delicious, this food sure does score high on my list of favorite food.

 

A little bit of Punjab in my life !!

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A bit of Punjab stepped  into my kitchen as I cooked the renowned Sarso Ka Saag… Cooked from the Mustard leaves and spices, this dish does score high on the taste buds of most Indians. I cannot refuse that it failed to impress me too. The simple yet spicy fish is quite a delight to have with its equally renowned counterpart, Makke di Roti. Makke di roti made out of corn flour, adds a dash to the simple dish. But health concious people be aware. This dish could best be relished wit loads of ghee and butter. So a helping of this food would actually add to days of workout on the treadmill.  But for foodies like me it would just add a lasting taste to the taste buds.

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Ingredients:

 For sarson ka saag:
 2 bunches of mustard leaves (sarson leaves)

1 bunch of spinach (palak)
1 inch of ginger grated
4-5 cloves of garlic crushed
2 medium sized onion finely chopped
4-5 green chilies
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp garam masala
3-5 tsp red chili powder
2 tbsp ghee
Salt to taste

For makki ki roti:

 2 cups of maize flour (makki ki atta)
1 tsp of ajwain (optional)
Hot water as required
Salt to taste

Method:

 For sarson ka saag:
 1. Wash mustard & spinach leaves, remove leaves from stems.
2. Pressure cook mustard & spincah leaves up to 5-6 whistle with a little salt.
3. Grind it in  a grinder but make sure not to puree the mixture.
    The roughness of leaves & stalks should be there.
4. Heat ghee in a pan
 5. Thereafter add ginger, garlic, stir for few seconds.
 6. Add chopped onions & cook till they become a little translucent, add green chilis & stir for
some time.
 7. Now add red chili powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, garam masala & stir.
 8. Mix mustard & spinach mixture to this, salt & cook for 8-10 mins on low flame. You can add
water if required.
 9. Garnish with a dollop of butter, sarson ka saag is ready to serve.

For makki ki roti:

 1. Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl.
 2. Make a soft dough with hot water, knead for a few minutes.
 3. Divide dough into equal-sized balls. Lightly flour a rolling surface & roll each ball into a
circle approx 5″ in diameter (1/4″ thick)
 4. Now heat tava/griddle & place roti very carefully on it.
 5. Flip & cook from other side till you see red-brown marks & get that distinct aroma.
 6. Serve hot makki ki roti glazed with butter on top & piping hot sarson ka saag.

Travelling KL the economic way – Tip 2

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Try the Hop on and Off City Tour. You could get yourself a 24 Hour or a 48 Hour ticket and visit KL’s most famous tourist destinations. The air conditioned buses would take you round the city and you could spend your time and again hop onto the next bus once you are done.

Try the below link to book your bus.

http://www.visit-malaysia.com/kl-tours/kl-hop-on.htm

Attractions list of the stops

01. MTC (Malaysian Tourism Centre) 16. Central Market 31. Islamic Art Museum
02. KL Tower 17. Sri Mahamariamman Temple 32. National Mosque
03. Aquaria 18. National Palace 33. KL Railway Station
04. Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre 19. KL Sentral 34. Merdeka Square
05. Karyaneka 20. National Museum 35. Royal Selangor Club
06. Craft Cultural Complex 21. Parliament Building 36. Sultan Abdul Samad Building
07. Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman 22. National Monument 37. Jamek Mosque
08. Sungei Wang Plaza, BB Plaza 23. Asean Sculpture Park 38. St Mary’s Church
09. Starhill, Lot 10, Pavilion 24. KL Lake Garden 39. Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman
10. Bintang Walk 25. Orchid Garden 40. Istana Budaya
11. Berjaya Times Square 26. Bird Park 41. Titiwangsa Lake Garden
12. Ain Arabia 27. Butterfly Park 42. National Art Gallery
13. China Town 28. National Planetarium 43. National Library
14. Merdeka Stadium 29. Tun Abdul Razak Memorial
15. KLCC 30. Petronas Twin Towers

 

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Exploring KL an economic way

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Planning a  budget trip to Kuala Lumpur and don’t know how to save? Here’s a quick tip. Try using the net of awesome rail system that literally coves the city. Economic yet reliable ans safe. It connects most of the must visit places in KL. Best part you can actually plan your trip on-line and get the best possible route to your destination. Trust me , being a solo traveller I have tried and tested it. Try the following link to get the best possible routes.

http://www.myrapid.com.my/#

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