Tangy Tomato Rice

Tomato Rice… this tangy, one-pot recipe is a breakfast/lunch/dinner staple in any South Indian household. No side dishes necessary, you can enjoy the best of it with just the papadum or raita and an equally tangy sour pickle. Gosh! My tastebuds have got the goose-bums already 😛  It used to be a tiffin-regular of my Keralite friend, thus the recipe. I remember exchanging my tiffin with hers so that I could gobble down all of it alone, without a thread of shame 😛
Tomato Rice
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 20-25 minutes
Serves: 4-5

1 cup (250 gm) cooked basmati rice
3 big size tomatoes, finely chopped
1 medium size onion, finely chopped
1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
2 green chilies, chopped
2 heaped tsps kashmiri chili powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp black pepper powder
2 tsps coriander powder
1 tsp cumin powder
2 tsps mustard seeds
1 tsp…

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Top 10 Remote Travel Destinations – Russia’s Hidden Gems

Top 10 Remote Travel Destinations – Russia’s Hidden Gems

Hidden Gems Of Russia

Life in Russia

taimenye lake

 Taimenye Lake – A Turquoise Gem

Taimenye Lake is situated at an altitude of .95 miles above sea level, but the waters still warm up in the summer – up to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Frequent, strong disturbances cause layers of water to mix right down to the bottom, producing limited visibility in the water. The water in Taimenye Lake, whose basin was formed by the movement of an ancient glacier, has a bright turquoise gleam. The lake is 3.4 miles long and surrounded by more than 250 small lakes.

Since 1991, Taimenye Lake has been part of the Katun biosphere nature preserve and 15 types of plants listed in the Red Book grow in the vicinity.

Where: In the Altai Mountains – the nearest populated area is Multa village.

Uzon Volcano

 Kronotsky nature preserve

The Uzon volcano is situated in the Kronotsky nature preserve, to the south of the lake of the same…

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Eight things to do in Oslo

Eight things to do in Oslo

Ellis Goes On Holiday

A few days before the first May Bank Holiday, I had the horrible realisation that I don’t really have any more annual leave from work until the end of September. That means: no summer holiday. It was too late to plan anything for that three day weekend but there was still time to organise something for May Bank Holiday number two. My flatmate agreed to come with me and we had one criteria- it had to be someone neither of us had been to. It also had to work money-wise and flight-wise, by which I mean it had to be cheap and the flight times had to be after work on Friday night and back Monday afternoon.

A bit of research later and my flatmate found the cheapest flight deal was to Oslo. I’d never really considered going to Norway before but the flight times were also perfect and the…

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Torta arancia e cioccolato

Torta arancia e cioccolato

Chocolate lovers rejoice!!!

Coinquilini in Cucina

Buongiorno a tutti, scommettiamo che qualcuno di voi è mezzo raffreddato? Beh, uno di noi due lo è (ma non vi diciamo chi 😛  ) e abbiamo pensato che in questo periodo ci vuole un po’ di vitamina C e molta energia, una torta arancia e cioccolato sarebbe l’ideale, che ne dite se la facciamo insieme? Iniziamo allora 😀

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Embroidered Bag From Jaipur

My husband got this handbag for me from Jaipur  or The Pink City as its famously known.
I couldn’t help but wonder, how many efforts and dexterity of the skilled hands must have gone into making this marvelous piece of art that I have today!

The intricate embroidery, impeccable design and colour makes it one of my beloved possessions. Great accessory for ethnic wear. Goes well with denims too.

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It’s Better to Wait.

Eric Christopher Jackson

MEI am making a concerted effort to visit other people’s blogs to meet new people and be encouraged/inspired by what they do. This morning, I ran across a WordPress blog entitled, “Bites and Places.” One post really caught my attention: “Consensual Sex – Cheating or Rape?

Naturally, I had to give my opinion on the subject. First, I must say, very few men (if any) talk about the intricacies of relationships. It’s uncomfortable. It’s embarrassing. It’s something we generally shy away from. Still, every now and again, I’m approached with or come across this subject and feel obligated to chime in.

After reading the entire post, my response was this:

“It’s better to wait. If you “love” someone enough to have sex with them, you should love them enough to marry them “before” having sex. The “marriage” symbolizes the forever-commitment we are looking for. Sex is…

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