Monday, 12 October 2015

Fall Foliage 2015 - New Hampshire (A Photoessay)

After 3 years in US, i finally got to experience the beauty of fall season this time. How do i describe it?? It is nature at its best, mother earth displaying wide array of bright, beautiful and vibrant colors everywhere in her own spectacular way. We drove from New Jersey to New Hampshire which is almost a 5- 6 hour long drive, but it was totally worth it.

I don't think there is any need to further describe the beauty of fall colors in words, the photos says it all :) .

Hope you will enjoy some of the pics clicked by me and my hubby.

Lily Pond (Kancamagus Highway)

Kancamagus Highway

Tips: Check the New Hampshire fall foliage tracker online and decide the best time to visit. The best and most scenic drive was the Kancamagus Highway (don't miss it). Most of the pics you see here are of Kancamagus Highway.

Friday, 9 October 2015

Egg Curry (Hard boiled eggs in flavorful curry)

Give me an egg in any form and i will eat it. That is how much i love eggs. And obviously egg curry is one of them. I usually don't experiment much when it comes to egg curry and follow the common recipe. However one afternoon, after making tawa paneer i had some leftover tawa masala. So after few days when i planned on making egg curry, a thought crossed my mind. Why not use this leftover masala? Because i was sure that the masala would compliment the eggs very well. So the first time i tried it turned out really good. The second time around i tweaked the recipe a little and it turned out fabulous. The best part was both my parents and in-laws loved the recipe a lot when they were visiting us.  So here is my recipe for Egg Curry using taw masala. 


5 hard boiled eggs (peeled and cut in half or anyway you like :)
2 medium sized onions sliced very thinly (i used a slicer for this)
1 medium sized tomato chopped
1 tbsp ginger garlic paste or grated
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp degi mirch powder
Tawa masala
2 - 3 tbsp of oil 
1/4 tsp sugar (to balance out the tanginess of the tomatoes)
Salt to taste
Water as required

For the taw masala (recipe adapted from Vahchef)
8 -9 peppercorns
1 tbsp coriander seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp fennel seeds
4 dry red chillies 
1 tsp kasuri methi (dried fenugreek leaves)


1) Dry roast all of the above ingredients (for around 3 - 4mins) for the tawa masala except kasuri methi. Once the masala is roasted and gives out nice aroma, add the kauri methi towards the end and roast it for a minute. Transfer the roasted masala in a mixer grinder jar and grind it to make a coarse powder. Keep this aside. 

2) In a kadai or no stick pan, heat oil. Add the sliced onions and a little salt to speed up the cooking procedure. Cook the onions till they are golden brown. Add the ginger garlic paste and saute it till the raw smell goes away. 

3) Now add the turmeric powder, degi mirch powder, tomatoes and salt (according to taste). Saute for 1 -2 mins. Add the tawa masala. Cook until the tomatoes are very tender almost mashed completely and oil starts to separate form the masala. This will take around 5 mins. Add water as per your requirement. I like to keep the consistency of the gravy a little thick. Add more or less water as per your liking. Check for seasoning. Add sugar very little around 1/4 tsp and mix.

4) Finally add the sliced hard boiled eggs and mix very gently. Let the eggs rest in the masala for a 1- 2 min and then switch off the flame. Garnish with coriander leaves. Serve hot with rotis, fulkas, bhakris or rice. 

Monday, 28 September 2015

Hiking...Our new found hobby (and in the process trying to burn some calories)

Ever since i moved to US from India and ever since i quit my job to be with my better half, life has being good and very LAZZYYYY. Yes the laziness in me kicks in every now and then. Unfortunately this laziness has resulted in too much of weight gain (every women's nightmare these days) since last year. I was never a workout freak nor was i totally unhealthy or overweight during my college or work days. But post marriage i have been struggling to maintain a healthy weight range. Being a foodie, me and hubby always love to try new cuisines, experiment different types of recipes at home and grab every opportunity to eat yummy food during our little travel adventures. All this has led to a chubby me.

And so since the past few weeks i have been planning and scheduling a new routine for myself. Maybe i will discuss more about my new routine in another post. Soooo.. coming to the actual topic of the post, HIKING. Yes lately hiking is the one thing that we are enjoying a lot during weekends. Hiking not only provides you with a great workout but it also lets you enjoy nature like never before. I love being surrounded by green lush trees at any given time of the day and same is the case with my husband. It is welcome change from the typical or sometimes boring routine of going to the gym and working out. So far i have managed to loose few pounds but i have still a long way to go. Better late than never, right???

If you are a nature lover, then go grab your hiking shoes and head out.

Here are some of the pics from our recent hiking trips. All pictures are owned by me and clicked from my LG G3 phone.

Mt. Tammany Delaware Water Gap (New Jersey)

Beautiful stream on our way back 

Made it to the top...yeyyyeee :D
Bear Mountain State Park (New York)

Spotted this cute fellow hanging out :D