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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Glimpse of Assamese village scene

They say India resides in the villages. In today's science and technologies enormous achievements inevitably wipe out the differences between village and city. However, there are a few places where village charm is still there. My recent visits to Assam India I click a few pictures in Assam. Love to share with you guys.
  Me wearing traditional assamese attire called mekhela chadar in my in-law's ancestral village.

Tengamora (Roselle) - A favorite assamese sour vegetable.

Banana and banana flower- both edible. Banana flower curry is a favorite assamese staple. It can make scrumptious curry with chicken and sometimes with lentils and sometimes without anything.

 Bhoot Jalokiya(Ghost chili) one of the hottest chili in the world. It can make a very spicy pickle.

Pukhuri(Small fish tank). Almost every assamese village household own a pukhuri for daily fish need. 

 Bhoral(Paddy Storage). You can't imagine an assamese village household without a bhoral. It a symbol of farming culture.

Paduli (Typical assamese driveway narrow and long)

 Cows gazing in the field.

Kaji Nemu- A type of assamese lemon don't know anywhere else found except Assam. Very juicy and it has a great aroma it can increase your appetite.

Oolkobi (Knolkhol or Kohlrabi) - A favorite vegetable.

River fish - fresh caught of the day. Fish curry is one staple food in almost every assamese meal.

Pothar (Paddy field) - A barren paddy field after cropping the harvest.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Happy Magh Bihu

Meji- The holy fire 
With a mixed feeling happy Magh Bihu all. Last day in Assam trip. We are leaving home, Assam tomorrow on the day of Magh Bihu. I almost feel like a five-year-old little girl who refuses to go to school. I refuse to leave Assam. It's always difficult for me to decide what makes me so sad - my parents, brother, family, and friends or those familiar sights I grew up with.
                                     Masor Tenga (Assamese sour fish curry)

Magh Bihu, the most fun, food and frolic festival of Assam. It's all about enjoying food with friends and family after the successful harvest. It usually falls in the 2nd week of January. If you read my blog, you might know there are three Bihus in Assam. Magh Bihu is the one celebration where it's about eating and enjoyment, and that is the reason it's also called Bhugali Bihu. Bhug means enjoying and eating. The day before Magh Bihu is called Uruka. On this day friends and family get together for community dinner. Food consists of fish chicken, duck, thick black gram, fried yam. With the changing time, our traditions change. As Magh Bihu is a typical harvest festival, traditionally young man or farmers build a makeshift cottage call Bhelaghar and also a Meji with hay and wood. On the day of Bihu, Maji is lighted there is a folk belief that with the Maji you burn the cold and are ready to welcome the spring. Bullfights and egg fights are also performed during this fun-filled Bihu time. Making and sharing  pitha and sweets is essential part of Magh Bihu
                                      Laru- Coconut and sesame sweet balls

I have so many wonderful memories of Magh Bihu with my family and friends. Lucky to witness the Magh Bihu in Assam with my family. With this beautiful note bidding adieu to Assam until next time with all the wonderful memories in my heart.




The modern day bhelaghar 

Sunday, January 7, 2018

New Hope New beginning, Sweet Sixteen OOTD


      How is the new year treating you?  Freshness and positivity always bring hope, isn't it?


      I recently attended a friends daughter's sweet sixteen birthday party. Sweet sixteen is beginning of adulthood. The energy and hope of sweet sixteen is unmatched. Sweet sixteen is a year of dream and aspiration. When I look back to my sweet sixteen, I was always dreaming about writing. Probably that dream of mine became reality today. Doing something you like has more love than anything else. Here is my outfit post for the sweet sixteen. It was an Indian theme party, so I wore Indian Rohit Bal dress. It came with a legging but I switched it with a black skirt I already own. I wore red lips and added a brocade potli bag. Just to give the whole traditional affair a modern touch, I wore a pair of Suhani Petit earrings. Do let me know how you like it.



Saturday, December 30, 2017

Connecticut blogger holiday Soiree A Great beginning and A Great ending





      We are on the threshold of a new beginning, I don't want to call it an end because of as always beginning is thrilling and inspiring. But, it is essential to look back as well. I had a tremendous eventful year. I started my blog this year and never imagined I could write that much without skipping even one week. Blogging has positively changed my life forever and gave a new meaning to my life. To my readers, I can't thank you all enough.


      As I talked about a great year with the incredible beginning, I am thankful for it ended with a great ending as well. The last event in the last month of the year was Ctbloggersoiree. The event was organized by Connecticutbloggersbabe or ctbloggercollectives. Yes, I was lucky enough to attend ctblogger soiree with good food and company, more precisely with people in your own niche, almost like a dream come true. With all the hassle of life, I am glad that I could attend it. Blogging event like this helps us catch up with bloggers. An interactive panel discussion featuring Rachel of Pinteresting Plans, Alycia of CT Eats Out, Kallie of But First Coffee, and Sandra of The Rustic Life. Their secrets of success as well as dealing with not so good days. Great to meet all the wonderful bloggers as well. Even though I already follow some of their blogs, meeting them personally was amazing. Nonee https://www.noneesworld.com, Lydia http://www.iamchiconthecheap.com, Angela  https://angelafadgyas.wordpress.com, Pinki http://www.aumaesthetics.com.



      Also succulent food and great drinks by Flora. I came home with complimentary goodies. Ah, what a high end.


Hope you all have a great beginning and continue the greatness until the end. 
Happy New Year 2018!


Saturday, December 23, 2017

Christmas cake with a healthy Indian twist




      Even though I am complaining about the cold, and unpredictable weather, I can't deny the merriment and joy of the holiday season with some great food and great company. As you know, I am from India, and I am not used to celebrating Christmas as a holiday, but after moving to the USA, we now look forward to this snow white Christmas holiday. I help my kids deck up the Christmas tree and enjoy their never-ending list for Santa. The last couple of years during Christmas I have always baked Christmas cake. This is a healthier version of the regular Christmas cake and is alcohol-free. I use wheat flour instead of refined flour and jaggery in place of white sugar. The cake is loaded with the goodness of dry fruit. My kids love it too. Great for after Christmas snacks, very filling because of the dry fruits. Do let me how you like it. Have a great holiday and enjoy the festive season.


Ingredients
1. 2 cups whole wheat flour
2. 1/4 cup of dates
3. 1/4 cup of cherry
4. 1/4 cup of cranberries
5. 1/4 cup of golden raisins
6. 1/4 cup of regular raisins
7. 1/4 cup of mix nuts of your choice, I use almond and cashews
8. 1 & 1/2 cup hot water
9. 1/2 cup jaggery
10. 1 teaspoon baking soda
11. 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder
12. 1/2 teaspoon coffee
13. Pinch of nutmeg powder
14. 1 & 1/2 grape juice
15. 8 tablespoon butter

      First, you need to soak the dry fruits no. 2 to 6 into grape juice for 2  to 24 hours.
Sieve the whole wheat flour and add baking soda, cinnamon powder,  nutmeg, and coffee. Boil water and let the jaggery dissolve. Switch off the heat and let it cool down and add it to the dry mixture. Now separate the fruits from the juice and add to the mixture. Add butter and mix it well. If you find the mixture is too hard, you can always add milk. Now, bake it in at 350 F for forty minutes. You can check with a toothpick. Once the toothpick comes clear, the cake is ready.




Saturday, December 16, 2017

Pictures that will inspire you to visit Puerto Rico


      How is the holiday feeling? Snowing and sipping your cup of tea or coffee has its own charm. Decked up the tree but this is also the season when things start to slow down. Time for a vacation. I love snow, I love the holiday, at the same time I imagine great Caribbean vacation as well. Today, I want to make it short and share with you few of Puerto Rico vacation pictures, probably that will inspire you to visit Pristine Puerto Rico. Nature, culture, and wonders. Enjoy the season's festive offerings and take a break too.







Saturday, December 9, 2017

Basic updates for your holiday wardrobe



      I can see lights, lanterns, glam and glitters, yes holiday season is here. How about your holiday wardrobe. Are you ready? While in summer we don't like cakey makeup, in holiday nothing hurts to add a bit of glam or glitters to your regular outfit.

  • Earring - A great pair of earrings... I love large or statement earring. A pair of earrings definitely elevates your basic look to glamorous one. As a busy mom, I prefer instant fixes. I love to wear statement earrings. And here your basic look get an instant chic makeover.
  • Necklace - Just like earring, I like statement necklaces. To dress your basic sweater or blouse add a statement necklace. 
  • Lipstick - A red lipstick or bright lipstick... I can't think of the holiday season without red lipstick. Obviously, depending on your preference deep maroon or crimson red. A red or bright lipstick can make up or break up your looks. A right bright or red lip. 
  • Sequins- A bit of sequin whether it is a blouse or skirt is a must-have for holidays. For glammed up holidays, nothing can add as much glamor as the sequence can.
  • Shoes - Last but not least a pair of metallic shoes. Just to get a perfect look. A right finishing touch for your holiday look.
      The list must go on, the basic black dress to bounce in brocade pants, furry in fur. But time to wrap up and get set for the holiday season.

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