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A short trip to Saputara

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We went on a short one night trip to Saputara in the middle of the week. It was a holiday for Independence day and the school was on a 4-day short break combining Independence day and Parsi new year.
The three of us, along with my in-laws left from Thane around 6:20 am. My parents were going to reach Saputara from Gujarat. They started at 5:50 am. We stopped at 7:30 am at Shree Dutta snacks on the Nashik highway for breakfast. It is famous for their Maharashtrian food. And Maharashtrian food is usually spicy. So, I and my daughter stuck to plain idlies and bread butter. The others enjoyed sabudana khichadi, upma, and sheera.
We left around 8:30 and headed towards Nashik. The route to Nashik is very scenic and especially so during monsoons. We were in Nashik around 10 am and took the diversion towards Saputara.






The road becomes a narrow 2-lane road once you divert from Nashik towards Saputara. This time, the road was quite bad with really huge potholes in some places. It might be due t…

DIY rakhis for kids and babies

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Rakshabandhan is around the corner. I thought, why not try to make a rakhi instead of buying it; especially for the kids. It would be a fun activity for the daughter. It was a school holiday in the middle of the week due to Maharashtra bandh. This was a good way to utilize the day.

I looked around the internet and saw a couple of DIY rakhi ideas. Then it hit me that we have a flower kit in which there are foam flower cutouts which can be stacked on straws to make flower branches.

I thought of staking the foam flowers to create a rakhi. I used some decorations from a broken bracelet and old rakhis to give it a finished look. I used wool threads to create the string for tying.

Here's how I did it.
Cut out woollen thread. I measured around my wrist and doubled the length.

Tie 3 threads together with a sewing thread. I used 2 orange and 1 yellow thread. I used red thread to tie them together.

My daughter braided one to make a cohesive thread. For the other one, she wrapped the 2 orange t…

Makhni gravy for Paneer Butter Masala, Butter Chicken and Dal Makhni

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You might remember my husband's birthday cake, way back in June. Well, today I am going to talk about the rest of the menu for the birthday lunch.
He loves paneer and dal makhni like most vegetarian North-Indians :). But, my daughter and father-in-law do not like paneer. They prefer chicken to paneer any day. I saw that the common link between all the three dishes was - makhni sauce. That would make my work easier. Instead of having to prepare 3 separate dishes with separate ingredients, I could prepare the makhni sauce beforehand and on the day of the lunch, I could just put the dishes together.

Paneer MakhniDal MakhniButter Chicken
I made the makhni sauce on the previous day and stored it in the fridge.

On the day of the birthday lunch;
For Paneer Makhni,
Combine a 3/4 to 1 cup of the makhni sauce with half the amount water to make it liquid.Brought it to a light boilReduce the flame to slow and added equal (to water) amount of cream. I used Amul cream.Check for salt and sugar. Adj…

Fresh date fruit chutney

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I was talking to my mother one day on the phone and she mentioned that fresh red and yellow date fruits are coming to the market these days. Yeah, we mostly talk about food :). I believe these dates do grow locally in the dry and hot areas of Gujarat. She told me they taste nice and sweet.
We believe in eating seasonally and locally whenever possible. And this was an exciting new ingredient to try. So I was keeping my eyes open for them. I found them at the Hypercity store near me. If you never noticed them before, like me, here's the Bigbasket link to red and yellow date fruits, so you can see how they look like. They are currently "out of stock" and I did not see them at my local vegetable vendor recently. Maybe their short season is coming to an end. :( I was hoping to buy them again to make more chutney.


Back to the story, I came home with the dates. All excited to taste them. I washed one and put it in my mouth. Hmm...not sweet, too fibrous. Maybe this one is not as…