8 Apr 2015

d h o k l a

Dhokla is by far my most favourite street food snack that I came across in India. It originates from the Indian state Gujarat, it's a spongy mildly tangy-sweet savoury cake made from fermented chickpea batter usually accompanied by green and tamarind chutney. There are a few different varieties, I fell in love with paneer dhokla, a sandwich dhokla layered with chutney and paneer. So amazing!!!


For Batter:

1.5 cups besan/gram flour
3 tsp ginger-green chilies paste, 1 inch ginger + 1 or 2 green chilies crushed in a mortar-pestle
2 to 3 pinches of turmeric powder
a generous pinch of baking soda
1 tsp salt or as required
1 tsp lemon juice
1/2 cup of your choice of yogurt (I used plain Tamar Valley yogurt)
1/2 cup water or add as required- the amount of water required depends on the quality of gram flour, so add as required to make a thick yet flowing batter.

For Tempering:
1 tbsp coconut oil
⅓ cup water
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp lemon juice

For Garnish:
2 tbsp chopped coriander
2 tbsp grated coconut
Preparing the Batter:
Whisk all the dry ingredients of the dhokla well. Add in the grated or paste ginger and chilli and mix.

In another bowl, whisk the yogurt, water to remove lumps and combine well.

Add the yogurt mix into the dry ingredients and mix/whisk to form a lump free flowy, not too watery, batter.

Add the pinch of baking soda into the dhokla batter when ready to steam, mix well.

Immediately pour the batter into a greased baking pan and steam it in any way you find comfortable.

As I didn't have a steamer I made a water bath and placed the dhokla pan inside and cooked in the oven for about 30 minutes or until a tooth pick from the centre came out clean.   

Use a knife loosen the edges, then cut the dhokla into squares or rectangles.

Heat oil in a small pan on medium heat.

When hot add the mustard seeds and wait for them to sputter.
In a bowl, mix the lemon juice, water and sugar and add this carefully to the pan.

Mix well and turn heat off. Pour this over evenly the cut dhokla.
Garnish with coconut and coriander. Serve, with sweet tamarind date chutney or green cilantro mint chutney or yoghurt.


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7 Apr 2015

T o r a

Absolutely loving the acoustic/electronic sounds from Tora, an  Aussie indie band formed in Byron Bay, NSW. Check out the rest of their music on SoundCloud

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2 Apr 2015

w a n d e r l u s t i n g

I just got back from overseas and already can't help but want to plan my next trip. Here are my next top 5 destinations. 

1.) T U R K E Y

Cappadoccia via thestyleaddict 
Natural rock pools, Pamukkale, Turkey
Blue and Pink by Bernard l Hermite  Pammukale, Turkey
Blue Mosque, Istanbul

2.) C R O A T I A

Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
via wildseduction
Krka Lakes National Park by Jan Dractz
Red Lake, Croatia

3.) S P A I N 

Combarro, Spain by J.A. Alcaide
via corners of the world
Menorca ,Balearic Islands located in the Mediterranean Sea
Waterfall From Urederra River
by Xavier Gallego Morell via sublim-ature
Cordoba, Spain by Zú Sánchez via illusionwanderer
Food...need I say more

4.)M O R O C C O  
via coastalresidence
Sahara Desert, Morocco
Ait Benhaddou, Morocco
Marrakech via freeromantics
Billabong Photo shoot
Billabong Photo shoot
Billabong Photo shoot

5.) C H I L E / A R G E N T I N A 

Marble Caverns of Carrera Lake, Chile
Marble Caverns of Carrera Lake, Chile
Carrera Lake, Chile
Atacama, Northern Chile 2011 via sapta
Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina
Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina
Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina
Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina

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27 Mar 2015

i n c r e d i b l e ∾ i n d i a

G ∾ O ∾ A 

Anjuna Beach 
Tight Rope, Anjuna Beach 
Wednesday Flee Markets, Anjuna Beach 

Your not in India until you have henna

A Merry Indian Christmas 
Who can beat a $1 fruit salad on Morjim Beach 
Lip Smacking Goooddd
Green Tongue
Drunk Eyes
Wanderers Hostel
Anjuna Antics
Sunset Anjuna Beach 

Dudhsagar Waterfall

Groovin by the Seaside 

T H E  M A G I C A L ∾ R U I N S ∾ O F  H A M P I 

B A N G ∾ A ∾ L O R E 

Fig Mojito's at Shiro's
Shiro, UB City
Skkye Bar, UB City 
Smoke House Deli
My most favourite snack in all of India….Paneer Dhokla from Anand Sweets
Dosa O'clock, Akshay's kitchen 

C H E N ∾  N A I 

Chap Chay Restaurant

Sums up my trip 
South Indian brekkie with omelette haha

M U M ∾ B A I 

Chowpatty Beach at Sunset

 Falooda is a cold beverage traditionally made from mixing rose syrup, vermicelli,
psyllium  or basil, seeds, tapioca pearls with milk
Little Cuties  

Haji Ali Mosque 

Gateway of India 

Ferry ride at sunset

G U J ∾ A ∾ R A T 

B H ∾ U J 

Swaminarayan Mandir
Fafda is a deliciously crunchy snack made from chickpea 
flour served with fried chilies & chutney....ummm yummy 
Street Food 

Always room for ice-cream
Amazing views of the whole of Bhuj from Pragmahal Palace 

N I R O N A ∾ V I L L A G E 

Sat here for 3 hours before sunset laquerworkshop

This is the only place in the world that you will find this Rogan art, 

it's over 400 years old and handcrafted in this village

R A N N ∾ O F ∾ K U T C H 

Yus we are hitchhiking on this big ass truck in the middle of nowhere. 
Just a bit excited...

Travelled far and wide including hitchhiked to reach the largest salt desert in the world. I can happily say it's the most amazing & surreal landscape I've ever seen!!!

"In the world through which I travel, I'm endlessly creating myself"

Extreme Saltness 

Finding beauty in the simplest of things

M A N ∾ D V I 

Vijaya Vilas Palace

Mandvi Beach 
A H M E ∾ D A ∾ B A D

Gandhi's Ashram 
My Life Is my Message, Gandhi

A G ∾ R A 

Lucky enough to see this wonder again

Taj with this Guy :) 

Agra Fort 
Beautiful Marble 

D E L H I 

Brrrr it's cold , Hauz Khas Village

Hokey Pokey, Hauz Khas Village
Gulab, my favourite sweets 

Khandvi similar to Dhokla is primarily made of gram flour but has also yoghurt...so good
Panna cotta Olive Bistro, Gurgaon 
Thai feast at Chew, Connaught Place
Pad Thai at Chew

J A I ∾ P U R 

All wrapped up 

All the colours of the rainbow

Lunchhhh Time at Taruveda

Amazing lunch in an equally beautiful place at Taruveda

Chilli Bean Tacos
The most amazing beetroot hummus with falafel canape
Sushi with Tofu Chilli
Such a faddy

J A I S ∾ A L  M E R

Jaislamer Fort

Weed Cookie Monster

I LOVE Goats 
Just Chilling 
Camel Safari 

A camel, the desert, a swag & the night sky....need I say more!!!

My Humps

Best Brekkie of Poha 

S I K ∾ K I M 

Mini Monks 

Thukpa Time, Gangtok  

Gangtok Ropeway

Caught in a hail storm, Gangtok 

S O U T H ∾ S I K K I M ∾ N A M C H I 

Prayer flags whispering in the wind
Temi Tea Gardens 

Guru Rinpoche, Samdruptse
Life Size Lord Shiva, Char Dham
Char Dham

K A L I M ∾ P O N G 

Had the sweetest valentines day, spent with the warmest people .So lucky to have met this beautiful Sikkimese lady whom invited me to stay in her quaint little cottage surrounded by nature...So peaceful

S H I L  L O N G ∾  C H E R R A P U N J E E 

Since 3 years I've been wanting to see Cherrapunjee (the wettest place on earth) and what an adventure it was to get here to say the least. To survive during monsoon season the native Khasi people have been constructing these living root bridges made from rubber trees. It's the only place in the world like it and it only took 4000 stairs up and down to the lush valley to reach this double decker bridge. Was worth every step!!! 

Down to my roots

There is something about India that makes you fall in love with the chaos, buzz and inimitable energy that surrounds every corner. I've always been an earthy spiritual person and fell in love with India a long time ago, I think it had something to do with my love for yoga and of course for delicious vegetarian food. 

Later in my life I discovered Indian food, eating and cooking it, and started reading voraciously about all things Indian. I HAD to go there, to see and experience India with all of my senses.

Being a women travelling alone around India can be dangerous like all places in the world (it's all relative) you just have to be aware of your surroundings. The positives of travel in India far outweigh the negatives for me, they keep me wanting to go back for more. I know a lot of people just won’t go there, I wish they would, to see for themselves what it’s really like and challenge their preconceptions. India is a huge country of enormous regional variation, from the beaches of the south to the beautiful white tip mountains in the North. 

Many of my friends from India think I should have been born Indian. They think I’m weird to love India so much. I love India from the brightly coloured saris, to the aromatic spices. It's spirituality and diversity is just so different to the Aussie norm, in every way, climate, wildlife, people, traditions. I think that’s why I travel, to find the different. Nowhere else in the world have I experienced the kind of love and care that I have here, from the most ordinary of people who have welcomed me into their homes. 

Now that I’m back in the real world, which at times are stressful, Its calming to look back on my experiences while travelling and the people I have met. Even the most transient of relationships can make a lasting impact on your life, and the next trip, the next adventure, is something that is always there to look forward to, because you just never know what might happen or who you will meet. 

My trip highlights: 

Ancient Ruins of Hampi
Chilling on the beaches of Goa 
White Desert, Rann of Kutch 
Light show at Akshardham, Delhi
Camping under the stars in the Thar Desert, Jaisalmer
Namchi, South Sikkim 
In touch with nature, Kalimpong
Living root Bridge, Cherrapunji, Shillong 

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