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Kothimbir wadi (Steamed coriander cakes/fritters)

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Kothimbir vadi tempered with sesame and mustard seeds Mom is here  and so nowadays our evenings are special with yummy snacks rolling out of the kitchen. Kothimbir vadi or coriander fritters is a healthy snack which can be arranged in no time. The aroma of the fresh coriander leaves cooked into this dish just leaves one craving for more. I gobbled up the steamed ones without waiting for them to be fried or to be garnished with the tempering. Without much ado, here is the recipe for it: Ingredients Finely chopped coriander leaves - 2 cups, tightly packed Besan - 1 cup Ginger-garlic-green chilli paste - 1 inch of ginger, 8-10 cloves of garlic, and 2 green chillies Sesame seeds - 1 tbsp Turmeric powder - 1 tsp Chilli powder - 1 tsp Hing - a pinch Water - little for making the pasty dough Salt - to taste Method Mix all the ingredients listed above except water. Add water in very small quantities to form a pasty dough (somewhat similar in consistency to thick

Menthada Huli

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Menthada Huli 'Huli' is to Kannadigas, what 'aamti' is to Maharashtrians. The term 'huli' means sour. I cook a lot of Madhwa recipes on a regular basis (courtesy my parents and my late grandmother). Madhwa cuisine usually abstains from onion and garlic. However, over a period of time, these taamsik ingredients have found their way to our everyday meal :) In my house, 'huli' usually refers to toovar dal to which a souring agent like tamarind is added. But today, I was in no mood to have my everyday share of protein and wanted to have something tangy to liven up my tastebuds. So, Menthada huli it was, to be made in a jiffy! This particular recipe does not use any dal. 'Mentha' here refers to methi or fenugreek seeds which lends its unique flavor to this dish. This dish can be made with or without any vegetables. I added a bit of  ladies fingers to it to give it a nutritious punch. Other veggies like Bangalore brinjal, chow chow, and drumst

Sailing to Flam (Norway)

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We were all ready to explore Norway on a cruise ship. We had read beautiful stories of the vistas of Norway; especially of its fjords and the stunning landscape it offers. Flam, situated on the western coast of Norway, was our first destination and it did mesmerise us as expected. Truly speaking, words are not enough to describe the magical sights, we witnessed in Flam. Hopefully, my pictures will do some justice to describe what we experienced. Port of Flam Flam is a little hamlet of majestic beauty with about 700 residents, located at the inner end of Aurlandsfjord - an 18-mi long branch of Sognefjord. The landscape is colossal with deep fjords adjoining the tall granite cliffs, which are dotted with red & white houses and numerous waterfalls interspersing its vastness. Sognefjord is the largest fjord in Norway with a stretch of 127 mi and the second longest fjord in the world. It is also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A population of just 700 people does se