Sunday, November 24, 2019

Mashed Potato or Aloo pitika

      This whole week I have been thinking about food. And I can't wait for the Thanksgiving dinner with family and friends. Also, I have been wondering about the similarities of food between one culture and another. How the resembles favorite entry's to one another. Where in our thanksgiving dinner I relish mashed potatoes, my assamese taste bud adore aloo pitika, aloo means potatoes and pitika means mashed. How the main ingredients of the entry are the same but the difference is the spices or secondary ingredients. Today I wanted to share the Assamese aloo pitika recipe.

      Humble and simple aloo pitika is a quintessential side in assamese cuisine. Like Fish curry, aloo pitika is also an essential entry. Most of the time, even though considered as a side, the place of aloo pitika is nothing less than the main course. In western countries, butter is popularly used for mash potatoes. But, like many other recipes in Assam, mustard oil is widely used for aloo pitika as well. It gives the recipe a more distinctive and unique flavor.

  1. 2/3 medium-size potatoes
  2. 1 tablespoon mustard oil
  3. 1 green chili
  4. a few strands of cilantro or coriander leaves
  5. one small onion finely chopped 
  6. some fenugreek seeds about 1/2 teaspoon
  7. salt to taste 

      First, boil the potatoes. Make sure that potatoes are cooked very well yet not too watery or mashy. Now peel the skin of the potatoes and place it in a wide plate and mash it either with hand or a fork. Then add the finely chopped onions, slit green chilies and coriander leaves. In the meantime put a pan and heat the oil, once the oil comes to the smoking point, add fenugreek seeds and let it crackle then turn off the heat. Add the oil to the mashed potato and mix it well. 

      Fenugreek seeds give a mildly bitter taste if you don't like you can skip it but it adds the quintessential assamese flavor. Now serve it with plain rice and yellow lentils. 

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Colors to add to your holiday wardrobe

      As the temperature is dropping to zero where I live on the east coast in America, yet I'm all psyched up for welcoming the holiday season. Though the better part of the holidays is occupied by fun, family and, food how can I ignore the holiday wardrobe! Every time wearing those same old colors can be boring and uninspiring. Adding up some unique and unexpected color can amp up your whole holiday dressing game. Not just a holiday wardrobe, but it will perk up your everyday winter wear. 

  1. Camel and Burnt Orange - This year one of the most trending colors yet is a classic camel and has spark on its own. On any skin tone, camel work wonders. Team up with the right accessories and brave the world and it is all yours.

  2. Either Pistachio or Powder Blue - Once these colors were only reserved for spring, but pick your right shade and with a bit glam glitters you can never go wrong.

  3. Lilac and Purple - The same holds for lilac. It is only considered as a spring color but mixes it with some warm tone and it could be as classic as black. For accessories, strands of pearl for a classic look or matt gold for the statement. Mix lilac with purple and do we need anything else? Purple is heavily used in fall yet choosing the right accessories and texture makes it completely holiday-friendly. Will fill up the page with more outfit posts. 

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Post Diwali look

I don't know about you but for me, the holiday's mindless eating did shower me with much love, yeah a bit of weight gain. Post-Diwali celebrations are going on and looking forward to Thanksgiving, Christmas and a New Year. Last week visited a friend for a small, casual post-Diwali celebration and the week of Halloween. Yup, Halloween was in my mind hence the black.

I chose a black a-line Black salwar with lots of plates and it easily hides my Diwali love earns (love handles). Added a pair of silver earrings and a black large bindi and neutral sandals. The rest of the look is simple with minimal makeup and easy natural hairdo. I hope you like the look.

Sunday, November 3, 2019

4 ways to enjoy fall in New Hampshire

When you are lucky enough to predict and reach New Hampshire during peak fall foliage, you probably will feel you landed on a dream of mosaic color. The crimson burnt orange purple peachy pink or mellow yellow nothing in the world beats the beauty of New Hampshire in fall. 
There are several ways you can enjoy the fall in New Hampshire. It's impossible to pick but will do our top four things. 

Mount Washington auto road: With endless views and vistas, America's 1st man-made attraction with 7.6 miles long is an experience on its own. Driving itself is a thrilling experience and you can stop around and see the amazing surrounding fall views. In the highest wind recorded summit, you will witness the enthralling yet stunning views of the valley and rugged mountain echos the beauty and pristine. 

Driving away in Kancamagus Highway: Breathtaking backdrops with whimsical fall color and hilly river, Kanamugas highways is the turn fairytale of fall in the fall season. Keeping in undulated and natural the destination through the road is magical. 

 Explore the lost river George and boulder caves Experience the fun and adventures together. Captivating views, waterfalls, caves, gorges one-mile loops with 1000 stairs welcome you with beauty and adventure and fall spell the beauty upon it. 

Covered Bridge: Not nature's wonder but man-made covered bridges are signatures of New Hampshire's beauty. Fall enhances the beauty of the cover bridge. Any seasons are wonderful but visiting those cover bridges in fall is breathtaking. 

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