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Things to do in Dehradun! #MyFriendAlexa

The most awaited time for a working professional is a long weekend holiday. No need to apply leaves & get minimum three days off. It was on one such long weekend in monsoon that I had planned to visit Dehradun by driving down from Delhi. Dehradun is approximately 250 km. from Delhi via Saharanpur & takes six hours.

We had started our journey early morning relying on the google maps for directions. We were so naive! The network connections remain dicey and we were lost numerous times. Thanks to the locals who were kind enough to guide us to the correct route! As it was raining, the visibility on roads was low & then at entry into Dehradun we were stuck in an hour-long traffic jam at hills due to maintenance activity.


After the day long tiring journey & some rest, we head out to explore Dehradun in the evening.


Paltan Baazaar


It is located at the center of the city and is a street shopping market. Things ranging from jewellery, clothes, toys, household items – you can find it all here. It was buzzing with activity in the evening. And there is only one rule applicable – ‘One who bargains is the king.’ You can easily spend hours here lost in the maze of shops.


Clock Tower


It is located near the Paltan Bazaar & has names of freedom fighters engraved on it. The clocks were not working when I had visited. But, it does remind us of the foregone era when the sound of clock bells would fill the surrounding area. Sounds very British-like to me at least!



All this exploring had left us hungry & we went to Rajpur Road in search of restaurants.

Restaurant – Kalsang’s friend corner


My friend had suggested me to try out this restaurant and I was not disappointed. I liked the ambience and food. It has Tibetan & Chinese variety to offer. There is corner where different tourists have pinned currencies of their countries & left wonderful notes. For me personally, this was the highlight of the place.


On the first day we could only visit so few places in Dehradun & had planned to spend next day in local sightseeing.

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A rainy evening with Patra(Alu Vadi) #MyFriendAlexa

After a long wait, earth was blessed with heavenly showers. Sitting in the balcony, watching the rain falling on ground is a wonderful sight. And, this experience is enhanced by having a cup of tea and yummy snacks!

Having lived in Mumbai for few years, I enjoyed eating Patra(Alu Vadi) a lot. And, I had been craving for it since long time. With no one ready to serve it, I took it upon myself to make yummy Patra and relish it.

Patra or Alu vadi is made from colocasia leaves. Alu in Hindi means potato but in Marathi Alu means colocasia, hence it is named so. First step in making it was calling up my friend in Mumbai to ask for her mother’s authentic recipe. 😀

Ingredients:
  • Colocasia leaves – 8 or 10
  • Gram flour(Besan) – 2 cups
  • Ginger crushed
  • Green chilies crushed – 2 to 3
  • Garam masala – 1 teaspoon
  • Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Red chili powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Turmeric powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Salt – as per taste
  • Tamarind paste/ Dry Mango powder(Aamchoor) – 2 tablespoon
  • Jaggery paste – ½  small cup
  • Sesame seeds – for frying
  • Mustard seeds – for frying
  • Coriander leaves – for garnishing
Preparation steps – 
  1. Wash the leaves by rinsing them thoroughly & drying them with a cloth.
  2. After drying leaves, cut out the extra stem & thicker veins of the leaves to smoothen them.
  3. Next step is to prepare a thick paste by mixing all ingredients in a bowl including –
  • Besan
  • Crushed ginger & green chili
  • Garam masala, cumin powder, coriander powder, red chili powder, salt,turmeric
  • Tamarind & jaggery paste

    Ingredients for paste

    Ingredients for paste

  1. Start applying the paste on leaves with the front of leaf facing upwards.
  2. Continue adding leaves to the bundle with tips of alternate leaves opposite to each other.
  3. Roll the stack of leaves firmly and continue adding paste to the roll with each turn.
  4. Tie thread to the roll to keep it in place. Steam this roll in a pressure cooker/closed pan for 15 minutes. Remember to remove the whistle from cooker.
  5. After 15 minutes of steaming, let the roll cool down for few minutes. This will help in hardening of the steamed leaves & paste.
  6. Cut smaller slices of this bundle for shallow frying or deep frying. Some people might also like the steamed version of Patra.
  7. For frying, heat some oil in pan; add sesame seeds & mustard seeds. Add the cut slices into the pan & fry till it turns golden brown.
  8. Garnish it with fresh cut coriander leaves.
  9. Patra is ready to be served. Relish the sweet-tangy crunchy Patra with chili sauce or tea.

    Alu Vadi/Patra

    Alu Vadi/Patra

My workarounds in the recipe-
  1. I did not have tamarind at home, so used Mango powder (aamchoor) as a replacement.
  2. For jaggery paste I had boiled jaggery pieces in hot water for 5 minutes.
  3. I had used a rolling pin to smoothen out thicker veins of the leaves & few leaves were broken in the process. Need more practice for this!
  4. If you do not like the sesame seeds, then they can be avoided while frying.

As I was preparing it for the first time, I took more than the estimated time of 30 minutes. Hope you like the recipe as much as I liked preparing & eating it.

Do share your thoughts about it – have you ever eaten it before or like it? Have I missed any steps in the preparation? What other evening snacks are your favorites? Looking forward to your response! If you liked this post, do shower us some love by commenting, liking & sharing the post.

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Time for positivity! #MyFriendAlexa

The year 2017 has been a mixed bag for me till now. Ups & downs, highs & lows. All that you can imagine jumbled up in few months.  Only thing keeping me sane is thinking positive.  Every day has been a new learning – both personally & professionally. I guess this is part of life.

To be honest, staying positive does not come very easily.  We need to make extra efforts on some days. Even getting out of bed & going to work seems like a burden. That’s how I have felt on few days. But, at the end I know this too shall pass.  Maybe someday when I am able to disconnect from current events I will write more about it.

In the coming month I intend to write about all things happy – little bit of travel, food & life. Travelling coupled together with good food can make life impressive. Talking about food reminds me that it’s time for my Alexa ranking to lose some weight. It has gained a lot & current Global Alexa Rank is 11,589,035.

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