Recipe for crunchy Cream rolls! #MyFriendAlexa

I have a love-love relationship with food where I love savoring on different snacks everyday. One of these days, I had craving for cream rolls. And, not just any ordinary cream roll, I had the urge to make them at home. It will sound crazier if I tell you that there are three bakeries just outside my society to relish cream roll.

Without much thought, I searched for all the ingredients available at home.

Ingredients

  • Maida flour (Finely milled wheat flour) – 250 gm for 4-5 servings
  • Whipped Cream / Fresh cream
  • Icing Sugar
  • Salt, as per taste
  • Cooking oil
Recipe for roll –
  • Knead the dough from Maida flour. Add 1 teaspoon cooking oil & pinch of salt to the dough preparation.
  • Divide the dough into 4-5 smaller balls.
  • Flatten the balls with help of rolling-pin in circular shape.
  • Cut the flattened dough vertically in stripes.

    Cream roll preparation
  • Prepare cylindrical rolls from aluminium foil that will be used for grilling purposes.
  • Start placing each stripes one after the other on the aluminium foil roll.
  • Mix 1 tablespoon of Maida floor with water to prepare a paste.
  • Gently rub small amount of paste along the edges all over the roll to keep them from falling apart.
  • Grill it in microwave/ oven at 220°C till the roll turns light brown in color.

    Grill the roll
  • Cool down the roll for sometime & crunchy rolls are ready.
    Crunchy rolls
     Recipe for cream –
  • You can use whipped cream available in the market as a filling.
                     Or follow below steps,
  • Place chilled fresh cream in a bowl.
  • Add icing sugar and vanilla essence to it.
  • Whisk the mixture till the volume reduces and soft peaks are formed.
  • Put the whipped cream in refrigerator to cool it.

    Chilled whipped cream
Final Step
  • Add the cream to the prepared roll and serve it fresh. 🙂
Ready to eat!
The preparation is time taking process and definitely worth it.
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Familiar yet unfamiliar- Deja vu! #MyFriendAlexa

As a kid, I had lived in this city years ago with my family. I used to play in these streets & go to the school located at the corner of street. My best friend lived next door & we used to walk to the school together. We shared same interests & followed each other whole day. Neighbours called us the mischeif-duo. We had explored this area together. Were lost so many times and yet found new roads.

I remember her voice clearly as if it was yesterday when I had last talked to her. Her habit of making faces at people is still fresh in my mind. And, I laugh every time I recall stories of her silly fights with her elder brother. He was so notorious or rather a hooligan as our teachers used to say.

As fate would have it, I am revisiting this city after 20 years for my cousin’s marriage. On reaching the venue, I recognize the similar shops in the side lanes. I plan to visit my childhood home located not too far from here. I am excited at the prospect of meeting my childhood friend & visiting my school.

To my amazement nothing has changed & I can spot my friend just outside her home. I shout her name and then she looks back. I wave and move towards her. But, there is no sign of recognition on her face!

Suddenly, I hear a familiar voice calling out my name. It’s my elder sister who has followed me till here from venue. She catches her breath & with a confused look asks, “Where exactly are you going? And, why did you leave the venue alone in this new city?”

I respond with amused looks,”Don’t you remember our home? We have lived here for five long years.”

Nothing could have prepared me for the reply that my sister gave, “But,we have never lived in this city and are visiting it for first time.”

I was surprised & confirmed it with my other family members. Only after assurance from my father I realized that I have never lived in this city as a child. The memories itched in my mind are figment of my childhood imagination. The familiar sights & sounds are actually unfamiliar to me.

How is it possible? How could I feel so connected to this place and what about the girl I saw? Is it my past life or a parallel universe? Or is it deja vu – familiar yet unfamiliar?

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A day in Mussoorie! #MyFriendAlexa

I had visited Dehradun & Mussoorie over a long weekend. We had travelled from Delhi via road in our own vehicle. You can read my earlier post about Dehradun trip here. I only had few hours to spend in Mussoorie before starting my return journey to Delhi the same day.

Places to visit in Mussoorie

Camel’s Back Road – It is a naturally formed stretch in shape of camel hump. Good for trekking or horse-ride in early morning or late evenings.

Mall Road – It is centrally located marketplace. You can indulge in shopping & food. Almost all hill stations that I have visited have a similar named road. 😀
Shop at Mall Road
Lal Tibba –  This point is located on the highest peak in Mussoorie. You can view snow-clad Himalayan range from a telescope established here.But too much rain may act as a spoiler!
Kempty falls – These falls are located approx 13 km away from Mussoorie. You can reach here by hiring a cab. The falls are easily accessible and you can enjoy the water. Unfortunately, due to time constraint I was unable to visit the falls.
Cloud’s end – It is a colonial bungalow converted into heritage hotel. The surrounding area has dense forest covers which offers tranquility.
Cambridge Book Depot – If you are a bibliophile then this place is a must visit for you. Author Ruskin Bond visits the bookshop on Saturday to meet & greet people. 🙂
Mussoorie – the Queen of hills has lots to offer to its visitor. My personal experience was not so enchanting due to excess crowd over long weekend. Over commercialization & influx of vehicles lead to hours of jam on narrow hilly roads. Maybe, I will visit again on a quieter day & enjoy the beauty.
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Places to visit in Dehradun! – #MyFriendAlexa


I had visited Dehradun in monsoon over a long weekend. We drove for Delhi on our own & spent first day exploring Dehradun market. You can read my previous post here.

Day 2

After having breakfast at McDonald’s, I had plans to visit the touristy places in Dehradun.

Forest Research Institute
The building is built-in Victorian architecture style & is a National Heritage Site. You might recognize the building from various movies shot here. It boosts of museum open to public. If you are interested in flora & fauna, then you should add this place to must visit list.
Source- wikipedia
Unfortunately, I did not spend much time here and don’t have any clear pictures.
Robber’s Cave – Guchhu Paani
This is a popular picnic spot in Dehradun located around 10 km outside the city. It is a naturally formed cave through which water flows. You can walk inside the cave by passing through the cold water. At places, small waterfalls are also visible. For me it was romantic experience, entering the cave by walking through the knee-deep water. 🙂
It is advisable to wear water-resistant clothing & shoes for wading through the water. Slippers are easily available on rent. Also, there are food stalls present at the entrance serving Maggi & Momos.
There is a story that robbers used to hide in this cave, hence it was named as Robber’s Cave by Britishers. Funny how some places get names!
Mindrolling Monastery
The monastery is located in Clement Town Area, Dehradun. The tranquil atmosphere around the monastery & the beautifully carved stupas capture your eyes at the first sight. It is also surrounded with lush green gardens. The place also serves as learning center for monks. I had spent few hours sitting here & did not even realize it.
It was almost evening by the time we had visited all the places & time to head back to the city in search for food. For the last day we went to Mussoorie, I will continue with my travel adventure in the next post.
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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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