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.
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.
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!
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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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. 😀
Wash the leaves by rinsing them thoroughly & drying them with a cloth.
After drying leaves, cut out the extra stem & thicker veins of the leaves to smoothen them.
Next step is to prepare a thick paste by mixing all ingredients in a bowl including –
Crushed ginger & green chili
Garam masala, cumin powder, coriander powder, red chili powder, salt,turmeric
Tamarind & jaggery paste
Start applying the paste on leaves with the front of leaf facing upwards.
Continue adding leaves to the bundle with tips of alternate leaves opposite to each other.
Roll the stack of leaves firmly and continue adding paste to the roll with each turn.
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.
After 15 minutes of steaming, let the roll cool down for few minutes. This will help in hardening of the steamed leaves & paste.
Cut smaller slices of this bundle for shallow frying or deep frying. Some people might also like the steamed version of Patra.
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.
Garnish it with fresh cut coriander leaves.
Patra is ready to be served. Relish the sweet-tangy crunchy Patra with chili sauce or tea.
My workarounds in the recipe-
I did not have tamarind at home, so used Mango powder (aamchoor) as a replacement.
For jaggery paste I had boiled jaggery pieces in hot water for 5 minutes.
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!
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.
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