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Contents: A Message from the team , Eyed By Indian Zing, Festivals, Wandering about, From the kitchen,
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A Message from the Team

In between the gorgeous rains, India is gearing up for the colourful festive season, so this time we are featuring one of the most colourful cities of India. Jaipur! As we wander through this pink city we explore its cultures, the royal splendor, festivals, cuisine and lots more.


Hope you would enjoy reading it!


Travel on!


Eyed By Indian Zing

The Tree House Resort, Jaipur

The Tree House Resort is a luxurious accommodation on live tree tops. It offers a unique experience in a truly natural setting. The activities at The Tree House Resort includes, jungle safari, tribal archery, camel safari, nature biking, billiards and snooker,tennis courts, bird watching, swimming, nature trekking, open air theater, etc.


The TARUVEDA Spa aims to rejuvenate through well-known traditional Indian wellness regimes of Ayurveda, Yoga and Vedanta combined with best of International Wellness Experiences,and thus bring about the union of mind, body and soul, also accompanied with a Nature Store.


Perfect place for an unforgettable and luxurious experience in the lap of nature.

Festivals

Raksha Bandhan

In India, Rakhi celebrations are about strengthening the bond of love between brothers and sisters and fostering brotherhood. This festival is not a ritual, custom and tradition that can change over time but its style of celebration has become contemporary. Since ages, Raksha Bandhan is being celebrated in the same way. All the traditions are followed with the same enthusiasm.


Rakhi festival is the celebration of the chaste bond of love amongst the siblings. Everyone start preparing for this festival much in advance. About a month before the commencement of raksha bandhan, you can see fancy and colorful rakhis in every market. Ladies start shopping for rakhi and rakhi gifts quite early. Its like a carnival all across India.


On the festival day, sister tie rakhi on brothers wrist and doing puja and in turn brothers give their sisters a token of love in the form of gift and exchange sweets.


When: August every year
Where:All over India

Wandering about...

JAIPUR

Jaipur, the gateway to the most flambyont state of Rajasthan, is a melting pot of cultures and colours. Dawdling camels, cycle rickshaws, colourful bazaars, and splendours of majestic past make up the experience in this pink city. A visit to this city evokes a completely different charm and grandeur of royal Maharaja era.


Albert Hall (Central Museum)
A fabulous building, which displays Indo-Saracen style of architecture, Albert Hall is a prototype of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.


Amber Fort
Amber fort, also known as Amber Palace boasts of an artistic grandeur and structural expertise. It is a reminiscent of the bravery and courage of the mighty Rajputs, who had played a remarkable role in the history of medieval India.


Sheesh Mahal
As the name itself denotes, Sheesh Mahal is a hall of mirrors whose gorgeousness cannot be depicted through words. It is one of the rare palaces in India.


City Palace
Occupying the 1/7th area of the city, the city palace poses as an impressive citadel, which displays an elegant mixture of Mughal and Rajasthan style architecture.


Hawa Mahal
One of the most imposing structures in Jaipur, Hawa Mahal is built in the year 1799 by Sawai Pratap Singh. A five storied structure, Hawa Mahal, is a huge tapering composition with frequent arches, small windows, spires and trellised casements in spite of its lofty formations, the Hawa Mahal appears like a light, roomy structure which might puff away by a gentle breeze.


Jantar Mantar
An observatory constructed in mid way between the years 1728 and 1734, Jantar Mantar is placed adjacent to the city palace. Literally this term means instruments and formula.


Many More Forts & Palaces in and around the city to explore
Jal Mahal, Jaigarh Fort, Nahargarh Fort, Sisodia Rani Palace, Ridhi Singh Pol and more.


Choki Dhani
An entertainment & Cultural extravaganza, Choki Dhani is a mock Rajasthani Village where you can enjoy traditional food, dances, rides and lots more. A great place for a fun evening!


From the Kitchen...

Kachori

Kachoris are puffed flaky balls stuffed with indian spiced mixture and have a shelf life of 4-5 days. This makes for a staple snack in many north Indian household, particularly Rajasthani Kachoris are super delicious.


Ingredients:


For The Dough
  • 2 cups plain refined flour
  • 1/4 cup purified butter (ghee)salt to taste

  • For The Moong Dal Filling
  • 1/2 cup yellow moong dal (split yellow gram), soaked for 2 hours and drained
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 1/4 tsp asafoetida (hing)
  • 1 tsp ginger-green chilli paste
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp besan (bengal gram flour)
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp dried mango powder (amchur)

  • Other Ingredients
  • oil for deep-frying



Directions:


For the dough

Combine all the ingredients in a deep bowl and knead into a semi-soft dough using enough water. Cover the dough with a wet muslin cloth and keep aside for 15 minutes.


For the moong dal filling

Heat the oil in a broad non-stick pan, add the cumin seeds and asafoetida and saut on a medium flame for a few seconds. Add the moong dal and saut on a medium flame for 1 minute. Add the ginger-green chilli paste, chilli powder, turmeric powder, salt and cup of water and mix well. Cover with a lid and cook on a medium flame for 5 to 7 minutes. Switch off the flame, add the besan, garam masala and dried mango powder and mix well. Divide the filling into 12 equal portions and keep aside to cool.


How to proceed

Divide the dough into 12 equal portions and keep aside. Roll out each portion of the dough into a 63 mm. (2 ") diameter circle. Place one portion of the moong dal filling in the centre. Bring together all the sides and seal it tightly. Roll the filled portion again into a 75 mm. (3") diameter circle, while ensuring that the filling does not spill out. Heat the oil and deep-fry the kachoris on a medium flame, for 4 minutes and then on slow flame for 5 to 6 minutes. Drain on an absorbent paper. Serve hot.


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