Monday, August 26, 2013

In search of Good Food-Udupi & Mangalore Part 2

As we move ahead after paying our obeisance to Lord Krishna we head to the best local eatery  of Udupi.. Located on the Car street in the same square of the temple.. "Mitra Samaj"
The restraurant and the sweet shop are located on the same street.
We ended up eating all the meals of the day here.. Thanks to the Great taste.
Yummy food for your tummy at an affordable price.
 This makes the eatery very popular among the locals.

You can have a good meal for 2 well under 100 bucks.. 

Make d way for d vadas and d Idlys at breakfast and lovely filter coffee.

You only keep wanting more...

We did have to come back for the special Mangalore Bajji or Goli Bajji served hot with coconut chutney, only served at the afternoon tea.
Also served is the favorite the lovely and rich Puran Poli

Dosas is available all the time & you really thank Udupi walas to travel setup their eateries all over the country..God shows the mercy in their taste !
No matter who you are, where u come from,however big or small, sight of crispy Dosas will have you wanting more
A special mention to Karnataka special Pulao served with a peppy Raita for breakfast
Yes Mitra Samaj kept us hooked for a whole day before we could think of moving on...

PS: Also available at the billing counter, are the yummy wheat halwa titbits.. small squares of the yummy chocolate brown Ghee wheat halwa ...melt into the mouth..available at 12 bucks , they are power packed with taste.. and some nice packs of local fried Cashews...

Also special mention of Hotel Dyna for yummy Gadbad icecream n Chole bhature.U keep wanna asking for more
Udupi Fish Market is full of hullabaloo where daily auction for fresh fish takes place in evening

We then move ahead to Kapu Beach where we watch the Golden sunset with the locals.Water sports is favorite with all Manipal college-goers while children enjoy their camel rides.Its a jam packed Sunday hotspot.. Do enjoy the Chicken and Veg Manchurian ,fish fry sold fresh on the shacks

The next day morning we hop across to visit the Malpe beach which is quiet and serene..

Our trip to Udupi leaves us with ironical memories..where the happening golden sunset at Kapu makes way for morning cool and serene @ Malpe
The hullabaloo of the fish auction makes way for the peace and tranquility of the Mutts & Krishna temple
Quaint and calm of the heart in spite of markets makes you wonder at the simplicity of human needs
Yes, it makes you believe, less is more for a meaningful life..

Sunday, August 25, 2013

In search of good food - Puri Konark -Odisha Tidings

Temple town of Jagannath Puri & Konark is an ode to the magnificient history of Indian culture.
The temple being of the holiest Hindu Char Dham (four divine sites) sites, Remaining 3 being Rameswaram, Badrinath, & Dwarka.Also the place where Chaitanya Mahaprabhu appeared.

The Rath Yatra or Chariot festival is a tradition followed across generations at Puri when the Lord Krishna, Balaram and their sister Subhadra to visit their Mausi(Mother s sister).

You discover both the food for life & for your soul as you set your feet on the holy state of Odisha.
We discover faith as we see hundreds of pilgrims 'kanwariyas' walking barefoot to Puri from Bhubaneshwar, in the holy month of Saavan(Shravan Maas) to perform Abhishekam
( anointment
After the visit to majestic temple of Puri, we sit down for a grand Oriya meal 'Dahi Pakhalaa' at Grand Heritage
A traditional Oriya dish, prepared with rice, curd, cucumber, Cumin seeds, fried onions and mint leaves. Served with roasted vegetables—such as potato, brinjal, badi or saga bhaja—or fried fish .The liquid part Torani consists of cooked rice washed or little fermented in water,served with love mainly in summer to give you a quick respite from the dehydrating heat

Across the road, we find the hawkers selling the local favorite sweet Khaaja, along the lanes of Mutta and Dharmshalas lined across for pilgrims

We then hop over to Konark passing the lovely woods to move over to Sun Temple-Konark
Konark- 13th century temple built by  Narasimhadeva  of Eastern Ganga Dynasty around 1250
 Also a UNESCO World Heritage Site this is an architechtural marvel & ode to psychology of human nature
The temple was originally built at the mouth of the river Chandrabhaga, built in the form of a giant ornamented chariot of the Sun god, Surya. 
It has twelve pairs of elaborately carved stone wheels some of which are 3m wide pulled by 7 pairs of horses in traditional style of Kalinga architecture from Khondalite rocks
Carefully oriented towards the east so that the first rays of sunrise strikes the principal entrance
Original temple had a main sanctum sanctorum (vimana), which was supposedly 229 feet[5] (70 m) tall now fallen. The audience hall (Jagamohana), which is about 128 feet (30 m) tall, still stands  & is the principal structure in the surviving ruins.
 Among the structures, which have survived to the current day, are the dance hall (Nata mandira) and dining hall (Bhoga mandapa).
The Konark temple is also known for its erotic sculptures of maithunas
Konark referred to as Black Pagoda , was plundered by Portuguese sailors ,in order to destroy the magnets which held the idol mid air back then.Magnets were so powerful that it would disorient the compasses of the Portuguese sailors who traveled across the shores for trade.
Wheels of fortune show the power and prowess of the 1200 sculptors appointed by the King showing the trends prevalent in the society of the ancient times.
Bang opposite to Konark temple we see a beeline of shops selling local crafts,while we stop by to have some refreshing tea.
You can bargain and get some good metal crafts at shops nearby
We then take our cab back across the rice and paddy fields where farmers are busy sowing paddy in the monsoon. Everything clean and fresh,quite a change from the hullabaloo of busy city life.

Our next stop,the quite town of Nimapada birthplace of the wonderful Chhena poda, Chhena jhili. 
Traditional Oriya sweets prepared with cottage cheese and raw sugar/jaggery 
Chhena Jhili prepared with fried cottage cheese dipped in sugar syrup.
First prepared in Nimapada, now famous all over the world as the symbol of Oriya sweets

Keep watching this space, we will be back with more....