Friday, September 13, 2013

In search of Good Food-Udupi & Mangalore Part 3

Our stop at the gorgeous Malpe Beach is full of surprises peaceful and calm beach has a visitor 

The only cat i ever saw with 2 different colored eyes.We were left wondering..Magic of God's pallette

We then head to Mangalore the Ice-cream town, to visit the famous St. Aloysius Church.
Built by Jesuit Missionaies in 1880.Its interiors painted by the Italian Jesuit Antonio Moscheni in 1899, during the Mangalore Mission in 1878. 

Pabba's is a place to be,and If u love Icecreams, this is the place to be..365 days an year!!
 Loved it truely! You do get a reason to smile in Mangalore all the day :)

Mangalore is truely a cosmo city where all religions co exist peacefully residing in the lovely scenary

We then move along this bustling town to visit the Mahamaya and Annadurge temples

Our last stop being the "Janata Delux(KS Rao Road)" for Patrode
Patrode (or pathrodopathrodepathrado) is a Malvani dish of the Konkan region of India. It is made from colocasia leaves (taro, kesuve or arbi) stuffed with rice flour and flavourings such as spices, tamarind, and jaggery

Next Morning we visited the New Tajmahal Cafe for breakfast to have the yummy biscuit roti,buns and 
Herbal Idli..courtesy Prabhu uncle..Thank u so much 
Our next stop is the local veggie market..

Hotel woodlands Is for cheap n best thalis

Hotel Ayodhya is A good find too

Durgaparmeshwari temple,katil

Gokarnath temple

Mangladevi temple

Rain pours incessastanly and we rush for a shelter discovering beautiful manglorean flower market

Our train journey ends but not without some spectacular green locales..

Adios Mangalore.. Our heart is full of fond memories of great food, icecreams and lovely people..
We will be back for more...

Friday, September 6, 2013

In search of good food Benaras - Part 1

"Benaras is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend, and looks twice as old as all of them put together!" - Mark Twain
Ever wonder,what did it took Mark Twain to write this ? 
Well, not unless you have been to Benaras/Kashi/Varanasi.
The welcome that you get @ d main railway station is no indication of what is in store for you.
Benaras has a lot to offer, each year more and more tourists flock to this city..
It is unique to experience a paradox in this city, its spirituality,its folk, and the flavors 

Each evening, Devotees gather at the "dasaswamedh ghat" to watch the Ganga aarti, 
which generally takes place at 6:30 PM.
Unlike Haridwar where you have a a huge no of tourists and you jostle for space to sit.
Its much calmer at Benares.

Talking about the food, the staple breakfast consists of Benaras, is its Kachori-Sabzi -Jalebi. Unlike other parts of India, Kachori here ,resembles more of a Puri 
   While what we call kachori in other parts of the country is known as Khasta

What can better complement Kachori-Sabzi than hot Jalebis.
The sight of hot jalebis being made ,makes everyone drool !!

We visit the tea corner (chai wala) close to Vishnu Ghat to have chai at a small ttapri.
Famous amongst the locals for its masala special chai..
Do not miss out the enhanced flaovr of the tea in the earthen pot(kullad).
Use and throw kullahds, broken after the first use. 
The taste if the tea in those is pure ecstasy.

We head to the Sigra(part of the city in Varanasi) where we are directed to the best 
Bati-Chokha in town.
Benaras has a huge fan following of these roadside makeshift eateries.

Baati, as it is called here, is similar to Litti served with ghee. 
It is served with Chokha, which is a mix of mashed potatoes,brinjal and Tomatoes.
 This is spiced with right mix of spices and Mustard oil.

The sight of baati chokha served in a dry leaf bowl, still takes me back on that sunny afternoon, when we had this amazing dish served with all love and affection..

Close to this place in Sigra is the famous, Raju Lunch corner, which serves delicious chole chawal(rice with chickpea curry)

Simple yet tasty preparation.
          The masala is just right and aptly garnished with Onion and Coriander with a dash of lime

Benares is also famous for its Thandai. 
Most of us might have had the Thandai at home or at some other part of the country.
But I can bet this is a taste changing experience 
 Do not hesitate over the gracious serving of cream and dry fruits for the perfect flavor.
There are many shops around the corner of Vishwanath temple,
     the most prominent one Mishrambu.. 
You can never miss the hustle bustle of the city around its corner while your thandai is prepared with dollops of cream and dry fruits.. 
Its a Must visit ,we insist one must take the packs of thandai mix for the perfect shot at home

More things to come in this series in Benaras.. stay tuned..

Monday, September 2, 2013

Visit to a steel plant...

This article is not about food, but for an important item:Steel.
Can we imagine our kitchen without steel ?

There are very less places which remind us of how grateful we are to work in the IT industry.
 I did not imagine before my visit to the steel plant that I will return with this feeling.
The below description is purely layman's knowledge, not to be taken as an encyclopedia :-)

Coming straight to the place where it starts, this is the dumpyard for the raw material(Iron ore in this case)

All around the campus,you see lot of chimneys throwing out different gases,
each one too pungent to remind you of the place that you are standing.

                                           We head towards the CCO,(Coal Coke Oven) .
Coal is converted into coke by heating the prepared coal blend charge in the coke ovens in the absence of air at a temperature of 1000 deg C-1050 deg C for a period of 16/19 hours.

These are batteries, basically compartments, which converts the coal to coke. 
Here, a worker pushes back the coke , which has fallen around the compartment, back to oven.

The blast furnace is no less than like stepping on a different planet. 

    The furnace resembes a space station.

 There are 4 chambers in the furnace & tapping(process of taking out the molten iron) takes places every 4 hours.
The place is quite hot(extreme would be a lesser adjective).
 Iron is made in the Blast Furnaces by smelting iron bearing materials with the help of coke and air.
The solid charge materials like sinter, sized iron ore, coke etc. are charged in the vertical shaft of the Blast Furnace at top and hot air blast is blown through the tuyeres located at the bottom. 

The oxygen from hot air combines with the carbon of the coke, generating heat & carbon monoxide. 

These gases, while ascending upwards react with the descending charge materials. 
Eventually the charge melts producing hot metal and slag which are tapped out.

Steel is made in steel melting shop in the refractory lined vessels called LD Converters by blowing oxygen through the hot metal bath. 

While iron making is a reduction process, steel making is an oxidation process.
 This releases large quantities of gas rich in carbon monoxide along with huge amount of dust.

The entire molten steel at the plant is continuously cast at the radial type continuous casting machines resulting in significant energy conservation and better quality steel.

The end product, steel rods, empowering the country’s growing economic strength.

With this, my tour ends, leaving me besotted yet grateful 
 towards the workforce of the manufacturing industry.