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Poor Lamb got cooked

After watching Dawat-E-Ishq movie was craving for asli Hyderabadi food. Last night me and my friend Syed Basith made it to Sarvi. Tasted Mutton Biryani add-on Double Masala and Hyderabadi Classic dish Pathar Ka Gosht (Meat Cooked on Stone) followed by Falooda and Spl Lassi. Was a really good time with Basith talked about childhood pranks and sharing travel experiences. It was a pleasure to meet my school friend after a long time.

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Pathar ka ghost

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Falooda and Lassi

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Mutton Biryani

My Bucketlist- Whale shark dive

Whale shark dive, Cebu, Philippines.
I cannot imagine myself doing that.. I don’t know. I was some kind of a scared even to swim with dolphins,Japan. And these are Sharks.. no matter what they eat. I’m not sure if I could do that, even though it looks awesome!!! Probably I would just need a good and long preparation for it. An experience that you can’t never forget. More 6 months to go!!!

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The Food of The Kingdom of Bhutan

Bhutan has many many lovely sceneries… from the stunning views of the Himalayas to the gho or Kira-clad Bhutanese going about their daily business, to the monks and mini-monks, and the quaint architecture of their Dzongs and temples. Food was the least of my concerns while I was there.

Vegetarians would likely not complain. Most dishes are non-meat. There isn’t also a good source of seafood outside of those brought in from India. Landlocked, there isn’t much variety in local ingredients. For the whole week I was there, I ate a lot of potatoes, vegetable dumplings and yak meat. All that accompanied by mountain rice and lots of chilies. So if you like all that carbo plus the spicy chili peppers, you won’t have any reason to complain. I guess.

Chilies are a regular ingredient in many dishes in Bhutan, so it’s not surprising that the national food, ema datshi, involves a heavy dose of chilies.

Ema datshi is a curry made of chili and cheese – ema locally means chili, and datshi means cheese – and is eaten almost daily. It is very easy to prepare; cooking time usually takes just around ten minutes. It also requires simple ingredients, such as tomatoes and onions.

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Momos are those dumplings much like their Chinese counterparts in appearance. The fillings differ though. The Bhutanese version has vegetables and cheese, accompanied by chili dip. Then someone told me that there was Ema Datshi on the table. I’ve read about this spicy “chili con queso” and hoped it’s asking to my favorite dish of chili relleno. Seems like this is the national dish of Bhutan, the way the locals talked about it. I didn’t waste time trying it, and then……felt I actually turned red — perhaps with nostrils flaring, smoke coming out — after just a spoonful. So. Don’t tell me you were not warned! As they say in Bhutan, “If it doesn’t make you sweat, why bother to eat it?”

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On cheese, do remember that Bhutanese love their cheese made from milk from cows, goats or yaks. It is not your typical cheese though. But you’d find them in many dishes. Also, most hotels and dining places serve food buffet style. There would be a variety of choices , for sure. While there, I never hesitated trying the noodle dishes, the leafy green vegetables which looked like they were simply boiled and the potatoes which came in a variety of preparations! Best Bhutanese meal was in a place in Chimi Lakhang in the middle of paddy fields, seated by a window with a perfect view of farmers harvesting their rice. I’m telling you, the scenery certainly ranks higher in importance, regardless of what’s on your plate.
Dishes which I tried in my trip
Yak Burger
yak burger and fries -- not bad!
Tibetan Momos : Chicken Momos
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Spinach Momos
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Yak  Fried Stuffed Momos
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Fried Momos
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Veggie momo
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Tibetan Samosa
Yak Burger
Tibetan Bread – Pun
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Naan with Mutton curry
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Szechuan Mala Rice Noodles served with roasted peanuts
Szechuan Mala Rice Noodles
Cheesy pun for breakfast
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Tibetan thali with chicken
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Tibetan pun with spicy potato
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Thukpa
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Yak Chese Sandwhich
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carrot cake, with vanilla-caramel ribbon ice-cream, topped with a heavenly sliver of honey comb. Sin never tasted this good!
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Traveling to Bhutan

I have been quite silent in my blog for sometime now. There are lot of things happening around (more details soon) and one of them was that I was planning for a trip to Bhutan and Kolkata.

Initially I thought of doing simple trip, like my last trips but then decided to not to. I Will post more details about the trip, with photos once I am back.

I will be back by mid of this October and till then my phone will be switched off and if you send me an email you will get a response only after I am back.

And regarding the good news, you might have to wait till I am back ;)

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In search of companion to travel world

It’s a dream of mine to both travel the world and live without money. I have found out that both can be possible with enough will power and faith in the kindness of strangers. I gonna start my journey from Delhi, India around mid august on a bicycle heading to Nepal and from there Neighboring countries. Not sure if I will keep or drop the bicycle at any point and continue hitchhiking. I will be covering Asia first for at least a year since there will definitely be lots of volunteering on farms, villages and schools  involved. I welcome one or two travel companions for all or parts of my adventure, because after all, what’s a experience when it’s not shared. Reply here or send me a private message if you’re interested. Further things discussed on PM how to travel with shoestring budget.

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Dear Bloggers help me

My name is Madhu Kalyan Mattaparthi and I enjoy living.

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As Helen Keller once said:

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.

We need to take full advantage of the time we have. Experience everything. Dare to be adventurous, scared, embarrassed, and alone. Dare to laugh, to live, to enjoy the present, and to exploit every opportunity. For it is in these moments of emotional extreme that we find out who we really are and what we love to do. Pursue them. Seek out experiences that make you come alive and settle for nothing less.

As Alfred Tennyson wrote in Ulysses:

I am part of all that I have met.

Make your adventures count.

Seek out friends in strangers, eat foods that are delicious delicacies of other cultures,  live hard, laugh often, and above all, enjoy life. Because in the end we will all return to the earth. Let’s hit it running.

My name is Madhu Kalyan and I want to share my perspective of the world.

Recently finding myself struggling to find my “calling” in life led me to discover that my true desire is to travel the world and see places through the lens of my camera, nothing–in the whole world–could make my heart happier.

This campaign is just a launching pad for my wanderlust. There are so many places in the India that are just as extravagant as many of the World Wonders, and more specifically, Himalayas. I want to travel some of the great landmarks that reside between the borders of India, and document the whole trip from my camera. So why not explore the unknown right in your very own backyard? A question I asked myself, “Why not?” Quickly after some excitement of making my dreams unfold, I realized I need YOUR help. This entire campaign will NOT be possible with out you.

My link

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/documentary-on-india/x/7516875