Being Local 7

The shopkeeper who poses like a girl while displaying the colorful sarees at the Lakshal Saree Centre at Sarnath besides the Thai Temple. Handlooms prepared by the local weavers inside the Sarnath Temple area is sold here. They have huge varieties of Banarasi sarees and offer very good prices compared to the market price.

'Being Local' is a series where I post the different characters who I feel is interesting enough to have a mention during my travels. You can find others in the series here.
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Being Local 6

A candid shot of a priest collecting money in return of the blessings at the Dashashwamedh Ghat just prior to the Ganga Arati.

'Being Local' is a series where I post the different characters who I feel is interesting enough to have a mention during my travels. You can find others in the series here.
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Simple Homemade Chicken Clear Soup

Soups are a good way to start a meal. It's Sunday when we try to experiment new dishes at home and it turned out that preparation of Chicken Clear Soup had its turn this Sunday - a simple but healthy food.

1. Bone less chicken 100 grams (cut into small pieces)
2. Onions (Use spring onion with stalk is available)
3. Garlic 4 cloves
4. Ground Pepper
6. Butter 2 tablespoons
7. Salt to taste


1. First of all, boil the boneless chicken pieces with 2 cloves of garlic and onion in a pressure cooker. If you have spring onions, you can give that as well.

2. Strain the chicken stock and keep it aside for using later.

Chicken Stock

3. Shred the boiled chicken with your fingers. It will come of easily. 

Shredded Chicken

4. Chop the remaining bulbs of the spring onions and garlic cloves. Chop the stalks of the spring onions separately.

5. Melt the butter in a deep pan. Add the chopped onion bulbs first. When they start melting and acquire an auburn color, add the chopped garlic and stalks. Stir fry it for about 3 minutes.

6. Now add the shredded chicken and stir fry for a minute.

7. Pour the chicken stock into the pan and mix well. Add about 2 cups of water to this and simmer it for 15 minutes.

8. Just before you remove the soup from the flame sprinkle ground pepper and salt on it as per your taste. You can garnish it with parsley stalks and leaves and your Chicken Clear Soup is ready.

Ready Chicken Clear Soup 

After preparation, I realized that I had put more pieces of chicken than needed. But the taste was really yummy and my kid liked it very much.

You can try this too and experiment with little variations according to your taste. Good Luck!!!

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List of World Heritage Sites in India visited

Charity Begins at Home!!! In order to fulfill one of my wishlist - "Visit the top UNESCO World Heritage sites", it is always apt to first visit the ones which are in my home country.

There are 32 World Heritage Sites in India that are recognized by UNESCO as of 2014. Of these, 25 are cultural sites and the other 7 are natural sites.

So far, I have had the privilege of visiting only 11 of them as below:
  • Mahabodhi Temple Complex at Bodh Gaya, Bihar
  • Agra Fort, Uttar Pradesh
  • Taj Mahal, Uttar Pradesh
  • Sun Temple, Konarak
  • Ajanta Caves
  • Ellora Caves 
  • Elephanta Caves
  • Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (formerly Victoria Terminus)
  • Qutb Minar and its Monuments, Delhi
  • Red Fort Complex
  • Hampi, Karnataka
Sunderbans and Khajuraho are among the ones which are definitely in my wish list before I can move ahead with others.

You can find the rest from the link below.

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Idly Chaat

Monday mornings are always lazy and we woke up late. With Maggi others being banned, needed a quick and tasty snack to fill our stomach. Ideas started coming to my mind on what to make.

Idly (2 pieces)
Sev (Fine and course)
1 small onion finely chopped (optional)
1 small tomato finely chopped (optional)
Chat Masala
Tomato sauce
Chilly sauce
2 to 3 tsp oil for frying the idlis


Cut the idly into small pieces and light fry in 2 to 3 tsp of oil in a non-sticky pan. You might also want to add butter instead of oil.

Add Sev, chanachur, chat masala to the fried idly chunks. You might also want to add chopped onions and tomatoes.

Add tomato and chilly sauces if you want. You might also want to add Coriander chutney or Tamarind chutney. I like sukha and hence do not prefer to add sauces. Rest I will leave it upto your imagination and taste.

Ideal replacement for 2 minutes Maggi. Chala Bagunda...
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