Monday, September 18, 2017

Quick and Easy South Indian Style Rasam

To be very frank, South Indian delicacies are not my favourites - even though I am a South Indian, by birth. Though I grew up on South Indian staples like Idli, Dosa, Sambhar, Rasam and Coconut based curries, my taste-buds are more partial towards North Indian, Oriental and Continental flavours. However, there are days that I crave for a piping hot and satiating meal from the South. And the lazy person I am, (a total Garfield sometimes) I would rather make a quick and easy version of the otherwise seemingly arduous delicacies from the South of India.

And so, for the days when I crave a satiating rasam rice with a dollop of ghee on top, this recipe is what I stick to. I bring to you a classic, the quick and super easy recipe of South Indian style rasam.

Serves: 2
Time: 15 mins


For the rasam:
1-2 medium-sized ripe tomatoes
2 teaspoon sambhar/rasam powder
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 pinch asafoetida powder or concentrate, diluted with water
2 tbsp fresh coriander leaves, finely chopped
Salt to taste

For tempering:
2 teaspoon mustard seeds
6-7 fresh curry leaves
Coconut oil


  1. Quarter the tomato and blend until lump-free and runny.
  2. Transfer into a bowl. Add equal amounts of water, or till desired watery consistency.
  3. Add the masala powders and salt. Mix well and set to boil for about 5-7 minutes.
  4. Later, add the chopped coriander.
  5. In a tempering vessel, heat 2-3 tsp coconut oil. When hot add mustard seeds. When they start spluttering, add curry leaves and switch off the heat.
  6. Add the tempering to the rasam mix. 
  7. Mix well and serve hot with steamed rice, poppadoms and ghee.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

When is the best time to book flights?

Haven't you Google-d this question before planning your dream vacation?

Have you ever wondered if there is some kind of secret formula or pro-tip that only the secret cult of frequent fliers or travellers know about?

To be very frank, I have wondered about this fact whenever flight bookings have featured as a part of my travel planning. Given that air travel is the best way to practically get anywhere we want to, we want to seek the best possible rates to economize our travel costs.
Besides ticket price, we may also consider preferred flight timings, the duration of layover or seat preferences when booking flights online to our choicest destinations. Even if we get cheap flights, we may get a long layover or if are lucky to get the desired flight times, the price of the flight is too high.

Book flights to Bali
Beautiful Bali on your mind?
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or wanna gaze at the enchanting New York skyline?
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Now, Skyscanner did the research by asking 1000 Indian travellers if they were aware of the best time to book flights?

Results of this research:

  • 72% were clueless about the best time to book flights. 
  • According to 69% of travellers, the ideal time to book flights was LESS than 12 weeks before departure, which is in fact, WRONG.

For international and domestic ticketing, you would get the best deals on flights when you book tickets well in advance.

Skyscanner has made it easy for you to understand the best times to book flights in advance to top holiday destinations, in India and across the globe, and the savings you can enjoy! Just check out the info-graphic below:

Happy Holidays!

Friday, January 20, 2017

10 Moments you won’t have to miss if you’re smooth

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