Flowers !!

  • February 2, 2015 8:41 pm

Here are some pictures bloomed in Pagoda terrace.

Juju Dhau ( king of Yoghurt) only in Bhaktapur

  • February 2, 2015 2:22 pm

When you visit Bhaktapur, you must try yoghurt , which is known here as Juju dhau. It’s made of cow/buffalo milk. White creamy texture which is sweet as an creamy ice cream . Yammy stuff and it is used for every special occasions here in Bhaktapur in Newar community.

I went to a near by small factory which produces fresh yoghurt daily basis. It is called Famous Dahi Bhandar at Bolachhen tole. Mr. Mrigendra Pradhananga  ( 45) and his family is continuing this business for about 80 years from generation to generation. They are known as Satta dhau here in locals. He told he buys milk from the village market , per liter Rs 70 these days. He makes about 50 pots bigger and smaller in daily basis. He makes three four times more in occasions and festivals. He has pots in four sizes. Small  he charges Rs 150, medium Rs 450, bigger Rs 650 large and extra large in 16 inches and 22 inches costs from Rs 1500 to 3000. To order special ones like without sugar inform him  one day before and others two days before is fine for him, he told.

He starts his work making yoghurt about 6:30 am everyday. He boils milk and cooks it,  hours. He boils and once it is boiled he keeps boiling it for about one or one and half hours. He stirs milk in between several times. He checks every time . When the thikness is ok for yoghurt he starts putting sugar in it as to taste it sweet. Then he prepares the clay pots. He has managed about 2 feet high rice peel of layer . It maintains temperature to keep warm up. He told temperature should be about 50 degrees in winter and about 40 in summer. 

After pots are ready then he pours down milk in each pots about half in first. It needs to be cool down before he puts curd in it.  

 

He waits to pour more milk about 20 mins and  he checks if milk in pot cools down or not? Then he adds more milk in it slowly and fills it up.

 

 

Now it’s time to put one day old curd to make new curd. In small pot one big spoon and for medium three big spoon full is good.

After keeping cover on the pot he covers with cotton quilts so temperature about 50 degrees will be ok.

After covering on quilts he told it needs to keep for 3 hours and  yoghurt will be ready to serve. As it cools down it gets stick in to that pot. To check good quality yoghurt  you can turn over the pot it won’t fall off. So you can eat Yoghurt with muesli , fruits, beaten rice or plain. Enjoy!!

Bhaktapur !!

  • December 13, 2014 8:16 pm

Yoga my medicine!!

  • November 12, 2014 1:51 pm

After a longer gap , i’m going to add more postures to continue our yoga talks the remaining postures. Sorry for the delay and a gap.

  • 26. Suptabajrasan : After doing the Gomukhasan we are in sitting position BajrasanBefore Suptabajrasana we need to do short meditation about few minutes. Sit on bajrasana position and make a mudra with crossed hands on your lap. Close your eyes and take long breathe in as much more you can then take long breathe out slowly making your face smiling. Repeat this for few more times and feel you are very relaxed.

 

Then try to do Suptabajrasana. You need to sit on the ground making your legs folded. Take a long breathe in and at the same rythem move your one hand behind do it same for the other hand breathing in. Now with the help of your palm and your elbows u need to get your body down and rays your both hands upward close your eyes and relax in normal  breathing.

After this you need to get up slowly with the help of your elbow and palm. Then you must do Balasan  pose to get relaxed to your head part.

27. Balasan ( child pose):

After Suptabajrasan we must do balasana in same sitting position bajrasana. Rays your both hands up breathing in and then lean down in front breathing out keeping your hands in front on the ground. Then try to stay in same position as longer as you can. The heart patients are not allowed to do this pose for longer . This needs to hold the breath so. Normal persons can do it as longer as they can. Then relax for some time.

This Suptabajrasana is useful to make balance of your body, more flexible, and helpful for knee , back and legs problems.

My Bungy in my memory !!

  • September 5, 2014 1:25 pm

Whenever i pass by people, wearing Bungy T-shirt, written with ‘ The last Resort’ on my way walk, it reminds me my adventure done bungy jump in 2006 at The last Resort. This is situated at Panglang in Sindhupalchok district.
Along roars of Bhote khoshi high above there is a bridge. From the bridge jumping down towards the river looks scary enough. But the people are keeping up accepting  the challenge to jump down with tied up rope on legs and they dare to do bungy jumping. I heard there is not any accident happened since it is opened so it is kind of safe place to give a try. This one is the third in the world for the bungy jump, so it is also a famous spot.
One has to have strong heart. If you are, give a try and have fun non other than……. only fun. Watching from the bridge down the river Bhote Koshi is wild and dangerous.
Before the trip i had to think about doing the decision, taking long long breadth for many days. The program was set and time was coming closer. I think over doing bungy jump made me like ‘ oh my god i have to jump!” It made my heart beat faster and faster.
In our group there were 6 including me and my son dare to jump. I was very excited curious, scared, nervous, kind of mixed up feelings in my mind. We rented a bus from Bhaktapur. On the way, i was very sure to make it happen but there was curd and beaten rice mixed up in my mind.
At the destination, The last Resort, we reached and we looked  around, It is very cool place for recreation. Nice restaurant, rooms, and greenery around.
So felt cosy and we enjoyed a lot in get together eating good food and dancing in Nepali steps. Didn’t remember about jumping  which was the right next day.
New place, so woke up early. Went for little walk around the garden and freshen up then had breakfast.
The time had come and we got ready for the jump. Lined up and there was paper to sign before jumping, which was to assure at our own risk. Then took weight . Three  of us did jump in the first half of the session. My son, Nabin Mulepati, me and Bishow Kawang from our group. There were many other in the line, some foreigners and Nepali students from Ktm.
It was fun to watch every one’s face before a jump. We saw different actions  like some were nervous, some were laughing. In the line front of me a young foreigner lady was sitting on the bridge, closing her eyes, holding the bridge tight, it made me scary, so i didn’t look up at her again. I tried to make myself very calm and looking at the other each jumpers.Before me, my son jumped with full of confidence. Before a jump crew member asked a question to each jumpers. My son said smiling ….im not going to die now! and he jumped and yelled loud with cheering up voice  in each bouncing…..which gave me a kind of strength….then my turn…..i went there with full of sureness…….sat in front of the crew ….they tied me up with rope to my legs….i looked it very well….it seemed very secure….then i was asked the same question how i was feeling….i answered i want to fulfill my dream, flying like a bird. I saw there is a line for the jump written ‘ Why like this?’ i made myself tight…..opened both hands wide…….looked up to the both sides….where my friends were watching me jumping….there was my husband also….thought about him….. i smiled at them,.then i heard their whistle and cheer up sound,,,,,,,,then i looked to the edge at my feet. …..oh it was too scary…..i closed my eyes and jumped like jumping form the high wall…….for few seconds…my whole body was stopped…like i was numb…, i felt i was very light……i felt jumping down ln speed….i felt speed i opened my eyes, i could see nothing because i was going down in high speed so it looked blur……then the rope which was tighten in my legs gave a jurk. then i felt i’m bouncing high up then i saw trees by the sides and water in the river…. i cried yahooooooo!! while bouncing…..it bounced three times…..then i saw other crew down near the river asked me to catch the long bamboo. Then the rope from above loosen down and i got down……..i took a longer breathe and looked up at the bridge….it was high up and could see people very small. then i and my son with other jumpers came up to the hotel. It was about 20 / 30 mins hike after the jump. I felt my self confident and i was very happy. All friends and my husband who was very nervous during my jump could smile and gave us congratulations. My other 3 friends  Nava Shakya, Pramin Shakya and Ramona Pradhananga did in second half session. We felt ourselves very proud.
Since then i felt some changes in myself….i felt proud and more less confident, for sure. I gained something in my life. I feel good when i remember i did the good decision.So do my friends felt, In the CD of video record we bought is written ” you are brave enough” We had proud story to tell after coming back to our other friends and relatives. We received positive reaction, which is very good thing.
So, if you want to gain something in you, you can join the session. I have the contact information. You can call to The last Resort, Ph no 4700525, 4701174,4701247 city office and at Listikot, Panglang at this number 09818917772 or go to the site thelastresort.com.np or email them in info@thelastresort.com.np
These days it is not open all the time because of rainy season. After rainy season they told they are open everyday but they have off time on Monday and Tuesday. The charge is now a days Euro 82 for the foreigners, which includes transport from Ktm, lunch and bungy. And for the Nepalese they charge Rs 4500, which includes transport from Ktm, lunch and bungy.
I wish you all good luck!! and who has done it both thumbs up !!!  Cheers!!!!

Simi daal( lentil) , dedicated to Sabine and Arthur Spooner from Australia!

  • December 26, 2012 6:29 pm

Hello and Namaste to you dear Sabine and Arthur,

Hope you are doing well back home. We are very happy to post your request ‘Simi daal” for  this month. Hope you will make at home and get me back with your comment. I remember you wanted this recipe to use it as a soup at home in winter to make you warm before your dinner or supper. Yes, this is really a good idea. Or you can cook rice and veg to use this daal.

Actually cooking daal of all kind is  almost the same. You can make daal of different kind of lentil grains. Like green daal ( mung), black daal ( Maas ), Yellow daal ( rahar or chana or Musuri). You can make daal with different beans as well. It is good changing the kind as we use two times a day as a main course, daal bhat in Nepal.

Ingredients !

1. Simi ( red beans) either  kept in water overnight ( it’s easier to cook if it is kept in water overnight ) about a bowl for two

2. Some turmeric powder about one small spoon.

3. Some salt as your taste

4, Some  oil ( mustard oil is better) about two one big spoon

5, Some cumin about one small spoon

6. Some water about 4 bowls

7. some chopped garlic about one spoon

In the picture we kept two bowls of beans, one is  kept in water over night and one is dried. If you have pressure cooker you can cook it dried . If not you are cooking in other pot you need to use the one with kept in water overnight. Put simi in cooker and put water and salt, turmeric powder and cook it in medium or low flame , when it is cooked well. Make a small pan hot and put mustard oil, then make it hot. After that you need to put cumin to fry until it is black brown and put the chopped garlic to fry till it is brown. Now put that to the daal and stir it . Your daal is ready, serve it hot with rice of roti.This is normal daal bhat we eat twice a day here in Nepal. I ate it after posting to you !! :P super delicious ….yummy yummy yummy!!

Lungs fry!! Newari snack !!

  • November 24, 2012 4:13 pm

Have you ever tried this snack ??? This is one of known fried item in Newar community. It is very delicious with rice wine and other wine as well. During Newari feast this is one of a must food.

Ingredients :

1. Lungs( best is goat lungs)

2, white wheat flour

3. some eggs

4. salt to taste

5. some oil

6. some turmeric powder

7. some cumin powder

8. some red chilly powder

 

Mixed chatamari (Newari pizza)

  • October 18, 2012 6:33 pm

This delicious  food is good to eat as main course. A plate is full for me to kill my hunger.  May be same for you, too. It is made on a rice flour bread called chatamari in Newari language. Looks like pizza so better to say Newari pizza to youngsters.

Ingredients :

1. Rice flour about one and half cup

2. Buff keema or chicken keema or only veg keema if you are vegetarian.

3. some round sliced tomatoes, onions, green chilly, Capsicum chilly plus some chopped onion and green coriander leaves.

4 salt as your taste

5. some oil about two table spoon

6. some garlic/ ginger paste about a table spoon

7. some cumin powder about one tea spoon

8. some turmeric powder about half tea spoon

9. some soya sauce about one tea spoon

First make rice flour adding water and little salt as your taste, like liquid rice flour, not very thin but thick typed.Then mix all the masalas and buff keema and chicken keema with chopped onion and green coriander leaves,  veg only  for the vegetarian.Now put a pan on a stove with low flame. Put some oil and make a bread with that liquid rice flour and cook it for a while until it looks half cooked.Until the bread is cooking, make another pan hot  and fry the mixed meat with some oil in a pan. Fry it well until it looks brown.Now put that fried mixed meat on a bread.Then put all sliced onion, capsicum, chilly and tomatos.Cook this for some time in low flame with a pan cap covering.Add stir egg one or two as you like on this mixed bread and cook it again in low flame.

After it is cooked cut in to pieces and serve it hot.Write me how is it????? Thanks!! :)

Buff keema curry (MOM’s recipe)

  • September 10, 2012 3:18 pm

Let’s talk about meat item today. This is called buff keema curry. I have been eating this item since my childhood. I just love to have it with rice in the morning meal . Here in Newar family this is common food. Especially children like it. We can cook this with other meat as well like chicken, mutton, turkey etc. But buff meat ( water buffalo) is the best.You can have this curry with beaten rice or with roti as well. Ingredients :

1 Minced buff, the portion is as much u want.

2. some chopped garlic.

3. some chopped ginger.

4, some chopped onion.

5. some masalas like turmeric powder, cumin powder, salt, mustard oil.

6. some garlic and ginger paste , some chopped tomatos, some chopped coriander leaves and some ghee ( butter ).

Method:

First fry chopped ginger in some oil. Add chopped garlic and fry with ginger, then add chopped onion till it comes brown. Then mix all those fried ginger, garlic and onion in minced meat. Add garlic and ginger paste, salt, turmeric powder, cumin and red chilly powder. Add some mustard oil and mix it properly. Keep it about 15 mins. Now we need to hot karahi ( deep pan). Put mustard oil and make it hot then put little turmeric powder, then fry the mixture. We need to fry it till all water part goes. More fry  till it looks brown. Then add chopped tomatos and fry again. Boil some water in different pot at the same time, as much the sauce you need. The mixture should be deep down in added water. So you can have sauce. Cook it for some time after adding water for sauce. Not much about 5/6 mins. Till gets all boil well. Then top it with chopped coriander leaves and some ghee ( butter) it is ready to eat. You can serve it with rice, roti, beaten rice.Hmmmm, i’m going to enjoy this KEEMA CURRY  with rice. You too, enjoy!!!!Thank you very much ;) . Hope you will try and let me know how it taste for you??? :) ;) :P

Friends double click on pictures to view closer view! ;) Thanks!

Yoga my medicine 15

  • August 18, 2012 1:07 pm

 

Hello friends!

Let’s talk about more yoga practice. Here is the next Yoga posture after Janu Sirsasana.

24. Ardhachandrasan ( half moon faced) : This is another style of Ardhachandrasan in sitting position. This is good exercise to make your body loose and makes you easy moving towards back from both sides. Sit in position like in picture above. One leg (left) down and one(right) on it. The front right leg should be bended and straight to your other knee. Catch your front right shin by your opposite  left hand and put your other right hand to your back. Take a long breath in and breathing out turn  behind slowly. Try to look at your  right elbow behind and again breathing out look in front and relax.

Change Your legs and do the same to  your next side.After this, let’s do other sitting position.

25. Gomukhasan( Cow faced pose):

This posture is good for your chest and arms. For ladies this helps to make her breast in proper position. And  it makes arm  tightens and keeps in it’s shape. First  sit on Bajrasan pose. And put your right leg on your left leg bending  and sit on left heel putting your anus on it. Your knees look like the face of a cow. Then put your right hand to your back from upside  your arm and catch your palm from other hand like in picture above.

Take a long breath in  then breathing out lean down front ward and touch your knee from your forehead. Sit in this position as long as you can. In this pose heart patients are not allowed to do for longer time. Then again breathing in come back to the position and relax.

Now change your leg position to the other side and repeat the same to the other side. You can repeat it for more times as your body wants.Have a healthy body, live wonderful, joyful . Good  day!