The Tiger’s Nest, Paro

Tiger’s Nest or “Taktsang” as known in Bhutanese, in Paro is probably the toughest trek I have ever undertaken in my life. I used to think I was physically quite fit. This trek showed me a rather harsh mirror. Bhutan is symbolised on any postcard or image by this Monastery placed high on a mountain,…

Greek Yoghurt with Apricots

Fresh Apricots are in season and I picked up some last week at the market. These have a very delicate taste and work really well if complimented with creamy flavour character ingredients. I had an apricot tart on my mind but being summers, the weather demanded something cool and healthy and hence, enter the idea…

My love for Jimbaran

Going to Bali for a holiday a couple of years back, the only thing I had on my mind was spending a few days on the beach…just me spending some alone time with myself. I had begun planning for the trip a couple of months prior and since I had only about a week there,…

Chime Lhakhang – The Temple of the Divine Madman

We made it to Punakha after a three-hour journey from Thimphu. It was about lunch time but before satiating our appetites with the simple yet flavourful cuisine of Bhutan, we were to take a short hike to the temple of Chime Lhakhang, a small distance from the Restaurant where we were to stop for lunch….

Raw Mango – Onion Stuffed Bitter Gourds

Bitter gourds are one of the most misunderstood vegetables out there I feel. I havent met many people in my life who claim to love these vegetables. In fact, I seem to find people who only consume this vegetable – more as a manner of medication (yes, this vegetable is wonderous as a cure for…

Andhra Style Banana-Leaf Meal

I travelled to Bangalore, Karnataka last week for work. Now, there is no one to say that if you are traveling for work, you cannot find a little bit of time for some self-indulgence, right? My self-indulgence? Finding local, speciality food places – need not be fine-dine or proper restaurants but food that brings forth…

The Dordenma Project – Thimphu

  Traveling to Thimphu in Bhutan, you are sure to be advised by your hosts or guides to make a trip to the Golden Buddha or “The Buddha Dordena Project”. It is a project Bhutan holds proudly in its heart. The Dordena project commenced in 2007 and is still on-going. It is expected to be…

The Local Market in Thimphu

Food is one of the few things that gives me intrinsic happiness. My love lies in cooking, learning and experimenting with newer cuisines and new ingredients – more so if they are something local to a region. My trip to Bhutan would have been incomplete without a visit to the local food market there. I…