Have you ever thought you need another break after a vacation? All the pending work seems waiting patiently your arrival to drain your fully loaded energy within a week. On top of it, back to school for my son is like I started a new academic year with all the Algebra and Science homework! The routine schedule is hectic again. I guess, many of you are in the same boat, right now.
Ok, let 's have a glance and visit virtually where I disappeared for my vacation. I went to my hometown. Had a wonderful time with my sister, brothers, nieces and nephew. They all came down from Europe and times flew like seconds.
Our travel in India is mostly spiritual spots. In each visit, we try to cover at least one new temple.
Our first stop was Hilltop temple Palani-Lord Subramanya (Dindigul District-TN)- Next, on the way stopped at Sri Ranganathar Swamy Temple - Srirangam-Lord Vishnu (Tiruchirapalli-TN), last but not least was the nearby Samayapuram dedicated to Goddess Shakthi. We had lunch at Tiruchi (don't remember the hotel) which was truly awesome vegetarian meal :)
Location: Palani taken with Iphone
Our next long trip was: Karnataka. First stop was Bangalore city: crowded , suffocating by heavy traffic pollution, wonder how people manage to drive and breath :( My kiddo was the happiest person seeing MC Donald's, and all the fast fast....
The next day, we traveled to my in Laws place. Just took rest a day and next day visited Sridhara Ashram located at Vardahalli remote place near Sagara (Shimoga district-KA)- was quiet a serene place. Going Sagara without stopping to Jog Falls? That is my second visit after 9 years! It was a perfect day without rain but had an overwhelming crowd due to holiday. I tried to click few shots the breathtaking view.
Location::Jog Falls-Sagara Shimoga District
Jog is the second highest waterfall in India, created by Sharavathi river which splits in 4 different tracks.
Raja (King) (named after the serene look), Roarer (noisy), Rocket (the stream comes down at high speed) and Rani (queen) / lady Dame blanche (the stream has a twisting, swirling movement as a lady dancer). Can see the four streams in my picture.
The falls is the biggest source of electricity production for the State.
The last on the list was Tirumala. AP.
Coming to food part, I was lucky enough to taste few mangoes (end of season) and jackfruit. I brought on my way of Chennai-Pondy- ECR . There are lots of mangoes and jackfruits groves. Those independent growers install stalls on roadside and sell them. No worry of artificial ripening and quiet bargain place.
Location: ECR-Chennai 2 Pondy-
Mangoes: Ottu Mangai (oblong ones)Variety and Roomani (round shape- most tastier)
Location: ECR- Chennai 2 Pondy
Jackfruits: sorted in different size for different price tag!
I need to mention both pictures were taken by my son who clicked randomly with my Iphone.
I whipped up this frozen yogurt at the beginning of summer days when I discovered my new ice cream maker during my spring cleaning! So let's end the summer with cool stuff.
Mango Frozen yogurt
Source: Cuisinart Booklet
Note: use the Best Mango variety if you are lucky. Don't use the fibrous one like I did, it got struck on the paddle and you feel in your mouth later.
Freeze the ice cream machine bowl a day before.
Low fat yogurt: 5 cups- strained in muslin cloth for at least 4 hours in refrigerator
Mango: 2 huge (ripen)-peeled, pitted and chopped
Sugar: 1/2 cup (can be increased before adding in the machine)
Lime juice: 1/2 tsp fresh possible
Puree the mango, lime juice and a cup of yogurt in a blender.
Whisk the remaining yogurt and sugar in a separate bowl.
Combine the mango mixture+ yogurt sugar mixture together.
Cover and refrigerate overnight or at least 4 hours.
Turn on the machine, pour the mixture and let it run until they turn soft and buttery.
Mine was done in 20 minutes. It was perfect soft and creamy, ready to enjoy.
For later use, transfer in covered container. Remove 15 minutes before serving.
Serving suggestion: top with berries, nuts, coconut or any tropical fruits
It is worth trying Mango frozen yogurt at home because it is not easily available in my usual freezer aisle.