For the past couple of days, I have been hearing a kitten crying. Yesterday I found him, an adorable orange kitten, in my backyard. He was meowing towards the other side of the wall where a cat was located. I figured he was stuck on this side and wanted to get back to the other cat which I could hear, and saw a glimpse of. Whenever I tried to approach the kitten, he would run
[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="761"] Shahi Paneer[/caption] Yesterday, I cooked my first real Indian meal: Shahi Paneer, Basmati Rice and Chapatis from scratch! Shahi Paneer is an Indian preparation of paneer (cottage cheese cubes) in a thick sauce (Indians call it gravy) made up of cream, tomatoes and spices. It is a staple in North India. Shahi is the Indo-Persian term for royal (in reference to the Mughal court). (more…)
Today, Shekhar, our Indian friend took me to town on his scooter to meet with his friend to help us shop for household goods. The ride was about 20 minutes, my longest scooter/motorcycle ride ever, and it was in India. It was a bumpy, windy, dangerous and smelly ride, which I actually enjoyed. I have always enjoyed speed and wind, so it was fun. [caption id="attachment_125" align="alignnone" width="498"] Cows, of course.[/caption] (more…)
On Monday, July 22, I went grocery shopping in Ahmednagar for the first time. It wasn’t easy. Ahmednagar is a small town, so American known items are super limited. It may be a different story in Indian big cities. I bought a bunch of stuff I have no idea how to cook but I figured I have to learn. Indian basics like moong dal, groundnuts, lots of Indian spices, frozen paneer, and raw chana (chickpeas, which
Two nights after moving in, our newest Indian friends brought homemade mutton (chicken), rice and chapatis to our home and we had dinner. But first we had Kingfisher beer and chips outside in our “porch”. The weather had been surprisingly pleasant lately, and I only got two mosquito bites. (Mosquitoes love me, I guess Indian mosquitoes like Mexican blood).
[caption id="attachment_673" align="alignnone" width="751"] The backyard.[/caption] We moved out from MPR and into our new little house on Saturday, July 20. We had Adinath’s help with transportation and finding a place, and we had Shekhar’s help for basically anything we needed. He wanted a job so we hired him on salary to help us. He set up the Internet in our house, he got us local phone sim cards, he provided us with food, and
We stayed at the MPR (Meher Pilgrim Retreat) while we found an apartment/home to rent. Accommodations here are nice and clean and only 70 rupees a day, plus 290 rupees for three vegetarian meals a day. That’s about 7 dollars a day, total. The only bad things here are very hard mattresses, getting noisy neighbors, and only bucket baths, which having been here many times, we are used to. (more…)
Three flights later we arrived to Mumbai Airport at 4am on July 4th 2013. We took a taxi to where I had booked us a room in a shared apartment through airbnb (a lot cheaper than a hotel). The apartment was owned by an Indian man and his mother; it was on the 15th floor, with no A/C. There was some breeze and ceiling fans but it definitely got hot. At least we had normal