Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Momos and more...

We are back from a wonderful week of holidaying in Darjeeling, Gangtok and Kalimpong. I had visited these places many many years back, and couldn't recollect too much. It was a relaxing week, though we were on the road most of the time.

We could see the mighty Kanchenjunga from all these places, and at all times - sunrise, sunset and all the while in between.

Kanchenjunga at sunrise

We woke up at 3 one morning to drive up to Tiger hill from Darjeeling, to watch the sunrise. I though it was a bit over-hyped, standing in the freezing cold there, fingers numb without the gloves, so I could hold on to the camera. We waited, very very patiently for almost an hour in the darkness of the night till finally the Kanchenjunja began to shape up. The sun rose on one side and the Kanchenjunga reflected the light, standing tall and magnificent, making the cold numbing hour worth the wait. The valley below came to life and we could see the layers of mountain ranges between us and the Kanchenjunga. Never has the sunrise meant this much. Here's a bit of that sunrise.

sunrise at tiget hill

Momos were something I had eaten at fancy restaurants, I'd never imagined eating them off a roadside stall at 7 in the morning. There were these women standing with a table stacked with steamers, filled with momos and another pan of boiled and spiced black chana.

momos in steamer

The momos were shaped so beautifully and had a spicy filling. There were the vegetarian and chicken options

momos

The momos were steaming hot and delicious. We were famished and these momos with a green chilli chutney were just what we need to beat the cold.
Can't wait to make these at home soon.

steaming hot momos

We also had a lot of chowmein and a whole lot of thukpa, a Tibetian soup with noodles. I tried the thenthuk, which is handmade pasta dunked in a flavourful soup, tasted pretty similar to the thukpa.
I picked a pack of homemade noodles from a tiny store up a hill. Its used in the thukpa, thats another one on my to-do list.

With the recommendation from friends on fb, and Gauri, I tried the humongous breakfast at Keventers and the awesome fruit cakes and jam doughnuts from Glenarys in Darjeeling. Thank you Kaajal and Gauri. That was the best breakfast ever !

This is my 200th post. A landmark of sorts for me, with my ever fluctuating interests in the various things I take up.

Blogging, frequently or otherwise, is something I really enjoy.It has helped me get into this wonderful community of food bloggers. You get to learn so much and make such wonderful friends.

Thank you my dear readers. It really means a lot to have you read my posts. Thank you.

5 comments:

Nagalakshmi V said...

the momos look fabulous, especially steaming hot. they have been on my to-make list for a while too, just plain lazy to get on with it.

Charul @ Tadka Masala said...

I love moms soo much. Theres a particular place in Pune whose moms I used to love like anything. In my 2 years of MBA there,they were a mandatory pick whenever we were in that side of the town. Your pic made me miss them.

kankana said...

You have been to some of my fav places and those pictures are so gorgeous! I love Momo .. like LOVE it. I make it very often at home but nothing like the ones you get there. It melts in your mouth!

Prathima Rao said...

Yummy momos!!! And the sunrise is simply breathtaking..That must have been such a rejuvenating vacation!!! Thank u for sharing those wonderful memories..

Prathima Rao
Prats Corner

Gauri said...

Congratulations on your 200th post, and wish you many many more such landmarks in the years to come :).
As for the sunrise n momos, I think its aperfect combination. The chill of the morning and the hot steaming momos go so perfectly well.
I want some when I come to Ahmedabad.. the veg option will do :))

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