Have you heard of the Himachali Dham? I'm sure many of you already have. For the uninitiated, the Dham refers to a feast served at Himachali weddings and other festive occasions. This meal is typically all-vegetarian, with no onion or garlic, with a generous use of lentils. The Dham is prepared by Brahmins who have cooking in their blood, whose families have been cooking since decades. . Legend has it that the Himachali Dham was inspired by the Kashmiri multi-course non-vegetarian meal called Wazwan. Apparently, one of the erstwhile Hindu rulers of Himachal Pradesh was mightily impressed by the Wazwan, and ordered his own cooks to prepare a vegetarian version of the same. Thus, the Dham of Himachal Pradesh was born. . The Institute of Himalayan Bio Resource Technology (IHBT) in Palampur, works with the local flora and fauna, researching species, developing products using them, and making sure they reach a wider audience. The researchers at IHBT have packaged the Himachali Dham in cans too, with no artificial flavouring or colouring agents or preservatives. Just how awesome is that, right? . I have always been fascinated by the Dham, and have wanted to try it out. When I read about the packaged version at @sangeetaamkhanna, I knew I just had to get in touch with them. I wasn't expecting the sweet, generous response the IHBT team gave me - they promised to send a few of the cans of Dham to me, in Bangalore, and absolutely wouldn't hear of me paying for them! . So, that is how I came to be enjoying some beautiful Himachali delicacies sitting in the comfort of my home in Bangalore. Can't thank you enough for this, @sangeetaamkhanna and IHBT! . #himachalpradesh#kangridham#dham#huffposttaste#ifoundawesome#indianfoodblogger#bangalorefoodies#bangalorefoodblogger#ihbt#himachaldham#himachalidham#himachalpradeshcuisine#himachalpradeshfood#wazwan#kashmir#kashmiriwazwan#kashmirifood#kashmiricuisine#kashmirfoodgram#instituteofhimalayanbioresourcetechnology
I woke up this morning to the news of a friend's passing away. He was a young guy, in his 30s, very warm and friendly and jovial. We worked together for a while, and I remember the way he would make us all smile with his funny anecdotes and filmi andaaz. He was a creative photographer, and I have had fond memories of my daughter's first birthday captured on film by him. We kind of lost touch over the years, and I had no clue he was dying of the dreaded cancer. . My heart feels too heavy right now. I feel kind of stunned, jolted out of my senses, out of sorts. The fact that the husband is leaving today on a 10-day international trip isn't helping either. Life feels too ephemeral... Too fleeting. I have never understood the need to rush in life, though I have been forced to, often. Now, all the rushing around seems all the more pointless, futile. . May the departed soul rest in peace. He and his family are surely in my prayers today.