Here I should say how much I rely on ginger to overcome my travel(motion) sickness. So for the first day breakfast I made some idly and Inji (ginger) chutney and kept some honey soaked ginger in my handbag:) Yes, ginger is the best home-remedy to get rid of motion sickness and to stay awake. Moreover my sister inlaw who is a physician has also told me to stay hydrated (from previous day itself), sleep well and to munch something to keep the digestive system healthy:) Those tips are golden for me and helped me a lot to enjoy the journey.
Here is the ginger chutney I prepared along with idly for the tour(photo taken before packing them).
Ingredients:Fresh Ginger (chopped) - 1/2 cup
urad dhal (black gram) - 1 tbsp
channa dhal (bengal gram) - 2 tbsp
dry red chilli - 4
curry leaf - a sprig
coconut (shredded) - 2 tbsp (optional)
tamarind - 2 inch
crushed jaggery - 1 tbsp
salt - to taste
oil - 1 tbsp
tempering:mustard - 1/2 tsp
hing - a pinch
curry leaf - 1 sprig
oil - 2 drops
Choose tender ginger without much fiber (we should be able to snap the ginger and there shouldn't be much visible fiber. The skin will be more wet and little pink). Scrub and remove the ginger skin. Wash well and chop coarsely.
Soak the tamarind in few drops of water, salt.
Heat oil in a pan. Fry the urad dhal and channa dhal till they turn mild red. Take them out. In the same pan fry the red chillies till they turn shiny and flavorful. Take out. Add the chopped ginger, curry leaves and fry for few minutes (no browning).Take out. Then add the shredded coconut and fry till it turns mild red. (Avoid coconut for travel food to ensure freshness).
Grind together everything along with soaked tamarind, jaggery. It should be a fine paste.
Heat few drops of oil in the pan and crackle the mustard seeds. Add hing, curry leaves and switch off. Mix the chutney with this tempering.
Ginger chutney is ready!
Serve as side dish with idly, dosa, adai.
Makes a nice side dish with curd rice, sothi kulambu rice, briyani.
Finish this chutney within 8 hours in room temperature.
If kept refrigerated, this stays good for 3 days.
Some photos from our tour.
|Niagara in evening.|
|Full view from American side (observatory tower).|
|Maid of the mist boat journeys towards Niagara waterfalls.|
|Rainbow in Niagara.|
|Light show in Niagara.|
|Corning glass museum: Replica of Liberty bell in glass.|
|Corning glass museum: Large glass vases from UK.|
|Making of glass vase , live show in Corning glass museum.|
|Corning glass museum gift shop: Glass roses, $ 8.99 each.|