Aaloo dum (Potato curry)

Aaloo dum is a very popular potato dish. In Nepal, this dish is usually served with beaten rice, puri, sel roti or fried rice for a snack or a meal. Easy to prepare, this recipe is great to take for a potluck or a picnic.

Ingredients:
1 large white or yellow onion chopped
1 cup of green onion chopped
1 teaspoon turmeric or curry powder
1 teaspoon red chili pepper (or cayenne pepper)
1 teaspoon paprika
1/3 cup vegetable oil
5 large boiled potato diced
Salt to taste

Directions:

1. Prepare all the ingredients.

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2. In a large dish, add oil and cook it over medium heat. DSC_5647-001

3. Once the oil is hot, add onion. Let it cook for a few minutes. DSC_5648-001

2. Now add turmeric powder and mix well. DSC_5649-001

4. Once the onion is soft, add green onion. DSC_5651-001

5. Add salt, red chili pepper and paprika. Let it cook for another 5 minutes. DSC_5652-001

6. Add diced boiled potatoes. DSC_5654-001

6. Mix well. Let it cook for a few minutes in a low heat. DSC_5662-001 DSC_5664-002

7. Enjoy with beaten rice, puri or fried riceDSC_5673-001

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Budget Travel to SandPoint Idaho

Freeze Church North of Potlatch, IdDSC_5314-001

Inside the church.DSC_5318-001

Freeze cemetery Potlatch, Id DSC_5323-001

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Camping at Shepherd lake, Google Map how to reach there.DSC_5359-001

Camp sites at Shepherd Lake.P1010037-001

Shepherd lake Idaho  CampgroundDSC_5364-001

Shepherd Lake. Fishing DSC_5365-001

Riley Creek Recreation Area, Sandpoint Idaho. For more info: visitP1010052-001

Cooking lunch at Riley Creek Recreation AreaDSC_5407-002

4th of July parade at Riley Creek Recreation AreaDSC_5423-001

Ice-cream social at Coolin, ID community center. P1010067-001

Free ice-cream at Coolin, Idaho. P1010061-001  P1010064-001

Blue Diamond Marina and resort! P1010074-001

On the way to Lookout mountain. DSC_5487-001

Priest Lake from the mountain. DSC_5524-001

12 miles hike to lookout mountain, Sandpoint Idaho. DSC_5527-001

A view from the top. DSC_5587-001

Another angle. DSC_5589-001

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Priest lake 4 am in the morning. DSC_5629-001

Named as the nation’s “Most Beautiful Small Town” by USA Today, Sandpoint lies on the shores of Idaho’s largest lake, Lake Pend Oreille. Surrounded by three major mountain ranges, the Selkrik, Cabinet and Bitterroot ranges, this town also has Idaho’s largest ski resort, Schweitzer Mountain Resort.

This 4th of July, we spontaneously decided to camp near Sandpoint. Since we didn’t make any reservations, we were unable to find open campsites. However, after a midnight chat with a nice guy at the gas station, we managed to find a free campground at Shepherd lake. Shepherd lake campground is free of charge for 3 days, but there is no water and the bathroom is quite dirty. It lies on the shore of the beautiful but small shepherd lake where there are plenty of fish and water lilies.

Sandpoint offers many recreational sites. Riley Creek Recreation Area where we enjoyed 4th of July picnic and parade is a nice area that has well developed campground along Lake Pend Oreille. This camp site is one of the cleanest campground I have seen in Idaho and it also has nice facilities such as drinking water, shower, swimming, boating, a beautiful beach, a large playground, basketball courts, volleyball, bicycle racks and picnic area.

If you are in Sandpoint, you may wish to see the view of priest lake from loookout mountain. We hiked 14 miles to the top and back of the mountain. Although we didn’t get in the water, there are lots of water sports available. Do check out Sandpoint if you are in North Idaho!

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Furandana

Furandana is a very popular Nepali snack. Made with beaten rice or flattened rice mixed with other deep fried vegetables and nuts, it is salty in taste.  It is served during festivals and weddings with Nepali potato salad since it is considered a vegetarian snack. Traditionally, flattened rice along with all of the ingredients are deep fried in ghee. This recipe is improvised and is less oily than the traditional recipe. However, it tastes equally good and is very addictive.

Ingredients:

1 cup vegetable oil to fry
3 cups beaten rice (chiura)
4-5 papadum (bought at Indian store)
5 green chili (thin slices) or use 3 large dried red chili peppers
1/2 cup ginger (Julienne)
2 large potatoes (Julienne)
Fried peanuts (optional)
1 cup duros 
Salt to taste

Directions:

1. Prepare all the ingredients. Julienne ginger. DSC_1645

2. Cut green chili into small slices. DSC_1646

3. Julienne potato. Drain the water before baking. DSC_1649

4. Sprinkle salt and bake all the cut vegetables at 300F for 20 minutes or until they are crisp. DSC_1659

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5. Deep fry dried vegetables in a hot oil until they are golden brown. Use a sifter to drain excess oil. DSC_1664

6. Toast flattened rice for a few minutes or until crisp. DSC_1665

7. Use microwave to cook papadum. 1 minute to 30 seconds is usually good, but it might depend on the microwave. DSC_1681

8. Deep fry 1 cup of duros. DSC_1674

9. Once ingredients are ready, mix in a large dish.  DSC_1671 DSC_1676 DSC_1678

10. Break papadum into smaller pieces. DSC_1682

Enjoy Furandana! It can be stored in an air tight container for a several weeks.  DSC_1663

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