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Rasam Powder with raw ingredients - 2

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I have been making this Rasam powder for a long time now. It is easy to prepare, lasts long and the Rasam comes out very tasty too. I learnt it from my mother. All the ingredients are raw (not roasted or fried). You can vary the proportions slightly, depending on the availability at home and the taste does not alter too much. Dry ginger is optional.
Ingredients: Dhania (Coriander seeds) – 2 tbsp. Jeera (cumin seeds) – 1.5 tbsp. Black peppers – 1 tsp. Toor dal (Pigeon Pea) – 3 tbsp. Dry ginger – 1 cm. piece
Method:
Dry grind all the ingredients to a coarse powder in the mixie. Store in a glass bottle.

Beautiful Igreja do Salvador Church in Loutolim, Goa

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Onour tour of Loutolim, Goa, we stopped at the intersection of several roads, and there stands  the magnificient Church of Igreja do Salvador. One cannot pass it by and not see the interiors. That is what we did. The exterior is beautifully maintained, it looks clean and fresh. the interiors are magnificient with chandeliers hanging from the ceiling, Paintings hanging on the walls,  solid wood pews, golden altar.  Following are a few photographs to illustrate the grandieur. If you are in Goa, This church is a must see!
Front facade of the church
South entrance to church
Interesting four shutter main door
View from inside the main entrance
Grand altar
Close up of the ceiling over altar
Wooden false ceiling in the entrance foyer
Detail of the above ceiling!

BIGFOOT / ANCESTRAL GOA, LOUTOLIM, GOA

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We were driving around and wanting to go to Rachol, that we passed Loutolim. We came some awesome places, and we never got to go to Rachol at all. May be some other time. I had heard about Bigfoot or Ancestral Goa. The reality was better. I always like the daily life of a place shown in 3 dimensional figures and actual objects. It makes it very easy to understand. Bigfoot is one such place, where the life style of Goans as well as the plants and birds natural to Goa are raised here.
My area of interest is to understand how people lived and what they did for a living and the tools and implements used in their daily life.

There is adequate parking inside for your vehicles, and there are also benches and shade where we had our breakfast. 

Loutolim is not quite hilly, but again it is not quite flat either. The terrain is interesting and they took advantage of the levels, to make a jigsaw of pathways and steps.

Bigfoot also has a legend of Parashuram. 

Rain coat / cover is made out of coconut pa…