Shahtoot ke Pakore

Dharamsala to Amritsar solo Royal Enfield Thunderbird Twinspark motorbike drive during the rainy season via National Highway 20 and 15 I stop at International Dhaba – the left-hand side of National Highway 15 at Gurdaspur for Lunch. The owner of the Dhaba was plucking leaves from a particular tree, and I question: Why you are doing so.

He said: Will make pakoras.

I was amazed by the reply and another question: Which tree is this?

Shahtoot.

A request for a few Garma Garma Shahtoot ke pakore and he nodded as Yes.

After lunch, I tasted a few and the conclusion: remind Methi Ke Pakore – Tasty. I requested for more and the preparation method?

Besan (Bengal Gram Flour), sliced onion, chili powder, salt as per taste, chopped Shahtoot leaves, a little sprinkle of water all mix together and finally deep fry the mixture into the hot oil. Once brown ready to serve – simple.

Thank you – said I. Road journey is exciting. The journey continues…

Bus Time Table, Manikaran

Bus from Manikaran to various Cities and Towns

Ludhiana – 5.00

Jalandhar – 5:30

Kullu – 6:20 / 7:00 / 8:00 / 8:45 / 13:15 / 14:15

Bhuntar – 6:40 / 8:15 / 13:00 / 13:45 / 15:15 / 15:30 / 15:45 / 16:00 / 17:00 / 17:20 / 17:40 / 18:00

Manali – 7:20 / 7:40 / 8:30 / 9:00 / 12:00 / 12:45 / 13:30 / 14:00 / 14:45 / 15:00 / 16:45

Chandigarh – 9:30

Dehradun (Chandigarh) – 12:30

Amritsar – 16:10 / 18:30