Sunday, January 29, 2012

The Most Beautiful Thing in Amritsar - To Me

And probably to me only lol. But it's okay.

You see, Amritsar has some very beautiful temples. I really like one I saw that was all pink. It had pink marble floors, pink walls, pink ceiling....then there was the giant Shiv Ling there that wasn't pink but I can forgive them for that. There's also the Golden Temple which is quite impressive no matter who you are. I wrote an article about it a long time ago before I converted to Hinduism. You can read that here if you haven't already seen it and are looking for testimonials on the temple. There are also some beautiful flowers here that I've written about as well.

However, from a personal standpoint, nothing compares to the sight I saw today. It started out just like any other day I go out grocery shopping. I'm always hopeful to find something good and exciting but today something amazing finally happened. The Gods of HyperCity finally heard my pleas. (Yes...I do talk to myself and the as close as possible to the employees at HyperCity to discuss items I want and I've even emailed them with suggestions.) This is what I found today....isn't it beautiful? (Hahaha...I know you're all thinking I'm crazy but I don't care lol.)


They only came in tiny bags (so I bought a bunch) and they only had one flavor. They also were almost hidden among the rest of the Lays selection and I had looked hard but didn't see them and was walking away when hubby spotted them. Now I just have to hope they don't turn out to be disappointing lol. Either way, I'm super happy I found them. So for those of you out there who swear I never have anything good to say about Amritsar - which isn't true in the first place - now you know for sure I don't think Amritsar is ALL bad. Anywhere that sells Baked Lays can't be all bad.

Of course, these aren't identical to the Baked! Ruffles I love so much but this is extremely close. In the US Ruffles are the chips that have these ripples and grooves in them. I'm not complaining...obviously I like ripples better. (And for those of you old enough to remember...... Rrrrruffles have Rrrridges!)

12 comments:

  1. As I told you already I saw a discarded wrapper outside the supermarket in Mumbai, the one I saw howver was the American cream and onion one, so they have more than one flavour, maybe your Hypercity is testing the water with a good old safe classic before ordering other flavours :) I'll get myself some next time I go grocery shopping, but of course that is not quite compatible with my plan of loosing the flab I gained back during the holidays :P

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  2. I did finally taste them. I could only hold out for so long lol. They are sweeter than the US chips but I was satisfied with the nice crispy, hard texture of them. I would prefer a saltier taste but I think this will silence the inner demon that's screaming for better chips lol.

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  3. Hi Kristy, our local store has just started selling these baked chips, they also come in sour cream & Chives. I love them Too! I hope you enjoy them!

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  4. I have been. It's nice to see something that reminds me of home.

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  5. These are simple potato slices with salt. Lays were a huge hit in the indian market back then(15yrs ago?) and they also came in many flavours. Today, I hardly see these in the retail shops as many people have got bored and as a result the shop owners don't stock it any more.

    Some indian communities(marathis, gujartis, north indians etc) still make these at home. The difference between packaged one and homemade one is that the former is lot more crispier and empty like cotton candy. When the summer is at its peak, all the aunties from the area or the building gather in one spot with many kilos of potato and boil it in one big cooker. They let it cool down and start making slices which are then left to dry on the terrace sun for three days. Then you fry it in oil and add salt or red chili pepper etc etc. Each family stocks these in many containers that can last for almost a year. My mom used to make it every year until one day everyone got bored eating it and then all the women stopped doing it. Growing up as a kid, I vividly remember these "summer events" taking place all over the neighborhood. I think many indians of my generation will too. Packaged food killed everything.

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  6. Yes, potato chips are made from sliced potatoes but I have yet to find a home made variety that tastes the same as the Baked! Ruffles I love. Even these don't taste the same but they do have the hardness and texture I like. And I didn't have to slave in the kitchen to cook them which gives them bonus points. >:D

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  7. just one doubt ... how do you convert to hinduism ? is there a way ? can there be a way ? i am puzzled whenever someone says they converted to hinduism. there is no "nonsense" that hinduism rejects ... and no "sense" that it doesn't accept, from anywhere in the world ... it is the ultimate ogre of religions ... nobody cud really call themselves a non-hindu with straight face (or a hindu for that matter) ..

    so how do you convert (or deconvert) ?

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  8. I understand what you mean. Hinduism accepts everything. I actually went through a formal conversion ceremony at an Arya Samaj temple. Everything was said in Sanskrit so unfortunately I can't tell you any more than that lol. I did get a certificate though. :P

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  9. that was most probably a fraud. certificate in hinduism !! nothing cud be more ridiculous. anyway my opinion ... 

    but what made it essential to "convert" (whatever that means), if you don't mind me needling ?

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  10. broadway is correct ... home made potato chips was very common about 15-20 years back ... now nobody bothers. the main reason is that the packed ones taste far better. it may sound like sacrilege but almost all indians will agree. the reason is that the potato we get is not of very good quality. it is OK for aloo-gobi as other things can compensate. but for chips and fries, you absolutely need high quality potatoes, which lays,etc can manage quite easily.

    see these two articles about potatoes/fries -

    http://www.virsanghvi.com/vir-world-ArticleDetail.aspx?ID=600

    http://www.virsanghvi.com/vir-world-ArticleDetail.aspx?ID=651

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  11. Actually I think they do the certificate because of this lady in the US who is trying to centralize the movement and create some sort of authenticity to conversion. Here's her website so you can see what I mean. This page specifically mentions the conversion certificate. She has a lot of good information on that site as well.
    http://www.himalayanacademy.com/resources/books/hbh/hbh_ch-5.html

    Meddle away, I converted out of personal choice mostly. I blogged a little about it here: http://americanpunjabanpi.blogspot.com/2010/08/day-1-of-hindu-studies.html
    I blogged about it for about 4 weeks in the beginning of my studies.

    I was also motivated by the simplification of the marriage laws here in India if you are both the same religion.

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  12. Well, my homemade chips were never as good in the US either lol. It's not an Indian issue. These big companies just have more $$$ to research perfection and so they can do better unfortunately. As for fries, I don't think the big companies are better though. They just turn the fries to mush and form them, it's not as good as the fries I make. But, I bake mine most of the time and then I have a special seasoning to go on them. I've made them here and they still turn out really good. But, of course, I'm biased because their mine lol. I need to post my recipe to my recipe blog I think. Sharing is caring! ;)

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