Chiguru Farm – Experiences

In my life as a travel blogger, I have visited several resorts of varying sizes and a range of potential for tourism experiences but the relatively small and rustically simple 15 acre Chiguru farm blew me away with the sheer number of meaningful possibilities that it offers to its visitors, right within its premises and also in its immediate surroundings.

Raghu the owner, strives to provide experiences that are down to earth (literally) and related to outdoor and rural life. The events and activities at the farm serve to be highly educational in nature, while incorporating a strong and natural element of fun and entertainment.

So sway along from the prop roots of the ancient banyan tree, as I take you through a swinging time through the farm.

A 3 part series on my experience at Chiguru Farm, covering The Overview, The Cuisine and The Experiences.

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Chiguru Farm – Cuisine

Food is always the most exciting part of my travel blogs and when the cuisine is traditional and regional and rustic, then my joy (and jaw) goes into overdrive 😀

The primary focus in Chiguru farm, is on authentic local cuisine which is also farm fresh and cooked fresh.

Literally from farm to fork or in this case from field to finger … for one has to use the hand to swipe up all that delectable food off fresh banana leaves, the meals here are full of flavor and provide you with a gastronomical experience of the most native kind.

So let us hop on to the long wooden bench in the community dining hall and explore what the village ladies are conjuring up for us.

A 3 part series on my experience at Chiguru Farm, covering The Overview, The Cuisine and The Activities.

Read on for Part 2 of 3 – Chiguru Farm, The Cuisine

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Chiguru Farm – An Overview

I was supposed to visit Chiguru Farm in March and March is when I did visit … but the first March was 2020 and the next was 2021, a whole year later. It was eerie, as if time had had not moved at all and I had merely stepped across the dark chasm that was the year 2020!!!

Covid disrupted our world in unimaginable ways and reduced me to a to lifestyle that was so alien to me. A whole year of staying still at home and also some unexpected medical issues/surgery that were equally bizarre, drove me insane and my brain felt like it would explode in confinement.

So finally when my stars and the farm owner Raghavendra Bhat, eventually aligned to transport me to the farm, I felt like a prisoner who was granted an unexpected release.

And Chiguru Farm with its gentle aura and refreshing environment, was truly an apt debut for my first travel blog after one whole year.

Located in the Ramnagaram district of Karnataka, India and barely 65 km from the heart of my city, Bangalore, the journey too was not arduous for me in my current situation and the entire experience was exactly what my body and soul needed for revitalization.

So join me as we enter rural India, far from the stress and unrest of urban life and enjoy the place for a few moments or longer if you decide to actually pay them a visit … and I highly recommend that you do 😀

A 3 part series on my experience at Chiguru Farm, covering The Overview, The Cuisine and The Activities.

Read on for Part 1 of 3 – Chiguru Farm, The Overview 

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Orange Rind Pickle

This year has been about using up every possible ingredient without much wastage. Covid lockdown created a sudden shortage of hitherto easily available produce and while I have always been a proponent of low wastage, this time I stretched myself and my ingredients :-D, to produce quite a few interesting dishes. The stars of my show were the watermelon rind and orange peel and I will be gradually documenting all the recipes that I created out of these scraps.

I will start with the Orange Peel/rind pickle that I made, more so because I am quite pleased with the picture that I clicked. The bangle adorned hands of my neighbor, inspired me to style the shot, with the bright colors matching the exciting tanginess of the pickle. Not to mention that both of us were out of our minds with boredom, being jailed at home for so many months and needed some action to entertain us 😀

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Sourdough Semolina Puri

 

The final recipe in the Semolina Cracker trilogy is the Sourdough Semolina Puri. The first two which I hope you have seen, were the Sourdough Semolina Crackers and the Sourdough Semolina Cracker Papdi Chaat

The cracker recipe gives rise to this puri recipe and merely consists of deep frying the rolled out dough, instead of baking it. The end result is quite distinct and one really gets the benefit of 2 different products from the very same recipe.

How is that for convenience 😀

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