Saturday, January 18, 2014

Tomato Rice

Ingredients
Tomato puree – 2 cup
Rice – 500 gms
Ginger/garlic paste – 1tblspn
Mint/coriander leaves juice – 1 cup
Grated Coconut – ½ cup
Poppy seeds – 1tblspn (soaked in water)
Cashew – 5 nos
Cumin seeds – ½tblspn
Green chilly – 2 nos
Garlic cloves – 6 nos
Red chilly powder – 1tspn
Cardamom – 4 nos
Cinnamon – 2 pieces
Cloves – 3 nos
Bay leaves – 2 nos
Star anise - 1
Small onions – 6 nos
Big onions (chopped) – 1
Ghee – 2 tblspn
Oil as required
Salt to taste
For Garam Masala
Cloves – 2 nos
Fennel seeds – 1 tblspn
Cardamom – 3 nos
Stone flower – few
Cinnamon – 2 pieces
Nutmeg – 1
Poppy seeds – 1 tspn
Coriander seeds – 1 tblspn
Method
Fry all the dry ingredients for garam masala without oil and grind it all into a fine powder
Grind small onions and green chilly into paste and keep aside
Grind grated coconut, soaked poopy seeds, cashews and cumin seeds into smooth paste
In a cooker, fry star anise, cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, bay leaves in oil
Then add chopped big onions, garlic cloves and red chilly powder and sauté well
Add ginger/garlic paste, onion/chilly paste and sauté until raw smell disappears
Then add coconut/cashews/poppy/cumin seeds paste and sauté for few mins
Now add tomato puree and mint/coriander juice and allow it to boil
Then add rice, salt and water (if necessary)
Add ghee, cover the cooker lid and whistle on and cook for 7 mins in medium flame
Turn off the stove and wait until the pressure release
Open the lid and add 1tspn ghee again and mix the rice well
Serve hot with onion raita
P.S: I have served the tomato rice with meal maker gravy in above picture. I will post its recipe later asap
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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Happy Pongal - 2014

Today is pongal – thanks giving festival, which is celebrated under different names all over south east asia.
In Nepal – Maghi or maghe sankranti
In Thailand – Songkran
In laos – Pi ma lao
In Myanmar – Thingyan
In Cambodia – Moha sanykran
On this day of pongal festival I wish all my blog readers and their family,
May the sweetness of overflowing milk and sugarcane
Fill your home with harmony and happiness
The sun shines bright
To guide and lead us the way
Towards bountiful harvest season
Let us thank the sun
For burning himself to give us life
Let us thank plants
For sacrificing themselves for us
Let us thank cattle and animals
For helping us to sustain our life
May you all be blessed with prosperity & joy
Happy Pongal
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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

In Search Of Me

                 I spoke less and think more. Once I was fully loaded with negative thoughts and surrounded with people who are meant to less important in my life. There are too many issues on my head right now. At times I feel my brain will overflow due to too much thoughts. I sleep every night with the hope the next day would be brighter. Even I wake up every morning with the feeling that I am gonna make an another day happily. But end up tired of daily routine.
                Something was wrong. This isn’t my life. I spent too much time thinking about what has happened really. Trying to translate what I feel. But words failed me. I wondered on whom I was so angry. Was it the sudden change of my friends behavior? Was it because my parents told me to do something that I don’t like? Was it because my little sister didn’t listen what I tried to share with her? Were these reasons big enough to justify what I was feeling?
                Why dint I like to go out like others and have fun? Why did I spend all my days in thinking and waste it doing nothing? Why my life didn’t go in the right path like everyone’s? Is it because I depend on my parent’s much? I am clueless.
                Is this what everyone call as depression? Somewhere along the lane, I miss the original me. I had stopped loving myself. I am that kind of person who needs support once in a while, someone to say “you did right”, when I lose and encourage me. I lost control of my life. I lost control of my feelings.
                I am still in the process of finding the lost me. After too much thinking I concluded to love myself to help in finding the lost happiness in me. For that I need to do what I love more often. I have already started writing here and reminding every positive things in every actions I do. Until now I just found a piece of me :p
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Saturday, January 4, 2014

No Matter What Happens

Human life is so unpredictable,
In this earth everything is self-centered,
Success in your life gets you fake friends,
Succeed no matter what happens,
Being honest and frank throws you in danger,
Be honest and frank no matter what happens,
The good you do will be forgotten tomorrow,
Do good no matter what happens,
People remember your mistakes and forget your good doings,
Be nicer no matter what happens,
Everyone likes to celebrate with you and escapes in your sorrows,
Be friendly no matter what happens,
People respects money and dishonor feelings,
Be expressive no matter what happens,
Dreams that you built many years may destroyed overnight,
Dream big no matter what happens,
People blame you even if you help,
Help them no matter what happens,
Broad minded people may shot down by narrow minded,
Think broad no matter what happens,
The world may punch you in face even you give the best,
Give the best you have got no matter what happens.
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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

My 100th Post On New Year 2014

Boom, it’s my 100th post. I just wanna share my happiness at this happy space today. Nothing else, today is really a special day. This is not only my 100th post but also a celebration day. It’s new year 2014. This new day on the new year start will be my new start for my writing journey towards my next century.
I started this blog a year ago with no idea where to start and where to end. Later I came to know this will be my never ending space till my life end. I began to love this little space. It has become a peaceful place for me where I can share my heart.
Sharing these things with you has done so much for me. I hope whoever reads this blog, enjoys it, feels encouraged because of what I write here. I hope it brings some good to the world. But even if not, it makes me better to share my life with you. This little blog has enriched my life in so many ways.
                There is no theme for my blog. When something inspires me I write about it, Whatever it may be. I also wanted give a huge thank you to all of you. Yes, you, who are reading this post. I cannot begin to express how delighted I am to have people interested in what I am saying and how lovely it is to get feedback and encouragement from some one I may never meet in person. 

And coming to new year celebration, unlike every year, I hope this year gonna be a turning point in my life. I believe some changes will happen in my life to make everything perfect. 2014 will bring me the happiness that I missed in 2013. Not only to me, for everyone I wish. Last year taught me more lessons and made me think more positively than before.
For last year's words belong to last year's language
And next year's words await another voice
And to make an end is to make a beginning.
Happy New Year 2014
                 &
Happy 100th Post Celebration
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Monday, December 30, 2013

Heart Beat

H Hard to handle
E Easily breaks
A Always guides you the
R Right way
T Towards determination for
B Balancing the life’s
E Emotions that exhibits and
A Actions to be taken
T Tremendously to an extent
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Friday, December 27, 2013

Heart Feelings 18

Year crosses, time passes,
My beauty will fade, my memories may lose,
Everyone might leave, but still my heart will beat,
You know why? Even after I lose all,
The only thing that remain me alive is
Growing old with you and our ever ending
Love that live without withering beyond ages.

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