Sunday, January 28, 2007

WEEKEND BRUNCH , LUNCH AND DINNER !!

WEEKEND TREATS!!

A Picture Taken at Lalbagh:




Steamed brussel sprouts saute'd in butter , salt , pepper& white wine .






Dinner Rolls:





Poori Platter:



Source:Indianchild.com
Poori


Fish Fry with semolina covering:




Here's the Recipe..

Marinate the fish with ginger and garlic paste, chilli paste,lime juice, & dip in egg and corn flour mixture coat the marinated fish with semolina and deep fry till done..

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Take A Guess !!!



My Driving Inspiration was to make something different that Taste's different for our Dinner. The end result is here to view..

Here’s the really exciting part..Take a guess !!

Recipe to follow ,to make you'll spread your wings to be a little adventurous & try this dish, If you've never made this one before..:)


Lotus Seed Gravy!

Ingredients:

1 Bowl of Lotus seeds( deep fried&kept aside)
2 Tomatoes(big)Cubed
1 Onion chopped finely
1Tbsp Cashew paste
1/4 Cup Yoghurt(thick)
1 Tbsp Cilantro leaves for garnishing
oil/butter
salt as required
1/2Tsp Turmeric
1/2 TspCumin seed powder
1 Tsp Chilli Powder
1/4 Tsp Garam Masala powder

Method:
Saute onions with little oil/butter and keep aside, In the same pan saute the tomato pieces & put it in a blender along with garlic . Put this mixture into the pan and add saute'd onions, turmeric , thick yoghurt to the above and stir continuously till the oil separates .Now,add salt and chilli powder, cumin powder ,garam masala ,fried Lotus seeds, cashew nuts paste & saute till done.Sprinkle some Cilantro & Toasted cashews (optional) .

Thursday, January 18, 2007

M & M ! (Masala Vadas and a MeMe! )



Masala Vada:

Ingredients

1/4 cup Red Gram
1 cup Bengal Gram
1tsp Black Gram
2" ginger
3 red chillies
1tsp fennel
1" cinammon
2 cloves
2 green chillies chopped
2 onions, finely chopped
cashewnuts(optional)
2 tbsp finely chopped coriander leaves
2 tbsp finely chopped curry leaves
1 /2 cup dill leaves finely chopped
Salt to taste



Method:

1. Soak the lentils in water for 2 hrs and then drain the water & Coarsely grind along with ginger, red chillies, saunf and salt. (Just add little (2 tbsp) water to get a coarse consistency )

2. Mix in the chopped onions, green chillies, coriander, curry leaves, cashewnuts, and chopped dill leaves & Make small balls, flatten into vadas, and deep fry them till reddish brown in colour. Serve hot, with chutney.




Another MeMe from the Lovely Blogger "SRA",Of whenmysoupcamealive
who hasTagged me to do this Awesome MeMe!

So,here we go:



Three people/things that make me laugh:

My Mom
Watching Goodness Gracious
Candid Camera


Three things that scare me :

Nightmares.
Door Bell ringing after midnight.
Ghosts

Three things I love:

Music that sets in the mood for the day
A Foot Massage after a tiring day
Reading & watching Travelouges


Three things I hate :

Hypocrites & Snobs
whining ! ;)
Gossiping .


Three things I don’t understand:

The Human Psychology , still find it very complex to understand.

Terrorism and hatredism .

On Convincing Through Confusion :)


Three things on my desk:

A Book I am reading right on Top of a pile of Books
A Pen holder , pins & clips
A Pad to scribble my "To do list" ;)

Three things I’m doing right now:

Thinking of all the Bloggers who are writing a Meme this very minute :)
Thinking of what to post in my next Blog :)
Drinking Hot Badam Milk .

Three things I want to do before I die:

Publish a Book of mine .
Travel around the world
perhaps, Be on Mount Everest someday ;)


Three things I can do:

Give my undivided Attention
Play scrabble and badminton
Review Books & Movies

Three things you should listen to:

Listening to a sweet, delightful & pleasant morning Instrumental Music !
Listening to the silence.( Silence is deep as Eternity; speech is shallow as Time. Thomas Carlyle)
Listening to The Temple bells wafting through the hill tops from afar :)


Three things you should never listen to:

An Explosion .
People screaming at each other & strange noises ;)
A owl hooting in the day
.

Three things I’d like to learn

Playing Sitar
Learning Foreign Languages
Sign language

Three favourite foods:

Fruit & veg salads,
Bengali sweets including misti doi.
Biryanis.

Three beverages I drink regularly:

Tender coconut water.
Lemonade.
Coffee.


Three TV shows/Books I read as a kid :

Malgudi days! A TV serial based on R K Narayan's works.
Amar Chitra Katha!
Sleeping Beauty .

Three blogger friends that I am going to tag:
Hmmm..can't think of just one ;)would love to tag everyone who has not yet been tagged to do this Meme ,please feel free to take on this Meme. Have a great week :)

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Season's Greetings!!!!

Happy Pongal To All The Viewers!!














COCONUT -POLI:





Coconut Poli:

Ingredients:

3 cups of Grated Coconut(fresh)
2 cups of Jaggery
1-2 tbsp Roasted fine semolina
1 tsp of cardamom powder
2 tsps of Roasted poppy seeds Powder
2 cups of maida
1/4 cup water
oil/Ghee 4 tbsp.

Method:

Prepare a dough with maida (All purpose flour) and 1 tbsp oil. Add water and make a soft dough which is a bit oily. keep aside for 1-2 hours.Take a non stick Tava and place it on a medium flame.

For the stuffing:

Mix the Jaggery and coconut in a pan ,to this add cardamom and poppy seeds powder and roasted fine semolina 1 - 2 Tbsp and mix it thoroughly. Keep stirring to get the consistency thick enough to make balls for stuffing
Take a small ball sized dough and roll it into a chapathi and stuff the coconut ball and roll it over again into round shaped polis. Flip this over the hot Tava on both the sides till done with a dab of ghee & it's ready to savour ! Enjoy!!


Sending warm greetings on the auspicious occasion of Pongal ,which brings good luck and prosperity and hoping that it is joyous, and fills your days ahead with happiness. Have a wonderful Pongal! :)

Friday, January 05, 2007

Akshardham!! A Monument of Modern India !!



I hope you all had a Lovely Time this holiday season & I 'm sure The first couple of weeks of January would be lots of fun with hectic social activities ..:) If you are ready for a break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season,you could check out on this Beautiful Monument of India , Akshardham!!


I just got this as a forward mail in my inbox...and thought of sharing these Lovely Monument pictures in my blog as my first post for 2007!!!


Monument of Akshardham

The Akshardham monument, built without steel, is entirely composed of sandstone and marble. It consists of 234 ornately carved pillars, 9 ornate domes, 20 quadrangle shikhars, a spectacular Gajendra Pith (plinth of stone elephants) and 20,000 murtis and statues of India's great sadhus, devotees, acharyas and divine personalities.

The monument is a fusion of several architectural styles of pink stone and pure white marble. Pink stone symbolizes bhakti (devotion) in eternal bloom and white marble of absolute purity and eternal peace. The monument was built after over 300 million man hours of services rendered by 11,000 volunteers, sadhus and artisans.

It is the one of the wonders of the modern world, and the wonders of modern India.

After 5 years of non-stop, round-the-clock construction, the massive and awesome Akshardham Temple Monument to World Peace was inaugurated today. The Akshardham Temple in New Delhi, India, constructed by the BAPS foundation -- the builders of the various Swaminaryan Temples across the world, is truly a modern day Wonder of the World.

It is one of the biggest and most intricate religious places of worship ever constructed. Combining several completely different and contrasting architectural styles of Hindu temple architecture of northern India -- Rajasthani, Orrisan, Gujarati, Mughal and Jain -- the Akshardham Monument is entirely constructed of marble and the red-sandstone that Delhi is famous for, and that so many of her monuments are constructed of. It was completed in only 5 years - a world record of sorts

So after years of waiting, the Temple was yesterday opened to the public -- and to photographers. Below is the New Delhi Akshardham Complex as seen through the eyes of a BAPS photographer. At its inauguration, it is widely being heralded as one of the greatest monuments India has ever produced.