Sunday, October 31, 2010

panang curry

after repeated success of my green curry, i was motivated to try something new...n of course panang curry is the curry i love to order wen in restaurants so i was like....lemme give it a shot.....i did substitute some ingredients with what was available in my kitchen...but the results were fabulous...so here I proudly present to u "PANANG CURRY"..

ingredients: (for the paste)

  1. 3 red chillies (fresh or dry)
  2. 1 medium sized onion
  3. 1tbsp ginger
  4. 1 tbsp garlic
  5. 1 tbsp fresh cilantro (coriander)
  6. 1/4 cup  roasted peanuts
  7. 1 tsp lemon juice
  8. 1tsp coriander-cumin powder
  9. 1 tsp black pepper
  10. red chilly powder (if u like it more spicy or if u dont have red chillies)
  11. salt to taste
  12. pinch of sugar and 
  13. pinch of black rock salt ie sanchal (instead of soysauce which is a substitute for shrimp paste )

mix all the ingredients in a chopper to make a thick paste....

for curry:

  1. 1/2 chopped onion
  2. chopped mushrooms (optional)
  3. mix vegetables (cauliflower, broccoli, carrot, french beans etc)
  4. tofu
  5. 2 (500 ml) can coconut milk
  6. 1tbsp vegetable oil

method:
saute mushroom and onions in oil....once they are cooked add the curry paste....let it cook for two minutes...then add tofu and 1 can coconut milk....once it starts boiling add second can...once that comes to boil, add vegetables...cook till vegetables are cooked to ur satisfaction...(you can add water if the curry is too thick or spicy or the vegetables are taking time to cook....)

enjoy ur panang curry with simple rice or fried rice....this curry is little bit on spicy side...so if u dont eat very spicy food...u can reduce the number of chillies...or not add red chilly powder.....

generally the veg form of this curry is made with tofu only.... in restaurants they dont add veggies to panang curry maybe coz its generally made with meat, so all u folks who eat meat, u can add chicken fish etc to this curry...i guess u have to cook the meat before......so u can eat it any way you like it :)

all those who loved the thai green curry are surely gonna love this curry too...
so noella n anu.....get ur kitchen apron on n try this..
ravi u surely are gonna get this curry when u come here in long beach...now u cant complain that ur fiancee knows to cook only green curry...now she knows panang curry as well :)

song of the day: been on my lips since yesterday...chod aye hum wo galiyaan from machis

Sunday, October 17, 2010

dear ravi

You are not the air that I breathe,
you are the sweet scent that drifts upon it

You are not the sounds that I hear,
you are the music of my life

You are not the food that I need,
you are the nourishment of my soul

You are not my will to survive,
you are my reason for living

It is with you that I experience
the wonders of the world

It is with you that I triumph
over the challenges in my path

It is your partnership that will lead me
to the fulfillment of my dreams

It is your friendship that guides me
as I grow and learn

It is your patience and wisdom
that calms my restless nature

It is through you that I know my true self

I do not take you for granted,
I cherish you

I do not need you
I choose you

I choose you today in witness
of all the people who love us

I choose you tomorrow
in the privacy of our hearts

I choose you in strength and weakness

I choose you in health and sickness

I choose you in joy and sorrow

I will choose you, over all others, every day
for all the days of my life


- Rebecca W.


i know this post is couple months early...but cant help it :) 
came across this and loved it....


song of the day: tum jo aaye from once upon a time in mumbai :)

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

my 60 hour long bday begins!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

well well well...what can i say..this is true...my bday has begun in India 7th oct midnight!! got phone call from my better half and his friends who were together celebrating anshu's bday....so the wishes have started...
I am officially celebrating my bday till 8th oct midnight in LA!!!!!!!! feel like on top of the world right now....totally lucky...of course there are always BUTs N IFs and this birthday is no different...missing mom dad mitu ravi and all my wonderful friends....but there us always a silver lining too...m happy m with rushika :) gonna make most of it...
n again there is a BUT...have a complex submission tomo...so m busy trying to study, thinking a topic for my thesis (depending on which is gonna be the literature search which is due tomo) and put a rein on my mind not imagining all sorts of things i should be doing or would have done if I was in india or if I didnt have this submission to be completed....also there is a midterm exam to be completed...but thats due on sunday midnight so i guess i ll have a full on blast between the submission and the mid term......

will keep u guys posted on what i am  upto :) ohh yes i ll be busy shifting my apt between the submission and the blast so i guess the blast is gonna be something small....

ohhh yess...n if u wondering how is it that my bday is gonna last 60 hours straight non stop...well lemme clear it up for u...my indian calendar birthday is on 1st day of navratri...(ghat sthapna day)..n this yr as it so happens that ghat sthapna is on 8th oct...so my birthday goes on for 2 consecutive days :) :) and with LA being one of the western most parts of the world, my birthday just goes on n on n on :)

and the best part is....coz of this combination, mine n ravi's birthday coincide....something that happens once in 19yrs......so well....m just super excited about it.....

let the celebrations begin!!!!!!!!

song of the day: keeping in tune with my mood its gonna be "soniyo" my all time fav romantic song...ENJOY :)