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3 recipes

i was feeling so lost after not having posted for such a long time...it was a mixture of laziness, bad mood, being busy and just not posting as didnt know what to write...

today i am going to post 3 recipes I have tried recently and were super successes....and very simple to make....and they are stuffed mushrooms, uckdiche modak, and sambar...

so here is recipe no 1: Stuffed Mushrooms
mushrooms are one of my favourite vegetables...and I love experimenting with them and trying every new recipe I set my eyes on....this recipe I found on 28 cooks...i love her recipes, and the best part is that she has many vegetarian recipes....


ingredients
8 to 10 medium to big size mushrooms1/2 cup grated cheeseitalian seasoning4 cloves of garlic (crushed)1 green chilly (crushed)5-6 olives finely choppedolive oil/ regular oilsaltpepperrawa (semolina) / bread crumbs for rolling the mushroomsMethod:
wash mushrooms thoroughly and remove the stem of mushroom, and remove the mushroom gills, i just scraped the…

why do we

why do we,
we listen to the same song but hear different words
look at the same painting, but see different colours
react differently, when exposed to same situation

why cant we behave similarly,
even when we know how the other would behave
we know each other so well,
that we know what the other thinks,
what the other feels,
yet we cant feel differently ourselves
and we cant agree to disagree.

yet we walk together, hands in hand
with the knowledge in our heart
that we are together
no matter what :)

this is the beauty of writing my mind...i myself dont know whats in it at times...and how i am going to end a post when i begin writing it...and at times such as this..i surprise myself, and bring a smile on my face and hopefully yours too :)

song of the day: har dil jo pyaar karega...

heart n sweetheart

today a thought struck me...it began with the word "sweetheart" commonly used while addressing your girlfriend/ boyfriend, husband/ wife...i wondered who came up with this word...and was it a medical person or non medical...and if a medical person, did he purposely choose heart because of its varied characteristics....

of course, heart has nothing to do with emotion....it is just a pump which pumps blood to rest of the body...yes it is indispensable organ, without which we would die...but so is brain, lung, liver, spleen, skin etc they are all single indispensible organs with certain very important fucntions and if those functions were not performed we would die....i know there are two lungs but here i am treating them as one organ...

also, i thought, if important people had to be given an analogy with an organ in ur body, what would your parents, siblings, husband/wife, and best friends be....

well i dont know about other important people, but i guess ur sweetheart is indee…

garlic rolls

ever since my friend gauri posted this recipe on her blog i was dying to making it....the only thing that kept me from making was i thought it was a super complex thing....i mean how could a person make such professional looking bread rolls at home...i thought this rolls were beyond my scope...anyways, this monday i told myself to give it a shot...after all the recipe was right there...i just had to follow it...and LO BEHOLD, i managed to make it...i cudnt believe it, i made those rolls....i think my fairy godmother dusted some of her magical fairy dust on them.....well, here is the recipe, and if u follow them am sure my fairy godmother would be generous with you too and your rolls will be super as well

Ingredients: for the dough: 3 cups whole wheat flour3 and 3/4 tbsp melted butter (45 gm)1 egg (1/2 for dough, 1/2 for glaze)2 and 3/4 tsp sugar1 n 1/2 cup warm milk  1/2 tsp yeast1 tsp oilsalt to taste for the garlic spread 1 tbsp garlic paste2 tbsp olive oil1 tbsp parmesan cheese (any shr…

chocolate crepe

i had chocolate crepe at a french restaurant...and i am totally hooked to it...one of my favorite desserts...and its really simple to make too...and i like to call it the chocolate dosa :)

i made them following this chocolate crepe recipe.




my tips: use non stick pan to make it...put batter on pan and spread it like u wud spread a dosa, and then once it is semi cooked apply butter to sides and spread little all over the crepe too...if its spread thin enough then u dont need to flip it and cook...if its thick u might need to do it

when the crepe is cooked, it will automatically separate from the pan, so u just have to lift from edges...

do not lose hope if u spoil initial 2 or 3 crepes....it might take a while till u get the hang of making them...be patient and make the next crepe...

its super delicious when u spread in nutella or chocolate sauce, and add chopped strawberries or banana....and garnish it with some cream.....serve them hot for best taste....so serve as u make...

i just had…

good bye

loved this take on the fairy tale

A fairy tale always have a happy ending but does it have a perfect start? And what about the parts unseen and undiscovered.

This is the story of a simple girl. She lived with her sweet parents. One day she went to the woods playing around and made a new friend. They became best of the friends and started hanging out together everyday. Soon they grew up and their silly games started turning into realities. From friends they became lovers but they still loved playing games with each other. At the end that was the thing that always connected them... They were great lovers but they always brought out the darker side of each other. One day while playing the game of their life they both lost and that was it... they parted ways... The story does not end here...

This is the time her mother died and her father got her a step mother and two step sisters. They used to treat her like maid... This girl was Cinderella...whose story we all know... who met her Prin…

mix veg paratha

parathas are one of the most widely loved north indian food preparation....the best part is once u learn to make one type of paratha u can make all kinds :) :)
the most difficult part of paratha is rolling it out...but let me assure u that with some very simple tips, u can make them easily (provided u know how to knead the dough and make regular chapatis or rotis or tortillas ;)
Ingredients for the dough:2 cups whole wheat flour2 tsp oilwater (as needed to make a soft dough)salt as per taste for the stuffing finely chopped mix vegetables (cauliflower, peas, beans, carrot, corn)finely chopped onionfinely chopped cilantrogreen chilly pasteginger pastegarlic pastered chilly powderturmeric powder (haldi)cumin and coriander powder (dhaniya jeera)pinch of garam masalasaltsugar (just for sweet touch)lemon juice Method: for the dough in a bowl mix flour salt and oil....add water in small quantities and knead the dough till the flour doesnt stick to sides is soft to touch....coat the bowl with little …

pineapple upside down cake

my mom made this cake for my birthday when i was a little girl...and this weekend as i was debating what to make for the dessert my friend suggested i make this cake...and just the name brought back tons of wonderful memories, and so i decided to make it without thinking twice...and it was indeed delicious
this is the recipe i followed : pineapple upside down (betty crocker recipe)

Ingredients
6 pineapple slices (if canned, drain them)cherries optional2/3 cup brown sugar1 egg3/4 cup milk3/4 cup sugar1 tsp baking soda1tsp vanilla essence1/2 tsp salt3/4 cup butter (i used more butter as i didnt have shortening)1 1/3 cup flour (i used whole wheat all purpose flour)Method: start with ingredient no 4 egg and beat it....then all rest ingredients one by one, constantly mixing the batter, to get a smooth batter....use melted butter for ease of mixing..and add flour last in small portions to prevent lumps..scrape the bottom and sides of vessel while mixing so to ensure that none of the flour has…

just for this weekend

just for this weekend..
i want to lay my tensions aside...

i promise to enjoy the days to the fullest
without worrying about tasks to be completed

i promise to let my hair down
and laugh without care

i wont worry about
what could have been.....and what actually is..

i dont want to feel helpless today and think whether it was my fault or it was fate
i want to dance..till i drop down
i dont want to think about what and who i miss...

i want to be free from myself.... just for this weekend
song of the week: teri mehfil kismat aazamakar.....qawali from Mughal E Azam....love the words


dear mom,

dear mom,
i am still your little princess mom
there are times i still wanna hold ur hand
i still need you to tell me to eat
and force one more morsel down my mouth
i miss u mom
when i dont know what to eat
i miss u when i go to sleep
and i want to feel u patting me
i have grown, but my needs are the same,
i want to hug u tight and lay in ur lap
through the night
i miss u, when i open the door
and i am greeted by a dark, cold flat
i miss u in all my victories
when i try out new recipes
i want u to be by my side and
pat my back with great pride
i need u here when i celebrate
to cheer for me when i graduate
i need u here, with me, forever and always...
in all my highs plateaus and low,
coz highs are not high enough without u
and lows seem lower than they are...
i miss u mom...i love u..
life just isn't the same without u here..

song of the day: one of my mom's favourite song...and mine too...hum aapki aankhon me...love the banter! :)

strawberry meringue pie

so this weekends delight was strawberry meringue pie.....more than the pie i was challenged to do the meringue....and i wanted to know if i got it right....well i did get it right for the most part....and yes as usual i did make some changes in the recipe and method....so i am giving u the original links too...i need more practice setting meringue on the pie.....so it can be more decorative! other than that the pie taste fabulous :)
Ingredients
for the pie crust

one cup wheat flour1/2 cup solid butter (cut it into cubes)2 tablespoons sugarfor the filling
1 1/2 cup strawberries1 cup sugar3 egg yolks1/2 tsp salt1/2 cup cream (i used whipped, but heavy is better)2tbsp + 2 tsp wheat flourfor the meringue
2 tbsp sugar2 tbsp corn flour3 egg whites5 tbsp sugar1/2 tsp vanilla1/4 tsp saltlittle more than 1/2 cup waterfirst of all i wanna tell u....dont get intimidated by the name of the dish or number of ingredients!!! is a very simple dish to make.....almost all the ingredients are going to be the…

lessons learned

today i had a fantastic day....i attended couple of lectures....and there were so many take home messages that were spoken in context of career or work but could be applied to personal life (relationships, family interactions) too....
i wont waster time writing prologue to it.....here we are...capsules of knowledge :)

5 important things to take care of so u DONT mess your CAREER
Quality of service you provide: of course superior quality will result in better profits and prevent loss of customers.Know your customers: its wise to know who you are actually serving...take time out..get to know them....ultimately they are the reason why you have your bread butter jam cheese etc etc :)Love your work: take interest in whatever you are doing, and do it at the best of your ability.Dont talk ill about your BOSS: yes...this ones a biggie...after all he is the one with more say than u !dont belittle your employees: they should love working for you, only then will they put in their 100%now are some…

World Cup 2011...the nation celebrates!!!

India has won the world cup....We are the world champs...the feeling is not yet sinking in....i didnt know how much this meant to me till i finished watching the highlights....till i heaved the sigh of relief....i didnt know there was so much pent up tension within me.....

as far as i remember, it was 1996 world cup, when i understood the importance of it...i remember going to see the match in a new york theater with family...it was india-australia match....and we lost the game....thats all i remember about it...

next was 1999 world cup..it was being played in england, and there was so much hype about it....media hyping india as the defending champions as per the venue.....but i dont really remember any of the tournament...i was in 10th then...i think the tournament happened during my board exams....whatever......

i followed 2003 world cup quite religiously....i remember being super excited about india- australia finals....seeing it and watching india lose.....

2007, i followed it....…

lebanese dinner

well my blog is turning out to be a food blog more than anything...but then, this is about my interests and i love cooking....so there sure is gonna be lots of recipes on it..and these days as i have time on my hand, trying new cuizines is something i am doing at the moment...and well, i am finding out that its turning really good...thats the process i am enjoying right now....making exotic sounding dishes at home....and i hope to incorporate it on a day to day basis....there is nothing exotic about the ingredients!!! trust me, most of the stuff will be in your home daily...and the taste is out of this world...having satisfaction of being able to cook some awesome dishes in the same time is something you have to do to feel......

and imagine the variety u get sitting in ur home!! all u people out there....have to try making these dishes at home and enjoy the feeling it gives :) :)

so today for dinner i had: hummus, baba ghanoush, pita bread and salad

hummus:
ingredients:
2 cups boiled ka…

cheese cake

well i do like to challenge my culinary skills every now and again....and a couple of weeks back, i decided to make the seemingly impossible cheese cake....little bit of research on google and i realized that the task wasnt as difficult as i had anticipated...even then i was nervous if i would get the consistency and texture right..well i did get it right..and so here is the recipe :)

for the base:
1 1/2 cup honeymaid cracker crumbs (u can grind Parle G or marie...be sure to add more sugar if u are using marie biscuit)3 tbsp sugar1/3 cup buttercinnamon powder (for flavor)Method:
mix the crumbs, sugar, cinnamon powder and melted butter till is form an even consistency mix....then using a spoon press the mixture in the baking dish..it should be 1/2 " thickness...pre heat the oven at 325 degree F....bake the crust for ten min........for the filling:
16 ounces (2 packet) cream cheese1 cup sugar1 tsp lemon juice4 eggs1 pinch salt1 tsp vanillaMethod
Beat eggs, add sugar, vanilla, salt, lem…

Leaf, Wind, Tree

Leaf departure is because of Wind pursuit. Or because Tree didn't ask her to stay Leaf departure is because of Wind pursuit. Or because Tree didn't ask her  to stay Let us see what they have to say...


Tree People call me "Tree".I had dated 5 girls when I was in Pre-U. There is one girl who I love a lot but never dared to go after. She didn't have a pretty face, good figure or an outstanding charm. She was just a very ordinary girl. I liked her. I really liked her. I liked her innocence, her frankness, her intelligence and her fragility. Reason for not going after her was that I felt somebody so ordinary like her was not a good match for me. I was also afraid that after we were together all the feelings would vanish. I was also afraid other's gossip would hurt her. I felt that if she were my girl, she'd be mine ultimately & I didn't have to give up everything just for her. The last reason, made her accompanying me for 3 years. She watched me chase o…

pad thai and stir fry tofu

almost every weekend I try to make something interesting I have never made before. and since I am especially partial to thai cuisine I felt like going beyond the thai curries and tried to take up a seemingly tough task to making pad thai noodles (restaurant style) and of course I decided to try making stir fry tofu as there was some tofu in the house....

well well, what can I say....the result (at least the pic) is for all to see...and I assure u and I am sure rushika will vouch for it too, that it was indeed super tasty, restaurant style pad thai noodles...and of course, let me tell you, it was surprisingly easy and quick....so now here is the recipe for all you thai food fans (even chinese food fans) to give it a shot....
Pad Thai noodles
Ingredients:
Pad thai Rice Noodles 2 spring onions1 medium onion chopped3 cloves of garlicginger1/4th cabbage2 eggs (optional)2 tbsp soysauce1 tbsp stirfry sauce1 tbsp chilly sauce2 tbsp vegetable broth (optional)1 tbsp vinegar1 tsp sugarsalt to tast…

tortellini

today I tried my hand at making tortellini....n yes it was indeed delicious...at least I loved it, and lots of my friends loved it too....one of them being Italian, so I conclude that it was a successful experiment :)

Ingredients:
1 packet cheese tortellini (19 ounces)3 tablespoon Parmesan cheese (or any cheese u have)1 large onion1 tomato3 to 4 mushroomssome olives with pimentos (depending on your taste for olives, you may increase or decrease the number)1 tablespoon olive oil / cooking oil1 green chilly3 cloves of garlicsalt to taste.dried herbs and italian seasoningMethod:
chop all the veggies and saute onion, chilly, garlic, mushroom in oil till onions are golden brown.add salt and herbs and seasoning powder to the veggies, let the herbs blend with the veggies for 1 min add chopped tomatoes and olives, saute for 1 to 2 min...simultaneously, boil the tortellini as per instructions on the packet.....I just boiled one packet (19 ounces) in 3 quartz (12 cups) water as per the cooking in…

Love Story

i love this book...and the movie...
what more can i say about this beautiful book, that has not been said already...
for those who have not read it, all i can say is, read this book and you ll be happy that you did....

this is a story about a boy and a girl, oliver and jenny...who come from diverse backgrounds, and who fall in love, get married against all odds and strive to make a life together......sounds very routine and run of the mill story right.....well this is where the book gets to you as there is nothing run of the mill about it....

it is a simple story told in a simple way...yet it tugs at ur heart, and makes u laugh and cry at the same time....when u read the book, u wish u had conversations like oliver and jenny with your better half....again some being very witty and some full of understanding......the beauty of the book is, neither of them are ideal people, they are very normal people like u and me.....they have fights with each other just like everyone...and then how t…

journey

life has come to a full circle now..with lots of ups n downs and twists and turns life has brought me where I always wanted to be.....
this is just a milestone achieved..... i know but its a milestone nevertheless... one which was never in sight.....
it was just a matter of a twist  and lo behold, what a sight to see all the pain forgotten and legs stop hurting coz this is where i always wanted to be...
as i take in the beauty and catch my breath.. speechless i wonder, whats further next smiles and laughter i hear all around and i know this is how its always gonna be...
i pack my bag and start again energized to reach the next milestone... who knows where the next turn lies and its just a matter of time till life gives me a new surprise
enthused i start the climb coz i know now there is someone behind to catch me if i fall, to hold me if i slip this journey is ours now..  and this is how it was meant to be..

well well well....didnt know i had this within me!!!!!!!!!! i was just gonna write a nice n sweet va…