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Awesome aubergines: Baigan Bharta

one of the few forms of brinjals i ate as a kid...well now too, i do not love them in any form...but i do have some of my preferences now, and i do eat it in ways i can enjoy them...baigan bharta is one of the dishes i really like and make well......one of the things i like is roasting the egg plant, the slightly charred taste is something i love....this recipe is a north indian way of making it...

Ingredients: 1 medium sized egg plant  ingredients for basic red gravy
Method: Roast the eggplant over flame, turning it around as it cooks, cook it till tender. Poke knife and see it should go in easily. some juice may drip from eggplant, keep roasting it till completely tender.if you have electric grill, instead of flame gas, you can roast on it too or else, bake it in oven on 375 deg F for 20 min.whatever way you choose, the eggplant should be very tender and knife should be able to pass through it without slightest pressure.once it is done, let it cool.as it cools on other side, start m…

Awesome Aubergines

Aubergines/ Eggplant/brinjal/ringna/vantak/vangi/baigan etc etc....tons of names associated with this one vegetable...... in India specifically gujrati we have different names for different varieties of brinjals....and while the small egg plant in curries is something i do not like, the big one the nice meaty fleshy kind, is one of my favourites...
and here are some of my favourite egg plant recipes....maybe do a series of them, if I am unable to write it today in one post....

baigan bhaja
this is a bengali recipe, my aunt used to make it, my mom learnt from here, and i learnt from them both and added a touch of my own :)....i love it, and I have had people who never eat egg plants, not realize what they are eating and loving it and complementing me for it :)
goes as a nice side dish or even appetizer.....very easy to make

Ingredients:
1 egg plant (the big one...for my indian friends the one we use in baigan bharta)1/2 cup rice flour1/2 tsp turmeric powder2-3 pods garlic (crushed)salt…

Thanksgiving 2012

This year thanksgiving began, with cousins coming home from school...it was good to have them around....then on thursday, i had fun cooking....made palak paneer, shahi mushroom and methi matar malai for them to take back to school....went to a family party...and then shopping at 12 am!!! I was tired and not in mood to go...but then i needed things like winter boots, sweaters etc...so i had to go and pick up the deals :)

well, once i started driving, i was excited to go shopping by myself......and once i was there, the excitement of the evening or should i say night totally rubbed off me....and as i was having a ball going around shops, and buying stuff..i realized my phone was missing.....i was cool..till i traced my steps through the stores...and then wen i didnt find it, went to check in car....but when I didnt find it in car too...i kinda lost my cool....i was totally low...and obviously my shopping mood was gone....and i was super sad....well as i went and made my last round in s…

Nilla Wafer Banana Pudding

I had been itching to make this dessert since a couple of months...well finally got around making it over the weekend...I had it for the first time as a part of my HR management class diversity project. For the project, we had to pick chits which had names of our classmates and then the classmate would tell us to buy/ make a food item belonging to his/ her ethnic background...Our professor too took part in this project, and she made this for the entire class....From there I learnt that this pie is of african origin.....then next time my roomie made it coz we both loved this dessert...well so now finally I gave a shot at making it, and it was worth a try...this ones for u roomie :)
There are two versions of this recipe, Bake and No Bake...i liked the idea of no bake recipe, so I made that one (i didn't want the dish to have cooked bananas)....the method of making both of them is the same, the only difference is, in the baked version you make a meringue from egg whites and cover th…

RIP Verghese Kurien

Yesterday, Dr Varghese Kurien died at age of 90...
What I know about this man, is that he is FATHER OF WHITE REVOLUTION (Operation FLOOD)....
man whose vision created AMUL....made india the LARGEST PRODUCER OF MILK IN WORLD...
helped farmers in India achieve economic independence..

this post is a tribute to this great man...India thanks you for what you have done....you will always be remembered for your contribution.....

Dr Kurien, you can smile from heavens above every time someone relishes amul butter, cheese and ghee (my favourite amul products) knowing you are responsible for that smile, that familiar taste, of AMUL The Taste of India :) :)

Related articles:
Death of India's milkman: When Bharat never saw its 'ratna'
A visionary who fathered the AMUL baby
Amul brand builder Verghese Kurien: The man who turned India into largest milk producer
Amul ad:


found this video...loved it..shows amul butter ads over 50 yrs :)


dear Wagon R

Dear Wagon R
As I say goodbye to you, my heart is filled with memories...
my first car....the car with which I was identified with...
I still remember pappu (the parking ticket guy) ask mom dad,
"yeh toh madam ki car hai na??"
He even asked ravi that question :)
How I enjoyed fleeing from him without paying the money...
it was like the contest we had...
then there were some moments you witnessed,
when I would go on long drives with you, and
talk with you about what was going on with me,
my fears, worries, confusions...
we had some beautiful moments together..
just before I left for USA..
How we loved to drive on vasai roads
alone by ourselves..just us...
I didnt know how much I would miss you..
but you were there when I returned...
welcoming me in a big hug..
you saw me through the guy meeting spree..
how I would confide in you about who I liked and who I didnt..
and then finally you saw me off as a bride..
then we had some fun, driving in ahmedabad...
a twist here, a turn …

Olympic Games 2012

First of all, I wish to congratulate and thank the 6 medal winners for bringing home the medals, you all did the nation proud!!

sushil kumar and yogeshwar dutt winning silver and bronze respectively in wrestling and vijay kumar winning silver in 25 m rapid fire pistol shooting, saina nehwal winning bronze in badminton, mary kom and gagan narang winning bronze in boxing and 10 m air rifle respectively....

there is a reason, why I am writing these names and the events...coz prior to the medal, I didnt even know that such an event existed and india was participating in it...i only knew about wrestling and badminton...i didnt know women's boxing was making a debut....i thought it was there all these years at olympics....and I am not proud of it...we should at least know, about the events in which India participates...

Before asking the questions such as "why no gold?? why only 6 medals??? etc. let us acknowledge the hard work put in by each and every participant and of course th…

Chocolate raspberry mousse cake

yesterday was my sister's birthday....since a long time I was deciding what dessert I should make....I wanted to make something really special, something that I had never tried before...as I am a big chocolate fan, I wanted to make some type of chocolate cake....but I didnt want to make a regular cake, and mousse cake seemed too challenging as I had twice attempted to make chocolate mousse but was unsuccessful....during my research I came across David Lebovitz's recipe "chocolate idiot cake" which looked indeed very easy, and was not a traditional chocolate cake, as it was flourless chocolate cake, and which as per the author "an idiot" could make it, if they followed the instructions....and after reading the description of the cake, I was tempted to make it.

However, I thought it was too simple,so the idea struck me to make a raspberry mousse over the chocolate. after some research I zeroed in on this recipe for "raspberry mousse", again this is…

cream of asparagus

one of my favourite soups since i was a kid.....i used to wait for my aunt from UK to get the packets of cream of asparagus.....so while I am in US, anytime I see a bundle of tender asparagus, I just buy them and give myself a special treat....and everyone I am with loves this soup too...so you should definitely give it a try if you can get your hands on tender asparagus sticks..

Ingredients:

1 bunch chopped asparagus 1 medium sized chopped onion 3 pods crushed garlic1 tsp butter2 tbsp creamsalt to tastepepper to tasteany herbs for seasoning (i used parsley and fresh basil, i am proud owner of a basil plant) Method:
chop off the blunt thick one inch of the asparagus....chop the rest of it in one inch lengths...keep some of the tender tips aside for seasoning...in a saucepan, melt some butter, add garlic, asparagus and salt....after a couple of minutes add the onions....once the onions r tender, add the herbs, pepper and then water...let everything cook together and then once the aspara…

sevya

SEVYA literally means caring through service....this project was founded by my aunt and her friend....the project is to revive and preserve dying forms of art like weaving, making handicrafts etc. my aunt and her friend support roughly 2000 weavers all over India....they are members of FAIR TRADE FEDERATION...the aim of these federation is similar...to ensure that the poor weavers are not exploited and that they get good income so that the art form doesnt die out....basically making sure that the art form is carried from one generation to other...
every once in a while I get to visit my aunt at one of her trade shows.....and it never ceases to amaze me how these western, sophisticated looking items are hand made by the poor artisans in India...I am extremely proud of my aunt, she sees what the weavers do, what is natural to them and them westernizes the items...as to what will sell in USA...i get tears in my eyes, when people exclaim "this is so beautiful"....and ask where i…

veronica vs meera

i read chetan bhagat's article on TOI about depictions shown in movie COCKTAIL...the link to the article is here. so i am writing this post..my two bit sense and opinions on women working, having fun, getting married etc.

what i feel is in every person lies these two personalities...Veronica and Meera...fun loving, exuberant, careless vs responsible mature family oriented.....and it would be very judgemental to think one cannot be with the other..... yes, facts wont change, guys when they want to have a girl friend they want veronica...nobody thinks that meera might also enjoy a night out....it is assumed that meera isn't the type....and when it comes to marriage, guys find it hard to believe that a girl like veronica can be responsible...


as far as guys selecting girls go (going back to my take on chetan bhagat's article)...well, i believe to each his own...some guys want a woman who works while some want a house wife....and same is true with girls...some girls want to w…

cocktail

this ones a fun film....there is nothing really exceptional about the movie...good or bad....so you can watch it, once....with your friends if you are in mood to chill out...the actors are easy on eyes...and you get to see london and cape town....

story is simple....a flirt, Gautam (saif ali khan) gets into a time pass relationship with sexy girl Veronica (deepika padukone)...starts living together with her and her roommate, the traditional girl Meera (diana penty)....when it comes to falling in love, what does he choose traditional beautiful or sexy and beautiful....
i liked one song, daaru desi....rest songs are ok...saif is good...but u dont reach for the loverboy here, like you do for sameer in dil chahta hai....similarly, you dont feel very bad for affection starved, rich bitch Veronica....and as for traditional meera, the way she slips in comfortable happy zone so easily, you dont get touched either....
this is a fun film...just chill the way characters chill......watch it for s…

ferrari ki sawaari

"jo dekhega wahi sikhega" one of the most important messages conveyed by any movie.....very simple father- son story that will not fail to touch your heart....father Rustom Deboo (sharman joshi) is RTO head clerk who wants to fulfill his sons dream of going to a cricket coaching camp at lords, london....and the twists and turns that lead us to lords....

Kayo (ritwik shore) is a gifted boy extremely talented when it comes to cricket....and dreams of playing for indian cricket team like his idol..none other than Sachin Tendulkar....and his father trying to do everything he can including borrowing ferrari from Tendulkar....

acting is good by all the actors....boman irani plays Rustom Deboo's father....i wont write too much about the storyline and the twists...all i ll say its fun watch...a simple story told very well...story is well paced...you dont feel bored or confused about where the story is leading....ritwik is too good...he actually looks like young tendulkar and al…

agar hum dentist na hote...

crown sirf raja ka taj hota bridge toh nadiyon ke upar hota aur canals toh samundar ka hissa hoti probe toh sirf investigators ka hakk hota smile dekhne par midline shift nahi nazar aati cement toh building banane ke kaam aati aur veneer hum furniture pe lagate agar agar koh hum khane me use karte plaster toh fracture me use hota impression sirf ladkiyon ko patane me kaam aati curing ka matlab theek karna hota aur spatula hum kitchen me use karte casting sirf movies me hoti aur chair itni mehengi na hoti ubalte paani me hum sirf soup banate Agar hum dentists na hote :)
i loved this one so much that I had to add some of my own :)

at the park

some days back, i went to the park to volunteer at a picnic for under privileged children with my cousin parina......me and couple of girls were fillling up water balloons for the kids to play with...right now being summer, a lot of kids were playing in fountain or with water guns....but as they lined up at the tap to fill their guns...they noticed the balloons....and then started my fun journey...seeing how differently each kid reacted to the balloons...a couple of them were obedient and asked politely if they could have one or two balloons...which of course we gave....then came one girl...she just grabbed a fistful of unfilled balloons and ran away...i was super annoyed with her...and then later she had the audacity to come up to us and ask us to fill them for her!!!!!! but the kid who had us in splits of laughter was one who took some unfilled balloons...came upto us after some time and asked us if she could have balloons, which we politely told her no coz we wouldn't have bal…

Banana Chocolate Chip Loaf

Do you have some overripe banana's sitting in your refrigerator?? Are you wondering what to do with it coz you prefer not to throw it?? well you have come at the right place...here is a supereasy and tasty recipe that everyone will love :)
I have picked the recipe from rachel ray, but made some changes to it to make it my own :)

Ingredients:
2 ripe bananas (1 cup mashed)1/4 cup vegetable oil2 eggs3/4 cup sugar1/2 tsp salt1 1/2 cup all purpose flour1 tsp baking soda1 tsp vanilla3/4 cup chocolate chips (semi sweet or bitter as per preference) Method:
in a large bowl, whisk together eggs, vegetable oil and mashed bananas.add vanilla, baking soda, salt and sugar mix welladd flour mix well to form an even consistency batter, do not overmix. lastly add chocolate chipsPreheat the oven for 350 deg F grease the baking dish/ loaf dish with butter and flour it. (sprinkle some flour on the baking dish and rotate it so that a thin layer of flour sticks to the butter all around the baking dish, …

apple crumble

Mitu was after me since a while to make this....first time i had eaten this was at my mama's home, made by Ba...it was supertasty and I was hooked on to this tasty and super easy dish...can be made in microwave too..
so noella this one is for you too...coz u asked me the recipe and I am sorry I didnt have it written down...now u can try to make it..and trust me it tastes awesome!!

Ingredients: (makes 10 servings)
5 medium sized sweet apples (peeled and cored and chopped)9 tbsp sugar1 cup all purpose flour3/4 cup oats10 tbsp butter (semi- soft) / margarine1/2 cup chopped walnuts1 tbsp lemon juice1/2 tbsp cinnamon1/3 cup brown sugar Method:
Preheat oven for 350 Ftake chopped apples in a bowl, add 3 tbsp sugar, lime and half cinnamon.In a baking pan spread the apples and cook them for 5 min (till the turn semi soft)In another bowl take all purpose flour, oats, 6 tbsp sugar, walnuts, remaining cinnamon and butter and mix it till it forms a crumbly mixture. I like the crunchy texture oa…

Healthcare needs healing???

I am writing this post after viewing the episode of Satyamev Jayate about healthcare, in which aamir wrongly just focuses on doctors....maybe just to sensationalize things coz doctors are bunch of people who common man is gonna interact with and they are just easy targets....common man isnt going to interact with pharma companies or medical school owners...there are numerous flaws and points overlooked in this episode which are done intentionally or unintentionally...and yes i am eligible to comment on this coz I am from medical fraternity....

some things said on show were true....and must not be done like cut practices/commissions,scaring patients into procedures,and blatant over investigating....and some bad apples do that....and i agree shouldnt be done....but it is wrong to generalize it to most of medical community...
these days more number of investigations are done than before for various reasons....1) they are available, lot of currently done investigations werent available s…

garlic mushrooms

this is one of my favourite recipes and this has been well loved all over even by those people who don't like mushroom....i had it for the first time in pizza hut....figured out how to make them while eating it...and yes this is one of the best mushroom dishes i have learnt till date...so this one is for all you mushroom lovers....and ones who want to give mushroom another shot!!
ingredients:
250 gram mushrooms3 cloves chopped/crushed garlic1 tbsp ginger chilly pastechopped cilantro (coriander)pinch of aji na moto (chinese salt)salt as per taste1 tsp garam masala1 1/2 tbsp olive oil/ vegetable oil Method:
wash and clean mushrooms thoroughly.chop them into half...do not chop them too small as they shrink a lot when cooked.in a bowl take mushrooms and all ingredients and let it marinate for 30 min.saute the mushrooms after half n hour for 10-15 min or till tender... Pointers
always add little less of spices or salt than u think is required for the given quantity of mushrooms as they s…

chocolate tiramisu

kaki gave me this super easy recipe of tiramisu....no egg beating!!! no tension of getting stiff peaks and then worrying about technicalities about adding cheese to it etc etc....and it just tastes equally good and its a great recipe for people who dont eat eggs!!! so without much ado i ll begin with the recipe

ingredients: (6 pieces)
24 ladyfingers18 ounces mascarpone cheese (generally available in 8 ounce box, then just buy 2 boxes) 2 cups whipped cream or 1 cup whipping cream1/4 cup sugar1/4 cup strong coffee or coffee liqueur1 tbsp cocoa powder (optional)1 ounce bittersweet chocolate grated1 tsp vanilla1/3 cup chocolate liqueur (optional)  Method:
arrange 12 ladyfingers in a tray, drizzle them with half of coffee or coffee liqueur in a mixing bowl whip cream cheese, then add cream, sugar and vanilla, and whip the mix till stiff peaks are formed.if you using chocolate liqueur add it to the mix while you whipping it.....(i just added some coco powder to coffee and added it to the mix…

lost words

tears flow down my eyes, i dont know why
neither do i know , how to stop them
they seem to have, a life of their own..
forming, welling and flowing, without my control...
something is wrong somewhere, but no one sees it...
its obvious i feel, but maybe it isnt
i should understand,  make words of my feelings..
but that seems too tough,
how will words make a difference
when we dont feel the same....
words dont form, neither they are spoken..
never have felt so helpless before...
i dont know what tomorrow brings...
i dont know what today is....
words are lost somewhere in this helplessness
acceptance is the key, is what everyone says...
acceptance doesnt stop tears, or does it??