Sunday, August 28, 2011

Live and Let Live

It is very important for people to live and let others live their lives . People , especially neighbours should stop prying into other people's lives. Ever family has skeletons in their cupboards and nobody has a right to point a finger at someone else. Times have changed and people should broaden their outlook as this is the 21st century and not some ancient era.

This is the century where boys and girls are educated and are on par with each other . They hold equal positions in organisations and at times the boys work under women bosses which is no big deal. Working hours are unlimited. The higher the position and salary, the longer are the working hours so why do people stare and murmer amongst themselves when they see a lady coming home late from work? Is a woman, who goes out to work and returns late a characterless one?
Who has given people the authority to pass judgement?

No Religion teaches you to look down upon others and slander them. If you can't talk good about people then don't badmouth them. LEARN TO LIVE AND LET LIVE.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

fish curry

2 medium size pomfret sliced, cleaned and washed.

1/2 coconut grated.
1/2 onion
1 inch ginger piece
8 pods of garlic
2 to 3 peppercorns
2 to 4 methi/fenugreek seeds
1/2 teaspoon jeera/cumin seeds
2 tbsps. coriander seeds
6 to 8 kashmiri red chilly
1 small tomato.
some curry leaves
some tamarind soaked in water.

Grind the above masala to a fine paste.

Take 2 tbsps oil in a pan and fry 1 small onion and curry leaves. Now add the ground masala
and stir for some time. Then add some water and when the required consistency is obtained,
put the sliced pomfret and cook for 5 to 7 mins. Pour a tbsp. of vinegar along with the pomfret and garnish with coriander. Serve with chapatis/bread/rice.

You can substitute pomfret with surmai/rawas/bhangda.

mutton pulao

1Kg. Mutton
200 gms. yogurt
ginger/garlic/chilly paste 3 tbsps.
salt to taste.
1 tsp. turmeric powder
6 tsps. coriander powder.
2 tsps. chilly powder.
2 tsps garam masala powder.
juice of 1/2 a lime.
4 green chillies cut fine.
4 to 5 pods of garlic cut fine.

Marinate the mutton with the above ingredients and keep aside for 1/2 an hour to 1 hour.

Slice 6 to 7 onions and fry them till golden brown. Now add the marinated mutton and cook till
done. Cut some cabbage, potatoes, carrots, peas and fry them and mix with the cooked meat.

Boil water in a vessel with whole spices ( pepper/cinnamon/cloves/big cardomom/tejpatha )
and add 3/4 kg of rice ( soaked in water for 10 mins ) and drain the water after cooking.

Cut 3 to 4 tomato rings and place in a vessel. Pour the cooked meat/vegetables and garnish with kothmeer ( coriander) and pudina ( mint ). Now place the rice over the meat and pour some pure ghee and saffron over the rice and keep it on slow fire for 25 to 30 mins.

Don't forget to add salt to the rice while cooking.

Serve with dahi kachumbar and green chutney.

mutton pulao

Kheema-Masoor Pulao Recipe

1/2 Kg. Mince Meat ( Kheema ).
1/2 Kg. Rice.
1 cup whole masoor dal.
1 cup yogurt.
1.5 Tbsp. ginger/garlic/chilly paste.
1 tsp. haldi/turmeric
2 tsps. dhaniya/coriander powder
1 tsp. chilly powder.
1 tsp. garam masala powder.
1/2 lime juice.
2 green chillies cut fine.
4 to 5 pods of garlic cut fine or if green garlic is available then use that.

Wash the kheema/mince and drain. Marinate the kheema with all the above ingredients except rice and masoor dal for 1/2 an hour. Boil the masoor dal with a little salt and keep aside.
Boil water with whole garam masala ( cloves/cinnamon/big cardomoms/peppercorns/tejpatha}. When water boils, add rice (soaked in water for 10 mins ) and cook till done.
Drain the water.

Take 3 onions sliced and fry till golden brown. Now add the marinated mince/kheema and
cook till the mince is done.

In a vessel cut 2 to 3 tomatoes into rings and place them. Now mix the kheema and masoor dal and place it above the tomato rings. Put some kothmeer and pudina over the mince. Now put the cooked rice over the mince and pour some pure ghee and a pinch of saffron over the rice and keep it on slow fire for 15 to 20 mins.

Serve with green chutney and dahi raita.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Money and Status

Money and Status go hand in hand. They say that money makes the mare go round and it is very true. If you have money you are highly respected in society but if you are poor then God bless you.
If you maintain a certain standard of living , people think you have plenty of money and always have a smile on their faces when they meet you. But the day they find out that you have less or no money, they show their true colours. The same people who put you on a pedestal drag you down and crush you under their feet. That's humanity. People measure and value your worth by looking at your possessions not realising that you may be a pauper.They judge you by your external appearance which misleads them into believing that you are worth a million dollars Nobody understands a person's good nature or good deeds. It's money, money and only money.
When a ship is sinking the rats are the first ones to desert a sinking ship.Whether it's your family, friends or neighbours nobody wants to be close to someone who is not wealthy. Money comes and money goes. Apart from Life and Death nothing is certain in this world but people are always running after money. How much does a human being need besides basic food, clothing and shelter? We work hard just for two square meals. Do we take our wealth with us when we die? Then why are we so selfish and do not help people in need? They say Charity begins at home .It is our moral duty to help the needy people in the family first. At times a brother or sister does not help another sibling who is in need of money and still be normal and sleep in peace without feeling guilty about the situation.
At times a person goes through bad times and is helpless about the situation. The same person must have helped out several people during his good days. Why are some people so kind and others stone-hearted? It is very difficult to understand human nature. Most of the people in this world are money-minded and their world revolves around money and material things. If there was an equal distribution of money, wealth, character and all other things then the world would be a better place to live in. One can only pray for such a miracle.

Ginger, My Pet Cat

Ginger is my pet Persian cat and is 9 years old.She is a saving grace in the family whenever there is a problem or illness or other tensions. She comes and sits on your lap or sleeps next to you and
immediately you feel better and lighter. I think it is very important to have a pet in the family because pets are so lovable that you tend to forget all your other worries.

Every morning she wakes me up as soon as it is bright so that she gets some cat food but she wants the food to be served on the hall window where her crow friends come and sit. The minute she sees the crows she'll start eating quickly just to spite them and in the end she'll leave a few morsels for them. This is her daily routine.

In my opinion, every family should have a pet as they help in reducing Blood Pressure and other
ailments . They express themselves so well that I think they are more intelligent than human beings.