Quick and Tasty Summer snacks for you

Hey friends,

Summer is on and we all get a little too hungry these days. Days are so hot and evenings are just as humid that even if you want to get a nice refreshing snack then your body gets lazy. Especially when you are away from home working or studying. I have few dishes on my blog today. You can try them this summer and enjoy. All you need is a kitchen and you are set to go. This blog is about 5 easy to cook snacks and beverages during summers that can get you refreshed and your tummy full. These dishes will leave your tongue satisfied without paying the extra cost of going out in the sun.

Icecream Radio Cake

I read about this cake called as radio cake because it looks like a radio used in the old times. Basically, it is made with chocolate and Marie biscuits but you can give it your own twist too. One of the best things about this cake is that you don’t need an oven to bake it but a fridge to set it down. First of all, you need a container and some aluminium foil/butter paper.So here goes the recipe for four people along with the ingredient list-

Ingredients

  1. Pack of Marie biscuits
  2. Cubes of dark chocolate or regular chocolate
  3. A family pack of ice cream (Any flavour you like)
  4. Coconut oil
  5. Colourful sweet vermicelli

 

Recipe

Take the container and cover its inner part with the butter paper. Grease the butter paper with coconut oil. Note that the butter paper is big enough to cover the last layer of cake on top also. Melt the chocolate in a bowl and add two spoons of coconut oil. Coconut oil adds a silky texture to the chocolate. Cool down the melted chocolate to room temperature. Now add the first thick layer of ice cream followed by a layer of biscuits. Quickly add the chocolate and then again add a layer of biscuits. Add the second layer of chocolate and the third layer of biscuits. At last, add the remaining chocolate. Cover it all with the butter paper and let it cool overnight in the freezer. Next morning you can take it out and uncover it. Invert the cake so that the ice cream part stays above and cut the cake vertically. For toppings add crushed rose petals and your tasty yummy radio cake is ready to eat.

 

 

Kurkure Bhel

 

Yeah, I know you all have heard of Sev puri, Dahi puri and Bhel puri. We all have seen that Bhel puri wala wondering on the streets. Guess what, you can make your own summer special. Here goes the recipe of Kurkure puri-

 

Ingredients

  1. Pack of kurkure
  2. Sev
  3. A pack of puffed rice
  4. Chopped Green mangoes (unripe ones)
  5. Chopped Cucumber (remove the seeds and only use the hard part of the fruit)
  6. Mint Chatni (just blend in some ginger, mint leaves and green chillies)
  7. Tomato Sauce
  8. Salt
  9. Tamarind Chatni (boil some tamarind in water, mash the pulp and filter it in a dish)
  10. Lemon
  11. Pomegranate pearls
  12. Chat masala
  13. Finely chopped onion
  14. Chopped coriander leaves

Recipe

First of all, you need to fry the puffed rice in a teaspoon of vegetable oil with a sprinkle of turmeric powder to give it that yellow colour. Add salt as per taste to the puffed rice. Now pour the puffed rice from kadhai to a big container as you are going to add other ingredients too. Add mango, cucumber, onion and coriander leaves. Toss it all well. Now add the wet ingredients. First, some tamarind chatni followed by tomato sauce and at last the mint chatni. Use a spatula to mix them all well. Add some chat masala and now we will beautify our dish.

This is the part of plating, put the prepared mix in a plate. Add kurkure from the top in ample amount. You can break long strings of kurkure too if you want. Squeeze a lemon on top of the dressing. Now cover the whole pile with sev and decorate the bright looking dish with pomegranate pearls. Your kurkure bhel is ready to eat. You can use a spoon or a puri. Remember that I haven’t added peanuts or beaten chickpeas into the bhel. As this is a summer snack therefore it is better advised not to use these.

 

 

Batata and curd curry

 

This one is my favourites and it takes less than 15 minutes to prepare this curry. It is not a snack, rather a part of the main course. The curry is best to have these days. I used curd in this curry instead of the regular curries in India. Here goes the recipe-

 

Ingredients

 

  1. Four medium sized non-starchy potatoes (the one that gets peeled off easily)
  2. 400 gms Curd
  3. Two tablespoon oil
  4. Half spoon Fennel
  5. Half spoon Fenugreek seeds
  6. Half spoon cumin
  7. Half spoon mustard seeds
  8. A dry red chilli
  9. Two spoons Coriander powder
  10. Half a spoon of turmeric powder
  11. One spoon red chilli powder
  12. Salt as per taste

 

Recipe

Boil the potatoes, peel them well and cut into big cubes.Put on the flame at medium high.In a kadhai add a little oil and put in the dry red chilli. Soon after this put in the raw spices and let them pop. Now put the potatoes and fry them nicely till they get fry coated. Now put in the powdered spices and salt. Finally, add the curd and mix well. Set the stove off. Garnish the curry with some coriander leaves. Your curry is ready to eat with roti, paratha or plain rice.

 

 

Mango Lassi

 

For this divine beverage, you need a blender and lots of ice and obviously mangoes too. The only reason I wait for summers is mango. I love mango and I think 99.9% of people in India love this fruit too. Rest 0.9% don’t have taste buds I guess. It is not a mango shake where we mix ripe mango with milk. It is mango lassi. Here is a simple recipe. Get some fresh thick curd (the one that doesn’t smell sour), sugar, heavenly pieces of sliced mango, ice and a thick layer of sweet cream if you can manage. Blend it all by first putting the ice cubes then mango cubes followed by sugar and curd. Blend it well and pour the drink in a large Patiala glass. Top the drink with a thick layer of cream and few cubes of mango.You can also add some cashews and almonds as toppings. I personally love them all on the brim of my glass. Now drink it and experience heaven.

 

 

You can also try namkeen lassi. I first tried this at my friend’s house. He is a Punjabi and his mother prepared this lassi which is also good for people with a different choice of taste. In this, we add a little salt to the curd instead of sugar or any other filling.

 

 

Lemon Shikanji

 

The last one in the row is Lemon Shikanji. It is refreshing, bubbly and pops up your mind. For this you need,

 

Ingredients

  1. Rasna Jal Zeera Powder
  2. Chaat Masala
  3. Ice
  4. Soda or water
  5. Lemon
  6. Black salt

 

Recipe

In a glass add some cubes of ice. Now Put in the powders and squeeze the lemon with little salt. Pour in the soda or water. Top the drink with some mint leaves and your shikanji is ready to drink.

 

I hope you liked my blog, if you have any other summer dish then please do tell me about it in the comment section below. Thanks for reading, enjoy your summers.

 

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Tips to Use Your Time Effectively

Hey friends, I have been quite busy thinking about the importance of time in our lives. You hear people saying “you get everything when the time comes”, “time heals every wound”. If you notice carefully, you will realize that the most valuable entity in your life is time. We get 86,164 seconds in a day. Yet 90% of us waste a large portion of  this time in doing useless things. By useless things I mean-

  1. Over Sleeping
  2. Over thinking about stuffs that doesn’t matter
  3. Bitching
  4. Day dreaming
  5. Waiting for good things to happen
  6. Partying way too much, etc…

There are a lot more things which you all know better than me that waste our most valuable possession of the day. Success doesn’t come to those who waste their time. If you look at all the successful people in the world, be it Mahatma Gandhi, Mark Zuckerberg or Sundar Pichai, they all had one thing in common – They got success at an early age. Among millions of people on earth, these were the very few who actually used each and every seconds of their day. Success neither comes overnight nor does it knocks the door of few lucky men. Success comes to those who value the time they have right now, right this moment.

A lot of people get confused about what they have to do in their life. They are not certain about the things they want in their lives. Setting your goal is an easy task but it takes a lot of thinking in right direction, failure and experience. How can a person decide that he wants to be an astronaut if he doesn’t even know what an astronaut is. For this he needs to learn about astronomy. Sometimes, you will find yourself in a situation where you have already picked your path but after a while walking into that path you realized that it is not where you want to be. This is called failure and it will make you certain of the path where you don’t want to be. This is a very important part to the road of success. Elimination of the things which you don’t want. The only way to know of it is by walking the path. So, failure itself plays a big role to your ultimate success. To make it efficient you must make efficient use of your time and try to take as many decisions as you can. 

In this blog I will tell you how to make the most productive output from your day. This blog will also help you in becoming a better version of yourself and realizing as what you exactly want from your life. So here goes the tips to utilize the best out of your time in a day.

Wake up Early

Oh yes, assuming that the day starts at 4 am in the morning we all should be getting up early in order to start the day. By early I mean before 8 am. This has many benefits like

  • You get to enjoy the very positive part of the day.
  • You can also enjoy the dawn.
  • You can go for jogging or exercise.
  • If you are a cook then you can prepare healthy and tasty breakfast for you and your family.

Waking up early in the morning saves upto 40% of the time. You get time to plan your day. This will obviously affect your health in a positive way. I think we all are familiar with our ancestral quote – “Early to bed, Early to rise, Makes a men, healthy, wealthy and wise”. Here’s how this makes sense, if you wake up early (say, 6:00AM), then you will have enough time for exercise. Exercise will make you healthy and more productive. You will become more efficient, simply because most of the world is sleeping and you are awake doing things which are necessary. This will surely make you wealthy. Also, you will have a better time for meditation. Morning is the best time to meditate. It is silent, serene, your thoughts are fresh, it’s the start of your day which makes it the most perfect time for meditation. This will surely help you to know a lot about yourself and will make you wiser.

Move your body

Don’t be a cushion to the couch or bed, get up and do some work “move your body”. Do the domestic work if you are so free. Write, read, cycle, code, eat if you are too thin, run if you are too fat. Sitting at one place doing nothing is of no use. Things will happen to you only when your body will be in action. It is a scientific fact that if you can manage to move your body for 1 hour in the morning then you do not need to do anything else in order to stay fit and healthy. Just wake up early and move your body.

 

Be a good learner

There is one thing common in all the successful people in this world.  It is that they all were and have been good learners. A good learning never gets bored from his work.  If you are a good learner then you will be successful in whatever field you try. A learner never gives up on something,  neither does he accepts the things the way they are.  He rather absorbs the knowledge provided with a curious mind to get the to the source of that knowledge. Don’t hesitate if you are given a work that is not your part of interest. Learn from your mistakes,  learn from the nature, learn from people and even a small thing as a pebble.

Start reading books,  good books that acknowledge you about various things in the world.  When Bill Gates was asked as what power does he wishes for?  He replied saying that he wish he could read books faster. If you are not a good learner then these are your traits –

  1. You get easily bored with things and people.  
  2. You cannot stick to one thing that you apply for.  
  3. You remain confused most of the times.
  4. You are not much interested into reading.

Now if you want to be a good learner then these are the tips to follow –

“Read As Many Books As Possible “

“Be a yes man to new things in life”

The more you read the more knowledge you will gain.

 

Gain your focus

Most of the people find it difficult in passing an exam because they have low concentration power.  Also it happens often when a deserving candidate doesn’t gets the job because of the final interview and someone else gets it.  Well it’s all about being focussed and Committing to the moment. Our focus plays a very important role in making a good personality. A focussed person always succeeds. So we must all learn to increase our concentration power. Moreover it’s important to control our mind so that it does not get distracted easily. There are some exercise which you can practice to enhance your focus.

  1. Get up early and take deep breathes – there is no need to make a particular yoga posture. Just sit straight and breathe slowly.  Make an isolation between the outside world and your mind. A regular practice will help you better.
  2. Be observant – whatever work you are doing at any time, be observant to the place.  If you are waiting for the bus then try observing the surrounding. Say it in your head,  I see a blue car going right. Even if you are cutting vegetable then be observant to the way you are holding your knife and the way you are holding the vegetable.

Be grateful

By the end of the day you should be thankful for the wonderful day you had. Even if you had a bad experience and things didn’t went your way.  Just think of that moment in the way you wanted it and thank god for the positive things of the day. Close your eyes and have a good night sleep.

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Things India Need to Improve

Hey,  Demonetization was the hot topic a few days ago in India. People are not used to such sudden changes and hence they got uncomfortable with this situation. People had to stand in long queues to get money either deposited or withdrawn from banks and ATMs. Prime minister of India had to face a lot of protest because of the inconvenience countrymen had to face. But looking at the positive side, I saw an online voting poll on facebook and the Prime minister Narendra Modi got maximum votes in support of his action against black money and corruption. Also, some opportunists took a good advantage of this situation to a group of IT engineers made this app called “BookmyBuddy”. Using this app you can book a person to stand in a bank queue and do the work for you at 90 INR per hour. Also, you will be informed about each and every action about the person through the app.

Some young volunteers came forward to help illiterate and senior citizens in filling their forms, all for free. People in Punjab served tea to people standing in the queues to comfort them a little in the cold weather.

We saw such awesome efforts by our people yet some of us kept protesting the prime minister and took advantage of this situation to agitate people against demonetization. Well, I am telling you all this because my blog topic is Things India needs to Improve. We Indians want a developed nation but when it comes to making it a developed nation, we only pull our hands back in putting our efforts into it. Yet there is a big hope in India that India can be a developed nation in its own best ways. We don’t need to westernise for it or run away to other countries for good job and environment. We just need to make some small changes which are not possible without unity. In this article, I will tell you about some of the things which if changed could bring a big difference in the development of India as a nation.

 

 

Waste Management

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         Every month I read news in papers saying 35 dead from malaria or some other disease caused due to the unhygienic environment where people live. In my city, you will find pigs walking on the road and open garbage area near every locality. This is not just the situation of my town but every state in India. I travelled to Gujarat and the first thing I see when my train enters Baroda is railway side garbage lying so badly and people are living near big pot holes. That picture itself is so disturbing for a native like me. Understand what a tourist might be getting through all this. We show big fancy ads on television about incredible India, after seeing this sight from your train seat will actually make you feel how incredibly dirty India is. This should be the primary concern of every citizen to keep their city clean but instead, it’s ignored like no big deal. People will easily blame the government for bad hospital facilities, lack of treatment and god knows what so ever they speak. But no one takes an initiative to keep his/her locality clean. Let me tell you that I visited Bangalore and that was a city worth going to because people over there have maintained the city so well. Also, there is a place called Dharamsthala where everything is so well managed and a great resource management system. A cow which is believed to be godlike in India now feeds into the garbage we spread. Lots of pigs roll on the gutters nearby slums where underprivileged people live. We all need to work really hard on this as this is the root cause for a lot of health problems in India. I myself never take polyethene bags from any shop, I adopted this habit two years ago when I saw cows chewing on the poly bags. From that day I never took a single poly bag from any vendor.

Solution

  1. Try keeping your biodegradable waste and non-biodegradable garbage in separate dustbins.
  2. Make a common bury area near your locality for the whole society where you all can bury the organic waste and help soil nourish.
  3. As for the not- biodegradable, I will suggest you to literally stop using polybags. Also, try recycling these stuff into useful things. Come on people you have better ideas than me, it’s digital age.
  4. Ban all open sewages and demand a morning garbage collector van for every locality in the morning which can collect garbage from every area every morning without fail.

Life of Scheduled Tribes in India

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  In states of  Madhya Pradesh, Orisa, Chattisgarh and Jharkhand live hundreds of tribal people who earlier lived in jungles. With development and commercialisation, tribal people had to move to the Urban areas. Today thousands of tribal people come to city area and always end up working in a construction area. They lack in skills, education and this makes it even more difficult for them to find a job. All they are left with is to work in a construction site where they are paid on daily wages. Children of these tribal people suffer from malnutrition. There is only one institute called the Kalinga Institute of social sciences which has been working as a free NGO for such children, giving them food, education and skills to polish their personality for better future.

There are so many schools and organisations ready to help kids with better education but we must make those people aware of these facilities which are there for them. And it is our sole responsibility to help those people who are not capable of helping themselves.

Caste is inversely proportional to quota

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India is the only country where you will find so many religion in one place. These religions have been subdivided into castes. I actually never got the concept of castes, so I googled it and then I came to know about the origin of caste system in India. Modern human civilisations of the ancient history had sections four basic pillars of the society. These four pillars were the four sections of Hindu religion in India in order to divide the work equally and take the civilisation ahead. According to the Hindu religion, there were-

  1. Brahmins(educators, priests, healers)
  2. Kshatriya(warriors, protectors)

iii. Vaishya(businessman)

  1. Shudra(cleaners)

Now this partition was done to balance the work in society and not on the basis of the capability of each person. Also, there was no discrimination in terms of blood or any body part for that matter in between any of these four sections. Time went buy and some morons started thinking that they are superior to others and this happened like 10000 years ago. Because of the mess created then, we Indians are suffering from it till now. Although it is the other way round now. SC/STs are given more privileges in entrance exams and a lot of facilities are being provided to them because they are believed to be poor. I personally hate this thing about us Indians. We always ignore the facts and we hold onto things for way too long. The fact is that we are all equal human beings. At least we all belong to the Hindu religion and we are Indians. I guess these two criteria are enough for any citizen of India to qualify as an Indian. The quota system of India is a very unfair system and has to be stopped. Because of the quota system, a lot of deserving students are not getting their chance. Some frustrated students even commit suicide. In India, a mythical tag is more important than useful, valuable, visible talent.

 

Girl Vs Boy discrimination  

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Nowadays I hear people saying that girls are equally talented as boys and they should be treated equally. The fact is that there is no need of comparison between human beings.  If we all become feminists then this is obviously going to be unfair for the male society of India. Also if we keep going on the with the male dominate no society notion in our heads then this too is not going to be any positive. People in India need to understand that all of us are human beings and an individual first of all.  Every person has his/her own individuality and self-respect that needs to be protected. Beating a boy in public just because a girl said that he was teasing her is not the right to do. Every person must have the right to live the life he/she wants to until and unless the person is doing a crime. Other than this, getting married to the person we love is not a crime,  wearing short dresses is not a crime, choosing our own career and also deciding when to marry is not a crime at all.

Forcing someone to get married just because she is a female and is believed to be a burden is definitely a crime.  India needs to improve this way of thinking that a girl is only allowed to study with good grades, become an engineer, doctor or a lecturer and if not then should be married off. Parents need to be open to their own children and be less senseless to them when it comes to real talk.

 

Education System

This topic has been nicely discussed in our last blog education system of India needs improvement. Click on the link to read more about it.

This is what I think India should work on.

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The Time When I Became God

Hello my buddies,

It’s been a long time since I wrote to you all. Apologies for that, I have been quite busy in collecting some interesting stuff for my readers (you). The new year has been full of surprises for me till now. The start was probably full of tears like I was cleansing all the bad stuff of 2016 in that moment. This blog is about the time when I actually experienced as for how it feels like to be a Hindu God in India. This incident is the most memorable day of my life till now, and a lot of things changed in my life after this experience. It is the story of me attending Bhagwat Puran.

So it all started on 17th of January 2017, I was going to attend a “Bhagwat Katha” held at my aunty’s place in Katni. I was quite disappointed in my family and the feeling was of losing everything in life. Attending this event was a new beginning for me and an escape from the boring life I was living then.

The Bhagwat Maha Purana

For those readers who don’t know what Bhagwat Katha is, Let me tell you a little in brief about it. Bhagwat Katha or Bhagwat Purana is one of the greatest religious books of Hindu. It is a big event whenever Bhagwat story is arranged in a house or a locality. It takes lots of money to arrange a Bhagwat Katha, huge management skills and great devotion towards god. I reached Katni in the evening and my first sight of the place was like a pre-marriage function in the house.

 

The stage was beautifully decorated and I volunteered myself in the food preparation department of the house. I went to the storage where all the food items were stacked in a big hall for all 8 days including the community meal held on last day. I volunteered for this work because obviously I love cooking and I got a golden chance to learn mass cooking with additional benefits of time management and food cleanliness. Also, the two maids hired for cooking were not that good. It was a 7 days event with community lunch on 8th day. Each day had a story related to lord Vishnu.

 

 

 

Day1

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This day was not that exciting, the head priest came and sat on his seat which was on the stage above all of the audience. He told us about the importance of listening to Bhagwat in Hindu religion. What Bhagwat is(in brief) and then the ceremony completed. Also at the very start of the event,  there was a huge march towards the local temple. All the ladies including were carrying a water pot on their heads for about 2 kilometres straight. There were dance, folk singing and lots of fun during the first day.

 

 

Day2

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On the second day, my brother was transformed into a very cute little man who was adored by everyone that day. This day my brother became the 1st incarnation of lord Vishnu. My mother couldn’t stop her laughter when she saw her son dressed like a cutie pie. Everyone else also laughed seeing my brother coming in a saffron attire. I kept clicking his pictures to make him even more uncomfortable. All the people hovered towards him like was a rockstar for the evening. They all placed money in front of him just like they offer money in front of god. Everyone was dancing in front of him and then even I too danced in front of him teasing him at the same time.

 

Day3

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This day had a story of god and his disciple Naaradmuni. Again two of the men played these two characters and the make-up man was had awesome skills. One of the men who played neared muni looked dull and almost cried because of the stage fright. The audience was laughing and no one got up to dance.

 

As I told you that I volunteered myself in the food department, therefore, I had to immediately run after the story was over. I had to immediately clean and arrange the room for priest’s dinner. Before the dinner, they were served with tea. So all of this was my responsibility. I ran like a chicken from one place to another trying to get things right on time.

 

 

Day4

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This day has been the most exciting, hilarious, and memorable day of my life till now. O fourth day of Bhagwat, lord’s birth is celebrated. A small kid, usually 6-7 months old is chosen to play the role of little Krishna and an elderly man is chosen (mainly the person who is organising the event in his house) to become Krishna’s father. Coincidently, there was a 7 months old kid named shiva. He came specially to attend the event. My uncle was playing the role of Krishna’s father, who carries the newborn baby on his head. So the story telling started and then after two hours of long wait, we saw the little lord. The baby was in a basket which was carried by my uncle.

The exciting part of this day was the little kid who didn’t cry at all during the event. Everyone was trying to touch his feet and he just mimicked the lord by putting his one leg out of the basket. My uncle kept dancing and everyone enjoyed seeing this merry show.

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The hilarious part of the night was when my uncle didn’t stop dancing even after an hour and then started doing funny steps. It was very embarrassing for my aunt but all of us just laughed at the couple holding our stomach.

 

 

Day5

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The story moved forward and little Krishna was a teenager in this story now. The head priest told us about all the beautiful happenings of those times. At the end, there was a play organised showing how Krishna and his friends used to steal the butter and curd. For this, there was a pot hanging 10 feet tall above the ground. My cousin got all covered in curd and his brand new sweater got ruined.

 

 

Day6

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This day was celebrated as the wedding day of Krishna and Rukmani. I became good friends with the local girls and two of them became Krishna and Rukmani. You must be wondering “why a teenage boy not becoming Krishna?” It is a tradition that the teenage life of Krishna has to be acted on by girls only. Everyone asked me as for why I did not become Rukmani. I planned myself for the better day. My day was the last day of celebration.

 

 

Day7

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Beautiful days flew like a humming bird’s wings. The last day came and it was predefined that the evening was going to be a memorable one. So the evening started, there was a blend of emotions inside the huge tent that day. Some were excited to play with 2 tonnes of flowers and some were just sad thinking that the Bhagwat is going to end soon. I listened to the story for an hour and then went to get ready for my Hindu god avatar.

I first went to buy some jewellery for the outfit and for the make-up I was totally relying on my aunt who has done a beauty course for 2 years. I got ready and then came in front of the crowd. I was wearing a crown that really gave me a headache and also the lehenga was 5 kilogramme in weight. I was told to dance in this outfit. My character was of Radha (beloved of lord Krishna). At first, there were thousands of flowers showered on me and my other partner in the act. She is an amiable person. After the flowers, people worshipped us like real gods. Some people offered me money and even my parents worshipped me like a god. I experienced the situation of being a god in India. I was more like the statue in a temple which is being placed and it looks smiling to everyone who visits the temple. At the end when I and my partner started dancing, that was the moment of real fun for us. Everyone danced just like us and everyone was so happy to see us both dance.

 

That’s how I became a god and experienced an extraordinary thing in my life. This was a lifetime experience and it literally changed my life. Please leave your comments below. Also, read my other blogs on education system, fear is not real.

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Egg Biryani Recipe

Hey friends, How are you all? This is another one of my food blogs. I made egg biryani last week and it was awesome. Actually, both my parents are vegetarians and they don’t allow cooking chicken or any meat at home. But I somehow convinced my parents to cook egg biryani at the cost of making them a vegetable biryani separately. It was super fun preparing the recipe and making both these different taste foods. Also, I used my new prestige flat base “kadhai” to make the biryani and it helped me a lot in adding that extra taste to it. I prepared the birista for garnish and then made it step by step.

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HERE GOES THE RECIPE

Ingredients

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  1. Basmati rice
  2. Butter or ghee
  3. Eggs
  4. Curd
  5. Onion
  6. Tomato
  7. Green Coriander
  8. Bay leaf
  9. Garlic
  10. Ginger
  11. Cashew
  12. Soya chunks
  13. Green chillies
  14. Bell pepper
  15. Black pepper
  16. Cloves
  17. Cardamom
  18. Cinnamon
  19. Black cardamom
  20. Salt
  21. Water
  22. Red chilli powder
  23. Cumin powder
  24. Turmeric powder
  25. Coriander powder
  26. Garam masala

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Use Of Raw Spices

As you might have noticed in the ingredients list that I used both raw ground spice and powdered ground spice mix. Well, the thing is that raw spice gives aroma and extra flavour to the dish whereas the powdered spice acts as a compliment to give that hot flavour. This hot flavour strikes the throat part mainly whereas the raw spices aroma fills up your nose and palate.

Preparation

So the first thing I did was keeping the eggs to hard boil and kept the rice soaked in water for half an hour. Then I finely sliced one big onion to prepare the birista. For those who don’t know what a birista is then let me tell you that birista is golden deep fried onion slices that are added as a garnish to biryani. Birista on top of biryani is like the cherry on top of a cake. So if your biryani is always incomplete without a crispy golden birista. For birista you need to deep fry the onion slices at medium flame for as long as you get the light golden colour. Add salt while frying to the oil as salt acts as a conductor for heat and saves the onion from getting burnt easily. I also fried some cashew nuts in butter to add as a second garnish to the biryani.

 

Recipe

Now starting with the main dish. I made a ginger and garlic paste. As you can see the rest of my preparations in the picture and also my brand new prestige-heavy base non-stick kadhai.

Start by putting four tablespoon butter or ghee into the kadhai. Add two bay leaves, six cardamoms, four cloves, one black cardamom, one cinnamon stick and let them all fry a little on medium flame. Now add sliced fresh onions (not the birista) to the kadhai along with chilli juliennes. After the onion gets partially fried add coriander, tomato, bell pepper, soya chunks and cook all these vegetables well.

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Put in the powdered spices as one spoon chilli powder, a 3/4th spoon of turmeric, 2 big spoons of coriander powder and a 1/4th spoon of garam masala. Now put the heat to low and add 4 tablespoons of curd and mix well. Add the soaked rice to the mixture and then add water just enough to drown the rice. If you took one glass of rice then add one and a half glass of water to it. Add salt to taste and put the lid on just like I did.

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I didn’t use the authentic “dumm cooking” in which the rice or biryani is cooked by tightly sealing the lid with a wheat dough. This is done to prevent all the vapours from escaping the vessel and this cooking technique is actually very important if you are making a biryani. I was making biryani for the first time and I learned that this technique has to be taken necessarily if you are making biryani. So make a dough and seal the lid. On a mid-low flame let the biryani cook for 20 minutes.

Put the heat off and do not open the lid yet, let the dish rest for 10 minutes more and then open it. Garnish with scrambled or boiled eggs to make it egg biryani or just a sober garnish of birista and cashew to make it a vegetable biryani. 

NOTE: biryani has layers of white rice and saffron coloured rice which I couldn’t make as this step takes more time. you can add this step by pre-cooking the rice about 70 percent and then adding it to the vessel in layers of white rice and saffron added rice.

 

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Your biryani is ready to eat and lick your fingers off. It was super tasty and especially the crunchy cashews were amazing. 

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Paalak Methi Muthiya

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Today’s article is about a delicious gujarati snack which I made a couple of days ago. It’s called “Muthiya”. Muthiya has spinach and fenugreek leaves aas main ingredients.As winters are here and these two green vegetables are popular seasonal vegetables, hence I googled about some of the dishes having these two as ingredeints in them. Gujarati cuisine uses gram flour widely in almost all their dishes, also they like giving a sweet punch to their dishes. This sweetness adds to their sweet nature too. Muthiya too has a sweet ingredient but don’t mistake it with desert. Muthiya has such rich flavour of spices in it and it’s so easy to make that you will definitely try it again and again.

So let’s start with our Muthiya for four people

 

Ingredients

  • Half a bunch spinach leaves
  • Half a bunch fenugreek leaves
  • Curd – 200 gms
  • Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon
  • Green chillies – 4 finely chopped
  • Garlic – 4 big cloves
  • Ginger  – equal as garlic
  • Coriander leaves
  • Gram/chikpea  flour – 250 gms
  • Semolina – 250 gms
  • Wheat flour – 500gms
  • Turmeric powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Red chilli powder – 2 teaspoon
  • Jaggery – 4 teaspoon soaked in lukewarm water
  • Baking soda – half a teaspoon
  • Water  to knead the dough
  • Salt – two full teaspoon
  • Recipe

Blanch the green vegetables in cold water and chop them. In a bowl add wheat flour, semolina, gram flour, baking soda, turmeric powder, red chilli powder and salt. Mix this dry mixture well. Now add green cumin seeds, green chilli, jaggery and green vegetables. At last add curd and add water in batches keeping in mind that the dough is neither too tight nor too wet like a wet lump.

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Put the steamer on, I used an idli steamer but you can try any steamer you are available with.

Now make kebab like shape or the authentic ellipsoidal shape of muthiya. Put in the steamer for 20 minutes and then check it by poking a knife into one of the muthiyas. If the knife comes out to be  clean then your muthiya is ready to take out of the steamer.

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Now we need to fry the muthiya for giving them the golden crispy look we want. So in a pan take very little oil, if using non-stick pan then it’s the best. Put in some mustard seeds to crackle, then add dry red chilli and curry leaves. Now add muthiya to the oil and shallow fry both the sides till you get that beautiful golden colour.

Your dish is ready to serve.

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Grated Paneer Curry

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This article is a new dish that I made a few days ago. It’s called “Paneer Bhurji” or Grated Paneer curry. Paneer is an Indian variety of cottage cheese and we Indians use this one in a wide range of dishes. Earlier I have made some famous paneer dishes like Butter Paneer, Paneer paratha, Paneer chilli and Palak(spinach) paneer. I made this dish for the second time and this time I turned it into curry rather than the dry authentic version of paneer bhurji.It is very easy to prepare and just delicious to satisfy your appetite. So let’s start with the recipe for four people.

 

Ingredients

  • Paneer (500 grammes)

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  • Cooking oil ( I’ll personally recommend you to use extra virgin olive oil)
  • Two onions
  • Two tomatoes
  • Four green chillies
  • 100 grammes green peas
  • Two garlic cloves
  • One whole garlic
  • Coriander leaves for garnish
  • Asafoetida
  • Two tablespoons Coriander Powder
  • One tablespoon Red chilli powder
  • Half teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • Half teaspoon Garam Masala powder
  • Salt as per taste
  • Water

 

Recipe

First, we need to grate the cheese. So for that, you can either use the grater or just mash that soft piece of cheese with your hands. Cook the peas in oil to give them that crunch.  Now we need to prepare the spice base for frying the paneer. For the base, we will prepare a paste of onion, one tomato, garlic and ginger. So just mix all these in a grinder and keep it aside. Also keep a little bit of raw paneer for garnish and chopped coriander too.

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In a pan take 5 tablespoon oil and heat it. Pop some mustard seeds into the oil and then put a pinch of asafoetida. As oil heats put the paste into it. Keep the flame medium and cook all the paste till it gets red in colour like this.

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Now add all the powder spices along with diced tomato and fried peas.  After this,  put in the paneer.

 

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This is how a dry bhurji looks. If you want then you can just stop cooking at this stage by putting some salt and putting the flame off. But as I made the gravy so you can also try the gravy version of this dish. After this add salt as taste and then a small cup of water. Let the gravy cook for some time and then put the flame off and garnish your bhurji.

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Paneer bhurji curry is ready to serve and eat.

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Spice time

 

Today I will tell you about another very popular Indian spice. Its called asafoetida or in Hindi as “Heeng”. I also used it in my dish and this spice has such strong flavour that just a pinch of it is enough for ay dish. Asafoetida is mainly used in “Jain cuisine and Gujarati cuisine”. As this Indian community are not very fond of non-vegetarian and also avoid using root vegetables in their food. Talking about it’s origin, the plant is found in the upper states of India like Jammu and Kashmir or in Tibet. It’s main use as a digestive aid. Its available in both powder and stone form. A good test for getting the genuine piece of asafoetida from your dealer is it’s sharp smell that will fill your nose as soon as you will open it’s box.

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