Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Methi Aloo !! (Tasty Fenugreek leaves with deep fried potato)


" That evening when everything was 'read' wrong ! "

It is easy to get confused when you are super excited and trying to do something new. Very often when I am experimenting on these recipes, I have to admit that I do get hyper. That reminds me, as a child practicing all sorts of tricks to get that kick once in a while..did ample of screaming with some heavy spinning around. Later, when I grew up a few chocolates and caffeine did that for me. Not that I am addicted to all of this, you all know me very well - "I am a very simple person ;)" but I guess back then to kill boredom these were a couple of things I remember executing with friends. That's about it ..nothing more ! Seriously .

So, coming back to where I started from. Actually, before I start I would like you all to know that just recently Cincinnati has been facing fierce sunny spells. Yes, summer is expected to be even hotter this year, i.e 2010. Okay, so until now the A/C which is installed in our apartment has been working absolutely fine, but I wanted to try out something new to beat the heat this year, hence I got these dark window screens/films which would help in blocking the scorching heat that comes directly through the glass windows to our apartment. I opened this roll of the film, it had a few instructions which are supposed to be 'READ' but who cares ? "I know it all"...I grab the roll and start to separate the liner from the main screen. Now, when the instructions clearly said "use the darker screen and get rid of the clear liner" I absolutely had to use my brains and do it the other way. Not just that, I separated the liner and started to cover the window pane with it. What next, and hour and a half spent and wasted in trying all the wrong methods. Some miracle I must say happened and I went back to the cover of the roll which had the RIGHT instructions, got hold of it, READ IT and most importantly UNDERSTOOD IT! Took a deep breath and started all over again!

While, I was at it the second time I thought of watching something on TV. I was surfing through the TV guide and came across this movie titled "Goans Hamare, Sehar Tumhare"  Eh ? EXACTLY  YOU ARE SO RIGHT - it actually said "GAON Hamare Sehar Tumhare".

With some Kadva Truth, here I am posting a not so Kadvi 'Methi Aloo' Recipe :)


Ingredients:-
1 1/2 cup fresh methi (fenugreek) leaves - Washed and finely chopped)
(I have used a frozen packet of methi for this one, but I would always prefer a fresh bunch of methi over the frozen one)
1 medium sized potato peeled and cut into small cubes
deep fry these cubes and keep them aside (we will use them later)
1 medium sized chopped tomato
1/3 medium sized chopped onion
1-2 flakes of crushed garlic
Salt To Taste
1/4th tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
2-3 tbsp vegetable oil  

Method :- 
1. Heat the vegetable oil in a pan and add crushed garlic, fry till light brown.
2. Add cumin seeds and let them crackle.
3. Add chopped onion and saute till they turn translucent.
4. Add chopped tomato and saute again, then add salt, turmeric, cumin and coriander pwd and saute for less than a minute.
5. Add methi (fenugreek leaves)and cook on a medium flame. Saute for another 4-5 minutes.
6. Now add the deep fried potatoes and mix well.
7. Add very little water, about 1-2 tbsp and cook the methi aloo till the water is fully absorbed.
8  Serve hot with puri/roti/chapati.


Puri !!

 "Chatting on the internet with your friends while cooking = Burning your fingers ROYALLY? 
Uhh uh - An extremely dumb idea !"

I
once actually quite managed to set my kitchen on fire sometime back in the year 2004. What happened is? Parth....huh who? well my Husband ! Okay ? Right ! Yup, So he calls me from his office saying "Is it okay if I invite a few friends over for dinner today ? You can cook a quick meal..maybe something like Puri and a subzi and some dessert with some funky raita" Before I could answer he continued "Okay then let me know if you want me to get anything from the grocery store on my way back home". Yes! When it comes to cooking and having friends over, We don't take 'No' for an answer. But when it comes to Me shopping at Macy's, all he has to say is "No - is a Complete Statement!" But that is just what he loves to say, what he does is exactly the opposite. He hands over all the coupons to me which come in the mail and also lets me know the right time to shop. Interesting na? Yes, that is Parth!
 

Okay, so coming back to setting my kitchen on fire- So here I get a call from him and I start looking for some real quick recipes on the internet. While I am at it, a friend of mine buzzes me on 'MSN'. I love chatting :d Who doesn't? We start chatting and I ask my friend to hang in there while I make some preparations for dinner. I then go to the kitchen, knead the dough for 'Puris' in my 'Food Processor' and let in sit for a while. In the meantime, a very smart me-pours some oil for deep frying in a Kadhai (Wok) and let it heat on the flame. I then hear a 'Ting' ..that's the exact sound when someone buzzes you on messenger. I quickly rush to my PC and yeah ..start chatting- what ? "blah blah blah blah blah ".
 

As I've said in my earlier post that I am a forgetful bunch and as weird and strange as it may sound, the fact still remains that I simply cannot multitask :( What next ? My chatting continues and so does the heating of the oil in the kadhai does. 15 minutes later I hear the smoke alarm going off. I don't realize why and rush towards the kitchen. There I see my little kadhai is set on fire, I panic and start to shiver, I don't understand what is to be done first..I keep running helter skelter trying to shut the alarm, keep going back to the burning Kadhai, trying to get it down off the flame. Neither seems to work...I can hear myself cry like a baby making extremely weird sounds, not sure what is to be done at that very moment. I try calling out for help but I find myself all choked up...that is when I hear the door opening. Fortunately, Parth is to my rescue, he immediately rushes towards the fire extinguisher and within no time the flames seem to disappear. Clearly, he is totally mad at me :( but seeing that one look of his has burst me into tears... he pulls me towards him and hugs me real tight and does not question me on how I managed to create the whole chaos. A little later in the evening he figures it out on how it all happened. You guys want to know How ? Here is the answer - Parth, till date has never seen me leave or end my chat half way without saying a "Babye " !

Now, here is the recipe for 'Puri'.. And remember 'No Chatting' :)

Ingredients:-
2 cups atta (whole-wheat flour, preferably Sujata Whole Wheat Flour )
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp oil
Warm water to knead the dough
oil for deep frying


Method:-
1. Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl.
2. Add warm water little by little to make a smooth but firm dough
( firmer than regular roti/chapati dough, I believe firm dough make nicely puffed puris).
3. Let the dough sit for about 15 minutes under a barely-damp towel in the  bowl.
4. Then take about a tablespoon of dough at a time, roll it into a thin circle (use some more flour if needed in the rolling process). 

5. Deep fry for a few seconds on each side until the puri is puffed and golden. 
6. Drain well on a paper towel.
7. Serve Hot.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Heads OR Tails ?

Love is an ambiguous word. It meant and still means a lot to me. Love should have no strings attached to it. It should not be used as a tool to achieve and get things done. Love is not saying " I Love You Darling " and there being some big MUTLAB behind that.

" It should be selfless ! "

YES! that was the influence of watching Aamir Khan & Juhi Chawla's 'Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak' on me ! 'QSQT' the movie, was perhaps the epitome of romance! What a beautiful film it was...where in if the families didn't agree, the boy and the girl would run up into the hills and get married - the lover boy would then go work hard in the woods while his lady love tried her hand at cooking.
I had just turned 10 maybe 11 when I saw this movie and ever since was seen dreaming of falling in love with the most handsome guy who would sweep me off my feet. That one guy who wouldn't care to go down on his knees and say " I just can't help falling in love with you " I was and still am a dreamer :) 
Wanted to fall in love so desperately, who wouldn't want to? Falling in love is one of the most exciting experiences of your lives ! That was me, who loved to rush into everything and anything. 
Had heard wise people say only fools rush in... Trust me was not to late for me to get the real world experience!

Just the other day I was thinking of adding something new to my blog. Was relaxing in the balcony on my new 'Bench' bought from Bed Bath & Beyond - Had my little notebook with me to jot down anything and everything that would struck my mind that evening. I am a forgetful bunch if I may say so, that's the reason I prefer writing each and everything down.

I so love to spend my evenings in the open air ..cannot imagine a beautiful evening without music, could not help but hum " roz shaam aati thi, magar aisi na thi "http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjK4Om1AYoEwas humming and relaxing in the balcony looking at the Lilac sky - What an illuminating evening it was my dear friends ! 

I had been watching over the sky - from the lighter shades of Lilac slowly turning into the darker ones when it suddenly started pouring heavily. "Oh how much I love the Rains" When it pours, how I wish I was back home - enjoying the thrilling monsoons - "UFF" -the geeli mitti ki khusboo, the messy puddles, the cool breeze that sweeps you off your feet along with your long lost and forgotten thoughts which keep coming back to you, the long bike-rides, the perplexity of a heart between getting drenched and staying warm holding that hot cuppa chai- half covered under that lush green trees n' so much more!

These rains so much reminds me of us - my friends Rashmi, Anjali, Nisha, Jassi, Priya & Me ! Those days of us being 'Bedhund' meaning - to unleash your bundle of desire. Freedom to follow your heart without thinking twice. That evening these rains dragged me to that part of Pune where we often had lots of 'Chaat' with excessive 'Chat'. We called it 'Our Chit - Ch(a)at Corner" ! I could clearly hear the rains come down on us - all those giggles, those discussions, those arguments, those squabbles, all of that ..that took place between us friends that evening. 
I could see it happening right in front of my eyes all over again. The excitement of falling in love and breaking down the law of reciprocating love ! Oh dear !... Love was sure in the air that evening, when 'Rashmi' without thinking twice rushed and ran towards 'Raj' (the one she had been silently admiring for quite some years now) to drench him out with her emotions and feelings she had for him! 

What happened next ? 
 You all want to know !

This time my dear friends, I believe you all have to do a lot of Time Travel in this piece of my writing. There is much more to come in my next piece and I know I have to hit 'rewind' for you to know what exactly happened that evening :)
For now all I would say is “ I never had the slightest of clue that my flipping of the coin instead of solving the problem, the dispute - would create another one... For me ? But Of Course !

As I said earlier ...there is more 
&
For More - Stay tuned wid roops !


Friday, May 14, 2010

Paneer Makhani !! (Type 1)


Ingredients:-
250 gms of Paneer cut into cubes.
3 tbsp ghee/vegetable oil
7-8 medium sized tomatoes pureed
1/2 " piece chopped ginger
2 moti elaichi (brown cardamom) skinned and crushed
1 tsp kasoori methi crushed/powdered (optional)
1/2 tsp green cardamom powder
1-2 bay leaves
1/2 tsp chilli pwd
1 tsp or slightly more sugar
1/4 tsp garam masala pwd
5 tbsp heavy cream or well beaten curd
Salt to taste

Method:-
1. Heat ghee or vegetable oil in a wok (kadhai).
2. Add ginger and saute for 30 secs.
3. Add bay leaves and moti elaichi and saute for 10 secs.
4. Add tomato puree and saute for a while till the gravy thickens a little.
5. Lower the flame and keep the wok covered.
6. Add garam masala powder and salt.
7. Add 4-5 tbsp of heavy cream.
8. Sprinkle cardamom powder and powdered kasoori methi and mix it thoroughly. Now remove the wok from fire.
9. Add paneer cubes about 1 hour before serving.
10. Garnish with raisins or and swirls of beaten cream (approx 1 tbsp).

Serve hot with Roti/Naan/Rice

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Paneer Chilli !! (Dry)

Ingredients:-
150 gms of Paneer
Oil for deep frying
1 tbsp chopped ginger-garlic
1 tbsp tomato paste
1/2 cup thinly sliced onions
1/4 cup thinly sliced capsicums(green,yellow,red)
1/4 cup finely chopped green spring onions
1 -2 tsp of chilli sauce and soy sauce

For Paneer Marination :-
2 tbsp cornflour/cornstarch diluted in water
2 tsp soy sauce
2 tsp plain vinegar
1/2 tsp green chilli sauce
1/2 tsp white pepper powder
1tsp ginger-garlic paste
salt to taste

Preparation:-
* Gently marinate the paneer cubes with ginger garlic paste, white pepper pwd and keep it aside.
*  In a small bowl take 2 tbsp of cornflour, soy sauce, chilli sauce, water and mix thoroughly. This mixture is used to coat the paneer cubes and then deep fried. Keep them aside once you have deep fried the paneer.


Method:-
1. Heat 2-3 tbsp of vegetable oil in a wok (kadhai).
2. Add the chopped ginger-garlic and saute on high flame for about 30 secs.
3. Add the chopped spring onions  and saute for about 2 minutes.
4. Add the sliced capsicums and stir fry on high flame for 2 minutes.
5. Add Ching's green chilli sauce, tomato paste, vinegar and soy sauce and saute.
6. Add the fried paneer cubes and toss for a minute on high flame.
7. Add the remaining cornflour water from the bowl on high flame, tossing the contents for 2 minutes. 

8. Consistency changes once you add the diluted cornflour.You will find that it becomes thick due to cornflour.
9. Add the chopped spring onion greens.

10.Garnish with more chopped spring onions.
 

Serve hot with Chinese Hakka Noodles/Schzewan Fried Rice


Chinese Hakka Noodles !!

 Ingredients:-
2 cups boiled noodles or spaghetti pasta 
(I mostly use spaghetti, it gives you the same taste and the texture is excellent...)
2 teaspoons ginger-garlic and green chillies chopped
¾ cup cabbage, shredded
½ cup green,red,yellow capsicums, finely sliced
¼ cup spring onion greens, chopped
1/2 cup shredded carrots (optional) 
1/2 tsp of ajinomotto (optional) 
1-2 tsp of Ching's Soy Sauce
1 tsp of vinegar (optional)
2-3 tablespoons oil
salt to taste 

Method:-
1. Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a wok (kadhai).
2. Add chopped ginger-garlic and green chillies and saute for a minute.
3. Add vegetables in a sequence of their tenderness-onions, capsicums, carrots and cabbage.
4. Add ajinomotto (if using) and salt and saute.
5. Add soy and vinegar. Cook for about a minute.
6. Add the boiled noodles and stir gently on medium high flame.
7. Lower the flame and cover the pan for about 5 minutes.
8. Sprinkle the chopped spring onions. 
9. Serve hot with Veg Manchurian or Chilli Paneer.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Anda Curry !! (Egg Curry)

 Ingredients :-
5-6 Boiled eggs
1/4 Cup vegetable oil
1 Medium sized onion thinly sliced
1 Cup chopped Tomatoe
1/2 tsp Turmeric
1-2 tsp Ginger-garlic paste




Grind To Paste :-
3-4 Red chillies soaked in warm water for 5 minutes.
2 tsp Poppy seeds
1/4 tsp Saunf (aniseed)
4-5 Black peppercorns
2 Cloves
1" of Cinnamon stick
1-2 tbsp shredded coconut
2 tbsp of chopped coriander/cilantro
Salt to taste


Method:-
1. Heat the vegetable oil in a pan.
2. Add sliced onions and saute until translucent.
3. Add ginger-garlic paste and saute for another minute.
4. Add chopped tomato, salt and saute for another 2-3 minutes.
5. Now, add the spice paste (the ground paste) and saute till the oil separates.
6. Pour 1/4 cup of warm water.
7. Add the boiled eggs and mix gently.
8. Let the gravy boil on high flame.
9. Reduce the flame immediately and keep the pan covered for 2-3 minutes. Make sure the gravy thickens a little bit.
10. Remove from heat and Serve hot with Roti/ Naan/ Boiled Rice.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Jeera Rice !! (Cumin Flavoured Rice)



Ingredients:-
1 cup Long Grain (Basmati) Rice
2 cups Water
11/2tsp Cumin seeds(jeera)
1tbsp oil / ghee
salt to taste
2 Bay leaves
3-4 cloves
Few whole Black pepper
1 Black Cardamom



 Method:- 
1. Clean and wash rice. Wash and drain rice 2-3 times and soak in water for 10-15 minutes.
2. Heat ghee/oil in a pan, add cumin seeds (jeera) and let it crackle (make sure u don't burn the jeera), bay leaves, cardamom, whole black pepper and cloves.
3. Saute for less than a minute.
4. Strain the water from the rice, add the rice to the pan and mix well.
5. Add salt, 2 cups of water and mix well.
6. When the water starts boiling lower down the flame and cover it partially.
7. Rice will be done when holes appear on the surface (it will take approx 15 minutes) At that point of time don not forget to check that the water is completely absorbed.

Serve the jeera rice hot with Tadka daal or any gravy or raita



Alu Gobhi !!


Ingredients:-
1.1 lb Cauliflower (phool gobhi) cut into florets
1.1 lb potatoes washed and diced
1/2 cup of ghee/vegetable oil
1 tsp of cumin seeds
2 tbsp ginger chopped
1 tsp turmeric
2 tsp red chilli pwd
5 green chillies chopped
1 finely sliced onion
1 Tomato finely chopped
Salt to taste
1/2 cup of coriander/cilantro finely chopped

Preparation:-

* Heat oil in a pan,add 2-3 tbsp of oil and fry the gobhi and potatoes till light golden brown. Remove them on an absorbent kitchen towel and keep them aside.

Method:-
1. On medium flame, heat the ghee/vegetable oil in a wok (kadhai).
2. Add cumin seeds and let them splutter.
3. Add chopped ginger and saute for 1/2 a minute, then add the chopped green chillies and saute for another 1/2 a minute.
4. Add sliced onions, saute till golden brown.
5. Add tomatoes and saute for a minute or two.
6. Add salt, turmeric pwd, red chilli pwd,
7. Add cauliflower and potatoes. Mix well (gently).
8. Cover the pan and cook on low heat for 10 minutes.

9. Garnish with green coriander.

Serve hot with Phulka or Roti or Chapati

Phulka !! ( Puffed indian Bread )

Phulkas  or Chapatis is the daily bread for millions of Indians. No meal is complete without them and yet many find them difficult to make.
These are called so because they swell up with steam while being cooked.
They are cooked first on a dry hot tava, then held directly over a flame where they "phulao" ("swell" in Hindi) with steam to the point of bursting.
Serve them hot with a dollop of ghee.



Preparation Time : 10 mins.
Cooking Time : 15 mins.

Makes 6 phulkas.




Ingredients:- 
1 cup whole wheat flour (gehun ka atta)
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon oil
 
 *Other ingredients :-
  Ghee for serving

Method:-
1. Combine the flour and salt and knead into a soft and pliable dough.
2.Add the oil and knead again till it is smooth and elastic.
3.Cover and keep aside for 10 to 15 minutes.
4.Divide the dough into 6 equal parts.
5.Roll out each one using a little flour into approx. 150 mm. (6") diameter circles. Dust dry flour as required to facilitate even rolling.

6.Dust off any excess dry flour and place the chapati on a hot tava/griddle.


7.Turn over in a few seconds and cook this side till the edges begin to curl slightly and small blisters appear on the surface.
8.Cook the other side for a few more seconds.



 




9.Lift the chapati with a pair of flat tongs and roast on both sides over an open flame till it puffs up.
10.Flatten the chapati and apply some ghee on top.
11.Repeat to make 5 more chapatis.

Can be served with pickles, gravies, raitas ..just about anything :)

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Mumbai Biryani !!

Ingredients:-
1 kg / 2.2 lb of Chicken cut into pieces 
3 cups of Rice, long grained (Kohinoor Basmati), washed and half cooked.
2 cups of vegetable oil
2 cups onions sliced
1-2 no of potatoes, peeled and cubed into 3-4 cm pieces
1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
1 cup chopped tomato
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tbsp thinly sliced ginger
2 cups yogurt
2 tbsp garam masala pwd
Salt to taste

Preparation:-
Half cook the long grained rice in a heavy bottom pan. Let the rice boil on medium high flame approx 10-15 min. Strain the rice and keep it aside. Make sure you do not over cook.
Method:-
1. Heat the oil in a heavy bottomed pan, fry the onions till golden brown. Remove with a slotted spoon on an absorbent kitchen towel and keep them aside.
2. In the same oil, add ginger-garlic paste, saute for 3 minutes.
3. Add the tomatoes and cook till the oil separates/comes to the surface.
4. Add the chicken pieces, yogurt, and cumin powder.
(if you have marinated the chicken before there is no need to add extra ginger-garlic paste and yogurt (step 2 and 4). You can marinate the chicken and keep it aside for 1/2 an hour, marinate the chicken pieces with 1 tsp of ginger-garlic paste and 1-2 tbsp of yogurt),
5. Stir fry for 6-7 minutes.
6. Add potatoes and salt. Saute and cook for another 5 minutes.
8. In another large heavy bottomed pot, put a layer of chicken (without the gravy) and potatoes, cover with half of the half cooked rice.
9. Crush and sprinkle part of fried onions and half of the garam masala.
10. Pour some gravy on the top. Repeat this process a second time or till all the ingredients are used up.
11. Now, cook on low heat and place some live charcoal on the lid for 20 minutes. 
12. Alternatively, this could also be done in an oven.

Serve hot with raita.

Chicken Tikka !! (Grilled Chicken)



 Ingredients:-
2 lb Chicken deboned
2 tbsp of cooking oil
1/2 tsp cumin pwd
3 tbsp of ginger garlic paste
4 tbsp lemon juice
1-2 tsp gram flour (besan)
1 tsp red chilli pwd
1/2 tsp mace pwd
1/2 tsp white pepper pwd
4-5 tbsp yogurt
1 tbsp garam masala powder
 oil for basting

 Method:-
1. Cut chicken into 1 inch cubes.
2. Whip yoghurt and mix in all the other ingredients.
3. Marinate chicken pieces in it and keep refrigerated for about 4-5 hours.
4. Skewer each piece an inch apart including green/red/yellow bell peppers, onion squares and tomato squares.
5. Brush with oil and roast again in a preheated oven @ 350 °F for 10 minutes, basting at least twice.

To Serve:-
 Remove to a platter and serve with onion rings, lemon wedges and mint chutney.


Tadka Daal !!

 Ingredients:-
1 1/2  cups of split pigeon peas (toor /tuvar daal), sorted and washed in 3-4 changes of water.
4 -4 1/2 cups of water
1 tsp turmeric pwd
2 tbsp of vegetable oil / ghee
1 medium sized tomato chopped
1-2 tbsp crush garlic cloves
1-2 tbsp minced fresh curry leaves
1-2 fresh green chillies
1 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp red chilli pwd
 a pinch of hing (asafoetida)
1 tsp powdered jaggery (optional)
Salt to taste
Finely chopped fresh coriander for garnish

For the 'Tadka' :-
1 tsp of cumin seeds
1 tsp of ghee/vegetable oil 

Method:-
1. Heat ghee/vegetable oil in  a pressure cooker/pan.
2. Add cumin seeds, when the seeds start to splutter add the curry leaves, hing, chopped green chillies, crushed garlic and saute for 1/2 - 1 minute.
3. Add chopped tomatoes, salt and saute for another minute.
4. Add turmeric pwd, a tsp of jaggery(if using), and the toor/tuvar daal.
5. Add water, mix well and close the pressure cooker.
6. Cook till 3 whistles. Remove from heat and allow the pressure to release slowly.
7. Transfer the cooked daal in a serving bowl.
8. For 'Tadka'- heat ghee/ oil  in a frying pan. Add cumin seeds and Let it crackle. 
9.Then Pour this Tadka onto the cooked Daal.
10.Garnish with Coriander leaves .

Serve Hot with Jeera Rice/Plain Boiled Rice.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Chole Bhature !! (Chickpeas in a Gravy with Puffed Indian Bread)

Preparation Time :- 5-10 mins  
Cooking Time :- 25-30 mins 

Serves 2-3 People 

Ingredients :-
1 1/2 cups of dried Chickpeas/Garbanzo Beans
6 cups of water
1 1/2 tsp of salt
1/2 cup of boiling water
4 tsp of vegetable oil
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
2 whole cloves
2 bay leaves
1 inch cinnamon stick
1 cup  thinly sliced onion
2 garlic cloves (0ptional)
1 tsp fresh chopped ginger
1 1/2 tbsp coriander powder
1/2 cup chopped tomato
1 2/2 tsp Garam Masla / Everest Chole Masala
2  tbsp chopped cilantro

* Preparation:-
Clean the chickpeas and remove any extraneous materials. Wash chickpeas in 2-3 changes of water. Soak overnight(8-9 hours approx) in 4 cups of water.
* You can also use the canned chickpeas/garbanzo beans, since they are already cooked you can skip the pressure cooker step.
Method:-
1. To cook in a pressure cooker, pour in the chickpeas, soaking water, salt, whole garam masala and pressure cook until the whistle goes off 5-6 times.
2. In a non-stick pan, heat the oil over medium-high heat.
3. Add cumin seeds, and saute.
4. Add the onion, garlic(if using) and ginger and cook until the onion is golden brown. Reduce heat, add tomato and cook until it is tender, 2-5 minutes, stirring frequently.
5. Add the boiled chickpeas and stir for another minute.
6. Add the garam masala/everest chole masala, coriander powder and stir thoroughly.
7. Add water and bring it to boil.
8. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes.
9. Transfer to a Serving Platter .
10. Garnish with Coriander leaves.

Serve hot with Bhatura

Recipe for Bhatura :-

 Ingredients:- 
4 Cups of Refined flour(Maida)
1 tsp salt
1 Cup of Yoghurt 
6 tbsp of warm water
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
a pinch of ajwain
baking soda (optional)
Vegetable Oil for deep frying


Method:-
1. Sift the refined flour, baking soda/powder and salt together.
2. Add yoghurt and warm water to make a dough.
3. Grease your palms with a tbsp of oil and continue to knead the dough till it becomes pliable.
4. Cover with a moist cloth and keep refrigerated for about 15-20 minutes.
5. Divide the dough into 12 lemon sized balls. Roll them into discs of 4" diameter.
6. Heat the oil in the wok (Kadhai) and fry each disc until it puffs up.
7. Turn and cook the other side too.
8. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain the excess oil on a absorbent kitchen towel. 
Serve hot with Chole


' Whose Fault Is It Anyway ? '


 This is sometime in the 90's when I had a heated argument with  a dear friend of mine. It happened over a silly thing that is what I feel now :) but it seemed so important then and now when I look back I feel some arguments aren't worth fighting over. If you want back a friend of yours, take a step back and say 'SORRY'...Yes I know even when you think and more importantly you know that 'It Wasn't Your fault' ! 
 
In any relationship that has gone wrong, or is steadily going wrong, the fault usually lies with both the parties. Life is not black and white, there are many shades of gray in between.
Too often we spend too much time and energy in blaming each other. Don't we all love to play the 'Blame Game?'.  

These Creatures - Be it Friends, Husband-Wife, The Saas-Bahus daily argue/fight needless little brush wars and skirmishes over the smallest of issues and lock horns over the most trivial of reasons. 
"Must These Battles Occur ? "
Shouldn't we stop saying, "I did not do it, It's not my fault !"

We get so caught up in these daily battles, we don't stop to think about the future -
The future of your friendship with a friend...do you think you would live alone ?I know you would make tons of other friends all through your life ...but life isn't the same when you don't have your best bud besides you to share your joys and wipe your tears ...who has been with you through thick and thin. Would you now want to go in the woods eat worms in the corner and say " I don't have any friends any more "...that is such a sad statement to make. 
The future of you and your significant...do you think you can imagine to live your life without her/him ?The one whom you love from the bottom of your heart ..is it so difficult for you to forgive and forget ? Do your arguments/fights weigh much more than the love you share ? Does any other investment mean more to you than the investment of Love between the two of you ?
The future of your family as a whole...do you think your daily battles with your saas/bahu gives your husband a blissful feeling ? Do you think he would say that you have given him the best years of his life ?

Think Think Think Think and Think :)

So, the the next time you find yourself in the middle of an argument or a disagreement or a fight with your Loved One's, regardless of who is wrong, apologize and say-I ASorry I Upset You !"



These my friends are the Healing, Magical Words !