Friday, March 26, 2010

New Beginnings !!

Could literally hear "push push push" yesterday before starting my blog - was so nervous initially, but with the help of my loved ones, my friends, my well wishers who so badly wanted me to start writing on my recipes...made it all worth it! Yes encouragement & best wishes definitely do get the best out of you ! 
Was nearly done with excuses, so Thank you all for being motivating and for giving me all that support & taking the initiative to make me believe that I could do it - I know it's just about starting a BLOG (Duh) but still-yeah means a lot to me! 
Using a Metaphor here-Not a Mother as yet so haven't experienced what it is like being there in the labor room where your loved ones, your well wishers are excited & happy for you & your new beginnings ...yes for now my Blog is my Baby :) Now you know why I could literally hear "Push Push Push" :-) ! 
Having said that, I am now looking fwd to nurturing my blog lovingly, gently & steadily! I would love to thank you all for being there for me !  Thank you for that tiny little PUSH! Promise you guys, won't let you down. 
I also do believe that I can bring out the best of me on my blogs, my thought process, my ideas, my experiences which would be of help to anybody and everybody out here in some way or the other- just the way My Mom brought out the best of me with her nurturing, unconditional love and simplicity! It's  because of her that I am what I am today-proud to be a part of a beautiful soul ! It's been a while now that I've been longing to tell her how much  I've missed you her- This is for you Mama, "how I wish you were here with me & could read this, it's been almost 12 yrs now that I've been wishing upon all the stars!"

Chaha !! (Cardamom Flavored Tea)

"Amid, the fast pace of a Modern City (Ahem Ahem), it is still possible to stop for a leisurely afternoon Garama Garam Chaai, an enduring tradition featuring freshly fried Kanda Bhaji and Vada Pav !! "

As an ardent Punekar & a true Maharashtrian, whose not very good when it comes to Marathi-don't blame me:( blame it on the Hindi Film Industry for making and releasing good movies in the 80's. Then as a child I  grew up watching Hindi movies-also was & still am a Hindi film music buff. Was never able to spare time for Marathi movies- well and back then, all I remember watching are  Nilu Phule movies & oh boy Nilu Phule scared the hell out of us! What a fabulous actor he is- that is now what I understand but earlier in our childhood days his accent & his roles were totally beyond us! BUT, in today's day and age- I agree that the Marathi Film Industry has gotten so much better! I do not hesitate to say this Today that I love watching Marathi movies, serials etc etc!
Okay!! Now people I do have a tendency of getting distracted ...yup that too way too easily :). Did not even want to get started on about all this , all I wanted to share was that, Me coming from a Tea Town (that is how Pune is known to everybody),an ardent Punekar  & a true Maharashtrian, our day begins with a " Garama Garam Chaha cha Cup "(A Hot Cuppa Chai) & a Newspaper to read on !
 As I recall now ,outside our homes there were most likely two types of tea for the Punekars to gust upon – the very first was AMRUTTULYA where Amrut means Nectar & Tulya means in comparison to, so both put together means A Drink to sip on which is Comparable to Nectar!! WOW that is something Divine to have every morning while on your way to College/Work/just about anytime & anywhere as we had one at every nook & corner of Pune.
The second best was the peerless IRANI CHAI which was the most rejuvenating beverage, the steaming rich tea brew & hot milk in separate containers & then mixed in just about in the right proportion. Ohh, that makes an inimitable Irani Chai!!! This Irani Chai is mostly served with very fresh & soft Bun-Maska - boy place it on your tongue & you are on your trip to 7th Heaven! This ones served by the numerous Irani Restaurants all over Pune city & camp!
Okay so getting back to where I started :) Promise this won't happen too often, a lil' nervous cuz it's my first blog...and Chaha is all what I wanted to start my blog with. My husband being so supportive went ahead & created this one for me, posted my first recipe for me & got me started! Thank you Parth!! won't let you down :) So, I just want to make sure that I get this right and start my day and yours of course with a " Garama Garam Chaha cha Cup "  Following is the Recipe for " Ek Cutting " A Cuppa Hot Chai !!!

Ingredients:- (For Elaichi Chai)
1/2 Cup Water
3-4 tsp Waghbakri Tea Powder/Brooke Bond /Society Tea
4-5 tsp of Sugar
a pinch of Cardamom (Elaichi)pwd
1 of Cup whole milk

Ingredients:- (For Masala Chai)
a pinch of green Cardamom pwd
1/2 inch of fresh ginger grated
1-2 big size whole black pepper
1/8 to 1/6 cinnamon stick

The Ratio used for making this tea is 2:1 (Milk:Water)

1.Mix both milk and water & bring it to boil-(on low to medium flame)

2.Add Sugar and Tea Powder (you can get the above mentioned tea powder in any Indian Grocery Stores)
3.For Elaichi Chai simply add a pinch of elaichi pwd & for Masala Chai crush the igredients mentioned above for Masala Chai & add them to the boiling mixture.
4.Tadaa your "Garama Garam Cuppa Chai" is Ready to be Served !

* Don't be in a hurry to cut on time while making Chai, be generous with time when it comes to making the Best Chai ! At the end of it, it is the time best spent :)
* On a rainy day nothing can beat the lethal combination of Kanda Bhaji & Garama Garam Chaha ! What's next - Bingo ! My recipe for Kanda Bhaji !