Two important life experiences

July 15, 2017

Birth
There was no one around till yesterday. And today there is a baby in your arms which pees, poos, pupps, needs to be fed, burped, given medicine, put to sleep, played with, talked to 24-7.

Death
Till yesterday there was someone around you talking, taking care of you, doing their cores, helping you out 24-7. And there is no one today.
Their clothes, their shoes are there.
But the person who used them is not there.
The work they have done is there left behind them.
But the person who did it is not there. Empty.

Rawa Ladu

January 26, 2017

Ingredients:

1 cup fine rava/sooji

1/2 cup ghee

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 tsp cardamom powder

1/4 cup milk

Procedure:

1. Add rava and ghee to a pan and fry on low flame till rava changes color to light brown and releases nice aroma. Takes about 10-15 mins. Stir occasionally to avoid burning.

2. Remove from stove and add grated sugar, cardamom powder and stir well.

3. Spread 1 tsp milk in the center of pan each time you make a ladu. Mix the milk with hand , with the mixture in the center and make golf ball size ladu. Add 1-2 raisains to each ladu. Repeat for the rest of the ladus.

Note: You can reduce the sugar, for health reasons; or increase it if you like more sweet. Store in cool and dry place. Stays for a week.

Janeev

January 26, 2017

आपली एक  सवय असते।  ज्या गोष्टींवर आपण अवलंबून असतो किंबहुना ज्या गोष्टींवर आपल जीवन अवलंबून आहे किवा ज्यांच्या मुळे आपण आहोत त्या गोष्टींना नमन करणे, त्यांची आठवण ठेवणे, त्यांची जाणीव ठेवणे। म्हणून की काय घरात संध्याकाळी दिवे लागले किवा गेलेली विज परत आली की आपण आपले हाथ जोडून नमस्कार करतो। ही सवय आपल्याला आपल्या पुर्वजां कडून मिळाली असणार।  ते सूर्य उजाड्यावर सूर्याला नमस्कार करत असावेत।

आपलं जीवन ज्यांच्यावर अवलंबून आहे अश्या काही  गोष्टी म्हणजे वायु, जल, धरती, अग्नि, प्रकाश आणि अन्न। ह्या पैकी पहिले पांच यांना पंच महाभूत असे म्हणतात।

Increasing cloth bags’ use and reducing plastic bag use.

January 25, 2017

A way to reduce plastic waste is use reusable, cloth bags; which I have been following from the past 4 years and my parents have been following ever since. For all those who want to follow this, it’s easy!

How to do it?

  • Keep 4-5 reusable, cloth bags folded and placed on your kitchen shelf, for later.
  • Just grab a couple of bags (out of the 4-5 on kitchen shelf) every time before heading to the market place.
  • You can also place 1-2 bags in advance in your car or two-wheeler side box, so they are handy whenever you need them.
  • Even if you are not going to the market, but else where you can still keep a bag at hand. Chances are you might buy something on the way back home.

Making the world a cleaner and healthier place to live in.

January 25, 2017

We should recycle/reuse waste/things as much in our potential to make this world a much cleaner and healthier place to live in. Here is a newspost named “Turning e-waste into gold” which gives insights into converting mobile phone waste, computer waste into useful alloys.

Beet cutlet

November 25, 2014

Ingredients:
1 medium beetroot, steamed
1 medium potato, steamed
salt to taste,
1/4 tsp turmeric powder,
1 tsp red chilli powder or to taste,
2 tsp coriander and cumin powder,
cilantro
4 tbsp bread crumbs
oil

Procedure:
Peel of potato and beetroot. Using a mandolin grate them together. Add salt to taste, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, coriander and cumin powder,chopped cilantro and mix well. Add bread crumbs and mix again. Made small balls out of the mixture and pat them flat. Shallow fry the cutlets. Serve with tomato ketchup.

Saandage masala

March 25, 2011

Tried and tasted peas masala receipe on Gita’s Kitchen blog. Here instead of peas I used “saandage”. Saandage are nuggets made from pumpkin seeds. The receipe tastes delicious. Both my hub and I liked it.

Rajma recipe

November 18, 2008

Ingredients:

1 cup red beans soaked in 3 cups of water overnight (this will make it little more than 2 cups).

1 medium size onion finely chopped

3 medium size tomatoes finely chopped

1 ½ tsp MDH Rajma Masala

½ tsp chilli powder (or to taste)

¼ tsp turmeric powder

2 tsp salt (or to taste)

2 tsp ginger-garlic paste

1 tsp cumin seeds

1 tsp mustard seeds

4 tsp oil

2 tsp chopped coriander (to garnish)

 

For tomato puree:

Take ¾ of chopped tomato and ¼ of chopped onion. Add ¼ tsp salt.  Use a processor to grind and blend well.

 

Procedure:

 

  1. Cook soaked red beans with water for 20 minutes, or till tender. Keep aside.
  2. Heat a non-stick pan on medium heat. Add oil. When oil heats up add mustard seeds and cover the pan. Let mustard seeds splitters.
  3. Add cumin seeds. When brown add remaining of the chopped onion and cover pan. Allow the onion to cook till slightly brown.
  4. Add ginger-garlic paste. Stir; let fry for ½ a minute.
  5. Add remaining chopped tomato to pan and fry till tomato is tender.
  6. Add salt, turmeric, chilli and MDH Rajma Masala powder. Stir; let fry for ½ a minute.
  7. Add cooked red beans. Add tomato puree and stir well and cover pan.
  8. While letting the mixture cook for 10-15 minutes, give a stir once or twice.
  9. Give it a boil and remove from heat. Set it aside to cool for 5 minutes and pour in serving bowl. Sprinkle coriander for garnish.
  10. Serve warm with steamed rice.

 

 

Serve’s two.