Archive | September 2014

Poha – Comfort food # 2002

My staple recipe to impress Amma. I am the first person to make this for her and it was hit with her.

I was introduced to this recipe by one of my colleague couple of years ago and it won everyone’s tongue heart instantly and made it to our household’s top five list of favorite and frequent dishes. I usually make it for Friday’s dinner. Make it in a jiffy, gobble it and take it easy for rest of the evening. Friday evening’s are bliss with not to worry about the next day.

poha

Ingredients:
Thick Poha – 3 cups
Onion – 2 medium
Garlic – 3 or 4 pods – finely chopped
Ginger – slice to match with garlic – finely chopped
Green chillies – 2 – slit lengthwise
Peanuts – handful
Potato – 1 – thinly sliced
Curry leaves – 1 sprig
Tamarind paste – 2 or 3 spoons
Sugar – 2 spoons
Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon
Chilli powder – 1 spoon
Salt – as per taste
Coriander leaves – to garnish

Method:
1. Soak poha in water for 5 mins and drain it thoroughly.
2. Temper mustard seeds, urad dal, jeera, peanuts, curry leaves, green chillies, garlic, ginger  in same order.
3. Add onion and saute until it turns translucent.
4. Add potatoes and allow it to cook.
5. When potato is almost cooked, add turmeric powder, chilli powder, salt, tamarind paste, sugar in same order.
6. Once they are well blended, add the drained poha and give it a nice stir. Stir it from sides so that the poha doesn’t get mushed.
7. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.

This dish doesn’t need any side dish and the best part is it has all flavours – sweet, tangy, spicy.

Ensoy!!

P.S: Do not soak poha for long time as it gets soggy.

 

Jana gana mana

Every time I hear our national anthem, I end up with goosebumps. I shamefully agree that I don’t know the meaning of every single phrase of the anthem but determined to learn it soon. I don’t know if its the tune or the familiarity of the phrases or the memory of the past that gushes over upon hearing it. I end up with goosebumps. There are too many attachments to the anthem. school, assembly, joy of whole school singing jaya he at the end with one or two missing the coordination here and there, flag hoisting ceremony on independence day. Too many!!

Recently,I heard it at the climax of the film Mary Kom. I am such a fan of happy ending inspirational films especially sports genre. They leave me with a sense of accomplishment. As if I have won that title and it stays with me for few days though mind keeps warning that its just a movie. Talk about the effect of movies. I don’t know why but this movie also reminded me of the Clint Eastwood’s Million dollar baby.

Mary Kom+National anthem – do I need to say more? Left me with goosebumps and made me cry buckets as if my tears were saved for years. I cry for everything these days. My sambar is not tasting good,I cry. Adi is not listening to me, I cry. LHB ignores me, I cry. LHB hugs me, I cry. I hate crying, I cry. Wierd haan? I don’t know. I am not in my normal state for past few days. I have become such a whining girl. Going through the phase when the pain buried in the deep had surfaced again. Hope to pass this phase sooner. The pain is too deep to forgive. Hope I will learn to make peace with it someday and move on!

What am I trying to say now? I don’t know. Such an incoherent post this is. Everyone at least listen to the anthem and watch Mary Kom. Good job Priyanka Chopra!! I was envying your physique all through the movie. How can someone have such a flat tummy after giving birth to twins? I have again officially entered the stage where people have started asking if I am pregnant. Some are even kind enough to offer their seats at train. Sighh.. Me and my tummy – Its a long story.

Ok, before you through something at me for these ramblings let me publish this post and go to bed. 

Adi’s reading challenge

Adi has planned to do a monthly reading challenge at IMC starting September. She is very much excited about it and I am also reading the book. This month’s book is Homer Price by Robert McCloskey. Please see below link for more details and support her by spreading the word to the kids of age range 8-12 years that you know of..

http://www.indianmomsconnect.com/2014/08/27/adis-reading-challenge/

Thanks to Team IMC for considering her idea..

Adi’s artwork

Her recent works.. Summer well spent 🙂 School is starting in two days and I am not sure when she will be able to spend so much time on art again. Each picture took her more than two hours. Please click on each picture for enlarged view.