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Peace, Chai and Om Namah Shivay :)

Finally, the “New Year” has arrived, and here I am wishing every blogger and reader “A VERY HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR”.

2013 had been a tough year for me and my family. But, it also taught me how to be patient and going in tough and unbearable situations, how to handle stress, how to hold on to hope, forgive and love more 🙂 Can’t thank the gone year more… 2013 was not kind but it sure was a kind teacher to me 🙂

Me and my husband are lazy people and we love to spend time together in peaceful surroundings. And as expected from us, we stayed home on the new year eve and watched a movie, partied together and had a peaceful celebration listening to the bursting crackers and cheerful wishes from outside. Our new year has started on a lazy note with steaming cups of chai followed by a visit to the Shiva temple and a hearty lunch.

Peace Chai and Om Namah Shivay

On new year eve, people generally look back, evaluating the past days and making fresh resolutions for the coming year. But, I will do none of that. I don’t take stock and no longer make resolutions at the start of a new year. Honestly, who keeps their resolution say after a week, month or two months?? And, I am certainly not one of those headstrong ladies’ who would stick to her so called resolution made in a hassle on new year eve!! So, all I do is just enjoy the leave I get on 1st January 🙂 Simple as that!!

As I grow in age, I have realized that I can’t bound my life by the beginning and ending of a single year. The end and beginning of each year merely spill into each other. As months, days and hours, march in to fill the empty year ahead, I know that some days will follow the same pattern as in the past years, some a little worse, many a little better and only a few with a streak of rebel in them. Those are the ones that will be different!! And for both you and me I wish that those days bloom into something good to remember them by 🙂 I wish that 2014 brings lots of happiness, success, new challenges, good health and sound sleep in our lives.

May your new year be humbling, inspiring and blissful 🙂

Monday Love :)

They say that “The Earth laughs in flowers”. And if some of these flowers can be turned into golden, hot,crispy and yummy pakodas (fritters) …ummm… no one can ask for anything more!! It’s easy to impress me. I don’t need a fancy party to be happy. Just good friends, good food, and good laughs. I’m happy. I’m satisfied. I’m content. Joys of simple life!!

Pumpkin Flower PakodaThese pumpkin flower pakodas, just made my day. They are so authentic to Jharkhand and making them here miles away from my hometown, gives me the warmth of home and bring back dozens of memories running through my memory lane. I remember the first time I introduced these pakodas to my husband; he was so shocked. “How can you eat flowers as pakodas?” all could he say in his amazement. And then I showed him how by making some of these golden lovelies 🙂 :)… No wonder he loves them now. A cup of tea would just make it better for him 🙂 🙂

Surprisingly, not many people know that flat beans’ flowers and other flowers like Chinese hibiscus, lotus and gulmohar can also be made as fritters and can be enjoyed. A combination of beauty, color, taste and health. ISN’T THAT AMAZING??? 🙂 🙂

Pumpkin Flower Pakoda (Fritters)
Preparation time: 5 mins
Cooking time: 20-25 mins

Ingredients:

  • 7-8 pumpkin flowers
  • 1 cup besan (chikpea flour)
  • 2 tbsp rice flour
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp pepper powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 1/2 tbsp coriander and mint leaves finely chopped (optional)
  • 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • half cup water
  • oil for frying (mustard oil is preferred)

Preparation:

  1. Wash and pat dry the pumpkin flowers. Remove stamen from the middle. There can be small insects inside which has to be removed. Ensure that you don’t wash the flowers vigorously as they are very soft and can tear off easily.
  2. Mix all the ingridiends except the pumpkin flowers and make a batter which is neither very thick or thin. For this add water gradually and keep on stirring. Stop when you get a batter as thick as pakoda batter.
  3. Heat oil for deep frying in a kadhai (wok). When the oil starts smoking lower the heat and then gently lift a pumpkin flower, dip it in the batter, turn and make sure that they are uniformly coated and then gently slide into the hot oil. Fry till golden brown on both the sides. It will take 3-4 minutes.
  4. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain it on a paper towel.
  5. For an additional zing you can sprinkle some chaat masala or rock salt on top of the pakodas.
  6. Serve hot with lots of love and if possible (if you are not as lazy as I am) with coriander and mint chutney or any sauce of your choice.
  7. Smile and enjoy 🙂

I hope everyone had a great day today wherever you are 🙂

 

Lazy Dinner

Ahhh! It was such a hectic day for me yesterday!! The work, Bangalore traffic, dust and the back-pain really took a toll on me. Generally I love to cook…and that’s not a secret anymore. But yes, I don’t like to cook every night! Sometimes I’m lazy and sometimes I’m damn too tired. And on those nights, I like someone else to do the work for me or I just cook myself a lazy dinner. These nights, I don’t feel like measuring and dicing… other nights I just want something I can throw together without following a recipe. Once in a while it’s nice not to have to follow a recipe or really think about what to put in a meal… Don’t you think so??

As I was not in the mood for any type of culinary adventure last night and at the same time me and my husband were so damn hungry. I thought of cooking something which could be easy, delicious and doesn’t require too much of work! And, then I made this.. what I call “Rice Noodles with Vegetables and Chicken Sausages”. Just threw in a hand full of rice noodles, some chopped garlic, green bell pepper, garden beans, onion, cabbage, baby corns, red cherries and not to mention chicken sausages. A super quick and delicious meal. 😉 And, the best part, my husband who is not a big fan of noodles or I can say that he doesn’t like to eat noodles at all… LOVED IT!!! And the biggest surprise came to me when he asked me to give this someday for his lunch too… 😛

Lazy DinnerPhoto courtesy: Balakrishnan K | www.utopianhere.com

So, what’s your lazy dinner idea that still tastes fresh, healthy and doesn’t require too much of an effort? I hope you are all have a lovely memorial day!!

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