Monday

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 πŸ™‚ :)… No wonder he loves them now. A cup of tea would just make it better for him πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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??? πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

I hope everyone had a great day today wherever you are πŸ™‚

 

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Stop being so impressed with what other people are doing and get Impressed about Yourself. You have a story that the world wants to hear. Go tell it! ~ Stone Evans

And it rained….

“Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby…”

First Summer Rains
Photo courtesy: Balakrishnan K | www.utopianhere.com

It had been scorchingly hot here in Bangalore, and its’ not even mid-summer!! Reports say that Sunday’s (31st March, 2013) maximum temperature of 37.6 degrees celsius and minimum temperature of 24.2 degrees celsius has been the highest in the past 25 years in Bangalore!!! I should say that I have started missing the pleasant Bangalore weather terribly. I have been nagging my hubby that it should rain atleast once a week during this summer. As you know, husband never listens to wife πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ But luckily there is someone who listens. This evening God listened to my prayers and showered me with joy of rain, literally :). The rain was heavy, easy, with no meaning or intention but the fulfillment of its own nature, which was to fall and fall… Remembered those good old days in Jharkhand, when we used to dance in the rain, collect hailstones and eat them… making paper boats and float them to see whose boat can survive the rain longest …such nice memories… How badly I want those days to come back again…!! πŸ™

Anyways folks, I hope everyone is enjoying the first summer rains here in Bangalore… I wish the rains take away all the worries, sadness and negativity from your lives and leave back the happy sunshine full of joy and happiness… If you want to see the rainbow, you have to stand the rain! Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Smell the rain and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential and fight for your dreams!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

Here is a rain poem I tumbled over today.. Enjoy it πŸ™‚

“Rain drops falling in my head,
and never knowing when it will end.
Should I run for cover,
or let another rain drop fall in my head again?
I would love to dance in the rain,
and knowing somehow it’ll help erase the pain.
Sometimes when I’m all alone,
and I see rain drops are falling outside again.
There’s happiness that I feel because rain is here once again.
Some may feels gloomy when it rains
and some just want to feel it in their hand.
But me I just love it when rain drops falls into my face.
Oh the magic that rain brings, it makes you feel unique.
It may bring you sadness, wet feeling in toes and clothes
but I just see happiness when it rains…. ❀❀”

“No matter how good or bad you think life is, wake up each day and be thankful for life. Someone somewhere else is fighting to survive…”

— Good morning monday!!

Hello Monday!

Today, as I am writing this post, I can clearly hear the wind blowing so melancholy outside my office.. It’s a cloudy day here in Bangalore and it might rain soon.. The awesome greenery and the different colorful blooming flowers is adding to its beauty. The aura has changed into such divine and paradisal place to live in! What else can I ask for? Weekend is gone.. and so has the loads of household works which needed to be done.. Hope everyone had a great weekend!!

Waiting For The Rain Photo courtesy: Prakash Bajracharya

Goodbye weekend, we made good memories!
Hello Monday.

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