Saturday, June 17, 2017

Mouthpiece #53

My elixir of life...
Over the years I have realised that nature inspires me in many more ways than one and I feel at peace just soaking the outdoors with an aware mind. It brings in me the realisation and the perspective of being a tiny part of something so grand, so magnificent. 

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Reading time...
I can hardly remember the last time I laid my hands on a seriously ‘unputdowanble’ book. Just happened to pick 'The kicking the bucket list’ while browsing the displayed books in a bookstore. Memory of those summer holidays came rushing back to me when reading unstoppably had become the routine for those two months. 

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Kitchen tales...
Garlic-pepper rasam
Over the years, I have seriously worked on perfecting this simple yet integral accompaniment of a South Indian meal. I do feel that now I can freeze this recipe for posterity.

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Saturday, June 3, 2017

Mouthpiece #52

When we covered Shimla...
As sun is shining almost ruthlessly on us these days, the other day I was trying to divert my mind to another extreme experience - of bitter cold. Yeah, I know, it wasn’t Arctic or similar such, but going by the range that I have seen in my lifespan, those few nights do qualify to be in this category.

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Mouthpiece #51

Me and My Kindle...
It has been over a year since Kindle came into my life. Initially I was super excited about it as it instantly became an epitome of instant gratification of the desire to read a particular book. Just a few clicks and one can get the pleasure of seeing the book downloading within a few seconds. It also gave me the privilege to switch among various books, which, of course, is possible with print books too but then one needs to make the effort to look where one left that book after the last reading. For people like me who are already knocking at the door of senility since long ago (or vice versa), sometimes this becomes a big challenge in itself and the urge to pick that book just fades away without leaving any remembrance even.

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What's brewing (err.... frying) in the kitchen?
Vada
Ingredients - 
Urad dhuli : 1 cup
Rice flour : 2 tbsp
Onion : 1 medium (finely chopped)
Green chillies : 2 (finely chopped)
Curry leaves : 10-12 (coarsely torn)
Asafoetida : ¼ tsp
Red chilli powder : ¼ tsp
Coriander powder : ½ tsp (chopped into thin slivers)
Cocounut : 2 inch
Salt : to taste

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Mouthpiece #50

Have a nice day ???
I was about to write the very customary ‘Have a nice day’ before signing off while writing a mail when a thought just flashed through my mind. The intensity of it was so strong that I had to erase the 'Have a nice day’ sentence and then I just pondered over it for a little while. Why do we wish that our dear ones should have a nice day? Any day is a day and will bring with it what it has to bring, what it is destined to bring. By wishing, that the day that comes to them should be good, we are actually underestimating the prowess of our dear ones. 

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A milestone of sorts...
I enjoy celebrating festivals, special days and significant milestones (in fact sometimes the milestones need not be that significant even). As I began composing this mouthpiece, I realised this is the 50th edition of this newsletter. Though a very humble one but still a milestone which gladdens my heart. Hope to keep sculpting my thoughts through this medium. 
What's cooking in the kitchen? Classic Bread Rolls
There are many dishes that I have carried forward without any variation, from my childhood days. Bread rolls is one of the fancy breakfast options, which goes with any weather and any mood. It is a great snack time dish too. Being a person who has special liking for traditional Punjabi snacks like samosa, aloo-tikki and chaat, bread rolls is the home made version to satisfy that craving whenever it arises.

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Mouthpiece #49

What's in the routine?

‘Routine’, the word sounds even more mundane than what it stands for. What can possibly be so special about routine because it is what everyone has to engage in anyway. Moreover, one can never outgrow it no matter how revolutionary one tends to become. But is that really so? Here I am not talking about the regular ablutions that every new day expects from us. I categorise those along with food, under the very basics, which are absolutely required to maintain the bodily machine. 

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What's cooking?
Potatoes and pooris - can anyone ever go wrong with this combination? This particular duo has immense capability of being anything that one wants it to be. From being part of religious bhojs, travel item, tiffin option to being a comfort food - aloo and poori can work best at all times and for all occasions or no occasion. Now when these two can come as a real saviour for all seasons and reasons, it is but natural that these can be prepared in a variety of ways too. So here are a few ways how I prepare aloo-sabzi. 

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Mouthpiece #48

Remembering you...
It was 24th of February, three years back. I got a call early in the morning from my mother that she is going to see a doctor for her persistent stomach pain. She had mentioned this pain to me earlier but would also tell me the possible reasons - must be some indigestion because of something that she ate the previous night or because of her being sedentary the whole day and not having gone for a walk. In the same breath she would stress upon the fact that currently she was feeling alright and nothing to worry about. I think this continued for a few months, but that day, the phone call did ring some strange bells in my mind - she was going to hospital willingly and was calling up to inform me, this itself was pretty strange. After a brief thought, I just pushed it like how I treat many other worrying things and then the normal chores do the rest. A phone call again jolted me out of my stupor of being on autopilot mode of time. This time it was my brother who wanted me to come over as he had some disturbing news to share with me.

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Mouthpiece #47

To you, with love and reverence...

I am a fiercely emotional person, erring on the side of being temperamental many times. While we all aim to bring in that elusive tranquility in our disposition, yet, I feel, experiencing the waves of emotions is equally important to live every moment to the fullest. I have likes, dislikes, passions and aversions and feel no qualms expressing them whenever emotions get the better of me.

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Mouthpiece #46

To New Beginnings...
“Inertia sets in with age”, I often hear it and myself am guilty of saying it many times on various occasions, and I don’t say it casually, I believe it and say it with full conviction whenever I do. As we keep adding years to our lives, the innate adventurous streak in our personality keeps getting more blunt because with experience we tend to weigh the pros and cons more and sometimes the analysis part itself tires us out and then one can just forget about taking it further.

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What's cooking? Besan ka puda/cheela
Ingredients:
Chana besan : 1 cup
Onion : 1 big (finely chopped)
Ginger : 1 Inch (grated)
Coriander leaves : ¼ cup (finely chopped)
Green chillies : 2 (finely chopped)
Salt : to taste
Red chilli powder : ¼ tsp
Garam masala : 1 tsp
MDH Chana masala : 1 tsp
Coriander powder : 1 tsp
Oil : to grease the pan for shallow frying the pooda

recipe here...

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Mouthpiece #45

फ़िर मिलेंगे !!!

ले रही है अंगड़ाई प्रकृति आज कल,
उठ रही है थोड़ी सुस्ताई सी हर पल |
सर्दी के तीर अब थोड़े कुंद हुए हैं,
बंद हुए किवाड़ अब फिर खुल रहे हैं |

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What's new in the kitchen?
It was बसंत पंचमी (Basant Panchami) on 1st of February and to mark the occasion I prepared sweet rice that day. Sharing the recipe here:
Basmati rice: 1 cup
Sugar: 1 cup
Ghee: 1 tbsp
Cloves: 3-4
Cinnamon stick: 1 inch long
Yellow food colour: just a pinch
Water: 2-¼ cups (use 1-¼ for cooking the rice and remaining 1 cup for sugar syrup)
Nuts: ½ cup (chopped almonds, chopped cashews and raisins)
Grated coconut: 2 tbsp (optional)

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Mouthpiece #44

An art...
It is hard not to have come across any written/audio-visual piece on how the bygone eras, which were sans technological gadgets, felt like. Such pieces often trigger a nostalgic chain of thought. While I was watching a hilarious one on the subject recently, one thing led to another and in no time I was on the trail thinking about all those things that have just disappeared from our lives or are dying a slow death. 
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Gajar ka Halwa...
After having tried many recipes, I think I am most satisfied with this one, so sharing it here:

Carrots (red and juicy) : 1 kg
Milk (full cream) : 1 litre
Milkmaid : ¾ tin
Ghee : ¼ cup
Cardamom : pounded seeds of 4-5
Almonds, cashews, raisins : ½ cup

recipe here...

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Mouthpiece #43

Gratitude...
It is that time again when one’s mind invariably goes over the happenings and highlights of another year that has bid us farewell. As one surveys the whole year spent from a little distance which time naturally brings in, the moments get themselves housed into various categories that the mind keeps forming - good, bad, challenging and many others. As I was about to pen this newsletter down, a very strong emotion captured me - that of gratitude and this time it is for those two individuals who chose me to begin their worldly journey. It has been close to fifteen years since I was entrusted with the role of being a mother. I guess, in all these years I have ridden all possible waves of emotions through them and for them. The point here, however, is not this, in fact, what made me feel grateful about is how while being associated with them, somehow I kept finding my paths to move forward. While looking back it seems quite amusing right from the time when they were infants.

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Books that gave me company over 2016

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