Friday, 27 March 2020

Dry Aloo Gobi Sabzi

Ingredients :

  • Potato cubes of 5 potatoes
  • Cauliflower florets of 1 medium size cauliflower

  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • 2 teaspoon jeera
  • 1 tablespoon  kasuri methi
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon ginger garlic paste
  • chilli, slit
  • ¼ tsp turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon kashmiri red chilli powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tomato, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoon garam masala powder
  • 2 tablespoon coriander, finely chopped


  • Cook potatoes separately.
  • In a bowl of hot water and turmeric soak cauliflower florets till they turn soft. Then remove water.

    • In a large kadai, heat 3 tsp oil and saute 1 tsp cumin and 1 tsp kasuri methi until they turn aromatic.
    • Add 1 onion and saute well.
    • further, add 1 tomato and saute until tomatoes turn soft and mushy.
    • Now add 1 tsp ginger garlic paste, 3 chilli and saute for a minute.
    • Keeping the flame on low add turmeric, chilli powder, garam masala powder and salt.
    • Saute on low flame, until the spices turn aromatic.
    • Now add cooked aloo and gobi.
    • Mix gently without breaking them and keep on low flame for five minutes.
    • Add coriander leaves. mix well.
    • Serve with hot rotis and pooris.

Thursday, 19 March 2020

How's T"hat"!!!
Have you heard the slang " Topi Giraki" ? It wears many hats - pun intended!
We use the term in many variations. If someone tries to fool people, we call him " Topi Giraki ". If one behaves foolishly again the term applies to him. And yet generally at home when someone commits a silly mistake then the first reaction from us would be " Topi Giraki ".

So this happened recently when my husband was going out. He was going to our new house where a prospective tenant was coming and my husband wanted to show him the house.

I have a beautician as a neighbour. Right next to my house there is a ladies' beauty parlour. Since it's quite a popular one, we see people going in and out of the parlour constantly.

Our bedroom is on a mezzanine floor built on our car garage. So we can look down at our garage through bedroom window and can also have a look if someone is coming out of the parlour next to our bedroom.

I think it's enough of the scene creation. Well, to enjoy the story you have to visualise how we were placed!

So coming back to the story, my husband went to the garage, all ready and suddenly he realised that he has forgotten to take the keys of the house. He wanted to call me to throw down the keys from the window.

I was sitting on my bed watching the TV and was out of his sight.
We belong to that generation which has moved away from " enoondre "  and " le ivale " but has not reached to the generation which calls each other by name and are on " hogo " " bare " terms.

Now there are many ways in which my husband calls me and whistling is one among them. Yes, you read it right. Just like some slang words, there is one particular type of whistle which everyone of us - yes icluding me - uses at home when we want to call someone who is out of sight but within a hearing distance. It's so familiar in the family that even our dog Pogo instantly reacts to that whistle.

And here my husband whistled to me and I immediately realised that he has left the keys. Taking the keys to the window while he was whistling I threw the keys at him. Instantaneously in a self deprecating way he said " Topi Giraki".

Exactly at the time when he was whistling, I was throwing the keys and he told " Topi Giraki", something else happened. At that very precise moment the parlour door had opened and a lady who had obviously got her hair dyed stepped out covering her wet head in a plastic cover!

You should have seen my husband's face! I was out of sight to the parlour lady and he was there, standing alone, whistling and calling " Topi Giraki !"

I also gasped and held my breadth as my husband stood their averting his eyes. I am sure if not for that funny plastic cover topi on her head, the lady would have taken some time to give him a piece of her mind and would not have driven away on her scooter.

Once she was out of sight, we both heaved a sigh of relief and could not control our giggles!!!

PS : I know you too would have such interesting nick names and cliches in your family, in your circle. Please share here. Let's hear them!

Tuesday, 18 February 2020

Chinese Bhel
Serves 4

Ingredients :

  • Hakka noodles 1 packet
  • Groundnut oil    2 tablespoon
  • Grated Ginger   1/2  tablespoon
  • Grated garlic     1/2 tablespoon

  • Finely chopped onions 2
  • Finely chopped spring onions 2 cups
  • Carrots julienned  3
  • Capsicum cut into thin long pieces 2
  • Shredded cabbage into juliennes
  • 2 cups
  • Boiled American sweet corn  2 cups ( optional )


  • Tomato sauce 1 1/2 tablespoons
  • Schezwan sauce 1 tablespoon
  • Soya sauce 1 tablespoon
  • Chilli vinegar 1 tablespoon
  • Groundnut oil 1/2 liter 
  • Black pepper powder 1 teaspoon ( optional )
  • Salt to taste

Preparation :

PS : You can do the following preparation work in advance so that the noodles are cooked and are dry for frying. Suppose you want to prepare this for evening snacks, you can finish off this work in the afternoon and keep it ready.

  • In a big bowl bring water to boil and put in a spoon of oil and little salt.
  • Put the hakka noodles in boiling water and let it cook for 5 minutes till the noodles become soft. Take care not to cook too much else they will become soggy.
  • Switch off the gas, stain the noodles and pour cold water on the noodles to stop them cooking further.
  • Spread the noodles in a big plate and let them cool.

  • Boil the sweet corns either on gas or in oven and keep them ready.
  • Heat the groundnut oil in a thick bottomed kadai.
  • Deep fry the noodles in groundnut oil till golden brown and set aside.

  • In a thick bottomed kadai heat groundnut oil.
  • Add finely chopped onions and saute for a minute.
  • Add finely chopped spring onions, ginger, garlic and saute for a minute.
  • Put in all the julienned vegetables, boiled sweet corn and saute for one more minute.
  • Take care to put down the gas heat and not to saute the vegetables too much as they have to remain very crunchy and fresh.
  • Put in Tomato sauce, Schezwan sauce, Soya sauce and mix well. You can add these directly here or mix all the three in a cup, stir well and the pour to the kadai.
  • Now add two spoons chilli vinegar and mix well.
  • Now add a little pepper powder and salt and mix well.
  • Break the fried noodles and mix everything lightly.
  • Garnish with finely chopped spring onions. Serve your yummy, tangy Chinese Bhel immediately.

Sunday, 16 February 2020

Blooms in my terrace garden - 15.2.20

My terrace garden....
The sunny days are here again....

The plants and flowers have started to bloom.....

Welcome to a sunny tour.....

My babies have grown so tall that it's very difficult to take their photos from the top and even difficult to pluck the flowers standing on a chair!
That's what every parent dreams of, isn't it?!?