Its quite hard to believe its the last week of the month almost. This month has been a whirlwind of sorts. Among almost accepting a job as an English teacher, struggling to fix the ignition in the stove and trying to get the bike up and running, i also managed to bake some chocolate doughnuts and get in my hands into a delicious pie. I also managed to kick start a baking class and read up on a few favorite recipes. And that s where this Kashmiri Gobi Aloo figures.
The Avant Garde Cookies chose Kashmiri cuisine as the theme for week 3. And i m kicking off the week with this delicious and ridiculously simple recipe. Believe me, its so simple yet so rewarding that it will put a few family favorites like shahi paneer to shame. After my tryst with the malai kofta, which is the most demanded recipe in the neighborhood when i cook, i had a thoroughly awesome time making this curry. It calls for very few ingredients and is amazingly flavor loaded. So, try it when you are short on time and yet you want that one dish that will make your table glow. - See more at: http://www.tomatoblues.com/2013/07/kashmiri-gobhi-aloo-subji-recipe.html#sthash.sUMDHXS8.dpuf
Its quite hard to believe its the last week of the month almost. This month has been a whirlwind of sorts. Among almost accepting a job as an English teacher, struggling to fix the ignition in the stove and trying to get the bike up and running, i also managed to bake some chocolate doughnuts and get in my hands into a delicious pie. I also managed to kick start a baking class and read up on a few favorite recipes. And that s where this Kashmiri Gobi Aloo figures.
The Avant Garde Cookies chose Kashmiri cuisine as the theme for week 3. And i m kicking off the week with this delicious and ridiculously simple recipe. Believe me, its so simple yet so rewarding that it will put a few family favorites like shahi paneer to shame. After my tryst with the malai kofta, which is the most demanded recipe in the neighborhood when i cook, i had a thoroughly awesome time making this curry. It calls for very few ingredients and is amazingly flavor loaded. So, try it when you are short on time and yet you want that one dish that will make your table glow. - See more at: http://www.tomatoblues.com/2013/07/kashmiri-gobhi-aloo-subji-recipe.html#sthash.sUMDHXS8.dpuf
Its quite hard to believe its the last week of the month almost. This month has been a whirlwind of sorts. Among almost accepting a job as an English teacher, struggling to fix the ignition in the stove and trying to get the bike up and running, i also managed to bake some chocolate doughnuts and get in my hands into a delicious pie. I also managed to kick start a baking class and read up on a few favorite recipes. And that s where this Kashmiri Gobi Aloo figures.
The Avant Garde Cookies chose Kashmiri cuisine as the theme for week 3. And i m kicking off the week with this delicious and ridiculously simple recipe. Believe me, its so simple yet so rewarding that it will put a few family favorites like shahi paneer to shame. After my tryst with the malai kofta, which is the most demanded recipe in the neighborhood when i cook, i had a thoroughly awesome time making this curry. It calls for very few ingredients and is amazingly flavor loaded. So, try it when you are short on time and yet you want that one dish that will make your table glow. - See more at: http://www.tomatoblues.com/2013/07/kashmiri-gobhi-aloo-subji-recipe.html#sthash.sUMDHXS8.dpuf
Phew! Its the end of the month already. This month has been really hectic, a travelling month I must say! Had been to nice holiday to "The Goa". Why do I say "The Goa" you ask? Psst...here's the secret. This was my first ever trip to Goa!!! I know your eyes are all popped out. That's a fact. There was so much hype around Goa that I've been waiting to visit this place all my life! Its beautiful I must say, and friends made it a magical experience.

A week later, it was a business trip to Hyderabad and now this week I'm headed to Pune. I'm living out of my suitcase. Yayyy I have arrived :-) It feels like a star or a high flying business tycoon already :-) I know this will come true soon, but for now, I am just struggling to set up the business.

So much of travel, does take a toll on the home front. Since lunches are usually street food or left overs from the previous night because its just me who eats lunch, I make sure dinner is fresh and healthy.


I generally make aloo gobi whenever I have to use cauliflower as a vegetable. We like to have it with plain phulka's and dal.


Ingredients:

1 medium sized cauliflower, cut into florets,
2 medium sized potatoes, cut in big cubes,
1/2 cup fresh green peas,
1 medium sized onion, cut into long thin slices,
1 large tomato, grated,
1 tsp cumin seeds,
1 tsp mustard seeds,
1 tsp turmeric powder,
1 tsp coriander powder,
1 tsp cumin powder,
1 tsp red chilli powder,
1 tsp shahi garam masala,
1 tsp ginger garlic paste,
2 tbsp oil,
Salt to taste,


Method:
  1. Clean and wash all the vegetables and set it aside.
  2. In a kadhai, heat oil, add the cumin and mustard seeds and allow it to splutter. And the onion and fry until it turns translucent. Add the ginger garlic paste and fry until the onion turns light golden brown in colour. Add the grated tomato and fry until the oil separates.
  3. Add the potato and fry for about 5 mins in low flame. The reason being potato takes the longest time to cook and if you add that to the masala first, it would cook evenly with the rest of the vegetables later.
  4. Add the cauliflower and green peas and mix well.
  5. Add the turmeric, cumin, coriander, red chilli powder and mix well. Add salt as per taste and just a little water to help the vegetables cook evenly. Put the lid on and let it simmer.
  6. Once cooked, before removing from the flame, add garam masala powder and mix well.
  7. Garnish with fresh green coriander and serve hot.
I like to keep the daily cooking very simple yet healthy and tasty. This is a very simple and quick recipe to make. If you prefer a wet gravy, add more water during the cooking. Try it and do give me your feedback!
A carrot, an egg, and a cup of coffee... You will never look at a cup of coffee the same way again....

A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved, a new one arose.

Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to boil. In the first she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil; without saying a word.

In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl. Turning to her daughter, she asked, 'Tell me what you see.'

'Carrots, eggs, and coffee,' she replied.

Her mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. The mother then asked the daughter to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard boiled egg.

Finally, the mother asked the daughter to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma. The daughter then asked, 'What does it mean, mother?'

Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity: boiling water. Each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell
had protected its liquid interior, but after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened. The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the
boiling water, they had changed the water.

'Which are you?' she asked her daughter. 'When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean? 


Think of this: Which am I? Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength?

Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff? Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and
hardened heart?

Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor. If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you. 


When the hour is the darkest and trials are their greatest do you elevate yourself to another level? How do you handle adversity? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?

May you have enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to make you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human and enough hope to make you happy.

The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way. The brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past; you can't go forward in life until you let go of your past failures and heartaches.

When you were born, you were crying and everyone around you was smiling.

Live your life so well that at the end, you're the one who is smiling and everyone around you is crying....

We all feel betrayed and helpless at certain times in our lives. We are hurt, we are sad, we are in pain. We lose hope for not being heard, not being understood, not being able to justify ourselves. We look for someone to believe us. We look around for help, for compassion, for trust.

Remember, God knows everything. If he has brought you to this, he will see you through this. He listens, understands, trusts, and believes you. You are only answerable to yourself and God and your communication with God is always intact. Trust him and no one else, for everyone else will betray you, but God won’t.
An eagle's egg was placed in the nest of a prairie chicken. The egg hatched and the little eagle grew up thinking it was a prairie chicken. The eagle did what the prairie chickens did. It scratched in the dirt for seeds. It clucked and cackled. It never flew more than a few feet because that is what the prairie chickens did. One day he saw an eagle flying gracefully and majestically in the open sky. He asked the prairie chickens: "What is that beautiful bird?" The chickens replied, "That is an eagle. He is an outstanding bird, but you cannot fly like him because you are just a prairie chicken." So the eagle never gave it a second thought, believing that to be the truth. He lived the life of and died a prairie chicken, depriving himself of his heritage because of his lack of vision. What a waste! He was born to win, but was conditioned to lose.

The same thing is true of most people. The unfortunate part of life is as Oliver Wendall Holmes said, "Most people go to their graves, with music still in them." We don't achieve excellence because of our own lack of vision. If you want to soar like an eagle, you have to learn the ways of an eagle. 

If you associate with achievers, you will become one. 

If you associate with thinkers, you will become one. 

If you associate with givers, you will become one. 

If you associate with complainers, you will become one. 

Whenever people succeed in life, petty people will take cracks at them and try to pull them down. When you refuse to fight petty people, you win. 

In martial arts, they teach that when someone takes a crack at you, instead of blocking you should step away. Why? Even to block you require energy. Why not use it more productively? Similarly, in order to fight petty people, you have to come down to their level. This is what they want, because now you are one of them. Don't let negative people drag you down. 

Remember, a person's character is not only judged by the company he or she keeps but also by the company he or she avoids.
“Run your fingers through my soul. 
For once, just once, feel exactly what I feel, believe what I believe, perceive as I perceive, look, experience, examine, and for once; 
just once, understand.”