Learning Faux Calligraphy

Faux Calligraphy by Kashyapnimisha

Faux Calligraphy is not an actual calligraphy. Its fake calligraphy. It simply imitates the effects of actual calligraphy. The actual calligraphy is a unique combination of thick and thin strokes within letters where as in Faux calligraphy, we just imitate the effect by making the down stroke thicker than the upward strokes. I am still learning Faux calligraphy. Will keep posting my work here.

Yin Yang – Zentangle

Art by Kashyapnimisha

In Ancient Chinese philosophy, yin and yang is a concept of dualism, describing how seemingly opposite or contrary forces may actually be complementary, interconnected, and interdependent in the natural world, and how they may give rise to each other as they interrelate to one another. Yin and Yang are two different words with completely opposite meaning. If Yin is negative/dark then, Yang is positive/bright. Yin Yang together maintains harmony of the universe and influences everything within it.

Source: Wikipedia

Golden Gate Bridge – New perspective

Clicked by Kashyapnimisha

Its quite common to remember someone while going through old pics. But is it natural to remeber a complete stranger in a different land while going through old pics? Well, it happened with me.
I found this pic in my laptop. What’s special about this pic? The idea of capturing the reflection of Golden Gate Bridge was given by a stranger. I was busy taking pics from my camera and she came and asked if she can help me. I was a little surprised, but she, very confidently, showed me on her camera this image. And guess what, she waited there till the time i got my perfect shot. Everytime i see this pic, i remember her and, of course, this awesome place.

Coloured Mandala

Art by kashyapnimisha

I have been learning mandala art for the last one month. This is my latest mandala art. It does not look a perfect circle, but trust me i made it with a compass. This distorted look of the circle is because of the notebook. Anyway, mostly mandalas are made in black and white (at least on papers), but here i have tried a coloured one. I will keep posting more of my mandala work here. Stay tuned.

Soya chunks curry without potato

Tried Soya chunks curry for the first time. Generally i add boiled potato in the gravy. I never knew how to make Soya chunks without potato. Thanks to some random cooking video, now i know how to make Soya chunks without adding potato in it. If you want to know how i prepared then scroll down to see the recipe.

Soya chunks curry served with chapati, chili tawa fry, and cucumber.

Time to prepare: 30 – 45 mins

Ingredients: 

  1. Soya chunks 
  2. Onions
  3. Tomatoes
  4. Green chillies 
  5. Ginger
  6. Garlic cloves
  7. Turmeric powder
  8. Coriander powder
  9. Cumin powder
  10. Cumin
  11. Salt (as per the taste)
  12. Vegetable oil 

How to prepare:

  1. Take a pan, put some oil and allow it to heat. Add Soya chunks in the pan and fry. (Do not deep fry. Slim fry it.)
  2. Take out the Soya chunks and dip it in a bowl full of water (normal room temperature water)
  3. Chop onions (slightly big pieces will also do)
  4. Chop tomatoes (slightly big pieces will also do)
  5. Chop Green chillies
  6. Cut Ginger in 3-4 pieces
  7. Clean the Garlic cloves and cut it into two.
  8. Take a pan and put some oil in it. 
  9. Once the oil becomes hot, add cumin. Let the flavor of cumin come.
  10. Now add chopped onions, green chillies. Sauté it well. 
  11. Add Ginger and Garlic cloves. Cook this till the onions becomes little soft and translucent.
  12. Add chopped tomatoes in it. Mix it well.
  13. When the tomatoes and onions becomes mushy, add turmeric, red chilly, coriander and cumin powder. Mix everything well and cover the pan with a lid. 
  14. Add half a cup of water to the pan, mix it well and cover the pan with a lid.
  15. Keep checking the mixture in the pan at regular intervals. And keep mashing the mixture to make it somewhat smooth (optional)
  16. Once the mixture gets cooked well, keep it aside to cool down.
  17. Once the mixture cools down put it in a blender and blend it well. Add some water in the blender before blending. 
  18. Take a pan, put some oil in it and add this mixture. 
  19. Once the gravy starts thickening, you will see bubbles in it, add the Soya chunks to it. [Do not squeeze the soya chunks to take out excess water.]
  20. Check the salt in the gravy, if required add some. 
  21. Once the gravy becomes little thick, turn off the gas. 
  22. Serve hot with Steamed Rice / Poori / Chapati. I had it with chapati.

Do let me know in the comment how did you like the recipe and if you tried.

Next Monday i’ll be back with a new recipe. 🙂

Bun

In this pandemic situation, i am trying to buy only the basic items. Rest i am trying to make everything at home. I am not a cook but then friends and family are always there to help me with the recipe. As we all know that there is a complete lockdown in Bangalore, this means all the shop should be closed after 12 in the noon. The bakery from where i used to buy fresh and hot bread, buns and other items is closed in this lockdown. It’s not even open in the permitted operating hours. So this Saturday i decided to bake bun at home.

Below is the photo of the bun baked by me. If you find it interesting then go ahead and check out the recipe.

Bun

Time to Prepare: 2 hours

Ingredients:

  1. White flour (Maida) (1 cup)
  2. Active Dry Yeast (1 tbsp)
  3. Sugar (1 tbsp)
  4. Milk (3/4 cup)
  5. Butter
  6. Milk powder (1 small sachet – 10 gm)

How to Prepare:

  1. Take luke warm milk in a bowl, add sugar and yeast in it. Mix it well and keep it aside till the time yeast gets activated.
  2. In another bowl, sieve maida and milk powder. (This is done so that we don’t get any lumps.)
  3. Now put maida and milk powder mixture in the bowl containing activated yeast.
  4. Make dough with the mixture.
  5. The dough will be very sticky. Add butter in the dough. (No need to melt the butter.)
  6. After adding butter, the dough will not be sticky.
  7. Tuck the dough from below so that there is no crack or mark on the top side of the dough.
  8. Cover the bowl having dough with a plastic. And keep it aside for at least an hour.
  9. After an hour, you will notice the dough has risen and it is now double the actual size.
  10. Remove the plastic wrap, and punch the dough.
  11. Again start kneading the dough till the time all the air doesn’t comes out.
  12. Make the small buns from the dough and keep it in a greased tray.
  13. Make sure, there is no crack on the bun.
  14. Keep a wet muslin cloth over the tray having buns for 20 mins.
  15. Meanwhile, put the microwave to preheat at 180 deg for 30 mins.
  16. After 20 mins, remove the muslin cloth and brush milk on the buns. (Milk has to be at room temperature)
  17. By this time, microwave must have been preheated.
  18. Put the tray in the microwave and bake it at 180 deg for 30 mins.
  19. After 30 mins, take out the tray and the buns are ready.
  20. Grease the buns with butter and allow it to cool down.
  21. Enjoy your bun!

Do let me know in the comments how did you like the recipe and if you tried.

Next Monday i’ll be back with a new recipe. 🙂