Beetroot Poriyal

We all know the importance of beetroot in our diet. However, i dont like beetroot mainly because of its colour and secondly, it reminds me of something. So, I thought, instead of making a salad, why not try something new that may awaken my tastebuds. This is the easiest and healthiest recipe so far. Below is the image of Beetroot poriyal prepared by me. If you find it interesting then scroll down for the recipe.

Beetroot Poriyal

Time to prepare: 20 mins

Ingredients: 

  1. Beetroot – 3 medium size
  2. Grated Coconut – 1 cup
  3. Curry leaves – 10
  4. Black mustard seeds – 1/2 tbsp
  5. Urad Dal (Black Gram) – 1/4 tbsp
  6. Chana Dal – 1/4 tbsp
  7. Dry red chili – 2
  8. Oil – 2 tbsp
  9. Salt – as per the taste

How to prepare:

  1. Take a pan, put some oil and allow it to heat.
  2. Put black mustard seeds, curry leaves, black gram and chana dal in it.
  3. Cover the pan with a lid when it starts sputtering.
  4. Once the sputtering stops, add chopped beetroot to it. Saute well.
  5. Add Salt as per the taste.
  6. Add grated coconut and saute it well. Cook it for another 5-10 mins.
  7. Turn off the gas and serve it hot 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. 🙂

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. 🙂

Stuffed Capsicum/Bell pepper

I am a person who likes capsicum for salad and not in vegetable curry. But then i thought of trying something different and saw this online. Stuffed capsicum can be made in different ways, here i am sharing my recipe.

Clicked by Kashyapnimisha

Time to prepare: 30-45 mins

Ingredients:

  1. Boiled potato
  2. Capsicum
  3. Chopped Onion
  4. Chopped Green chilly
  5. Cumin
  6. Ginger-Garlic paste
  7. Oil
  8. Turmeric powder
  9. Red chilly powder
  10. Cumin powder
  11. Coriander powder
  12. Salt

How to Prepare:

  1. Take a pan, put some oil in it and wait for it to heat.
  2. Put cumin seed in the hot oil.
  3. Add chopped onion and green chilly to the pan. Sauté it well.
  4. When the onion turns light brown in colour then add some ginger garlic paste.
  5. Once the raw smell of ginger garlic paste is gone, add turmeric powder, red chilly powder, cumin powder and coriander powder. Mix it well.
  6. Once it gets mixed well, add mashed boiled potato in it.
  7. Cook it in the pan till the potato starts turning light brown.
  8. Keep the mixture aside.
  9. Now, cut the top part of the capsicum. Clean the capsicum from inside.
  10. Cut the base of the capsicum so that it can stand properly. [Note: Do not cut the base too much or else there will be hole at the bottom and the filling will come out of that]
  11. Stuff the capsicum with the mixture and cover it with its top portion.
  12. Attach the top portion with the help of toothpick.
  13. Take a little deep pan and put some oil in it. Why deep pan ?? Because we dont want our capsicum to compromise when its in standing position 😀
  14. Put the stuffed capsicum in the pan.
  15. Be careful when you add capsicum, as the oil may spill out of the pan. Cover the pan with a lid once the capsicum is added in it.
  16. Keep changing the sides of capsicum from time to time with the help of a kitchen tong.
  17. Once the capsicum is cooked from all the sides, turn off the gas.
  18. Serve it hot.

Note:

  1. This can be eaten in main course or as a snack. I had it in main course.
  2. Cook on low to medium flame. 
  3. I have not added how much tablespoon what because these things vary from person to person. If you still need the exact amount of what has been added, then please mention in comment. 

Do let me know how did you like the recipe and how did you prepare.

Brinjal Masala / Brinjal Curry / Baigan Masala

Well, I am not a great fan of Brinjal. But, since I have to cook nowadays, I try to make food little more interesting both by look and by taste. And, this recipe is easiest of all. 

Brinjal Curry

Before I start, just a small note, there are different types of brinjal and they are used in different recipes. For this recipe, I have used small brinjals. 

Time to prepare: 30 – 45 mins

Ingredients: 

  1. Small Brinjals / Eggplants 
  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. Cut Brinjals into “X” mark till the tip. (Make sure the brinjal is attached to its top portion)
  2. Add Salt and turmeric powder to the Brinjals and keep it aside.
  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. Meanwhile, take another pan and put some oil in it. 
  18. Fry the Brinjals in that pan and keep it aside. 
  19. By this time the mixture must have come to room temperature. 
  20. Now put the mixture in a blender and blend it well. Add some water in the blender before blending. 
  21. Take a pan, put some oil in it and add this mixture. 
  22. Once the gravy starts thickening, you will see bubbles in it (I call these bubbles as Dhadkan – Heartbeat), add the fried brinjals to it.
  23. Check the salt in the gravy, if required add some. 
  24. Once the gravy becomes little thick, turn off the gas. 
  25. Serve hot with Steamed Rice / Poori / Chapati

Note:

  1. Cook on low to medium flame. 
  2. I have not added how much tablespoon what because these things vary from person to person. If you still need the exact amount of what has been added, then please mention in comment. 

Do let me know how did you like the recipe and how did you prepare.

Babycorn Manchurian

Right now I am cutting down on Maida (white flour). Making any kind of Manchurian without white flour and Cornflour sounds little strange. Here, I have used soaked rice paste instead of white flour and cornflour.

Babycorn manchurian prepared by me

Looks interesting ?? Scroll down to read how I prepared Babycorn Manchurian.

Initial Preparation: 

  1. Soak rice in water for half an hour and make a paste of it. Do not add more water because we want the paste to be little thick.
  2. Cut the babycorn into four pieces as big pieces may take time to boil and may not boil properly.
  3. Boil the boil the babycorn in a saucepan for around 10 mins on high flame (time may vary depending on the quantity). Add a pinch of salt in the saucepan. 

Ingredients: 

  1. Babycorn (boiled)
  2. Soaked rice paste 
  3. Finely chopped onion 
  4. Finely chopped green chilly 
  5. Tomato Sauce
  6. Green chilly sauce
  7. Soya sauce
  8. Vinegar 

Preparation time: 30-45 mins

How to prepare:

  1. Dip Babycorn in rice paste and put it in a heated pan with oil to fry. 
  2. Once the Babycorn turns brown, take out in a strained with tissue paper on it. (Why strainer and not a plate?? For that you need to see the notes at the end of this post)
  3. Take another pan, put some oil in it and wait for the pan to heat up. 
  4. Once the pan is ready, add finely chopped onion and green chilly (you can add veggies like green, red, yellow bell pepper). Saute it well.
  5. Take a  bowl, add two spoon tomato sauce, and one spoon of each, green chilly sauce, Soya sauce and vinegar. (The amount of sauces may vary as per the taste)
  6. Add half a tablespoon sugar to the above mixture and little amount of water in it. Now mix it well.
  7. Add this mixture to the pan. (Added water in the mixture so that sauces don’t get burned)
  8. Mix everything well and add Babycorn in it. 
  9. Once the Babycorn is coated well with the mixture of sauces, onion and green chilly, turn off the gas. 
  10. Serve hot Babycorn Manchurian. 

Note:

  1. Cook on low to medium flame. 
  2. I have not added how much tablespoon what because these things vary from person to person. If you still need the exact amount of what has been added, then please mention in comment. 
  3. Fried babycorn should be taken out in a strainer and not in a plate as, if you place it in a place, the babycorn will become soggy.

Do let me know how did you like the recipe and how did you prepare.

Alma mater

When was the last time you visited college??

I visited my grad school after eight long years. You won’t believe how excited I was. All the memories were flashing in-front of my eyes. 

I don’t know from where to start. Let me start from the beginning 🙂 

After my 12th board, I wanted to go for engineering because 

  1. Bhaiya did engineering 
  2. I thought it was really cool to stay away from parents so I would be free to do anything at anytime and no one will say a word to me.
  3. I never had an insight of what I should do with my career so engineering was an easy option. The only thing I knew was I have to study something in order to get a job!

I took a year gap to prepare for engineering entrance exams. I could not clear IIT JEE and AIEEE obviously as I was never focused. Also, because I was preparing for the above stated (1, 2, 3) reasons and didn’t really want to do engineering. In that respect, I really admire darling sister. She was focused since 9th grade about her career, what she wanted to study, from which university and where would she like to start her career from (as in which company, what job etc.). Everything was clear to her. And she made sure she was always on right track towards her dream job. 

Coming back to me now, I got some rank in Orissa Jee and was called for counselling in August-September. Meanwhile, my parents decided I should not sit idle and waste another year in order to wait for the Orissa Jee result. They suggested me to apply in the colleges for basic science / arts / vocational courses. Well, even then I had my own tantrums. I didn’t want to study “Arts”. Seriously!!! Yes, I said that. Because, again, I was not sure what would I do by doing “Arts”. 

Other colleges would take admission on the basis of marks obtained in 12th board exam but St. Xavier’s College used to take entrance test for all the branches. I gave admission test for Mathematics and Physics. I wanted to take Maths, particularly, only because Papa was a masters in maths. I never liked Physics because of the teacher who taught physics in school and, chemistry was always so confusing that I really never understood. 

The physics teacher in school had once told me that I would never do anything in my life. I will sit at home and will spend my dad’s money. Yes! That’s what he said. He made that comment only because I did an experiment wrong during our practical sessions. In spite of encouraging students to excel, he was discouraging me. I was so disappointed with his comment that I started crying. That’s why I never liked physics! 

Unfortunately or fortunately, I cleared Physics entrance in St. Xavier’s college for Bachelors degree. My name was on the third list. I was really horrified with the fact that I will be studying physics. Will I be able to understand what they teach? What if the professors in college were like my school physics teacher? What if I flunk in exams? So many things were going in my head. But, then, I thought these classes/lectures are temporary because I was secretly waiting for the Orissa Jee counselling. It was first day of the college, and I reached college an hour before the lecture time. I am the kind of person who prefers to be on time or before time. 

College campus
College campus

For an hour I was just roaming around in the department, going through the noticeboard where there was the  admission list. I got a chance to look at it to know who all will be attending lectures with me. I got my eyes on the anti-raging notices saying ‘senior students are not allowed to rag the fresher, in case of any ragging complaints the student will be suspended for that semester’, the syllabus for first semester, attendance notice warning students if they fail to achieve 80% attendance then they wont be allowed to sit in the semester exams, and previous semester’s result list among other things. After doing time pass for one hour it was time for me to attend my first lecture. I was getting goosebumps and exactly the same feeling as Lucky gets in the movie Main Hoon Na, when he visits his college library first time ever.

The first lecture was taken by Prof Dipankar Dey (DDey sir we used to call him), head of Physics department. I really didn’t know at that time who he was until one of the students sitting next to me told that he’s the HOD. He took the lecture of Mathematical Physics. He made that session so interesting that my hatred for physics vanished in the very first lecture. 

After the first lecture, I thought there won’t be any more lectures. But we had all the scheduled lectures. I had an impression that normal colleges would not be regular in terms of classes and students would be more free to roam around. But I was wrong. St. Xavier’s college, being an autonomous institution, was very strict in terms of lectures and discipline. With each passing day, I started enjoying physics. I didn’t make much friends because I thought I was there for some time only. By the time my Orissa JEE counselling came, I had already attended two months of college and got busy with the assignments and practical stuffs. 

I went for my Orissa JEE counselling. My turn was in second half of the day, but there was a big screen where we could see the seats filled in different colleges. Till the time my turn came to fill the form for the desired college and branch, almost all the seats in good colleges were filled. I had two options: Engineering from some random college in a branch which i never thought of or Physics from St Xavier’s College. I was just thinking during the whole counselling process and was discussing with Papa about future plans. Then all of a sudden I stood up and asked Papa to come with me. He somehow sensed my decision. The only thing he said was lets wait for your turn but since I was not ready to sit, we came out in the middle of the counselling. The only thing Papa asked was whether I was sure about it? Would I not regret later? I confidently said I won’t regret. I came back to Ranchi with a happy heart. Next day I went to college and everything seemed so good. I sat with new girls and became friends with them (Ankita, Rafia and Spriha). For the next three years, these three girls and I were inseparable. We would come to the college together, sit together on first bench, would prepare for semester exams together. I made other friends also from my department as well as from other departments. But these girls were special. Mummy would pack lunch for me and she would ensure she packed something new for me everyday. After the lectures in college I would ensure I reach home on time and get back to study. No roaming around in college after lectures. Sometimes after college if we would want to spend time together then either they would come to my place or I would go to there place but no hanging around outside. No movie, no birthday treat in restaurants, no shopping, nothing. It was not that our parents would restrict us from all these things, it was just that I wanted to spend more of my time in figuring out what next. Three years passed in a blink without realizing when and how. It felt like yesterday I was there in the college as a fresher and today I was an alumni. But I was somehow happy that college got over and I got admission in NIT Rourkela for Masters in Physics. I was more happy because of the option 2 I stated in the beginning of the post. 

After a few days Mummy moved to Kolkata with Papa and after a few months of their stay there, they moved to Mumbai. After completing my masters, I came back to Mumbai. I got a job in Mumbai and then in Bangalore. I never went back to Ranchi after my graduation.Two years back Mummy Papa moved to Jamshedpur. Since we are now working professionals, our vacations depends upon manager’s yes/no and if there is any important deadline to meet. With all these things my frequency of visiting home has reduced to twice / thrice a year. For some it may be sufficient but I feel if I could visit home more often. 

There are two ways to go Jamshedpur from Bangalore: a) take flight to Ranchi and from Ranchi take bus/cab to Jamshedpur, b) take flight to Kolkata and from there they can catch a train to Jamshedpur. Till last year I was taking route b. Only this time I thought of going home via Ranchi. This is the less tiring route. I have decided that from now on I would take this route only. After spending a few days in Jamshedpur, it was time for me to be back to work. Since my flight was from Ranchi, I decided to go a little early and meet a very dear friend (Rishabh) who got engaged just a day before. Due to some function at my place I could not attend his engagement. Rishabh is an Art of Living student and Geologist by profession.

Rishabh and I
Rishabh and I

We decided to meet at college. I was really excited to go back to college and see how much the college has changed. I was also excited to be back in Ranchi after 8 long years. I got down from bus and took a cycle rickshaw to college. Every single thing took me back to the time spent during the year 2000 – 2010. It reminded me of so many things. Going to Papa’s office, shopping with Mummy Papa in church complex, spending summer vacation at Tripathi uncle’s place, eating ice cream at Firayalal, going to wool house or Kashmir vastralaya with Mummy during winters because she would knit sweaters for us, that New Lords tailor where Papa would give his shirt and pair of trousers to get stitched, Punjab sweets from where we would buy sweets, Hanuman Mandir where Mummy would take me to every Tuesday, Daily market where I used to go with Mummy on Sundays to buy fresh vegetables. I don’t remember when was the last time I had cycle rickshaw ride so I ensured I get on one of them. Later I realised I was smiling like an idiot. 

Church complex
Church complex

With all the memories flashing in front of me I reached college. I didn’t see much crowd in the college maybe because of exams or maybe because of summer vacation. The college has changed a lot but the scooty stand and Xerox counter is still the same. The very first change I noticed was the auditorium, they have named the auditorium in the loving memory of late Father C De Brouwer. He was an inspiration. The second change that I noticed was they have changed the library entrance. The college has expanded and new buildings were there. Construction is still going on. Now they have new building for Arts, Humanities and Mass Communication. The boundary wall between the old St John’s school and our college is no more as the college has taken that part of the school. Some departments have been shifted to St John’s school premises. The chapel has been renewed and shifted to a new place. Earlier the chapel used to be open for students also. In fact, darling sister has been to chapel. But the year I joined college they closed chapel for students as they found that students were missing the lectures and doing time pass in chapel. The old canteen has been renewed. And the new canteen has a playing area too. They have kept indoor games also. The owner of old canteen now sits near the St John’s school premise. After roaming around in the college for one hour we decided to sit in the canteen. It was then I realised that in my three years in college I never visited canteen. When I confessed this to Rishabh he said you missed the fun. He, then, started telling me about the time he spent in college canteen, about his elections and college fest. While he was telling me his stories of college canteen, the only thing that was coming to my mind was – can I just go back to my college days? In order to focus on studies and career I somehow missed enjoying the college life!! 

Me
Just outside the college canteen. Happy me!

It’s very important to enjoy every phase of life without getting stressed out for the future. Be focused towards your goal and dreams but don’t forget to enjoy the present. With this, Baba Nimisha Kashyap is signing off with a hope to write another blog post soon.

 

Mid year review!

This year I have decided to travel as much as I can, as far as I can and click as many photos as I can. My travel story started in march with a week-long trip to Delhi, though I don’t count Delhi in the story because Delhi is more like a second home to me and I prefer relaxing there than roaming around the places. But Delhi has got lots of places to cover, historical monuments, some old markets, places to eat.

That’s what I do in Delhi. #myclick

My second destination was Orissa, specifically Bhubaneswar, Nayagarh, Puri, Konark. Orissa holds a special place in my heart. I have lived in Orissa (Rourkela) for two years, during my masters, and that was the first time I was away from home, made new friends, learned how to live in a hostel with limited facilities, and learned the local language as well. Learning local language helps you in connecting with the local people. May be that’s the reason I have got more friends from Orissa than any other states. Trip to Orissa was pending for the last five years and I am glad I made it. It was possible only because of my friend Smita, the only friend about whom I have spoken on my blog till now. It was her wedding which took me back to Orissa that too in summer (April), when the temperature was 48° C. One more reason to travel was the desire to see Odiya wedding and a hope to capture some moments in my camera. Below are some glimpse from the wedding.

Apart from attending wedding in Nayagarh, I went to Jagannath Temple, Puri. People are not allowed to carry cell phones or camera inside the temple premise, also there are dedicated counter outside the temple for people to take off their footwear, and submit mobile phones and camera.  There were priests all around the temple, trying to allure the visitors by saying they will get a “special darshan / more close view” of the lord (it’s trap, don’t fall in the trap) and they don’t have to stand in the long queue. In return to all these services, the priests charge a hefty amount. Since I was with my friends who keep visiting the temple quite often, I was aware of all these “favours” offered by the priests and hence, my money was saved. Since Konark is just 35 kms away from Puri, one cannot give a miss to Konark Sun Temple. This temple has its own history. Konark Sun Temple is one of the seven wonders of India, also a World Heritage Site declared by UNESCO.

Puri(2) and Konark 057
Konark Sun Temple

My third destination this year was in June when I went to Kodaikanal, Tamilnadu, with my girl friends. Same time last year I wnet to Ooty, Tamilnadu with some other friends (again an all girls trip). I liked Kodai more than Ooty. More details about the stay, places I visited and my experience will be covered in my next blog post can be found here.

My fourth destination is yet to happen and the destination has been decided. Well, I can’t disclose the destination now. All I can say is it’s again one of the world heritage sites in India and this place is on my wishlist for the last two years. Keep guessing till I write about it further. 🙂