WHO THE HELL DO WE THINK WE ARE ?

I write this post because am feeling disgusted with us as “HUMANS” – we fight wars , we commit acts of terrors , we act selfish – misusing the  earth and its resources. Yet , we have the audacity to say that street animals are a menace.

We encroach on forests , we lead to deforestation , we ensure demise of entire species – yet if any poor lost wild being , looking for food enters our cities or villages – we ask them to be hunted down.

Am tired of reading about #cecilthelion or #indiantigers or #streetdogs or #dugong – can we as humans start acting humane ? Do you think its possible or do you think we will be the next #dinosaurs

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Craving something crispy , spicy , tangy & easy to make : Microwave Tamarind Chilli Fritters ( Mirchi Pakoda filled with Imli )

Its raining outside and I’m craving something crispy , spicy , tangy & easy to make. And there’s nothing better than pakodas to go with the rains. So here’s a super simple recipe.

  • 8 Jalapeno peppers ( de-seeded ) or large chillies ( don’t slit all the way – they should make a pocket)
  • 1/4 cup Tamarind paste ( easily available in all Indian stores)
  • 1 cup gram flour (besan)
  • 2 Tsp Chaat Masala (easily available in all Indian stores)
  • Pinch of Asafoetida (hing)
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds ( jeera)
  • 1/2 tsp carom seeds (ajwain)
  • Salt to taste
  • 4 tbsp water
  • 20 ml oil
  1.  Mix gram flour, salt, asafoetida , cumin seeds & carom seeds in a bowl. Add water & mix well to make a paste.
  2. In another bowl mix tamarind paste & chaat masala. Mix well.
  3. Stuff the jalapeno peppers with tamarind paste in step 2.
  4. Dip the stuffed peppers in the gram flour paste , ensuring they are thoroughly coated
  5. Place them on a greased microwave tray and spray some oil on all peppers. Grill them in microwave on high for 3 minutes.
  6. Turnover , spray with a little more oil and grill on high for another 2 minutes.

Your yummy hot treat is good to eat.

Simple Radish Soup in a Microwave

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 large radishes, sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 medium potato , cubed
  • 1 green chilli , chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup water

Method

  • In a microwave safe bowl put oil , radishes , chillies, onion & potato. Stir well so that oil coats all the vegetable. Heat on high for 2 minutes. Add water & heat for further 5 minutes
  • Add milk , salt & black pepper . Heat on medium high for 3 minutes .
  • Bring it out & let it cool. Purée the mixture in blender until smooth.
  • Serve with roasted bread.

Easy Microwave Cottage Cheese Balls in Gravy ( paneer kofta )

For Cottage Cheese Balls

  • Paneer / Cottage Cheese – 250 gms.
  • Maida / Plain flour – 2 tbsp
  • Salt (as per the taste)
  • Coriander Powder – 1/2 tsp.
  • Green Chilli – 1 (finely chopped)
  • Green Coriander – 1 tbsp (finely chopped)
  • Milk – 2 tbsp

For the Gravy

  • Tomato purée – 2 tbsp
  • Green Chilli – 2 finely chopped
  • Onion – 2 tbsp finely chopped
  • Ginger – garlic paste – 1/2 tsp
  • Coconut milk – 1/4 cup
  • salt to taste
  • Coriander powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Water – 1/2 cup

Recipe

For the Balls ( Koftas )

  • Mix all the ingredients in a bowl to make a soft dough. Divide the dough to make 12  small balls.
  • Place them on a microwave-proof plate and microwave on high for 1 minute. Keep aside.

For the Gravy

  • Combine all ingredients except coconut milk  in a microwave safe bowl & heat on high in a microwave safe bowl for 3 minutes.
  • Add coconut milk and balls in the gravy and heat on high for 1 minute.

Your easy cottage cheese balls gravy is ready to eat – try it with rice or boiled noodles or with bread 🙂

Single Girl’s Valentines Day Plan

If you’re a single girl like me, you may be dreading the coming weekend (Valentine’s Day). Instead of loathing the day and going into hiding, have an awesome weekend with the most special person in your life – you.

Here’s a single girl’s guide to have an awesome valentine’s day.

  1. Start the day early by going to gym: yeah exercising will release the happy chemicals in your brain, what can be a better way to start the day.(looking fit will help attract attention of more guys ;))
  2. Enjoy the special love smoothie
  3. Book yourself a day spa: have a fancy facial, enjoy the manicure & pedicure, the massage, body polish & wrap will make you float on cloud 9. Ahhh! the pretty you.
  4. After having some junk food for lunch, its ok to indulge once in a while, go shopping: buy yourself all the gifts you wish– be it the chocolate or flowers, a new dress or diamond earrings. Go on splurge.
  5.  Wine & Dine:  Decorate your dinner table and relish your 3 course meal of spicy, cheesy jacket potatoes, mushroom risotto & choco-orange cake with a glass or two of wine.
  6. End the day by reading your favourite book or movie ( avoid romance they will make you feel lonely , instead go for action or comedy)
  7. Bed-time ritual: light some candles or a dim lamp, massage yourself with a fragrant lotion, say thanks for all the good things in your life and hit the bed on a positive note.

Microwave Mushroom Risotto – Awesome Dinner for One

2 tbsps. butter

3-4 cloves finely chopped garlic (you may reduce / add garlic based on your preference)

½ chopped onion

¼ cup uncooked Arborio rice/ sticky rice

1/2 cup water or vegetable stock

20 ml white wine

2 tbsps. grated cheese

¼ cup chopped mushrooms

Salt & pepper to taste

Method

In a microwave safe glass dish combine butter, garlic and onion. Place dish in microwave and cook on high for 3 minutes.

Add mushrooms, and season with salt and pepper. Microwave until mushrooms have become tender, about 5 minutes.

Put rice & water / broth into a different microwave safe bowl, cover tightly & heat on high for 10-12 minutes.

Stir in the wine & cook on high for about 2 minutes , add mushrooms mixture and heat for 2 more minutes.

Stir in the cheese and enjoy your yummy risotto

Have a cheesy, spicy day: Valentines Jacket Potato

1 large potato

5 tbsps. cup grated cheddar/ processed cheese / vegan cheese

2 tbsp. chopped Jalapeno pepper (if you don’t like spicy replace with green pepper/ Shimla mirch)

1 tbsp. tomato puree

1 tbsp. chopped green onion / leeks

½ tbsp. chilli flakes

Method

Wash jacket potato and pierce with fork all over.

Place in microwave on high for about 8 minutes until done (test with knife / fork)

Cut the potato in half, scoop out the fluffy middle.  Mix the scooped out potato with chopped jalapeno, leeks, chilli flakes, tomato puree & 3 tbsps. of cheese.

Stuff the potato halves with above mix & top with remaining cheese (1 tbsp. each)

Put the filled ‘jackets’ on a microwave-safe plate and heat for one minute, or until the cheese has melted.

Enjoy “Love” on a platter.