Easy Microwave Poppadom Curry (Papad ki Sabzi) – mood lifting

Papad (plain or masala)- 2 

Red Onion -1 small

Tomato -1 small 

Garam Masala / Curry Masala -1/4 tbsp

Salt – to taste

Cilantro – for garnishing

Red Chilli Powder -to taste

Cumin Seeds -for seasoning  1/4 tsp

Water – 1/2 cup

Oil -1/2 tbsp


  1. Place poppadoms on microwave safe plate , microwave on high for 1 minute 
  2. Put oil in microwave safe bowl and heat on high for 1 minute
  3. Add cumin seeds. Microwave on high  for 30 seconds.
  4. Add chopped onion mix well and microwave for 1 minute.
  5. Add chopped tomato, mix well with onion and heat for 90 seconds.
  6. Add Salt, Chilli Powder, Garam Masala and half cup of water to the bowl , mix well. Microwave on high for 2 minutes.
  7. Break the poppadoms in  bite size pieces and add to the curry. Stir well.  Microwave for 30 seconds.
  8. Garnish with the cilantro and serve with  bread / rice.

Easy Microwave Radish Chips ( mooli ke chips ) – yummy

  • Radishes thinly sliced – ( 1/8th inch slices ) – around 30 slices
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • generous pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp

In a bowl mix the oil and spices , add radish slices. Mix well to ensure all slices are coated evenly with the mixture.

Arrange as many slices as will fit in a single layer on a microwave plate lined with  paper towels. The slices should not touch or else they stick together.

Microwave the slices at 100% power for 2 minutes. Flip them over and microwave at 50% power for another 1 minutes. Remove any chips that are starting to crisp and brown. Continue cooking the remaining chips at 50% power in 1 minute intervals until they are all crispy and golden

Enjoy delicious Radish chips.

Easy Savory Bread Recipe – Microwave (Bread Poha )

3 Bread Slices – chopped

1 Tbsp Oil

1/2 tbsp Mustard Seeds

1 Green Chilly

1 Cup Mixed chopped  Par Boiled Vegetables ( Potatoes , Beans , Carrots , Peas etc – any vegetables of your choice parboiled)

1/4 tbsp finely chopped ginger

1/2 cup finely chopped onion

1/4 cup yogurt ( dahi )

Salt to taste


  1. Put the oil in a microwave safe bowl and microwave on high for 30 seconds.
  2. Add the mustard seeds and microwave on high for 1 minute.
  3. Add the onions and microwave on high for 2 minutes, stirring once in between after 1 minute.
  4. Add green chillies and ginger, mix well and microwave on high for 1 minute.
  5. Add the mixed vegetable , mix well and microwave on high for 1 minute
  6. Add the curd and  bread pieces and salt, mix well and microwave on high for 2 minutes.
  7. Serve immediately.




Single Girls Guide to Modern Arranged Marriages : How to get the best out of Internet Matrimonial sites



Being practical in the scenario of arranged marriages comes easy, yet somehow while dreaming of our knight in shining armor we forget about practicalities and make ourselves vulnerable ( am speaking from my personal experience ).

 Be clear about what you want / do not want in the guy. Take 30 minutes to visualize your life partner and write down all the qualities you want.  Take 10 minutes to prune the list to must have / non negotiable qualities and the divide them into two parts – limit it a max of 10 attributes . My list looks like below



2. Should earn more than me ( Indian men and their ego )

3. Height above 5’4 below 5’11 ( considering my height )

4. Max age difference of 5 year

5. Never married before


1. Romantic

2. Intelligent

3. Funny

4. Should love to travel

5. Independent


Add auto filters based on your actual list. And no this cannot be relaxed if you don’t want to regret your decision later on. Ladies I have relaxed my list and accepted men who did not met my criterion – all it leads to is heart break. Was unable to commit to the guy because the criterion was to critical to me – example could not imagine kissing a guy who had just had meat.

Get 3 good photographs for your account.

1.  A casual photograph in  Jeans

2.  A closeup with natural makeup

3. A photograph in formal wear – Saree / Salwar kameez / gown / dress

Be Honest in your Write-up : Give a brief introduction about you & your family. Check for grammar and spelling mistakes. Do not go into details no one has time and be honest. Do not dress your profile or pretend to be someone you are not.

Send Interests : Girls can send interests too. Do not worry weather it will look okay or not , go ahead and send interests to any guys you like.

Chat online : Create a separate gmail id for your matrimonial mails. You can use this id to chat with prospective suitors , also these days all the matrimonial sites allow you to chat with members if you are paid member.


Wish you all the best for your groom – hunt online. Wait for my next post on chatting Do’s / Dont’s

Easy Microwave Oats ( Savory ) or Namkeen Oats daliya

  • 1 cup Oats ( ready to cook)
  • 1 small Onion finely chopped
  • 1 Green Chili finely chopped
  • 2 small Tomatoes finely chopped
  • 1/4 Red Bell-pepper finely chopped
  • 1/4 Yellow Bell-pepper finely chopped
  • 1/4 tsp Jeera (Cumin)
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tsp oil


  1. In a microwave safe bowl, combine the oil, jeera, , black pepper and microwave on HIGH for 40 seconds
  2. Add Oats, mix well and cover it. Microwave on HIGH for 30 seconds, stir once in between after 15 seconds.
  3. Add vegetable, chilly powder, salt and 2 cups of hot water and mix well
  4. Cover the bowl with a lid and microwave on HIGH for 3 minutes , stir after every 1 minute.
  5. Serve hot.


Single Girls Guide to First Date – Scenario 1 ( Indian Arranged Marriage Setup , Meeting the Guy Alone)

A first date can be a nerve wrecking experience specially in cases of arranged marriage scenarios where it can be a blind date on top of  being a first date. The questions on top of every girls mind is a > where to meet ( in-case the guy asks preference ) and  b > what to wear.

Where to Meet ( Options )

1> Coffee shop of a Good Hotel : They will not be as crowded as the local  CCD’s / Barista’s / Mochas, while providing the safety of meeting in  public place . Coffee shops are always a good option as you can extend / limit the time of meeting on the basis of how the date progresses.

2>  Brunch Date : Will allow you to linger and chat over food in a relaxed atmosphere , which is more intimate than coffee shop date. Try this  if you have liked the guy during your previous on – phone talks

3> Mall – Avoid on weekends and rush hours. Large malls like Inorbit & Highstreet Phoenix in Mumbai , Amanora in Pune , Ambience Mall in Delhi etc provide food as well as activity options.

Just ensure that first date is not in secluded place ( obvious for security reasons ) , someone knows where you are going , is not a very expensive place.

What to Wear

1 > Indian / Western – Wear what you normally wear. If you normally wear only Jeans , wear a pair with dressy feminine top , if you are comfortable in Indian wear , a nice Kurta with leggings / tights / salwar is appropriate. If you normally wear dresses , wear it – just ensure that length is not too short , and you are not showing too much skin at top.

2> Dress Nice not Sexy – Its the first date and you do not want to give the wrong impression. Do not show too much skin.

3> Wear a girly color that flatters you : For fair girls with blue undertones – Pink is great option , while if you are wheatish , peach  / coral will make you glow. If you want to dress up slim in black , try accessorizing it with Red.

4 > Natural Glow – Makeup should be natural. Hide your imperfections , put on some peach blush , a nice lipgloss , and clear mascara . Guys do not like heavily madeup girls.