Easy Tempered Mashed Potato in Microwave

  • 4 medium potatoes – peeled
  • 5 cloves garlic – chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 5 tbsp butter

For Indian style topping

  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 pinch hing ( asafoetida)
  • 1/2 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 1-2 green chillies  (slit them in the middle)

Method

Pierce the peeled potatoes all over with a  knife and microwave on high power until tender, about 5 – 7 minutes. .Mash the potatoes using a fork. Set Aside

In a microwave safe bowl put the milk. Microwave on high until just simmering, about 45 seconds.

Add butter , garlic , salt , pepper & mashed potatoes to the bowl with milk. Continue mashing till the desired consistency is reached.

For The Tempering

In a microwave safe bowl , add butter , hing (Asafoetida) , green chillies, cumin seeds . Heat on High for 1 minute.

Add this tempering on the top of mashed potatoes, mix well.

Your tempered mashed potatoes are ready to eat.

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Microwave Indian Curry Style Instant Noodles ( Maggie)

Onions (chopped) – 1 large

Tomato (chopped) – 1 medium

Garlic (chopped) –   4 cloves

Green Chilli (chopped) – 1

Turmeric Powder – ½ tsp

Coriander Powder – 1 tsp

Coriander Leaves (chopped) – 2 tbsp

Maggie or any other instant noodle – 1 packet ( 300 gram)

Salt – to taste

Oil – 1 tbsp

Water – 1 cup (100 ml)

 

Method:

  1. In a microwave safe bowl add the oil and heat on high for 30 seconds.
  2. Add onions, tomatoes, garlic, green chilli, turmeric powder & coriander powder to the bowl. Stir well.
  3. Heat on high for 4 minutes, stirring in between.
  4. Add the Maggie noodles / instant noodles of your choice into the bowl. Add water. Heat on high for 2 minutes.
  5. Garnish with chopped coriander. Your  Indian curry style instant noodles are ready to be relished.

Single Girls Guide to First Date – Scenario 2 ( Indian Arranged Marriage Setup , Meeting the Guy & his parents)

Although most parents will allow the prospective bride and groom to meet alone, you may end up with a first meeting with the guy and his entire clan.

What to wear?

Dress

A pretty kurta in a complexion enhancing colour teamed with tights or an elegant sari (check with your parents) are good options.

Jewellery

A simple pendant and earring will make you look elegant and pretty.

Makeup

Fresh natural makeup / nude look will give you confidence, while making sure that prospective in-laws do not feel you are trying to hide behind paint. You can opt for light pink or French manicure.

How to greet?

Generically a standard Namaste with folded hands and a smile will save you from the questioning looks from elders that may come with a “Hi” or getting labelled as “too traditional” if you opt for touching the feet.

Things to do / not to do

Sitting: Your parents / prospective in-laws may ask you to sit near them / their son. Do so gracefully. No rolling the eyes, looking shocked or uncomfortable.

Talking: Once you’ve exchanged the pleasantries, follow their cues and let them start the talking. Avoid being overfriendly or too restrained. Tone yourself down. Be polite. Skip embarrassing incidents and sticky subjects. If you think you are not comfortable with the line of questions being asked, change the track of the conversation.

With the guy: Don’t try to interview the guy in front of his parents. They may think that you will intimidate him.

Don’t be a fake: Be your own self. Don’t portray a wrong image; this can lead to a future disaster.  If you don’t know how to cook, say you’ve never had a chance or need to cook till now and who can predict what the future may bring.

 

Think of this whole situation as an interview with a prospective employer. You need to be the best version of yourself and make the interviewer want to hire you.

 

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

Ingredients:
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

Method:

  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.

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

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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

Actual

1.Vegetarian

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

Attitude

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

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.