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Matar Paneer

I've been hit by the cooking bug! I read the other day that peas have a lot if fiber (1 cup to 16.5 g of fiber, adult male intake: 39 g required per day and for a woman 28 g required per day) and I wanted to make something out of them.

And all I could think of was matar paneer... now before you think that this is an everyday recipe let's remember that I'm from a South Indian household. Sambar and idlys qualify as normal everyday food. As a matter of fact, to memory neither my mother nor I had ever made this before. So the usual happened... online research. I got lucky today.. found a recipe that I thought was do-able at the first go. Altered it a little bit to suit our tastes and here it goes!

Grocery List

200 gms Paneer
1 cup cooked Green Peas (frozen peas, boiled)

1 Onion
1 Tomato
1 Green Chilli
1 tsp Ginger or 1 inch ginger
1 tsp Garlic or 7 garlic cloves

1/2 tsp Coriander Powder
1 tbsp Poppy Seeds
1 tsp Roasted cumin powder
1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
1 tbsp butt…

Chicken Rendang

I found lemon grass in Namdhari's and thought I should try making some chicken rendang. I'd never made it before and well spent the better part of yesterday looking for some do-able recipes online. Found several.. and adapted it to the following recipe. I've left the components that I didn't use on from the original recipe, in case you have better luck and want to make it closer to the originial taste.

Grocery List

800 g chicken, cut to curry size pieces
5 tablespoons cooking oil (may have used more)
1 cup thick coconut milk
1 cup water
2 teaspoons tamarind pulp (soaked in some warm water for the juice and discard the seeds )
6 tablespoons kerisik (toasted coconut)
2 lemongrass sticks (bruised but in shape)
(1 tablespoon sugar/palm sugar or to taste- did not use, as liked the taste without the sweetness)
(6 kaffir lime leaves very finely sliced- did not use, as couldn't find them in the market)
Salt to taste

Dry Spices

1 cinnamon stick (about 2-inch long)
3 cloves
3 star anise
3 c…

Crazy Year

It's been a crazy year by and large. Between tornadoes, floods, earth quakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, killer sprouts/cucumbers, rapture, royal weddings, winning the world cup.. if you're reading this now, congratulations! You have made it half way through 2011.

Incidentally, this is the 10 year mark from high school graduation. I don't remember anymore if I wondered what the world would be like 10 years from when I leave school. Even if I did, I can't imagine I would have imagined me.

It's funny how when we envision the future, we think of what we'd be working as (always high flying), we'd imagine the world (always more technologically advanced- synergy) and our loved ones (always healthy)... but we don't generally imagine ourselves... our insides, our thoughts... our being.

I know I've begun writing in paragraphs, the blogs almost been commercialized, there are lesser posts on average, lesser creativity.. does that reflect me? There's this innate sen…


So there's this situation that's been playing in my head for a while. In this drama, in my head, I'm trying to do the following things:

1. Assign Blame
2. Uncover Hidden Motive
3. Judge all agents for frail moralities
4. Tackle the 'Move on demon'
5. Figure out what the right thing to do may be

I'm trying to understand what happened and figure out something that'll make everyone happy.

Here's we go, your dose of tonight's serial.

1. A + B= Couple
2. A-B= Broken up couple1
3. A+C= BFFs
4. A*C= Couple
5. A-C= Broken up couple2

If A+B become A-B and B is the person who does this. Then A+C turns into an A*C relationship that becomes an A-C one, when B returns.

Then answer the questions outlined earlier. Hope you have better luck than me with this one.