26 December, 2007

Star Star everywhere..

"Nature is full of Stars and Wonders...

hence I wonder..!! are these really Stars.

Christmas eve, n a sparkling pic..

taken by the PhOtographer..with his words so called as wisdom contributed to this blog..!"



" As the Doctor [ladkiii Rachnaaa] ordered here is the account of how Merry Christmas was for me.

In brief, Merry Christmas was as boring or as interesting as any other day. It was a No-Holiday at Ashoka Holidays! At my work station I was busy doing nothing but making Holidays :( [working as a Holiday developer at the above named travel house]…..gurrr I wont use this word ‘holiday! Anymore its getting repetitive everytime I use holi….shhhh!

Merry Christmas Day wasn’t bright & Evening too was without Lights, Camera & Action…

Hey…wait…did I mention ‘camera’ somewhere. Yes, I did [he he ... as if I didn’t know…Sorry! no smart act anymore]
You know, on Merry Christmas I had a healthy camera, meaning a zero occupied memory & cent percent battery, with which I stepped outside of my uncomfortable-zone (my office) to click some cute photographs of a Saint Bernard Puppy’s look-alike who came from nowhere. Meanwhile, His smooth brown & white coat earned him a St.Bernard Title where ‘St.’ stands for ‘Street’!![he he he]

" While I was taking his pictures the mosquitoes’ troupe too joined me to complement this eternal meeting of the 3 creations of nature.
“Now is this what I deserve?” I asked to Mother Nature… “Yes!” came the smart reply not from the Mother but from an irritating colleague who knew that I had been applying melted gheeee!! In the absence of any Boroplus sort of thing [for those who cant stop smiling at my ignorance about the facial accessories I must direct you to your own (ignorance): Emami’s Boroplus, a 25-yr old brand that not only upstaged the success of Boroline, its father brand, but also led the Indian market with a around 60% market share & in India is synonymous with ‘cold cream’ / ‘moisturiser’ / ‘fairness’ / ‘antiseptic’ lotions! However, those smiling at my butter application can continue doing so]..."

Whatever I deserved is & was none of anyone’s business: So taking from where I got distracted ….. The enlightened evening was all set & in the name of celebration all I had was these teeny-weeny satellites hovering & dancing all around me [as shown in the diagrammatic collage]. Sensibly speaking, I was surrounded by the mosquitoes on Merry Christmas!

I don’t know any Christmas carol neither did the Puppy & the quitoes gang know it! However, I wont give up this momentum just like this & would like to rhyme just like this:

No stringed guitars to play no rub-a-dub of Drummmmmm….
It was all about the Puppy’s gestures & the mosquitos’ hmmmmm!!!

Shall I deceive myself with “An eternal Species’ Melting Pot…”
Whatever!!! With a camera in hands only an idiot wouldn’t have taken the snapshot!

All written & read ….
I wouldn’t have done it had it not been for her…
I won’t say ‘thanks a lot’ but girl keep the reminderrr [bhedo bhedo kuch bhi bhedo]

“teri MERRY sabki christmas...masttt thi....man i jst saw ur newcollarge..n its the BEST....completely no comparations......its awesome..” is what the Doctor (ladkiii Rachana)wrote. Well, I don’t know how good this collage was comparatively & technically & interpretatively & Bruce lee & Bret lee.…….. I know just one thing that when I collaged [or rather clicked objects so diminutive!] I liked it…. & when u are appreciated for the things that u like …then u like it….isn’t it?

Finally, I want to get philosophical but for humanity sake I won’t & will terminate this seemingly unending program……
I could have clapped the hell out of these little beasts …But accidentally & luckily ended up shooting them. Had that been the case ….. Well this write-up won’t be in the first place! "

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24 December, 2007

Taare Zameen Par - a Colourful Childhood

a zone to make mistakes..
a state of freedom
a pulse of innocence
a curve of happiness

"Let the Childhood be Carefree and full of Creativity.."

"Taare Zameen Par" is all about this and a lot. A must Movie to watch and go back to our childhood aspirations. When I was watching the movie, instantly I could relate myself to it to many instances.. as more having a keen interest in Painting since childhood.
And surely the realization of the Mighty talent was through the encouragement of Teachers. I still remember how in "GREMS, Baroda".. Madam KARUNA GUPTA asked me to paint in class-II "The Republic Day", in which I guess, she thought I was expert. There has been CHANDRIKA Maam who believed in my potential & gave me lots of opportunities to participate in varied painting competitions. This gave me lots of exposure and confidence in painting. Indeed their presence made it possible to know my aspirations.

It was then in my next school "KV(IOC) Noonmati, Guwahati", when my aspirations somewhere became the inspirations. And it was Dr.A.K.Goswami Sir who not only appreciated my skills of painting but also encouraged me with his magical words. I believe it has been his blessing that I today excel in the field that I always wanted to be. Its not about good or bad but its about the how one follows the heart.

Teachers play an important role and I am glad that I have been blessed by some of the best teachers, who helped me to get connected to my inner soul.
The journey have been great..and the teachers of my school made a difference into my life.
"There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in." - Graham

That moment has been created by my faculties. Check out my colourful world through this link - http://www.freewebs.com/rachanashakyawar/

"Taare Zameen Par" is the movie of the young boy who turns out to be a tiny star in his own creative way inspite of what the world thinks of him. This got possible only with the support and affection of his empathetic teacher. One who helped him in sorting the difficulties and ones again introducing the boy to the lost world of colours, he has been so passionate about.

Three cheers to Eshaan Shanker Loy, who composed awesome music ,which is so much real, breathing and living with true aspirations of child, yet simple to sing.

One movie which reflects the child of Today's World, struggling and fighting against all odds, expectations, competitions and ambitions that are thrown by his parents and rules laid by the society. So I feel, this first movie directed of Aamir Khan deserves 5 stars (*****). He have this knock-out concept of movie with heart-warming performance and the eight year old guy marks himself to complete victory. But in all that The mom role cant be ignored, who have been so calm sweet emotional spirit, which hold the scene with so much sensitivity and care. Each sheded tear made one and all in the hall to cry. Such is the intensity of the aura of the movie which have captured the child's innocent world.

But the only thing that haunts me is why only that boy was given the result to be winner in the end of the story, when it has been promoted, "EVERY CHILD IS SPECIAL". I beleive they should have made few more winners with the main lead boy, so that we could assume that the boy have come struggling all his way to get into the list of NORMAL students, yet being so SPECIAL, with his Mighty Talent. Anyway, its just the thought but the thoughts factory generated by watching this movie is vast than what imagined, a ride into my own childhood, rembering school and teachers, and above all, other one result is the blog dedicated to it. Enjoy this movie..!!

Check out the Official site of the movie to know more..
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22 December, 2007

LAST Christmas..

Christmas have been always a Beginning of great time and end of good times..happened all the year. Its time to celebrate and have fun..in the chilly wind hearing the carols, lighting the Star in the courtyard and waiting for the Santa to knock the door with load of gifts and happiness to enter the life.

For me Christmas means only & only Happy Memories shared with friends and family and praising the Lord.

When today whole world is thinking and planning for the Christmas celebration this year...I am here deep in my purple world remembering the "LAST CHRISTMAS" year 2006.

"How the celebration created the amalgamation of friends and fun even during exams and tight schedules...! Greeting all and one even when no talk were done with people whole year...it was a time to forget all the negative things..n remember only to celebrate..the occasion, the very thought and festive feeling."

Chocolates, plum cakes...the sparkling christmas tree, gifts , snowy winds and dozens of winter clothes on body making us to look as fat and plum as the SANTA.. with a deep red CAP, a perfect symbol and touch of the festival..calling "Merry Christmas..Ho..hoo...Hoooo..ho..."

This is the day I recall my very friend DINCEY (GREMS, school days friend) who used to bring home-made cakes for me during Christmas..well made by her mother...Its also a time when I wonder the awesome time spend with NUPUR (nupu) my room-mate for two consequent years during college celebrating Christmas with Chicken and Cake.

The Christmas is time to simply "LET GO.." posture & ideology to follow your life for the most awaited moments of satisfaction and happiness in the new Year as we often gets stuck up for longer times in the hassles of day-to-day living. Its all about "LETS GO.."that is move on.

LETS GO and Freeze the Moment of Happiness this Christmas..
Wishing you all Merry Chr!stmas..Celebrate L!fe..
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16 December, 2007

Wah Taj..!

Taj Mahal the symbol of love..which gets propogated through its cool & calm colour of the marble..most brighter than the Moon-light. The world sees the purity & peace in the architechture and beautiful mosaic carved in the monument. A monument which peeps into a deep history of art, culture and Love.

Location: Yamuna River banks in Agra,Uttar Pradesh, India.
Construction time: 1631-1653
Spread Over: 42 acres
Built By: Mughal Emperor "Shah Jahan"
Built For: In memory of the Emperor’s dead wife "Mumtaj Mahal"
Significance: One of the Seven Wonders of the World

The Taj got listed as ‘UNESCO World Heritage Site’ in 1983 as a universally admired master piece of world heritage.
Taj Mahal is now part of the elite list of New Seven Wonders of The World. According to initial reports received, the Indian monument of love received one of the highest shares of votes in the poll, which was conducted through Internet, SMS and on the phone. About 100 million people had voted in the campaign through SMS and email. The campaign was begun in 1999 by Bernard Weber. And finally on the 07.07.2007, the TAj Mahal was declared the a clear winner.

Above all, the Taj Mahal was a monument to a woman...very well reflecting the beauty and honour of the soul.

Awesome pics been taken by the PHOTOGRAPHER Amit, on his Agra trip.. reflecting the vibes of Indian people and incredible marble monument with the moments captured in the camera...with the mesmerizing things.
Please take time to check out some of the most classic looks of India and its identity...the Incredible Taj Mahal..
Indeed, Taj Mahal is the pride of India, and we need to save, conserve and not to pollute it..
All I can now simple say Wah TAj..!..Wah Omit..!

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13 December, 2007


The photographer, I Captured is the ONE who not only takes pictures but somehow captures some of the most profound moments and magic of emotions and expressions, even though its not his profession.
I call my very dear friend AMIT SEMWAL-THE PHOTOGRAPHER,

I am not exactly aware of the place where he took these pics, but what I knw..that he almost captured my mind and soul for the moments iIsaw the pics.
I got bobbled with the high emotion and feeling which transformed into me. The rural rich India so well captured with the amazing forum of culture and heritage of India. This pic have a temple and the sun rays are blooming and making the moment glow.

The next pic, is of a humble girl found at that place. Her three pink bangles in hands reflects the inner beauty of hers, and amazingly captured by THE Photographer.

Amit have many sides and angles to capture the emotions..and does definitely reflects in his photos. I still have a huge collection of his creations but one thing is common in all the emotions and the liveliness of the time. All are equal and get full footage and justice in his pics, from common persons, Friends, nature, animals, and abstract..

I might not explain the pics in words better, only I know its an emotion that travels through your eyes and touches your soul.

That is why he is different from all those professional photographers. Check out some more, photos of the set ..by just one click to...." EXPLORE INDIA".

Check out the Exclusive FOOTAGE to EXPLORE INDIA..

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03 December, 2007

Hyderabad Blue - BIRYANI

India have a lots of clues and hints which defines it as Incredible..and one of them is Hyderabad.
Hyderabad, which have turned up as the fifth largest metropolis of India, the state capital of Andhra Pradesh, known for its rich history, art & culture...
But today it have an identity as booming IT City. Beautiful monument Charminar adds up to its beauty..more when thought about the beautiful & bold ladies born & brought up..like Miss Asia-Pacific 2000 Dia Mirza; Tennis player Sania Mirza...

The City of Nizams smells like Heaven and the credit goes to The Briyani....the famous "Hyderabadi Biryani".
Sources say that the biryani is originated from either Persia or Arabia. Biryani is derived from the Farsi word 'Birian' that means "fry before cooking".
But in the Hyderabadi Biryani, neither the meat nor the rice is fried before cooking but they are marinated in a paste of yogurt and spices. The 'the marinated meat' is transferred to Handi (deep vessel) forming the layer of meat. The next layer is of the Rice, which is also marinated into yogurt. The Handi is sealed with dough of flour and left for Dum cooking for hours.
When the meat and rice are cooked, the seal is opened and we find the flavoured colourful biryani which have more of yogurt flavour with species.
Hyderabadi Biryani is accompanied with Dahi chutney (curd & onions); Mirchi ka salan - a chilly curry. The salad includes onion, carrot, cucumber, & lemon wedges.

~ But to enjoy the flavour of Hyderabadi biryani one doesn't need to go Hyderabad and eat...rather one can move to the "HYDERABAD HOUSE". Its an International chain of Restaurants. I recently went there, one in Bangalore. The ambiance was great..something very much soothing and warm and easy-going.

We almost reach at the peak hours of the dinner time...and hence had to wait out side for the table...indeed a busy restaurant. There is also the facility of Take-Away. The staff of the restaurant was calm , friendly and suggestive..which really helps to the people like me cumming for the first time..

Soon we got the seat.. and without wasting much time order was placed.. Chicken Tikka and the very original Hyderabadi Biryani. It did not take much time to come and I was very much impressed by the piece of art in food to see. The chicken looked marvelous...so juicy-hot-spicy. Simply mouth-watering.

I don't know what to say...it was luck or unluck but indeed i was fortunate enough to have a to the candle light dinner. There was the power cut...Hence, the staff placed lighted Candles on each table. Well then we had CANDLE-LIGHT DINNER. It was then I realised that the aura of the restaurant was not only good in looks but practically was great. The Candle made the room glow and above all inspite of so many candles there was no smoke which made us sit comfortably and enjoy the food.
Indeed, it added to the flavour of the food. The Hyderabadi Biryani looked as prefect as anything. With lots of aroma, flavour, beautifully blended of colours and spice. The Rice were cooked just on the right temperature..that i could even count each rice. The chicken tasted great, it was so soft that one dint even need to have fork or knife to cut it. The curd provided as the accompaniment was smooth and tasty. And the chilly-curry just completed the whole meal so well.

The HYDERABAD-HOUSE indeed is the place were one can enjoy the very ethnic flavours of India. And "Hyderabadi Biryani is the right staple to smell and taste."
~ Check out the link: http://www.hyderabadhouse.com/
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26 November, 2007

"Gulp of Joy or Hook for forest Habitants"

Some smells reminds some warm memories..and COFFEE did the same..
People are addicted to different things & when it come to me..coffee make a wonder ..
i love coffee- THE Experience...of enriching the thoughts and feeling...moving on the ride into the sweet memories lane sipping slowly each aromatic gulp of coffee. Coffee have been linked up to the wonderful time i had in life...

My coffee ride started a long back at home when my mom used to prepare coffee for me during winters. NESCAF'E has been the best brand of coffee in INDIA . Nescafe is still the one dat i keep in my kitchen closet..its quick to make and nothing can destroy its flavour and aroma.

College and coffee went hand-in-hand. Hectic College timings made me walk into the restaurants for coffee..and then it was CCD, Cafe Coffee Day at the door-step. Hanging out with friends in CCD was the most awaited thing in my whole day at college. The cozy sofas and rocking music, all added up fun' sipping Coffee. And as the logo of CCD says...indeed there is a lot more we can do on the coffee table.

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Moving on in life...here I am in B'lore and the CRAZE for COFFEE is still there. And here I discovered KALMANE KOFFEES.

Kalmane koffees have a great interesting history as follows:

In 1879, the rich soil of Kalmane estate gave birth to its very first Coffee Plant. Today, 125 Years and four generations later, the estate sprawls across 1000 acres in Chikmagulur, Karnataka and grows uniquely flavoured Arabica Coffee inter cropped with black pepper.

Kalmane estate is also known for its superior quality high grown Robustas to yield exceptionally washed Robustas. This coffee specialised restaurant attracts all generations to enjoy almost about 19 variety of coffees.

They indeed use the freshly crushed beans for the coffee which makes it so aromatic, smooth and pleasant to enjoy. The price ranges have all type of people to serve. The place is warm and just perfect for sipping coffee.

It have its own USP of serving the traditional south-India Filter coffee, flavoured differently with cardamon, cinnamon and very famous Mysore Nuggets.

Expresso coffee have about eight variety to choose. One can also choose the beans they prefer to have and buy after being crushed and made powder just in front of you.

At present Kalmane Koffees have around 6 outlets in Bangalore and the way it serves, I am sure its going to be sooner all over India.

Read more on coffee at given link... http://www.nationalgeographic.com/coffee/

But how a "gulp of a joy-coffee endangered the species (Rhino, Tiger and Elephant )" living in the forests... Beleive it or not but its true..as reported by the world's largest and most experienced independent conservation organizations "WWF".
Coffee lovers like you and me all over the world are unknowingly drinking coffee that was illegally grown inside one of the world’s most important national parks for tigers, elephants and rhinos...somewhere it really shatters whenever NOW i smell coffee...make sure you read out this shocking story..and what the biggest company of coffee producer STARBUCKS need to say..

..Let the..."GULP OF JOY-Coffee" be not Hook for the forest Habitants...
.. Expresso Yourself....!!
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22 November, 2007

Potluck - Home is where food is..

Its just a quarter of time I came staying in BANGALORE.. one of the most profound IT city of INDIA. For almost a month I was having food outside..everyday discovering new tastes and restaurants of the city..
Almost fed up one fine day of all those I really liked..that is "enjoying new flavours", all I was craving for HOME-FOOD. I wanted food that was prepared by mom, less oily and spicy....this is something I never realised when I used to eat at home.
It was then when my Hubby took me POTLUCK...
For the time being I could not understand why did we came there..as we both are fond of good food and I could not expect that GOOD food at a HOME turned Restaurant-POTLUCK. But I was wrong...the home turned restaurant was indeed homely-friendly and full of home-food aromatic.
POTLUCK is situated close to some of d major IT companies like Honeywell, Oracle, Accenture, HSBC, IBM, Mahendra, Aris Gobal and above all (IIM)INDIAN INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT,Bangalore.
The chairs were very comfortable and the table was of simply perfect height. All around it was neat and clean with almost superb warm colours on the wall, which made sitting there so easy.

And here came a uniformed waiter with water goblets and water-jug in his hand..good service.
All the utensils are stainless-steel and adds up to more homely Indian culture.
I was also amazed to find so much of variety in every section in the MENU-CARD. The starter were about 24 and main-dish about 20, breads variety was almost 18-20. It have everything Starter, Main dish, Bread, Rice, Desert, Accompaniments and Beverages.
Awesome collection and so affordable, my tummy was half full by having a glance to the menu.
We stared with the starter, MOONG-DAL CHILLA, Veg-omlette, Bread-Dhokla. It was served with mint chutney, which is indeed a delight.
And when the food came, the quantity seemed so optimum to consume whole.
Believe me full points to the flavour, taste and smell of the food. I simpled loved the chapati(Indian Wheat Bread).
In beverage, I took Mango-LASSI, which was smooth-sweet and had a nice flavour and smell of mango, with a refreshing taste.
Though i don't have a sweet tooth but i loved to eat the MOONG-DAL ka halwa there. It is so delicious, cooked in desi-GHEE, with chopped almonds.Simply ymmmmyyy...!!
So friends, in this way, POTLUCK became my favorite place to enjoy eating home made food.
Please do check the given link to the POTLUCK..
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16 November, 2007

Because I'm Worth It

Just few days back i mailed some of MY pictures to one of my very dear friend of college...and not as expected got response the next day. She wrote a tiny message in it..really very chweet of her, but what i liked and laughed the most on was a small but straight statement she made checking my pictures...it almost made me ponder over the Pictures deeply...with and without L'Oreal.

She wrote- "Your Pictures are beautiful and u look gorgeous...Ofcoarse with and without MAKE-UP"...

Loreal was founded by a French chemist Eugene Schueller in Year 1907. Direct Link to Loreal Co. LINK.

Read more about L'oreal through the given link..

Catch up the stunning section on "WOMEN in SCIENCE" at L'Oreal.
The link is for country INDIA..but you can also get info of your based country.

There are many good CAREER opportunities in this major BRAND and you can follow the given link to join up your dreams.. A huge range of job opportunities from HR to MARKETING.. just like its Products..

There are many famous celebraties supporting this Major Brand..


This is the link to the gorgeous Aishwarya Rai with her pictures of L'Oreal Ads:

All we need to PAMPER ourself with shopping..these harmless beauty products...hey..they actually only hold and protect your Hair & Skin innocence.. Because YOU are WORTH IT..!!

To look beautiful and gorgeous is your RIGHT..Believe me..!!

Right NOW I can only remember those good old days of nursery rhymes..!!

Chubby cheeks,
Dimple chin,
Rosy lips,
Teeth within,
Curly hair,
Very fair,
Eyes are blue,
Lovely too..
Teacher's pet, is that YOU..?? Yes, Yes, Yes.

How with the nice lovely words tune we used to recite it..but in reality I today understand the depth of the poem...where some where it shows the freshness of the face..which v used to hav in the childhood...and how slowly in the race of life we sometime lose all that charm we owe....Now its a time to rejuvenate and celebrate the beauty...with MAKE-UP or WITHOUT it...All we need to wear...the SIMPLE SWEET SMILE ...

Maria Mitchell quotes (American first professional woman Astronomer in the United States. 1818-1889)

"There is no cosmetic for beauty like happiness."

I call it the SUM-UP to MAKE -UP, and get ready for the party!!!

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15 November, 2007

Chef Vibs's Rawalpindi ke chole

I wanted to prepare "CHOLE"..and this was the link which made evrything so easy for me.. Every thing was so step by step..that anybody can understand and do accordingly.
This receipe is taken from the http://www.ifood.tv/ and it is Chef Vibs.

Chef Vibs have been my Senior(Batch 2000-2003) in the Institute of Hotel Management,Ghy.Assam .
The link is as follows: http://www.ihmctanghy.org/Default.htm

This is the picture of the RAWALPINDI KE CHOLE is the one made learning from the recipe ...My preparation also looked as delicious as Chef Vibs made it....and the credit goes to Chef Vibs completely.
These days i m so much getting influenced and inspired by this incredible chef to cook...that my blogs and thoughts have tuned into the MENU CARDS...can only have food DISH and DRINKs......
I shall tag CHEF VIBS..as...follows!!!.. HE is the most intense, profound, powerful , passionate one for COOKiNG..
I have been reading & watching the recepies present in his ifood.tv site and...more i read....more i feel to be in the SMOKY-ZONE....cooking.....
I am extremely proud of Him..for all dat he hav achived..and willing to act in the most sincere motion to cook...or rather i should say...to COOK & CREATE....the delicious delights...i wish dat some day...his created delight-dish.. melts in my mouth..
Here wishing him ...all the best for ur life...dat is ur...PASSION....CoOKiNg....
SALUTE u "THE chef Vibs.."
Celebarte Cooking..
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12 November, 2007

Ready-Made Mix

Ready-Steady-Go...with the mix..and enjoy the sweets..

Though the Gulab-Jamun were made during Diwali Festival...we r still melting the sweet sugar in our mouths.
Long back in my childhood my mother used to make gulab-jamun at home wit the GITS ready-to-make packet.
The instructions mention to prepare were very easy and also the post-product came up really delicious..
The link to GITS site is as follows:-

When i wanted to prepare i could not get the GITS packet, so i decided to make a little change and choose MTR product..
Almost same instruction and the gulab jamun came up...simple prefect as u noticed in the last blog..
So make more gulab jamun wit either GITS or MTR..all tastes same..simply sweet and soft and almost like heaven.



Instructions to make GULAB -JAMUN from the MTR Ready-made packet..
> Add 1/4 measure of water to 1 measure of mix and knead the mix gently into a dough. Set aside for 5 min.
> Make small balls and fry in hot oil ghee over a low flame until golden brown.
> Soak the gulab jamuns in hot sugar syrup until they completely absorb the syrup and serve.
> Sugar syrup: Add equal measures of sugar and water and boil for 15 min (this pack needs 800g of sugar).
> Add rose essence or cardamom powder if desired.


What if by mistake excess water is poured in the dough..??!!!

  • Well need not worry just add some "REFINED-FLOUR" and mix it well till it is fine..


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08 November, 2007

Diwali starts with SMOKE..

Diwali is all about light n smoke....
yeah...it chokes a lot....the crackers...hopefully my festival diwali was not like this..thank God..!!
MY diwali was a bit in Sweet Smoke...well please dont misunderstand me...what i mean..dat my diwali starts with the SMOKY-Cafe..
I was all to swing...n turn...make dat i have never made...GULAB-JAMUN..
hey..though i dont hav a sweet-tooth...but the festival is not counted..untill sugar gets melts in the mouth...
well i dnt hav any special receipe to it..but yes...i did use the READY-MADE pack of the GULAB-JAMUN.

The best part was...i made it jst right...in LOOKS..SHAPE..COLOUR...& above all the delicious mouth-watering TASTE...
Check out the pic...it almost seems...like heaven...
Almost every one in my family loves eating gulab-jamun and my close friends...are the first one to gulp it..not one or two but four to five simultaneously...believe it...
Then it was a turn to relish myself...THE NAMKI..was something made..
crispy...crunchyy...cooll..and above all rasy to prepare...
i remember very well....hw nicely my MAA made for me..during school and also during college...
Every time i used to have handfull of it...n finish it in just couple of minutes...and then again..used to reach MAA for another hand..

Its really fun..n good time pass to eat...anytime and evrytime...

So this was my Diwali...full of Sweets..n fun..n still experimenting in SMOKY-CAFE..

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02 November, 2007

smoky-starter turns on..

After hating and eating so much of kadhi...i dint know that in certain way i shall get addicted to smoky-cafe..
i am all in the experimenting moods.. playing with flavour and food..
Trying to prepare in the least time...with maximum crunchy tastes and colours..with what ever is available in my smoky-cafe.
It took just 10-12 minutes to make this....all i was having funn in tossing the ingrediants in the pan, creating the aura of FLAMBE'..............

So i shall name it as "SMOKY-STARTER "of the smoky cafe..




Onions-------------------------------250 gm

Tomato-Puree-------------------------1 tsp.

Garlic------------------------------6-7 flakes

Ginger--------------------just a small chunck

Green Chillies----------------------------3-4

Soya Sauce-----------------------------1 tsp.

Sugar-----------------------------------1 tsp.

Salt----------------------------------to taste.

Black Pepper-------------------------to taste.

Oil-------------------------------------10 ml.

Oregano Herb(optional)---------------a pinch.

Cashew Nuts(optional)--------------------6-7

Curry leaves(optional)-------------3-4 leaves

[[Paneer(cottage-cheese), Chicken(boneless) are optional to more flavour and taste]]


NON-STICK pan is prefered to cook this..
..as less oil is used and it does'nt stick the bottom of the pan

  • Cut the onions into four quaters.
  • Slice the Garlic.
  • Shred the Ginger.
  • Cut the Green Chillies into long-half
  • Slice the Carrot.
  • Cut the Capsicum into cubes.
  • Heat Oil in the pan to smoky position.
  • Add onions, and shake the pan a little.
  • Let the onions turn a light-pink colour.
  • Add ginger-garlic to it.
  • Add the capsicum cubes and carrots and continue to stir in the pan.
  • Add the curry leaves [optional].
  • OPTIONAL..[Add the chicken boneless or the Paneer ].
  • Sprinkle the salt.
  • Sprinkle the fresh crushed black pepper.
  • Add the cashew-nuts
  • Add the tomato puree.
  • Sprinkle the sugar and Oregano herb.
  • Keep stiring the pan on the high heat.
  • Add Soya-sause and stir.
  • Serve Hot as the starter which is hot and sweet in taste..

""OMIT & BACK-UP....This is how recipes must be written..i beleive...Please don't get stuck up on published recipes that you cant prepare & taste""

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30 October, 2007

i hate KADHI

KADHI..the yellow dish with basic smooth texture was never liked by me to eat...but it reminds me of beautiful delight memories of college...

i with my friends [[who love kadhi like anything..that they may also deny the free lunch treat]]..used to eat kadhi-chawal in one plate..fighting over the gulps..n having loads of fun on the dinning table, in the cafeteria.. it was then i began liking the kadhi..just as it was the moment when we friends celebrated togetherness...

..the unfortunate era was not over..my HUBBY also luvs kadhi..he did request me a lot to make but as i dint like it personally..i never tried to make it..

But now celebrating the FIRST QUATER together, i thought to experiment..n above all cherish memories..

Finally it was 29th Oct,2007...i made THE KADHI in the lunch....

And this shall began to continue my foody PAge to publish..

i m also trying to write the exact receipe of the kadhi i prepared in my SMOKY-KITCHEN..

The ingredients are as follows for 2 pax:-


[Besan] Bengal Gram flour---------------- 20 gm.
Curd----------------------------------------- 225 gm.
Curry Leaves------------------------------ 4-5 leaves
Turmeric---------------------------------- a pinch.
Chilli Powder-----------------------------5 gm.
Cumin and Fenugreek-------------------- 1tsp.
Green chillies------------------------------10 gm.
Ginger-Garlic Paste----------------------10 gm.
Sugar---------------------------------------5 gm.
Oil------------------------------------------10 ml.
Salt----------------------------------------to taste.

Bengal Gram Flour--------------------- 25 gm.
Turmeric--------------------------------- a pinch.
Chilli Powder---------------------------- 5 gm.
Oil to fry----------------------------------30 ml.
Water-------------------------------------20 ml.
[chopped green chillies, sliced onion are optional to add taste.]



Mix the gram flour with water to make a batter to stand.
Add salt and turmeric, mix it well.
Heat oil, drop the batter with the spoon .
Fry till light brown colour appears, remove and keep it aside.


Add enough water to curd and beat it well to make it thinner in consistency.
Strain it to have a smooth body.
Make a paste with a little cold butter milk and gram flour.
Add salt and termeric to remainning butter milk and heat without boiling temperature.
Then add the gram flour paste, stirring all the time.
Add the sugar.
Add the pakodas perpared into it.
Bring the green chillies and the ginger garlic together.
Take another pan, add oil and heat it.
Add cumin and fenugreek seeds in the oil and let it crack and pop.
Add the green chillies and ginger-garlic paste in to it and cook for a while.
Now pour it over the Kadhi and bring a simple boil.
Garnish it with red chilli poder or flakes and serve hot with rice & relish.

BUT...kadhi inspires gentle smooth thoughts....
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