November 17, 2012

Carrot Sprouts Curry

I had this curry once in my office canteen, I instantly like it. But there was lot of oil in that curry so I tried the same curry at home, it turned out so good. I thought of sharing it with you guyz, here is the recipe.



Ingredients:
Green gram sprouts - 1 cup
Chopped carrots - 1 cup
Chopped beans - 1 cup
Grated coconut - 1/2 cup
Green chillies - 2
Curry leaves chopped
Coriander leaves chopped
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Oil - 1 tbsp
Turmeric - 1 pinch 
Chilli powder - 1 tsp
Coriander powder - tsp
Salt - 1 tsp

Procedure:
1. Take a frying pan, add oil in to it. Once the oil is heated add mustard and cumin seeds.
2.  Once the seeds start spluttering add chopped chillies, curry leaves and turmeric powder. After they are fried add chopped carrots, beans. Close the pan with lid and let the veggies cook for 10 mins.
3. Once the veggies are cooked add green gram sprouts and mix them well. 
4. Add chilli powder, coriander powder and salt. Mix the ingredients completely well.
5. At the end add grated coconut and mix well, let the mixture on flame for 5 mins.

Try this curry and let me know whether you liked it or not.


Cheers,
Vrinda

September 22, 2012

Alone

Today is Saturday and I'm at home all ALONE. My husband is in office working hard. I cannot ask him to come home at the same time I can't stop myself from missing him. That is when the idea of writing a poem has come to my mind. This is my first poem, hope it express how I feel. 


Alone on Thursday
Alone on Saturday
Alone in every way
Alone I pass the whole day

Alone I sit
Alone I grit
Alone I eat
Alone I tweet

Alone I think
Alone I blink
Alone I drink
Alone I wink

Alone I lie
Alone I sigh
Alone I wry
Alone I cry

Alone I agonize
Alone I justifies
Alone I vandalize
Alone I organize

 Alone I rhyme
Alone I tried for the first time
Alone I sublime
Alone all the time





Cheers,
Vrinda

September 20, 2012

Mixed Vegetable Rice

Today I'm sharing my favorite rice dish, which I cook every Sunday afternoon. This dish is not only  healthy food but also tastes good. I consider it as healthy food because, all vegetables used in cooking are very good for health.

Preparation time: 10 mins
Cooking time : 30 mins

Ingredients:
Rice - 2 cups
Oil - 2 tbsp
Cinnamon stick - 1 medium
Cardamon - 3 cloves
Cloves - 3
Shahjeera - 1 tsp
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
Carrots chopped - 1 cup
Beans chopped - 1/2 cup
Corn - 1/2 cup
Green Peas - 1/4 cup
Onions - 2
Chillies - 2
Coriander leaves - 1/2 cup
Turmeric - 1 pinch
Chilli powder - 1 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Cashew nuts - 8 pcs
Salt - 1 1/2 tsp

Cooking process:
1. Wash rice neatly and soak it for 30 mins
2. In a pan heat 2 tbsp of oil and add cardamon, cinnamon, cloves and shahjeera. Let them fry for 2 mins.
3. Add vertically chopped onions, chopped chillies  and pinch of turmeric in to the pan. Fry them until the onions turn translucent.
4. Add ginger- garlic paste, mix it well and leave it for 2 mins.
5. Add chopped carrots, beans, corn and peas to the pan and mix them well. Leave the mixture for 5 mins on medium flame.
6. Add chilli powder, coriander powder and salt to the mixture and mix well.
7. Cook for 5 mins in completely low flame.
8. Add these completely cooked mixture to soaked rice. Add 6 cups of water in to the rice bowl.
9. Add chopped coriander leaves and mix the rice and vegetables well.
10. If you are cooking in electric cooker then it might take some 20 mins to cook. If you prefer to cook the rice in Pressure cooker then make sure you turn off after 2 whistles.
11. In the mean fry cashew nuts and keep them aside.

Garnish the rice with fried cashew nuts and possible with mint leaves. Serve with Carrot raitha.

Carrot Raitha:
1. Chop 1 medium onion, grate 2 medium carrots and chop 1 chilli
2. Add them to 2 cups of yogurt.
3. Add salt to taste.

Mixed vegetable rice with Carrot raitha


Cheers,
Vrinda

September 15, 2012

Healthy Breakfast

"Honey, they say ( weather forecast) it is going to rain today, I shall go by car" is the first thing I hear on a Saturday morning. That is when I realized that this Saturday is a working day for my husband. Then I dragged myself from the bed and reached balcony to wave bye to him. Later I went to freshen up, splashed cold water on my face which completely brought me back in to this world. After shower when I reached kitchen that is where the biggest challenge of the day begins 'Breakfast'... the thing is we prefer not just a breakfast but a 'Healthy breakfast'.

I usually cook Dosa, Idly and upma in the mornings for breakfast, which are only served to my husband.  I consume very less oil while cooking them, but I prefer eating fruits over them. Mostly my breakfast includes fruits, Tropicana juice and small portion of dry fruits.





Dry fruits:
  1. Helps reducing weight, as these are the foods associated with lower Body mass index (BMI).
  2. These help in reducing cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes and chronic diseases.
  3. Help in increasing the bone health.
Pomegranate:
  1. Helps reducing dental plaque.
  2. Systolic blood pressure can be reduced in just 2 weeks.
Juice:
  1. Juices rich in Vitamin C, folic acid and potassium are excellent source of bioavailable antioxidant phytochemicals. 
Some researchers say that consuming lot of juice will increase the chances of gaining weight. Whereas it is also believed that consuming them in the mornings and avoiding them rest of the day is very good for health.



All these food items which are very healthy make my breakfast complete and keep me active through out the day. I'm not following any diet plan, but I've seen lot of change in my skin and body while I have this kind of breakfast. 

Share your views and the breakfast you prefer...


Cheers,
Vrinda


June 14, 2012

Ambulance - plz give way!

In India route clearance should be done only for the President and the Prime Minister. Whereas for the Chief Ministers the red light should be turned green that is all no other concession is to be provided according to Indian government. But yesterday when we were returning to home from office we've seen a situation where an ambulance with patient is blocked in traffic for CM convoy. This is ridiculous, is CM's convoy more important than the patient in critical state with immediate need of assistance. I wouldn't expect to halt convoy and let ambulance move, but at least ambulance should be allowed to pass by immediately rather stopping it for 5 to 10 mins.  Sometimes even a delay by minute can cause death. By the way these VIPs are also public people, they are public servants in fact. 

The problem is not only with VIP convoy, it is with the huge traffic jams, the emergency services provided by our nation and the attitude of public. There are few people who try to overtake Ambulance, sometimes they even come in the way of Ambulance. We cannot do anything for traffic jams as it is out of our hands and talking about the services provided by our nation, I consider it a waste of time. But at least  we can try to change our attitude. 

I request you guyz to follow the below rules while you find Ambulance:
  1. If you are travelling on Bike, please let a way to an ambulance with out causing any accident.
  2. If at all you are travelling in car before pulling off the car just signal to the ambulance driver. Immediately pull the car to the left hand side of the road. 
  3. Do not stop the car on the main road, try to move in to some street so that you will not jam the traffic. 
  4. Before getting back in to traffic just make sure there are no more ambulances coming behind as in case of huge accidents there might be line of ambulances.
I do not know the rest of the world but in countries like USA and UK,  I've seen people following the above listed rules very strictly. There they value for the their citizens lives where as in India there is no value for human life!!! 

One more weirdest thing I've seen on TV recently is 108 getting prank ambulance calls!!! There were around 3.5 lac fake calls in the past 5 years, in the past 1 year the prank calls percentage increased from 14 percent to 25 percent. The TV report also says that  because of these fake calls there is lot of time is being wasted and sometimes 108 is not able to provide the service for the needy. I guess there are many mindless idiots out there.....


adios,
Vrinda


May 28, 2012

Hurray!!! CSK lost IPL5...

Hello Frenzzz....


I've been thinking to write a post on my adda since long, but was busy shuffling between home and office. Today I write  to share my happiness over the defeat of CSK in IPL. Yess I'm not happy because KKR won the match as I'm supporter of MI, but yes jubilant over the defeat of CSK!!!


I somehow was not glad about CSK making to the play offs and this feeling got even stronger when CSK defeated MI in the qualifiers. I felt Dhoni was just lucky to win all the games or the opposite teams were unlucky as they lost the matches even after performing very well. Let it be DD or MI they were performing consistently very good through out the series. These two teams loosing in qualifiers was very disappointing for me. I always wonder why Dhoni gets the whole credit irrespective the game is played by 11 players. 


 As Dhoni who comes in the last few overs of the innings takes away the whole credit of winning the match just by hitting a six or four. This is increasing his strike rate and the market rate from his brands. This is not fair, what about the openers and the middle order who play so well and try to keep less runs for the down order. What about the bowlers who bowl so very well in the whole game (oops... I take my words back.... I know how talented our Indian bowlers are!!)







My husband frequently argues with me saying that he made India win World Cup, but what about the games India lost after the WC. World champions consistently losing all the International matches is very shame!


Anyways I wanted CSK to loose the finals and they lost.... and from now on I'm going to post frequently.... keep visiting and shoot your valuable comments. 






Cheers,
Vrinda


January 1, 2012

HAPPY NEW YEAR

Wish you all a very Happy New Year!!!!!

Hope this year brings lotsss and lotss of joy and happiness in your lives.


- Vrinda.