Its hard to resist anything fried till golden, crisp and tempting!!! Moreover it is the season to indulge!!! Festive celebrations are just round the corner. The weather is turning cold and wintry with rains making their appearance every now and then.
Taking in the cool air and winter shades of nature during our drive to office is enough to charge one to gear up for the long celebrations next week.
The monsoon season reminds me of school days. Of carefree days when the day`s strategy was to attend classes, play, eat, some more play, homework and more play! The rains were perhaps the best. We found delight in getting drenched in the rains. The rain drops caressing our cheeks felt like pure joy. All the sorrows were forgotten as we splashed about in the puddles. We all played and read with a spirit of togetherness. The future then seemed good and bright, even without a clear view. Life was full of happiness and bliss.
To give a rich red color to your gravies without adding too much chillies, soak 2 dry red chillies after removing their seeds in about half cup water for 30 mins. Then rub the chillies to obtain the color and add this liquid to the gravy.
She longed to be set free. To fly away to a distant place where the sun always shone down on earth. Where the steady golden rays of the sun penetrated into all places and drove away the darkness. Where even rains did not chase away the sunlight but would fill the sky with rainbow. Flowers bloomed all through the year. To a place where she was in a harmonious relationship with nature. It fed her body & soul. She would taste food of elemental beauty.
The place would be filled by melodious music from the chirping of the birds and flowing river. The music would captivate her soul and fill her mind with positivity. And this would trigger the hidden joy inside her to break free and engulf her permanently.
All chains that tied her and kept her from her freedom would melt away, never to return.
She would be deliriously happy, forever.
There is often a long ‘to-be‘ list. No I don`t mean to-do. It`s a to-be. A list of professions you want to take up when you ‘grow up’. A list of things you would want to do. From a teacher to sports champ, a scientist or an actor. The ‘list’ is now a crumpled piece of paper, lying in a place where it would probably never be found…
“Train your mind to see the good in everything…”
The pressures of modern living takes over and rules our lives, rules the world. Countless times we ponder on the path we have chosen – jobs for their comfort but not for the fascination. Nothing wrong in it. But what`s unfitting is we let it take over us and let ourselves bypass all our core interests. The list keeps popping up every now and then and we are quick to chase it away into hiding. And then our lives are once again drenched with workload, deadlines, the traffic and all other negative elements that weigh us down.
Today`s recipe brings in a flood of memories. Memories so warm that they unfreeze my frozen fingers. It is like the warmth one feels when sipping a cup of tea. The early morning rush, the smell of something delicious being cooked and packed into colorful boxes is a sight still so vivid, so touching. Being engrossed on these thoughts is for me like a perfect antidote to wade off the winter chills! The warmth of these memories gets my frozen self back to life…
Cumin or jeera in Hindi; jeerige in Kannada is a spice that is a native of eastern Mediterranean region. It is now cultivated in India, Morocco, China, Indonesia, Egypt and Argentina.
Garlic is a native of Central Asia and eastern Mediterranean region. It is widely grown in India, China, Spain, Egypt, Korea, Argentina, U.S.A and Italy. They contain traces of vitamin A, B1, B2, C.
* To eliminate worms – Consume fresh garlic in your diet regularly. This expels intestinal parasites in few days.
* Reduce bad cholestrol (LDL) – Consuming 2-5 fresh cut cloves of garlic daily will clean the arteries of bad cholestrol.
* It acts as a preventive role for common cold.
“In the depth of winter I finally learned there was in me an INVINCIBLE summer.”
The night was cold and seemed to drag on endlessly. The moon had curled up and hidden itself in the darkness of the sky. The cold winter creeping in showed no mercy on her. As she lay on her bed, staring out into the star-less sky, she could envision days ahead filled only with more darkness and frigidness from the harsh winter. Oh, where had the summer gone? When would spring come alive once again to fill her world with sweet scented roses? The night seemed to hold no promise of better days. The cold winds blowing in through the window held no signs of hope and compassion. The howling wind seemed to mock at her, laugh at the state she was in. She got up and shut the window to keep out the hopelessness of that night.
PART 2 – A TRYST WITH JOLA ROTTI
The search for a perfect GIRMIT continues. We make a stop at Dharwad which is about 20 kms from Hubli. It was a hot sunny day. We set about to finish our task and eagerly awaited lunch time. Our driver Manju suggested a hotel nearby for a typical North Karnataka style meal. And of course we decided to go by his suggestion!
The name of the place was ‘Shree Prabhu Khanavadi‘ located near Court Circle, Dharwad. As we entered the place we found a queue of people waiting to collect meal coupons. The rush was the first sign of how popular the place was. We finally found a table for ourselves and got seated, ready to dig in to some sumptuous yet rustic local meal. First a thali was placed before us and one by one it was filled with the mouthwatering dishes – Onion cucumber salad, coconut chutney, red chilli chutney, shenga chutney podi, badane ennegai, kalu huli. And then came piping hot jola rottis to mop up and relish all the chutneys and subzis! Then followed steaming hot rice and sambhar and a bowl of curd to end this healthy meal.