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Finally…Made Peace with Peas!

 
I hate peas! Now you would think if I hate the ‘Peas’ so much, why bother to try any dish with them and moreover dedicate a post to them and start it off with a negative tone!?
 
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 Well for one, I was determined to find out what was so special & tasty in them. My family loves them. So do my friends. So do many others. And then I came across this ‘Peas Masala’ on Radhika`s blog, Tickling Palates. It looked sooo…. delicious. Loved the ingredients. Required an easy process but a twist. And of course the key word being – restaurant style! I just had to give it a shot.
 

Cottage Cheese in Red Bell Pepper sauce

 
 
 
Every now and then,
when the world sits just right,
a gentle breath of heaven
fills my soul with delight…
 
~ Hazelmarie `Mattie` Elliot, A Breath of Heaven
 
Sometimes in life its the simpler acts, few happy minutes spent with loved ones, what you do for others rather than for your own self that become a part of the ‘Happy Memories’ list that we carry throughout our life.
 
Now apply the same formula to your every day meals. While you want to experiment and create new and complicated dishes, there are times you crave for simple, soul-comforting food. On my quest to make a list of such simpler and comforting dishes, I came upon this recipe from the book – 660 Curries by Raghavan Iyer.
 
 
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Having read so many good reviews of this book, I just had to buy one! After going through pages and pages of mouthwatering Indian recipes given a special touch and presenting them in attractive, contemporary ways I decided on encounter with this book that it even exceeded my ‘high’ expectations! 
 
At this point my sister`s motto comes to mind, never have ‘high’ expectations, you can be disappointed after you actually ‘see’ it. Well, this was what she concluded after having too many hopes for new movies and then being greatly disappointed on actually seeing it!
 

Rustic & Dhaba Style – Peas Masala

 
 
 
With the mention of the word ‘dhaba‘ my thoughts immediately turn inwards as fond memories re-surface. The road trips along the countryside & highways where the lush green fields were engaged in a happy dance beneath the bright morning sun.
 
The song ‘Fields of Gold’ by Sting playing in the background only complemented this serene & calming ride.The chirping of the birds were dominant  unlike in the cities. Here by the countryside it is their territory! They flutter about without a care in the world and with the abundance of food available to them and they are as happy as they can be.
 

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As we move further and its nearing lunch time, the sight of small ‘dhabas’ that dot the highways make their appearance..And we just cant wait to stop by one of them to satisfy our hunger pangs while we take in the breathtaking scenery of the countryside..One such dish popular in ‘dhabas’ is the green peas masala. The rich and spicy gravy never fails in ensuring a satisfied meal before hitting the road again! Once back home after the vacation, it is but obvious to crave for lip smacking dhaba food.
 
And so an attempt made in making – Dhaba Style Peas Masala‘ at home. 
 
Now I wonder, what fault did I ever find in these innocent little green vegetable?? For one time,  I was never fond of them..!
 
 

Rustic & Dhaba Style – Peas Masala

 
 
 
With the mention of the word ‘dhaba‘ my thoughts immediately turn inwards as fond memories re-surface. The road trips along the countryside & highways where the lush green fields were engaged in a happy dance beneath the bright morning sun.
 
The song ‘Fields of Gold’ by Sting playing in the background only complemented this serene & calming ride.The chirping of the birds were dominant  unlike in the cities. Here by the countryside it is their territory! They flutter about without a care in the world and with the abundance of food available to them and they are as happy as they can be.
 

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As we move further and its nearing lunch time, the sight of small ‘dhabas’ that dot the highways make their appearance..And we just cant wait to stop by one of them to satisfy our hunger pangs while we take in the breathtaking scenery of the countryside..One such dish popular in ‘dhabas’ is the green peas masala. The rich and spicy gravy never fails in ensuring a satisfied meal before hitting the road again! Once back home after the vacation, it is but obvious to crave for lip smacking dhaba food.
 
And so an attempt made in making – Dhaba Style Peas Masala‘ at home. 
 
Now I wonder, what fault did I ever find in these innocent little green vegetable?? For one time,  I was never fond of them..!
 
 

Baby corn Masala

 
 
 
….with or without sunRise oranGe hued CARROTS or sOft chUnks of PANEER!

The sun slowly rises once again filling the house with a warm light, the rays filtering in through the window and dissolves before reaching the floor. The leaves sparkle from the morning dew as the sun rays seep in between blanket of leaves. In a little while its bright outside and people have already begun their daily chores. And you cannot spare too much time now to take in the wonders and beauty of nature. The maddening early morning rush is a common sight in most homes. A quick glance of the newspaper, a quick gulping down of breakfast and you are ready and set to head for work or classes.
 
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Baby corn Masala

 
 
 
….with or without sunRise oranGe hued CARROTS or sOft chUnks of PANEER!

The sun slowly rises once again filling the house with a warm light, the rays filtering in through the window and dissolves before reaching the floor. The leaves sparkle from the morning dew as the sun rays seep in between blanket of leaves. In a little while its bright outside and people have already begun their daily chores. And you cannot spare too much time now to take in the wonders and beauty of nature. The maddening early morning rush is a common sight in most homes. A quick glance of the newspaper, a quick gulping down of breakfast and you are ready and set to head for work or classes.
 
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Ruby red watermelons – served as a curry!

 
 
 Sweet & tangy curry served with rice..
 
Indian curries are made sometimes with the strangest or some unusual ingredients. A rich & sophisticated curry can be made from all dry fruits combined together or we have traditional South Indian curries made from peels of raw banana, watermelon skins. Mixed fruits like pineapple, grapes are used in a coconut based spicy curry called ‘ sasam’, a traditional konkani (Mangalorean) delicacy.
 
We have red curries, green curries, brown curries, yellow curries, white curries. Many a times fruits are used in curry form and some vegetables are used in sweet delicacies! And these dishes are very much in demand on festive occasions.Curries made from white portion of a watermelon or the skin is very much a part of traditional Mangalorean cuisine. Dosas are also made from them. Though I am not so fond of sweet based curries, some recipes are an exception. Because, for me curries need to be piping hot with generous additions of chillies and spices.
 
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Simple Pleasures and Palak Paneer

 
 
 
“You`ve gotta dance like there`s nobody watching,
Love like you`ll never be hurt,
Sing like there`s nobody listening,
And live like its heaven on earth.”
 
~William W. Purkey
 
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Often the simplest things give great pleasure.Walking barefoot on the sand admiring the sun set over the sea. Sitting by the window looking out at the numerous shades of green of nature with the sound of raindrops as background music.Sighting a rainbow. An evening spent with loved ones. A mug of coffee, laughter and chilling out with friends. To dance, to laugh, to sing out loud.Laughing till you have tears in your eyes. A hug from your mother. The fragrance from a flower.The welcoming sight of the rising sun signalling another brand new day, newer opportunities.And having palak paneer for lunch! Continue reading

Paneer-in-a-Kadai

 
 
 
Festivals, vacations and family gatherings call for memorable dinner parties. Dinner party planning include entertainment, music, decorations, venue et al. And one thing that is bound to take center stage is the dinner menu. Loads of pre-planning has already begun. Menu should of course be such that it can be prepared easily in larger quantities and does not need too many last minute assembling. For the host needs to enjoy the party with family and friends too, right? Paneer is one ingredient that will most of the time be present at the buffet table and is always the most sought out one! Paneer Makhni, koftas, tikka masala, pasanda, kadai are some of the popular paneer gravies at dinner parties.

 
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Paneer-in-a-Kadai

 
 
 
Festivals, vacations and family gatherings call for memorable dinner parties. Dinner party planning include entertainment, music, decorations, venue et al. And one thing that is bound to take center stage is the dinner menu. Loads of pre-planning has already begun. Menu should of course be such that it can be prepared easily in larger quantities and does not need too many last minute assembling. For the host needs to enjoy the party with family and friends too, right? Paneer is one ingredient that will most of the time be present at the buffet table and is always the most sought out one! Paneer Makhni, koftas, tikka masala, pasanda, kadai are some of the popular paneer gravies at dinner parties.

 
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Tip of the Week
Eating Bananas can help fight depression.
Food Facts
Nachos, the Mexican dish, were invented in 1943 by a guy named ‘Ignacio Nacho Anaya’. The original nachos consisted of fried corn tortillas covered with melted cheddar cheese and sliced jalapeno peppers.