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The Innocent Young Love

The Innocent Young Love

Photo courtesy: Gulmohar Doodles One summer afternoon while rolling on the neatly placed jute mat and occasionally getting amused by the sudden cool breeze, I saw a figure approaching us. Ah! A girl in her mid teens dressed like a doll. I was bewildered. She 

Raksha Bandhan 2020

Raksha Bandhan 2020

Photo courtesy: Gulmohar Doodles Raksha Bandhan was a low key affair for us three sisters after our house partition. Sending rakhi to our cousins became a rarity keeping in consideration that they never thought and did anything for us. The whole foundation of Raksha Bandhan 

At the End of the Day

At the End of the Day

Almost nine years back, as a newlywed Tamizh pudhu pondatti, I was clueless about the vast Tamizh cuisine. Moreover, growing up a vegetarian, the idea of cooking fish ๐ŸŸ was completely new, smelly ๐Ÿ˜ท and out of question for me. Still, considering my mother’s teaching of feeding the husband with his favorite food and after watching numerous recipes, I zeroed down on cooking this Sri Lankan Tamizh delicacy; Ennai Kathrika Era Karuvadu (Dry Prawns and Brinjal Curry).

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With loads of enthusiasm and a zeal to cook fish, his favorite food, I bought a big packet of dried prawns. Got home and started cooking. The enlightening point of my life was when I realized that dry fish smell lots more than the fresh one ๐Ÿ˜ซ I somehow stopped myself from puking and continued to cook with a firm determination. Splash, spill, splutter, fry, sneeze, get burnt, taste, tears all mingled and formed this dish.

My first attempt to cook something unimaginable was plated neatly on a plate and served alongside the main course meal. I sat nervously in front of my husband waiting for his nod of approval. With my heart thumping loud, fingers crossed and hidden under the chair, I stared at him nervously as he took his first bite. Don’t know if a few beats skipped my heart on that day.

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I saw him calmly eating the curry, trying to relish each bite and then swallowing it down his throat. He looked at me and bursted laughing saying that it tasted awesome ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŽ‰ Till date, I am not sure whether my nervous face or my first attempt of cooking a non-veg meal for him made that curry taste good.

I have improved a lot in my cooking since then. Nervousness doesn’t take a toll on me while cooking for him anymore. After cooking and serving this delicacy again today, I couldn’t stop myself from remembering those good old days and also admiring the present day when it was relished again by both the dad and daughter๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘งequally. It was a delight to watch them finish their meal happily in a few minutes๐Ÿ˜ So, what matters at the end of the day? Enlightenment, contentment and a dash of happiness! Woohooo ๐Ÿ˜™๐Ÿ˜Ž

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๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ

In case you would love to replicate the recipe, here is the method for youย ๐Ÿ˜€

Ennai Kathrika Era Karuvadu (Dry Prawns and Brinjal Curry)
Preparation time: 20 mins
Cooking time: 30 mins

Ingredients:

  • One cup of dry Shrimp (tiny variety)
  • 1 Medium size onion, cut length wise
  • 2 Medium size tomatoes, cut length wise
  • 3 Brinjal (small round variety), cut length wise
  • 12-15 pods of crushed garlic pods
  • 1 tsp garlic paste
  • 2-3 dry red chilli whole
  • A handful of curry leaves
  • 1 tsp salt or as per your taste
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder
  • 2 tbs coriander powder
  • 1 green chilli (can be increased or decreased according to your taste)
  • Oil for cooking
  • 1 tsp of cumin+black mustard+chana daal for tempering

Preparation:

  1. Wash and cut the onion, brinjal and tomatoes length wise and keep aside
  2. Mix the brinjal with half tsp salt, turmeric and chilli powder and keep it covered for 5 minutes
  3. Heat a wok and dry roast the dry prawns for 4-5 minutes
  4. Take the roasted prawns out and immediately soak it in warm water for five minutes
  5. Pour 2 tbs of oil in the wok and fry the brinjal till it becomes soft. I made it a bit crispy. Take it out and keep aside
  6. Strain the water completely from the soaked prawns and fry it in oil till it become crispy. Drain and keep aside.
  7. Add half of the curry leaves in the oil and take it out as soon as it becomes crunchy
  8. Add a tbsp of oil in the wok again and add the tempering
  9. Once it splutters, add the crushed garlic, dry red chillies, the green chilli, onion and the rest of the curry leaves
  10. Fry it till the onion becomes pink. Add the garlic paste now. Stir and cook for 2 minutes
  11. In goes the salt, turmeric, chilli powder and coriander powder now. Fry for a minute
  12. add the tomatoes, stir and cook it till it becomes mushy
  13. Once the tomatoes start releasing the oil, add the fried brinjal and the prawns (leave a bit of the fried prawns for garnishing) to it. Stir
  14. Cover and cook everything together for 5-6 minutes. Switch off the gas.
  15. Take out the curry in a serving bowl and garnish it with the rest of the fried prawns and the crunchy curry leaves.
  16. Serve it with plain rice or dosa as a side dish.
  17. Enjoy it wholeheartedly with your loved ones and make memories together ๐Ÿ™‚

๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ

Do share your thoughts of any such memories of yours. And if you decide to try the recipe, do comment below and let me know how it turned out for you ๐Ÿ™‚

Don’t settle for happiness, always demand euphoria! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

The Eternal Love

The Eternal Love

Once while talking to my best friend I asked her whether she love her lover still? Does it make her sad that they couldn’t be together and has she ever wondered whether her life would have been better and more beautiful than what it was 

What is Love โค๏ธ

What is Love โค๏ธ

Photo courtesy: Gulmohar Doodles Among the numerous mythological stories which I have heard in my lifetime, the following remains my favorite. The one which speaks of love. The one which shows a new perspective. The one who shows how a man can keep aside his 

Essence of Childhood

Essence of Childhood

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Perhaps the most beautiful thing we can feel in our lives is telling someone we love that we love them unconditionally and thanking someone whom we are grateful for. Showing our gratitude to those who taught us how simple life can be and we don’t need complicated stuffs to make it beautiful ๐Ÿ’žโค We should learn to find joy in the most simple things in life and not bother or get carried away by the materialistic life. Back then it was all small, happy and simple. Can you relate to these simple joys of life too?

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I take pride in growing up in a typical Indian middle class joint family where everyone contributed in their unique way to make a normal mundane life beautiful and meaningful. Our home at Jharkhand was surrounded by numerous trees, flowers, lakes and loads of sunshine. Chirping birds and crickets, hopping grasshoppers, lovely butterflies and ladybugs, jumping frogs and flying dragonflies. The cuckooing of the Cuckoo in a distant mango tree. A small nest beaming of cute small birdies chirping loudly for their mother on that big, dense, fully loaded Jackfruit tree. Oh, how I loved that Jackfruit tree! It was huge and it’s branches spread like clouds forming a union. It provided a soothing shade where I have spent countless days swinging and playing with my siblings.

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When the scorching summer sun arrived, it provided a gentle and calming shade just like an elderly in the family. It’s green round leaves shined in the sunlight leaving me wondering how can someone be so happy in that sweaty summer? The tiny Jackfruits adorned the tree and hugged the branches like a baby clinging to it’s mother. They were beautiful! With every passing day they grew plumper and bigger. Our summer meals were filled with different Jackfruit curries and fries. But, it is that one morsel from my grandmother’s hand is what I remember and crave the most.

My grandmother as any grandmother was really good at feeding the kids. She had this charm about her. She could transform any simple thing into something extraordinary. She loved stories as much as I do. I guess that’s what brought us together even more. She would tell me stories about her childhood and things which I wouldn’t have heard of. I remember her telling that once when my grandfather went to UP to meet one of his friends’, he tasted this really tasty, sumptuous, flavorful rice cooked with the humble Kathal (Jackfruit). They called it “Kathal ki Biriyani”. Talking she quickly mixed the Jackfruit curry with the plain rice and fed me and stated that how she wondered how that flavorful “Kathal ki Biriyani” tasted? I couldn’t stop but wondered the same and somehow felt that the thought has made the humble “Kathal-rice” yummier. I thought about the Kathal ki Biriyani for a a few days and forgot about it in my busy life for a long time.

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It was only when I went to college and a friend served this Kathal ki biriyani that I remembered my grandmother’s story once more. I wondered again if that was just a story to feed me a good portion of the meaty Kathal-rice on that day or it indeed happened? How could I know for she was gone long back. I longed once again for her stories, talks and teachings. The little time we spent laughing and talking together. I realized that it is a great joy to give and that you end up feeling sorry if you always receive. I came to this realization after her death through those numerous food and stories which I loved having with her together. How I wish I could make my daughter meet her and know how great a person she was. How I wish my daughter listening to all those stories again and being in awe. I wonder if it would feel the same?

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So, when I saw this small Kathal yesterday on my trip to the vegetable market, I couldn’t stop myself from buying one. While making the little one sleep in the night yesterday, I decided to cook the flavorful Kathal ki biriyani today. And here it is all ready and served to eat. The little birdie was excited to taste the biriyani and asked me if I made it specially for her? I shook my head in negative and told her it was a tribute to my grandmother. She paused and then asked me – “Mammaa, will your grandmother be proud of you now? With teary eyes I nodded and replied – “Yes, my love. I know she certaily would be.” Today, how I wish I could feed her one spoon full of this biriyani and make her realise how it would have tasted the day my grandfather ate it for the first time.

P.S.: Since the whole city has been shutdown given the Corona scare and we all are going through a tough time. With the kids having nowhere to go and being restricted to home, please make sure they eat only home cooked food and get to do some activity like reading and playing at home and not to step outside unless absolutely necessary. Stay safe, wherever you are โค๏ธ

The Colors of Innocence

The Colors of Innocence

Clockwise on the platter – Makhuti, Dahi Vada, Chura bhunja, Gujhiya Photo courtesy: GulmoharDoodles Neythiri is a curious soul. Lately she has been obsessed with the solar system. She likes to admire the moon every single night. Yesterday, while waiting for her Appa to come 

Do Small Things In a Great Way

Do Small Things In a Great Way

Isn’t it a way of nature that everyone is different, yet here to serve a purpose? I believe that in one way or another everyone in their own unique way bring random happiness in someone’s life. It could be a simple greeting on the hallway 

Happy Holi โค

Happy Holi โค

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Bura naa maano Holi hai โค

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Bura naa maano Holi hai โค

A few days before Holi, I asked Neythiri how much does she love me? She heard my question patiently and swayed her head probably thinking of what to answer again since the same question keeps on coming at random intervals in different ways. She got down from the bed and looked straight in my eyes. There, I was still waiting for an answer. โ€œYou remember the bigggg watermelon Appa got the other day? And you cut it and made a moon out of it and I ate it like chomp, chomp, chomp?โ€ Neythiri stated. โ€œYes? I was eagerly waiting for a confirmation on the size of her love. And I hoped it was as big as a watermelon!โ€ โ€œNo, no, no, I donโ€™t lurve you that much.โ€ Neythiri almost broke my heart. โ€œWellโ€ฆ then?โ€ โ€“ I started getting disappointed.

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Bura naa maano Holi hai โค

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Bura naa maano Holi hai โค

Neythiri started again โ€“ โ€œActuallyyyy, you remember the vada you make? And then we put lottttssssss of yummmyyy curd in that? Appa got soooo much curd right? And the curd tastes soooooo good when you put chugar in it and mix it like dhup-dhip-dhup? I lurve you that much. You are sweet and a bittt, just little, tinyy salty curd. My curd ok? I lurve you.

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Bura naa maano Holi hai โค

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Bura naa maano Holi hai โค

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Jharkhand Food Series โ€“ 03

Jharkhand Food Series โ€“ 03

I opened my sleepy eyes one summer morning and looked outside. My bedroom window opened straight in the garden and I could see the lavish greenery, blooming flowers and chirping birds right from my cozy bed. My eyes wandered with a tiny sparrow chirping and