I am lost without you!

Where are you?

I am missing you

Though you trouble me when you are here-

You trouble me more when you are not there

A dress was arranged to receive you

Since I know that Maya never lies

Though you give me pain when you arrive-

I feel strangled when you don’t arrive

 

Where are you?

I am missing you

I know Maya never lies

You are a value proposition for me

Your first arrival is a big festival

You get intermittent and my time starts ticking

You pause and sadly I get promoted

 

Maya never lies

I am lost without you

This isn’t the time to leave me alone

Please do come back soon

 

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Classic Cheese Omelette

Eggs are the easiest dish to make anytime of the day. I am adding a twist to the normal Omelette by introducing Cheese. I can assure you this is the best cheese omelette I have ever had in my life, so yummy.

So into a frying pan, first you need to add some oil/ghee. Now spread it on the surface of the pan by gently swirling the pan. Keep the flame low, you don’t want the eggs to cook fast. I am starting with 2 eggs. Break the eggs into the pan. You could instead break the eggs into a mixing bowl and whisk them and then pour it into the pan. In this way, you could get a more fluffier omelette. Well, I am keeping it simple by breaking the eggs directly into the pan, I can owe it to my laziness to wash an extra bowl. If you see that the yolk hasn’t spread enough, just use a spoon to spread it a bit.

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Sprinkle salt and pepper. These are the most important ingredients in any egg omelette.photo6275811105339189237

Place the cheese slices somewhere along the diameter of the omelette. I have just taken a full cheese slice and cut into 3 small pieces and placed it over the omelette. You could very well use grated cheese or any variety of cheese.photo6275811105339189238

Now you need to fold in the omelette from both sides over the cheese. The aim is to see that the cheese is sealed inside the omelette. Cheese tends to melt quickly and ooze out, so ensure the sealing is perfect.

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Turn it over to cook the other side. You can see some part of my cheese has come out. Well, my sealing wasn’t perfect. Perfection comes with practice.photo6275811105339189240

Once both sides are cooked, transfer the cheese omelette to a plate.photo6275811105339189241Now what are you waiting for? Devour this delicious mouth watering dish and let me know how it turned out for you. Were you able to seal the cheese perfectly the first time? If so, you are going to be a classy cook 🙂

Sausage Roll/ Wrap

I do cook on all weekdays but when weekends comes, I tend to be so lazy that I am hesitant to even get up from my bed forget entering the kitchen. My stomach doesn’t agree with my laziness and insists on being provided with food by growling out loud. There are 2 options at this juncture: 1. Order food 2. Make something under 5 minutes. I picked option 2 as ordered food for a long time hasn’t satisfied my sophisticated palate.

Enter the kitchen and add some oil/ ghee into a frying pan. Place 2 sausages into it. Since you have taken it directly from the freezer, there’s high chance that oil would start to splutter, so keep the frying pan covered. Turn the sausages around and see that they are cooked well.

Take a ready to fry chapathi and fry it on both sides in the same frying pan. Don’t cook for long, else it will harden up and start to break up.

Place cheese slices/ strips over the chapathi. Keep it along the diameter of the chapathi.

Place the sausage over the cheese strips.

Now I am going to add some sweet chilly garlic sauce over the sausages. You could add any sauce of your choice.

Next step is to make a roll out of it. Fold from bottom first. Then from the sides. Your delicious sausage roll is ready to be eaten.Serve hot.

Tossed Mushroom

I feel it absolutely unethical to not include such a delicious dish in a post. This recipe is already doing its rounds of being famous on its own ever since it has already been mentioned about in another post – Mushroom fight!

For this dish, you require button mushrooms. I am using close to 100 grams of button mushroom.

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You need to clean the mushrooms first. 2 ways of doing it. One is use water – ensure the entire water is drained off properly from inside mushrooms after washing. Two is wipe it thoroughly using a damp cloth.

Into a frying pan, add some ghee/oil. Add the mushrooms along with some salt and freshly grounded pepper. Allow it to cook in medium flame. Keep stirring constantly. You can alternatively keep it covered for a while.

Once an awesome aroma starts coming, or when you feel mushrooms are cooked properly, you need to add some tomatoes and capsicum, diced. I have used one half tomato and one half capsicum, The main reason why I added this is to increase quantity.

The capsicum pieces and the tomato pieces starts to blend with the mushrooms. Now one last step. You can skip this if you don’t want to add any sauce. Add a bit of sweet chilly garlic sauce and toss it well with the mushrooms.

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Mouthwatering tossed mushrooms are ready to gulp.

Mushroom fight!

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So I asked her to make some

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But it was very little

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And placed it close to her

She ate all the mushroom ce129260-aafe-4578-9afb-284a2c30b4ac

She asked me ‘how is it?’

I told her.. ‘you ate all of it moron’

‘how could I tell about it’

I told her I am putting this in blog

She begged me not to do so

She tried to bribe me with a lime juice

ewww!! I won’t fall for that

She ate all the mushroom ce129260-aafe-4578-9afb-284a2c30b4ac

And asked me ‘how is it?’

 

 

Day Out at Pyramid Valley

You are in Bangalore spending your weekends watching television or browsing things just to while away your time. You have no idea how to end your weekend or to make it productive. Big planned group getaways ends in vain. You have no car or a bike, so travelling long distances is a nightmare to you. That’s when you start googling ‘ places to visit within Bangalore’ and on one such search, ‘ Pyramid Valley‘ pops up.

To PYRAMID VALLEY

Origin: Majestic bus stand

Destination: Pyramid Valley

I read in a couple of blogs about a direct bus (KBS-5H) from Majestic to Pyramid Valley whose timings was supposedly every half hour. So I waited close to an hour at platform number 11a for the so called bus that never arrived. Then after enquiring with some conductors, I decided to board the bus to Banashankari and then proceed further. By the time, I got on the bus, it was 11 am. I should say, ‘ please start early’. With a hell lot of traffic, travelling in bus can be very exhaustive. Reached Banashankari after a very very long time. It’s 19 rs point, ended up losing 1 re.It was sweating hot. Only some snacks and water made the journey bearable. From Banashankari, boarded the KSRTC bus to Harohalli. It’s 40 rs point. I asked the conductor to let me know when my stop comes. Anyway I noticed Metro lines operational at Banashankari. I have never been to this part before, so I decided I will return by metro.

The travel was a bumpy ride with lesser and lesser traffic as we proceeded. It was like a countryside with tall apartments. I counted a building with 20 floors. On the way, there were many lakes all filled with water to the brim. After a long while, the conductor asked me to come to the door and get down. Saw the arrow to Pyramid Valley. Now it’s almost a km inside. Time: 1:30 pm. Need to rush for the free lunch. Literally ran inside. On both sides of the road, were small huts and shops that reminds of a rural village, cow dung on the way, grazing cows, dogs, hen and its chicken, goat, ladies washing clothes by beating it on stone, a high chimney giving out black smoke etc. Many cars passed my side moving to the valley. A temple on the way plus a lotus pond in the valley were refreshing.

You need to sign at the entrance and then you can move in. Rushed for the lunch. It was written you need to take coupons for lunch but since it was 1.45 pm, I didn’t take any coupon. They allowed me for lunch. There was pickle, ridge gourd curry, sambhar and buttermilk as accompaniments for rice. The food was good, decent. Pyramid valley promotes vegetarianism. Anna dhanam or free lunch is provided to all who visit the Pyramid.

I had to answer nature’s call so enquired and found a loo near the vegetarian canteen where you have to pay for food. Filled clean drinking water and started walking to the Pyramid. There were lot of people, mostly couples enjoying the scenic beauty of the surrounding. Lush green grass and coconut trees lined on both sides were amazing.

You are not allowed to take pictures inside the pyramid. Leave your shoes outside and switch off the mobile. You have to meditate for minimum 30 minutes before you proceed to King’s chamber. So you can sit on chairs on or floor on meditation chair. I sat on one like this. It was pretty comfortable even though it was hot inside the pyramid.

It was very silent inside except for occasional whispers. After meditating for a while, I climbed the spiral steps to reach the King’s chamber. Now this is the place which is said to have more concentrated energy as it is situated at 1/3rd the height of the pyramid. They have table fans installed. Without it, I think people would literally burn to death in there. There were people who were sleeping and snoring as an end stage of meditation. These people were woken up and asked to leave. I spend some time there meditating. It was really difficult to control one’s own mind. When people were climbing up, you could feel the place you were sitting shaking as if there was an earthquake.

After climbing down, took the steps to the right. After coming out, there is a shop where you could buy a lot of things. There were pyramid models, books of Osho, Meditation books, pure herbal products, ornaments, pictures, herbal juice, soaps, salts, repellents, cleaners, air freshners and what not. Most of the cosmetic products are from VitroNaturals. I bought a few stuffs but now I regret I could have bought more as the prices there are cheaper compared to that online.

There is a wooden bridge that connects pyramid to cafeteria.

Had a cool lassi at the cafeteria, filled the water bottle and started walking around. There were some dhyana pyramids were you could meditate night and day, a trekking path to Tapasthali, a statue of Gandhiji and Buddha in meditation. There was also a trodden path to a Muruga temple. Anyway since it was getting late and had started to drizzle, started walking back to the main road. No need to sign again on way out.

From Pyramid Valley

Origin: Pyramid Valley

Destination: Home

On the road, got the bus within a minute, a bus bound to Banashankari, 40rs. Stood for major distance of the route, got down at Banashankari, boarded a Metro as planned. Was at my destination in half an hour.

So my suggestion is make use of the Metro, it saves a lot of time and frustration.

My verdict of Pyramid Valley: I will visit again and buy some more natural products.

 

Indian Mackerel / Aiyla Meen Fry

I am usually clueless about fish. I do not know which is a good fish to fry and which a good one make a curry of. So I ask the experts, the shop keepers, to suggest me a good fish. I am more of a fish fry person than a fish curry person.

At the shop, since I don’t want to look awfully stupid, I proceed like this. I point at any fish and ask if it is a good fish to be fried. Then the shopkeeper points at a different fish and says ‘this is a better fish’. Task completed. I get a fish that can be fried.

So this time, the shopkeeper pointed out the Indian Mackerel to me.The Indian Mackerel looks awesome. See for yourselves. I got 3 of them to fry.

Even though, fish is born and brought up in waters, they need to be again put in water and cleaned. I don’t like to keep the head, so I cut them off. Clean the inside of the fish well, remove all traces of black colour and wash them multiple times with salt till the water being drained is void of blood stains.

Next step is optional, you can cut the fish into pieces or leave it as whole. I am cutting each fish into 3 pieces each. The intended use of this fish fry is to serve as an accompaniment for my lunch and my lunch box is small that it can’t accommodate a long fish.

Now is the masala time. Masala is what is going to determine how your fish is going to taste, it could range from being super yummy to super awful. I am adding salt, chilly powder, fish masala, garam masala and a very little vinegar. You can add or remove ingredients as per your choice.

You need to apply this masala thoroughly on the fish flesh with hands and leave it for sometime to marinate.

Now after 10-15 minutes, let us get the pan ready for frying the fish. I am using coconut oil for this. You could use any other oil. Heat a pan, add oil and then add the fish slices into the oil. Ensure that no fish slice is above another fish.

Once one side is fried, you need to turn the fish pieces and fry the other side. Remove the fish from the fire and serve hot. I prefer mackerel fish fry with rice. This is the final product of the process above.

Idiyappam /Noolappam /String Hoppers

It’s after a long gap that I am posting a recipe. It doesn’t mean that I wasn’t cooking in the meanwhile. Putting a post about any dish actually takes a lot of time, you need to take more pictures and measure quantities which is slightly tiresome and I am lazy. I am still not over my laziness, so this post has minimal pictures for reference 🙂

Coming to the title, String hoppers is an age old culinary specialty in the southern states of India. I am going to describe about the easiest way to prepare this dish in an edible manner. If you think this recipe can be simplified further, do let me know. I would want to skip more steps 🙂

So I start by ordering this double horse appam idiyappam pathiri pouch .Image result for double horse idiyappam big basket

Once you get the pouch, let’s begin. You require boiled water. If you are planning to use one glass of idiyappam powder, then you need exactly one glass of boiled water. Now this can be tricky if you start with one glass of water and then boil it. So I advice to take some extra water and then measure out one glass of water from it.

Now into the boiled water, add salt and a little amount of ghee. Add the idiyappam powder now and mix it well using a spoon. I said spoon because the water is very hot and you shouldn’t get your fingers burnt. Once you see the powder is wet everywhere, cover and keep  the mix for 15 minutes. This will help the dough to become softer and also the dough gets cooler in the meantime. You should keep the dough covered so that it doesn’t cool down very quickly and get hardened.

Now after 15 minutes, use your hands to kneed the dough. It should be possible to touch the dough now. You have to get hold of an idly steamer and maker.

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Just like how you make idli, you need to boil water in the idly pot. You need to grease the idli mould with ghee to avoid noolappam sticking onto the moulds. Next you need to use a kitchen press.

Super Classic Set of 15 Pattern Discs Kitchen Press

Again grease the inside of the kitchen press. Make small balls out of the dough and fill it inside the kitchen press. Never over fill. Close the lid and start pressing the dough out into the idly moulds. One thing to remember, use the smallest available pattern disc of kitchen press for thinner noolappams. You can add grated coconut into the idli mould while you are pressing the kitchen press.

Keep the idli moulds into the idly pot and start steaming the idiyappams. Once steam starts coming, remove the idly moulds from fire, allow the moulds to cool for a while and then remove the idiyappams from the mould.

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Serve with egg curry or chicken curry or even coconut milk.

I’ll be there for you!

You know you need me

And that you love me

You never wanna stay away

But you are scared to admit

Don’t worry, you can trust me

I’ll be there for you…

You laugh heartfelt with me

And then you gaze into me

You wanna hold me tight

But you are scared of losing me

Don’t worry, you can trust me

I’ll be there for you…

You fight and scold me

And then you cry with me

You wanna lie in my arms forever

But you are scared of  even dreaming

Don’t worry, you can trust me

I’ll be there for you…

 

 

 

 

What wrong did I do?

Forgive me oh Lord if I have wronged you
But I swear I would never do that to you
Oh would you listen out to me once please
I need to speak out before my heart cease
Tell me, ‘what wrong did I do?’

When you got no time for me and my talks
And was embroiled in your life and stocks
Disregarded me as if I did’t matter anymore
I felt left out and ignored to my core
Tell me, ‘what wrong did I do?’

When I kept on calling and texting you
You thought I was trying to conquer you
You never thought what I was going through
Loneliness and isolation to mention a few
Tell me, ‘what wrong did I do?’

Being a human I did speak with a few
You were not interested in what I do
Didn’t want to bore you and kept it away
Now why do you think I am just a stray
Tell me, ‘what wrong did I do?’

I have fed you always with food and water
And been there always whenever it matter
No One was, is and will be as significant
Forever for me, you are the most magnificent
Tell me, ‘what wrong did I do?’

Forgive me oh Lord if I have wronged you
I swear again I would never do that to you
Now that you have heard out my heart’s pleas
Do pardon me please before my time flees
Tell me, ‘what wrong did I do?’