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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Karwachauth....


When we talk about Indian festivals, we all talk about Holi, Diwali, and many other festivals. Hailing from Punjab, many small festivals get shadowed by Baisakhi or Lohri. One such festival is Karwa Chauth. This a festoval of a whole days fasting where a wife fasts an entire day for the long life of her husband. More than that it is also a festival which brings about a special bond between a Mother-in-law and her Daughter- in-law.
The festival begins a day before when the mother-in-law gives Sargi to her daughter-in-law. Sargi is the auspicius gift wich she is given for preparing for the fast. Since this a festival which celebrated the power wrested in a woman to prolong the life of her husband, the gifts consists of all the things that would help her dress as a bride. These also include white angel hair vermicelli or sewaiyan.



Sargi consists of the following items
  • Henna
  • Kumkum
  • Red ribbon
  • Red clothes
  • Glass Bangles 
  • Make up articles 
  • Sewaiyan 
  • Sweets
  • Dry fruits 
  • Fresh Fruits 
  • Pomogranade
  • Sugar cane 
  • Coconut
  • Paan
All the above articles in the sargi are also called the Suhaag Pitari
The lady and her husband are supposed to cook the sewaiyan with milk and eat with fruits before the sunrise
and start the festival.

The most important part of this festival is called the Baya. This is the offering to the Gauri Mata which comes from the Lady's parents' house. This consists of Matthis or mathris. Basically a deep fried , shortened dough fritter. These matthis are of three types, Feeki or plain, Meethi or sweetened and one with the hole. The sweet ones and the plain ones are given to the mother-in-law as a gift.

To make a matthi st your place you have to proceed just like a short crust pastry:

300 g refined flour
75g ghee
chilled water
salt to taste
few crushed black pepper corns

  • rub the ghee into the flour till both are mixed evenly and the flour tends to show some binding 
  • add the seasonings and the water and make a firm dough 
  • rest for half and hour 
  • roll like a chapati and make incisions with a knife all over it so that the matthi does not fluff up like a poori 
  • deep fry on moderate heat 
  • the end product should be rich and flaky, and not too chewy. 






The lady spends her entire day dressing up like a bride and praying to the goddess for her husband's long life and success. At sunset, ladies gather together and pray and this process is called Baya Mansana and there is a special song that is sung during this ritual.


Veero Kudiye Karwada,
Sarv Suhagan Karwada,
A Katti Na Ateri Naa,
Kumbh Chrakhra Feri Naa,
Gwand Pair payeen Naa,
Sui Che Dhaga Payeen Naa
Ruthda maniyen Naa,
Suthra Jagayeen Naa,
Bhain Pyari Veeran,
Chan Chade Te Pani Peena
Ve Veero Kuriye Karwara,
Ve Sarv Suhagan Karwara.......



During this fast, the lady is not allowed to do a few daily chores, it is a superstitious belief that this will cause
ill health to her husband, she is not allowed to sew, run the mill or charkha, use of knife and scissors, no anger, not to wake someone who is sleeping.

At night when the moon rises, the ladies offer soaked almonds and water to the moon and thank god for the
successful completion of their fast. The look at the moon through the hole in the matthi and then look at thier husbands through it. the festivities are completed when the lady breaks her fast with the first bite of food and first sip of water from their husbands hand.






This festival may not be that talked about around the globe but holds a lot of significance in the life on an Indian bride.

India has many such stories and many such rituals, hope I bring a new story for you u next time over...

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Navratra delights......

Navratri, or nine day festival celebrating the victory of good over evil, the celebration of life, is a very important as per the Hindu calendar. It is celebrated twice a year once in spring ( chaitra navaratra) and once in autumn ( sharad navratra) 


This festival is completed with a nine day ritual of fasting. This fast comes with a nine day dietary ristrictions called FALAHAAR....
which when translated means fruit food... In north Indian houses wheat grans are sowed for 9 days and worshiped, thus no cereals, grains or pulses can be consumed during this festival.






the recipes comprise of a few ingredients, namely potato, sago,  dairy products, pumpkin, buckwheat flour, water chestnut flour, lotus puffs, fruits, etc.


some of the wonderful things that one can make are as follows


sabudana wada
sabudana khichri
kuttu atta mirchi bonda
kuttu aatta and kaddu cheela
paneer ki sabzi
khatta meetha kaansiphal
sabudane ki kheer
crispy phul makhana
til aloo moonphalli sabzi....
fruit cream
amroob ki dahi wali sabzi....
kuttu tikkad

raw mango chutney

Monday, September 26, 2011

A piece of kolkata gastronomy

There are some cities that call you, some that scare you away , and some that even build themselves around you. My city, Kolkata, silently sneaks into your heart and grows inside it. Sounds utterly filmy dosent it? Well, Mumbai may be the city of dreams, but Kolkata is a dream come true.


Yes, i know durga puja is around the corner, and i get all hyper about the pujas and how the fan fare is so grande . But, what exactly is the Puja fan fare? Its not all the lights or the idols or even marquees . The Puja feel comes from withing, whether you are a bengali or not its irrespective.

Today I experienced a phenomenon . It is a restaurant, but i still chose to call it a phenomenon. Before I get there let me tell you few things about Bengali food. When one talks about the Bengali Cuisine, one cannot forget Mangsho ( maans in hindi ) or Mutton. Unlike all over the world, mutton to Kolkata is GOAT....or Khaasi....or Patha..... And an integral dish is Kosha Mangsho. Its nothing but a Semi dry mutton curry, which when cooked to perfection is no less than a dream. one needs to broil the meat till it gets real tender. No festivity in a Bengali household is complete without Kosha Mangsho ( which when translated is Broiled Mutton ).



Getting back to the phenomenon, when you are in kolkata , Kosa mangsho comes with history. Every die hard mutton fan knows of this restaurant called Gol Bari, which is located at the Shyam Bazaar 5 point crossing. What we have now is actually said to be the new  Gol Bari. The old one is said to have been way better. To my surprise the name of the restaurant is New Punjabi Hotel. The place is not a fancy outlet, but when you cross it, the drift of the aroma flowing in the wind is bound to catch your attention. The place is small and old, but the people are really sweet, you need to pay at the counter and get a ticket, and sit. And the magic potions will arrive.






The mutton is no-need-to-chew tender and the rotis are soft and nice. Served with a generous portion  onion salad and tangy tamarind chutney, one does not realize when the plate is polished clean. This place is not just an eatery but any food lovers dream come true. It has a small little menu which consists of dreamy potions on different stature and measure. Anothe rprecial effect that was added was smoking the place with Dhoono or incense powder. The Dhoono smell is considered very festive, and has strong associations with the so called Durga Puja feel.

Yes, yet again i had a jaw dropping gastronomic experience in Kolkata, truly a food lovers delight
The city of ( tummy) joy.


Monday, September 5, 2011

Bloggers MOMO-Day Out







When in Kolkata, A hot humid afternoon is something u don't really have a problem with. because there is so much do do in this city. Today being one such afternoon, me and my dear blogger friend went on our favorite summer afternoon activity. BINGE.
Momos from Hamro Momos


Well, after the lovely hospitality as Blue Poppy , we decided to try out  the much talked about Hamro Momo. Located at Suburban Hospital Road ( walking distance from Forum Mall ) . This place is like a small little shop , but with high activity going on in it. One can love to eat momos, But the fun of eating it in a small little joint os past comapre. Although the Momos wernt to great, the experience indeed was. We had a steamed momo, Pepper chicken and Chicken 65.
Chicken 65
The much talked about momo was just average but the chicken 65 kinda got us talking. Fantastic , and bold curry flavor and a hard hitting spicy note. Although it tasted more south Indian than at a Tibetian joint, i have no qualms saying that i did like it. Even the sauce of the pepper chicken was stunning. Although the chicken was cooked previously , the sauce was brilliant. Zing of lemon and rush of pepper . even the onions tossed in it tasted fabulous.

Pepper Chicken
The Best thing came at the end , the cheque. Chicken Steamed Momo, Chicken 65, Pepper Chicken, Mineral water ....Rs 218

Pot Stickers
Although we had a blast, the quest for La Momo Extrodinaire was still pending. Thus, we decided that why not try its slightly cleaner next door neighbor, Momo Plaza. This one looks like a dingy place when u enter it but what came to our surprise was that they had Pot-Stickers (dumplings pan seared on 1 side ) called Kothey ...... and they also had pan fried momos tossed in a hot garlic sauce. Honest opinion, The pan fried momos here are way better than blue poppy.


Pan Fried with Gravy
The thing that i liked here was the fantastic Dipping Sauce. Spicy, but not gullet burning hot, with heady coriander bursts, gingery undertones and a fantastic balance of chili, with hints of sweetness.

The Lunch ended with an over  stuffed belly an satiated taste buds.

More to come on thukpas.......

P.S. Special Thanks to My Blogger Friend Poorna

her blog

http://presentedbyp.blogspot.com/


Saturday, August 27, 2011

A piece of Tibet




Momos, there are millions of momo vendors in the city, The Bengali always had a soft corner for the Asian flavors, but today Momos are becoming a very big comfort food for all. Kolkata houses some of the really popular momo shops. Another thing that is really getting on to the generation today is Thukpa. A meal in a bowl with soup, noodles, vegetables and meats. Very lightly spiced, a Thukpa is a very healthy 'eat out' dish .

Away from all the commercial stir, with no advertising , "The Blue Poppy" and Sikkim House is a treasure chest of surprises.

The Blue Poppy
Sikkim House
Middleton Row

9735036117

I am sure you think by now I am going to talk about momos. Well no i am not, i do want to talk about some other fantastic delicacies. With wast array if dishes to offer, Blue Poppy is a secret hideout for many a office goer and also for students from nearby schools and colleges. Gaining popularity wholly with their food quality and hospitable ambiance. The serve some amazing gastronomical treats from Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan . The regular Chinese food is also available for the slightly less experimental.

When you enter the place it transports you to Gangtok or Darjeeling. The smells, the decor, all is so inviting. The warmth and coziness are enhanced by the lovely hostess, Tiki . Amicable nature is her plus and she is always smiling and ready to help out with the menu.

With her recommendation I ordered Chicken Shapta, a country style spicy chicken stir fried with loads of onions and tomato. PLEASE tell them to reduce the spice levels 'coz if you can eat chilies this is not a thing for u. A favorite side order with this is the Ting momo. This is a steamed BUN, Similar to the Chinese Tai Pao, the Ting Momo is to Tibetian food what bread rolls are to continental food. fantastic to dunk in some hot soup or maybe as an accompaniment to a spicy stir fry, it adds a lot of character to the food you are having.

One must also try to have their Phaley, which is like a paratha stuffed with meat.
Needless to say that they have fantastic momos and thukpa.They also have steamed Pork Buns ( which need to be ordered in advance)

Unless you go there you will think your regular momo wendor is the best. This place will just make u forget all the momos you have ever eaten. The food here is truly fantastic.

So, Blue Poppy it is .....

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Mumbai.... On the Roll




Life is a whirlwind of sorts, rite when u think u have eaten the best in a category, yet another gush of wind brings the aromas of something that just sets an all new bench mark. I have always thought that the best rolls are available are available in Kolkata. Well, last night i was just left stunned. Walking down another familiar street in the city closest to my heart, Mumbai. Yes, this is yet another roadside rendezvous in the city of dreams. But this time we are not going to see some age old techniques of cooking or some landmark.

Let me take you to the suburban shopping place LOKHANDWALA. Frequented mostly by youngsters and upcoming actors and models, you will be amazed at the variety of food that is available . One such place I went to was this shop called BREADKRAFT.


This place calls itself " no 1" roll shop. what i had here was an Egg Chicken Keema Cheese Roll. Spicy warm and simply brilliant. The wrap itself was like a cross between a luchi and a roti...
They have flavors ranging from Chicken Manchurian , Makhani, Chili Paneer, Mixed vegetable..and tonnes more...

Unless u have a bite if this warm flavor treasure you cant imagine what i am talking about. I don't know what came on to me... just sat on the foot tread and forgot what people will think and in the true Mumbaikar spirit just ate my way through the best junk food i have eaten in ages.

The roll, mind you, is thick and eating one is dinner by itself... A few steps away is Eden another local cake shop. The owner refused to let me click pictures inside his shop. So i managed to click only what i ate from there.



Lets begin with the Passion Fruit Cheese Cake with a top layer of passion fruit and the bottom layer of a very light blue berry. The best thing though was the crust. It was thin and flaky, and was made with oat cookies. With a hint of saltiness that was added by the butter in the crust, the flavors seemed to just burst open in the mouth. Just the correct texture to glide the spoon through, the only better cheese cake I have ever eaten is at The Big Chill in KHAN MARKET.

The second dessert that we tried was Fruit of the Forest . A wild berry flavored cream layered with a moist buttery sponge, topped with cream infused with basil seeds. Not many of us know that basil seeds are vastly used in desserts, In India we call it Tukmalanga or Sabja .. widely used in faalooda.. Ever wondered what those black slippery dots in a falooda were?


On that sweet note and with a hope to be carried home, i end my today's rendezvous of the mumbai road side. Good food does not need to be at a fance cake shop from a star rated hotel. It will summon you and you will reach it ...... if you are destined to ...

Till Then......Nan tara bhetuyaa

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Proof of the Pudding.....is in "Polishing" it off




Being as Indian as i am, my sweet taste buds are slightly stronger than the others. Sometimes they even start demanding dessert out of the blue, like they have taken over my brain. I feel like a two year old (if not any thing less than that) and fuss for dessert.

Its cloudy, misty, and rather laid back. The sunlight is on even close. What calls me, is my kitchen... a few slices of bread... some milk... sugar... eggs ....and nuts ....you guessed rite... Bread and Butter pudding. Smothering my senses, the bread and butter pudding comes out of my oven. I have been making this for ages and probably been doing this the very same way. The almost blistering hot and gooey mass of pure heavenly bliss transports me to childhood days. The excitement in my hear fills me with joy. Somehow even the best muille fuille may not do to me what a very humble bread pudding does.

Dessert is one course of the meal, that i feel, one should begin the meal with. With all your senses open and ready to accept the brand new flavors of the food. As I sit on by my window and take the first few bites of this rather humble elixir, life just seems happier again. A whirlwind of love just rushes through my mouth and reminds me how simplicity can sometimes be way more lovable than exotic. Food to me is as important as love.

Most people normally flavor their bread and butter puddings with vanilla extract .... i somehow feel that its splendor lies without any artificially flavored things. in my recipe i like to add a hint of either mace or nutmeg... it not only camouflages the eggy taste , but also removes the strong milky overtones. This humble goodness' recipe was given to me by a teacher...

Recipe

Milk 2 cups
eggs 2 nos
bread 12 slices
butter 50g
sugar 3/4 cup
mace powder 1/2 tsp
chopped almonds 1/2 cup
raisins 1/2 cup
chocolate chips 1/2 cup

for the glaze

orange marmalade 2 tbsp
water 1/2 cup

  • apply butter on bread and cut int small pieces ...
  • whisk eggs and milk and sugar till suagr dissolves
  • add the mace powder layer the pudding with bread pieces, almond , raisins and choclolate chips
  • pour in the milk mixture and bake covered at 200 degrees celcius for 20 misn then open at 150 degrees for 10 mins
  • in a pan melt the marmalade with water to form a syrup
  • gently spoon all over the pudding once out of the oven
  • just wait for the syrup to get absorbed
  • DIG IN

CAUTION : this recipe is the true addiction .... every spoon will swoon your senses.....


Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Mumbai... The Reminiscence





History of a place is never forgotten. Reminiscence of the the past is just what I describe Mumbai as. The city of dreams.

Let me take u down to the my favorite place in Mumbai... Apolo Bunder. This is the name of the area behind and around the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. It still has a charm that cannot be forgotten. Flying pigeons at the Gateway of India or maybe the street food of Bade Miya, it has the works.

My first memory of this place is of 2001 new years when i was training at the Taj. There is nothing on this Earth like her. She is the Taj ( as the slogan goes). Everyone in Mumbai knows Bade Miya. Its the mecca of street food. but there is its lesser known cousin ... Bagadadi...


This place is simple... cheap .. and out of the world. What they serve in the name of a naan is HUGE. Let me be very honest, there are no frills attached to this place. It is the love for some amazing food which calls me to this place every time i go to Mumbai.
Bagdadi has a very limited menu but what ever they serve is brilliant. a must try is the Fried Chicken. The bhuna gosht too is delectable. This is a Bohri joint and since the Bohris are a food loving community, this place stands out in its true stature.

Next, down the same road is Bade Miya. what looks like a closed trolley in the day become a Fair of sorts at night. Folding tables and chairs appear out of nowhere as the sun sets and a dull street turns into a food souq... Heady aromas or meat being grilled on live coals.... men tossing rumali rotis.. and sizzling bheja fry... Its a true delight to the eyes ... the nose and ... of course the taste buds.

Once your appetite is satiated we must take a walk around the biggest milestone for the hospitality industry in India - The Taj Mahal Hotel. It the most talked about hotel in the country and also a landmark . Stayed at by heads of state... celebrities ... It is a secret dream of every hotelier in India to be able to work in this hotel. Walking around this mecca of hospitality, one sees how much love went into its construction. The facades..the canopies, and the dome, the most magnificent artwork adorns this hotel.. and every single room.. every single corner has a story to tell.

The Taj is not only a state of the art hotel but also the jewel in the crown of Mumbai. This hotel is the face of Mumbai and holds a lot of respect in the eyes of every hotelier ever. My article today is a salute to her.. The Taj. She may be over a 100 yrs old but she is beautiful as ever. ..

This is just the beginning many a roadside rendezvous' await you in Mumbai.. The Irani cafes... the wada paw... or the Matki chi usal.... have many more stories to tell...

Till I meet u next....Nan tara bhetuyaa



Saturday, August 6, 2011

The Wonder that was......




Kolkata: the city of joy.... sounds simple doesn't it....? Its the city of love... the city of romance.. literature..music .....and way much much more..

This city has a time capsule.....where in spite in being 2011.... u might just be able to co exist with 1930. A walk down to Kumhaar Tuli from shovabazaar ... might take u to the days when Kolkakata was Calcutta.... into the days of the misty past... smokey lanes and fragrant alleys...

Some old house stand right next to their swanky new generations' counterparts and call out for the doi walas who left them stranded... Thirsty wall plaster are waiting for water from the bhistis and yearning for someone to knock on that broken door whose latch too has frayed with time.Broken balconies of old houses where no Juliet has called her Romeo in many years .... and old panes that beckon light but no eyes to look beyond them... Estranged....yet , with a soul....


As the nostalia begins to sink in, you set foot in a world that opens your eyes.....A walk through time ...a walk through a place where gods and their cunterparts are mass produced - KUMHAAR TULI... If I left u on an open end, its the place where idols are created... Kolkatas own 'God Factory'....They have it all... Now preparing for the advent of durga pooja, the four day gala carnivale of sorts for this city, Kumhaar Tuli has a lot of planning to do.. as its the nerve centre if it all.


The city awaits the arrival of their daughter.. their mother .. and the deity of their dreams.. Maa Durga....who descends to this make belief father's house with her four children.. These god makers create them with their own hands, filling not only life .. for the praan pratishta but also dreams of many Bengalis who wait for this occasion year round... Aspirations... assimilations .. and connotations all fall in place in the four days of this favorite festival....

As the hay figurines get covered in clay...the deity comes to life... where the makers shine... the artisan looks at it with pride.... Walking through 'God Market'.....just leaves you stunned... just an empty space soon will transform into a hustle bustle of merriment and drama... a bundle of illumination and faith.

This is not over yet...how can the talk of kolkata.. of durga pooja be over without the single biggest weakness of every Bengali - MISTI....? The rather famous or the infamous sweet tooth of the Bengali has been talked about.. and even harped abt over ages....i'm not talking about the rosogolla or even the nolen gurer sandesh...As the old bengali sweet shop owners surrender their generations long goodwill to the new generations, there is one such sweet shop that has got the masses today talking . The world changes its tastes from the sandesh to the truffle ... Amidst all this stands out a little Treasure Chest of sandesh popularly called NAKUR....a shop that gives you sandesh ranging from dark chocolate.. black forest ... and butter scotch to strawberry and black currant...

Some of their chocolate sandesh can even put bakeries to shame...
More chocolaty than the brownie and as gooey as fudge... soft... smooth and not even slightly synthetic... he modern day chocolate sandesh does find a very important place in the quintessential benagali meal.




The place filled me up with a new joy for being associated with this city... a new pride to live here...a new bonding which got renewed..and i have yet another story to tell to many a food lovers over the world....

Every city has its secret hideouts...the beauty of the ones in kolkata are that u don't really need to hide from anyone for a hideout.. at heart everyone here is looking for a secret favorite place...and nobody really has a problem sharing their secret place with u . In kolkata a shared secret brings people closer and the secret stronger... The 'belonging nature' of this city brings together people from all over the world and tells them that all the joy of the world begins and ends in just one place ... Kolkata: the city of joy....


Friday, July 1, 2011

The Humble Food...... Rotis

Well, lets begin with the introductory to the humble homely food of my native place... Punjab......
The land of joy, happiness, and celebration... In a place like Punjabi, of for that matter in a Punjabi household, there is no word called enough , when it comes to food. Be it the simple Lassi or the rather lavish feast of a dinner, Punjab never fails to intrigue me any lesser every time i go there (which i make sure that i go once a year)

I still have horror memories of my first ever Amritsar breakfast, The Butter laden kulchas, the Lassai with malai .....and yes JALEBIS........
Well, if u haven't gone to Amritsar , u cant imagine how the rising prices of amul butter seem to make no difference to the people in dhabas.....infact they would be more than happy to give u an extra blob. Known as the cereal bowl of India, Punjab hos a lot to do with breads

enlisting some would be:

The king of them all, Kulchas, stuffed leaved bread baked in the tandoor(clay oven)

well dont be surprised.... that is just a little butter..... u want more.... u'll get more
available in various stuffings, Aloo, paneer, daal, masala, mix, gobhi, being some of them
Would love to tell u that the streets of Amritsar are lined with such vendors wou wod not only feed u but even treat u like a king.

Next we come to my favourite Bhatoora

This bread is much like a Puri, but made with a super leavened and well kneaded refined flour dough. the dough needs to be well risen and even better kneaded to get the best results
Knead the dough doth some sugar and yogurt, and knock back for almost 20 minutes
( a tsp of yogurt for every 100g ) rest the dough covered for a few hours till it rises and fry....
the rather chewy dough when fried can yield huffs and puffs of joy......

And lots not forget the mother of all these above the PARATHA.
a staple at all houses, served in various shaped and sises, from breakfast to dinner.
give a Punjabi any food ingredient and he will some how be able to make a Paratha with it .....
much like its humble cousin, the chapati, the paratha can however be, Bigger, heavier, Stuffied and totally satiable and insatiable at the same time......

Available in varies shapes , sizes and forms all over the county, the Punjab version is made with whole wheat flour, stuffed with anything, eg. potato. cauliflower, paneer, spinach, daal, the paratha is the canvas and the punjabi janaani ( the lady of the house) is the artiste, i have not seen any chef make faster rotis than a head of the house in a punjabi joint family.

As racist as this may sound, i don't think u get better parathas anywhere but in north india. You don't need fancy ingredients to make a decent paratha, a whole lot of simplicity, technique and the heart to sum it up all is what it needs.

when ever u wish to make a paratha ... make sure u do so with lodas of love .... fresh ingredients and yes.....ounces of butter on each .....

with a warm welcome ...... Jee Aaya Nu.....



Monday, June 27, 2011

Figs - The forbidden fruit

Now in the morning as he returned into the city, he was hungry.

And when he saw a fig tree by the road, he came to it, and found nothing on it, but leaves only, and said to it, let no fruit grow on you henceforward forever. And presently the fig tree withered away.

And when the disciples saw it, they marvelled, saying, how soon has the fig tree withered away!

--Matthew 21:18-20

The next day, when they came from Bethany, he was hungry:

And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if perhaps he might find any thing on it: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet.

And Jesus answered and said to it, No man eat fruit of you hereafter forever. And his disciples heard it.

--Mark 11:12-14

The fig has so much to itself. It is a fruit with many faces. The fruit is simple and is enjoyable to everyone. Its softness has a crunch with the seeds and with its sweetness, it has a lot of nutritional value.

The fruit overall is open to a lot of experimentation and to various combinations. It may be served naturally or with a core of almonds or may also be cooked in wine.

Making this document lead to a lot of taste bud teasing, and learning about a fruit which is fantastic and has lot more to itself than it seems

It may be cursed but if sure to temp all the people who dare to taste it.


Figs can be part of almost any special diet, be it low fat, low sodium, high fiber, weight loss, diabetic or even the Mediterranean. They satisfy a sweet tooth without adding any fat. Their unique satiny texture and seeds provide a satisfying mouth feel and crunch.

Figs are fat-free, sodium-free and, like other plant foods, cholesterol-free.

One serving of figs is 40 grams, about 1/4 cup, or about 3 Calimyrna figs or about 4 to 5 Mission figs.

A small serving of about 1 1/2 dried figs equals 1 fruit exchange, or 15 grams of carbohydrate, provided in the form of glucose and fructose.

Figs are high in fiber, providing 20% of the Daily Value --- more dietary fiber per serving than any other common dried or fresh fruit.

Of the approximately five grams of fiber per serving of California figs, four grams are insoluble and one gram is water-soluble.

Figs have the highest overall mineral content of all common fruits. A 40-gram (1/4 cup) serving provides 244 mg of potassium (7% of the DV), 53 mg of calcium (6% of the DV) and 1.2 mg of iron (6% of the DV).

California figs fit into 5 A Day -- the 40 gram serving is an easy way to add a serving of fruit to reach the daily recommendation of five fruits and vegetables.

  • Fig trees have no blossoms on their branches. The blossom is inside of the fruit! Many tiny flowers produce the crunchy little seeds that give figs their unique texture.
  • Figs are harvested according to nature’s clock, fully ripened and partially dried on the tree.
  • Figs naturally help hold in moisture in baked goods, keeping them fresher.
  • Fig puree can be used to replace fat in baked goods

Go on feel the warmth........

The Gift of Aphrodite

Aphrodite , the Greek Goddess og love, romance and beauty, is where the term aphrodisiac comes from. Love inducing food as they an be rightly coined.

The term aphrodisiac has always been not only been of particular interest but a topic of varied speculations as well. It is believed that in the ancient times most of these ingredients were used as a love enhancement tool. To clarify the point, an aphrodisiac does not increase your libido, it is but a gentle jujj to the flame of passion between two individuals and the power of love .

The flame that can be ignited with only sharing , caring and romance. The list is endless staring from the humble banana to the super exotic fig. these foods are knows to increase blood flow to the brain ( and other places too) with high content of phosphorus, and other minerals .

the list is endless some of the most common being :
Almond
Augula
anise
coffee
honey
chocolate
wine
fig
banana
carrot
maple syrup
asparagus
avocado
basil
garlic
ginger
mustard
nutmeg
oysters
strawberry
vanilla

each of the above have different properties
  • strawberry for its toung tickeling sweetness
  • chocolate for its addictive rush
  • or nutmeg for its sedative properties
each has its own nature and sometimes a mind of its own .....

well what ever the world might says i belive in one very popular saying

all i can do is provide a big list, go ahead search for ur true love poison.....

Au revoir

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Purani Dilli

Kuchh Bhuli yaadon ke patton ki khushbu..

KUnch sehmen kadmon ki awazz....

yaad aaten hain wo lamhen

un bhooli bisri galiyon ka ehsaas

Sach hai ke mai bhula kab tha

woh to mara hissa tha

wo jo bin aansu ka rona

wo jo adhura kissa tha...

woh mehek ronde hue phoolen ki thi

yan thi sirf ek parchaayi

wo puraani dilli ki cheekhen

wo aaj bhi meri aatma me samayi....

hai sirf ek ehsaas

har pal jo na yaad rehke bhi

saath hamesha rehta hai

na kehte hue sab kehke bhi...

Gawara Nahin

Tera Aana,

Kuchh na keh ke chale jana...

Gawara nahin gawara nahin.

Har shabd par hak kho kar,

teri awaaz sun-ne ka bahana...

Ik chah ko zinda rakkha kar,

Har aah ko daba pana...

Gawara nahin gawara nahin.

Khali kandha, sooni aagosh,

Phir bhi aasuon ka ana...

Koi na hai, koi na dikhe,

Phir bhi ek ehsaas purana....

Gawara nahin gawara nahin.

Na koi seema, na koi bandish,

Magar hadon ko phir bhi paar kar jana...

Bhula ke aasun , bhula ke ghaav,

Jhooth mooth ka muskuraana...

Gawara nahin gawara nahin.

Khaali panna haath mein lekar,

Bin syahi ki zindagi ki kalam ko chalana...

Har raat ko kaali parchhayin ke sang,

Bhooli si ik dhun gungunana...

Gawara nahin gawara nahin.

Sirhaane se baaten karke,

Aakhon se paani chalkana ...

Aur thandi aahon ke sang mein,

Yadon ke chhaon me so jana ...

Gawara nahin gawara nahin.

Tera aana,

Phir meri yaadon ko sehlana...

Gawara nahin gawara nahin.

Delicious Food Quotes

No man in the world has more courage than the man who can stop after eating one peanut. ~Channing Pollock

This is every cook's opinion - no savory dish without an onion, but lest your kissing should be spoiled your onions must be fully boiled.
~Jonathan Swift

Custard: A detestable substance produced by a malevolent conspiracy of the hen, the cow, and the cook. ~Ambrose Bierce

Tell me what you eat, I'll tell you who you are. ~Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

An onion can make people cry, but there has never been a vegetable invented to make them laugh. ~Will Rogers

Hunger: One of the few cravings that cannot be appeased with another solution. ~Irwin Van Grove


You can tell how long a couple has been married by whether they are on their first, second or third bottle of Tobasco. ~Bruce Bye

The spirit cannot endure the body when overfed, but, if underfed, the body cannot endure the spirit. ~St Frances de Sales


There is no sight on earth more appealing than the sight of a woman making dinner for someone she loves. ~Thomas Wolfe

Food, a term which means a lot to some and nothing to another, is one of the few things that have evolved with man. Be it the age old techniques of making cheese or the modern day gastronomique seduction, food was, is and will always remain man’s greatest creative impulse. It can be your biggest strength or your biggest weakness. Here, we salute an indulgence as old as mankind.

On that note all I would like to say is Bon App├ętit

The best piece of literature in the world

Mine eye hath play'd the painter and hath steel'd,
Thy beauty's form in table of my heart;
My body is the frame wherein 'tis held,
And perspective it is best painter's art.
For through the painter must you see his skill,
To find where your true image pictur'd lies,
Which in my bosom's shop is hanging still,
That hath his windows glazed with thine eyes.
Now see what good turns eyes for eyes have done:
Mine eyes have drawn thy shape, and thine for me
Are windows to my breast, where-through the sun
Delights to peep, to gaze therein on thee;
Yet eyes this cunning want to grace their art,
They draw but what they see, know not the heart.

Rama Rama

Rama Rama