Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Paneer selling on 50% sale, A disaster in the lab while conducting experiment

So it were a hot sunny day and I was travelling on my bike at 50 km/hour (They say it gives a mileage of 90 Km/liter at that speed) which is less than my acceptable speed limits and more than what the vehicle could handle without vibration. The streets were filled with vehicles, small and big, inside of them were the drivers who think these streets were gifted to their grandfather as a dowry. Trainers say that we must be thinking positively when a bike rider or a car approaches us without following the common traffic rules; they say we must think they are in a hurry to rush and we are offering them a help. God knows how a trainer might react in reality when a compromised driver hits their vehicle hard in the rear; "think positively"!

So we were on the streets where this was happening?

Kunjunni Nair's Tattu kada was still having the crowd enough to eat their doshas as they arrive. A wise man, old enough to beat my great grandfather in his age was driving a Maruti Alto without a learners lisence; as it appears from his driving, blocked the "world's smallest road" from SN junction to Vadakke kotta. It took the traffic policeman 5 minutes to regain control over the street and I moved towards the supermarket 15 meters on the left from where I was then.

As always, I took a basket and started picking up the eatables in random without a shopping list. I took a packet of chana dal, Roasted rava, maggie noodles, aata, bhel puri pack and so on until I reached the last section where I normally pick a plastic glass packed with Lassi in Mango and sweetened flavors. I picked a pack named lassi and my eyes saw another packet within a small fridge called Paneer. Fascinated by the Paneer recipes in Sushma's blog (Authentic food delights), I decided to purchase it.

I once bookmarked a recipe from a blog, here's the link http://www.cookingandme.com/2009/10/paneer-butter-masala-restaurant-style.html for Paneer Butter Masala(the Restaurant style) and thought to try this. Read all the ingredients and made rough calculations. I find that I have everything else except the nestle milkmaid bottle in the photograph. I went to a nearby store and purchased the milkmaid.

I followed the instructions of the blogger and started the preparation. I being fond of sauss, used a little more than 1 table spoon. It all went fine and tasted good. At last was the turn of the nestle bottle and I poured milkmaid as instructed. Rather I used a little more so that I could taste the sweetness . Finally the dish was ready and I kept it to cool.

I shared the paneer with my friend along with chapatti. It tasted much different than a restaurant bought paneer butter masala. He ate a few pieces and then commented on it "Abhilash, it appears good when we eat such dishes... good to taste though it has a lot of sugar and spice. I wonder how my stomach reacts to your dish 'the so called paneer butter masala" :-p

I spoke to Priya Sreeram last week and shared this recipe with her. That is when she pointed out it were not a milkmaid that should be used but a nestle cream. I went through the blog again and realized I made a blunder. This experiment end in a disaster, but I should say the dish was quiet sweet and tasty ;)

That's when I understand that, no matter whether you purchase Paneer for 10% higher rate or on a sale of 50%, you have invested some amount and whatever you prepare has to be good; at least for you :)

Did such disasters happen to you?

Friday, February 22, 2013

Kochi was in camouflage, a Man was sweating like a Pig!

I was sweating like a pig; In front of me was a white paper with something written in black letters. I could remember nothing, not even my name or where I was. I looked closely to the paper and started reading it. The paper had questions written on it for which I had no answers; no clue! I started reading 2,3,4, and so on until the paper ends. Most of the questions were familiar but I could not remember the answers. I started cursing me for not studying in time and for wasting the time playing. Then I started cursing the god for making my brain erase its data!

Soon my vision was blurred and I could feel the room filling with darkness. I rubbed my eyes and opened them with force by my fingers. I looked around and saw boys and girls writing with a passion and interest. Soon a bell rang and the woman standing at the corner of the room screamed "Hurry! it's going to end in 15 minutes". My heart started beating faster; I could not answer a single question. I am going to fail in the exams and shall regret for the rest of my life.

It is better that I die rather than being alive with my family and friends scolding me. A woman approached me, wrapped in a red sari long enough to encapsulate 5 buffaloes; she asked me to handover the papers! I cannot leave it, not when I have nothing written on it, I thought. I tighten my grip on the paper struggling with the force exerted by the woman who was trying to get the papers from my hand. The paper escaped my hands as a harder object hit my cheeks with a force; it were her hands.

"Amme!!!", I shouted in pain and saw a tall figure looking angrily at me; It was Jk. He shouted "It is 8:30, aren't you getting ready for the office? My heart was still beating faster, I felt as if I were thrown from a skyscraper.

I discussed this dream with Dileep. He says that each dream signals a happening in life. He feels that my dream were a signal that I was not able to fulfill something I wanted badly. I am not sure!

What do you think?

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

"Ingane nadanoda"... a journey to eternity with a kid living in Kochi

I think my life has come to an end (a correction here... bachelor life)and the stopwatch is nearing to zero. My parents are working hard to find a woman with whom I can share my cooking experiments. My sisters have taken it as a hobby; they 'express an interest' on profiles in the matrimony websites every day, and comment on their beauty when we talk on the mobile. They have complaints with the hair of woman, the height, educational background, names and so goes their list.

Everyone around the globe is now interested to see me cry ;) kidding...

Here is what people say and suggest...

I visited my grandmother last week and she says

"I am really worried about you Abhilash;... Gopi,the son of Madhu, Kannan the grandson of my brother, nandu the son of gauriamma's nephews daughter, unni, chicku, vishnu, latha, chinnu"

...so goes her list

"are all married. When are you going to have one?" ... "Would I be able to witness your marriage before I die"

Is she interested to see me married or to compete against others in the diary?

My Aunt says...

"ingane nadanoda, taadiyum meeshayum valarthi... ninte kude padicha kuttikalku ellam kuttikal aayi"(ah! are you not serious; just spending your life casually like this with a grown beard and mustache, the kids you were studying with, now have their own kids)

... I dont understand what the kids have to do with this, if she has a problem with my beard the better way is asking me to have a clean shave.

Mayank says...

"Bhai, shaadi nahi kar raha hai kya?, kab tak aise hi bhacelor life kaatega"(Are you not planning to get married, are you still planning to be a bachelor)... "Dont go for a love marriage, though I and Atul have chosen this path..."

...was he warning me against their decisions on Love marriage, or did he expect me to do things in a different manner?

A relative says...(An Aunt)

"Abhi, select anyone in your office or a neighbor company and propose a girl, it is so easy. Dont wait for your mother and father to start searching. And don't worry as I have asked my contacts to search one for you, at least I care for you. Also ask your friends to refer you to other people for finding a better alliance"...

..."enta amme", am I so old that I should hurry this way, and is this any networking opportunity I should be exploring...

Amma asked me to go through some profiles they have shortlisted and to select some that I find better.

To speak the truth, you cannot match the looks of the woman on the portal by their age... some look more aged than what they display... and my selection when it is for me, was never any good so I do not give it a try...

Let me take you to an interesting profile sample...

This profile is created for my daughter. She is very loving, simple ,homely,god-fearing girl hailing from an aristocratic Nair family. She is a positive-natured girl ,posessing modern outlook & at the same time firmly rooted in our traditional culture, believes in morals, and values family relationships more than anything else.

I have seen at least 15-20 profiles using the same content. Are they hailing from the same aristocratic family or "copy cat"... No offense...but Atleast write your profile on your own...

My brother has prepared a list that I should be asking the ladies I give a visit for pennukaanal(seeing the bride-to-be for the first time)...

1.Have you heard about Facebook and twitter? how often do you use them... what is your opinion on this social networking culture?

2. Do you play PC or console games? which is your favorite game?

3. How often do you watch movies? When comparing serials VS movies which one you watch the most?

4. Did you have a love affair in the past, if yes how long did it last. Were you the one who proposed or the other way? ..."My brother says, if the girl was the one who proposed, dont think for a second just marry her.. he has his own explanations for this..."

5. where do you want to see yourself after 10 years? Do you love trekking? ..."though both the questions have nothing in similar, he has his logic behind this"

6. Why do you want to marry? Are you fed up being with your parents or are you are looking for a change?

I am sure the girl would be beating me after I complete the Q&A session. My brother has a long list and explanation for each question that certain, I make a right decision.

He asks me to conduct a GD round followed by a debate... ha ha... He is a Next Gen guy!!!

Life at Abhi... now continues with such inspiring suggestions and thoughts.

I am sure I should be laughing when reading this after some years...

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