I have been gardening these days. I have always been fond of it and I guess its love runs in our family. But in the past, I limited myself to only container gardening because of apartment living and that’s the most appropriate one for it. When we bought our own home last year, I was like a kid in a candy store. So much land to work with. What plans I had in my mind…..then the reality of hard work hit me like a ton of bricks. On top of that, my soil was hard clay full of rocks. Long story short, I decided to build my own raised beds. To dig out the sods and make a 13 feet by 10 feet raised bed is not for the easy goers. That is why a lot of people, get this work done professionally. [Read on…]
Now if you have even been to Jodhpur, you would have (like at a temple) been asked to make a stop and bow your head at Mishrilals (read grab a glass). You know, for his world-famous Makhaniya Lassi. Ya, I bet you still haven’t forgotten its taste. It is one of those things that you can never forget, no matter how much time has passed by. Who doesn’t love a cooling and refreshing Lassi? But Mishrilal’s is not just any Lassi. It is a very special, incredibly luscious Makhaniya Lassi. I last had it a decade ago and I still think about it from time to time. [Read on…]
What is worse than a 4 year old catching cold? Trying to keep that 4 yr old away from a 9 month old. So, the inevitable happened. My older son caught cold. The whole house became an army boot camp in all efforts to shield my little one from getting it too. The boot camp was divided into two halves. My husband and the older son on one side and me and the little one on another. I became the monster of the house trying to keep two brothers away. My ‘Karan-Arjun’ looked at me like I was the Thakur of the house doling out punishments and torturing the innocent brothers as I went around. And the man of the house thought “Clearly, I was overdoing it.” But at the end of the third day, (But not without a lot of drama, fake tears and tantrums by my Karan on being kept away from his Arjun) when my LO was cold-free, guess who was laughing the loudest? Heee Haaaaaa Ha Ha Ha. [Read on…]
There are some memories that are so vivid in my mind like they happened yesterday while some, I have long forgotten and only remember when I am reminded of them, by someone. And I just go ‘Oh Wow!! I had completely forgotten about it.’ I wish there was a magic bowl in real life like the one in Harry Potter movie where I could preserve my memories and could then revisit them when my heart desired. That reminds me that I have to watch Harry Potter series back-to-back. I don’t seem to remember half of it now. [Read on…]
So last weekend my husband suggested that we go to this Indian cafeteria in downtown because it’s like one of the top ten eating places in that area and he had read great reviews about it. So off we went!! The place was jam-packed. No place to sit at all! We waited for more than 20 minutes with 2 kids before we got a table (it’s a cafeteria so no reservations could be made). We ordered a chaat which was supposed to be consisting of pakoras topped with chickpeas, yogurt, chutney and peanuts. When it arrived we couldn’t find any pakoras, peanuts or yogurt in there. [Read on…]
If Gods ate breakfast, ever wondered what would that be? Well, am pretty sure, it would be something similar to Acai (Ah-sigh-EE)Bowl. Acai berries have been termed as the super food for quite some time but I couldn’t get my hands on them as they are not available easily. But then I read about acai purée and acai concentrates being available in specialty food stores and it was like I had found a treasure!
Few months back, while going through some food magazine, I came across acai bowls. [Read on…]
I have such vivid memories of ‘Janmashtami’ that bring smile to my face every time I think of them. As kids, we would fast the entire day just because we loved copying our parents and it felt kind-of-cool. And then at midnight, we would jump on the delicious feast laid out in front of us (that my mum had spent the entire day preparing), like we hadn’t eaten in a month. Of course at that age, not much of our thoughts went into the reasoning behind the rituals. Now that I am older and not necessarily wiser, I don’t fast but celebrate Janmashtami with a different kind of vigor and enthusiasm. [Read on…]
I knew it! I just knew it! I knew that once I go the rajasthani cuisine route, I would be unstoppable. That’s why I restrained myself from posting any rajasthani recipes up until now. Now that I have done it, my brain is coming up with all sorts of excuses to post every rajasthani dish possible. Darn you, inner voice! So much for a diverse blog! Control your horses woman, there will be time for each and every one of them.
So keeping my promise that I made to myself, here is a very popular sabji from the Sun City of Rajasthan, Jodhpur. [Read on…]
So this little Rajasthani voice in my head spoke to me recently
voice: How dare you?
me : What? What happened? 😯
voice: How dare you go 12 posts without posting any Rajasthani dish. You owe it to the soil of Marwaad. ” 🙄 You owe it to your birth place. 🙄 🙄 🙄 [Read on…]
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