The title of the blog is in order of the titles given to the random stuff which crossed my path recently
This guy is walking on the road and one old aunty is coming from the opposite direction..he walks past her and then her stick falls..while she almost tumbles, he immediately turns around and catches her and bends down, picks up her stick and give it to her 🙂
Guess what…I actually won something in the blogosphere…IHM had this wonderfully cute contest organized in her blog.and I guessed correct..and I won this cute looking yellow polka dotted cup and all that…see see…
and oh double inteverted commas Thanks for letting me know that I could actually put it up on the blog…ayayayyaya! (Err..how I figured out was when I read it in your blog :))
Its like winning some prized award and all..so I am going to make a thank you speech..edkum filmy style
I would like to thank IHM for holding the contest, my parents for settling down in Goa and ensuring they take us around, RD for taking me to Goa twice, R for being there and pointing out the various coloured buildings to me, double Inverted Commas for letting me realise that I could up this up on the blog.
so there…RM won an award and all that
TetraPak ..you are an amazing company…I am totally impressed…
So one nice evening, I got a pack of frooti packed in a Tetrapak ka packaging and one monginis cake from a lady who was retiring after ,Hold your breath!, 38 years in the same company …
I decide to take it home for R (yaa yaa I am generous some days!)
And since R’s school is still recuperating from the run of the Sports day, I have to drop her to daycare and then get the train..
so in the return is the fight for the survival of the fittest and then the train drivers are on some ‘go slow’ campaign so trains are running super late..so you can imagine bad tempers, rude behavior and crude manners..
and then the train comes and RM jumps in after 64 ladies clutching for dear life..the compartment is packed as they pack sardines and the entire first class resembles as if the crowd of the kumbh mela or something..there is no space to move..no actually there is no space to breath..I breathe and my protruding tummy (no I am not pregnant, this is the remnants of R’s delivery!) hit the bag which in turn hits the girl in front of me and she said, dont hit me with your bag..I am like..no no I am breathing and she gives me this weird look..so I hold my breath for 3 seconds nad breath again and she stares at me again..
Well, you get the drift right..I mean thats how packed it is…
but I am not worried about breathing..I am more worried about the pastry and the frooti in my bag which I am sure is going to start leaking in some time and people will think I am peeing or something with the pressure..
Every station brings in more ladies, bone crushing pressure (I think my left shoulder is suffering permanent damage) and what not..
anyways so my station comes, I come out fearing the worst for my dress..when I open my bag to see a BADLY MANGLED tetrapak of frooti which has not broken…I mean its just mis shaped..but not broken..no leakage…I gasp..and then think Wah! yeh tetrapak kya sahi company hai..take a bow folks
Lets not dwell on the pastry..it just sits comfortably in R, RD and RM’s tummy…a pastry is a pastry..shape be damned 🙂
I am reading this book for R…its from Pratham Books with the title ‘Aloo-Maloo-Kaloo’ as soon as we open the book,I say ‘Aloo-Maloo-Kaloo’ and R screams ‘aloo-maloo-kaloo’ and then I hear RD laughing…I look at him and he keeps repeating the phrase like 100 times…and keeps laughing after it…I am like whats wrong…he tells me ‘please please RM can you say it..I love the way you say it..its hilarious’
Now who is the 3 year old here?
The guy who sits next to me in office..he didnt come for two days…I see him and ask him ‘what happened, you are also unwell or what’
RM: you were unwell?
RM: okie…you didnt come na for two days thats why I asked
and he sweetly puts his hands together as if rocking a baby and smiles
and he does it again
RM: OMG! you got a baby
and he is like”errr…actually wife and I both got a baby’
RM: Awesome congrats..girl or boy
and you should have seen his expression soften..his eyes went so dreamy and he said ‘girl, baby girl, she is so perfect’
Aww! I went totally awwww!
This is what a father is all about eh?
and for the records, this is his second child..his first is a boy about 5.5…and he says he was praying he gets a girl this time 🙂
And to end this
Here is RD’s recipe for Rajma..he sent it via email to me with a subject line with said ‘Rajma recipe for your Blog Friend’
yaa yaa he is pretty professional..I have just copy pasted it directly..so any goof ups are all his 🙂
and to come back to Rajma, People to whom I already sent, just ignore this bit will ya 🙂
(See the way he writes..its so bloody professional..as if he is writing for a cook book or something..and for people whom I sent the thepla recipe…it was so disorganized! I am so jealous of this fellow!)
Getting the Rajma Ready
Soak Rajma beans overnight – use lukewarm water
Cook the beans in a pressure cooker – about 6-7 whistles are required
The Gravy – Ingredients
3 midsized onions – finely chopped
2 midsize tomatoes – minced – or a bowl of tomato puree
2 green chillies
2 cloves of Garlic and little ginger – you can use Ginger garlic paste as well
3 – spoons of curd.
2 spoons of cooking oil
1 small cube of butter
Turmeric – Haldi
Garam Masala / Rajma Masala
Jeera – Cumin seeds
Mustard seeds – Rai
Jeera Powder – 1.5 spoons
Dhaniya Powder – 1 spoon
Little bit of Hing
Coriander to season
Heat the oil in a kadai and add the cumin seeds and mustard seeds. After about 1 min, add the onion, ginger, garlic and green chillies and fry till the onion become soft and brown in color.
After about 5 mins add the minced tomato and fry for about 2 mins.
Then add the haldi, garam masala, salt, hing, jeera powder and dhaniya powder, mix well and continue till you begin to see the oil separating out of the mixture.
Add the curd and mix well and cook for about 2 min
Now add the rajma beans, about 2 cups water (or more depending on your taste) and cook till rajma is soft. This is about 7-8 min.
Mash some of the rajma like you do in pav bhaji.
Add the butter on top.
Garnish with coriander and serve with Rice.
Total Mish Mash Post eh?