Sunday, July 14, 2013

Comfort food- Chinese Dosa

I love cooking. Its one forte that i have excelled after marriage. Being a foodie, I cannot help but make those delicacies that are sometimes heavy on my diet schedule. And when you have a baby, you tend to catch up on that weight thing even faster.

I have sensed that being a mom makes you go for foods that will make your hectic days a bit more tolerable. I have learnt to make things that my son loves too. We share the same palate, especially when he refuses to eat most ones that I make. I have deliberately let go of spice in my life...such is the love of a mother. 

Recently I learnt to make Dosa and its great and nutricious. Just eliminate the potatoes and substitue it for vegetables, becomes a great meal. 

Here is the recipi:

For batter:
1 cup rice
half cup urad dal
half cup hari moong daal
1 spoon Kasuri methi

For filling:
mustard seeds
kari patta

Saute the vegetables together and its ready in two minutes. Avoid adding masalas.  

Keep the batter overnight and grind it seperately. Mix it together. Let it ferment for a few hours. Add salt when making the dosa. 

Happy cooking!
Any questions, do ask :)

Sunday, June 30, 2013

My Taj holidays

I am a hopeless roamer. I hang my kid at my side and just follow my husband wherever he goes. Be it the godforsaken places where I do not get to see pizzas or malls for a very long time and make myself comfortable with the knowledge that home is where heart is.

Fortunately my life is not as bad as I make it sound. Recently I had a very luxurious spoilt experience at Taj. And its not the Taj Mahal at Agra, though I plan to see that soon. I am taking about the Taj Hotels. Its not just one place I have been to but so many places and so many beautiful structures with facilities that just makes you feel like a queen (or a king).

My first Taj start with Hyderabad. My hometown yet I saw it in a different light this time. Taj Vivanta at Begumpet makes a very grand generous service to the army crowd. The welcome drinks were refreshing too. They gave us huge rooms and meals that would delight your palate. I never thought I would have momos for breakfast or barbequed prawns for lunch or perhaps have steamed fish for dinner. There was no way I would step out in the June summery day to miss all this. The swimming pool area was cozy and armed with beautiful ornamental trees and cane chairs. The people were warm and I left a happy customer.

We landed in Bangalore. Bangalore as a city simply boggles my mind. The Taj Gateway at the Brigade road was perhaps more of a cooperate hotel. It didn’t warm my heart right away. Though the breakfast area outdoors was a treat to sore eyes. The waterfall and the lotus in the pond made me ignore the dried idlies and overcooked dosas. I am more of a foodie. I decide the reputation of the hotel with its delicacies. The beat part was the walkable shopping area. I browsed through the junk jewellery and the clothes sipping on my soda. Sky Bar @ UB city is a sure place to see. The lunch buffet the next day was a delight. They realized we were a group of very hungry people. The bread pudding and the biryani were great.

Taj Gateway at Marine drive, Kochi would perhaps be the best located hotel so far. I could view the sea from my room. I don’t know how long I stood there just watching the lush green palm trees, swaying away to rain
and wind. We took a walk towards the ferry and I could picturize some cheesy Hindi song as I watched the couples holding hands. Love here meant, a woman wearing a saree, her head full of fragment flowers and she could be more on a heavier side but the guy holding her hand looks at her like his life depended on her. The food with its traditional rasam-rice was the only thing that made me love coming down for lunch. Breakfast was a grand affair here. Somehow, getting down all dressed with so many options makes you never go into your kitchen again.

Pune was the next destination. We didn’t stay at the Taj and we got so used to the expensive free toiletries that I didn’t have the heart to touch what Sun n Sands had displayed in their bathrooms. The hotel was beautiful, the food was great but the service lacked warmth. The hot kettle (where my son’s milk depended on) was placed all wrong and it felt like a normal room to me. Perhaps they need to raise their standard a little more. Food was great. I especially loved the salad they had to offer for lunch. And the Maharashtra cuisine in breakfast was great too.

Taj Vivaanta near Khan Market at Delhi was again a treat.  Khan market is a great place to shop. You see all the delli girls in their latest fashion, the foods around was great. I even saw a local politician having lunch just out from a CBI investigation (I got an update from the news). I was received by a Moroccan manager at Taj. She was more than happy to know me. She offered me a crib for the baby and insisted that I tell her more what I needed. Milk and cookies for my son while I sipped on my masala chai. The room was huge (I have a thing for huge rooms and space) and I slept fitfully.
Taj Usha Kiran Gwalior felt like I was in a movie. I was actually in a heritage palace. A guest rooms for the VIPS during the times of kings and queens was not turned into a five start hotel. The room as soon I entered was perhaps bigger than my own house. The bathroom had two rooms, the bedroom looked like a playground and I was simply ‘wowed’. The elevator was as ancient as the palace. There was history everywhere and I just soaked in the luxury. The swimming pool was another story. This needs a separate introduction all together as we saw the birds chirping, the trees bowing above the water      and the rose petals in a copper bowl. The huge lions and the steps that took you into the pool was all carefully preserved to show how to live the ancient times beautifully.

Taj truly made me feel out of home and treated me like the princess that I think I am.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

FIRST LOOK- A Soldier's Love Story

So here is the first look of A SOLDIER'S LOVE STORY.

Gopalpur On Sea...(Goa in orrisa)

Not in a million years you could guess that orrisa had a beautiful sea and the surviving population has fishing as their prime sorce of income. But then lets just het on with the attractive things it has to offer than the geographic mapping.

Gopalpur is away from the crowded city life of the capital and lies literally on sea, hence the
Name. The lighthouse is the main attraction with hoards of people coming in to witness the history behind this unique structure. The beach is filled with the local crowd. Women, old and young splash around on long kurtis/pyjamas,  sarees lifted demurely above the feet and the signature round bindi framing their faces. Men will be men. Some even make do without the hassle of clothes.  The vendors selling JHAAL MUDI and COFFEE is a treat for the empty stomachs. Its cheap and appetizing. Prawns, fish fry, idli vadas, samosas are some other snacks they offer. Its upto you to choose.

Sunday is grand.  Cultural show is usually a part of it. Odhisi dances and plays fill up ypur evenings. There is usually a mad rush of people and you have to be a little early to get a seat. Toys, balloons and coffee will make your evening a pleasant outing.

Its no wonder that its a popular tourist destination now. Though it lacks the facilities that will attract a good number of people.

Places to stay: Resorts like Swosti and Mayfair are expensive options but the safest.

How to reach: You can fly to Bhubaneshwer and take a taxi to Gopalpur On Sea. The roads are superb and you will enjoy a great drive with your family.

Shopping: Bangles made of Couch, Drape dividers made of shells, Shell mirrors, junk jewelery to look like a true beach body.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

A lifelong series of hardships...

In love everybody are the same....their emotions run high and expectations frm your partner increases each coming day. But what if yourself wife's hiding a secret? And when you become a part of that secret, you blame yourself everyday...some tragedies should never happen.
Ranjeet is sharing this secret with his wife, yet she trusts no man. Career becomes a safe haven for her to forget the sadness and she opens a boutique JASLEEN CREATIONS. Now going back with her husband just for pretence and create an aura oof a happy marriage is killing her...
What have to read my upcoming novel A SOLDIER'S LOVE STORY to know that...

Monday, April 8, 2013

My second novel...and the romance begins again

I begin this year with celebrating the release of my upcoming romance novel....A SOLDIER'S LOVE STORY

I'll keep you posted for more...
I got the bok cover and its a gorgeous one....check the link for more info....