Paneer Makhani

My amma made chapathi for dinner tonight. We had a whole load of paneer in our fridge so I wanted to make paneer makhani (side dish for chapathi). I will post another blog on how to make the paneer with some photos at a later stage.

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Photo taken on my LG optimus black

Photo taken on my LG optimus black

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Life of PI

I watched this movie with Mohan end of 2012 and we both loved it. It gave me goosebumps when watching all the Tamil bits. Suddenly felt proud to be Tamilian 😀

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Watching the movie in 3D was a delight to the senses. Love the following music. The lyrics, so soothing and wondered if nature Continue reading

Why we shout in anger

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I was sitting in traffic on Friday, we weren’t moving at all. This was on a highway under the beating sun, aligned bumper to bumper. I could see the mirage on the tar roads. People started to get out of their cars to relax outside since the heat and humidity was threatening Continue reading

Mottai & Kaadhu kuthal ceremony – Rituals for removing hair and piercing of ears

I was at the salon the other day for a hair cut. I was listening to a girl’s (who was sitting next to me for a haircut) conversation with her hairdresser. She was talking English with a Russian accent. She was saying: “All of our Russian girls’ hairs are so thin, advice me on growing thick hair”. Well as usual the hairdresser was selling her products: “You should try our volume shampoo, which is about four hundred bucks and the conditioner is 200 bucks….” She kept ‘bla blaing’ a lot more. Well I mumbled too myself and to my surprise that girl heard me. Usually people don’t really hear my mumbles.

She asked me: “How come you Indians have beautiful thick velvet hair?”. I said something along these lines : Continue reading

Caring for a bird egg

While, I was taking a walk in my garden yesterday afternoon and clicking away photos of nature, I came up to a lonely blue egg on the ground. Couldn’t find a home for it. Not sure if mama bird threw it out of its nest or it fell off while the other eggs were hatching. I just couldn’t leave it on the ground as it was too dangerous with my dogs around. Looked for a nest but I was unsuccessful. I wanted to leave it on a higher ground like in a tree but just thought it to be a bad idea.

The blue egg that caught my eye

The blue egg that caught my eye

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Naivedhyam – Offering to God

Mohan and I celebrated our wedding anniversary yesterday.

Traditionally, payaasam and vadai is made for special events such as these. We offer some food to our deities before consuming them. This is called Naivedhyam. In any auspicious menu ‘Vadai payaasam’ is included.

Payaasam is made up of cooked rice as rice is the staple diet of India and boiled milk with sugar. Offering something sweet to God.

Vadai is a savoury dish and a traditional South Indian food known from antiquity. There are two types of vadai – Paruppu vadai made from chana dal (split de-husked black chickpeas), and Ulundu vadai made from urad dhal (de-husked black lentils.) Sliced green chillies, curry leaves and onion are also mixed into the batter, and ulundu vadai batter contains rice in addition to these.  These are fried in hot oil like doughnuts. While paruppu vadai is circular and slightly flat, ulundu vadai is wheel-shaped with a hole in the middle. Ulundu vadai is bland and usually enjoyed with chutney or sambar.

They are more than 2 types of vadai. The above mentioned are mostly used for auspicious functions.

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Keyboard flip-flops

Let your toes do the typing for once 🙂

Flip flops

Designed by Thailand shoe company Kito, the keyboard flip flops quite literally put computer keyboards on your feet. Of course the keyboards don’t actually work, but they’re realistic enough to give onlookers a reason to take a second glance. Will you potentially look really stupid to the fashion forward? Yes, quite possibly. But for a price of just a dollar, a few weird looks is worth having the most hacker-friendly feet in your neighbourhood.

It’s funny to see people in these keyboard foot wear. They just don’t realise they look geeky. I wonder if they are comfy and massaging 😛

Keep typing 🙂

Prad