Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Love to wear Saree

It was a difficult task to convince my partner to let me wear saree. I think it is almost a year since I have worn a saree and I just love to wear it.

We went for a wedding at Hyderabad and I got a chance to unfold my manthrakodi (the saree given by your husband at Church on your wedding day). I am wearing this saree after 8 years.




Nanking Restaurant, Secunderabad

I love this place, the place I love to go when I am at Hyderabad, just love their Chinese food.




Chicken Dopiaza

Ingredient

Chicken                  700gms
Lemon                            1/2
Salt                       1 tsp
Oil                         5 tbsp
 Marinate the chicken with the above ingredients and keep it for at least 2 hours.

Onions Chopped           2
Garlic clove chopped    5
Ginger chopped            1 inch
Curd                              2 tbsp
Oil                                 1 tbsp
In a pan add oil and when hot saute onions, garlic and ginger till golden brown
Take it from the pan and cool it. Now make a paste of it in the grinder by adding the curd.

Cinnamon               1 inch
Cardamon                4
Pepper                     1/2 tsp
Oil                           1 tbsp
Turmeric powder    1/2 tsp
Chillie powder        1 tsp
Coriander powder   1 tsp
Tomato puree          4 tbsp
Water                      150 ml
Sugar                              1/2 tsp
Shallots sliced         8
Gram Masala           1 tsp
Tomato Chopped     1
Coriander leaves      2 tbsp chopped

Method

1.     In a pan take oil and saute the whole spices Cinnamon, cardamon and pepper powder for 20 secs
2.     Now add the Onion, ginger garlic and curd puree, saute for few seconds
3.     Add the spices, the chillie, turmeric, coriander powder and saute for few seconds and when you see the oil clearly. 
4.     Add the tomato puree, sugar and water.
5.     Now add the marinated chicken and salt. Cover and cook till the chicken is done.
6.     Meanwhile take a tadaka pan and add oil , shallots and stir fry until browned and add gram masala and stir for 30 secs and remove from the stove.
7.     Stir the shallot mixture into the curry and simmer for 2 mts.
8.     Stir in fresh coriander and chopped tomato and remove from the heat.
9.     Serve immediately with Naan or rice.


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Things I love for valentine's day!

Red Velvet Cake - Valentine Special
With Valentine's Day just around the corner, it's a big draw for lovers, couples to seek romantic getaway's buy special Valentine's Day gifts, dinner, flowers, chocolates, and more.

The restaurants, hotels, pubs, lounge bars in Bangalore are luring lovebirds with all sorts of fun, events, entertainment and culinary delights. Just scroll down the page to see various events, gifts, dinner parties to treat someone special in your life.

Where to buy Valentine's Day gifts in Bangalore?

Looking for a Valentine's Day gift which is unique, romantic and thoughtful gifts. Check few gift ideas listed below to pick the right one for your valentine.
  1. Heart shaped chocolates or themed cakes ( Place early orders with any popular home bakers or baking institutes like Lavonne ( Ph # 9740544442/9740544443), Cake Walk, Bite me Chocolate at Indira Nagar. For chocolate gifts check with Chocolate Junction, etc.
  2. Perfume or lingerie for her ( Visit any stores in any of the leading malls like UB City, Garuda mall, Spar at Koramangala, etc)
  3. Wallet, Vest, Shoes or jeans for him 
  4. Say it with flowers ( I recommend Flower Box by Megha Arya, Ph: +91-80-25278888 / 41120988, close to ESI Hospital, Indira Nagar)
  5. Personalized pillow cover, Tee shirts, mugs, calendar, beer glasses, candles, lighters or engraved photo frames, etc. ( Try Printo for personalized gifts)
  6. For geeks, there are tech gifts like iPhone, game console, drones, DSLR, etc
  7. Pamper both of you with a day in spa 
Romantic Restaurants Ideal for Valentine's Day Dinner in Bangalore
  • The Black Pearl, Koramangala
  • Dot, Yum ( Aloft Hotel), Whitefiled
  • Le Meriden, Sankey Road
  • Keys Hotel, Electronic City
  • Radha Hometel, Whitefied
  • Blue Ginger, Taj Westend
  • Troika, Indira Nagar
  • Mango Tree Bristrobar, Indira Nagar
  • The Boozy Griffin, Koramangala
  • Zaica, Whitefiled
  • Zaica, Indira Nagar
  • Woodstock, Indira Nagar
  • Fairfiled by Marriott, Rajajinagar
Check out with these restaurants in Bangalore which have lined special romantic treats February 14th, 2015. For more details, check these event sites like Zomato, Burrp,.com, buzzintown, allevents.in, and many other sites. A word of caution here 0 while most restaurants promote valentine nights, check what's special they are offering for the customers.

What different stuffs you can do in Valentine's Day 2015 in Bangalore?

Roses, cakes, and gifts are few common stuffs most romantic hearts seek on a Valentine's Day. But, for more daring, out-of-box activity seekers,Valentine's Day is more than just pretty gifts and roses. If you are one of those, here are few ideas to experiment on this romantic day outing.

  1. Go for midnight trek to one of the hills surrounding Bangalore. Skanda Giri is one place popular with adventure seekers. But, I'm not sure if it's now open for trekkers.
  2. Another day activity would be wine tour. Give a surprise to your spouse or friend by taking the person for wine tour in Bangalore (Call for details: +91 990220238). Probably you heighten the experience by presenting a pair of wine glasses and a bottle of wine.
  3. For those not motivated by romantic candle lit dinner or loud bash at the pubs in Bangalore, you can try this out. Buy a bunch of red roses, gifts, sweets and visit one of the orphanages in Bangalore or old age homes in Bangalore. Share your love to those who really needs it.
  4. Experience doing something together. Join for a cooking or baking or craft classes on this day. I assure it's going to fun, learning new things together.
  5. Instead of buying a rose, gift a rose plant to neighborhood park or gift your neighbor or to someone you love.
  6. Clean your locality - Why not gather a group of friends to clean your locality. What about placing a new dust bin in the area and give the local sweeper lady a new dress, new hand gloves or a slipper. Won't it be nice of you to do this?
  7. Give free hugs to all your friends or even to strangers! Bit daring, but you can give it a try
  8. Donate your time to some charity organization in Bangalore. Various charities like Nirmaan Bangalore, Akshaya Patra Foundation, are looking for volunteers and funds.
Other offbeat ideas to spend your Valentine's Day in Bangalore could be fetched from this post ( http://www.polkacafe.com/)


Friday, February 6, 2015

Thank you for the Gift

I love giving gifts all the time especially to kids. Was so excited and thrilled to receive a gift from my brother,  a crepe maker.
I still remember my birthday gift he had given me in the year 1999, It was my first Oven and at that time I used to hardly bake.  But was so thrilled and excited with my gift. I still bake in that oven in spite of having other ovens now.
So today I took out my crepe maker and made few crepe, was surprised that it came out so well but need to learn how to use the wooden ladle to spread the crepe batter.