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Moving forward………..

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I have never found myself at a loss of words to put forth what I am feeling and what I want to express but recently I have found that I am lost…..it is not that I am reading less books than before or i am conversing less but everytime I take a pen to paper or in this case, start typing – I lose track of everything I want to put forth across. I feel that I need to start carrying a small tape recorder around with me to which I can talk to everytime i have these brilliant ideas going through my head!

I used to be a major blog writer – have had atleast 4-5 blogs, each an online diary chronicling my life over the last 10-12 years. I have had anonymous friends reading my blog and appreciating my poetry skills and prose. But when I asked a close friend’s relative to have a look and give me tips to improve my blog(she has a very successful politicio blog on her own), lets just say that it has been 2 years and she has yet to get back to me – this after a couple of reminders. People close to me have never been very encouraging – infact i had someone remark recently that what the hell was i thinking when i wrote a few of my thoughts instead of just posting a recipe???????? It does hurt when I think of such negative remarks. The only ray of sunshine is my partner S here – in fact he is a little sad that I have not been updating my blog recently!

You must be wondering why I am suddenly being so open about my emotions on my blog. All I can say is, I needed to get this off my chest and move forward! I realised that these things have been holding me back in some way – maybe because I have’nt expressed this to the concerned individuals………

Having said that, I plan to be more active on my blog, improve my photography skills and post more recipes of the food I love to cook and eat!

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A few new things……..

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I have been extremely lazy for the last few months in updating my blog – mostly because of my work load  which did not show any sign of slowing down until very recently. But all this while, I have been trying and experimenting with different dishes as I cannot eat the same thing all the time! My husband has become so used to this that anytime i suggest we go out, he says that I might as well make it as i have everything at home to make that dish!!!!!!!!! Yes, I have been stocking up on my sauces, spices and marinades along with other ingredients to make all the different things that I drool over in others blogs or which I have tasted at some restaurant!

I can say that at this time, I have everything i need to make chinese, vietnamese, indian and korean dishes, so you can imagine the vastness of my pantry! 🙂

So while I decide what next to update, have a look at some of the dishes i have made in the past year………

Nutritious Paneer (cottage cheese) and Alu(potato) Paratha

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It has been a long time since I have been online to post a recipe – not that I have not been cooking or trying out new recipes, but more like being too tired and too lazy to type out! But seeing the response I have received for this dish, I thought it would be good to post it and have people try it at home!

As usual, I was craving for something that would tingle my tastebuds and at the same time not be unhealthy. And raiding the refrigerator got me a chunk of paneer, a couple of potatoes and a few chillies……so decided to make paneer alu parathas

Ingredients

Paratha Dough

3 cups whole wheat dough

1.5 – 2 cups warm water to mix dough

oil (for frying and for the dough)

a non- stick frying pan

Filling

1 red onion diced very fine

2 green chillies diced fine

2 potatoes boiled and crushed

1/2 a pack of panneer crumbled or torn into v v small chunks

salt to taste

1/2 tsp chilli powder

1/2 tsp garam masala

1/4 tsp cumin powder

1/4 tsp coriander powder

finely diced fresh coriander leaves

1/2 – 1 tsp lemon juice

Method

For Dough, mix the 3 cups of flour with 1 cup of warm water in a bowl. Mix partially and add more water as required until you have the dough in a ball. add a teaspoon of oil and mix further to ensure the dough does not stick to the bowl. Cover and keep aside for 30 mins.

Get the filling ready by mixing all the ingredients together.

Take a medium sized ball of the dough and spread it out on a flat surface. Use some flour to ensure it does not stick to the surface. Put a small ball of the filling in the centre of the dough, cover it from all sides. Invert the new ball now formed and spread it out.

Take a pan, put a few oil drops and fry the paratha. Invert it and fry again until it is brown on all sides. Serve with pickle and curd!

Spicy Egg and Shrimp Noodles

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My favourite dish in the world is Char Kway Teo which I can eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner. No matter how many different dishes I have and like, I always come back to this dish – it is like a comfort food for me. Since my arrival in Toronto, I have been trying to find a good Malaysian Restaurant but as has been evident from my previous searces, there is a major dearth of authentic asian restaurants which serve street food or even some authentic tasting asian food.

There is Restoran Malaysian very close to my house which is a pretty decent restaurant – spacious, tasty food, good ambience and friendly staff but their Char Kway Teo is not upto the mark. Their Nasi Goreng is pretty good and fried rice is good. For some reason, people here equate asian food to be sweet! Otherwise, I cannot understand why the dishes all have a sweetish taste rather than spicy!!!!!!!!

Recently, me and S have been trying to empty the cupboards of the food that we hoard! Dry noodles, rice paper rolls, cous cous, cracked wheat, semolina, maggi noodles, vermicelli etc are just a few of them apart from the spices and masala mixes! So that day was the day the egg noodles was chosen to be cooked but as usual I did want it tasty and spicy! So did all the preparations – cut onions, garlic, ginger etc along with mushrooms, cooked an egg, stir fried all together, added the noodles, then the sauces and voila – a masterpiece was created!

Ingredients

1 medium sized onions – sliced thinly

2-3 garlic cloves chopped fine

2-3 chillies chopped fine

1/2 an inch ginger chopped fine

1 cup mushrooms sliced

1 cup carrots and peas mix (I used frozen)

2 eggs

2 tsp sesame oil

fried tofu (optional)

salt to taste

aji -no- moto(Optional)

soy sauce to taste

fish sauce to taste

sriracha chilli sauce

plain vinegar or rice vinegar to taste

To garnish and serve

few slices cucumber

few slices tomato

a slice of lemon

coriander for garnish

finely chopped chillies (optional)

Method

Take a wok and heat the sesame oil in it. Now add the garlic and ginger and stir fry for a few seconds. Then add the chillies and onions and fry till the onions are lightly browned. Then add the mushrooms, a bit of salt and cook them. Once they are done, move them to one side of the wok and crack the 2 eggs in it. Fry it and keep it aside. Then add the cup of peas and carrotsto the wok and fry for a few minutes. Then add the tofu and fry again.

While the vegetables are cooking, you need to cook the egg noodles in boiling water until al dente. Once they are done, drain them and run cold water to stop the cooking. Then add these noodles to the wok and mix well. Now add the fried egg back to the wok.  Add the MSG, more salt if needed, sriracha chilli sauce and mix the noodles till evenly coated. Then add the fish sauce, vinegar and soy sauce and mix the noodles well.

Now take a plate and place the noodles on it. Then garnish it with the chopped chillies and coriander. Serve with a few slices of cucumber, tomatoes and a lemon slice next to it!

Enjoy!

Note: I enjoy my noodles very spicy and soury – thats why I add the fish sauce and vinegar but you can skip the vinegar.