Archive | July, 2013

Stuffed Paratha, anyone?

30 Jul

This is something I cooked last evening. A paratha is simply  a flatbread that originated in South Asia. It is typically round in shape. I’ve modified it slightly to form an envelop of it so that chicken mince can be filled into it. Below is the recipe. Do try it and let me know if you like it 🙂

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Ingredients

Stuffing:

  • Chicken mince  (1 cup)
  • Salt  (to taste)
  • Black pepper powder (to taste)
  • Finely chopped onions (2-3 tablespoons)
  • Finely chopped coriander (1 tablespoon)
  • Roasted cumin seed powder (a pinch)
  • Finely chopped green capsicum (1-2 tablespoon)
  • Red chilli powder (to taste)
  • Oil (2-3 tablespoons)

Paratha:

  • White flour (2 cups)??????????
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Oil (1 teaspoon)
  • Water

Additional:

  • Oil (for deep frying)
  • Ketchup or any other sauce
  • Wheat flour paste (dissolved in water)

Recipe

Stir fry finely chopped onions and capsicum till soft. Add chicken mince to it and also add salt, black pepper powder and other spices. Cook on low flame till chicken mince is done. Sprinkle coriander and remove it from the stove. Allow the stuffing to cool down.

Knead a soft dough of white flour adding salt, oil and water and leave it for 15 mins to settle down. Now take a small ball of this dough and roll it into flattened bread. Place some stuffing at the centre of this flatbread and fold it like an envelop. Use wheat flour paste as adhesive. Pre-heat oil in a deep pan and fry the stuffed paratha till golden brown. Serve with ketchup or any other sauce.

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Cheers to womanpower, cheers to womanhood!

20 Jul

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For centuries women have been portrayed as feeble creatures who fall victim to gender discrimination, oppression and domestic violence. It is very strongly believed that a woman cannot survive alone in today’s world without a man’s support, especially in my part of the world. Pick up any fairy tale and you’ll find the girl waiting for her prince charming to put an end to her misery. These are the kinds of ideas we instill in the minds of our daughters. Sadly, women have been always projected as objects of sexual gratification. Some show-pieces that are sent to this world simply for beautification purposes. I am neither a hard-core feminist nor an anti-feminist. In fact, I am a realist who firmly believes that our modern woman is smart, intelligent, sharp, witty, and strong enough to fight for herself. She’s accessorised with oodles of confidence and armed with the weapons of education, worldly experience and sanity. She can take her own decisions and can also bear the consequences.

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We, as women, are no longer damsels-in-distress who secretly wish to be rescued by knights in shining armours. Nor are we much financially dependent on others to feed us and our families. In fact, we don’t even demand equality for we don’t wish to be compared. We do realize that men and women are from separate planets. They are as different as chalk and cheese but still need to co-exist. We do not deny the importance of men in our lives and appreciate their contribution. We only demand respect. Respect for our opinions, our voices, our emotions, our decisions, our choices, our struggles and above all, our own self. Is this too much to ask for? Especially after we dedicate our entire life to nurturing your needs, turning your houses into homes and raising your families?

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A problem itself is not a problem unless you choose to suffer. Oppressor will keep oppressing till you revolt. Nobody is, in fact, nobody should speak up for you. It’s your life so YOU should rise up for it. Stop worrying about what people would say. They’d even talk behind your back when you just sit around and do nothing. At least give them a reason to gabble on about. Learn to say no and stop accepting things the way we accept Terms & Conditions on various websites. Life is neither a mere formality nor comes with a go-back button. Say what you have in your mind and don’t be afraid of criticism. Let people throw bricks at you. Pick them up and construct your future. You are a strong woman and I know that you can do it. Please don’t disappoint me. More power to you!

Cheers to womanpower! Cheers to womanhood! 🙂

Life and Facebook

17 Jul

I wish real life was as easy as it appears on facebook. With numerous emoticons available it would have been so convenient to show the world what’s going on inside you. If you are happy give a :), if upset frown like 😦 and if you are confused just like I am right now, do this :S. Where anger could be expressed using CAPSLOCK and laughter through hahaha, haha, buahaha, ROFL and LMAO depending on the level of amusement. Where k, ok and okay would emote three different things. Where the politest way to end a conversation would be through LOL. Actually you could use LOL when you really don’t know what to say. Where you could show your fondness for something by hitting the LIKE button which reminds me that I would appreciate a DISLIKE button too. Where you could easily kick irritating people out of your life by UNFRIENDing them. Where you could choose who should enter your life and who shouldn’t. Where your life could be as awesome as your profile. Where you could be as good looking as your profile picture. Where you could freely say what’s on your mind through mere status updates and later edit/delete them if needed. Where you wouldn’t be annoyed with people following you or stalking you. Where you could link all important matters of your life via hashtags. Where you could freely share every detail of your life with your friends while restricting others. Where people would always wish you on your birthdays and anniversaries and much more. Sigh. I wish, I  wish, I wish!

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50 ways to take a break

14 Jul

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“Education first”-Malala Yousufzai

13 Jul

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This post is inspired by the visionary speech of the daughter of Pakistan, Malala Yousufzai, a women’s rights activist and promoter of world-wide education. Who thought that such an innocent looking young girl could be so brave and confident? Her recent speech at the UN assembly has made me really proud of her. Her every word shouted optimism and confidence to me. Her passion for world peace, equality and provision of free education to every child is beyond impressive. At such a young age, girls are normally more focused on themselves. They enjoy a carefree life with friends and family. But Malala’s life has been very different and difficult. Hailing from Swat valley, a not-so-developed yet beautiful part of Pakistan, she fell victim to the terrorists who have forcefully occupied this part of the country and are working for their own personal benefits in the name of Islam. They are indeed portraying a very negative image of Islam and the Muslims. Just as children demand for toys, Malala had only one wish; to acquire education. Not just for herself but also for her friends and for every child present on this planet. She rightly said in her speech that terrorists are scared of little girls with books because they do not understand the importance of education. They fear that if young people start acquiring education they’ll no longer fall prey to their self-created religious ideas and extremism and would stand up for their rights. Just like what Malala did. So they tried to silence her but they failed miserably because Malala is right and Allah (God) protects those who follow the right path. There are some people who have doubts about Malala’s story and her struggle. They think her every move is fabricated. I don’t know how right or wrong they are. I personally do not know Malala and have never met her or talked to her to know the real story. I have got an insight to her journey through media just like everyone else. No matter what others say about Malala I just believe in her passion for education. I do believe that pen is mightier than the sword and that education is the only way to eradicate ignorance and intolerance and to make this world a better place to live. Education before all!