Rat hole

There was time when I was looking for a PG(paying guest) accommodation to stay in Bangalore. In the most places the broker showed, I could hardly bring myself to look at the place, let alone stay there. They looked like rat holes. And obviously I did not take up the place. A rat hole isn’t my idea of home!

rathole

I was talking to a friend of mine this afternoon when she mentioned about a previous roommate of hers who owned a pet RAT! The only other person I have heard of, who owns a rat, is Ron Weasley from the Harry Potter series. I didn’t like the pet in the book and no way I can find it cute it real life. But when I started thinking about it, it is personal choice right. Who am I to judge?

Having said that, I have some personal choices too and sharing a living space with a rat isn’t one of them. Would be able to stay with a person who owns a pet rat and give a rat’s ass about it?

Chain of events

Chain snatching is a common phenomenon in India. Indians are obsessed  with gold and what better way to make some quick money than snatch the gold chains from unsuspecting ladies walking down the street.

csNot only do these thieves snatch the chains but also harm the women. To avoid getting into such situations most women these days resort to artificial jewellery.

Recently when Me and my roomie were trading our chain snatching stories, we came across one where the guy snatched a chain went off on his bike. Very quickly he found out the chain was not real gold so he came back, threw the chain on the girl’s face and slapped her hard :O Talk about misplaced sense of entitlement.

Talking about  misplaced sense of entitlement, the one that takes the cake is MCPs who believe to rape is a man’s right . Check out the recent statement by Mulayam Singh Yadav on Shakti Mills rape case.

God save our country from such #idioticLeaders. Hopefully God is listening. In the meanwhile we can do our bit by voting responsibly in this elections.

Such leaders have snatched more than just gold chains during the last 60 years. Now time has come to act. Please Vote and vote responsibly!

Hirekai/Ridge Gourd peel chutney

Hirekai/ಹೀರೇಕಾಯಿ/Ridge gourd is supposed to contain loads of nutrients. Just like the vegetable,  the skin/peel also has its benefits but we throw it away. Not any more. Here is a nice way to utilize that.

Ridge gourd peel

Ridge gourd peel

Ingredients:

  • Hirekai/Ridge gourd peel – I have taken peels from three medium-sized gourds
  • Garlic – 2-3 pods(optional)
  • Onions – 1/2 small(optional)
  • Dry/desiccated coconut powder – a little
  • White sesame seeds – 1/2 tbsp
  • Jeera – 1/2 tbsp
  • Salt – as per taste
  • Green Chilli – 1 & 1/2
  • Curry leaves
  • Coriander/Cilantro
  • Oil – 1 tbsp – for frying
  • Jaggery/sugar – optional
  • Lemon – 1/2 big
chutney ingredients

chutney ingredients

Method:

  • Heat oil in a kadhai. Add the ridge gourd peel, onion, garlic, curry leaves and coriander and sauté for 7-8 minutes on a medium flame.
  • Towards the end, add all the other ingredients except salt and lemon and take it off the heat.
  • Once the mixture cools down, grind it to a coarse paste along with salt, water and lemon.
Hirekai Chutney

Hirekai Chutney

  • You can add tempering to the chutney to give it more taste. I haven’t in this case.
  • Also you can add roasted groundnut powder instead of coconut powder. That works beautifully too.

Tasted best with roti of any kind :)

Single in the City

I had read a BBC article(not able to find the link now)  which said “Americans are obsessed with movie and rock stars, British are obsessed with football stars, Italians are obsessed with food, French are obsessed with fashion and Indians are obsessed with Marriage!!!”

The observation was spot-on! What else can explain the billion+ number. Our society is hell-bent on seeing that everyone gets married and stays married.

A disclaimer before we proceed: I am not against marriage. I believe in the institution of marriage. And  someday I want to get married too. Only I do not believe that it is the raison d’être of our existence.

Being single in late twenties is synonymous with explaining  my status to all and sundry and a host of other issues.  Add to it the task of finding an accommodation on rent in a city. We received a phone call from our landlord today saying that we have vacate the flat as the society is now not allowing “bachelors” anymore. Only families. :roll: Although our owner has no problems with us staying they can’t flout the “society rules”. Some societies even have a board on the gate saying “No bachelors allowed” Sigh!

This isn’t new. Such rules exist even in big Indian metros like Mumbai. Being single or “bachelor” as they say is like being a leper when it comes to real-estate here. I had heard about real-estate brides. But I thought it is for places with exorbitant rent like Manhattan or for people who couldn’t earn enough to make the rent. Never had I thought I might have to think about being one someday.

I was just lamenting about our society and our ways when I heard someone wax eloquent about Indian values and Sanskaar. :x Trust I wanted to punch that person in the face, make a ping-pong ball of him and hurl him into outer-space.  We are F’ed up society with messed up values. Don’t glorify that!

I tried making peace with the situation by thinking about how one day these(the ones who look down upon single tenants) people will send their kids to work in a different city and karma will haunt them or about how many months the  flats will remain empty because they can’t find a “family” tenant to occupy it but none of these things are helping me feel better. Their karma striking will not help my situation in any way. I still have my problem. They can go to hell and be deep-fried like a Punjabi samosa for all I care.

Sounds rude? How about the people and society being considerate too. That no bachelors allowed board sounds like the “Dogs and Indians not allowed” boards during the British rule.

Now please excuse me, I have to go hunting for a decent place to stay in Pune lest I end up on a railway station bench!  :/

Mosaravalakki/Curd Poha – Recipe

I was done with my morning dose of the Internet and was getting up to prepare breakfast when I saw this comment by GVji on my earlier poha recipe. That reminded me I haven’t been trying out the different poha recipes for a while and started on this. A great breakfast option for the summer.

Ingredients:

ingredients

ingredients

  • Poha/Beaten rice/Avalakki/ಅವಲಕ್ಕಿ – 2 cups (take the medium or thick variety)
  • Beaten Curd – 2 cups
  • Ginger – finely chopped – 1/4 tsp
  • Jeera – for tempering
  • Green chilli – 1 large
  • Salt – to taste
  • Mustard seeds – for tempering
  • Asafoetida/Hing – for tempering
  • Coriander leaves/Cilantro – finely chopped
  • Onion – finely chopped
  • Curry leaves – finely chopped
  • Sugar – 1/4 tsp
  • Oil – for tempering
  • Ground nuts – roasted and peeled

Method:

  • Beat the curd, add salt,sugar and keep it aside.
  • Soak the poha and drain it immediately. Using a sieve works out best for this.
  • Temper with oil, mustard seeds, jeera, hing, curry leaves, green chilli, ginger.
  • Add the poha, tempering mixture and curd. To this add onions, groundnut and coriander and serve.
Ingredients

Ingredients

mosaravalakki / curd poha

mosaravalakki / curd poha

Note: Mix the poha and curd only when you are ready to serve else it absorbs all the curd and becomes dry.

Insane Humans

politics & religion

politics & religion

So true! We are insane. Politics is dirty and religion is just another name for politics. Don’t even get me started on things we do in the name of religion. Here’s just one example I found on the Internet today.

School Pressures 8-Year-Old Sunnie Kahle To Leave Because She Looks Too Much Like A Boy

Ragi Malt/Ambali

Summer has just started and we are already seeing the Sun shine in full glory. Air-conditioner is no respite in a small town India where power cuts everyday are a norm and not an exception. The best way to beat the heat then is summer foods. The one that tops the list in our family is “Ragi Ambali/ರಾಗಿ ಅಂಬಲಿ” or what is more popularly known as ragi malt. I won’t go into the health benefits of ragi. This gluten-free millet is now known widely among the health freaks and rightly so.

Ragi Malt/Ambali

Ragi Malt/Ambali

This can be served as breakfast or after lunch/dinner or can even act as a meal substitute esp in the afternoons when you don’t feel like eating anything.

Ingredients:

  • Ragi flour/ರಾಗಿ ಹಿಟ್ಟು – 2 tablespoons
  • Water – 1 – 1/2 cups(varies according to how thick or thin you want it to be)
  • Buttermilk – 1 cup(you can even use curd in place of buttermilk)
  • Salt – as required
  • Cilantro – for garnishing
  • Garlic – 3-4 pods
  • Onion – 1/2 small finely chopped
  • Jeera – powdered/crushed

Method:

  • Mix ragi flour in water ensuring no lumps are formed.
  • Simmer the mixture for about 5-7 mins/Till you see the mixture boil. Keep stirring continuously. Also ensure you boil it properly else it tastes like flour while having the drink.
  • Once you see it start boiling, add the salt, garlic and jeera. And take it off the stove once the mixture boils properly.
  • Don’t worry if it is too thick/thin. It can be adjusted to your taste while serving.
  • Once the mixture cools down put it in a refrigerator(optional step but preferred as this is best served when chilled).
  • While serving add the buttermilk/curd and garnish it with cilantro and finely chopped onions. Omit the onions if you don’t like the raw onions.
Ragi Malt_2

Ragi Malt_2

Optional – you can also add some Jowar flour along with ragi flour. Although in this recipe I haven’t added, it is commonly added in North-Karnataka recipes.

Whenever I try introducing ragi to my friends(esp the ones from the North), they run away from it on seeing the colour. But guys trust me, it tastes great and this is one occasion where you need to see content over colour. It isn’t fair but lovely for sure. :)