Month: June 2016

You want it. You do it!

You want it. You do it! No matter what! I understood this when I was watching a talk show last weekend. There were two sets of people, all of them were 2016 toppers in XII public examinations in Tamilnadu, but one set was from private schools and privileged background and the other set was from government schools and comparatively less privileged background.

So the point here is all were toppers who scored more than 95 percent in their public examinations. It is obvious that students from a good background and support with all facilities around would do well. One the other end, those from less privileged, with day to day challenges in their family and school, has outgrown their difficulties equipping themselves very well and scored really well in their examinations.

I was literally crying when I heard the story of a girl whose parents were daily wage labours, father working in tea shop and mother making bidi (a local cigarette). On top of all these, she does not have staffs at her school for a few subjects and they had to learn on their own. In spite of all these, she has managed to study. Incredible! Instead of complaining about what she doesn’t have, she had a clear and strong vision that only education can improve their standard of living. Heights of determination and positivity!

This is why I said “You want it, you do it. No matter what!”. Most of us, at least I would assume if you are reading this you have access to the web with a good equipment in front of you, but still keep complaining about what we do not have and give lame reasons for what we have not achieved. “Stop Complaining and start working” and every time you feel you do not have enough facility think of this girl who could study despite her bad circumstances. Keep going ahead with your dreams.

Cheers. Keep Smiling!

Photo Courtesy: The Internet

Vegetable Kuruma – South Indian Style

Cooking! – It is one of the important vertical in my life. Cooking is the part and parcel of our life. In order to have a healthy and happy meal, we always need to put in a little extra effort in cooking.  I am developing the passion for cooking and would like to share the recipes that I try. In this post, I will share the recipe of “Vegetable Kuruma” which I learnt from my mom and is my favorite. This goes well with rice, chapati and dosa.

Ingredients:

Masala:
Bay leaf – half
Star anise – 1
Pepper – 1 tablespoon
Cinnamon sticks – 1
Black Stone Flower – 1 tablespoon
Fennel seeds – 1 tablespoon
Cumin seeds – 1 tablespoon
Cloves – 3
Cardamom – 2

Onion – 1
tomato – 2
Green Chilli – 2
Ginger garlic paste – 2 tablespoon
Carrot – 1
Beetroot – 1
Potato – 1
Cauliflower – half
Tumeric powder
Corriander powder
Pepper powder
Chilli powder
Coconut
Cashew – 5
Corriander leaves
Salt

Steps:
1. Clean and chop the vegetables, onion , green chilli and tomato.
2. Prepare the ginger garlic paste.
3. Heat 3 tablespoons of oil in a pressure pan and temper with all the masala items.
4. Add chopped green chillis.
5. Add the chopped onions and saute it until golden brown.
6. Add the ginger garlic paste and saute it, until the raw smell of the paste goes off.
7. Add the chopped tomatoes and saute it until cooked. Add some salt to fasten the          cooking of tomato.
8. Add all the chopped vegetables and saute it for a minute.
9. Add half a spoon turmeric powder, one spoon coriander powder, half a spoon chilli powder, half a spoon pepper powder and required salt.Mix well.
10. Add some water and pressure cook, so the vegetables are cooked well.
11. Meanwhile, prepare the paste out of coconut and cashew.
12. After the vegetables are pressure cooked, add the coconut paste and mix well.
13. Leave the mixture in simmer for 10 minutes and finally, garnish with coriander leaves.

Vegetable Kuruma is ready to be served with white rice or chapati or dosa.

Wait for more recipes:)

Courtesy: Mom