Chilli Panneer Fried Rice.. Yummm!

Now I am not a good cook… and ergo, I am not going to make this a food blog. So don’t worry! 😛 However, an unchangeable fact of my life is that my husband is a foodie, and I’ve been forced to concur that “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” Truer words have never been spoken, I tell you!

I am barely a decent cook and can just about make edible food to feed the family. However, I’m trying to become better at it. I try to make new dishes whenever possible and to improve and build upon whatever little  I already know. So I decided that whenever I try something, I’ll post the recipe here.

Nota Bene: The recipes are not original. In case you got the impression that I invent the recipes I post here, please go back and read the first line of this post again. I usually look for recipes on the internet – I found this one in today’s issue of ‘The Hindu’. But since I am a class-A somberi who forgets to cut out the recipes and bookmark the links, I figured that there may be others like me here. And ergo, I am going to post the recipes here, so that it will help one and all. And my recipes are definitely going to be of the “Beginner” type – nothing too fancy. So all you new brides who are too proud to ask your mother-in-law for help in the kitchen, but want to impress her all the same – come this way please.. 😛

So ummm… returning to the main topic… today I’m going to post the recipe for Chilli Panneer fried rice. A classic staple – since South Indians love Fried Rice, and vegetarians love Panneer. It is very simple, easy to make, and will take a total of less than an hour to prepare the ingredients and complete the cooking! I tried it today, and it came out really well. My Mother in law said “First class ah irukku!” 😀

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Ingredients you’ll need (Serves 4):

1 teaspoon oil (for frying the Panneer)

1 tablespoon oil (for saute-ing the vegetables)

175 grams cubed Panneer

3 onions (thinly sliced)

3 capsicums (sliced)

1.5 cups basmati rice (“azhakku”)

2 tbsp Soya sauce

1 tsp pepper powder

1/2 tbsp vinegar/chilly vinegar

5-6 dried chilies (You can use a combination of green and dried chilies as well).

Salt to taste.

A few chopped spring onions and/or a few sprigs of Coriander to garnish.

Method to prepare:

1. The rice should preferably be cooked the previous day, or cooked earlier in the day and refrigerated. This is just to make sure that the grains separate easily, and give that restaurant-quality feel. (And don’t be iffy about the day-old rice; I tried and it really works!). If you cook the Basmati rice just during preparation of the meal, cook it at least half an hour before, put it on a plate and let it cool under the fan.

2. Heat one tsp of oil in a wok or kadai and fry the panneer until they’re golden brown – preferably use cottage cheese instead of Tofu, as that gives a more authentic Panneer flavour). Set it aside to cool. (If you don’t know the difference, cottage cheese is made out of.. well.. normal milk :P, and tofu is made from soy milk.)

3. Use a large kadai – heat one tbsp of oil and fry the chillies until they’re darker.

4. Then add the onions and saute until golden brown, and then add and saute the sliced capsicum.

5. Now add the cooked rice, soya sauce, vinegar, salt and pepper powder. Keep stirring so that the vegetables and sauces mix well with the rice. This should take about 3-5 minutes. But keep stirring so that the rice doesn’t get burnt.

6. In the end, add the Panneer cubes, coriander and spring onion to garnish.

And that’s it! It is as simple as that. Remember that it will taste like classic fried rice – a little bland, not spicy, but full of flavour. So plan your side dish(es) accordingly. A simple raita will suffice. You can buy potato chips or Kurkure for the crisp factor. Alternatively, if you have the time and energy, you can make a proper gravy.

So do try and let me know how it turned out! I also know some excellent Panneer side dishes that I’ll post here soon…

Until then, Ciao! 🙂

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Go WordPress!

Okay.. so I wrote a huge post praising WordPress and clicked “Publish”, and Voila! The contents of my post disappeared. Although that is currently making me feel a little resentful towards WordPress, I am not one to give up. I am going to sit and re-write the entire thing – Word for word. You’ll see!

So if anyone out there is passionate about writing, and wants to try their hand at a convenient, non-pressurising, non-criticising platform, I suggest you come straight to WordPress. Because WordPress is simply a writer’s best friend! And remember – this is coming from a staunch user, supporter and recommender of Blogspot for the last.. err well.. 7 years!

Barely a week into starting this blog, I am already 3 posts up – that should be a new record for me! 🙂 I’ll tell you how WordPress helps here.. firstly, no sooner had I finished typing up my first post in a stroke of inspiration, WordPress gave me a trophy to cherish the milestone I had just crossed. See for yourself 😀

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As a happy me logged into check my email, WordPress had a reminder waiting for me there – that it is time for me to blog my next post! 🙂 You can of course set your preferences – whether you would like to blog daily, weekly, monthly etc. I should add that I logged into WordPress today solely because I saw that email. 😛

And log in I did! But I had no clue what to write – I had had a reasonably normal day (eat, sleep, go to work, facebook – the whole enchilada!) And Presto! there is a button called “Inspire me (Looking for inspiration?”) waiting to give me ideas on what I can write about! :O

Really, what more can one want???! Without hesitation, I clicked on the “New Post” button, and here we are! One thing leads to another, or so they say.. I already have an idea as to what I want to write about in my next post. Perhaps, this is how inspiration works! 🙂

But until I do write that post, Ta-Da! 🙂

To believe or not believe?

That is the question! My circle of friends have a balanced mix of theists, atheists, and agnostics. I love the fact that everyone of this age is able to think, understand and clearly state their beliefs. Having such an eclectic group gives opportunities for interesting discussions, and understanding points of view other than your own.

As much as I respect everyone’s religious and spiritual beliefs, I however am a staunch theist. I wouldn’t say I am a staunch Hindu, as I don’t believe in religion and caste. However, I definitely believe in God. My principles and way of life are based on the beliefs that everything in life is pre-destined, God has a plan for everyone, He doesn’t make anything happen without a reason… In short, my life’s motto is “Keep Calm and Pray to Ummaachi!”

Today, my husband has fallen sick, with a temporary illness (nothing too serious). Although that causes a lot of discomfort to him, and has put a stopper on some of our important plans for the next couple of weeks, neither of us are perturbed in the least. Because we both strongly believe that God wouldn’t have put is in this situation unless he had an excellent reason to do so! Now, in times of trouble, I realise all the more just how strong that belief is rooted in me.

I would like to write a lengthy post someday on the workings of God in detail; but today is not that day, since for all my beliefs, I am far too inexperienced in spiritual matters to be able to explain them satisfactorily to anyone.

Ciao! 🙂

Hola!

Starting with a Spanish word seems like just the good luck charm I need.. to start over, and consistently and actively sustain a blog.

Friends have told me that I should take up writing more seriously; but up until now, I’ve never seriously considered it. Now, though, it no longer seems like such a bad idea.

I’ve recently become a part of the editorial team at my office (We publish a newsletter once every two months), and every time I research and write for that article, I wonder how it would be, if I could just write for a living. I know I would enjoy every moment of it, but then I also have my doubts – What would I do when that ugly writer’s block rears its head?

Now that I’m writing reasonably regularly on “some” platform, it is definitely time to try harder here in the blog space. I’m turning 25 in a few short weeks, and it is time to make that bucket list. And the first item in that list is going to be “Write 50 posts before the end of 2014”.. or well.. something along those lines.

Since Post No. 1 is already done and dusted, I am now going to while away my time deciding a special gift that I want to get myself for my 25th birthday.

On that vain note, Ciao! 🙂

P.S: Voila! I should end my posts with a Spanish word too! 😛