Another quote very close to my heart …..

Some quotes make us think, some make us inspired, motivated, laugh, cry. They touch our hearts, soul and make us believe that we are on the right path and they would be so imbibed in us that they become part of us..

This morning I read a tweet from Samantha which she quoted from none other than the great Oprah Winfrey.

Giving is not just about being able to write a cheque. It’s being able to touch somebody’s life – It really adds value to life and I want my life to be a true reflection of this fact and I am very thankful to Baba for changing my life for better…..

Happy Thanksgiving !!! ……

Capsicum rice

I saw some post on capsicum rice on facebook few weeks ago and thought of making it. So my immediate source – google.com and I checked few recipes. I bought green, red, orange, yellow peppers. I have started observing Kartheeka masam – fasting during day time throughout the month. I also thought of not eating rice the whole month. Today I felt like making capsicum rice and prayed to God and made a petition to Him that I would stop eating rice from tomorrow and I’ll make Capsicum rice today and taste it and also prayed to Him to pardon me for today as I was going to eat rice today. Of course I observed upavasam (fasting) today.

Coming to the main story, I checked the video on vahrehvah.com. He has his style of adding things to his taste, so I did the same thing to add or substitute the ingredients to my taste.

ingredients:

1, Basmati Rice – 3 cups

2. Capsicum – I used Red (1), Yellow (1), Orange (1) and Green (1 1/2)

3. Big Onion 1

4. Urud Dal – 2 tablespoons

5. Chenna Dal – 2 tablespoons

6. Coriander seeds – 2 table spoons

7. Mustard seed – 1 tablespoon

8. cumin seeds – 1 tablespoon

9. Red mirchi about 6

10. Peanuts 2 tablespoons

11. Ghee about 6 tablespoons (or up to your taste)

12. turmeric (small amount)

13 cloves – 6; cinnamon small piece; Cardamom – 6

14. cashews and almonds (the number depends on your taste)

Preparation:

1. Dry fry urud dal, chenna dal, red mirchi, coriander seeds, mustard seeds, cumin seeds, peanuts and make it into a coarse powder.

2. Make a powder of cloves, cardamom, and cinnamon separately.

3. Cook rice separately in a rice cooker. I use 1 1/2 cups of water for one cup of rice.

4. Cut onions, and all peppers into thin long pieces. If the pieces are very long, cut them into half.

5. In a big container, add two spoons of ghee and saute the onions and add capsicum pieces (leave some pieces which could be used to garnish), add salt and turmeric and saute them for about 5 minutes, the pieces should be crispy so do not cook for a long time.

6. Add the powder (made of all dals+spices) to the Capsicum pieces and cook for 2 minutes and add the cooked rice to it and mix it well and add some more salt so that rice would also get enough salt.

7. add the ghee to this preparation at different stages whenever you feel like that it is getting little dry, and add the rest of the ghee after the rice is mixed.

8. Add the cinnamon, cardamom and cloves powder to the rice and mix it well.

9. Saute some cashew and almonds in the ghee.

10. Garnish the rice with cashew, almonds,fresh capsicum pieces that are put at side and small coriander leaves.

11. May be we can add some coconut powder or may be we can use coconut when making the dry powder (I haven’t used in my preparation today but I may use in future)

Note: I did not use ginger, garlic because I want to enjoy the capsicum flavor and I do not want it to be overtaken by the spicy flavor. Again it depends on your taste.

I have taken pics at few stages of my preparation and here they go…

Music has no language

Is true to every letter. Of course, if we understand the language and the lyrics, it would take us to another level for sure, at the same time to appreciate the feel of the music, language is no barrier. When I think of this, the songs that immediately come to my mind are

1. Aromalae both male and female versions by Alphonse and Shreya Goshal are simply awesome, just take me to another world. Actually Shreya Goshal’s version is only alapana and it was released few months after the movie’s release. But I really got connected to Alphonse’s version on my first hearing. I kept on hearing this album with Unnati and Prati in my India trip just a few weeks before the release of the movie. We were actually listening to these songs like crazy. But for some reason, Unnu doesn’t like this song and to irritate het we were playing it repeatedly. It may be A R Rahman’s music that made us fell in love with this album and after almost three years after its release, the album is still very fresh.

2. Nanhe Nanhe Taaro Jaise Naina from Drona – the first time I heard this song when Unnu and Prati sang it in my India trip. I loved it. After I came back to New York, I printed the lyrics and tried to sing it. I cried many times listening to this song. I do not understand the meaning. But edo teliyani badha anipisthundi ee song vinnappudalla.

I may have many songs in this list, but these two popup when I was thinking about this topic – TRUE Music has no language