Sivangi pulusu

I am not sure how many of you have heard/known about this andhra delicacy 😍

imagei heard about this about 30+ years ago, here in New York, from a very close family friend, Bala Sastry garu. I used to call her ‘aunty’ very dearly and both uncle and aunty treated me like their own daughter. And through Sastry garu only (he was working at the UN at that time and had been going around the world working for UN), I have been introduced to the United Nations and started my career at the UN very reluctantly in 1983. Very reluctantly because I was in my grad program at that time and I was not quite sure whether I could handle both at the same time. And also it was a temporary job and I did not want to change from student status (visa) to diplomatic status and that too for 5 months. Now it is all history and now I am with the UN for 32 years. 😀

coming to the main story, aunty had introduced us to this delicious dish, ‘delicious’ is an understatement. I regret today that I haven’t taken the recipe from aunty. Today to commemorate my 5-day break from routine, I wanted to cook something, so I took out eggplants to make regular pulusu – then I thought why shouldn’t I make Sivangi pulusu, then I searched Google and found few recipes and then I decided to go the way whatever I felt like.image

When I roasted the ingridents for making the powder, I felt like I could share its #Aroma with everyone,  real killer. I am not sure I came any closer to aunty’s Sivangi pulusu, but I savoured it to my heart’s/taste buds’ content.

ingredients:

  • eggplant (small eggplant would be better, but I used slender, long ones today)  – 2
  • onions 1 med size
  • red chillies 6 to 7
  • urud dal – 2 tablespoons
  • chenna dal – 2 tablespoons
  • peanuts – 2 tablespoons
  • sesame seeds – 4 tablespoons
  • coriander seeds – 2 tablespoons
  • fenugreek seds – 3 tablespoons
  • cumin seeds – 1 tablespoon
  • brown sugar – few spoons ( i use brown sugar available in super markets rather than jaggery available in Indian super markets)
  • tamarind – medium lime size
  • salt, red chilli powder, turmeric,
  • oil (10 table spoons)
  • preparation:

dry roast urud dal, chenna dal, coriander seeds, sesame, fenugreek, peanuts, cumin, red chillies and make it into a powder. Since I used slender, long egg plants, I cut each eggplant into 4 to 5 pieces, and make small cut on one side of each of those pieces and stuff the dry spice powder into each one. Add some oil ( 6 to 7 table spoons) to the container, and add seasoning – urud dal, cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds, mustard and curry leaves – cut onion into small pieces ( they literally would dissolve in the pulusu, I was wondering whether I have added onions after the dish was done 😜, and I did add onions) , add onions pieces and add the stuffed eggplant pieces to the container, add turmeric, salt and red chili powder to the curry and close the lid for a few minutes, when the eggplant is cooked (becomes little tend, especially when we use these long ones, they become tender in no time), add few more spoons of the spice powder, add oil (depends on your taste) and add tamarind syrup to the curry (make as much tamarind syrup as possible) and add little water to it. And let it cook for another 10 minutes and add brown sugar to it and let it cook for another minute or two.

It goes very well with rice and even just like soup, 🍲🍲🍲🍲🍲 it is succulent😋😋😋😋😋🍆🍆🍆🍆

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Knee pain sufferers group (KPSG)

Few months ago I have joined the Elite Group of Knee Problem Sufferers Group (KPSG), I need to find a better name for it. In an other space, I would go through the step by step process how the actual problems with my knee were diagnosed, how pro active I was at every step with my logical thinking, Karthi’s suggestions and finally with Baba’s grace.

This is drastically affecting my workout schedules. 😟 at the same time I have realized how many things we have been taking granted for.

But I have hope in Baba and just clinging on to him with a strong belief that He would help me to sail through any difficult situations successfully as He has always been doing. 🙏🏻
Today I was in my physiatrist office getting the fluid out of my knee with a needle injected inside. he did numb my knee area but I could feel the sharp and sensitive pain inside. Suddenly my doctor’s assistant asked me whether I was an Indian for which I nodded my head and he said that my face was so straight without showing any emotions, and he also asked me whether I was trained like that, I said no but back in my mind I thought I wish I was. Shruthi Hasaan in RAcegurram movie came to my mind. “Feel avuthunnanu andi, ekkada? Inside” 😆😃😂

I just prayed to Baba and my husband to hold me tight when the pain was little sharper when he was injecting cortisone. Of course both of them are always with me anytime I ask them to and even today they didn’t disappoint me. Thank you !

i Wonder whether I should take my doctor’s assistant’s remark as a compliment, comment or criticism ? Anyways. On the positive note, I accepted it as a compliment 😜

Bajrangi Bhaijaan

imageI do not know where to start with. It was released worldwide on 17 July 2015. Of course, like most of the hindi movies this one also screened (still going on) at AMC 25, New York City which is literally backyard to me (about 1.2 miles). But I haven’t thought about going that weekend. And then I tried to go every day in that week including the following weekend, but I could not. Then the following week on Monday, 27 July, I went to my volunteer activity (teaching) after work and I had to pass AMC 25. That day as the school is closing for summer break in a few days, not that many students were attending and I had no student to work with and I was asked to go. It was around 6:25 and there is a show at 6:40 and I told my self “ok, I am going today for sure”, guess what I was in the line (not a big line, as there were many lines, I was second in the line where I was standing, and it is AMC 25, so there are so many movies being screened) and a lady is shouting (may be their electronic system failed to display the status on the screens) that the tickets were sold out for 6:40 Bajrangi Bhaijaan show, until after she shouted for a few times, I haven’t paid attention to her. It is that popular.

so the next few days I was in a popular dilemma “to go” or “not to go” – So finally I tried on Friday, 31 July (3rd Friday after the movie release). The show was at 7:55 and I was at the theater by 7:30, bought the ticket and walked up several escalators to go to the 6th floor, and the theater was almost full except for the first 5 rows. I could get an aisle seat on 9th or 10th row. slowly the first rows rows also been filled up. 3rd Friday after the movie’s release and that was the craze !

I do not remember what (when) was the last movie of  Salman Khan’s  I have seen in the theater or even on the DVD. I haven’t seen any of his so called blockbusters. So coming to the main thread – 🙂 Whom/what should I talk about – the amazing performances of Salman Khan, Harshaali, or Nawazuddin – top notch performances from these 3 artists. The screenplay is very impressive and intelligent at times – intelligent – timagehe way a series of scenes just unfold to get to know the identity of the girl.

I know the story is by VIjayendra Prasad garu, but not sure about how much he has contributed for the screenplay – it is awesome👌🏻

Subtle comedy – few scenes – Every passenger in the bus becomes actively involved in providing the names of the cities when Salman Khan was trying to find the city that the girl belongs to and asks her to nod when he says the correct city and started speaking out the city names …. and another scene in Pakistan – where at some point of the story Salman Khan says Rama would take of the situation and Nawazuddin jokingly asks “even in Pakistan” and Nawazuddin asks Salman to walk like a lady when Salman was wearing a bhurka. There are many scenes with very subtle comedy.

The mental and emotional evolution of Salman’s character from a pure Brahmin who can not even stand the aroma of non veg food from neighbors to walk into a mosque, wearing a bhurkah, walking into Dargah with the belief that offering prayers there would help the girl to meet her parents.

there are few scenes wheimagere anyone would get goosebumps – when Salman saves the girl from the brothel place and at the background Hanuman Chalisa, when the girl meets her mother, the emotional message Nawazuddin sends through social media,  the intense prayers/singing at the Dargah, the integrity of the police officers, and the climax scene when finally the girl gets to speak and shouts ‘mama’ at the border of India and Pakistan.

this movie is simply how Salman transcends from Bhai to Bhaijaan 👌🏻