The famous Indian curry paste

This is the most versatile curry paste used across many Indian dishes. The smell of onion, ginger and garlic is hard to resist at almost every other Indian household. The sprinkling of dried masala powder along with turmeric lends a fresh aromatic flavor to any Indian dish!!

But then, preparing this takes time. Sometimes, when we are having time crunch, because of office work, deadlines or if we have small kids at home who just demand our time and attention, then it becomes difficult to prepare everything from scratch. So we look for other options like instant noodles or ordering something from a restaurant. While sometimes this is doable, but not too frequently.

That time this pre-prepared curry paste comes to your rescue. Prepare a batch over the weekend as per your requirement and use it across the week two-three times as per the quantity.

Most of the Indian ladies would find this post too simple to share, but those who have never tried it and are looking for such alternatives should definitely give it a go.

 

******       INGREDIENTS       ******

Onions (Big) – 2 1/2 (otherwise take 4-5 if using medium sized ones)

Garlic cloves – 7-8

Ginger – 2 inch piece

Green chilies – 3 (or as per spice level)

Tomatoes – 4-5 (medium sized)

Oil – 2 tbsp

Salt – To taste

Coriander powder – 1 tbsp

Garam masala powder – 1 tbsp

Turmeric – 1 tsp

 

******       METHOD       ******

Start by adding oil to a skillet. Add green chilies, roughly chopped ginger and garlic. Sauté till they turn light brown. Add in the onions, and sauté for 5-10 minutes, till the onions start turning light brown. Add salt, turmeric powder, coriander powder and garam masala powder (you can prepare at home or use the readymade garam masala). Sauté for 5-7 more minutes. Then add chopped tomatoes to the mixture. Sauté for 5-10 minutes more. Turn off the stove.

Let me mixture cool down. Once cooled, make a fine paste of this mixture in a blender/mixer. Sauté this curry paste in the same skillet for 15-20 minutes or till the oil separates from the gravy. Once oil separates, turn off the stove, cool the curry paste and store it in the refrigerator and use through the week, this can suffice 2-3 gravies/curries.

You can now use this paste to prepare chickpeas, black chana and kidney beans  as well. This can also be used as a base for watery curry (matar paneer, aaloo matar etc) or cream based gravy (paneer makhani, butter chicken etc).

So go ahead ladies and give it a try. Trust me, with work pressure and also kids at home, this will definitely turn out to be a savior!! Till then.

Adios Amigos

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Father – The unsung hero

 

Fathers, unlike mothers, are the unsung heroes to their children. They stand through the thick and thin, without anyone knowing that they are doing a lot in the background. A father and a daughter especially share a beautiful relationship.

A relationship beyond words. A relationship beyond time. He treats her like a princess, yet makes her a warrior too. He helps her build a castle, yet makes her capable of building one herself too. He protects her from bad men, yet gives her the freedom to choose too. He reads her fairy-tales, yet wants her to be the knight in shining armor herself. He wants her to fall in love, but also wants her to get back to life if she gets heartbroken.

He is her first hero, her first love. The father is the person she looks up to on how a lady should be treated. If her nurtures his wife with love, love is what is seen throughout the family. His relationship with his wife, if beautiful, paves the way for the daughter to have positive outlook on relationships.

No matter what happens in life, the daughter will always have a special place in her father’s heart ♥️

A bond, oh so special, oh so beautiful!! A bond of lifetime. The light shining between them, is the light that keeps me alive.

Live Laugh Love – The Essence

Dear Readers,

Welcome to my first blog post. I am really happy to be starting this blog today and hope this journey continues a long way ahead. Live, laugh, love. That’s what we all want right !! Well, the future blog posts might not be specific to me telling you stories that revolve around these three words. They will mostly be around various topics related to food, parenting, home, organization, etc etc. But this post will cover the reason of choosing the name of this blog. Let me spend few words on each one of them.

LIVE
Well, the literary meaning of the word “Live” means to live life, as in to breathe and have physical existence. But here, in this context, it means living a life that you can call your own. But how do we do that? Does it mean we are able to do whatever we want? Or does it mean spending the day doing some things that add value to you in terms of soul fulfillment. For me, it is latter. We all know that having a perfect life is a complete misnomer. There is no such thing called “Living perfectly”. There will be ups and downs, you will have to live in a certain way where you may need to do some compromises. But, at the end of the day, all that matters is that you get to spend some hours doing what you love.

As the saying goes, “If you don’t plan your life, someone else will”.

So, have a goal. Be it big, be it small. But keep at least an hour or more in a day with you where you can do what makes your soul happy. For me, it is either cooking or writing, and may be few other things. So, keep in mind, you can’t have it all. But, you can set some targets which are achievable and add to your (soulful) living.

LAUGH
Have you ever seen a child’s laughter? I’ve heard this sentence a zillion of times. And I always wondered, yes, of course, I’ve heard a child laughing!! What’s new in that? Well, now that I have a daughter of my own, I understand that witnessing a child’s laughter is the most therapeutic. They are such innocent creatures that they get amazed by the simple things in life. Be it the sound of water when you shake a water bottle, be it an idiotic face you make, or be it some funny sound. They can laugh endlessly at the same thing for the longest of times.

But what happens when we grow up? Endlessly searching for things that make us upset. Thinking and talking about things that go bad in our life. And so on. Well, I think then it’s time for us to make efforts the other way round. Lets search for things, or incidences that would make us happy and grateful in life. Let’s crack a joke, or watch a funny movie. If something is troubling us in life, or the day went bad, let’s not give it the right to control our emotions. Be wary of such feelings, and start thinking about the good things in life. These things are difficult to do at first. But, once mastered, they will play a big role in a person’s success. So, add a curve to that line on your face and show the good 32 sparklies!!

LOVE
Loving your parents, partner, children or loving your family is what everyone does. But where is that “LOVE” which makes us who we are. “LOVE FOR ONESELF”. In this era of never ending demands by others, getting judged by don’t know who alls, we need time to gather together that shattered image that others make us believe of us. Simple remarks include, “You could’ve done this better. This is okay but not that great. Why did you take so long in finishing this. Etc etc etc..” People are judging us all the time, as if that’s their full-time job to do it. I have myself been a victim of such amazingly sadistic comments. Earlier I would be depressed for hours or even days altogether if someone said even a small thing to me. Well, it was not too late that I realized, “Hey!! Words can’t harm you”. And it became more and more clearer to me that the ones who pass comments so easily can’t even think of doing anything so close if they are put in the same situation. Most of them are those who are running away from their own insecurities.

So, next time someone comes up to you and advises you on how you can do better, smile and forget what they said 😉 . Let them deal with their insecurities. It will surely keep you sane and help you become a better person, rather than a sulky one.

Hope you enjoyed reading my blog.

Adios amigos !!