Archive | July 2014

Amala Akkineni – one of my favorite celebrity

One of my favorite actress that I fell in love with when I saw her movie Nirnayam. It is a telugu movie and later on she ended up marrying the lead actor Nagarjuna from the movie in real life. Thus, permanently moved to Hyderabad. She is an animal lover and rescues street dogs or any animals that are hurt or not been taken care of. She is an social activist, currently chair person of Blue Cross of Hyderabad. To know more about her click here .

One of my cousin loves animal and expressed greater interest in joining her. Well they encourage college kids to do part time volunteering if they are passionate about it. What attracts me the most is – her simplicity and going to extreme lengths in protecting the animals by providing shelter even at home. Very environment conscious, believes in leading a simple life. Yes, it is true that she have had great child hood relatively to most of the people with great education and fortunately great career and married into wonderful family. Despite those facts, how many who are equally lucky as she does such work and be simple.. very few. She is one among those few. (Now you know, how I am fascinated by some celebrity personalities or in general any interesting personalities when I meet). Oh yes.. she is a Vegan now.

Here is an interview with her.. yes all spoken in English, at that time she is comfortable with english and just started learning telugu.

If you are interested in watching.. Here it is for you.

If you would like to volunteer or work for Blue Cross at Hyderabad.

Click here

 

Bean and Carrots – Kerala Style (Quick Recipe)

One of my colleague at work hails from Kerela, southern part of India.  One of my dream destination as well. I am looking forward to spend at least a week just roaming in the nature of Kerala.

I have been trying her food lately during my lunch sessions and fell in love with them. When I googled to make bean-carrot kerala style, I came across Vazhayila, her simple recipe that was so quick and easy to make made me do it. My measurements are not as accurate as she specified but here is the link of her recipe. I loved her food photography but I am writing this down for my future self..

Ingredients

Beans – 1 pound – thinly chopped

Carrots – 3 medium – chopped in small size 1/4 inch cubes

Mustard seeds- 1 tbsp

Grounded cumin powder – 1/2 tbsp

Curry leaves – few

Onion – 1 medium – chopped thinly

Grated fresh coconut (I used frozen coconut) – 1/2 cup

Green chillies – 5 (or more depending on your taste buds) – chopped into thin pieces

Salt to taste

Turmeric – pinch of it.

Oil – 2tbsp or less depending on how you prefer using it.

Ginger – minced – tiny bit

Procedure

1. Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds, once they sputter, add Curry leaves.

2. Add all the mix at once – ( beans, carrots, chopped onion, turmeric powder, green chillies, minced ginger, salt , little bit of water) – cover and  let it cook for about 6-8 minutes or until cooked or the raw smell disappears.

3.  Now add cumin powder and grated coconut and let it cook for about 3-4 minutes uncovered and let it become dry.

4. Turn off the stove.. voila..it’s ready! . Goes well with chapathi.

Result

Bean Carrot Thoran

Bean Carrot Thoran

I loved it, Hope you like it too..

Sago Kichidi

I have become quite lazy in updating with all the recipes that I have been making. Here is another quick recipe that I prepared.

Sago is a starch extracted in the spongy centre, or pith, of various tropical palm stems.

Sago (you can buy on amazon)

Sago - this is how it is available in stores

Sago – this is how it is available in stores

I prepared kichidi,  All I had to do was, take 2 cups of sago and add just enough water to soak them up..then I went off to gym for about 2 hours. Came back and it was all ready to be cooked.

Ingredients

Sago or sabudhana (2 cups of sago with enough water as it soaks up all the water)

Curry leaves

Potato – 1 medium, I used red potato diced.

Cumin & corriander powder- 1/2 spoon each

Urad dal whole (or black gram)- 2 tbsp (for crunch taste, optional)

Turmeric – pinch

Mustard & cumin seeds – 1/2 spoon

Peanuts powder – 2 tbsp ( peanuts – slightly toasted and grinded)

Green chillies – 3

Garlic cloves – 1 (Minced)

Oil – 2 spoons

Salt to taste

Procedure

1. Add oil to pan, heat it. Add urad dal, mustard & cumin seeds, ,minced garlic clove, green chillies and curry leaves.

2.  Add mustard, cumin and turmeric powders and diced potatoes, add  salt, add water if required and let it cook.

3. As soon as potatoes are cooked, add the soaked up Sago into the pan, add peanut powder, mix it and cook until they become transparent (yes, that’s when you know they are cooked.. they take about 3-5 minutes on medium high). Turn off the stove and let it rest for about 10 minutes.

Result:

You can directly have it or goes well with plain yogurt  on the side (without any flavors).

 

Delicious Sago Kichidi ready to serve

Delicious Sago Kichidi ready to serve

Serve – Yes..I had it all ..it was delicious and I could not resist completing it.

Ready to eat.. yummmm

Ready to eat.. yummmm

If you have other variations, please do drop a line.

If you have tried this recipe, do let me know how it turned out for you.