My must-try list of recipes from fellow bloggers is a really long one (and keeps getting longer each day!). I have miles to go before I can try them all but this last week, I took a step in the right direction & tried three recipes that were all super-delicious.
TS's Sooji Dhokla (yes, it is sooji, not besan. It's yellow coz I added too much turmeric!). Also, instead of cutting them into diamonds, I just broke them into pieces. I was very intrigued with her brown-around-the-edges version where she actually fried the dhokla in sesame seeds-mustard seeds tempered oil but I could not wait long enough for the dhokla to brown. Wonderful flavor, T! Thanks for a lovely recipe!
Meera's Masoor Tikhale, made with whole moong instead. Loved the coconut-tamarind-jaggery masala along with the garam masala. Wonderful dish! Another keeper of a recipe. Thank you, Meera!
Soumya's Banana Payasa has been on my must-try list for over a year. This absolutely simple to make sweet dish is absolutely delicious! Thanks, Sowmya!
Thanks to Devipriya and Hetal for the Rockin' Girl Blogger award! You guys rock! :)
I was tagged by Sireesha for this meme. It's called "10 Things I Hate". So here goes -
1. Judgemental Attitude - Who is anybody to judge me for what I do? Especially when it comes to M - how I raise her or whether she talks in English or Kannada or if I choose not to fuss over every little thing is my business. Don't be negative & judgemental & definitely don't discuss what I do/don't do with your cohorts! Leave the judgement to God, lest ye be judged! (Can you tell I really hate this one?!)
2. Incessant Advice-giving - You've heard this from me before! Whether child-rearing, home decor, home improvement, medicine, anything under the sun - they know it all & can't wait to tell you what you should do!
3. Prejudices - black, white, brown, North Indian, South Indian, Dravidian, Aryan, rich, poor - we need to get out of classifying people negatively! There is no such thing as a superior race or a superior caste. The world would be a better place if we just accept everyone as fellow human beings & learnt to love all.
4. The atrocities & double-standards endured by women in the name of tradition, morals & religion. How come those same things don't apply to men?
5. In days of yore, dowry began as a way for a father to provide for his daughter in her time of need & to help the Son-in-Law by sharing the expenses of raising a family. Now it has degenerated into a practice where grooms demand a price (money, gold, car, house etc) for marrying the daughter! And it is directly proportional to his education/work too! Isn't that twisted coz theoritically speaking, the better a groom is placed in life, the better he can provide & therefore the less the bride's father has to? Parents should not have to scrimp & save money or take huge loans just to get daughters married off. Whatever parents want to gift their daughter & SIL (if they chose to receive) should be their call. The tortures & deaths resulting from it's mis-practice (both suicides & murders) say a lot about how horrifying the situation has become!
Ok, I am going to stop now. I'm all riled up! Could not reach 10 - I think I'd pop an artery or something by then! When I started to write this, I was thinking "hate" is such a strong word. Do I really "hate" anything that much? Turns out I do & passionately so, in some cases!
I would rather not sign off on such a heavy note. So let me share a little tip I learnt recently. When you are really sleepy eyed in the mornings (from lack of sleep or having woken up from a very deep sleep), try this- while brushing your teeth, switch to your your non-normal hand (switch to left hand if you are a right-handed person) & brush for 15 seconds. All the sleepiness will be gone by the time you are done brushing! :)
OK, now I can sign off! :)