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Three things that scare me:
1.Darkness
2.Lizard
3.Cockroach (How did I become a doc!!!!! )

Three people who make me laugh:
1.Jokes
2.Arshad Warsi !!!!! (You must watch him in Kabul Express !!!!! )
3.This Guy!!!!

Three things I love:
1.Driving
2.Painting
3.Cooking

Three things I hate:
1.Singapore weather !!!!!! Its so hot and humid 😦
2.Singapore weather !!!!!! It rains anytime 😦
3.Singapore weather !!!!!! Why can’t it snow over here 😦

Three things I don’t understand:
1.In terms of languages, I can only understand english, hindi, marathi and gujarati. Any other language, I don’t understand.
2.Why can’t people reply to international SMS????!!!!! It doesn’t cost that much I am sure !!!!
3.When it can snow in Dubai, why can’t it snow in Singapore????!!!!

Three things on my desk:
1.My Laptop
2.Book
3.A bottle of water

Three things I’m doing right now:
1.Typing this Meme
2.Listening to some instrumental music
3.Chatting with a huge bunch of friends and relatives all around the world – 4 precisely at this moment (sometimes I even goof up here……. typing something in a wrong box !!!!! and then it goes to someone else!!!! )

Three things I want to do before I die:
1.I want to visit Italy
2.I want to learn sculpturing
3.I want to see it snow in Singapore!!!!!!!!!

Three things I can do:
1.Paint
2.Cook
3.Teach

Three things you should listen to:
1.Valley recalls (Instrumental album)
2.Birds chirping in the morning ….. especially when you are in half sleep
3.Actually anyhting in nature………

Three things you should never listen to:
Can’t think of anyhting !!!!!!!

Three things I’d like to learn:
1.A new language (I have started learning Japanese πŸ™‚ )
2.Sculpturing
3.To keep my mouth shut when it should be

Three favourite foods:
1.Italian
2.Chocolate
3.Pineapple (I can eat the whole pineapple at one go πŸ™‚ )

Three beverages I drink regularly:
1.COFFEE (I can fill all the three things with this option actually πŸ™‚ )
2.Orange Juice
3.Water

Three TV shows/Books I watched/read as a kid:
Can’t remember the TV shows so will go for the books.
1.Famous 5
2.Secret 7
3.Enid Blyton

Three blogger friends that I am going to tag:
Trupti
Shaheen
Sandeepa
Thanks Asha for taggin me πŸ™‚ Had fun doing it!!!!!!

Wish you all a Very Very Happy New Year!!!!!
(Don’t forget to check on 1st Jan for the blog event πŸ™‚ )

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Persimmon Spice Cake

Since the time I saw this cake baked by Meeta, it was the one in my next ‘to make’ list. So when the next ‘truckload’ of persimmons came in I made this simply delicious cake.

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Since the time I started working, cooking something exotic and special is restricted only to the weekends…… Weekdays are for quick fix meals which can be made in a jiffy. But this weekend, with the lazy mood that I was in, I thought of making some traditional gujju dishes which are also quick fixes. πŸ™‚

This potato curry, which in gujarati we call it as vatana-bateta nu shaak can be made in flat 20 mins. YES 20 mins!!!!!

Lets get on with it. πŸ™‚

And the time starts now………

 

Peel and chop 1-2 potatoes and take 1 cup of peas. Wash them together.

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Heat some oil a pressure cooker. Let the mustard seeds splutter and then add the cumin seeds. Add the chopped potatoes and peas,
1-2 cloves of garlic (cruched),
1 tsp red chilli powder,
1/2 tsp turmeric,
2 tsp dhaniya jeera powder,
1/2 garam masala

puree of 2 tomatoes and
1-2 tsp jaggery
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(Ideally the tomato puree should do the job and you will not need to add any water. But if you feel it does not have a gravy like consistency then add about 1/2 a glass of water )

Cook for about two whistles and garnish with fresh corriander. How much time still remaining…..???? πŸ˜‰ And this is the traditional VATANA BATATA NU SHAAK.
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Serve with hot chapatis and steamed rice. And after that, make sure you take a nap for at least 2 hrs πŸ˜‰ .

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This is one dish which made me a bell pepper lover instantly!! πŸ™‚

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Heat about 1-2 tsp of oil in a pan and dry roast about 3/4th cup of bengal gram flour (Besan)
Keep stiring on low flame. After about 10-15 mins you should start getting the aroma of roasted flour. You should also notice a slight change in the colour at this time. (If you come across a few lumps in the flour while roasting, break them with the back of the spoon while you are stiring. If some of them still remain, never mind!!!! we aren’t going for any competition are we??? P ))

Once you start getting the aroma, add 1 tsp of red chilli powder, 1/2 tsp turmeric and salt to taste. And mix it all together. Keep this aside.

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Cut the bell peppers in about 1 inch squares – not any smaller than that!!!!! ( I have taken all three. You can even take one or two or whatever you like.) I took about 1/2 of each type.

Heat the oil in a pan and add the bell peppers and salt to taste (Be careful since you have already added salt in the flour. So balance accordingly) Cover and let it cook till they start to soften. (Takes about 10-15 mins )

Once they are soft (but still a bit crunchy) add in the flour and mix. (You can adjust the amount of flour you want as per your taste. If there is extra flour remaining you can store in an airtight container in the refrigerator and use it for future use. Since it is bengal gram flour it can be used in many dishes. Sometimes I intentionally roast more and store it in the fridge so that I donÒ€ℒt have to roast it again the next time. )

 

If you find its very dry just sprinkle some water and mix. This will depend on how pulpy your peppers are. If they are nice and thick, you will not need any. But if they are thin then yes, you might need to sprinkle a few drops.

 

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