Sunday, November 20, 2011

Movie Review: Rockstar (Hindi)

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Rockstar, directed by Imtiaz Ali is a movie I have been waiting to watch ever since I heard it was being made. I have a lot of respect for Imtiaz Ali. He belongs to the younger generation of intelligent and talented directors who are steering Hindi cinema in a new direction. I have loved his previous movies especially Jab We Met. Even though he is known for his 'old-wine-in-new-bottle' brand of cinema, he has the uncanny knack of giving a refreshing twist to any love story. Love stories are his forte and even with a movie titled 'Rockstar' it is evident that he can't stay away from the subject. From the title you might think its a movie is about the rise of an underdog to become a rockstar, but basically, it is a love story with a few rockstar elements thrown in for good measure!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Recipe of the month: Poori and Dum Aloo

During this Deepavali, I was wondering what special dish to prepare. I didn’t feel like making the usual pulav/biriyani so after some deliberation, I decided to go with poori. Poori is a type of deep fried Indian bread that pairs well with almost any kind of dal, subzi or curry. Some people even eat them along with certain traditional Indian sweets as a side dish. There must be very few people in this world who do not like pooris and it is the same in my family as well. Although I generally shy away from making pooris (to keep the waist-line in check!), I do make exceptions on festivals and celebratory occasions. My initial attempts at making pooris almost always used to end in disaster followed by frantic calls home but after a few sessions of consultations with my mum and MIL and several trials, I managed to perfect the ‘skill’ (touchwood!).

I decided to make my most favourite accompaniment to poori which is dum aloo. It beings back a lot of memories because my mum used to make palak poori and dum aloo on special occasions and the aroma that came wafting out of the kitchen was enough to get me and my siblings bolting downstairs for dinner! Although I tried my mum’s recipe in the past, I was not satisfied with the results because it didn’t quite taste like the one she used to make. I always felt something was missing. After that, each time, I would experiment with a different recipe with varying degrees of success.

The recipe I’m sharing with you today is adapted from Tarla Dalal's website. I tried it out after incorporating some minor changes of my own and the result was finger licking good! It had the vibrant color of sunset (yes I know I'm being dramatic!), great aroma and a perfect balance of tanginess, sweetness and spice. The recipe is pretty simple and straightforward. It doesn't call for onions so you can save some of those precious tears! The best part about this recipe however is deep frying the baby potatoes with the skin left on. In the past, all the recipes I had referred to gave instructions to peel the potatoes which can be really cumbersome especially with baby potatoes. It never occurred to me to leave the skins on (duh!). It reduced the preparation time by about 15 mins and the end result was well worth the time spent in the kitchen.  

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Golden years revisited: My Favourite Childhood Books

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As I sit down to write, I often find myself victim of the 'Blank Screen Syndrome' which I'm assuming to be a common affliction that bloggers/writers suffer from. I often have to rack my brains to come up with an interesting blog topic to write about. For me it isn't writing just for the sake of writing. I prefer to write about my experiences or about the things that have impacted/educated/entertained me. Even now, as I'm typing, I swear I have no idea where this post is heading! But you know what....that is the best thing about writing. The words automatically appear on screen as your thoughts begin to unfold. I'm actually glad that I sat down to write because a ghost of an idea just started taking shape in my mind. Yeah, you know what? The more I think about it, the more I want to write about it. Alright, so here goes....this blog post will be dedicated to all those books that made reading enjoyable during my childhood years.