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Be the change you want to see

"Wishing you all Indian friends out there,a swach & safe Diwali...!"

Have you ever wondered why some people dislike you irrespective of your efforts to be nice to them ?

7 points to remember  :

1. Avoid discussions about fitness , beauty or religion to your so called friends .These are some of the "sensitive" elements -Most people have hidden insecurities about at least one of these factors which in turn may hurt them leading to aversion for you .

2. It is better to listen first - no need to show excitement which unknowingly may lead the conversation again to those sensitive factors,poking their insecurities .

3.  Now a days , there are a lot of manipulative people who just are nice until they get what they need from you . So listening only can help you understand others .

4. Do control your thoughts and feelings ; after all you too may have insecurities or frustrations . Reform and maintain yourself with the best of your attitude even nobody is watching you. Positivism  is not to show  to others  ,it is an attitude towards your own thoughts -

5. Stop pondering on matters from the past or already gone . If some thoughts are not going to guide you or improve you , cut them at the very roots .

6. If you are successful in the above step 5, then your face will reflect it when you interact with others . Trust me , if you send good thoughts towards a person, he will respond in the same way - try it .

7. Most important point -Respect everything and every one unconditionally - move on doing your work and aspirations -not to please others but to satisfy YOURSELF !

Success is yours !!!

" Do not sit and lament that the world has changed instead , Change yourself to see a better world around you " .

Chicken in butter and cream with Mushroom

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Chicken in butter and cream with Mushroom

 deepsrecipes tries julia child cooking


bonjour !

Inspired by chef Julia Child’s cooking that had well celebrated in the movie “Julie & Julia” ,I decided to plan a French combo meal. (Being my favorite cuisine, I  have plans to buy Julia Child’s cook book “Mastering the Art of French Cooking”) You know,how good movies affect us positively. :-)

So, as a result, here I am ,to share with you all, this recipe of ‘Chicken in butter and cream.

I have followed the traditional recipe (courtesy: videojug) in all the ways, except for the measurements of ingredients.This recipe,I found is divine,with rich, creamy sauce with tender juicy boneless chicken. 

Recipe demands a lot of butter and cream, so if you are trying this, you have to forget your diet rules for one day.
Mushroom is really nutritious though some people are allergic to this fungus.

 I recommend a special method of cleaning for Mushrooms.

  • Wash mushrooms under running water, carefully, not allowing them to disintegrate.
  • Now coat mushrooms with salt, turmeric and all purpose flour. Keep aside for 5 minutes. Wash them with fresh water and Voilà, there you are! Mushrooms are ready to go into any gravy.

Ingredients for Chicken in butter and cream with Mushroom

  • Chicken Breast – 200 g
  • Mushrooms- 100g
  • Fresh cooking cream- 5 tbsp
  • Butter- 2 tbsp
  • Thyme- 1 tsp
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Shallots- 4 no’s
  • Garlic- 2 cloves chopped
  • Parsley- To garnish
  • Mustard paste- 1 tsp
  • Sherry wine- 2-3 drops 

How to prepare Chicken in butter and cream with mushroom sauce?

In a sauce pan,add butter .Add  chicken breast in to this ,sprinkle salt and pepper .After 2 minutes flip the chicken pieces and sprinkle  salt and pepper on the other side too.
After 3-4 minutes,remove chicken into another tray.Yes,I know, chicken is not done yet. We will cook it in the sauce later.
Now to the same pan, add mushrooms sliced and cook for 2 minutes. Add thyme, Shallots and garlic.
Now stir in cream and let it boil for a minute. Add mustard paste and mix well. Add Sherry then add lightly browned chicken breast pieces into this gravy and simmer and allow to cook until chicken is fork tender.
Garnish with Parsley and serve with French Spaghetti and Crostini.

 Chicken in butter and cream with mushroom sauce

bon appétit !
 



Happy Onam

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This video depicts every thing about the grand Onam festival of North Malabar .Each shot is one childhood memory for me .Sharing the spirit of Onam with you all ..
And Happy Onam To All Who Celebrate!
Onam

Onam feast -




श्री गुरुभ्यो नमः|

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Happy teachers day ..
Among the glitz and glamor ,crime stories,strikes,price rise ,porn stars ruling the media , today is the day for teachers /Guru who are the real strength of a civilized society . My Parents are teachers ,taught me at school , support me always ,consider me a winner irrespective of any thing ....And some of my teachers whom I remember often gratefully ...
श्री गुरुभ्यो नमः||

Ruins Of Saint Paul's Cathedral,Macau.

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History has got many strange stories.Macau old town is the Historical center of Macau with the unexceptional architecture of the Ruins Of Saint Paul's Cathedral.17th-century Portuguese cathedral-a perfect fusion of western and eastern cultures(church was caught fire for the third time when a violent typhoon hit Macau in 1835)
Really quirky,right?

Sharing some pictures...


 Ruins Of Saint Paul's Cathedral.




 Ruins Of Saint Paul's Cathedral.


 Ruins Of Saint Paul's Cathedral.




My First encounter with the Buddha

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Breath taking panorama with the divine presence of Buddha .The giant Tian Tan Buddha statue covered with mist.
Lantau Island in Hong Kong is a must visit place for a serene and spiritual experience.
This majestic statue symbolizes the stability of Hong Kong, prosperity of China and peace on earth.

Below the Big Buddha statue , there is Po Lin monastery main temple.
Tian Tan Buddha, a giant Buddha statue completed in 1993, is an extension of the monastery.


Vegetarian food is available near the temple. But if you are not a big fan of traditional Cantonese delicacies, it is better to avoid eating out here.

Visiting the temple was an intriguing experience . The main temple houses three bronze statues of the Buddha – representing his past, present and future lives – as well as many Buddhist scriptures.
Nature was at it's best with heavy showers .What more can one ask for?

The place displayed a unique tranquility as the majestic Buddha statue slowly got covered by thick mist . It was one of my life's memorable moments.
At the MTR station ,Hong Kong.

Hydrabadi Biriyani

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Original recipe from Chef Mehboob Alam Khan

Chicken biriyani no ghee

Ingredients For Special Hydrabadi Chicken Biriyani (No Ghee) recipe

Rice - Tilda Basmati rice- 2 cups

Saffron in Milk - 1/4 cup

Chicken - 500 g (medium sized pieces)

For Marinade

Fried Onions- 1 cup
Ginger Garlic Paste - 1 heaped table spoon (for 500 gm chicken)
Turmeric Powder - 3-4 tsp
Chilly Powder-  2 heaped Tb spoons 
Hydrabadi Biriyani Masala - 1 tbsp
Salt - to taste
Yogurt - 2 tbsp
Green Chilly Paste - 2 tsp
Lemon juice- 2 tsp
Coriander leaves -
Use 1 tbsp oil to fry onions(2 nos) and add fried onion along with the oil to the chicken.

How To cool Hydrabadi Biriyani?

1. Marinate chicken after adding all the ingredients .Keep refrigerated for 1 hour.
2. Add 1 cup water to 2 cups rice .Cook this until water is evaporated. Rice should be raw ,only 30 % cooked.

3. Now heat a heavy bottom vessel (non stick) or big  copper vessel if available.

4.Add 2 tsp oil and layer raw ,marinated chicken .
5. Now add rice (30% cooked ) . Mix well with chicken .Now pour in 1/4 cup of milk and saffron mixture.
6. Cook it on slow fire with a tight lid on for about 45 minutes.

Serve hot with your preferred side dishes.

Healthy Biriyani Hydrabadi


Ramadan Kareem!



India 2014

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INDIA 2014-


(Soliciting genuine views/opinions from creative writers / people who are reading this-) 
We all believe that India has got a reformist with Mr.Narendra Modi (NaMo) who can fulfill India’s yearning for economic and social development for the last 67 years.
Not sure whether it is a sheer coincidence or NaMo has deliberately done all the strategic planning for Governance, based on Mahabharata(the ancient Indian Epic ); (only NaMo can answer this question)but upon deeper contemplation, we can see that what was written about this world, in the Great epic ,is now coming to be true and the creator for all that would be Narendra Modi. 

My indication is towards the fact that many "Prophets" claim: India would be the superpower by the end of Kaliyuga.

Let us compare the current Indian situation under the helm of NaMo and the  Mahabharata, below:

According To Mahabharata—Duties of an ideal king

(Source: Mahabharata, the Great Indian Epic: Economic and Political Ideas----Ratan Lal Basu, Copyright 2011 Ratan Lal Basu, Smashwords Edition)
  •      Protection of the subjects and ensuring their happiness is the first and foremost duty of the king.·
  •          The happiness of their subjects, observance of truth, and sincerity of behavior are the eternal  duty of kings
  •  Make peace with those foes with whom (according to the ordinance) peace should be made, and wage war with them with whom war should be waged.
  •  He should feed those that have not been fed, and inquire  after those that have been fed.
  •   Taking the wealth of those that are not righteous he should give it unto them that are righteous. ( NaMo’s  investment policy)

So I feel, such a governance depicted by Mahabharata,exactly reflects in the agenda for 100 day action plan by Indian Prime Minister Mr.Narendra Modi:-

The top 10 priorities for Modi, according to Times Now are
•              Build confidence in bureaucracy
•              Welcome innovative ideas & babus to be given freedom to work
•              Education, Health, Water. Energy & roads will be priority
•              Transparency in the government. E-auction to be promoted
•              System will be placed for inter ministerial issues
•              People oriented system to be in placed in government machinery
•              Addressing concerns relating to economy
•              Infrastructure and investment reforms
•              Implement policy in time bound manner
•              Stability and sustain ability in government policy
There are many more things we can be interpreted from Mahabharata, but we must wait and see the results and consequences of this change in India.
Yes, wait,minimum for a 100 days …let us wait not as mere spectators,but let's also be a part of the Government …….

Deep Krishna



Vegetarian Cacciatore Recipe

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deepsrecipes version of Italian vegetarian cacciatore
Vegetarian Cacciatore
Cacciatore is a classic Italian Sauce..( basic recipe Courtesy : Laura Vitale.)

Ingredients

Bell pepper : (Yellow) -1 no
Onion -1 big cut into cubes
Egg Plant- Cubes 1 cup
Garlic- 4 cloves
Red Wine/veg.stock - 2 tbsp
Italian Tomato pureed- 1 cup (I used  Sacla Italia )
If it is not available,just puree 2 big red tomatoes.
Fresh Basil-
Salt & Pepper-
Olive Oil

How To prepare this tangy nutritious sauce?

Heat a sauce pan and add 2 tbsp Olive oil and lightly fry eggplant pieces and onion slices. You can add some salt and basil at this stage.
Once it is half cooked add garlic and bell pepper cubes.
Once everything is browned add red wine,if you are using.Or else you can add the tomato puree.
Mix well and allow to cook with out lid.Add salt and pepper as required.When the sauce is thickened ,it is ready.GArnish with chopped basil.


Boil water with salt and cook your favorite pasta/spaghetti.
Serve veg Cacciatore with spaghetti.

Buon Appetito!

Kaleidoscope

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(This is a conceptual story of a girl Nirbhaya, victim of Gang rape.I didn't particularly mean anyone ,when I call my center character Nirbhaya ;This name represents all innocent victims .)

Kaleidoscope
deepsrecipes short story gang rape
(Soliciting genuine views/opinions from creative writers &  people who are reading this-)
The clock struck 2.30 am. She tried to open her eyes.” Ahhh…Mom…” She wanted to call out. But she felt as if she had lost control over her body; she felt her throat was about to fall apart.
“Doctor….doctor…HELP! HELP!”--She heard her mother crying out.
”Oh, Mom...you are here? What’s the matter? - She wanted to open her lips to say these words, but couldn’t. So she decided to listen as it was all what she could do at the moment.
                        “I am sorry, I couldn’t rescue her.” She heard her doctor’s feeble voice. Suddenly a loud wail reverberated with the ICU walls.
Now she could see her family. She felt tranquil and unusually peaceful. Her aching body had disappeared, instead she felt as if floating in the air...She enjoyed that state of tranquility, but the chaos in the room distracted her. Wait..!! who’s that girl, near my parents? It’s a dead body, around which her whole family was crying out …Gosh, isn’t it mine? So that means…..I am….Am I dead???

She came out of the hospital .The place was crowded. Reporters, protesters...
Oh, it’s my ma’am .She is also here?

“What kind of a girl was Nirbhaya?” – One reporter asked her teacher who was trying to stop her tears.
 “Nirbhaya was so intelligent with full of dreams and energy.”- Her words broke as a chilly gust of wind rushed by. The teacher wanted to say a whole story about her but she could only gaze at the journalist as if she had frozen in anguish.
Nirbhaya-A girl, who lived carefree, basking in all emotions that spur up in her...enjoyed each weed, plant or flower on the sides of the muddy pavement as she walked to school...talked to trees and they swayed back to her. She was dreamy, the smell of mud during rain made her ecstatic as she sat in her Veranda cherishing the dark sky...
As the change of Seasons, the color of her cheeks too changed...
She knew no flaws and was with a golden heart...She had teachers unfashionable but honest and pure. She read about the Great Philosophers in awe. And today, she has become the breaking news for the media. .
Suddenly, she started sweeping away in the wind. She dissolved in the wind. Her presence empowered each molecule in it. 
Same wind might have entered into the lungs and body of each living being in this world. Didn’t you feel her presence????
What we have done for her? What steps have we taken for the protection of girls and women?
Hasn’t this become a common news, now-days?- about babies, girls, and even woman officials are being torn down for the lust of flesh??Who can escape from these morons?
But it is not far that this turbulent wind enters their lungs and nostrils, chocking them to death. Each one of us are culprits and answerable to Nirbhaya and many others.
Can’t you hear her, whimpering in the wind ----“WAKE UP…..DO SOMETHING……PLEASE ACT NOW”






Movie Review Eat Pray Love (2010)

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Movie Review

Eat Pray Love (2010)


deepsrecipes movie review Eat Pray Love
(Soliciting genuine views/opinions from creative writers &  people who are reading this-)
 I always felt out of place with the world around me. I seek something always. I am restless, because I feel I cannot waste my time. I am here to do something, and that “something” needs preparation; even though I have no idea what that “something” is! Thus I started learning new things, each day. Started writing down my thoughts. It was difficult for me in the beginning, as I started this exercise lately in my life. I started enjoying solitude, that I always did though,but now  more effectively. At the end of the day, I ask myself, what new knowledge I've earned today. I became a more positive person .I deliberately overlooked the negativity around me; those eyes of jealousy and contempt. Yes, arrogance from people was always a part of life, that I have learned to overlook beautifully.
Only these changes started by 2011,my early Thirties.Before that, as any girl "of our generation",I too was frivolous. But I always had many scattered thoughts and imaginations.I didn't simply realize that I needed to organize my thoughts.
But now ,difference is that, my mind has opened;towards, my soul and eternity, may be?
So,as someone rightly said, I too hope in this..
"awareness of the need to change is the beginning of change" .

This apparently is the situation of the center character Liz Gilbert starring Julia Roberts in the movie “Eat Pray Love”;Story by Elizabeth Gilbert.

 She and her family are typical New Yorkers. One night, as she feels empty inside,she decides to pray to GOD,for the first time in her entire life.She feels like,her life lacks something.At that phase of her life,she  decides to quit her somewhat perfect life; wishes to get separated from her husband, even without any attempt to mend their relation. Personally speaking ,this is something that I cannot agree with .If you cannot deal with another person, that means it is time to look into yourself and correct yourself first and then try to give other person a chance to contemplate with the problem.

Anyways, bored of her stagnant married life, she even tries extra marital affair. But failed miserably since she was not very good at it and identifies herself that she needed something else. Needed to recharge and rejuvenate. She realizes that when our mind is discharged, we are unable to lead a happy life with almost any one. My take on this is; you cannot search and run for love; it just happens. She deliberately trying for it is devastating for her as a woman.

After divorce,she goes to Italy, where she finds food as an addictive .Good food and learning Italian language become her routine there. But it is from Italy, that, for the first time, she learns to enjoy her solitude, doing nothing or not worrying about anything. Many of us forget this simple thing. When we get a Pizza, we will not enjoy it, affected by guilt of gaining weight.
This is the first lesson I found interesting in the movie, to start with. Once you master this art of finding pleasure in every minute thing, only then you can control your thoughts and feelings.

So this movie is all about Liz Gilbert’s travel and life to find her inner self. Looking into the story, in a more spiritual way, I feel that even her boy friend had a vital role in solving her life’s quest, as he was the one who introduced her with his Guru, an Indian Yogini,the reason she later travels to India.
But after her experience with meditation and Ashram life in India she understands
"GOD DWELLS WITHIN YOU AS YOU". So she decides to go back to her routine life,content this time.
So the interesting part of the movie, for me is that,we get to see many  Alchemists helping to find her way through her search to find herself - this is our own experience in real life:once you set off searching yourself .

from India,finally ,she heads off to Bali,Indonesia,where she finds her love and the movie ends on a happy note. 

So, overall, this movie,being a Memoir of Elizebeth Gilberts  travel around the world, is a lesson to girls of all ages. I believe that female mind at any age has certain basic tendencies; Our thought process change at different ages as we grow up; women are powerful, but that power needs to be triggered from childhood into right direction. She needs guidance to look with in her; to find her true purpose of life by herself,instead of  following someone else's life.More than anything else,girls must be taught to lead a balanced life .

Okay…these were my thoughts and soliloquy …so,now the interesting part…Whats that? Yeah,obviously,one recipe..

A simple starter item.

Italian Cracker with Topping

Easy Starter recipe;Italian Cracker with Topping

  Ingredients To Prepare Cracker topping

Any Italian Cracker-
Cream cheese spread
Mixed vegetables- cut into small chunks (I used cucumber and Bell peppers)
Strawberry /raspberry
Sugar- 1 tsp
Salt- a pinch

How To Prepare this easy starter ?  

 Whisk cream cheese with 1 tsp sugar and a pinch of salt.Mix in veggies and keep refrigerated.
Only at the time of serving, spread it on Crackers and arrange one piece of Strawberry /Raspberry on top.
I use Italian crackers as they are really thin and crisp .

Buon Appetito !
Eat,Pray,Love.









Chocolate coated Strawberries

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Wish You All A Very Happy Easter...
The spirit of Easter is all about Hope,Love and compassion.

deepsrecipes Easter chocolate strawberries

Today's recipe is a very simple but so very a delicious dessert.
Chocolate and Strawberries..!!! This combination itself is so divine .

How To Prepare Chocolate Coated Strawberries??

Strawberries-
Good quality baking Chocolate-
Butter-1 tsp
Liquid Glucose-1 tsp








1.Wash strawberries under  running  water.Pat dry.
2. In a double boiler,melt  chocolate and butter and add in 1 tsp liquid glucose to this.
3.Dip strawberries in melted chocolate.Dip only 1/3rd of the strawberries.
If you don't get strawberries with the stem,you can use toothpicks for holding  them.
4.Freeze for 30 minutes.

That's it...Enjoy the rich,chocolaty  heart shaped Strawberry is the best dessert on your special day.Roll them in crushed nuts for a different variety.Also you can use white chocolate as an option.




If you want another Easter recipes  you can check out Appam recipe and Mutton Masala recipe.For delicious Mutton Cutlet recipe also check this blog.


Palappam and chicken
Palappam and Mutton Masala

Hope you all will try these recipes .

ENJOY.........!!!!!




 
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