Monday, January 9, 2012

Yummy Tummy Tuesday – Besan Simla Mirch

This is a recipe from my mom - I love it for its simplicity and uniqueness! Simple to make, yet is very unique by itself.
3 to 4 capsicum (medium sized) – chopped fine
½ tsp jeera (cumin seeds)
2 tsp sounph (fennel seeds)
¾ tsp dhaniya powder (coriander powder)
¾ tsp red chilli powder (or to taste)
1 cup besan (chickpea flour, garbanzo flour, or besan)
Salt to taste
½ tsp garam masala powder
6 tsps Oil (you can change this amount as you wish but for this curry, we do need a little bit of oil as we add the besan directly)

Heat the oil. Add the sounph and the jeera to it.
Add the chopped capsicum and when it is half-cooked, add the salt and the red chilli, turnmeric and dhaniya powders.
Mix well and add the besan and garam masala powder. Mix gently and let it cook for about 10 minutes on medium-low heat until the raw flavor of the besan goes away and it gets roasted a little.
The sounph adds it magic to this recipe - the combination of flavors here is perfect and I love to make this every once in a while and never fail to fall in love with it all over again.
After adding the besan - ready to serve
Before adding the besan












Tuesday Memes:
Top Ten Tuesdays – Over at The Broke and the Bookish, there is a new and interesting top ten list every week. This week, it is the Top Ten Authors I Wish Would Write Another Book (debut authors, authors who seem to have taken a hiatus, OR for those who read classics authors you wish would have written another book before they passed). So head on over to link your list. Here is mine.
The first set of authors – these are the ones whose books (from that genre mentioned) I would love to read if they were to write them anytime..
  1. Abraham Varghese – would love to read more novels – works of fiction by this talented author of ‘Cutting for Stone’ – one of my favorite reads of last year.
  2. Salman Rushdie - His books for children – Haroun and the Sea of Stories and his sequel ‘Luka and the Fire of Life’ have both been read and loved by me and my 9 year old and recommended to anyone who will listen to me! I will definitely read more of his books for children.
  3. Vikram Seth – something in the veneer of ‘A Suitable Boy’ and am I delighted to read that he is working on a book titled ‘A Suitable Girl’ to be released in 2013!
The following authors (classics) either wrote very few or only one book before their death. It would have been great if they had more books I could read..
  1. Anna Sewell – Black Beauty was her only published work and it was a work of beauty. I loved the book and have read it many times over since the first time I read it as a child. I would have really loved to read more books by her.
  2. Yuri Olesha – ‘The Three Fat Men’ by Yuri Olesha is one of my favorite books from childhood and still – I would have loved to read more similar books by him
The following authors (classics) wrote a lot of books so nothing to complain about there. But I know that if they had written a couple more books, I would have eagerly read those as well.
(Note: I am not saying I have read all their works already, I still have a few to complete by each of these but just that if they had written a couple more, I would have them on my TBR or have already read them!)
  1. Jane Austen
  2. Enid Blyton
  3. Thomas Hardy
  4. Roald Dahl
  5. R.K.Narayan
There are more such authors but for the purposes of this top ten list, I decided to leave it at ten!
Teaser Tuesdays: MizB of Should Be Reading hosts Teaser Tuesdays. Anyone can play along. Just do the following:
*Grab your current read.*Open to a random page.
*Share two "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page.
*BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! You don't want to ruin the book for others.
*Share the title and author too, so other TT participants can add it to their TBR lists if they like your teaser.

“Nowadays even about business transactions there is a strong spice of adventure. I took risks. In these things there is invariably a certain amount of give and take, and it fell to me finally to do the giving reluctantly enough.”
Wells, H. G. (Herbert George) (2004-10-20). The First Men in the Moon (p. 3). Public Domain Books. Kindle Edition.
Note: The world of business has remained the same from forever! Risks, give-and-take with investors doing the giving many times – this book was written over a century ago and these lines still ring true.

4 comments:

  1. I would love to read more from Austen and Dahl too.

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  2. Roald Dahl & Jane Austen for sure! Emma is one of my favourite books & I would love to read something more like that written by Jane Austen herself. I also would love more of Roald Dahl. I still need to read a lot of his books, but still...I want more. :)

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  3. I feel stupid not knowing what most of those ingredients are.... but I would eat it!
    Love the H.G. Wells teaser too!

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  4. I just read something about Rushdie writing a television series. It's sci fi. That definitely peaked my interest.

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