Saturday, November 15, 2014

Jazz it up!

I picked up a small matka (pot made of mud) from the roadside. These are usually used to store yogurt or kulfi (traditional Indian ice cream). But I could totally picture it on my coffee table, after jazzing it up a little!

Here it is sitting pretty!

Easy Wall Art

Hello ya all,

I am back, this time with an easy wall art. I found this damask stencil, that reminded me of the pattern on my wedding invite. I picked it up immediately, with really no idea in mind! A week later, I found a trio of wooden boards outside a construction site, again picked it with no idea in mind!

Did not take me long to put the two together! Here is what I did -
I first painted the boards, I used teal and yellow, the same combination as my wedding invite.

I was ok with the paint lines and steraks showing through, I did not want it perfect.

Once the background was done, I let it dry. the fun part now, stenciling! I used a foam brush to dab at the stencil. I learnt that keeping the paint think prevented the paint from getting blotchy.

I alternated the colors for one of the boards. Voila, here are the boards hung in my drawing room!

I love how they adorn the wall, an easy art to color up an empty space. The fact that they mimic my wedding invite just makes it even more special!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Bhindi Jeera

So simple, so brilliant.

This is an easy dish to whip up. This can be served with rotis or as an accompaniment for nice.

Ingredients -
400 grams of okra
1 tsp cumin
5 tbsp oil
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp turmeric powder
Salt per taste

Method -
Wash the okra and dry it thoroughly. Okra tends to get slimy when wet
Heat the oil in a wok
When it is heated, add the cumin seeds and let it splutter
Add the okra now and stir fry it
When the okra is half cooked, add the other powder and salt. Mix well
Continue cooking till the okra has cooked completely.

Sit back and enjoy your dish!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Dahi Ke Kabab

A quick recipe when you are in the mood for something different!

Ingredients -
250 grams hung curd
2 and half tbsp of roasted and powdered chikpea (besan)
1 tsp chilli powder
One fourth tsp pepper powder
Half tsp cumin seeds
One medium sized boiled potato
All purpose flour to coat the kebabs
5 tsp of oil to shall fry the kebabs

Method -
Mix the hung curd with powdered chickpea.
Add the chilli powder, pepper powder and the cumin seeds.
Mash the potato well and add to the mixture. Mix well.

If the mixture is still watery at this point, add a little more of the chickpea powder to get a thick consistency

Divide the mixture into equal proportions
Moisten your hands and flatten each portion to give it a round shape.
Coat both sides with all purpose flour

Heat oil in a non stick pa.
Drop the kebab gently onto the pan and cook till the underside turns light brown
Repeat on the other side.

You can now enjoy your crisp-on-the-outside-soft-on-the-outside kebabs with mint chutney and ketchup. I know I did!

Peek into my Recipe Book

Hi you all!

While I intended to only record my trysts with crafts on this site, I realized I have enjoyed cooking a lot lately! So I decided to post some of my creations here.

Some of the recipes are handed to me from my mom, some are tweaked to suit my palette and a few that I created on my own.

Please have a look around and decide what you would cook for dinner!