Dinner and a Movie (s) – Series 3

Standard

This past weekend we had a chance to catch up on two movies. You can tell that we have busy catching up on a bunch of movies πŸ™‚

The first was “Highway” – a 2013/2014 movie starring Alia Bhatt and Randeep Hooda. We have seen Alia Bhatt’s “Student of the year” which is all glamour and zero storyline (even though my kids love it for all the songs, color and brands!!); However, Highway is the opposite spectrum, totally no glamour kind off movie..a nice storyline where the protagonist i.e Alia Bhatt in the role of Veera is abducted by a notorious gang. Randeep Hooda (I love his intensity!!) in the role of Mahabir Batti is her abductor and is a person with a violent and bitter past because of which he is what he is today – rude and emotionless..the story unfolds in such a way that Veera develops feelings for her abductor and eventually starts to relate to him and refuses to want to go back to her orginal life. The language is authentic Hindi mixed with a lot of Rajasthani and the whole story is kind of “Raw” for a lack of a better word. Worth a watch if you are into some serious stuff.

Highway

Highway

The second movie was a lighter one “Rocket Singh Salesman of the Year” – An older movie we just happened to catch it on Netflix. It was a good movie with plenty of drama, some comedy and a simple storyline. Its the story of Harpreet Singh Bedi, a “not great academically” kind of person, who lands up in a corporate firm that sells/makes computers. There he is ridiculed upon, teased upon and eventually shunned upon by all his colleagues including the boss of the company. The story revolves around how HP (as he is called) builds a company of his own while working there (kind off like on the side πŸ˜‰ ), competing and evetually ends up being a bigger success..Again, good for a Friday evening…

Rocket Singh Salesman of the year

Rocket Singh Salesman of the year

Dinner was a simple North Indian Platter with Roti, Jeera Rice, Dal and a Paneer Capsicum (Bell Pepper) Sabji.

A Simple North Indian Meal

A Simple North Indian Meal

For the Paneer Capsicum Sabji:
This was actually a last minute dish i put together. Gathered up all what i had in my refrigerator to make this.

Paneer Capsicum Sabji

Paneer Capsicum Sabji

You will need:
Paneer – 2 cups; Chopped into cubes
Capsicum or Bell Pepper – 1 large, Wash and chop into cubes (I had only Green bell pepper at home but if you have the red, yellow or orange feel free to use it, it will add more color)
Onions – 2 medium; Peel and Chop into cubes
Ginger grated – 1 tsp
Garlic – 2 pods; Grated (optional)
Tomato – 1 large; Chop into tiny cubes or Puree into a coarse paste
Oil
Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp
Chopped cilantro for garnishing

Powders:
Turmeric Powder – 1/2 tsp
Red Chilli Powder or Curry Powder – 1 tsp
Coriander Powder – 1 tsp
Garam MAsala Powder – 1/2 tsp (I used Kitchen King Masala instead of regualr Garam Masala powder)
Amchur or Dry Mango Powder – 1/4 tsp
Salt to taste

Method:
1. In a pan heat the oil. Add the cumin seeds.
2. Add the chopped onions, grated ginger and garlic and saute until light golden brown.
3. Add the tomato puree or chopped tomato. Saute. Add a pinch of salt and suate until tomatoes are mushy.
4. Add all the powders and mix well.
5. Add the chopped bell pepper/capsicum and mix well. Ensure that the bell pepper does not cook for more than 2 minutes so it remains crunchy.
6. Add the paneer cubes and mix well until all the masala is coated into the paneer.
7. Top with chopped cilantro and serve hot.

For the Dal:
This is a favorite dal recipe of mine. One I learnt from my hostel friends in college. I’ve made it over the years and i just love the way the Whole Masoor lentil bursts with flavor in every bite.

Masoor Dal

Masoor Dal

You will need:
Whole Masoor Dal/Lentil – 1 cup; Wash and pressure cook in a pressure coooker with a pinch of turmeric for 3 to 4 whistles.
Onions – 1 medium; Peel and Chop into cubes
Garlic – 2 pods; Grated
Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp
Dry Red Chilli – 1
Hing (Asafoetida) – a pinch
Ghee – 1 tbsp for Seasoning

Powders:
Turmeric Powder – 1/2 tsp
Red Chilli Powder or Curry Powder – 1 tsp
Coriander Powder – 1 tsp
Amchur or Dry Mango Powder – 1/4 tsp
Salt to taste

Method:
1. In a pan heat the ghee. Add the cumin seeds, hing and dry red chilli.
2. Add the chopped onions and garlic and saute until light golden brown.
3. Add all the powders and mix well.
4. Add the cooked dal, 1 cup of water and allow to simmer for about 5 to 10 minutes. Add more water if the dal is too thick.
5. Serve hot with rice or roti.

Hope you enjoyed my post and my simple North Indian Platter πŸ™‚

A North Indian Platter

A North Indian Platter

I am on a family vacation for the next 10 days! I am super excited to be seeing my nephews..Will catch up with all of you after I am back with some exciting posts! Have a great week ahead everyone πŸ™‚

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s