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Dinner and a Movie (s) – Series 3

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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™‚

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Dinner and a Movie – Series 2

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The movie on the radar for this week was “Listen Amaya”. This movie was recommended to me by a friend a while back but somehow we never got around to watching it. Sometimes when we are looking for a movie to watch, some of these movie suggestions just dont come to mind..until you are out of options and then you suddenly remember!! πŸ™‚

Listen Amaya                      Photo Courtesy: Internet

Listen Amaya Photo Courtesy: Internet

The movie was a pleasant surprise and refreshingly different. And not to mention how bold a topic it was..
“Listen Amaya” is a 2013 Hindi Art movie if I may say, starring Deepti Naval, Farooq Shaikh and Swara Bhaskar (never seen her before and really enjoyed her portrayal of Amaya). Deepti Naval of course is a seasoned favorite actress..she is in a league of actresses that just get better and better with age kinda like aging wine πŸ™‚
Farooq Shaikh, another wonderful actor – I still remember seeing “Noorie” and Umrao Jaan in the good old days!!

The movie explores the complex relationship of a mother and a daughter and the intense emotions when that relationship is threatened by a friendship between the mother and her widowed photgrapher friend “Jazz”.. What i loved about the movie is the old world Delhi charm, the lovely book club cafe that is the venue the story plays out in and the intricate but yet the delicate way emotions are played out by each of the characters… Not giving out much about the movie but encouraging you to watch it if you get a hold of it πŸ™‚ We enjoyed the movie.. it was a perfect Friday night movie.

And what is a movie without food really??? On the menu was “Moogachi Usal”..a side made with Whole green moong – my favorite side dish from the plethora of Maharashtrian dishes.. have I told you I love Maharashtrian food ?? πŸ™‚

Moogachi Usal

Moogachi Usal

I have been following Richa’s recipe for Moogachi Usal for so long now that I can claim it as my own πŸ™‚ You know how sometimes you make a dish long enough that you forget where you actually learnt it from?? Except here I do remember where I first learnt to make it πŸ™‚
No changes to the recipe, just keeping it simple.. served it with roti and salad on the side πŸ™‚

And just as a side note :-), Some blogs that I discovered these past few days:

1. BawanDinesh– Was referred to this blog by a friend. Love the way these guys write!! and boy are they so happy..soemthing about happy people, they spread so much cheer and positivity – happy reading folks πŸ™‚

2.Β TurmericSaffron – This very beautiful blog about Persian food and stories, resplandant with pictures and experiences!! Written by Azita this blog is a must visit if you are curious about different lives in different parts of the world!

3.Β Aahaaram – Chanced upon Aruna’s food blog, loved the simple recipes and mouth watering pictures!! Need I say more πŸ™‚

Dinner and a Movie

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Friday’s and soemtimes Saturday’s are movie nights atΒ our home..Mostly any genre, any languageΒ is fine butΒ we love watching offbeat movies, movies that have some message or some truth to it..Of course sometimes comedies or family movies also get a vote because the kids cannot sit through some of the “different” movies we pick..

This weekend we watched “Artist” – an Indian Malayalam movie. All of us at home dont know Malayalam πŸ™‚ I actually can understand some of it however, the movie came with subtitles and those were pretty helpful, especially where the dialogue was intense.

Artist - Malayalam Movie  Photo Courtesy: Internet

Artist – Malayalam Movie
Photo Courtesy: Internet

The movie is a 2013 Release that is an adaptation of a novel in English “Dreams in Prussian Blue” by Paritosh Uttam. The movie explores the intricate emotions and relationship between a man and woman outside the legal bindings of a marriage, a concept that is still not the socio norm in India. Live-in relationships in India even to date are not taboo and are frowned upon.

What striked me the most in the movie is the sacrifices a woman makes in the name of love. The sacrifices of her own individuality and the strength that gets her through an abusive relationship only because of her values and convictions.Β  The movie explores the love and life of two budding Artists and the sacrifices the woman makes to help her man live his dreams, only to be discarded at the end.. As it says in the movie, Every relationship has a turning point – a point where there is no turning back. Amen to that!

A good movie should most always be accompanied with good food. I typically pin several recipes that i want to tryΒ but almost never get to most of them πŸ™‚ Thanks to our busy lifestyles and the ever so fitness conscious family I have!!

However, that evening I did actually try a quick one pot rice dish (there we go again ! πŸ™‚ ) that I have been meaning to try… Mumbai style “Tawa Pulao” – I mostly followed the same recipe from this webpage..with a little improvising… I love her step by step pictures and the quick, simple, no nonsense recipe πŸ™‚ Thank you Maria for your delicious recipe and lovely blog.

Mumbai Style Spicy Tawa Pulao

Mumbai Style Spicy Tawa Pulao

Thanks for stopping by and hope you enjoyed this post πŸ™‚