Greenery everywhere- What a treat to the eyes!

DSC_0003Hello friends… How has the week treated you? Hope it has been kind to all! The week has been productive for me. I was just wondering what to blog about this week on My Space. I didn’t want to come up with a review though I’ve a set of books to be reviewed. That is when this idea struck to me while travelling back to Mysore from Bangalore. The field I happened to see was really amazing. The impression it created on my mind has been remarkable. This is not the first time I’m seeing it, though. I’ve seen it many times. But the point of view from which I viewed it today has been completely different.

DSC_0001Our ancestors would’ve surely seen all these and many of them would’ve been a part of this amazing creation, but how many of us have seen it. A handful probably! We are so busy with our city life that we neither get the time nor the urge of visiting a place that actually is soothing to the eyes. We all should make it a point to visit any such place which brings joy to our soul within. Why not take a weekend off to such a place rather than visit malls and spend money. Not a bad idea is it? It so happens sometimes that we, ourselves don’t have any idea of what we want and what makes us happy. Only when we see something do we realize that this is it. That is what I felt today.

DSC_0005The picture gives you’ll a fair idea of what extent of hard work has been put into its making. This picture is of a field near Maddur in Karnataka. What mesmerizing sight it has. This is view from the train as I happened to capture. The farmers work in the scorching heat and sun to make such beautiful fields that soothes our eyes and touches our souls as well. Do we get to see this greenery anywhere in our cities? Never! We don’t even find a single tree under which we can hide to escape the heat of the Sun. We are ourselves responsible for such a state as we are the ones who cut down the trees. This picture is an example of nature at its peace. The greenery of the field has stolen my heart. I’m just mesmerized and I think I’ve viewed this picture some fifty times since I’ve returned. So I’ve decided to click as many pictures as possible of such amazing nature pictures and keep filling my blog with it.

This is my attempt at bringing forth all such places which we haven’t given a serious look at though we keep passing back and forth every now and then.

See you’ll soon at the earliest with another post.

Till then, Cheers!!!

Peas- Paneer Masala – My Delicacy on a Thunderous Tuesday

DSC_0003Hello friends! I’m back this week with a recipe. I’m opening this year’s blog account with a recipe. I actually wanted to start with a book review, but was quite busy during the past few days, so couldn’t get through. There’s always time for a book review, but a recipe has to come up immediately, is what I feel (the secret is – the later I come, the more ingredients I forget). Paneer is one such thing that I don’t mind eating daily. So when anything related to panner comes up I’m completely left stirred. Last time I made Palak Paneer,  this time when I found panner at home I decided I’ll make my mom’s delicious Peas Paneer Masala or what’s commonly referred to as the Paneer Matar Masala. I wouldn’t call this an experiment because it’s my mom’s expert recipe. I so wanted to try it out since the last time I ate it. When I found the chance I didn’t want to let go of it. Though I got up lazily late, my mom was dead tired waiting for me to make the delicacy as she’d promised me that she’d let me do it.

I’m sure most of you’ll want to try this out. So without wasting a single moment let’s just rush through the ingredients that go into its making and the procedure of preparing the same.

Ingredients

For the masala –

2 onions – roughly chopped

2 inch ginger piece

4- 5 cloves of garlic (with the skin intact)

5 big Dry Red Chillies

10-12 Cashew nuts

1 tsp Jeera

1 tbsp Poppy seeds (popularly known as Khus Khus)

1 tsp Amchur Powder (Dry Mango Powder)

2 tsp Kitchen King Sabzi Masala

1 tbsp oil (for frying)

1 tbsp Kasuri Methi

Water as per requirement

Other Ingredients –

Amul Paneer (small packet available in the market) – cut into cubes and fried

3 tomatoes (boiled and pureed)

1 tsp Turmeric powder

1 ½ cups of boiled green peas

Water as per requirement

Oil for frying

Salt as per taste

Method

Heat oil in a pan and add jeera to it. Fry for a minute. Add chopped onions to it and fry until golden brown. Then add ginger, garlic and dry red chillies and fry. Add in the cashew nuts, poppy seeds and kasuri methi and fry well. Add water as per the requirement (I added about 1/2 a cup of water). Remove from flame and add the amchur powder and Kitchen king sabzi masala. Leave the mixture for about 30 minutes.  After it cools down grind it into a fine paste. Add a little water while grinding if necessary (depends on the consistency of the paste).

Now heat oil in pan and add the ground masala to it and fry until the masala gives a subtle aroma. Then add in the tomato puree and turmeric. Mix well and add in water and salt as per your requirement (check the consistency and add in water). Add in the boiled peas and bring the gravy to boil. Remove from flame and then add in the fried Paneer. Garnish it with finely chopped coriander leaves.

It’s an easy recipe, isn’t it? The overall time taken should be about less than an hour in toto. A little hard work and a yummy delicious recipe stares at you with glam.

So why don’t you guys try it. All paneer lovers out there, here comes yet another yummy delicious paneer recipe for you to chuckle on.

See you guys soon with another post very soon. My blogging target is far too broader this year and I surely aim to reach it.

Cheers!!!