“And I, in time, will come around, come around. I always do for you”

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Suppose I said
you’re my saving grace?
Would you want me when I'm not myself?
Wait it out while I am someone else?

Yes I am back…with a looming cough but doing much better. No fever or weakness. I am also back in DC for some work this week. I miss Bhatji. I know I just got here last night and I am probably going to be seeing him this weekend…but still you can’t help missing your better half at any given point when he/she isn’t with you. I am however glad to see my folks again and get some much needed mommy time in :o) Yea that’s right I’m an overgrown kid and I am proud of it hehe. By the way did you all catch the super bowl game on Sunday? I’m not really a football fan but the game was soooo good that I found myself cheering for the Giants. It also helped that Bhatji and I were surrounded by 15 other Giants fans at an awesome super bowl house party at one of our friends places in NJ…so you couldn’t help but get into the game <- more on that later.
Last week I had updated my blog with the Indian republic day foodie event sponsored by Creative Pooja but due to my illness, I was not able to elaborate on the recipe or my memories of Indian Republic day when I was in India. So I guess today’s entry is a part deux of the previous post and more. I went to a Catholic Convent school in Mysore and even though we would technically had the day off in celebration of Indian Republic day, our school would have a mini parade where there would marching competitions…..yes that right…marching competitions. Not fun! But then we would have volley ball tournaments, An Indian game called coco (sp?) involving a lot of running and then we would be released early from school :o) My friends and I would go to the near by street vendors and gorge on samosas, spicy toast or sour gooseberries. Ahhhh the sweet, innocent days of childhood. Well anyway this year with all the love and encouragement from my new foodie community, I was to recollect those days and come up with an orange, white and green foodie blog entry. I had written about the spicy rasam, okra bhaji and rice as my entry. Here is the recipe for the simple okra bhaji/upkari:

5-6 okra cut in small pieces
1 tsp of mustard seeds
3 dried red chilies
3-4 tbl spns of water
3 tsp of cooking oil
Salt to taste

To make:
Heat the oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds. When the seeds start to splutter add the red chilies and cook for about a minute. Throw in the okra and cook stirring occasionally. When the okras start giving off the gummy consistency, add the 3 or more tbl spns of water, cover and cook for about 5-6 mins. Add the salt and stir in well and serve hot with rotis or rice.

Okra isn’t really my favorite veggie but it’s very healthy and so I try to include it into our dinner plans often. This is such a simple and quick dish and Bhatji seems to enjoy it. Give it a try and as always…let me know what you think. Until the next blog entry…keep warm.

PS (Ms. Pooja…I hope you are doing well. I’m sorry to have sent you the “sick bug” through the net ;o)
PPS (Congratulations to Ms. Shenoy on her engagement and upcoming wedding. Can’t wait to celebrate with you this summer)


Siri said...

Dear Anu, I was so happy to see ur comment on my blog after a loong time. Got you are feeling better now! I need to talk to you about sumthing. tried to find ur email address, but cudn't find one. Can u send a test email to info.siri@gmail.com. Thanks dear!


Siri said...

oh, by the way, the pic looks gorgeous!


Pooja said...

you know what?
last week when i was sick, hubby asked if i would prefer to go out for dinner? initially i thought yes, then thought if Anuzi can participate in spite of her sickness then i can definitely cook something , and i made rasam , rice and cabbage curry that day :).see thats how blog made us a more positive person .
thanks buddy !
looking fwd to your entry for valentine's day theme :). can i expect very interesting entry from a romantic person like you :D ?

archana said...

glad you're feeling better! i'm just rounding the sick corner myself. and don't worry... especially with some mama love in the meantime, the weekend will be here before you know it!

Srivalli said...

Anu, thats good to see you back in action...all of us need mommy time...whatever age or what we are ..that never goes....thats a beautiful looking plate...and I like these filmi lines you give beginning of the post...it gets us in mood...:D..take care

Sia said...

hey anu,
thanks for leaving a trail in my blog and leading to urs. hope u r feeling much better now. u cooked all these inspite of not keeping well? hats off to u. when i fall sick my hubby takes over the role of head chef from ass. chef;)
u r fm karnataka too? and taht too from mysore? and thats kho-kho game u r talking abt isn't it? i loved it too. i am basically from m'lore.

Anonymous said...

THANKS A LOT ANU! I am now salivating because you said sour gooseberries >:-| lol. Well since you're going to India this winter, bring me back some thx :-D

Oh and you forgot to say you are happy to be in DC because I'm here. It's ok for you to admit that you know ;-)

AnuZi said...

Thanks chica :o) Got ur mssg and definitely on it. Keep the recipes coming in the meantime.

Aww how sweet yaar. But I havta tell you, Bhatji actually had to bring home soup and salads for me when I couldnt even get out of bed. I am very glad that you are doing well. As far the romantic thing goes...hehe we'll see. I am brainstorming on some beautiful romantic recipes. Will keep u posted.

Thanks for the all well wishes. Glad to see that you are doing well too :o) I will talk to you soon about our upcoming India trip and NYE in Goa.

How right you are!! We all need mommy time. tThe min I came home, my mom started feeding me with all these yummy meals and I am feeling better and better everyday. hehe I try not to be mushy...sigh but i cant help it ;o)

How sweet of you to drop by! I thought your ode to potato was an awesome idea...so I am going to participate.
Yes I grew up in Mysore....although my family is from Mangalore too!! I am guessing your konkani too...yay! and I LOVEEEEEd KHO KHO ;o)

Sheesh yea yea I love DC because you're there too. Dont worry I'll sneak some awalos for you hehe as long as the customs dont go through my bags...I'm good to go.

sunita said...

Anu, glad you're better now...you know what, I too went to a convent school(but in the north east) and loved that kho kho game...we had competitions every year ...and we too had march past competitions(I was the flag bearer of our house):-D

Take care :-)

AnuZi said...

A flag bearer huh! Arent those things heavy? I was the angry looking kid in the middle who hated marching and was day dreaming about sitting at home watching old school hindi movies ;o)

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