Thursday, August 28, 2008

Healthy Breakfast..Some Movie bashing..Awards...Tags and a Break

Weekend Breakfast Blogging, WBB started by Nandita is one of my fav food blog event, as it emphasises on the importance of Breakfast. It is a known fact that Breakfast is the most important meal of the day...I really don't need to make a point about this. However even though we all know times we land up skipping our breakfast. Sometimes it seems difficult to cook up an elaborate breakfast...but you don't need to. Even a fruit and some whole grain cereal with milk is also enough. Necessary is that Breakfast is taken...and taken on time.

The month of Aug sees the event being guest hosted by Latha of Masala Magic. She has come up with a wondeful theme 'WBB-Combi Breakfasts'.

WBB-Complete Breakfast
A breakfast should contain protein and fiber. Hence I decided to cook Kaale chane and Daliya (Broken Wheat Porridge) of my family's traditional breakfast. Its very simple to make, is a very healthy option and doesn't call for much of preparation time.

Kaale Chane

150 gm Black Chana
2 Green chillies finely chopped
1 T Oil
Pinch of Aesafoetida / Hing
1/4 tsp Jeera
1 tsp Red Chilli Powder
1/2 tsp Turmerica Powder
1 tsp Coriander powder
Salt to Taste
Juice of Half lemon
10 sprigs of Coriander

Wash the black chana and Soak it overnight. Add Salt and Pressure cook it till tender. Drain the water.

In a wok heat the oil and add hing and Jeera to it. Once it spluters add the green chillies, Red chilli powder, Turmeric powder, Coriander powder. Add the Black chana and mix well. let it cook for 3-4 mins. Add the lemon juice and coriander and mix well.

Kaale Chane


7 T Roasted Daliya (Broken Wheat)
200 ml Milk
1 1/2 T Sugar

Pressure cook the daliya with just enough water to cover it (Daliya gets cooked really fast, 2-3 whistles will be enough). Once the cooker cools down open the lid and add Sugar and milk to it. Wait for a boil and take off the stove.
Serve hot.

Combi Breakfast

Now some movie bashing...Last Saturday nite after the shopping spree...Both of us felt like watching a movie. But where were we going to get tickets on Sat nite? Luckily for us (Later I ws going to realise how bad an idea this was) tickets were available for ‘Maan Gaye Mughale Azam’. After giving some thought we decided to book the tickets...afterall there were some credible names that of Rahul Bose, Kay Kay Menon, Mallika Sherawat (One cannot forget Pyar Ke Side effects and to an extent even in Ugly aur Pagli & Welcome), Paresh rawal, Pawan Malhotra associated with the movie.

Expecting some jokes funny enough to make you laugh is not asking for something big from a comedy film. From the promos one would never guess what one was for. I do not expect much logic from a Hindi Comedy film as long as they make me laugh...I enjoy them. But Logic was the director’s last concern it seemed. This was supposed to be a comedy film, but none of the jokes work. They are terrible to even smirk on. It is not as if there are no good jokes...But they come in so late, by that time you just don’t care.

After some time into the movie you realize this movie deals with the issue of terrorism in India and the Mumbai Blasts. Where is this heading, one would think?

In one particular interview the director of the movie had this comment to make ‘Paresh is the soul of the film, Rahul is the mind of the film, Mallika is the body of the film and Kay Kay is the shadow’.
Paresh definitely requires to do some soul searching before picking such scripts, such absent mindedness is not expected from an actor of Rahul Bose’s caliber with whom you associate credibility, Mallika definitely is the Body...I mean BODY only, least spoken the better about Kay Kay in the movie.

None of the actors seem interested...they sleep walk their roles. I wonder what made them take this film, were they threatened at gun point?? May be.

I could have walked out of the movie midway, like most did, if it was a bad one. But I had to sit thru because this was the worst movie I was watching and I had to know how bad a movie could get.
As I was going to publish this post...came across Rahul Bose's interview 'I admit Maan Gaye...was bad'. I wonder what is the point in giving this interview as we all already know it by now. If he really is not that kind of a person who will go on telling good because he is involved with the product, as he claims...I wonder why this particular interview was not given before the film's release. Could have saved us a lot of time and money :)

Awards...its been pouring awards everywhere in food blogs and I have been lucky to recive a few of them myself!

Usha and Suma have generously passed me the 'Beautiful Site Award' and 'Best Blog Dart Thinker Award'

Beautiful Site Award
Best Blog Dart Thinker Award
Kitchen Flavors, Srilekha and Vidhya have passed me the 'Wylde Woman Award'

Wylde Woman Award
Health Nut Yasmeen has passed me the 'Brilliant Weblog Award'. Earlier passed to me by Srikar's Kitchen and Purva.

Brilliant Weblog Award
'Perfect Blend of Friendship' is passed onto me by Vidhya.

Perfect Blend of Friendship

I have been tagged!
Dershana has tagged me with a poem on friendship.

We need friends for many reasons,all throughout the season.

We need friends to comfort uswhen we are sad,and to have fun with us when we are glad.

We need friends to give us good advice,

We need someone we can count on,and treat us nice.

We need friends to remember us once we have passed ;sharing memories that will always last.

Spread the poem of friendship 1.Everyday Life 2.Words of Love 3.Sheng's Simple Thoughts . . . 4.My Wonderful Life .... 5.Can of Thoughts 6.Designs By Vhiel 7.Vhiel's Corner 8.Anything and Everything in Between 9.A Mother's Stuff 10.Housewife at work 11.My Receipes 12.Vblogger 13.thefootloosechef 14.sizzling bites 15.You Next

I would like to pass this to

Sireesha has tagged me for 7 facts abt me. It was nice knowing Sireesha through this meme.
The rules of the meme are:
(a) List these rules on your blog.
(b) Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog.
(c) Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.

7 Facts about me...

Work: My first job after completing B.E. was in HP exactly 3 years back and I continue to be in the same company.

Education: B.E. (I.T.) from Goa College of Engineering.

Friendship: Life has made it difficult to stay in touch with everybody, but I am definitely very much in touch with my close friends. We do meet whenever possible.

Relationship: I weigh the Relationships heavily. All of them are very important to me. I like to be surrounded by my near and dear ones.

Internet (WWW): I started using it when I got in college. Thanks to the WWW that we have these online communities which let us share our common interests.

Fitness: I like to walk and swim. I do not follow a fitness regime as much as I would have liked to. Every 10 days I come up with a plan and drop it by the 5th day

Dreams: I m not a dreamer, with my my eyes open that is. It is when I hit the sack that all the dreaming starts...But I never remeber any of them for more than 10 mins once I am awake. Only exception is the baking dreams I m getiing these days...I rem them clearly. Luckily for me they are not nightmares :)

Now this is not fair...There surely are more than 7 ppl people whom I would wish to know through this meme...For the sake of the rules I will pass this to 7 bloggers only :(

Sireesha and Divya have tagged me for the 'Booky meme'. I did this a couple of weeks back and have not been reading nything new lately. So I am linking it here.

Thank you ALL!

Now to the best part...The much needed...BREAK I m travelling back to Goa today, to celebrate my first Ganesh Chaturthi. I am looking forward to spending some quality time with family and getting to know the festival closely. I wish all of you a Happy Ganesh Chathurthi.

Happy Blogging!


jayasree said...

Thats one healthy and easy to make breakfast combo.

Congrats on all those awards. Loved reading your meme.

Thanks for thinking of me while tagging.

jayasree said...

Enjoy ur vacation with your family.

Jayashree said...

I like broken wheat kanji too - a very simple yet filling dish.
I came across a really, really awful review of this movie by one of my favourite reviewers on CNN. I would have probably walked out if I'd been in your place.
Have a fun filled Chathurthi.

Dershana said...

hey nidhi, i've already been tagged for 7 facts and i've put it up. so, how does one go about this since i've already posted teh info??

Sunshinemom said...

Congrats on those awards! Thanks for tagging me, but I would rather not do this one, as I am a little lazy:). Thanks for the movie review. My frnds were planning this but it dint work, and now I am glad we dint go! BTW, dalia this way used to be our staple breakfast when we were school goers. I love it, and also the chane!

Yasmeen said...

dear nidhi,
you deserve all those awards.
your breakfast sounds simple ,quick and healthy to make.
your narration of a bad movie experience was very interesting and amusing to read. Its true Bollywood lacks quality movies.
hope you have a very merry family time.

Usha said...

Congratulations on all your well deserved awards...Thanks for thinking me on your tag...loved your breakfast combo..great combination of protein and nutrition.loved it :)

Vidhya said...

Hi Nidhi, Congratulations on all your awards. Thanks for passing me the poem. Have already posted the friendship poem - will include your name also. Have a safe journey and a great vacation. take care

Rajani said...

congrats on your awards! and thanks for the tag! I might take a while on this one, v. little time online and wont be available for a couple of days.

Uma said...

what a delicious breakfast combo! Yum!

Enjoyed reading your memes. Thanks for tagging me too. Will do it sometime. Congrats on all those awards.

Have a wonderful time with your family.

Suma Rajesh said...

hey nidhi..nice and delicious breafast..thanks for the tag..just today's post i have pasted ur ta..will add ur name too...

easycrafts said...

I just tagged u and see that u have already done it..congrats on the award and enjoy ur trip

Yasmeen said...

You've been served the Friendship Blend !

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow long long post. But healthy, interesting and happy. Congratulations for all those wonderful awards. Hope u have a nice time with family. Take care and waiting for all the yummy recipes back home. Enjoy!

notyet100 said...

nice idea,,,dalia is my all time favourite..hppy vacation,..:-) nd ganesha chaturthi,..

Priti said...

That's healthy breakfast..nice entry and congrats for all the awards and enjoy reading your tag too...U knw what..I have tons of awards and tag to publish too bad me of to delay it:(:(...
and enjoy your hoilday dear...Advance Ganesh Chaturthi to U..

SriLekha said...

hi am back again after a break! am inviting u for my son amiitesh's b'day which falls on sep 3rd! a good combo for the event!

srikars kitchen said...

Hi Dear...
Congrats on ur Awards... Ur looks yummy & really Fantastic...

Bhawana said...

check my blog. There is something for you :).

Sireesha said...

Happy Ganesh Chaturthi dear...

Easy ,healthy and yumm yumm breakfasts.Love reading ur meme.

Marina said...

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A_and_N said...

Have a LOVELY break Nidhi :)

The Kala Chana recipe looks really nutritious and healthy. And thank you SO much for saving me $20 on Maan gaye... :)

Aparna said...

Dalia "kanji" is not something I like but my husband loves it. The Kala Chana, I most certainly like.
Congratulations on the awards and I think you've said enough about the movie.:)
Have a great Chathurthi and vacation.

SriLekha said...

wow! yummy! the dish looking so good!
Check out my blog for this moth event and do participate in it!

SriLekha said...

u have been tagged!


lovely combo Nidhi .. Have a great time with your family

SriLekha said...

u have been tagged in my blog!

Nidhi said...

Thank you all! I had a wonderful time with family. I am back with lots of energy, hopefully that will keep me going for another couple of months atleast :)