Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Liquid pan

paan in a glass or a paanshake 

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I love the gooey honey clad gulkand wrapped up in betel leaf along with everything else that goes into it. 

Before I was married, I had never tasted paan. It was not something my dad would eat or let us eat. Since we had never tasted it, we did not miss much. Back then, I did not think too highly of paan eaters, probably because by the chauraha (where four streets meet) of our house, we had a paan shop and I would always see loafers standing there, chewing paan and spitting it by the road side. I never really liked the red color it bestowed. North Indian weddings always had a paan counter, my mother would always like to take a spoon of saunf ( fennel seeds), me too. That’s all my tastebuds knew about Indian after mint. 

I think it was sometime after our engagement, my better half asked me if I wanted to eat meetha (sweet) paan after dinner. My response was a no with a hint of displeasure. That did not deter him or maybe he did not take the hint. He order a metha paan and I did take a bite which changed my entire outlook of this poor little harmless betel pocket. I was then told there are several kinds of pan and not all pans are equal.  The one that we usually order is almost like a dessert, with gulkand and some after mint and wrapped in tender betel leaves. 

Gulkand is rose petal jam made from a combination of honey and sugar. It’s aromatic and extremely delicious. 

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Sunday, October 4, 2015

52 Weeks of creative exposure - week 39

This is probably the last set of images for this year with the gorgeous summer sun. Not only has the temperatures dipped drastically but the angle of sun has definitely changed. It’s most favorable for outdoor photography, but it’s not the summer sun. Even though I am not a huge fan of these dipping temperatures, but I am looking forward to some outdoor shoots with some gorgeous fall color.

Frankly this year I have mixed feelings about winter, there is one part of me that is looking forward to it. I am literally exhausted, as I tend to cram too many things in the warm summer months. Its good to take it easy and relax - you I can’t do much outdoor stuff in winter, not exactly sporty when it comes to snow. We did try to ski a  few years and it was quite a disaster to say the least. Even the instructor gave up on me and asked me to take deep breaths and enjoy the fresh air. Soup, blankly and a favorite movie is something I do very well with. So most probably will stick to that and I am looking forward to it.

In other news one of my recipes got featured on Better Home and Garden - October Issue.  I was thrilled to be included in the company of two of my good friends and amazing bloggers - Himanshu & Sangeeta .

That’s all on my end this week! I have an exciting new recipe coming up on the blog next week, stay tuned. Enjoy your Sunday!

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Avocado Paratha with tomato-prune chutney

Avocado Flat breads

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This is going to be a picture heavy post. I have not blogged a recipe in the last two weeks so my hands were really itching to create something, on set with camera and in the kitchen.

It was cold today (sigh!!!) and I was yearning to eat something warm and hearty - I had seen this recipe in the book - Pure vegetarian By Lakshmi. The book itself is absolutely spectacular, both images and recipes.  I will definitely be blogging about the book, but in a different post. The action images ( with hands) are inspired from Nik from A Brown Table. This post is really an inspirational post from two bloggers that I have always looked up to. Thanks Lakshmi and Nik !

The flat bread or paratha is the softest paratha I have ever had and stays soft for 4-5 hours. It can definitely be made ahead of time.

I love to eat my parathas with chutneys and this one is my favorite. With home grown tomatoes, this was a real treat - yum !! Don’t my tomatoes look amazing.  ( home grown pride)

Two weeks away from blogging and I am struggling to write…I wanted to share so much with you guys and now am short of words. ..Well luckily am really not short of images and I kind of over did that. I had a hard time picking images for this post .


You will love the recipe!

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

52 Weeks of creative exposure - Week 38

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The last two weeks have been so hectic, I have no idea how I am functioning. Between photography assignments, recipe submissions, laundry, dishes, cooking ….it’s been quite a whirlwind. I sincerely admire people who balance all of this and more with such ease. Yesterday, I took time off. I just put my feet up and watched a movie and just relaxed, resulting in a huge mountain of work glaring at me today. Just put everything aside and did my favorite thing. Took a cup of coffee and sat down to blog, everything else after, even breakfast.

After talking time off yesterday, by night I was itching to do something…after everyone else was fast asleep - I got out my tripod and camera and made this image. This image had been on my mind since the last two weeks the only thing that was stopping me from creating was apple leaves. I must have walked 4-5 miles around the neighborhood to find a wild apple tree, so I can get some leaves. No luck! The day before I was working out at the gym and turned my eye to a little bird on a tree, from far it looked like an ordinary tree, then I saw a lone apple hanging from the tree. Oh the joy !! The admin staff was very amused when I asked them for some leaves and they did oblige. :) You have no idea how happy those leaves made me. I think they really contribute so strongly to this image.

I needed some color, after the white on white tutorial. There was lot of white. Thank you guys for joining me in the madness of whites. I just loved the energy !!

That’s it for now, will hopefully get into my kitchen this week and get a recipe out.

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Saturday, September 12, 2015

52 weeks of creative exposure

Week 36 & 37

Hope you guys are having a great weekend, I am back with some images for my 52 weeks of creative exposure. Those new to my blog, I started a journey of taking one image a week for the year 2015. I took upon this personal project to develop my creative eye - expand my capability with creative exposure.

Summer coming to a close, I am going overboard with flowers. Hopefully the last set, before you start seeing fall colors on the blog. Hope you are not fed up with my floral posts. :)

It’s almost midnight here and the whole house is asleep - I better get to bed, before my noisy key board wakes someone up. Have a wonderful night/day !


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