Monthly Archives: September 2012

Sita Air Plane crashes near Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu

Just heard the news of plane crash in Kathmandu!! Its a very sad news, what is even more sadder is that the plane crashed just few kilometres from the airport and although the reason sighted is unclear, eKantipur reports that there is a possibility a bird might have hit the plane! It is ridiculous!! Even in this modern age of technology and development, our country Nepal lacks such infrastructure to provide proper take offs and landings. There are enough people praising the glory of the mountains and mount Everest but no significant interest to upgrade the airport has been taken. Kathmandu airport is one of the worst in the world!!

It is a shame and today is a very sad day, we lost 19 lives at the outskirts of Kathamandu airport!! May their soul rest in peace and may we all work towards preventing such calamities to happen in future.
To read more:

http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/world/plane-carrying-19-crashes-in-nepal/story-e6frfkui-1226483296375

http://www.ekantipur.com/2012/09/28/top-story/19-killed-in-sita-air-crash/360837.html

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Chatpate Aloo(Tangy Potato)

“Aloo” in Nepali or Potatoes in English is the favourite vegetable of Nepalese people. In almost every vegetable curry that we prepare at home, aloo is present. We also had an entire essay dedicated to aloo as a part of our school curriculum! It goes well with all the green veggies either stir fried veggies or curried veggies. In the olden times when only seasonal vegetables were available to buy at the market, aloo was one of the most easily available vegetable as it could be stored for a longer time. Since Nepal being mostly hilly and mountainous region, aloo was a great option to mix with the seasonal vegetable. Also I’ve experienced that aloo grown at colder regions are more tasty. I remember, when I travelled to Lukla with my parents (gateway to Namche Bazaar, Everest basecamp), our meal consisted of aloo, rice and ghee on most days and it was delicious.

Today, I will share with you all my personal aloo recipe. Its called “Chatpate Aloo”.

Ingredients
Boiled Potatoes-2-3
Cumin Seeds-1/2 tea spoon
Chat masala/Amchur powder-1 tea spoonful
Cumin powder-1/2 tea spoonful
Turmeric-a pinch
Kasoori Methi-1 tea spoonful
Salt- to taste
Red Chilli powder- to taste
Olive Oil/Mustard Oil- 1 table spoon

Boil the potatoes or microwave it in a plastic bag for 5-6 mins. I always wash the potatoes, put it in a plastic bag and microwave it according to the quantity to boil it. After that peel the potatoes and cut it in cubes. In a pan, heat the oil and pop the cumin seeds and add the turmeric powder. After that, toss the potatoes and add the rest of the ingredients and stir fry until the potatoes turn a little golden. Serve your Chatpate Aloo hot with roti or rice :).

Chatpate Aloo

TIP: Soak kasoori methi in some water to obtain the best results.

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I am forgetful and I lose things :(

I’m not in the best of moods today!! I have no one to blame but myself for this… For as long as I can remember I’ve been proven to be careless and make silly mistakes.

The first one in my memory is when I was in class 5. I was very poor in maths and science during those days. So my score always used to be 40/100, 50/100 and so on. If I’d get 60/100, I’d be more than happy and glad. So because of this reason, I was never fond of exams(well who is, i guess!!) and result day as on the result day one of my family members would have to accompany me to the school and I’d get that big lecture on how low my marks are. On that particular result day, my maths teacher was explaining to my uncle(who was with me to pick up my report card) that I am not a bad student but a very careless student. She gets right all the process of solving a problem but she makes silly mistakes while adding and subtracting. He showed few of the examples in my answer sheet where I had made addition and subtraction mistakes at the end. I don’t know if I can say I improved after a while but my marks did go up and I am not sure if it was because of that sincere teacher who was able to point out my weakness at its root. But my point is, I have been silly and made silly mistakes throughout my life.

When I was in class 4, I was a very talkative girl(or so my brother always complained to my mom). Me and my brother were in the same bus but he’d never talk to me as he was shy and quiet and I was just the opposite!! So, on one fine Friday evening while returning home from school, I simply forgot my bag containing all the books and school materials in the bus. I got down from the bus without having a slightest clue that I’d blissfully left my bag in the bus. As we walk towards home, my brother asks me, “Where your bag?” and I realize that I had left my bag in the bus. I was so scared of upsetting my parents that day and my brother reminded me of all the incidents about my carelessness on the way back home. He constantly repeated, “How can you miss you bag in the bus?, Who misses their bag in the bus!!”. But luckily the driver had kept my bag safely and returned it to me on the following Monday.

Another common thing was losing a watch, so when I was little there was this formula back home, “No one gives R a watch(as she always loses it)”. I remember I lost a watch that my brother had given me, broke a watch that my maternal uncle had gifted me and lost my mom’s expensive watch that i had borrowed!!:(. So, it wasn’t until I graduated from University my brother finally gifted me a watch asking me to take care of it and not to lose it. Thankfully I still have it.

At home, I was the queen of doing silly things and losing stuffs. I lost my most favorite Parker pen that one of my brothers had gifted me, I lost a beautiful purse that my brother brought as a gift from Bangalore. I lost the pencil bag with all my stationery while at school. I’ve lost earrings, pens, books, bags, keys, mobile phones(that is why i carry the cheapest one around!) to name a few. During grad school days, my best friend P would always remind me of my purse, keys and mobile phone. There are several instances when I’ve just left my purse in the carrier of my cycle and my thoughtful neighbor would knock at the door to inform me that I’ve left my purse in the cycle. After a while I felt like I should not be attached to things or gifts as I there would be a possibility of losing them and at the end would feel low and sad that I hadn’t guarded my gifts properly. But this didn’t work either. Then one of my friends asked me to take this forgetfulness seriously and asked to take responsibility of my things. She was right and I did want to take responsibility of my things. So, finally when I thought I’d guard my things properly, I lost my phone and it was the graduation gift from my dad. I felt very sad that day :(.

Now to top all the things I’ve listed above, I’ve done another silly thing. I forgot that I had to get my work permit renewed!! Apparently my work permit expired and I didn’t even know about it until last week, a month after the work permit had expired!! I rushed to the HR to tell her that it had expired. She said, luckily your visa hasn’t expired yet and you can get away with 500Thai Baht a day fine or you have to apply for a new work permit. Sigh…(…..long breath……).

Anyway the current update is not bad, the HR called me today and informed that my new work permit is at the labor department for approval. I hope it gets approved and I get to stay here, I don’t want to go back home right now, I need to work and I need to save money for the wedding. I am really frustrated over my carelessness and this label that is attached to me. R is forgetful and loses things!!! 😦

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Momo Magic!!

A and I had a wonderful weekend. We made Momos. Momo holds a very significant place in our hearts. It brings back fond memories of our childhood. I remember we all used to sit down on the kitchen floor to make momo. Each of us had our own area of specialization and we were designated for specific jobs. Mom took care of the steaming part and dad advised on mixing the momo mince, Kancha rolled the dough, my brother was responsible for shaping the momo and me and my sister were the ones who’d help him by putting meat in each rolled piece of dough.  All of us would sit down in the kitchen floor, drink coke while making Momo, except Bua who’d drink Whiskey and if my brother got lucky he’d get beer :). Momo making binds the family together, it is the only dish that involves all the family members in its making.

Today I’m sharing my version of the famous Nepali Momo.

Dough

The first recommended step while making momo is preparing the dough.

Mix all purpose flour with water and some butter to make a soft dough. Mix well until it is soft and flexible. Cover it until rest of the ingredients are ready. Approximately 1 kilo of dough is required for 1 kilo of mince meat.

Chicken Filling for Momo

Chicken mince – 1 Kilo
Red Onions- 2-3
Garlic Paste- 2 teaspoon full
Momo masala or Garam masala- 2 teaspoon full
Olive Oil – 3 tablespoon
Chopped coriander
Salt/Pepper to taste

Put all the ingredients together in a big bowl and mix generously until all the spices are well mixed, if the meat is too dry do not hesitate to put half a cup of water to make it soft and juicy. For best results use your hand instead of a spatula :).

Spicy Tomato Momo Sauce Recipe
Tomatoes-Half Kilo
Garlic-2-4 Pods Crushed
Red Chillies- 3-4
Hing/Asafoetida-a pinch
Timur/Szechuan pepper -4-5 seeds
Salt to taste

The spicy sauce is an integral part of Momo. Momo without sauce is like sweet tea without sugar! My idea was to make one hot spicy sauce and another mild and sweet sauce, so the red sauce is hot and spicy while the white one is more mild and sweet.

In a pan, heat some oil and throw in the garlic and red chillies together with a pinch of hing, then put the tomatoes and cook until it is slightly (around 80%) cooked. After that let it cool for sometime and put the mixture in a blender to blend into a sauce. Serve chilled over hot Momos.

White/sweet Peanuts and Sesame Sauce

Peanuts
Sesame
Garlic- 2 pods
Fresh Lemon Juice-1 tablespoon
Honey-1 tablespoon or according to your taste
Salt to taste


Roast the peanuts and sesame seeds together in a pan until golden brown. Set aside until it cools down to room temperature. After that blend the roasted sesame and peanuts with garlic pods and water to form a thick sauce. After that add lemon juice and honey before serving with hot Momos.

Shaping the Momo
Make small spheres of the soft dough and roll it to obtain a circular roti. Use some leftover flour so that the dough wouldn’t stick when you roll it. Then use a fork to put some mince meat in the roti and shape it according to your preference, half moon and circular are the most famous momo shapes.

For shaping the round circular momo,

  • Put the roti with meat on your left hand
  • Use your left hand thumb to press the meat and use your right hand to pinch the flour to fold and make a plate.
  • Continue to fold and pinch in circular way as you rotate the dumpling in your palm.
  • If you can’t get the shape right on the first time, don’t worry much, the basic idea is to cover the meat with dough and seal it so that it will be well cooked and the juices will remain intact.

After this, oil the base of the steamer and place the dumplings. Place the dumplings upside down so that it won’t break after its cooked and the juices remain intact. Steam it for about 10 mins and your delicious hot Momos are ready :).

Serve it hot with the Red and White sauce.

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Life and Me:)

Life is filled with uncertainties. Although many scientists and dreamers likewise would want to invent equations to perform accurate predictions to forecast or even get a hint on what life would lead to, until this day of so called modern times, it has not been quite possible.

My life is no different from yours albeit it does have its own uniqueness, it still follows the same path of uncertainties that your life follows. Human life has a pattern that follows the same route of childhood, growing up and getting old but in its own way it find its way of being unique like a piece of art or a designer dress that is of course an art or a dress but is unique and special in its own too.

When I was a child, all i wanted to do was play with my brothers and sisters, cuddle with my mom and enjoy delicious treats from uncles and aunts. When I grew up to be a teenager, I learned about friendship, companionship along with the discomforting feeling of rebelling against family and trying hard to be socially acceptable. Now when I look back I feel like those years were the most significant in terms of shaping up my personality and the way I am today. After that came the golden days of infatuation, when you’d be infatuated with any cute guy you see at school or on TV. I had and still have a huge crush on Rahul Khanna since his MTV days, I had secret crushes on seniors of my school about whom I had endless conversation with my girlfriends, without any valid conclusions, of course!! It was a classic era, we girls would gather in a special corner in school and talk about all the guys we secretly liked, I wonder if todays’ teenagers still do the same.

Rahul Khanna(Photo Credit:Google Image search)

After that was stuff like career choice, what field of study to choose, whether to study abroad or get admitted in a local university, and then was engineering days. Well, there is a whole other story behind my choice of taking up engineering as a field of study but as I mentioned, life is uncertain but the things we do and the things we choose sure does lead us to the ultimate truth or the ultimate significance of our being if we follow the signs….well at least thats what I think!!:).

Then came along the big lessons in life, the ones that I wasn’t quite ready for like mom’s disease, heartbreak, loneliness and struggle to discover myself and making peace with where I had come and what I had become. These were the big uncertainties in my life that I didn’t have a slightest clue about. I was more than shocked and heartbroken to discover that mom had cancer. She was and still is the centre of my universe. Throughout my life I have been so close to her that at that moment it was impossible for me to imagine life without her presence. It took understanding life to a whole new level. It taught me life is uncertain and our time is limited. Those days that I spent at the hospital were the days that made me appreciate life and love the people around me even more. This experience cured me of negative thinking and life felt good when there was hope and when the impossible looked achievable.

Mommy dearest ❤

After that incident, life has been a bundle of Joy. It made our family stronger, friends closer and enemies farther away which were the negative thinking and wrong attitude towards life. Then came along A, the love of my life, my darling, whom I love with all my heart and soul. Ever since I saw him for the first time at the corridor, life has been better with its little surprises. Even as a stranger, he had looked after me and taken care of me. He has been around in times of need and he has provided love and support beyond my needs and expectations. It is his innocent eyes that remind me how beautiful my life is with him being around. Today, I am happy and at peace. I am getting married early next year and I am looking forward to have a wonderful life ahead :). My hopes, aspirations and ambitions have changed with time as well. I hope to be a good person, aspire to love and care for my family and dream of giving back to the world the same support and love that it has given me in my own little way.

A and Me ❤

And not to mention, I have found a medium to express myself to the world, I have discovered blogging. It makes me true and honest to myself. It encourages me to pursue my dreams and share my experience with numerous people around the world who feel and experience similar things!!:)

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