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Siri

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Nainital trip- Random Pictures

I love going to new places,(who doesn’t na? :p) especially hill sides

Last month when i went to Delhi for official reasons and got a weekend between . Thus a quick Nainital trip happened 🙂

I thought of sharing some some random pics with you people.

Fee free to comment or ask any thing 🙂

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Shia Jama Masjid at night

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Moon shone beautifully that night !!

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Usually i wake up very late that i rarely see this scene :p

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Through misty glass, some how this is one of my pics i love lot 🙂

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Believe me i haven't done any touchup,these are real colors

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Thatz me !! :p

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And this is what i saw..and i lost words seeing this..Mighty Himalayas

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The Lake of ' Lake city'

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Loved these village type cottages in resort

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Just came to show face 😀

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Again resort at Night..Garden and pool facing rooms

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Its party time !!

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Inside Corbett park at Dawn

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Thinking about glorious foregone days?

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Elephant rides !! :p

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Alone in the crowd... oops..forest!!

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See their Excitement and Happiness 🙂

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Love this scupture..if small would have put in bag and came :p

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Always love this aerial view 🙂

 

So among these pictures which one you liked most?

Spicy Prawn masala

I love non veg foods like anything,  except fish. Yeah..i told truth. I hate sea food.

But once i relocated to Kochi, Queen of Arabian Sea, I couldn’t help but  fall in love with prawns and pearl spot (Karimeen) over here.

So i’ll share you my favorite way of making prawns.First i had it from a family friend’s house.I liked it so much that i asked them for recipe.

I have made prawn numerous occasions in this style.I’v tried other recipes also, but this one always came out good.

We can prepare this curry in 4 steps

1) Marinating prawns

2) Cutting and chopping vegetables

3) Grinding the masala and

4) Cooking the prawns

Always remember while buying prawns, on deshelling they will reduce to almost half the quantity.

How to make?

So first take1/2 kg big prawns deshelled, deveined and cleaned. After that we can do marination

1) Marinating Prawns:

Required ingredients:

a) Chilly powder – 1tbsp

b) Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp

c) Ginger garlic paste – 1/2 tbsp

d) Coriander Powder- 1/2 tbsp

e) Salt – As required

Add 1 tbsp. chilly powder,1/2 tsp turmeric powder and 1/2 tbsp ginger-garlic paste1/2 tbsp coriander powder  and salt  to cleaned prawns .Make sure it is coated well and keep inside fridge in an air tight box for 30 minutes.

By this time we can go to cutting and chopping part

Required Vegetables :

a) Onion- 1 big thinly sliced. (Use a tomato knife for slicing , you can get thin onion slices)

b) Shallots /sambar onion/ pearl onion – 10-15  sliced

I know it is difficult to peel and slice pearl onions, but do add these , it enhances the taste.

c) Tomato – chopped in to small pieces.

Now Step 3 : Grinding masala.

a) Grated coconut – 1 tbsp

b) Ginger – a small piece

c) Garlic- 5 cloves

d) Coriander seeds – 1 tbsp ( I use to add 1/2 tbsp coriander powder since i don’t keep coriander seed in home)

e) Green chilly-  2 medium sized

f) Pepper corn- 1 tbspoon

g) Dried Kashmiri red chilly- 2-3

Heat oil in a pan .Add all the above ingredients.Saute till coconut turns brown.

Add very little water and grind it. Don’t make it a paste ,do in a way so that chilly grains will be there in gravy.While eating, those grains will impart a specific taste.

See the picture.

By this time prawn will be properly marinated.Now we can go to step: 4

Cooking the prawns:

Ingredients:

a) Curry Leaves- 2sprigs

b) Cumin seeds – 2 tsp

c) Kashmiri chilly powder- 1 tbsp

d) Turmeric powder- 1 pinch

d) Salt- as required

e) Oil as required

First saute the marinated prawns in oil till half cooked.(Shallow fry)Keep it aside in a blotting paper.

In same oil add cumin seeds and curry leaf.

Now add  onions we first itself sliced and kept.Once the color changes add turmeric powder and chilly powder.

Now add tomatoes. Saute till tomatoes turns soft.

Now add grinded masala to it and saute till raw small is gone.

Add prawns and saute for 5 minutes.

Add 1-1 1/2 cup water and boil in low flame.

Garnish with coriander leaves.

Serve it with basmati rice 🙂

Online shopping and Urban Touch Surprise gift

There had been a time  i use to read all beauty blogs and deeply sigh, coz most of the brands are unavailable in my place.

Now the scenario have changed. Many online shopping sites are available in India and they have almost all Indian brands like Lakme,Maybelline, Chambor, Colorbar, The Body Shop etc as well as some foreign brands like Nyx, Tigi etc.
Fashion and You, Snap deal, Violet bag, Healthkart,B.lab, Urban Touch ..the online shopping sites list goes on.

Among these i made purchase from Fashion and You, Violet bag, Urban Touch, Tradus.in and Snap Deal numerous times and i can vouch for them .I believe other sites also will be equal good since there is a healthy competition between them.

Other than availibility of all products in remote areas these sites are selling most of the products below MRP..yay..what more we want? 😛

Most of these sites are offering free shipping if the purchase is above a minimum amount It is reasonable cause the limiting purchase amount they are putting is very less like 250 INR, 300 INR etc. Otherwise also shipping charge they putting is nominal around 50 INR, more or less.

And another positive thing is all those sites are offering Cash On Delivery facility also, which a beginner and people who are still dubious can use 🙂

Only con i finding with these sites is they are always burning my pocket   😀

When all these wonderful products can be bought sitting in home itself and on seeing all those amazing offers these sites are offering i can’t help but buying  :p

Yesterday i got my Urban Touch hamper which i ordered 2 days before. The feeling when the products we ordered when reaches hand is truly delightful, atleast for me 😎

These are the things i bought this time.

Nyx trio eye shadow in copper , rust and bronze  in 20 % discount and Colorbar iglide in Prunella

An offer is there in Urban Touch, for the purchases above 500 INR there is a surprise gift.

Surprise gift this time  i got was faces emery board .

All these sites provides a safe packaging using thermocol and bubble wrap.Till now i got all products in tact 🙂

So you have tried online shopping yet?

In case any one have any doubt in online shopping don’t hesitate.Please ask me. I’ll be happy help 🙂

I’ll provide links for some online shopping sites here

Urban Touch: http://www.urbantouch.com/

Style Craze: http://www.stylecraze.com/

Cosmetix.in:http://cosmetix.in/

Violet bag: http://www.violetbag.com/

Healthkart: http://www.healthkart.com/

From these sites you can get almost all brands in discount

And happy shopping 🙂

50 first dates and a pasta recipe

Today i saw the movie first 50 dates in Z studio. It is 3rd or 4th time i am watching this movie.

 

It is a silly romantic comedy but has a charm of its own. If you are a person who is very serious about movies, you won’t like it. But people like me who are suckers for romantic comedy and chick flicks will sure like it.

 

It is about the story of a man who have to struggle  to win his dream girl’s heart every day, since she is suffering from short term memory loss and forgets him everyday when she wakes up   😛

 

Adam Sandler  as hero and the pretty Drew Barrymore as heroine,  it is really  a sweet movie to watch .

If you haven’t watched it yet , give it a try when you want to laugh  or when you are having a girl’s night 🙂

I watched the movie with a quick made pasta and shop bought potato waffles.

 

 

If you are in a lazy mood or want some quick pasta recipe this will be useful to you.

Time required : 5 minutes

Things required :

Pasta -1 cup ( I used macaroni here)

Ripe Tomatoes – 1

Pureed tomato – 1 cup

Garlic – 1/2 cup chopped

Red Kashmiri chilly dried-  According to your spice toleration level (i used 2) or you can use shop bought chilly flakes.

Crushed pepper – according to your spice toleration  level(i taken one tbs. pepper corn and crushed it)

Oregano- 1 tsp

Basil- 1 tsp

Olive oil-  1 tbsp

Cheese grated – 1/2 cup

Light Fresh cream – 1/2 cup

Water – 3/4 cup

Salt and sugar

 

Don’t panic seeing ingredient list, the process is quiet simple.

 

1) Cook your pasta according to your packet instruction.

Most of them require boiling in hot water. Add 2 drops of olive oil to prevent pasta from sticking up. Also add salt. Only half cook pasta.

Remember to throw away the water in which you cooked pasta, it is said to be contain some wax content which is not good for health . After that wash it with cold water and keep aside.

2) While pasta is cooking chop garlic and  then tomato. Break dried red chillies in to small bits. Grate cheese. Crush pepper corns.

3) Heat Olive oil in pan.Saute garlic and red chilly. Then add tomatoes.When tomato softens add tomato puree.

4) Add oregano, basil and crushed pepper. Saute  1 minute or till aroma starts

5) Add Water  and boil.Add salt as per you taste and a pinch sugar.

6) Now add half cooked pasta and cheese to it.

7) Finally add the fresh cream.

 

Yummy pasta ready for you     😎