Had been making mushroom masala for quite some time now, do decided to cook something different. Looked up on internet and found a recipe. Modified a little.
Red chillies – 3/4 in number
Coriander Seeds – 4 spoons
Black Pepper – 1 spoon
jeeragam – 1/2 spoon
Sombu – 1/2 spoon
Kasa Kasa – 2 spoons
Krambu – 1
Elachi – 1
Patta – 2/3
Small Onion – 3/4
Green Chillies – 3
Bay Leaf – 2/3
First roast in order without oil red chillies, coriander seeds, black pepper, jeeragam, sombu, kasa kasa.
Secondly dry roast krambu, elachi, patta.
Put the above two dry roasted ingredients along with small onions, ginger, garlic and grind it nicely. Keep this masala separate.
In the meantime cut the green chillies (required quantity for spice), slice cut the mushroom (you got clean the mushrooms real nice) and cut tomatoes.
In a pain heat oil and then add the green chillies, bay leaf and curry leaves. Allow it roast. Add sliced mushrooms and fry for few minutes. Now add the grinded masala mix and fry for few more minutes. The both should mix nicely. Add the cut tomatoes and cover the pan and leave it for couple of minutes.
Add salt (required quantity) and again put the lid back after mixing them. Fry it for some time. Stir at times so that the masala does not stick on to the vessel. And there will be a nice aroma filling the entire house.
Add coriander leaves for garnishing.
Now the chettinad mushroom masala is ready to be served with rotis or rice.
Its been a long time since I wrote about Marathons and me running them.
1st december was the day of The Wipro Chennai Marathon. This was the 2nd edition. Lot of updates on facebook and finally the day arrived.
The first best part was a 5:15am sharp start. And not to forget ropes with boards reading times and runners would align themselves in the group based on their expected time of finish. It was cloudy and there was some chillness in the air. Perfect start to the run.
Little after the start there was un-expected one, rains! it rained for something like 5mins. That was dreadful for me personally as a runner. My specs was covered with water and I was blinded with almost no visibility. Thankfully there were no potholes in that stretch. Though water was getting collected. It was no ways bad or worse for running, except my own problem with visibility.
There were stations at designated points and it had oranges (bit of salt in it) and cut lime pieces dipped in salt. The surprise part or the good part was the traffic cops not only regulated traffic and blocked the roads they were also cheering the runners.
Around U-Turn point I ran into issues where my acidity level was increasing and was finding it difficult to run and manage. I had also ran without water for all this distance to test my hydration levels. I walked a bit to ease out.
Once I was better I again started running and got back to same rhythm and pace. Met my runner colleagues, was able to cross few not able to match few others pace.
When I finished 21.1kms it was 2hrs2mins on the clock. And I was happy except for the brief time. I did not feel tired nor my limbs falling apart at the end of the run and still had good amount of energy left.
People said the circuit was more than 21.1kms, it did not matter to me. I anyway don’t wear a device to calculate distance nor to note time.
What could be better is the marking of distance. They had written on fluorescent paint but it was not visible. More distance marking boards would be great to keep track.
Another point for improvement is the breakfast. I was disappointed by it.
I loved the medal though.
Now to practice more for Mumbai Marathon.
Keerai in Tamil, Palak in Hindi. Making kootu is very easy. To know what is kootu click here.
Tired of eating masala flavored dishes, wanted to try something new and different and one which is soft on stomach.
Palak or Keerai
1 Cup of Moong dal (paasi parupu)
1-2 Potatoes (Optional)
4-5 Green chillies
2 Spoons Salt
4 red Chillies
1 Cup Grated Coconut
2 Spoons Jeera
1/2 spoon Ginger Garlic Paste (Alternative to Chopped ginger and garlic slices)
1/2 spoon Turmeric Powder
Cut Palak and wash it. Cut potatoes and tomatoes. Slice green chillies, do not cut them into small pieces. Put all these together in a vessel, add salt and turmeric powder and water. Pressure cook for 10-15mins.
In the meantime, grind grated coconut, red chillies, jeera and ginger garlic paste. This should be a nice smooth paste.
Once the palak is cooked, transfer the contents to another vessel onto the stove. To this add the grinded mixture and boil. If the water is less do add some water. Also check for salt.
Boil and mix the contents.
Now the dish is ready to be served with rice or chappatis. It could also be had as soup. Pepper is another ingredient which could be added.
Continuing on Traffic Issues, this part deals with 2-wheelers. The earlier part was on pedestrians and to read, click here.
Concerns for 2-wheelers:
1. Constantly jumping around pedestrians. You would be moving at speed of 40km/hr suddenly from the sides one person would climb down the median and run across the road.
2. In a 2-lane or more road there will a 4-wheeler on the 1st lane at slow speed (40km/hr and below). On a 2-wheeler you would be on 2nd lane at same speed. Another 4-wheeler at a higher speed would come behind you and keep honking. Awareness of lane rules are non-existent.
3. On Outer Ring Road, even if a 2-wheeler is on left most lane is not safe with 4-wheelers spreading over there to maintain their speed and move ahead of others
Concerns due to 2-wheelers:
1. Suddenly cutting across vehicles.
2. Non-usage of rear-view mirrors. In some motorbikes there are no rear view mirrors only.
3. Placing the helmet on top of fuel tank. Sometimes it does slip off and causes disturbance to other road users.
4. Riding on pavements.
5. One hand on motorbike another holding mobile phone and talking. Thus staying distracted.
6. Removing cement blocks from medians and creating a space to turn or take u-turn.
7. Jumping signals when no one is looking at peak-hours.
I might be repeating lot of known things. This is purely from my observation in last couple of months.
When I thought of writing a post on Traffic and some major concerns I wanted to split it into different segments who are part of the system.
In the first part it is about pedestrians. Very much part of the traffic, there are concerns for the pedestrians and there are also concerns due to the pedestrians.
Concerns for pedestrians:
1. There are lot of unmanned junctions. vehicular traffic never slows down for pedestrians even if they cross the zebra crossing.
2. There are lot of junctions with traffic signals but not one for pedestrians. Many of them have signals for pedestrians but there are vehicles which jump over the signal causing inconvenience to pedestrians.
3. During non-peak hours vehicles jumping the signal when it is for pedestrians is a well known fact. They sometimes come in too close, scaring the pedestrians.
4. Pavements, it is non-existent in most areas.
4a. In areas where there are pavements, it is used for parking of 2-wheelers and 4-wheelers. Not to miss out 2-wheelers riding on pavements.
4b. In other areas, pavements are used by shopkeepers. And in some shops extend their shop to the pavement for attracting customers.
Conerns created by pedestrians:
1. Whenever they are out of a building or office complex people want to cross the road. Every individual wants to cross at their time and end up stopping the entire traffic.
2. In areas like EGL on Inner Ring Road even there is a signal specifically for pedestrians, they cannot wait for the signal. And people don’t move towards the to cross but cross wherever they want to.
3. In areas like Marathahalli and other places, people when they cross they take their own sweet time to cross.
4. When the signal turns green for flow of traffic that is when people start to cross and stop traffic to jump over. No patience to wait till the signal turns red.
5. Usage of mobile phones when crossing the road unaware of what speed the vehicles are coming towards them.
After quite some time of watching all kinds of crap movies, today watched a better one. Pizza II – Villa.
This is no continuation to the first one. The story is different and with the way it begins one would wonder ok, yet another movie, so what. The movie doesn’t go around that direction though there are leads towards same.
How does one show the leads to yet another normal movie.
1. Main character Ashok Selvan as Jebin is a Christian.
2. There are few scenes in the church (Luz Mylapore, Chennai)
3. Usual of crow sitting on top of gate when the hero enters the house.
4. There is a dog found dead within the Villa compound.
5. The female lead role Sanchita Shetty as Arthi is very much interested in the house.
6. When you do a google search of the events and find for leads you come to know that the house was built by a guy who knew witch craft and that he killed a small kid.
7. You also find a guy who is specialized in driving it away from a book published by him.
“Every art is based on the ambience around”.
You maybe a painter or book writer, what you paint or write depends on the energy around you and the place that you are in.
Background score is good sometimes it gives too much hype to the sequence.
The script is tight. No loose ends.
All characters have done extremely well.
Low budget movie.
Nasser and SJ Surya are in a very small cameo role.
The songs don’t make you lose interest in the movie though it could have been left out.
Lot of credit to director and story writer Deepan Chakravarthy.
Overall worth the watch. I would rate it as 4/5.
Hopefulle this is not the beginning but the end of Ajith movies. And last of Ajith movies. It was just rambam!
Ajith, the Chief is a disappointment. Nayanthara without any dance from her again a disappointment. Arya no big shakes. Tapasi looks like replacement for Genelia. They both kill us with umpteen usage of “baby” “baby”.
Music by Yuvan Shankar Raja is too loud that you feel like closing ears.
Screenplay is with lot of loose ends!
Direction less said the better.
The story is simple Ajith wants to take revenge on Maharashtra Joint Police Chief and ministers involved in scam of purchase of bullet proof jackets. Lot of cats fall out of the bag.
Arya the brilliant computer science student is a hacker. Nayanthara a co-student and Tapasi too. Obviously our hero has to triumph in the end.
Avoid this movie.
My rating 2/5.