August 12, 2014

The Art of God


He stood there for hours
watching, depicting, trying to understand the picture
A long thought
a deep breath of sigh
on the conjuncture

It is symbolic for sure
but what is the metaphor
He tilted his head from different angles
in his attempt to decipher

A picture tells a thousand stories
this picture has multiple gestures
what is the story should I consider
The viewer stood there and wonder

The picture was black and white
A red line bordered the sight
It suggested many a gesture
Is it love or mayhem
a riot of human cluster

Human! yes it is!
Human, he muster
A picture worth the 1000 words
and all of them are talking aloud
he is astound
by the creation,
the artist's imagination

He nudged his standby perception
and decoded
the picture is all about "Human bondage"
It is relation that binds us all
whether relation with self
or with God.

Human engages human
with love and dedication
and sets it free
and they rise above the motley
what demons what angels
love indeed conquer

Oh no, there is another tweak
another side to the story
another story to the picture
another metaphor that I decipher

between the earth and sky
dawning from mob fury
to acquiring wings to fly
it is God that lifts us up
and still we fight in name of religion

Instead, let us have some grace
hold each other's hands, embrace
Let's engage with the whole human race!
before we turn completely a selfish caricature
of our own misdemeanor
Rise above mortal, Oh Human creature

this is what I could understand from the above Picture!
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This on spot, no edit poem is created basis the picture prompt given by The magpie tale.
Do let me know your view/ feedback on the same.

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August 08, 2014

Making that "First" and Everlasting Impression with #MyBeautifulFood and #Borosil


Calvin: Aaargh what's this squirmy thing on my plate?
Hobbes: Your favorite Spinach and corn
Calvin: Aaarggggggh they look bad. I can't eat them
Hobbes: But they are tasty and nutritious, and indeed good for your health.
Calvin: But they are not good for my eyes. I can't eat if my eyes cannot eat them.
Hobbes: You eat by mouth and not eyes.
Calvin: Nope we first eat with eyes, nose and then finally with mouth. Can we go out to uncle pop to eat?
Hobbes: But his food is not healthy
Calvin: at least they look good in those little paper dishes.

True indeed! Before putting a food in our mouth, we eat it via eyes. And then nose and then mouth. So if healthy and tasty is important, food presentation is important too. How to make your food more presentable? Read more to know more :)

I am neither a professional food blogger nor food stylist or any good with food photography. All I know is that I love Food and I love to cook at times. With food, my biggest claim till date, is that I am Foodie who loves to explore world cuisine and sometime love to cook and experiment with food. My biggest claim to fame came in when the Michelin starrer #MasterChef Vikas Khanna tasted a fusion dish made by me in what I call " my last minute hurriedly, put up recipe after a 1.2 year hiatus from cooking" and surprisingly, chose it as the best dish in one of the contest among all the celebrated food bloggers. Yay! 

Yes, I can cook to save my life and may be yours too. That is what I told my fiance who fell two folds more deeper in love after eating the sandwich and rajma made by me.

I got married recently and like all new Bahus, I was expected to show my cooking prowess by making a meal for the family to demonstrate how good wife/bahu I am. And that was the agni pariksha I took with my "beautiful Borosil" serve wares. 

You might be a great foodie and explorer of food but when it comes to cooking on your own at the first day at your in laws, even the stalwarts squirm up and give away. I am mere the beginner.

Thanks to Borosil for creating beautiful and clear serve ware that makes any food look even more beautiful and presentable. The Indiblogger and Borosil contest came handy that moment when my courier boy delivered me a box full of Borosil serve ware. Needless to say, I served all the food in the Borosil products and may be that saved my day [and my grace].

I had a great serve ware to present the dish and I did not wanted to risk taste, so I took a simple way of mixing traditional Rajasthani vegetarian meal with few recipe around the world to please the in laws and the kids in the house. Here are few glimpses of what I cooked and served using Borosil-

The traditional Kanji wada





The Yoghurt Parfait

Rajasthanis love their deserts and desserts. Given the loaded doses of "desi ghee" and other sweets during wedding, I tied to twist the menu by adding a less sugary and simple to make "Yogurt Parfait" with broken wheat, roasted barley, oats and dry fruits.
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Vegetarian Spaghetti Bolognoise with Anchovis and Black Olives

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 Missi Roti and Veg Patiala

Marwadis love their food rich and traditional. The "Missi Roti" is the usual favorite in my household and being a "papad" loving community, I could not resist the temptation to roll in some "Veg Patiala" that is made with papad rolled with cheese filling, dunked and cooked in thick gravy made of tomato and onions, garnished with green coriander and black cummin seed. Yumm

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I thought of putting the delectable MIssi roti in the Borosil Casserole but it came broken and in absence of time and replacement, I used the square dish to adjust to the size of the bread and keep its crunch intact.

Paneer Persian
Cooked up this spicy, gravy trail with vegetarian's favorite "luxury" food- Cottage Cheese. My husband who does not like Paneer at all, could not help  but took a grub. Umm they were delicious but #Borosil made them irresistible.

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Stuffed Veg Sandwich in Brown Bread


Jodhpuri style Mash Potatoes with Khichdi



Rajasthani Kadhi with Hing Tadka


Now Coming to some comfort food, served hot on a rainy day. A spoonful of Desi Ghee, a dash of Hing [asafoetida], Naughty Amchoor [Dry Mango Powder], the sizzling green chilies, the colorful red chili powder...the fusion of color and blends, served in crystal clear dishes by Borosil...Ummmm.. even the thought kindled my appetite. Here's what I made -

Lunch with Borosil
Steamed Rice with Egg
Lehsuni Daal Tadka
Begun Bhaja 


 Steamed Rice with Ghee and herbs



Jaisalmeri Daal Tadka


Kolkata Style Frunchy Begun [Aubergines] Bhaja sauted with Amchoor n Red Chili


Rain Time Delicatessen with Borosil
It is Monsoon in India. A season filled with rains, pleasant weather and kindled cravings for hot tea and Pakodas. Here's what I made and served with my Borosil wares-

Kashmiri Kahwa served in Borosil Vision Glasses


The quintessential Ginger-Cardmom Tea


Onion Fritters


Isn't this looks lovely?

Do you also know that Borosil dishes are complete heat proof and oven friendly too? They just don't look good but serves multi-purpose utility. You can use them as bake dish and replace all your harmful plastic micro wave cooking dishes with Borosil.

Well That was #MyBeautifulFood with Borosil.

If you liked my "in jiffy" post by the newly wed bride, do spread the word and get a Borosil home today! Share your food experience and recipes with me.

My Twitter handle is : Numerounity
Till then, Bon Appetite!!



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July 25, 2014

A Little #WhatTheBlack Desire

#WhatTheBlack I am so fascinated by you.
#WhatTheBlack, u r my pink white and blue
#WhatTheBlack I love you in my dress
#WhatTheBlack you make my accessory look grace

#WhatTheBlack if desires were some colors, they would be you and just you. A lot many desires are black in nature i.e. nothing can cover them up or color their needs. They remain unaltered, unchanged like the color black is. On which no other color can empower itself.

I have some such truly black desires that have absolutely no substitutes. They may not be unique but they are dear and near to my heart, since the beginning, right from the start.

So when Blogadda asked me to tell them my top 5 black desires, I could not help but recall these-

A #WhatTheBlack Gun
Misunderstand me not
I find it an ammunition Hot
I Ain't no criminal
but fancying buying one gun
It is all for my safety
and no sorta fun

World is insecure, life is unsafe
forget diamonds, a small pistol could be
a girl's best friend

A #WhatTheBlack not so Little Black Dress
I love dressing up
well who don't
but there are few things, that I can adorn
I dream of finest fabrics
of the likes of Hepburn and Monroe

A #WhatTheBlack Gadget
They call me technocrat
and I find it very funny
I have no better laptops
and I fancy- iPadMini

A little black gadget
would do me no harm
I will flaunt it with my LBD and Gun
I will flaunt my charm

A #WhatTheBlack Sedan
I am tired of going to office
in the good ol black rickshaw

It is a beautiful car that I often dream of
a car, that I can drive
A car that can set me free
of limited mobility and distances

A #WhatTheBlack Time Machine
I dream of myriad things
and call them night mare
now my car can only walk on road
and cannot take me everywhere.

I wish I had a time machine
that could travel me to past
So I can see the things larger
and understand for a better chance.

It will give me a whole new perspective
that money cannot buy
it allow me to time travel
and meet I with My.

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This post is a part of #WhatTheBlack activity at BlogAdda.com

July 07, 2014

My Borosil Khichdi

What makes a perfect meal?
Food that is healthy and still be tasty
and look like a million dollar
So could you still resist her?

She is the Indian Khichdi
light weight yet full of energy
Most recommended when it came to healthy
it is time to make it tasty and million dollar Sexy!!!

Last week, I made some khichdi that I had to finish it by next 2 days as no one wanted to take a dig in it. I tried to analyze and made amends. This week when I made khichdi, there was barely anything left even for me.

How Borosil makes my dull and boring Khichdi, star of the show and best seller of the table?

It was always plain
and Bland as they may call
a little twist and it turned the table
so delicious that they finished it all.

My borosil Khichdi, made with rice and pulse
and sauted vegetables,
with a helping hand of a spoon of ghee

My recipe is simple
fresh mixed vegetables, some grated, some long
A little tadka of Indian Spices
and a presentation that is strong

In a pressure cooker that I make
heat little ghee and Splutter some mustard
add some fennel, Cinamon stick
half a bay leaf and a pinch of asafoetida
Ummm the aromatic, lifting asafoetida,
Added vegetables, turmeric and salt
Let it simmer but first mix it all.

It may be a little initial a stage
when I add grains to this delicious maze
and roast them vegetables for a minute,
only to add water and cover it up.

Pressure cook till 3 whistles
uncove the cooker and let it fizzle
transfer the content in serving casserole
wait we r not done yet, to the rigmarole

Take a small pan and heat some ghee
The ingredients that I mention, note them carefully.
a pinch of asafoetida and half a spoon of Carrom
Splutter and sizzle and add slit red chilies

Turn off the gas
and pour the ghee
atop the central crater of the khichdi

Accompany the dish with Pickle and Papad 
Some mash potatoes could also be served thereafter
If subtle is your flavor, add some curd
even if it is plain, it doesn't taste absurd.

Cooking is a science and serving it is an art
So go pick up some "Borosil" cook ware and dinnerware
from the nearest mart
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The richness in flavor is needed to be seen
just aroma alone doesn't makes the perfect ending
eat with your senses and relish the flavor
don't stick to dull khichdi
add more natural color.

Like I do with mine
with red [tomatoes] pink [onions] green [vegetables]
white [potatoes] and some times a dash of lime.
Mango pickle just oozes and oodles
it taste great and adds the oomph factor.

My Borosil Khichdi supports the notion.
That dining is not just nose and tongue's motion
if it is an eye opener, don't be surprise
but a lot of time, you eat with your eyes

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Framed!


Image Courtesy- The Mag
He caught in his own stereotype
Of clicking thing all black and white
In his attempt to become even bold
He snapped himself and framed in Gold

Shutterbugs tried to make him smile
he dismissed them all, calling it futile
He was not what he claimed to be
He was too much in hos own being

He nurtured the cats all the while
the selfish feline was not worthwhile
she pissed alarm and  scratched his arm
making his "picture" look hostile

Like all good things comes to an end
time slips like molten sand,
he too lies somewhere in history,
mortal, buried and framed.




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This short poem is in response to picture prompt by the endearing team of- Magpietale. Hope you liked my take. If you think it has a reference, the answer is yes, indeed but there is sarcasm too. Enjoy reading NumeroUnity.
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July 06, 2014

Alphabet Soup Song

It is raining and how much we all wish to have some hot savories and soup and tea in this season. Soup aha! Now that is a healthy craving. Here's a little "Alphabet" Soup Song for "soul of all the food lovers out there. So is it just a random list of A for Apple and B for Borosil? Nopes it is not. Actually I made a soup last evening and I thought, I will use some skills with alphabets here to reproduce the soup recipe without using any pictures. What say? Are you game for soup? Let's brew-

A for Asparagus - The first green ingredient that is exotic and healthy
B For Brocolli - Awesome, delicious and made for your belly.
C For Cream, Fresh and churned
D for Dry Fruits to bring the sweet n crispy flavor making it succulent.
E for Edame, it is a nutritious bean
F for Farm Fresh and that's how these all vegetables should be
G for Garnish, that we shall use at the end of dish
H for hot, that is how the soup should be
I for Ingredients that will make it delicious
J for Jeera, roast and powdered
K for "Kadai" or wok or any utensil that you want to boil ur soup in
L for "Lentil" if you like
M for Mmmm the color looks splendor
N for namak, some salt that you need to sprinkle
O for Onions, long diced n fried for garnish
P for Parboil all green vegetable
Q for "Quickly" mash and pulp up, grinding the bean
R for "Residual" Veg, let them there be.
S for "Sieve" if you want it really slim
T for "Toast" all the crunchy nuts and cut them in small pieces to top up on the bowl

U for "Utensil" Ah now here's when "Borosil" comes in. Crystal colors serve ware, an ideal bowl where your soup should be in. It makes it looks appetizing and as fascinating as it could be

V for "Varnish" your base with nuts and spice

W for "workout" the texture you want your soup to survive
X for "Extra Edge" that Black Pepper will give
Y for "Yummy", the yummy green soup is now ready
Z for "Zest" of lemon if you want it to be more preppy.

And that's how a cookie crumbles oops "soup simmer and sizzles...a "Green Exotic Asian" soup is made by yours truly. It makes my rainy day, a healthy day. Sometime I eat it with garlic bread- freshly bakes, roasted and toasted with dollops of butter pouring over it. Yumm...

If you liked my "Alphabet soup song, do try it at home and share your feedback. I would love to hear from you.

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July 05, 2014

Will You Berry Me?

She was a Master in Business Administration and he, a mariner from Merchant navy. She was the pampered daughter and he, a rugged male prodigy. She was an absolute foodie who loved trying new cuisine but he, very strong about his tastes and flavors. She was a day dreamer princess and he, a practical dare devil. They met via few friends and an age old "Yahoo Group" and exchanged camaraderie.

There was something "cooking" between them. The formal "hi-hello" turned in to casual chats and some long hour telephone calls. Soon she knew that she has developed an "appetite" for him and, he had got a "flair" for her. Their secret rendezvous over phone and Internet were filled with "aromas" of love and "Tadka" of desi ada. He would give her "Mithais" over the call and soon they decided to meet and further "cook" up their love with "ladle" of relation, commitment and "preservatives" of tradition.

The designated day came when he flew from his Business school to her city for a luncheon. They landed to a city mall and over some fanciful "Cheesy sizzlers" and "spicy starters" and "Tangy Lemonades", love started brewing between them. "Dessert" he asked her. "yes, how about Mithais" she added and laughed shyly. Their fondness for sweet took them to this open air lobby of a coffee shop. It might be the "hot" day of April but the two love birds were so deep dunked in each other's eyes that little did they cared about the weather. "The way to a man's heart is through his stomach" she heard and wanted to know the way towards his stomach and requested him to order his favorite Dessert.

In a minute or a two, a plate of sizzling "Hot chocolate brownie" landed on their table oozing oomph, steam and that pleasant smell of freshly baked "walnut brownie" Ummm she felt. It is then, the steward poured a soulful jar of hot, rich, dark chocolate sauce over the white Vanilla ice cream that filled down till the brim, soaking the walnut brownie inside it.

The site filled her heart with mush and that was the time when they break some ice between them. She requested him to postpone his flight and take one at late evening. "Will you cook for me" he asked? "yes" she said in enthusiasm, only to regret later as she never cooked anything in past 2 years and scared what if he did not like what she cooked? It seemed that he understood her agony and offered to eat even maggi provided that is stewed by her.

When she reached home, she realized that she had run out of cooking gas and all that she has in her fridge was some assorted berries like blue berry, strawberry, black currant, Cherry etc. Ah! tey look lovely. But what do I do with them so they look appealing. I can't serve them just like that..what should I do, she thought. He worried eyes gleamed when she saw a bake-ware from her "Borosil" collection and heaved a sigh of relief. her mind started racing and she knew exactly what she needs.

She made the simple "Berry Pudding" with assorted colorful fresh berries and whipped cream. Added some liquid chocolate on it and garnished with crunchy nuts n raisins.

A bed of a spoonful maple sauce, she poured in Borosil microwave-able serving plate and  layered it with refreshed up berries. She took a blender and whipped the cream, and chopped the nuts in Gourmet Mixer and grinder of Borosil. She dropped a little honey on plate and baked it for less than 30 seconds. The plate looked succulent with juicy berries ensconced with maple sauce and honey. She took some fresh cherry and run it under gentle cold water and kept the bunch on top of her dish. The white cream that was as foamy as cloud, beaten, whipped and sugar free, was laid smartly over the berry top and poured a sinful dose of liquid chocolate, sprinkled with nutty nuts. Ah! That looks a perfect love making between the Berries and honey and chocolate and the dish. The different colors of berries looked resplendent in her clear, Transparent Borosil serving plate with visible maple sauce glazed into it. 

"It looks awesome, wonder how will it taste" she thought before taking the plate to dining table. Alas! not much choice that is left, she took along a Pizza pamphlet, hidden behind her hands. He was waiting for her and as she placed the plate on table, he appreciated the awesome, artistry look of the dish and asked her the name of it. She thought for a while, gathered her strength and smiled. And said- I Love You Berry Much!

He looked at her and take a spoonful, dug it inside the berry pool and pierced a piece and took it to his mouth and ate. He left the spoon and turned towards her, sat on his knees and took hold of her hands and asked- Will you Berry me?

She winked and said- yes. And they lived happily ever after, berry berry much.

So that was a love story made in heaven and executed on earth. What is your food love story? Do share with us.

For food is aphrodisiac.
food is pleasure
food when presented well,
creates many memories that our palate treasures.
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July 04, 2014

Confession of a Food-holic

I am a foodie and that is no news. I love my Indian food, Italian Fare, Continental cuisine, Chinese noodles, French Confectionary and what not. My love for food and some basic instincts made me learn cooking. I cook but with no set trends. however, there are few things that I love doing while pampering food to become my meal :) You know them? Well lets sing along :)

Chop chop chop
Chop all the veggies
crush crush crush
crush all the garlics
pres press press
press the spices

dress dress dress
dress your main ingredients
Soak Soak Soak
Soak all your cereals
Rock Rock Rock
Rock some salt and pepper

Splutter some mustard
glaze some onions
peel some peas
boil some vegetable

Take a ladle
stir your wok
Saute your vegetables
Garnish your cream

Refresh your Spinach
Blanche them in oven
add some cardmom
mix in marination

Whip whip whip
Whip that curd
Curdle Curdle Curdle
Curdle that split milk
Juliens Juliens Julien
Julien your ginger
mash mash mash
Mash using your finger

Serve serve serve
Serve without a spill
Borosil Borosil Borosil
Borosil your dish!

Tempt tempt Tempt
Tempt with your food
Slurp Slurp Slurrp
I slurp finish all that I cook

Bon Appetite
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