Wednesday, November 18, 2015

DIY Diwali Lantern


Oops Sorry for that.
Oh No, its not the runny nose bcoz of the current bangalore weather. It's just that I was dusting the long unused space here in my blog which gave me the sneeze :)Too many cobwebs here!

Home is where the Heart is! 
Whats more fun than celebrating Diwali at home. The lights, the food, the laughter, the decorations, the people around, the's the spirit and love that's enchanting about this festival.

This diwali I tried making a lantern at home. I used things lying around at home. 
Thermocol, crepe sheets, fancy silver sheets, stationary such as glue, scissors etc.

How I Made them are explained in the pictures below.

I had saved the thermocols from a package earlier and I now used them 
as a top hanger.

I then made holes 4 sides and run a string through 
it to use it as a hanger . Also a big hole is made in the centre to suspend lights inside.

I then took thick sheets of paper or thin sheet of cardboard which can bend you could say. Made 8 1" strips and stuck 2 each side and then stapled it all in a form of square

After that I used crepe papers to cover the lantern.

Last step is to stick crepe ribbons to hang down from the lantern.

And then hanged it. Lights could be suspended inside.

Hope you had a fab Diwali! And make them next time.
Watch this space for more such DIY's.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Paneer & Cabbage Stuffed Eggplant Rolls in Tomato Gravy

Do you like your carrots??
Well I like them..but my son has a different take on it. The other day he saw them in his dinner. He asked me, " Mommy, Why you want carrots?"
I said, "Carrots are good for health, You will become strong, you should eat them"
for which he promtly required, "Mommy..I am not a Rabbit".

He has his sweet innocent reasons for everything. 

The other day his friend pushed him. He came back complaining to me. So I told him that he also needs to push them if this continues and only then his friend will stop it eventually. He can't be quiet all the time. To which he replied, "Mommy, I am not *(his friends name)* to push and hit. I cannot do it. It's bad to hit ".
Wow..So I realized that my 5 year old son is growing big to have an opinion of his own. Awesome!! I love his attitude.So even kids do have a mind and opinion of their own.

Coming to this recipe you are about to read.  This recipe came up all of a sudden, I had this idea and thought why not try it. So I took out my camera and went clicking. It went out much without too much planning. I used just the ingredients what I had at that moment and it turned out well. So here it goes.

Ingredients:(for 2)
For the Roll:
1 medium sized eggplant
1/2 cup crumbled fresh paneer
1/2 cup shredded cabbage
Chopped cilantro
Red chilli powder to taste
Garam Masala powder - 1 tsp
Coriander powder- 1 tsp
Salt and a pinch of sugar

For the Gravy:

In Blender:
[ 5 medium sized tomatoes
1 Carrot
10 roasted Pistachios
2 cloves
1 cardamom
1 inch ginger
few garlic pods
2 Green Chilli    ]

Mustard Seeds - 1 Tsp
Cumin powder- 2 tsp
Dried Kasuri methi- 1 tbsp
Turmeric powder
Shredded Cheese
salt and a pinch of sugar


Cut the Brinjal/Eggplant vertically like almost a quarter centimeter thick. Spread salt on it and let it sit for 30 minutes. Then take each eggplant , wash it/run it under water to remove all excess salt. Wipe it with towel to remove all extra moisture,Take a pan, roast it on both sides with few drops of oil until light brown or if u have a grill pan..better use it.

Meanwhile blanch tomatoes and carrot(chop it and throw them in the same water to soften them up) and peel them.

Run the blanched tomatoes, carrots and all ingredients mentioned under gravy in a blender into a fine paste.

Take a pan, pour some oil/butter. When hot , add mustard seeds, fine paste, Turmeric powder, Cumin powder, salt, pinch of sugar.(Add a little red chilli powder if it's less spicy). Add some water, let it cook for 5 to 8 mins on medium heat. In the end add crushed Kasuri methi.[Note: You could pour some fresh cream in the end for a richer taste]

The Filling:
Mix all ingredients under filling and keep aside...

Take an oven safe dish and grease it. 

Take a small portion of filling in place it on the eggplant and roll it.  

Place all eggplant rolls in the oven safe dish, pour some gravy enough to cover it and place it in a preheated oven at 200 degrees C for ten mins. 

 After 8 minutes, remove pan sprinkle shredded cheese of your choice(I used Amul processed Cheese). Put it back on oven for a couple more minutes.

Serve it with Jeera rice , use more gravy if required. hmmmm...DIVINE!

Enjoy your Dish.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

DIY Twig Craft

Oscar Wilde said, "No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist"

Oh ,What truth did this great man speak! Creativity needs an illusionistic and an experimental mind. A mind that can see beyond the regularities and similarities between the colossal things around us. Ahem, just like how you see a big fat chicken and imagine a dish of hot & steamy chicken tikka masala crossing the road..yeah..that's also the work of a ingenious brain. 

Everyone is creative in their own way. Small children are creative in ways that we adults cannot imagine. An unperturbed mind of a child is so full of ideas and imagination that it could lift a big barrel of water with its weight, shoot it in the crisp air and pour it down in its rainbow colors of rain even shying away the rain gods. Observe an ant, and you will see how creative it is in kidnapping those small droppings of food in the kitchen to its ant haven. 

The twig craft?? 
  O.K let's come to this.
 Getting natural elements into the interior of a house gives a splendid and earthly look.
 I tried to inculcate a lot if twigs into crafting. 
Here are the things that I did.

A swarm of tiny twigs with woolen Pom Poms
in a vase that looks like , ....I guess a duck!
 Makes a good centerpiece for a table.

A hanging wall art made with twigs, leftover mount boards of used photo frames and lace. 

Another hanging wall art made with twigs and woolen. I then painted the silhouette of birds perched on it.

Branches of a tree festooned with beads adorned the huge vases. 

Note: No tree or plant was harmed or broken or felled during the making of these crafts. And if you wanna try these crafts, please do wash the twigs and stuff ,with water and drying it before working on them. 

Ok, all you ladybugs, before I hit the trundle and snore to wake up my neighbors, wish me goodnight!