Diet for weight loss.

Girls at my office eat only salad for lunch.

Girls. If I call them ladies, they might be offended ūüėČ

Salad, only vegetarian like beet, cucumber, sprouts, broccoli .. blah blah. Most of them are vegetarian.I can hardly look at it.

At this point, I imagine many of my readers are offended РHira, Veg-Salad is also as good as meat. 

That’s a lie. And that’s a fact.

PS: I have a confession. I cannot leave any chance to take a dig at my vegetarian¬†friends – on their face, on my blog, in my head (look at them being so excited about rajma-chawla. crazy!). I know I need to see a therapist, a vegetarian one. With a meat eating therapist, we might make more jokes….

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“And then he ordered vegetarian¬†biryani, ha ha ha” ¬†Pic source- Pixabay.¬†

Come to think of it – I eat chicken, but they, the vegetarians eat the food that was meant for the hen and its family. Food that was to nourish other grass-eating animals. Where is the humanity when you snatch that food out of their plate into yours?

At least, am eating my food. Not others.

Now the counter argument could be how could I be better when I EAT chicken. That sounds even gross than eating the food they eat.

Let’s hear another fact. I eat chicken and fish. So I can only state about chicken and fish. And, I do not consider egg and milk as non-veg, just like many of my vegetarian friends.

“All chicken, all of them are born to be chicken curry or chicken fry or chicken roast blah blah. Chicken is not born to live the life to fullest.They serve a purpose, fulfill their destiny, now it’s time to be fried! By eating chicken, am just playing my part in the larger play of life.Chicken’s life.”

“As for fish, once they are out of the water, certainly cannot survive. I¬†might as well eat to recycle the protein content. I mean, I cannot see food waste.”

Back to original conversation starter-

Girls at my office eat only salad for lunch.

If weight loss is in agenda, I wonder if they have noticed how Cows, Buffalo, Elephants are as compared to meat eating- Cheetah, Panther, Leopard? Hint: size. Pic source- Pixabay. 

This eats only grass, just like you.

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This eats meat¬†and just look at that¬†perfect figure, slender waist, lean legs and don’t¬†get me started on stamina!

Moral of the post.

Follow cheetah’s diet if you wanna lose weight. Not elephant’s.

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Vegan friends , I feel your pain!

Scene : Dinner time , no chicken , no fish , not every egg. Okra fry and Indian bread. My life sucks!

Suddenly  , I feel a pain in my heart. OMG ! Am I having a heart attack?

My head tries to focus on food , trying best to relish it , but my heart has given up. So you see “the” heart attack.

This is how blabbing goes…

I have always felt pain and sorry for vegans. I mean , what do you get to eat as vegetarians? I see them jumping at paneer dish , craving for chole-batura.

Oh my ! What a pity …Have they ever tasted keema rolls??

Head : .. You seriously can’t be saying this ? ¬†

No , no , I do. really. With all my heart , I feel for them. A good vegan food is an oxymoron.

Head: Oh C’ON¬†, veggie is good.

I know I should not be saying this on a public post , I will get backlash from all my vegan fan following..Sign! Not to mention my vegan friends.

Head: fan? Do you mean the ceiling fan ….. ha ha ha I mean this is your best joke ever!

Ignoring head , he is a nut….

Head: You are confused again, I am you , your head. I cannot be He. Wrong pronoun lady. Again!

How can you be Me, you just advocated for vegans!

Head: You do know capsicum is your favourite. You like Began ka bharta and Aloo pitika is the best mashed potato in the world!

So, I have few favourite. But I cannot live on veg alone , I mean I need chicken , egg or fish.

My refrigerator needs protein , and so does my stomach.

My liver needs to filter some chicken soup and my eyes are looking out for surmai fish , covered with semolina , soaked in masala , ting of lemon juice,  cooked slowly on a pan with mustard oil . Aaah !

I hate my dinner . And my vegan friends , I will show some solidarity and be happy and jump at paneer butter masala , but my true love will always be ..

Head (to his fans   vegan fans ) : This is not my heart!

 

Am bored and cooking bore.

Am bored.

Am bored of eating , eating the same vegetarian diet day after day , night after night.

Am not pure vegan , neither my husband , but we are¬†I am the most laziest couple¬†person on planet earth. Laziness supersede all other love , even love for good food. We¬†I can’t get our my ass off our house to buy meat, to order online. (PS: Asked my husband to edit and¬†he strikes out “we” to “I” , but trust me , it is we as team lazy ..)

It’s been more than 2 weeks since … the fragrance¬†, the sound , the touch , the physical presence of chicken plate, It still lingers in my mouth and keep me awake on¬†lonely nights. Everything reminds me of it. I look at moon and think why cant it be like chicken leg. I look at flowers and think why cant it be fragnant as chicken curry.

I rage for you , my body aches for you.. to be specific stomach  , watering tongue , and the Mademoiselle Pallate.

Oh dear lord , hey bhagwan , Allah!  Am in love with chicken.

Am missing it so much.

And fish..

Aaah , my heart aches even to¬†write fish. Or when my son sings the¬†rhyme of fish “Machli jal ki rani hai”.¬† I should code-name it something else , as well teach my son another rhyme. So my poor heart can be happy. Henceforth , no fish but hsif.

Now  , some of your will be think , What rubbish. Am vegan and am quite good without meat.

If you answered Yes to this , please go to nearest doctor and get your eyes checked out.

What?! Eyes , why ?

Still not clear why ?  Proves me right , no fish means no good eyesight AND no brains.

Moving along.

Am bored. I know I have said this like 100 times already for you to read , but I hope I have made by point clear Рam really really bored of eating vegan diet in past 2 weeks, bored to death, eating is not fun like before.

Heck, even my fridge is¬†complaining . “Do you remember party at Somjit ? Fridge at his place¬†had a kilo of basa fish and a kilo of chicken and perhaps more meat jam-packed into freezer and look what do I have – Ice”.

Fridge is right , it need protein. Protein that comes from fish. Am thinking Salmon and Chicken and Surmai , pomphret , rohu and mince meat.

Moving along.

Am bored. So when I had to cook vegan again, specifically this below , I said enough.

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It is green , taste okay , it is just vegan

 

I refused to create any usual vegetable. At least , lemme spice it up. But I will not waste time cutting it up into bite size pieces. To hell with bite size ,like it is gonna make bite size coccinia into chicken.  I will just cut it into half and cook.  That is my bite size.

It’s just co-incidence ¬†, both starts from “C”. Chicken or coccinia or cundro¬†(In hindi , should start with C , but ..

Anyways – here is a dish for your boring vegan days , tip for broken heart and stomach -From -another green eating rotten stomach.

Steps to follow… after cutting each one into half.

(1) Look at leftover , Do you think anything will get along with this?

(2) Nothing . Look again ?

(3) Al rite ,look at sauce compartment. Anything?  for the love of looking .. pls look harder. I cannot cut onion and tomato paste to make elaborate masala.

(4) Got it Рchutney , peatnut chutney , leftover from Dosa yesterday. It is just simple roasted peanut , powdered spice and two rounds in grinder with a bit of water.

(5) Add a tomato and fry it a little . That should be step 5.20160217_090010

 

(6) Next add the chutney directly to the pot along with tomato and coccinia.

PS : This is the exact moment when my husband reminded that I should have cooked chutney a little before adding it and that it is a bad choice coz it sticks to pan and I need to stir it constantly now . If only he was present during step 1.

Aaah ! Too late.

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(7) It sticks to pan , but remember pan-stick-gravy is always tasty. So praise the lord and continue the stir. Add all powdered spice like Salt , Coriander , Turmeric. And then I added those white and black seeds for looks only!

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(8)  Sorry Рkeep stirring . Try not to curse ALL vegetables on planet earth. We need vitamins and minerals for good skin and hair. Stir ,else it might stick to pan like below.

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(9) By now , I was bored of stirring , bored of cooking a vegeterian dish. I mean, what the hell it is not like am stirring continuously from last 10 minutes to cook chicken curry?! It is not magically transform into chicken or fish curry ? Will it.

Screw it. Add water. Lots of water.20160217_092122

(10) Close the pot , simmer the heat and go watch “Street Food” on TLC or read blog.

No wait. I have to get ready for office and get Adi ready for school. Forget about chicken.

(11) After a while , check on pot. End was not so bad , I will say. The lunch was a semi success ūüôā20160217_091131

 

PS: That was on Monday , Today is Sunday and I bought – 2 Surmai and a packet of mince meat . My stomach is happy , So I completed this post ūüôā

 

Quote for today.

“The best way to eat chicken curry -cook it today , put it in fridge, eat it tomorrow.”

Quote for tomorrow.

“You are welcome, Yes am awesome!”

 

Smart cook , a missing ingredient and a fab chicken recipe !

Am a smart cook. I realized it, first ¬†when I cooked rice years ago…

Cooking rice is very easy- rice , water and a bit of salt in a steam pressure cooker, wait till cooker blows out 2-3 whistles and it’s done.Dumb cooks mess¬†up by adding less or more water, dumbest one do not add salt.

Am smart cook. I do everything right.

I just missed one ingredient – water.

The result ? There was no whistle . By the time I realized this, rice had turned into ¬†black ¬†pebble sticking to the bottom of the pan so very hard that I was feeling bad separating two eternal lovers .Rice refused to come out¬†of¬†pot even after¬†weeks of washing¬†…

Not bad I would say, still in smart category . I just missed 1 ingredient out of 3,  that is 1/3rd recall value ,  memory memorize ,success rate ..blah blah blah.. I think based on this stats ,I should be called above average smart cook ( am feeling so good about writing this post now ..)

My talent doesn’t stop here¬†. My husband never forgets to remind me of ONE¬†¬†time , just bloody ONE time , in all¬†of my cooking career¬†¬†when I messed up a particular Indian sweet dish “Halwa”, another easy-easy dish with 3 ingredients -sugar , semolina and milk . I forgot ; again just one item….

How bad can a sweet dish be without sugar? I mean really how bad ? Just pour some honey over it honey !!

(One would assume my husband¬†has good memory , but that “one” should wait till I ask my husband¬†about first time I cooked¬†for him and see his good memory show its true color!)

I once mis-read “cut into 1 centimeter pieces” and instead “cut into 1 inches long pieces” and result was raw ,¬†plain raw and this I admit was bad reading , not “lack of passion for cooking” issue.

My tea was once labelled gutter water .I meant to cut on some calories with less milk more water..smart move but not exactly drinkable combination for some.

But I will say¬†it’s rather smart .

There are more , but am starting to think the reader of post will join my husband next time I make halwa and¬†don’t want to give any upper hand to anyone via¬†my blog ,¬†any-upper-hand-over-me post¬†goes out of window!

This post is about my smartness in kitchen..

Overtime , I learned to specialize in recipe

  • which needs as little time in front of stove as possible…blink and you will miss when I was kitchen cooking..
  • which does not ever ever ever needs constant stirring…. just mix all , cover it , low flame and go read a blog.
  • measurement is not important¬†and free style hand measurement is just about right.. nothing can go wrong if you add more salt or sugar..
  • most important is you are never ever out of ingredients and nothing is a must ingredient ;¬†Sugar isn’t important for sweet dish , pour honey ,use chocolate syrup..
  • which can be cooked while you can catch your nap ! Yes , remember¬†low flame , ¬†plenty of water , and tell husband to keep an eye ūüôā

 

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That is me with a book , but sometimes I watch BBT or nap or play with son. And yeah .. in between I cook my smart chicken recipe!

Here is one very much fab chicken recipe..My style chicken..

Out – The Indian version which needs prep and constant stirring , at least 30 minutes in front of stove , an hour in making ! Puff!
In – read , write , watch TV, nap , play and in-between cook chicken!

Take a pot, put chicken(wash and dry) and mix following

  1. Open kitchen cabinet for spices  Рadd all to chicken , even sambhar powder (its a special for lentil-based vegetable stew only). I have salt , turmeric , chilly ,coriander , mustard and cumin seeds , and sambhar here.
  2.  Open kitchen cabinet for special spices Рadd all into chicken. I have bay leaf , clove , cardamom , carom seeds et al.
  3. Open kitchen cabinet for foreign exotic spicesРrosemary , thyme , oregano and galangal. If you already live in land of rosemary or galangal , then look at step 1 & 2 again, that might be foreign and exotic for you!
  4. Open refrigerator, get out bowl of plain curd and add it . No curd РTell hubby chicken will be a bit dry.
  5. Check your vegetable compartment and look for fresh herbs – coriander , mint, curry leaves and lemon.
  6. Look for any vegetable that is lying there since a week .. c’on you need to cook it now , capsicum , beans .. out out out! Not carrot ..you dont want chicken sweet
  7.  Add salt , of course.
  8. Add green chilly – this is my must have ingredient. Am ardent fan of green chills , it’s like oxygen for my food.
  9. If in mood , cut some onions and tomatoes and add it to pot. Add some garlic cloves .. actually add plenty of garlic.
  10. Pour in some amount of oil.
  11. Cover or do not cover the¬†pot, I will leave the choice to you. Put on low flame. That’s it , enjoy¬†–¬†watch , sleep .. do whatever you want.

After 10 minutes , ask your husband to go have a look. Is the chicken tender yet?

After another 10 minutes , ask your maid to have  a look.Is the chicken cooked?

After another 10 minutes – get your own ass up there and check if chicken is cooked.

Oh yeah , I forgot to tell you -do not add water . All the stuff releases water and its usually not dry. If you have already added water by now , then never mind, you can watch 2 episodes of Big Bang Theory instead of 1 planned.

After 30 minutes ..and Voila !

I tell you its THE tastiest chicken dish ever and smartest too!

 


 

I got a pic ūüôā

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PS: The smartest dish to cook is rice , but , hmm , though its very good for cook ,  bad for waistline ,so I say ..be smart , skip it.


PPS: Some of the Indian recipe do not come under my specialty , like making roti the Indian bread – its a full time job in kitchen. Be smart , get a cook or roti maker or order.


PPPS: This post makes me eat chicken so much now . I should probably tell cook to make her special konkan style chicken recipe tonight ūüėČ