What defines us, separates us. If you stop to to think about this statement, your actions on society, you will come to see that it is a fact that by whatever measure, we tend to define ourselves – by species, culture, gender, lifestyle, appearance or convictions – while doing this and becoming part of something, we are also detaching ourselves from the ones who believe otherwise.
What is baffling is that we do it in the blink of an eye, we could say – Im American – in a second you have detached yourself from the other 194 countries in the world. – Sure this is not a bad thing, the bad thing is the habit of choosing a side, a definition, without giving it a second thought. Essentially what is happened is that you have removed yourself from those who do not think alike – but its not the arabs fault for not being american, or viceversa.
If they suffer, it means nothing to us, for they are “something” else, beyond the reach of our compassion. We are who we are and they are who they are. There will be many who will go against this text, believing they do care about global affairs and have empathy towards others – what it boils down to is choice. –
Should you have a choice to choose under pressure or no pressure a side, which side would you choose? You will always choose a side because you are a fabric of the conditions of the society which you have chosen sides with.
Principles are fundamental truths or general laws. Without them we would not stick to a defined set of rules and would be all over the place. In my personal opinion, there are two different fundamental principles of life.
Let me make clear that life wont make complete sense to us because we have no sense of the completeness of life. However the reality of life does have two principles which make it magical >
Love; there very stuff of existence, the positive power that encourages everything.
Justice; the law of cause and effect that weaves and dyes the complex patterns of creation and ensures that it’s fabric never wears away.
If you live your life in the present and by that I mean, a life lived consciously; aware of your actions and apply these 2 principles to it – you will enter a golden age – but rest assured our brain (thoughts) is cunning – nothing is impossible though in this short life we have been given.
(these thoughts could be related to books I have read, I do not mean to copy any works – if this is the case – please let me know).
Keema, or mince meat in English, is simply what it is – a dish made of mince meat and spices to give it a juicy aromatic flavor. This is one of my favorite dishes and has scope for usage with other recipes. I am going to use chicken mince as lamb is a bit heavy for me, however lamb will always have much more taste.
You will need the following ingredients –
3 x Medium Onions Diced
1 x Whole Garlic Flower (5 pieces) finely chopped
½ x Thumb size garlic – finely chopped
2 x Tomatoes -> I grated them into a lumpy puree
1 x Small red chili – chopped
2 x Tsp Salt
1 x Tsp Haldi (turmeric)
½ x Tsp Red Chili Powder ( The coloring one)
½ x Tsp Dhaniya (coriander) powder
1 x Tsp Garam Masala
500gr x Mince Chicken
Coriander for garnish
In the order above add the ingredients.
First let the onion get brown, then add the rest up to tomatoes and let it cook.
Halfway of the tomatoes cooking add the everything leaving just the chicken mince out.
Once you see the gravy you have made is properly mixed together, add the mince chicken. – mix in well and let it cook by covering the pan for a while.
Stir to mix gravy into the mince properly.
Garnish with coriander and eat.
There you have it, Keema. Usually it has some gravy that goes with it and resembles the mexican chilli con carne dish. This particular dish can be used for many other dishes such as – Lasagne, steamed buns, hotdogs, mexican food. etc
Lassooni Palak / Garlic Spinach dish is probably a generic dish which is used in many cuisines. For me, the first time I tried it, was at an Italian restaurant in Gran Canaria. It was served with a toasted baguette which was sliced – you were to get a spoonful of spinach and spread it on top of the bread – to enjoy as a starter with drink. This version of lassooni palak is more Indian oriented – it tasted pretty much like the Sindhi Palak recipe but much more bitter.
Butter chicken is mine and pretty much many other indians favorite chicken dish. The dish has primarily an orangish color to it, some food color is used anyways to enhance its presentation. – otherwise the onion and tomatoes mixture below results into a brown color.
Ingredients for 1 KG Butter chicken dish.
Chicken to be marinated overnight :
1 kg Chicken breast – (leave them as is, i sliced them a bit thinner so they cook entirely for sure.)
250 gr Yogurt
Finely chopped mix of 6x Garlic Cloves (because indian garlic are smallish) + 1/2 Thumb size ginger
I used a cooker but you can use a saucer too. – Add the following into it and mix until light brown – red & white onions, jeera seeds, nut mace, cinnamon, cardamon, cloves, star anise.
Once the mix is light brown, add the garlic cloves, the ginger (slice it), cashew nuts.
Add the kashmiri chillis, tomatoes and mix well until tomatoes are saucy.
Add the garam masala, haldi (turmeric), dhaniya (coriander), jeera (cumin) and mix well.
This is the final stage –
In a blender, make the mixture above into a sauce.
In a pan, add the butter, the red chilli powder, mix until butter is dissolved and add the sauce we just made.
add salt according to taste.
mix the chicken and 1 cup of water into the pan. – DONE
Optional – i tasted the dish and wanted a stronger flavor, so i added a bit of indian chicken spice mix. I also sprinkled some methi (fenugreek leaves), the combination with the sauce gives out an amazing arome.
Sindhi Palak, a traditional Indian, primarily made of spinach which also carries other vegetables such as onions, tomatoes, carrots and potatoes. The dish provides you with a healthy dose of Iron, Vitamin K and others – and its tasty.
So I do not eat breads or chapatis with my indian food, I prefer to eat the dish by itself and if still left hungry, I can always eat more of the same dish. – therefore, this recipe is made for 1 cereal sized bowl.
Recipe Ingredients –
2 Small Potatoes
2 small onions
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon Jeera Powder (cumin)
1 teaspoon Haldi Powder (turmeric)
1 teaspoon Dhaniya Powder (coriander)
5 Small Garlic – chopped
1 Cup of water
Cut the spinach and clean it by leaving it to soak in a bowl of water.
Peel carrots and tomatoes and dice them (I leave the tomato skin on), chop onions, chop spinach, chop the potatoes,
Put all the ingredients mixed together into the pressure cooker
Add salt, haldi, jeera and dhaniya powder
Add 1 cup of water
Close pressure cooker with lid and let it cook for 4-5 whistles.
To the final dish, we add a tadka ( a spice mix to give an external flavor to the dish)
In a small pan, add 1 tablespoon of oil, 5 chopped garlics, dhaniya powder, jeera powder – mix around until garlic comes to a light brown color
7. Once the cooker is done, open it, add the tadka mixture into the pressure cooker and mix.