Monthly Archives: November 2014

Weekly Photo Challenge-Achievement

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For this weeks Weekly Photo Challenge-Achievement, I am submitting these picture.

This weekend I visited a Wildlife Sanctuary, a wetland area where one could see flocks of the lovely pink birds- Flamingos. It is such a beautiful view to see flocks of these birds, some napping, some pecking the water for food, some fighting with their becks. I clicked a whole lot of pictures. I wanted to click a single standing or napping bird in the frame with its shadow, but the whole flock was standing very close to each other and the water was not still. I waited patiently and my patience paid off, I was able to click my shot. This lone flamingo decided to walk away from the flock, then paused in the middle and I could get my shot which has the bird, its reflection, as well as its shadow in the frame.

The pictures were clicked with an IPhone, from far with maximum zoom, thou not very great but I was happy I was able to shoot the picture that I wanted.

Spicy Tomato Chutney/Dip

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Tomato chutney is one of the easiest and tastiest side dishes that goes well with any form of parathas, be it plain paratha or the numerous stuffed parathas that one can think of or few rice preparations like masala khichadi. It is my son’s favourite chutney and hence a frequently made recipe. It goes well my Baked Thalipeeth recipe too, the post where I have shared this same dip.

Ingredients:

Red Tomatoes: 2 Large

Onion: 1 Small

Green Chillies: 2 0r 3(spicy variety)

Garlic-2 cloves

Salt/Red chilli Powder/Turmeric-As per taste

Oil-2 Tsp.

Mustard Seeds: 1/2 tsp for seasoning.

Sugar-1 tsp (optional, I do not add.)

Method:

  1. Heat oil in pan and add the mustard seeds, chopped green chillies, garlic and onion. Sauté till they are soft.
  2. Then add the red chilli powder, turmeric, and salt.
  3. Add the chopped tomatoes and cook till done.
  4. Remove from heat into a bowl and cool.
  5. Blend this in blender to get the smooth dip.

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Tip: If one does not wish to use a blender or mixer, then you can add a little water to the tomatoes and cook them to a very soft and saucy consistency.