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500+ Follows

Hey everyone!!

Hope you all are in the best of your health, happy and safe in varied parts of this globe and staying strong each passing day during these tumultuous times.

Very grateful for 500+ follows on my blog and thought to share my felicity with you all. My happiness may seem to you like I have won an award but trust me, for me its no less. πŸ˜€

“When it comes to life critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude” – G. K. Chesterton.

I started blogging a while ago (around 3 months back) and never anticipated to gain so much so early. I guess am fortunate enough or rather has been possible due to the continued support of many people out there and I am highly grateful and obliged to each one of you. Kindly do excuse me for keeping the list somewhat long but have to do it.

First and foremost, would like to thank the ‘Almighty’ for everything followed by my Father (He may not be with us, still he will always be) my Mother, my Husband, Uncle and aunt (Chacha and Chachi as I call them), both brothers, my Sister-in-law, Sister, my niece and not to forget my bundle of joy, my little toddler, for their unconditional love, support and bracing me up always.

My most favorite teacher and few of our very dear friends who continually appreciate and encourage me, highly grateful to you all.

Now, a big heartfelt thank you to all of you fellow bloggers for supporting and welcoming me in your world, which so feels ‘my own’ now, with so much endearment.

This beautiful world also gave me this opportunity to witness the creative writings of all of you fellow bloggers.

All of you write amazing blogs. Kudos to everyone of you!

Being from a science background but pouring my heart out in writing (since childhood) and being a mother of this little Thunderbolt VII (believe me, he is πŸ˜‰), I have mobile with WordPress app open in one hand and simultaneously playing, running, cooking and feeding this little joy of mine (well, I think that’s him who needs to get credit πŸ™ƒ).

Never contemplated to be blogging one day. Utter serendipity it was.

“Today, I choose to live with gratitude for the love that fills my heart, the peace that rests within my spirit and the voice of hope that says all things are possible” – Anonymous.

Thanks so much once again if you have read this far, I know that’s too long, lastly I sincerely appreciate all of my followers, visitors who liked, motivated or simply just stopped, peeked and flown by.πŸ˜ŠπŸŒΊπŸ¦‹

P.S. Wrote this for 100 follows on my blog, couldn’t post it though but trust me I was as happy as I am at this very moment. πŸ€—

Have a good day & Stay blessed!

Cheers!!

Samreen

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Chicken Nihari

#nihari #foodblog

Nihari is one of the most relished and delightful dish of Old Delhi.

The word “Nihari” comes from the Arabic work “Nahar” meaning morning. Historically, it is said that the dish was originally consumed by Nawabs in the Mughal Empire after their morning prayers. Its origin dates back to 17th  to 18th century.

Precisely, it is a stew-based dish prepared by slow cooking meat with bone marrow.

Well, to let you know, Am eating Nihari since my childhood but while writing this blog, I get to know of its origin. πŸ˜€

Most of you must be knowing the recipe well, here is my attempt to it. It’s mostly made with red meat but as we prefer to eat chicken more, I am making it with the same.

Let’s get started πŸ™‚

Nihari Masala:

You can always use readymade of any good brand but I like it homemade.

Ingredients:

Peppercorns – 1 tsp

Black cardamom- 1 piece

Green cardamom- 4 to 5

Cinnamon- 2 inch piece

Cloves- 10 to 15 pieces

Bay leaves- 4 to 5 leaves

Mace- 2 pieces

Dry pomegranate seeds- 1 tsp

Nutmeg- 1/4th tsp

Fennel seeds- 1 tbsp

Coriander seeds- 1 tbsp

Cumin seeds- 1 tsp

Ginger powder- 1 tbsp

Red chilly powder- 1 tbsp

Kashmiri red chilly powder or paprika powder – 1 tbsp

Coriander powder- 1 tbsp

Turmeric powder- 1 tsp

Salt- 1 tbsp or as per your taste

Preparation:

1. Leaving aside all the powdered spices, grind all the other ingredients into a fine powder.

2. Add all the powdered spices and mix well. This masala can be stored in an air-tight container for a long time.

** Above quantity of ingredients will yield you much more than required for the recipe. You an always store it for your next use.

Nihari Recipe

Ingredients required:

Chicken- 1 kg

Onion- 2 large-sized, finely sliced

Tomato- 2 large-sized, roughly sliced

Lemon juice- 1 to 2 tbsp or as required

Turmeric powder- 1/4th tsp

Red chilly powder- 1/2 tsp

Dry roasted Cumin seed powder- 1 tbsp

Salt- 1 tsp or you can always adjust as per your taste

Ginger garlic paste- 2 tbsp

Wheat flour- 2 tbsp

Ginger julienne cut- 1 tbsp

Green chillies –  3 to 4 finely cut

Coriander leaves- a small bunch

Cooking oil- 1 cup (Nihari requires a bit more oil)

Method:

1. Wash the chicken and keep it dipped in water and salt (1/2 tsp) for about 10 to 15 minutes.

2. In a pressure cooker, add the Sliced onions, ginger garlic paste, sliced tomatoes, salt, Turmeric powder, roasted Cumin seeds powder, red chilly powder, Nihari Masala powder (half of the masala you have prepared), lemon juice and oil.

2. Mix everything well and add about 100 ml of water. Pressure cook till 2 to 3 whistles or until the onion and tomato blend well together on a high flame.

3. Now add the chicken, mix well and again pressure cook for 2 whistles. If you find the need of adding little more water, if it has been dried up, do add about half a cup more and then pressure cook. Flame should be high.

4. Open the lid of the cooker and on a high flame continue to mix and stir well.

5. Add ginger juliennes, green chilly and Coriander leaves.

6. Add 1 to 2 tsp Nihari Masala and Mix well (taste your gravy, if it’s already spicy then avoid adding more). After 2 minutes, add wheat flour and stir everything well to avoid lumps.

7. The water released by the chicken should be completely dried up and oil should come to the surface. The chicken should be tender enough. Keep stirring otherwise the Masala/gravy will burn. The chicken in Nihari is very soft and tender.

8. Lastly, add water according to the consistency you prefer. It’s neither very thick nor runny. Around 250 to 300 ml water would be enough. The gravy thickens further when kept for a while. Keeping the flame slow now, cover and cook for another 8 to 10 minutes.

** If you find the gravy runny, add more wheat flour and if thick, add water.

9. Your Nihari is ready, garnish with ginger, Coriander, lemon and green chillies.

***You can add a tempering of butter at the time of serving the dish as it enhances its flavor more.

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Human

#poetry #haiku #senryu

Contented, benign

Destitute yet heart to give

 A human, really??

In our contemporary world, the lion’s share of us ‘people’ live by the principle of give and take. A rare sight it is to see someone not abiding this rule. Compassion is on the verge of extinction and lie embedded in books just like another 3 syllable word.

The very essence has been lost or to say will be lost in the years to come. Even relationships are not forgiven, they do get washed away in the rain of avariciousness.

To be kind, you don’t require to dissipate a million dollars (as it does not proportionate to being one) instead just an illumination of hope, a word of sobriety, a pat of appreciation, an anchor in times of a hurricane, tears of sympathy, a medicine in illness, a shelter in a squall and a heart to give and take love, for this verily should be the foremost mode of transaction amongst us beings.

Money doesn’t buy happiness but an act of kindness does. 😊

Just leave aside your perspective of material gains for a while, just love, live and give. πŸŒΊπŸ¦‹βœ¨

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The Resolute You

#poetry #tanka

Dark forces lurking

Zillions of dreams buried deep

 Warblers dwelled and flew

 Heyday, fall fell, leaves fluttered

 Yet I stand tall, resolute

Life is all about ebb and flow. Some days are good, some even better but again many a times worst days happen to cross you by.

Neither happiness is forever nor are sorrows. Neither is life a bed of roses nor a bed of thorns. It is somewhere in between and that “somewhere” is hidden. It’s up to us how and where to explore that treasure which is the secret of a happy and contended life and the one who owns this emerge victorious.

So, be the “Indiana Jones” of your own life and unearth your treasure chest.

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Silent Valediction

A chapter, an era and a phase of merriment, playfulness, innocence ends only to start a new journey of responsibilities, love, trust and hope.

Every girl has to sail through this voyage but that era is never forgotten and remain etched out beautifully in your heart, forever.

I dedicate this small piece of my writing to all of you women out there, we do shed a sea of emotions during our “Bidai/Rukhsati” (Farewell) as we call it but rarely we vocalize. Here I have tried to attempt the same, for the first time. Hope you find it relatable with your own experiences.

Holding me in your arms for the first time

To giving me off to someone and sublime

Why is this mandatory, I wonder

To cleave your heart and surrender

Silent tears of departure started flowing by

Since the day you engaged me to this unknown guy

How will I live without you and survive

Oh you my mother, how will I even thrive

Myriads of memoirs I have in every nook and corner of this home

One day, I will fill a thousand pages and create a tome

Who would wake me up yelling every morning

Who would tolerate my unnecessary wittering

Looking at the faces of my siblings

Oh without you, how would I be anything

To be a constant woodpecker and annoying

How will I be nudging and enjoying

A day before my wedding farewell

A tsunami generated within my shell

When you, my mother, wrapped your arms around me and cried inaudibly

Pretending to be asleep, I was choked and encumbered in melancholy

Escorting me to my palanquin

And bidding me adieu like a queen

Leaving behind a vast past untold

I embarked on a journey to unfold.

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MIRAGE

#poetry

I saw a garden of roses

Exquisitely red, filled with aromatic doses

Earth had adorned a velvet sheet, it appeared

Gazing at their beauty, my worries disappeared

Calmly they stood reflecting their poise

They talked and laughed but no noise

The lights of the sun fell on their beautiful petals

Refracting the light, the dews collected on every sepal

Defying gravity, drops stood still

Low energy they possessed, at their will

They swayed passively in the breeze

conversing actively and none disagrees

I dashed into that garden enchanted

To be one of them and my wishes granted

Hurriedly I ran, fell but again stood up

But the distance never seemed to sum up

The nearer I approached, the farther it went

And no where on the way, I could smell its scent

Tired, I stopped and gasped for air

In front of me, my illusion lay bared

Wanderlust, I was chasing and my dreams sabotaged

Nothing it was, but a MIRAGE.

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Sugar

#haiku #poetry

Sugar coated words

Melts your heart and you fall prey

Later you wake up

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Mirror

#poetry #haiku #lifelesson

Mirror speaks volume

Gone never comes back to you

No elixir works

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Smoky Chicken

#chickenrecipe #indianrecipe #foodblog

Chicken pieces laden with creamy yogurt sauce/gravy with a hint of Smoke immersed.

First chicken recipe it is that I am sharing with you all. In fact, this is actually the first one I learnt that came out scrumptious.

You can make this with bone pieces as well as boneless.

Do give it a try, I am sure you will love it as much as I do! !

So, ok, without further ado, let’s begin and devour πŸ˜‹

Ingredients required:

Chicken – 1/2 kg

Yogurt – 1 cup (total)

                2 tablespoons for marination

                1/2 cup for gravy

                Remaining for garnishing

Onion- 1 large finely chopped (for gravy)

             1 large cut in rings (for garnishing)

Green chilly- 3-4

Cream – 3-4 tablespoons for gravy

               1-2 teaspoons for garnishing

Ginger garlic paste – 2 teaspoons

Cumin seeds- 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder- 1/2 teaspoon

Coriander powder- 2 teaspoons

Red chilly powder- 1 teaspoon

Garam masala /all spice powder – 3/4 teaspoon

Coal- 1 piece

Salt to taste

Oil (any vegetable refined oil) – 2-3 tablespoons

METHOD:

Step 1: Cut the chicken breast into small/large pieces as per your choice and apply a tablespoon of yogurt and marinate it for 10 to 15 minutes.

Step 2: Heat oil and to it add chopped onions and ginger garlic paste. Fry until onions changes color (do not let the onions get brown) and the raw smell of ginger garlic goes off.

Step 3: Add chicken pieces, Cumin seeds and fry on high flame till the chicken starts changing color and becomes light golden.

Step 4: Now goes in Turmeric powder, Coriander powder, Red chilly powder, garam masala and salt. Fry for a few seconds while stirring continuously on medium flame.

Step 5: Add yogurt. Remember to keep stirring while adding yogurt and keep the flame low. Then cover and cook until oil comes to the surface.

Step 6: Lastly, add cream. Just a few seconds more to let the cream mix well into the gravy.

 How to get that Smoky flavor?

Step 1: Heat a piece of coal making it red hot.

Step 2: Transfer the chicken into an oven proof dish and put onion rings, green chilly, yogurt and cream over it.

Step 3: Take a piece of aluminum foil and place and press it firmly onto the chicken gravy and put the coal on it.

Step 4: Pour a teaspoon of ghee or oil on the red hot coal and at once you will notice smoke coming out. Quickly cover it with a plate or tray such that smoke doesn’t escape and keep it covered until all the smoke settles down.

And your Smoky yogurt chicken is ready to devour. πŸ˜€

**At the time of serving, you can bake it in a pre-heated oven for about 5 to 10 minutes.

Enjoy!! 😊

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The Last Goodbye

Some regrets are unfathomable and resides with you for your entire lifetime. I also have one deepest remorse that stays with me and forever will, since my childhood. It was around this time two decades back, when my father left us. He was in good health, just little issues for which he was leaving along with my mother. We (my sister and I) were asked to stay back. And that stubborn little child which I used to be, I chose not to look at him in angst, when he was bidding adieu, never ever to return.

I was standing there indignant on an uphill

Wearing a white dress, gazing standstill

He called my name as he walked

But poignant me stood there balkedΒ 

Little did I know what I was going to taste in the very near future

 Adamant I stood in my own thoughts and conjectures

I saw him going and reaching till the car

How would I be knowing he will go that far

He wasn’t taking me along was my mere complain

But, may be, leaving us to stay with our known was the real mundane

For once I thought to yell hard and say stop! Daddy, don’t go

But the obstinate me decided to only let the anger flow

Smiling mischievously he waved his hand and said bye, we are leaving

And I turned my back disbelieving

I wanted to turn and look at you for once

But I don’t know why, I was in a trance

The last goodbye you bid

Shattering us into pieces, oh where you did hid

If I would know you would fade away

In a week, on the coming Saturday

I would have hugged you and never let you go off

But this is what, is life’s payoff

It leaves you with unanswered questions

To unfold in layers by your true and worthy actions

I will regret this my whole life and sigh

What if once, only for once I would have turned and bid you my last good bye

But the time and moments gone you can never rectify and repeat

However, it leaves a void incomplete.