Just another lousy sunday when I felt like doing nothing apart from resting my a** on the couch and watching the idiot box (“TV”). Was surfing the channels and happen to stop at some bangla cookery show. The chef was showing how to cook a Bengali fish fry which is also popularly called as the machh bhaja in West Bengal. Looking at the preparation my mouth started watering and got the craving to eat something really spicy and tasty. I didn’t want to eat the regular sunday lunch once again as it was already 6:30 in the evening. Since my family members had stepped out for shopping, I decided to cook something for myself.
After entering the kitchen I was confused as what to prepare and the only thing I could find in front of my eyes was Maggi.
So it took me 15 mins in the kitchen and i was back on my couch with a cup of hot filter coffee and spicy Schezwan Tomato Noodles.
Schezwan Tomato Noodles
Looks yummy right???
Though it couldn’t stop the craving i had for the machh bhaja but for the time being had sufficed my hunger. I’ll quickly share with you the recipe and preparation if you want to try it out. Just kidding. It’s just the regular Maggi preparation with addition of soy sauce, vinegar, bottled schezwan sauce, tomato puree and green chillies in it. Finally garnished with some fresh coriander and cheeslings. A simple preparation for a spicy Schezwan Tomato Noodles.
Hey if you have an interesting recipe for noodles do share with me.
Ganapati Bappa Moriya!!!
Like every year this year also Bappa showered his blessing on our family by giving us a chance to welcome him and take care of him during the Ganesh Chaturthi festival.
Ganesha is the son of Shiva and Parvati. This festival is carried out to celebrate the birth of Ganesha. It is celebrated all over India, mainly in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Goa and Andra Pradesh. Ganesha is worshipped as the god of good fortune, wisdom and prosperity. His favorite food is Modak (will write about it later).
In early days, Ganesh Chaturthi was restricted only to Brahmin’s families. But Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak one of india’s well-known social reformers and freedom fighter changed this and started the Sarvajanik Ganesh Chaturthi Maha Utsav. He did this to get people closer to each other and eradicate caste differences. Since then the Sarvajanik Ganesh Chaturthi Maha Utsav is celebrated with great joy and happiness. People start their preparation 2 months in advance. Ganesh clay idols are being custom-made with various colors and different poses. Mandaps or pandals are setup at various localities and are decorated with flowers and lights. At some places you might also see theme based decoration. An individual also decorates his home to welcome the lord. This festival is celebrated for 10 days and on the 11th day the Ganesh idol is immersed in the sea, river or a lake. This is a ritual to see off the lord on his journey back home. People gather in numbers during this process of seeing off the lord. They sing, dance and chant “Ganapati Bappa Moriya, Pudachya Varshi Lavkar Ya” (this means: Lord Ganesha, visit us quickly next year). This entire process is call Ganesh Visarjan.
Once the idol is immersed there is a lot of emotions among people and a new hope of prosperity, good fortune and waiting for welcoming the lord once again.
Ganapati Bappa Moriya!!!
Tired of not keeping well…. It’s just not me
Need some fresh air, fresh water, fresh thoughts….
Feels like going for a long drive (no traffic and smooth roads) with music of my choice, stop by a lakeside, relax, take a refreshing dip….
Unwind myself and get rejuvenated…