Doha delight! Clean n elegant n yum smoothie!

This smoothies is full with the goodness of dates and many other yum surprises. Great change to your regular smoothies.

Ingredients –

1 Cup of Ajwa dates -deseeded

2 Cups of Chilled/frozen water

2 Cups of full fate milk

1/4 Cup white sugar

4 Tbsps of Vanilla essence

1/2 Cup puck cream

Method –

You need to burn mildly 2-3 dates on low flame for few seconds before adding to mix. This will give a mild caramel flavor.

1- Take a mixi blender jar.

2- Pour in cream along with sugar, vanilla essence and dates.

3- Now grind them for good one minute on highest speed.

4- Now add in water and milk.

5- Blend for one minute.

6- Pour in freezes glasses and serve immediately.

7- If you make and freeze it, 60% taste will be gone because dates content swells fast.

समास तुरंत याद हो जाएँगे। Easy trick to remember samaas.

Just go through this chart, read it carefully few times and give exam like pro.

ये समास का चार्ट कुछ बार अच्छी तरह से समझ के पढ़िए और बिलकुल ज्ञानी व्यक्ति की तरह समास रट लेंगे। सारी व्याख्या दी गई है।

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The hidden gem recipe for bedmi(puri/kachori).

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It was invented in Aligarh/Agra region and later on Delhi halwayi community adopted it whole heartedly.

Bedmi puri/kachori was basically in the first placed used to called by the name of ALSAN kachori means lazy puri/kachori.

Once we had a function in home and one halwayi suggested to make alsan kachori. He said everybody names it Bedmi but it is actually Alsan kachori.

So to make those kurkuri puri/kachoris, one needs to put quite hard preparations as well.

You need to soak green moong ki split dal and split urad ki dal in lukewarm water mixed with heeng and ajwain in a clothes potli for 6-8 hours.

After that washing the dals until all covers or chilkas are separated. Now these two dals has to be dried well for 10-12 hours.

Now fry on lowest heat in desi ghee until they become lightest brown.

Next part is to cool them down and grind them as very fine powder.

Measurement is as follows –

4 cups of whole wheat flour

1 Cup of all purpose flour

1/2 Cup of besan

1 Cup of bedmi powder

1 Cup of boiled potatoes paste(pithi)

2 Tbsp powdered ajwain

1 Tbsp heeng

2 Tbsp salt

1 Cup desi ghee

2 Cups of hot water

Method – Mix desi ghee, ajwain powder, salt and heeng into hot water and whisk it very well. Mix in bedmi powder along with boiled potato. Mix for 4-5 minutes.Leave for 30-40 minutes.

Now add flours and start kneading. You need to make it semi tight kind of the dough. Leave aside for one hour minimum before start making the bedmis/alsan kachori.

हमारी आज़ादी के उच्च शिक्षित अगुआ नेता, दाँडी यात्रा और मधुकर उपाध्याय।

हिंदी भाषा के अपने छात्रों को गाँधी जी की यात्रा के बारे में पढ़ाते हुए कई बार मुझे अपने रोंगटे खड़े होते महसूस होते हैं। क़रीब पचास हज़ार लोगों का जनसैलाब, अँधेरी रात में माही नदी को पार करते हुए और हज़ारों गाँव वाले हाथों में दिए लिए हुए उन आज़ादी के मतवालों को रास्ता दिखाते हुए जो सरदार पटेल जी की एक पुकार पर नमक का क़ानून तोड़ने के लिए चले आए थे। दाँडी यात्रा को सरदार पटेल शुरू करने वाले थे पर अचानक निषेधाज्ञा शुरू होने पर उनको जेल जाना पड़ा.

क्या समय रहा होगा? कितने साफ़ दिल की भीड़ रही होगी, ऊपर से गाँधी जी की ज़िद की पैदल ही चल के ये ४०० किलोमीटर की यात्रा पूरी  करूँगा क्यूँकि यह तो धर्म यात्रा है. मधुकर उपाध्याय जी ने जब इस विषय पर लेख लिखने की सोची तो उन्होंने सोचा कि क्यूँ ना मैं खुद दाँडी यात्रा करके उस ऐतिहासिक यात्रा को महसूस करूँ फिर उसके बाद ये लेख लिखूँ? इस तरह से खुद एक बेहद लम्बी यात्रा करके मधुकर उपाध्याय जी ने एक बेमिसाल रचना लिख डाली – “दिए जल उठे”. जिसको सालों से कक्षा नौ (सीबीएससी)केबच्चे पढ़ते चले आ रहे हैं। स्वाधीनता संग्राम की विशेष बात यह भी रही शायद की हमारे प्रमुख अगुआ नेता बहुत कुलीन घरानों के थेऔर विदेशों में बेहद मेहनत से वकालत सरीखी ऊँची डिग्रीयाँ हासिल करके आए थे। वरना इन ब्रितानी हुक्मरानों में से कोई भी किसी भी स्थानीय नेता के दबाव में दबने वाला नहीं था। इन अंग्रेज़ो के सामने उच्च स्तरीय व उच्च वर्गीय नेताओं की एक ऐसी मज़बूत पंक्ति खड़ी हो गई थी जो ना दबने वाली ना पीछे हटने वाली थी। हमारी आज़ादी उन मेहनती नेताओं की बदौलत आयी थी जिन्होंने महीनों लम्बी पानी के जहाज़ों वालीयात्राएँ करके एक मुक़ाम हासिल किया था और हमारे पूर्वजों ने ऐसे ऐसे मेधावी नेता चुने थे और उनको आज़ादी के आंदोलन कीबागडोर सौंपी थी। उस बेहद उच्च शिक्षित वर्ग के संस्कारी नेताओं के तारीफ़ ऐ काबिल जज़्बे को सलाम जिसकी बदौलत हमको हमारे स्वतंत्र  देश में साँस लेते हुए पैदा होने का सम्मान मिला. जय हिंद जय भारत। 

भारत दर्शन, हिन्दी भाषा और अंग्रेज़ी भाषा सीखने की सार्थकता।

अभी कुछ देर पहले अपने छात्रों को एक श्रुतलेख देते हुए मैंने एक हिंदी के गाइड से एक अनुच्छेद पढ़ा। उसमें एक महाशय हिन्दी भाषीयों के  ज़्यादा हिन्दी लेखकों की किताबें ना ख़रीद कर पढ़ने की आदत पर अपनी कुंठा से परिपूर्ण भड़ास निकाल रहे थे। यहाँ तक कि उन्होंने हिंदी के लेखकों की दुर्दशा को म्यांमार और इंडोनेशिया से भी नीचे का बता दिया। बहुत हैरानी सी हुई की बच्चों को हिन्दी की गाइड्स के  द्वारा क्या क्या सिखाया जा रहा है। जबकि हक़ीक़त कितनी ज़्यादा अलग है। आप ऑनलाईन किंडल एडिशन पर मुंशी प्रेमचंद जी के उपन्यास ख़रीद कर आराम से पढ़ सकते हैं। नित नए लेखक उभर कर सामने आ ही रहे हैं और लगातार अपने बेहतरीन लेख निजी ब्लॉग के माध्यम से खूब प्रकाशित कर रहे हैं। जितने पुराने लेखक या फिर नए लेखक नए ज़माने के हिसाब से खुद को ढाल रहे हैं उन तक युवा या मध्यम उम्र के पाठक आराम से पहुँच रहे हैं।

रही बात अंग्रेज़ी भाषा को ज़्यादा महत्व देने की तो वसुधैव कुटुम्बकम के इस ग्लोबलायिजड दुनिया में अगर सिर्फ़ हिन्दी भाषा को ही महत्व  देने से कैसे काम चलेगा? अब तो युवा वर्ग का एक पैर भारत में तो एक पैर विदेशी कंपनीयों के काम काज या फिर सैर सपाटे में ही गुजरता है। अगर पूरे विश्व की सिर्फ़ एक भाषा हो जाए अंग्रेज़ी तो बुराई ही क्या है? अब अगर आप तुर्की की यात्रा पर गए और इस्तांबुल में चौराहे पर खड़े होके कुछखाने के लिए ढूँढ रहे हैं तो क्या सिर्फ़ हिन्दी भाषा से काम चल जाएगा? तो फिर आप सिर्फ़ अपने घर में हिन्दी में या कोई भी अन्य लोकल भाषा सीख कर कहीं जाइए ही नहीं। कुएँ के मेढक बन के बैठे रहिए। तो फिर अंग्रेज़ी को भला बुरा कहने से अच्छा है की उदारता से अंग्रेज़ी सीखी जाए और इस्तेमाल भी की जाए।साथ में अपनी भाषा को भी बराबर सम्मान दिया जाए। हिंदी दिवस का इंतेज़ार का करके रोज़मर्रा में अपनी खुद की भाषा को भी इस्तेमाल किया जाए।

बात सिर्फ़ लोकल भाषा के लिए वोकल होने की नहीं है। माता पिता लोगों को आजकल अपने बच्चों को पूरा देश या फिर चलो कुछ प्रमुखशहर भी ज़रूर ही दिखाने चाहिएँ। मेरी उड़ीसा, बंगलुरु, मुंबई, मैसूर और जम्मू कश्मीर देखने की बहुत इच्छा थी। पर कभी जा नहीं पाई।आज भी कसक उठती है। जब तक भारत में रही हमेशा व्यस्त ही रही, मुझको समय निकाल कर अपना देश घूम लेना चाहिए था। चलोअब कभी अपने जाऊँगी तो कुछ शहर घूमने ज़रूर जाऊँगी 

Online things we can buy for our elderly family members!

Recently my close friend Geetika Singhal told me that how she arranged a musical keyboard and computer class for her parents in Mumbai. Her father wished to learn some music and Aunty wanted some self access to the Skype. Geetika searched online, arranged two home tutor through online tuitions. Of course her parents medical assistant is well educated enough to switch one Zoom classes on the laptop for Uncle and Aunty.

This is unique and wonderful way we can actually do a log for our parents. So here is a list of things we can do for our parents.

1- Zomato – This father’s day I sent cake n pizza to my parents in Moradabad through Zomato. It was a contactless delivery due to pandemic.

2- Groceries – Currently we can order fresh produces like dairy, fruits, vegetables and meat n eggs through in major metro cities only but it is also such a great idea. Isn’t it?

3- Electric blankets – They help a lot actually. These are easily available online and not very expensive as well.

4- Massagers – Feet massagers, shoulder massagers and body massaging chairs are best gifts for the parents. Trust me one good body massaging chair(if you can really afford) is one of the best thing to gift.

6- Almond powder and dates – This option is good if your parents are in need of immediate good proteins. Almond powder is available in organic options too. Dates are good if your elder ones are not diabetic.

7- Medicated socks – These are one of the best buys. First I bought for myself from a pharmacy in London and I felt so good that I bought few pairs for my family persons as well. They keep providing strong muscle support to feet and you feel less tired even after long walks. Great buys.

8- Magazines – Yes! There are many websites including magzterdotcom which provides all major magazines online with very nominal yearly fees. So basically it is a everyday read material for those who love to read on regular basis.

9- Newspaper link – Providing all major newspapers links to your parent to go through online and that is too free is an amazing idea! Isn’t it? I keep reading Jagran, Amarujala alongwith TOI online myself too.

10- Gardening equipments and appliances – Once my sister in law was struggling with her old toaster as well as a good garden sprinkler cum water pipe and I thought of buying her a 4 slicer toaster and garden pipe. She felt so great as her life is somehow much easier now.

11- Medical services/house-helpers/security – With all kind of registered online help available now a days, you can get a good assistant for your parents with verified background. No worries. My student’s mommy got two licensed armed security guards, one medical assistant and one house help for her parents living in a bungalow from online sources. All verified and reliable agency keeps changing them time to time.

If we can do a lot for our elderly close ones, we might be teaching few things indirectly to our coming generations. Isn’t it?

Omani pilaf (Pulao) – Forgotten recipe!

Omani pilaf(pulao) is a forgotten delicacy now a days. I had it first in Muscat during my official picnic. One of our Palestine boss bought this in a pool party. He also suggested that it is a forgotten recipe. This pulao was famous as Miskin pulao( means poor people biryani).

The basic concept story about this recipe was that in ancient time people had access to spices due to sea traders but use of fresh vegetables or very fresh meat was quite rare. They used to make fragrant rice often and adding pulses was a common practice too.

Quite easy to make but few things to keep in mind if you really wish to have a very fragrant pilaf(pulao).

For making 4-5 people’s patter –

Ingredients –

6 Cups of basmati rice

2 Cups of chana dal or black masoor dal

1 Cup desi ghee

1/2 cup mix of one cinnamon stick, 6-8 green cardamoms(smashed), 4-6 black cloves, 1 Tbsp black pepper powder, Salt according to taste

2 Cups of thick curd mixed with 2-4 Tbsps dry mint leaves powder, 6-8 fresh garlic paste

Water – to the same level of ingredients

Method –

1- Wash mix of dal and rice very well and soak for 20-30 minutes.

2- In a 5 ltrs cooker (we need more steam so big cooker), heat it on high flame, lower flame and add desi ghee. Let it melt quickly.

3- Strain the rice and dal mix very well.

4- Now add all dry spices mix to melted n warm desi ghee and fry for few seconds only.

5- Now add dal and rice mix and increase the flame.

6- Keep frying the rice and dal for 3-4 minutes on high flame.

7- Now add curd mix.

8- Fry again for 2 minutes.

9- Add water to the mixture and increase little water if you can see the rice. Bit not too much.

10- Let this boil n bubble.

11- Close the lid and take 3 whistles on high flame and 1 whistle on low flame.

12- Open it after one hour only.

13- Serve with fresh mint n curd raita.

My eldest Mamaji – Mr. Ashok Gupta

He is my eldest Mamaji – Ashok Kumar Gupta Ashok. If I am into story writing, blogging and frequent social interactions, all credit goes to him. He got retired from Hindu College as an English subject professor. Big happy heart and very soft spoken. He is the one who made me brave and outspoken. Although my all Mamajis used to call me Queen Victoria! But during Buckingham Palace’s personal visit only I came to know that I am same height like Queen Victoria and her gown looked like mine as well.😁
I had a great childhood because of my all Mamajis. They all loved kids a lot. But my Ashok Mamaji used to visit us, alongwith having evening tea and snacks,he used to read what I was writing. Appreciating and encouraging me by giving dairies. I had 3-4 exclusive dairies from him and few pens as well.
Mangoes we used to had in ample quantity because of my Dinesh Agarwal Mamaji. But watermelons part was of Ashok Mamaji. Red or yellow ones but always ultra sweet they used to be.
He had that offwhite lambretta scooter and we 5 kids used to sit on that alongwith him. (Me and his daughter Soni used to stand in front of him and rest kids on the back side. 😁😜
His home was called Civil lines ki kothi or Civil Lines only. We are going kothi or civil lines. Our Mami ji was a school teacher and we used to take turn to fill his ultra big water cooler. After having water melon wth black salt, sleeping like dragons or dinosaurs on his double bed in chilled air of cooler was kind of memory itself.🥶
Our kids will never have that kind of fruitful childhood for sure. We had no idea, how blessed we were actually. God bless you Mamaji.