Let us improve our demands to Indian politicians.

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१- क्या आपने पूरे इंडिया में किसी राजयपाल को मुख्यमंत्री के काम में हस्तक्षेप करते देखा है जितना की दिल्ली में दिल्ली के उपराजयपाल टांग अड़ाते रहते हैं.

२- क्यों पूरे इंडिया में सरकारी स्कूलों में दिल्ली के सरकारी स्कूलों की तरह बायोमेट्रिक सिस्टम नहीं लगाए जा रहे हैं? ताकि शिक्षक सही समय पर आके पूरा समय बच्चो के विकास पर व्यतीत करें?

३- नेताओं के ऊपर सवाल उठाये जाते हैं, उनकी शिक्षा की डिग्रीयों पर आवाज क्यों नहीं उठायी जा रही है?

४- चुनाव आयोग को चाहिए की जिस तरह हर सरकारी नौकरी करने वाले की डिग्रीयों की जांच करवाई जाती है उसी तरह इन नेताओं की डिग्रीयों और आपराधिक रिकार्ड्स की भी जांच होनी चाहिए.

५- जिस नेता के ऊपर २ से ज्यादा गंभीर आपराधिक व् वित्तये अनियमितता मामले दर्ज हों उनको चुनाव न लड़ने दिया जाये.

६- मोदी सरकार की बुराई करने वालों से एक सवाल है. क्या आपने हाल के वर्षों में असमी हिन्दुओं के ऊपर कोई अत्याचार की घटना सुनी है? क्या आपने मुजफ्फरनगर के दंगे क्यों हुए थे उसकी सच्चाई जानने की जरुरत महसूस की है?

७- उत्तर प्रदेश में योगी जी बहुत बुरे लग रहे होंगे सबको. यादव परिवार के अरबों के बालू खनन के बारे में गूगल करके देखिये. आपको कई दिनों तक नींद नहीं आएगी.

८- अम्बानी परिवार की बेटी व् बेटे की शादी के विडिओ देखे होंगे आपने. जेवर साफ़ दिख रहा है. कभी लालू यादव, मुलायम सिंह, अमित शाह के परिवार के शादी के समारोहों इतने साफ़ फोटो दिखाए हैं मीडिया वालों ने?

९- मीडिया बिकी हुयी है, इनकी मदद से ही आम आदमी को बेवकूफ बनाके कोई न कोई फिर से कुर्सी पे बैठेगा.

१०- इन नेताओं से अब सरकारी कूड़ादान मांगो, अपने घर के आगे मांगो, उसको समय पे उठवाने और उस कूड़े का सही निस्तारण मांगो.

११ इन नेताओं को मजबूर करो की केवल पढ़े लिखे व् ईमानदार कैंडिडेट्स को चुनाव में उतारें.

१२- अगर किसी नेता का बच्चा चुनाव के मैदान में है पार्टी के टिकट से उसको वोट मत दो. भगा दो और जमानत तक जब्त करवा दो.

१३- आम आदमी पार्टी अगर प्राइवेट स्कूल्ज को फीस न बढ़ाने और बढ़ी हुयी फीस वापस करने पर बाध्ये कर सकती है तो मुंबई सरकार ये क्यों नहीं कर सकती जहाँ कई नामचीन प्राइवेट स्कूल्ज अरबों रुपए कमा रहे हैं. क्यूंकि सारे फ़िल्मी सितारे और उद्योगपति अपने बच्चे उन्ही दो तीन स्कूलों में पढ़ाते हैं.

१४- अगर गोवा की सरकार पेट्रोल पे सब्सिडी दे सकती है तो बाकी सरकारें क्यों नहीं दे सकती?

१५- इन सारे नेताओं से कहो की अगर अपने परिवार के लोगों को बढ़ावा देना बंद करोगे तभी बात आगे बढ़ेगी. वरना जाओ भाड़ में.

१६- हमारा सवा सौ करोड़ लोगों का देश है, हमको सिर्फ १०००० ईमानदार व् बेहद वादे लिखे लोगों को चुनना है जो हमारे देश को तरक्की के रस्ते पर आगे ले जाएँ. चाहें वो गरीब हों, किसी भी जाति के हों और किसी भी धरम के हों.

१७- अगर आज १०० मुस्लिम एक्सपोर्टर्स मिलके तय कर लें की गरीब मुस्लिमों के बच्चो के लिए फ्री टेक्निकल यूनिवर्सिटी बनानी है तो मुस्लिम गरीब तबके के बच्चे भी आगे बढ़ सकते हैं. पर न तो ये बड़े बड़े फ़िल्मी स्टार्स कुछ करते हैं न ये अमीर नेता न उद्योगपति. क्यूंकि गरीबो के बच्चों ने ही तो इनके मुरादाबादी कारखानों में लोटे घिसने हैं और भदोही में कालीन बनाने हैं. वोही हाल इन हिन्दू नेताओं का है जो बड़े बड़े उद्योगपति हैं और अब नेता बन गए हैं.

१८- अमरीका के लोग प्राकृतिक संसाधनों के बचाव के लिए लड़ाई लड़ रहे हैं, हमसे अपनी गंगा नदी के उत्थान के लिए नहीं लड़ा जाता. एक जुट होके इन नेताओं से सवाल जवाब होना चाहिए. इनको बढ़ए करना चाहिए की खुली प्रेस कॉन्फ्रेंस में गांव के लोगों को आदिवासिओं को उनकी शिकायतों को सुनें.

१९- जो लोग कहते हैं की गैस पहुंचाई, बिजली पहुंचाई उनसे ये पूछो की जो रह गए उनको पहुंचाई हैं न. उनसे पहले २०१४ तक जिनके पास गैस और बिजली थी उनको किसने पहुंचाई थी?

२०- भारत एक परमाणु शक्ति है, ये अभी चार साल में नहीं हुआ है, केरल में सौ प्रतिशत साक्षरता है, ये भी अभी चार साल में नहीं हुआ है, हरित क्रांति, संचार क्रांति, श्वेत क्रांति अभी चार साल में नहीं हुई थीं.भारत में कितने इंजीनियरिंग और मेडिकल कॉलेजेस हैं अगर उनको गिनने बैठोगे तो जो देश भर में आई टी आई और राज्ये स्तर के पॉलिटेक्निक्स का विशद जाल बिछा हुआ उनको भी भूल जाओगे. पॉलिटेक्निक के डिप्लोमा होल्डर इंजिनीयर्स भी बाद में खुद को डिग्री होल्डर बनाने के कई एक्साम्स दे सकते हैं. हमारे देश में शिक्षा विभाग कितना उच्च स्तर का है सब पढ़े लिखे जानते हैं. सं १९५१ में सबसे पहला आई आई टी खुल गया था हमारे यहाँ.

२१- हमारे पास कांग्रेस शासन में बना सेटेलाइट केंद्र इसरो है तो हमारे पास आरअसअस संचालित सरस्वती शिशु मंदिरों जैसे संसथान भी हैं जहाँ मुस्लिम बच्चे भी पढ़ते हैं.

२२- नेताओं को गालियां देने से कुछ नहीं होगा. इनको बाध्ये करना होगा की हमको समय पर कूड़ा उठाने वाला चाहिए, सडकों पर गड्ढे नहीं चाहिए, हर दस हजार के लोगों की आबादी के लिए एक एम्बुलेंस चाहिए, बड़ी कम्पनिओं को जोर देके ये करवाना होगा की अपने मुनाफे का ५ प्रतिशत देश के विकास में लगाए. महिलाओं के लिए सुरक्षा सुनिश्चित करें. बलात्कार के केसों में १५ दिन के अंदर केस निपटा कर १६वें दिन बलात्कारी को फांसी दे दी जाये.

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Galwati kebabs most easiest way with chicken frankies.

Picture courtesy – Mrs. Yogita 

Most easiest way to make not so authentic galawati kebabs will add this recipe to your regular weekends/party menu for sure.

All you need is chicken frankies packet of 10.

Ingredients 

1- 10 Frankies on room temperature

2- 1/4 Cup cashews 

3- 1/4 Cup thick curd

4- 1 Cup fried fresh onions

5- 1 Tbsp garam masala

6- 1 Tsp green cardamom powder

7- 1 Tsp black pepper powder

8- 1 Tsp salt

9- 1 Tsp javitri(mace) powder

10- 1 Tsp fennel seeds powder

11- 1 Tsp black cardamom powder

12- 1/2 Tsp nutmeg powder

13- 1 Tsp cinnamon powder

14- 6 Big garlic cloves crushed

15- 2 Big green chillies finely chopped

16- 1/2 Cup mix of greens (coriander and mint)

Method 

1- Grind all into finest paste.

2- Take out in a bowl and mix well. 

3- Keep in Freezer for 5-10 minutes but optional.

4- Grease your palms heavily with melted desi ghee. 

5- Now put a very good quality non stick pan on lowest flame.

6- Start making small balls/tikkis and put on non-stick pan.

7- Start turning over after a while while dropping few drops of desi ghee in a while.

8- Let them be little dark golden brownish.

9- Serve with onions slices, mint chutney or garlic dip with rumali rotis. 

 

Dry plums and Afghani sabziwala bhaiya.

It was a lovely evening and finally Kutkut cane out with me to buy groceries and vegetables.

Basically going with him is quite an easy task but by the half way he starts realizing that while coming back how much weight he is going to carry due to my hyper active nature of shopping.

So we were inside a small vegetables shop owned by an happy heart Afghani vendor. After buying vegetables and fruits, I was about to step out and here it is a small carton of super black plums over ripen. Due to my heavy interest n passion I knew they are something good. I picked up one and rubbed it on my Zara leather jacket arm lightly and chomped. Voila it was super sweet.

And the moment I looked at Kutkut with proud eyes that I found such great plums he gave me flying sign on my backside. Half plum in my mouth I reverted to see both heavy weight Afghanis on my head with rolled eyes.

“Vo purana ho gaya hai!” First one said. “Main fenkne ja raha tha”. Second one admitted. And I was shocked. Third brother yelled from cash counter “bada dil dukhta hai cheezain barbad dekhte huye”. (1st Brother told me those plums are old, second one echoed that he was about to throw them and third one admitted that it is painful to threw them).

So basically it was ultra sweet and ultra soft plums heavy bag which we carried back to home. Kutkut kept giving me all bad looks for buying two kgs of those plums.

Washed and dried, now in a big tray I put those in drying mode of my oven. After two three days when they were ready I gave a big packet to Afghani brothers too. And we had something great to snack upon as well.

Let us make Simit(Turkish bread).

We had been to Istanbul(Turkey) this July 2018. Still we are missing the high quality fruits and street food along-with super clean city.

Made this local popular bread in Turkey, Simit several times on kids demand. It is an eggless bread, quite easy to make and very fluffy. Ingredients are also easily available in our own Indian kitchens.

So here is the recipe with few tricks –

Ingredients (For making 8-9 medium small Simits)

1- 3 Cups of all purpose flour

2- 1/4 Cup of semolina

3- 1 Tbsp dry yeast

4- 1 Tsp salt

5- 1/4 Cup vegetable oil.

6- 1 Tbsp desi ghee or butter

7- 2-4 Tbsp grated gur/jaggery or brown sugar

8- 1 Cup water for kneading the dough

9- 1/2 cup water for garnishing

10- 1/4 Cup sesame seeds

Method –

1- Mix refined oil and 1 cup water very well.

2- In a big bowl mix 3 cups of maida(all purpose flour), dry yeast, salt. Whisk it.

3- Pour in water n oil mix. Knead the dough for 5-8 minutes.

4- Keep aside covered for 2-3 hours.

5- Uncover and sprinkle little all purpose flour to knead again for a while.

6- Now divide the dough in 8 equal parts.

7- Make a long strong of dough ball. Double it, make a circle of it and close both ends to make a perfect circle. Make all and keep in a baking tray layered with wax paper.

8- Now boil 1/2 cup water and mix in jaggery. Take the sesame seeds in a plate too.

9- Start dipping each dough circle in the water from both sides and dab on the sesame seeds. Keep back in the baking tray. Make sure to keep all the simits little far away from each other.

10- Do not cover and let them be like that for 40-50 minutes to get proofed again.

11- Bake on middle tray for 25-35 minutes.

12- If they are golden brown. Take them out.

13- Tastes great with unsalted butter.

**The original recipe calls for molasses but I used gur/jaggery. It turned out great.

11 Tips to enjoy MIA Park bazar(every Friday & Saturday).

1- MIA park Bazar is upto April end each Friday & Saturday.Timings are around 12 pm to 8-9 pm. They are specific about opening and closing timings so please keep that in mind before stepping out. They rarely allow visitors in the cars as that time vendors downloading n uploading times are pre fixed. But you can park outside somewhere and walk in, maximum vendors setup their tables in before 12 Pm noon.So that way you might face bit of parking chaos there.

2- Wear flat shoes/sandals. Flipflops or sport shoes are best. It is a huge park with amazingly big parks and amazing scened ocean front.

3- Car parking issues make people to avoid this place so try to be early bird or relax yourself for a while. Try Karwa taxis or pool the cars with known ones. Just get down from taxi, enjoy the bazar and ride back in taxi. You are going to save lots of hassles of driving n parking by doing this. Best thing is to get down by the own car, start walking in and meanwhile the driving person can park somewhere and join the family in a while.

4- Take a mat, eatables and drinks with you. Plan a whole day outing as Museum of Islamic Arts is surrounded by sprawling green lawns, water bodies, ocean sides and considered one of the best n most beautiful place (museum) in the world maps. It is serene and magnificent. Kudos to the designers and implementors. It is like a true group meditation for a family. If you live in Qatar, this should be your weekend get away.

5- Keep a close eye on your kids while they go for playing around or to use the washrooms. MIA park got one washroom in the little forest side(interiors of the park) it remains open and another one in the museum itself which closes at 6.30 pm.

6- Keep few bucks extra in your pocket. Museum got only one ATM inside, near the restaurant. It closes at 6.30 pm. So better keep extra cash in wallet. All vendors sell at cash only. Prices are very lucrative and you will find lot many fashion accessories out of this world(trust me). If you are short of cash and really liked something, take the no. of vendor, pay them little advance and ask for home delivery or pick it up later from them or in the next bazar.

7- Suggest your kids to not to touch the tables displaying the stuff. They might cause damages to the small vendors unknowingly. Be particular about this. Lot many times kids keep sticky fingers on clothes etc which cause heavy damages to the vendors.

8- If you are a bachelors, avoid staring at female vendors or standing uselessly near the female buyers as well. If you have no intentions of buying keep walking and avoid clicking pictures or selfies near the females.It might land you in troubles as security people keep a very close eye on such things. If you are female visiting Qatar first time or MIA bazar first time, please respect the local culture and dress modestly.

9- Do not ask vendors to open multiple clothes or things from the wrappers if you have no intentions to buy. And please avoid giving false promises like keep it and I will come back to never return back. If you are honest with your buying, pay them little advance as well. It matters.

10- Take lot of water with you if you have longer stay in the MIA intended. Parks are huge and kids play a lot. They get thirsty as well. Little water bottles means you might end up buying water again n again.

11- Encourage grown up kids to accompany you. Visit the museum as well. Let them relax from the senior studies and get some fresh air. It will help them from reducing the stress too.

12- Any issues, you can reach the security guards for help. They are lot many and very helpful, active and sober. They all are well connected with each other via walkie talkies n mobiles. Always eager to listen and help out all. This makes bazar very safe and happy place for family outings.

Looking forward to welcome you all each weekend at MIA Park bazar at the beautiful n sprawling lush green lawns of Museum of Islamic Arts!

This amazing park bazar is free space for small home based vendors with free table, free two chairs and free electric sockets for lighting etc..

God bless our patrons with immense success and happiness in the life. Our heartiest gratitude to the Royals for being such a big heart and generous. God bless them. Hope they all know that how happy is their public and expats community.

Author sells beautifully handcrafted antique, metal, raisin and wooden handbags (clutches) at the park.

Late evening snacking for kids.

I take home tuitions for kids. Some kids are growing up fast being teenagers and some are on the way to become preteens.

Because I take two subjects in one go so after completing one subject, I give them snack break. Lot many times I serve cold coffee, cold drinks, squashes and mix ins. Same with snacks like biscuits or salties.

But I realized that kids actually want something filling and satisfying all the time. They want big portions and great taste. Which readymade biscuits or cold drinks never able to do.

When I started serving home made snacks, sweets and salties they all became very appreciative as well.

It was a high time for me to return to kitchen more seriously with several thoughts in mind to think about “what all can I make for them?”.

And winners was mathri, laddus and barfis. I agree little hard work but the results are immensely satisfying with jars full of snacks for few days.Kids are also happy.

Having few home made goodies in jars means you can be free from making rounds to the market too. Try it!

 

My favorite snacking list is –

1- Methi mathri

2- Suji laddus

3- Besan ki barfi

4- Kaju barfi

5- Almonds barfi

6- Til laddus

7- Besan ke sev

8- Chivda

Do you know that unused stuff is for making others happy?

Never bought actually but yes somebody gave me a big bag full of kids stuff as they were quite old couple.Being in high post and their visits to several countries and being here in Qatar they had a huge house. In fact the lady gave me 2–3 big bags as we are very good family friends. 

She asked me to check, keep for my little kids and distribute to several kids in need of those kind of STUFF.

Ok?

Now guess what I got inside? Sevral new unused THICK sticker comics, Japanese handmade stunningly beautiful paper sheets, Toy sets of steel assemblies, stensils of Disney, several packs of vintage tissue papers, stamps collections, unused skin socks 20–30 packs, unused n packed chopsticks pairs, and finally alongwith so many other things a big ziplock bag full of Mcdonald toys. Several corporate events diaries, t-shirts and caps.

My both kids spent 3 years playing and enjoying with that stuff. And for several years we kept gifting those wonderful THICK sticker books on birthdays. 

Exams ki barfi(Almonds katli).

My parental family is from Moradabad and they live in a street where two most famous sweet shops are situated.

We always used to leave for exams with a bite of fresh curd and yummy fresh malai barfi(khoya barfi).

Now here in Qatar, no access to freshly made that kind of rich n freshly made barfi, finally I started making this almonds katli to give my kids during exams. They thought it is something special for annual exams only.

Yesterday Kutkut reminded me that I need to make exams wali barfi too. I was bit surprised and realized few things as well. I make these in February and March only because of hot tendency due to almonds. I told him the reason and made it this morning.

It is one of the most quickest dessert one can make in home. Please read the recipe twice and try making it.

Ingredients (for medium sized 25-30 pcs) –

2 Cups freshly powdered badam (almonds)

4 Cups sugar

1/4 Cup hot water

1 Tbsp green cardamom powder

4 Tbsps desi ghee(unsalted butter oil)

Method-

1- It is a very very quick recipe. So please be around your gas stove only with all things nearly kept.

2- Grease one big steel plate with desi ghee.

3- Grease well one rolling pin(belan) and keep nearby.Same with a sharp knife. Grease and keep it aside too.

4- Take one heavy bottom non stick pan and keep it on high flame.

5- Pour one tbsp desi ghee, 4 cups of sugar and 1/4 cup of hot water in it.

6- Start mixing with a big steel whisk or silicon spatula.

7- You need one thick one thread consistency of sugar syrup.

8- Mix in almonds powdered and lower the flame and start mixing it well with silicon spatula.

9- Keep frying it for a while so that it starts thicken and getting together. If you see the batter sticking and drying from down, close the flame and pour into greased steel plate.

10- Now with spatula spread it very quickly and with greased belan(rolling pin) spread it evenly by rolling hard.

11- Take very sharp greased knife and slice it immediately.

12- Let it cool down and store in air tight container.

13- You can use it upto 2 months.

14- We used hot water to mix in sugar because it melts sugar easily and very quickly.

Gajak ki yummy khasta puri.

So basically it was my mommy who sent few boxes of famous gur ki gajak this December. After few days we had some leftover crumbles in quite good quantity. I had plans to gulp them with spoon but change in plan happened.

I thought of making shakkarparas but ended up in making few good and very khasta(crispy n flaky) sweet puris out of it.

If you have access to gajak from India you can also try this.

Let me explain you to how to make this.

Ingredients – (makes around 20 mid size puris)

2 Cups of gajak (any kind) powdered well in mixi.

1/4 Cup desi ghee

1 Tbsp fennel seeds (saunf ka powder)

1 Tsp ginger powder

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1 Tbsp green cardamom powder

1 Tbsp cinnamon powder

2 Cups of whole wheat flour

1 Cup of warm milk to knead the dough

Method

1- I use food processor to knead the dough but you can knead it manually to make it much better.

2- Take all ingredients in a big bowl except water.

3- For good two minutes keep whisking all.

4- Now add 4 tbsps of warm milk to it. Crumble the dry mix.

5- Again mix few tbsps of milk and crumble again into the dry mix.

6- Now knead the dough very tightly by adding warm milk if required.

7- We need quite tight dough to make crispy pooris.

8- Keep this dough aside for 3-4 hours. I keep it in fridge overnight.

9- For frying the puris, take a heavy bottom pan and fill in enough refind oil to fry the gajak pooris.

10- Heat the oil to lowest medium flame for 3-4 minutes. Add 1 Tbsp of desi ghee to it so that puris get some flavor from frying too.

11- Now roll a big dough ball in a shape of big chapati.

12- Cut the round shapes with the help of round container cap having sharp edges.

13- Because this dough keeps crumbling so you need to be extra careful.

14- Oil in the pan should be at lowest flame and not too hot. Put the puri one at a time and flip it immediately. This will give a immediate ballooning effect to the poori. Keep flipping often until you get a lovely brownish color. Take it out. It won’t take much time to make it.

15- Make rest of the puris too.

16- You can store these puris in an air tight container and use them up-to a week.

17- Reduce the qty to half of each thing if you wish to make less puris.

My kids loved it with warm butter and banana slices. I love them warm and fresh with sweet curd.

Almond banana bread/cake.

You can whip up the batter and make this easy peasy bread/cake within 5 minutes (all by hand no mixer needed).

Ingredients

1- Medium sized banana

1/2 – Cup of powdered sugar

1/2 Cup of desi ghee or butter plus refind oil

mix.

3 Medium sized eggs

1 Tbsp Vanilla essence

(Mash the banana and mix all

these very well in a big bowl).

1 Cup all purpose flour

1 Tsp baking soda

1/4 Cup chopped nuts(almonds) for mixing in

8-10 Chopped almonds for garnishing.

Method

1- Preheat the oven at 190 degrees.

2- Mix all the dry ingredients very well and mix well with the banana mash mixed wet ingredients.

3- Grease a pan and pour the batter in.

4- Place the pan in oven for 5 minutes.

5- Take out and sprinkle the chopped nuts over it.

6- Place bake the baking pan in it and bake for 40-45 minutes until done.

7- Take out and cool it very well before slicing.