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Monsoon Magic

I was an extremely shy child. Something which is hard to believe now or if you have met me anytime in the past 10 years. Anyway, back then rains fuelled a great amount of my day dreams and imagination. They seemed like the perfect backdrop to any scenario; Playing with paper boats made me dream of real yacht, All the greenery around made me want to go to the hills in my cottage and sip tea (My Mountain roots) and of course the romance associated with Monsoons. This was also when I lived in Delhi where Monsoons were a 45 day affair of a few hours of rains per day. Move forward a couple of years and 3 years back I moved to Mumbai. All the childhood fantasies rains held for me were a thing of the past. After the initial few days right after the mucky humid weather where you can’t wait for rains to begin, I begin to lose my cool and am cursing the rain Gods. All I can think of is the traffic and the water rising up to my calves,walking in dirt, being paranoid that shoot stuff will get ruined and the days of no sun which can be oh so depressing. Anyway, this year for the first time in years I am actually enjoying rains. It could be because a) I am currently not doing any shoots so I don’t need to be worried or b)That the monsoons still haven’t come our way in a major way i.e. no 24 hours of rain with no sign of sunshine.
So, since I have made peace with rains this year, I decided to list out a few things I love to do in the rains and completely recommend (Including how to take care of your homes during this weather)

1. Eat, Drink and be Merry– Yup! There are certain foods and beverages which have their own unique charm during the Monsoons. Whether you are a rain lover or get depressed because of the general lack of sunshine (Like I do!) these comfort foods are absolute mood-lifters. Pakoras or batter fried snacks made with onions, paneer, potatoes and a whole lot more vegetables. Masala Chai, tea brewed with a combination of spices like cinnamon, cloves and ginger. Bhutta or corn, which is roasted over hot coals. In fact when you see vendors on street corners, you know monsoons are here.

2. Get Cozy– With the rains pouring down and falling against your window panes, nothing is more relaxing that lying in bed all day reading your favourite books while listening to your favourite songs or even watching your favourite movies. Though I would not call myself a romantic my pick of books, music and movies leans a bit towards romantic during this season. Books I read during this season are 40 Rules of Love- Elif Shafak, Unbearable Lightness of being Milan Kundera, One hundred years of solitude Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Movies; Serendipity, Before Sunrise, Before Sunset. Music well my taste usually runs from Hindi Movie Love and Break up songs to classic Rock. A few of my favourites which play on repeat especially when I am all cozier are Linger- Cranberries, Ain’t no Sunshine Bill Withers, Tere Bina Zindagi se- Aandhi.

3. Take a Hike– I mean that literally. Going for walks during the rains is supposed to be very therapeutic. It could just be in the park near your house or you can actually travel depending on time. For me personally Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra and Kerala and just astounding in the rains. I have heard so are Sikkim and Assam but never been there. So if you happen to be around these areas atleast try for a short two-day trip. Like I try to go to Lonavla atleast once each monsoon. It is a weekend destination for us living in Mumbai and is absolutely stunning. Apparently there are more such destinations around but I have never gotten down to visiting, maybe this year who knows!

Well as I was saying at the beginning of the post, rain does play havoc to our homes especially the interiors. So here are a few tips to keep your homes looking spic and span and safe during these months

1. Electronic gadgets are most affected by rain and humidity. So even though we know this we tend to get lazy or sometimes just take it for granted. Like I live on the 12th floor, so the wind is so strong that rain actually blows into my house. It is best to keep all electronic devices away from the window and covered as much as possible. Same goes for all electrical circuit. Get them checked once and covered for open wires in the rainy season cause alot of accidents.
2. Upsholstery needs to be given special care during this weather. Heavy materials like velvet, Jacquard and Silk are affected the worst. Since the weather is so humid it collects dust which seeps into these fabrics. If rain water seeps into these it leaves a dark stain especially on silk. These heavy fabrics also attract and trap moisture hence leaving a mucky smell in the room. It is best to change to lighter more airy fabrics and blends like Polycot. If you can’t change your upholstery get covers made. These are easy to maintain and clean. Also since the days are quite dark they let the rooms remain well-lit. Same applies for carpets, they need to be cleaned everyday as they attract alot of dust during rains. It is best to remove them during this season.
3. Furniture especially wooden benches and cupboards seep moisture and start splitting. Keep them away from windows as much as possible and put camphor balls in cupboards to remove dampness and neem leaves work really well to keep insects at bay. For wooden doors and frames, specially the ones facing outdoors, coat them with varnish or other weather proof solvents before the monsoons. Iron to can rust so its best to keep it greased prior to monsoons.
4. If you have outdoor areas like balcony’s or gardens, see to it you keep your plants outside during the rain, as they attract alot of insects. It goes the same for water tanks and coolers, keep them clean and if not in use remove all water. Don’t let rain water stagnate on balcony’s as it can seriously discolour the stone. Also check outdoor drains regularly so that leaves and other things which get flown in with the drain don’t clog your pipes. These too can lead for the water to overflow onto your balcony.
5. Besides these monsoons are perfect for us to do a little bit for the environment. Use buckets to fill up the rain water which can be used for watering plants, cleaning clothes and utensils. Avoid having a bath or cooking as it is not completely safe to do so, infact if you enjoy having a shower in the rain I suggest you take a bath when you get back.

So well here are my few easy to do tips during the monsoons. do share any tips that have worked for you would love to post them here. But do enjoy the monsoons as much as you can especially those of you in Mumbai. For like I always say Mumbai has two seasons Monsoons and Pre monsoons so might as well enjoy them, I am definitely going to try to do that this year.

 

Review: Poush

A well-known fact about me is that I am a Delhi girl living in Mumbai. While a less known fact about me is that my lineage from my Dad’s side goes all the way back to Himachal Pradesh. The reason I am taking you people down my family history is cause I love food from up north, especially Himachal and Kashmir, but since I moved to Mumbai I really haven’t had a chance to have from either places. So last week when I got the chance to visit Poush, an authentic Kashmiri food place in Mumbai I jumped at the opportunity. Poush is originally a resort situated on the Mumbai-Ahemdabad expressway. It serves authentic Kashmiri cuisine and takes inspiration from Kashmiri decor. In Mumbai it is situated at World Trade Centre at Cuffe Parade. Poush promises you the essence of Kashmir up till your door-step, atleast if you live within a 2 km radius.

Poush

The restaurant itself is a cosy two level place situated in the Arcade tower at the world trade centre. With over all very simple decor and basic simple wooden chairs and tables, the top floor does have two low seating areas where you can go with a party of six.What I loved was the absolute attention to detail in terms of certain design details. These low seated beds on the top floor are covered by colourful curtains on two sides and display Kashmiri rugs on the other two walls. They have lots of cushions with Kashmiri embroidery. The tableware is authentic Kashmiri carved copper and silver with the patron first washing our hands with a copper jug. The food is then served in silver dishes.

In terms of the taste, the food was delicious. We started with the Kashmiri Spicy Chaman, which is Paneer slices along with tomato, capsicum, onion tossed in Kashmiri red chilli and herbs. This is a dish which was often cooked in my grandparents house so something I am super familiar with and love. Then we got Rajma, which is Rajma beans stewed and cooked in Kashmiri herbs, Dum Aloo, which is boiled potato cooked in red-hot gravy. We called for Roganjosh,which is lamb cooked in its juices on a slow fire with red chili, ginger powder and cloves. This was definitely the dish of the day. The lamb was soft and the gravy was out of this world, with each flavour coming across nice and strong. And finally the Chictaba, which is an authentic Kashmiri dish, that is skillfully pounded chicken pieces made into soft, spongy meatballs, cooked in a curd based gravy and flavoured with saffron. This was the only dish on the menu which may require for you to develop a palate. Like I said I love Kashmiri food so I loved it, but my friend who was a first timer did not quite enjoy it. Oh! I have to mention, we finished our plate of rice and moved onto Tawa chapatis, which has to be the softest chapatis I have ever eaten in a restaurant. We finally rounded off the meal with an authentic Kashmiri dessert-Phirni.
The over all experience was great with the highlight being the authenticity of the Cuisine, so if you happen to be in the area I definitely suggest you stop and try the food. Like I said if you live around the area they also do home-delivery. For me, any time I plan to have an Indian party, especially over Diwali time I plan to call in for catering by Poush for an authentic experience.
Price- Rs.1,500 for a meal for two minus alcohol.
Address- shop 27,Tower 4, WTC, Cuffe Parade,Mumbai 400005
Tel:022-67431114/15.

Roganjoshdum aloo

Recipes- Roganjosh

COOKING TIME 1 1/2 HOUR
YIELD 1 KG 200 GM
INGREDIENT QTY GM QTY NUMBER
MUTTON WITH BONE 1 KG 16 PCS
OIL 267 GM
HING WATER 15 GM
LAUNG 2 GM
SALT 16 GM
GREEN ELAICHI 3 GM
BLACK ELAICHI 1 GM 2 NOS
CHILLI POWDER 67 GMS
WATER
CURDS, WHISKED 125 GMS
SAUNF POWDER 16 GM
GREEN ELAICHI POWDER 1 GM
SOONTH POWDER 2 GM
JEERA POWDER 14 GM
BLACK ELAICHI POWDER 1 GM
TEJ PATTA 1 GM 04 TO 5 PCS

Method

  • POUND LAUNG,   GREEN ELAICHI AND BADA ELAICHI. KEEP ASIDE
  • HEAT OIL IN A VESSEL
  • AFTER 8 MINS, . ADD HING WATER
  • AFTER 1 MIN, ADD MUTTON, SAUTE
  • AFTER 3 MINS, ADD POUNDED MIX, AND   SALT. CONTINUE SAUTEING.
  • AFTER 14 MINS, ADD CHILLI POWDER.
  • IMMEDIATELY ADD 250 ML WATER AND MIX
  • ADD 450 ML WATER LITTLE BY LITTLE.
  • AFTER 2 MINS, ADD CURDS
  • AFTER 2 MORE MINS, ADD 1700 ML WATER
  • CONTINUE SAUTEING.
  • ADD SAUNF POWDER, GREEN ELAICHI   POWDER, SOONTH POWDER, JEERA POWDER, BLACK ELAICHI POWDER,   BAY LEAF.
  • PUT LID AND CONTINUE COOKING ON LOW   FLAME.
  • AFTER 1 HR , REMOVE FROM FLAME.

Recipe- Dum Aloo

INGREDIENT QTY GM
ALOO 500 GM
MUSTARD OIL 50 GM
HING WATER 18 GM
CHILLI POWDER 14 GM
WATER GM
GREEN ELAICHI POWDER 5 GM
LAUNG 1 GM
DAHI 40 GM
SALT 6 GM
SOONTH POWDER 2 GM
JEERA POWDER 3 GM
BLACK ELAICHI POWDER 0.5 GM
SAUNF POWDER 10 GM

Method

  • PUT POTATOES   IN A VESSELFUL OF WATER AND COOK FOR 50 MINS TILL DONE
  • STRAIN , PEEL DEEPFRY IN OIL TILL CRISP.. 40 MINS
  • FOR THE GRAVY, HEAT MUSTARD OIL
  • AFTER 2 MINS, ADD HING WATER, CHILLI   POWDER, 50 GM WATER
  • ADD GREEN ELAICHI POWDER, LAUNG….   STIR FOR 1 MIN, ADD 120 ML WATER
  • AFTER 5 MINS, ADD DAHI, MIX.. KEEP   ADDING 100 ML WATER
  • AFTER 5 MINS ADD 100 ML WATER
  • AFTER 5 MINS, ADD SALT, SOONTH   POWDER, JEERA POWDER,GREEN ELAICHI POWDER, BLACK ELAICHI POWDER, SAUNF   POWDER
  • AFTER 2 MINS, ADD FRIED ALOO , MIX,   COVER WITH LID AND CONTINUE COOKING FOR HALF HOUR ADDING WATER   AT REGULAR INTERVALS.

500 gms aloo gives 250 gms fried aloo

Colourful Cotton

Though I usually refrain from talking about apparels, when I heard Cottons has completed 15 years I had to talk about it. If you already don’t know, I have a soft corner for Indian fabrics and designs, check here if you don’t believe me.
Cottons is a Jaipur based company which was started by Behroze Singh 15 years ago. Being born and brought up in Mumbai and  married and settled in Jaipur, she had no formal training in apparel but today Behroze has accomplished one of the most respectable brand names in the apparel industry.After having worked in clothing business for 10 years and observing John and Faith Singh run the business, Behroze moved on to start an independent business – which is how Cottons came about. Cottons was chosen as the brand name for easy recall besides indicating the nature of the product. The name Cottons (Jaipur) is just so customers associate it with Rajasthan, a State famous for bright cheerful colours. Cottons began with its very first outlet  in Jaipur followed by New Delhi,Mumbai and Gurgaon along with franchise arrangements in Ahmedabad and Chennai.“Cottons”is a brand synonymous with comfortable, versatile yet trendy clothing made from cotton and cotton blends. It presents a beautiful mix of colours and techniques like block printing, woven fabrics and pin tucking in a variety of styles,which can be worn by almost all ages and sizes. Kurtas, kurtis, skirts, patiala shalwars, capri pants, churidars, dupattas and tops are all sold as separates and stand out for their design and attention to detailing. Highlights of Cottons are the sequined motifs, gudri work, ghunghroos mirror work, badla, beads, khadi motifs which are an apt showcase of traditional Rajasthani crafts on contemporary silhouettes. Cottons works on the lines of affordability, colour varieties and wearability of the clothes. The label believes in providing customer friendly services and encourage them to mix and match and make their own outfit depending on their needs and styles. Eg : A kurti can be teamed with a skirt and stole or with jeans or even with a patiala. Their garments are comfortable and reasonably priced. Their clientel boasts of various spectrum of society i.e from college girls to working women to housewives to celebrity clients such as : Priyanka Gandhi ,Goldie Hawn and Vidya Balan. And the best part, all the unused fabrics is recycled into products like Toys, Notebooks, Bagsand even Jewellery.

” Blue Mango” a womens NGO based in Tamil Nadu makes soft toys for children, which  are exclusively available at cotton outlets.

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