Maggi 3 styles

Maggi is a go to snack and breaky item for me. I know a lot of people frown upon its unhealthy contents. But it is a life saver when one wakes up hungry. Here are my 3 styles of maggi. 

Chilli Maggi 

Ingredients 

Maggi and maggi masala

Green chilli chopped-2

Method

Boil 1 &1/2 cup of water in a pan, turn down the heat, add the broken pieces of maggi in the water. Cover the pan with a lid. Let it cook for 2 mins. Remove the lid and add the maggi masala and the chopped chillies. Give it a mix. Let the maggi cook and the extra liquid evaporate. I like the maggi to be dry. Remove from heat. Enjoy.
Cheese Maggi

Ingredients 

Maggi and maggi masala

Amul cheese 

Method 

Boil 1 &1/2 cup of water in a pan, turn down the heat, add the broken pieces of maggi in the water. Cover the pan with a lid. Let it cook for 2 mins. Remove the lid and add the maggi masala and the cheese. Adding chopped chillies is optional. Give it a mix. Cook for a minute. The cheese will melt and thicken so keep the heat low to prevent it from sticking to the pan. Remove from heat. Add a dash of tomato ketchup and enjoy.

Fried Maggi with Soya Chunks

Ingredients 

Maggi and maggi masala

Chopped onion 1

Chopped carrot 1

Boiled soya chunks or minced soya 

Soya sauce

Chilli sauce

Tomato sauce

Method 

Heat oil in a pan, saute the onion, carrot. You can add other vegetables like beans or spring onion. Sprinkle some salt and cover the pan. Cook till vegetables soften. Don’t over cook it. Leave the vegetables a little crunchy.  Add 1 tbsp of tomato sauce and chilli sauce and 1 tsp soya sauce. Mix in the soya chunks or minced soya. Cook for 2 mins. Add the maggi noodles and pour in 1 and 1/2 cups of water to the pan. Turn up the heat. Bring the water to boil. Turn down the heat and cover the pan. Cook for 3 mins. Remove the lid stir and cook for another 1 minute and let the extra liquid evaporate. Note no salt ia added because soya sauce has salt it in. You can adjust the salt if required. Take off heat and serve.

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10 minute Fried Rice 

I do not enjoy cooking as much as i enjoy eating. But when you are ab adult you have to be able to cook to satisfy your cravings. I post my kitchen experiments often on FB  but I  do not share recipes mostly because I am nothing orginal to share. I have a recipe notebook given to me by my mom with all my favourite recipes of dishes she cooks for me. I have over the years added a few recipes of my choice. However,recently I realised there are some quick fix meals which are my original creations. These are simple dishes which can be prepared for one person as a breakfast dish or snack or lunch.

The 1st recipe I am sharing is a 10 min fried rice. It’s really very simple to prepare mainly for your leftover extra rice as a special lunch treat for yourself.

Prep time 5 mins

Cooking time 5 mins

Serves -1 

Ingredients 

Boiled long grained rice ( preferably leftover )- 1 bowl

Carrot Shredded -1

Onions Sliced -1

White oil -1 tbsp

Soya sauce-1 tbsp

Chilli sauce-1 tsp

Tomato sauce-1 tbsp

Salt &Pepper 

Heat oil in a wok. Add the onion and suate till translucent. Keep it on medium flame. Add the carrot and temper with a sprinkle of salt. Mix and cover for 2 minute to let the vegetables soften. Add the boiled rice mix it with vegetables. Cook for 3 minutes. Add 1 tbsp each  of soya sauce and tomato sauce , 1 tsp of chilli sauce. Mix well to coat all the rice. Fry the rice well if required turn up the heat. Sprinkle little water to keep it from sticking to the bottom. Cook for 2 minutes. Once done. Add some pepper powder and adjust salt.

And your spicey fried rice is ready to enjoy.

Reading list August 2017

This month’s list is still a working progress , but to begin with I am reading the following ,


  1. The last librarian- Brandt Legg,  a dystopian world, where the last library is being shut down and a group of people are trying to save the physical books. Why? You have to read it in order to know . Some of the work feels a bit derived but a good read .

  2. Requiem-Celina Grace – Yet another cop murder mystery , part of a series of self published books. Worth a light Reading. Not too well written or gripping. One time read , like your usual paperback that you pick up at the station or airport before travel and leave it in the train /flight. 

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Dr. Sen Censored ?

Look I thought the demonetization stunt was a bad idea and executing it was as good as killing the Indian economy and setting us back by a few years in terms of growth. But I am not an economist, hell, I haven’t studied economics except for 3 papers in first year of MBA. So when Amartya Sen who has been recognised for his knowledge happens to say that it’s a mistake people who may be blind supporters would be expected to take notice. In fact, even the proponents of the demonetization debacle also took notice. I am sure lot of people don’t like Dr. Sen because he has views and opinions contrary to them. But to want specific 4 words to be beeped out of a documentary on his life is taking it a bit too far. 

The few things that bothers me as per my common sense are here below:

  1. I didn’t event know there was a documentary made on his life, assuming not a lot of people knew this, looks to me,
  • How many people really watch documentaries? 
  • The censor board is making a mountain of a mole hill and giving free publicity to this.
  • The director doesn’t want to agree to this ‘mute the words ‘ direction because he knows he is getting publicity.

2. What happens if the words are muted?

  • The whole feature loses its heart and soul,  mind you these are beeped out words in sentences not scenes cut.
  • The audience is able to understand the meaning and intent  of the speakers words even without the words, assuming documentary is watched by people with a certain intelligence level.

3. What have the censor board achieved if the words are muted ?

  • No one will watch the documentary because it has muted words.
  • Everyone will flock to watch the documentary ( I don’t know where.)
  • Everyone will understand what is being said even though the words are muted.

Pray tell me which of these points make sense to You? I personally cannot understand why the censor board is bothering unless motivated by political bigwigs if so why are the bigwigs bothered about a documentary? And what’s with the director posturing so much,  you dont like the decision go to court. Why play the media circus? And why are people suddenly worried about their freedom of speech not that they ever have anything good to say? Isn’t it high time people realised the media business requires them to sensationalise every thing happening here we really need to stop being riled up and act like high and mighty arm chair social activists all the time. 

10 reasons why people aren’t condemning the killing of Amarnath Yatris.

10 reasons why the intellectual secular liberals on my friend list and others on social media are very quiet about the attack on and killing of Amarnath Yatris.

1. It is a terrorist attack and that’s not really about religion .

2. Terrorists have no religion .

3. Nobody really cares about these suckers who believe in doing pilgrimage.

4. Who told them to go to a terrorist zone? Serves them right.

5. Why should we feel bad for people of one religion? We are a secular country.

6. All these Amarnath Yatris are actually RSS followers because no common man of a particular religion ever goes for pilgrimage. Only right winged religious fanatics go for such trips.

7. Look no real anti Govt  celebrity has said anything against it so why should we share the news or give opinion or make our profile photos black in protest.

8. It’s just a bunch of old people probably not a young bubbling man or woman who had a life to look forward to. So why bother protesting .

9. We condemn right wing propaganda and this is all propaganda actually the bhakts are pretending to be dead and the media is spreading fake news.

10. There was no Amarnath Yatra this year, these photos are from 2015 .