Sunday, May 29, 2011

Se7en and life the last seven days.... I have a confession to make. The genre of movies I like run along the lines of psychological thrillers and suspense. One such movie that I watched many years back on a cold rainy day was called "Seven"...I get chills down my spine even now as I think of that movie - the seven deadly sins (Gluttony. Greed. Sloth. Wrath. Pride. Lust. Envy)...the brilliant,elusive serial killer targeting the so-called sinners.
Truth be told - these seven sins are an integral part of my life at some point or the other. Put your hand to your heart and ask yourself and you will see what I mean...I will give you an example : when I was pregnant with K2, I polished off an entire fruit cake (from Passage to India) in one sitting with a big glass of milk...if that isn't gluttony...don't know what is.I have very exacting standards for myself and my close family and friends ...unfortunately life is not always as black and white as I make it out to be in my head. Why this sudden flashback on Se7en, just that I am dealing with a lot of the above-mentioned  in so-called near and dear ones and the temptation in my mind is a "singular disconnect"...(a concept I coined in my exploration of all things mind...but not one I want to delve into today :-) ).

 Life has been busy in a vacuum the past week - K2 is sick (yet again)...and we are spending the long weekend quite quietly...tempers ran high, temperatures ran even higher - life is a constant wheedle, needle and whine with K2 right now and my hope is that he out grows this phase soon. I can't wait for him to start school near our house...
Today I want to give you the butter chicken recipe I have been titillating JL and M with -

You Need -
  • 1  Large Onion (roughly chopped)
  • 1 small knob of Ginger, 4 cloves of Garlic (roughly chopped)
  • 8 Tomatoes (ripe and juicy)
  • 2 Jalapenos (roughly chopped, more if you want more of a kick)
  • 2 pounds of Grilled Organic Chicken ( yes, for me it was the short cut :)  - shredded and de-boned)
  • Spices - Roasted and Ground Powder (Chilly Powder, Cinnamon,Clove,Nutmeg,Cumin and Coriander)
  • Kasturi Methi Leaves
  • Salt to taste, little brown sugar
  • Organic Valley Sour Cream - non fat
  1.  2 spoons of  Olive or Saffola Oil - add the spices . Add a pinch  of brown sugar, when the sugar caramelizes add the Onions, Jalapenos Ginger and Garlic. Cook till golden and fragrant and then add the tomatoes - when the tomatoes are cooked and the oil separates (takes a lot of TLC)...turn your cooking range off and add the kasturi methi leaves and salt.Let it cool.
  2. Now take your food processor and grind to a smooth, creamy paste with some water ( I used my Magic Bullet, less clean up).
  3. Put the mixture back in the pan and gently heat, add the chicken pieces, 2-3 spoons of the OV Sour Cream (go as per your taste). Keep it on low heat - as it comes to a rolling boil, add 2 table spoons of tomato ketchup (my secret weapon !!!) and check the salt levels. Turn off. Garnish with chopped cilantro leaves. Enjoy with a bowl of hot steaming rice.
I am hoping to finish this book that K1 passed along to me - A Whole New Mind by Daniel Pink...and when K2 is feeling better watch Kungfu Panda 2. How has your weekend been treating you?

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