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The Whisper and the Roar Collective is seeking submissions for an upcoming series on the global exploitation of women. We are accepting poetry, prose, fiction, personal narratives, and essays on these topics from around the globe. We are looking for writing that makes us feel, makes us think, that moves us. 

April 15th– April 21st                 Domestic Violence

April 22nd – April 28th              Sexual Exploitation 

April 29- May 5th                         Female Infanticide

May 6th– May 12th                       Rape

May 13th– May 19th                 Acid Attacks

May 20th– May 26th                 Child Marriage

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Delicious Malpua (Indian pancake) recipe

An Indian meal is incomplete without a delicious dessert.

Today I am going to share the recipe of a very popular Indian dessert- “Malpua”, also known as “Indian Pancake Dessert” The basic ingredients are all purpose flour (maida), Semolina(sooji) milk and sugar. The pancakes are shallow fried and soaked into thick sugar syrup. Sounds delicious?

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Tips:

  • The batter should be smooth enough to prepare a soft Malpua.
  • You can add little more milk to make the batter smooth.
  • Softer malpuas will absorb more sugar syrup.
  • You can replace the flour with whole wheat to make it slightly healthier.
  • you may add a tablespoon of milk in the sugar syrup when it is boiling. It helps in the thickening process of the syrup. But make sure, you are removing the froth, forming in the syrup.
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Malpua batter should look like this

So, here comes the printable recipe card:

Malpua

  • Servings: 16-20 malpuas
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups of all purpose flour.
  • 1/2 cup of milk powder
  • 1 Tbsp of semolina(sooji)
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 2 Tbsp of  chopped pistachio or cashew
  • 1.5 Tbsp of fennel seed
  • 4-5 green cardamom
  • 2 Tbsp of ghee or clarified butter
  • 2.5 cups of drinking water(for the sugar syrup)
  • 2.5 cups of granulate sugar(for the sugar syrup)
  • 4-5 rose petals for garnishing

Directions

  1. Preparing the batter: In a bowl take maida, milk powder, semolina and mix well. Now add the fennel seed and mix well. Slowly add the milk, stir well. There should not be any lumps. To make the batter smooth you may add little more milk also. Now add the dry fruits and mix well. Keep few pistachios aside for garnishing
  2. Heat the clarified butter(ghee) in a frying pan.
  3. Once the ghee becomes hot, pour a ladle full of batter into it and spread evenly. Maintain the round shape.
  4. Shallow fry it in medium heat, till the malpua becomes golden brown.
  5. Turn it with a spatula and fry the other side as well.
  6. Once both the sides are nicely fried take it out carefully.
  7. Preparing the sugar syrup: In a saucepan take the sugar, water and cardamom.You may add a pinch of fennel seed as well. It will enhance the flavor. In medium heat bring it to boil. Once the sugar is completely dissolved and the sugar syrup becomes thick, turn off the flame. Your sugar syrup is ready.
  8. Dip the malpuas into the sugar syrup and soak it overnight.
  9. Once the syrup is absorbed by the malpuas, your dessert is ready to serve.
  10. Garnish nicely with rose petals and pistachios.

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Read my previous Recipe Palak Paneer.

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Palak Paneer (Cottage cheese with spinach)

 

So friends, how was my last recipe, Methi chicken? Liked it? Okay. Today I am going to write about a veg recipe, Palak paneer. It is one of the most popular north Indian dish. I have learned this recipe from my mother. This recipe of Palak Paneer is really quick and easy. It can be served with any Indian bread or rice.

Spinach(palak) has various health benefits. It is high in fiber, protein, Vitamin A, C, E, K, B6, Folate, Calcium, Potassium, Phosphorus, Iron, Magnesium and many more.

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Palak-Methi-Chili paste

Tips for the recipe:

  • You can skip the paneer frying (step 4) part. It will make the dish healthier.
  • While frying, remember to fry it very less. It should not become crispy. Crispy paneer will have a tendency to become harder.
  • If your paneer is not very soft, After frying you can dip them in warm water for 5-10 minutes. It will make your paneer softer.

Paneer: Before and after frying

Here comes the video-

Palak Paneer

  • Servings: 3-4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 250 gms paneer(cottage cheese) cubes
  • 1 bunch of spinach (palak)
  • 5-6 cloves garlic(chopped)
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 4-5 green chilies
  • 1 small tomato chopped
  • handful of fresh fenugreek leaves
  • 2 tbsp of vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup warm water

Directions

  1. Preparing the palak-methi paste: In a deep pan take some water and add the
  2. fresh fenugreek leaves and the spinach, bring it to boil. In a blender blend the boiled leaves along with two green chilies. Keep this paste aside.
  3. Now heat oil in a deep bottom frying pan.
  4. Turn the heat/flame to the lowest, add the paneer cubes, fry till they turn
  5. light brown. Keep them aside.
  6. Now add chopped garlic in the same oil, fry it till light brown.
  7. Add rest of the chilies, fry slightly.
  8. Add the chopped onion, fry till light golden
  9. Add the tomatoes, cook them in low-medium flame till they becomes softer.
  10. Add the Palak-Methi-Chili paste (from step 1), mix well.
  11. Add the warm water, stir well and and bring it to boil. You can stir
  12. occasionally.
  13. Add salt to taste, mix well.
  14. Add the cottage cheese(paneer) cubes, mix it well.
  15. Keep the heat lowest and close the lid. Cook for 2-3 minutes
  16. Remove the lid, the oil should have separated from the gravy now. If not keep the lid closed for 30 seconds more and check. Your Palak Paneer is ready to serve now.

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The little sparrow and me

 

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Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/43158397@N02/

The sparrow is looking for something in my backyard. The sparrow, lets name him Vir.

What is he looking for? Is he looking for some food? Shall I offer him some food?

Is he looking for the materials to build his nest? Or, is he just exploring my backyard?I am confused!

I went inside.

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“I should offer him some food!” – I said to myself.

I had some oats in my kitchen, I took out a handful of that.

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Vir is playing with another sparrow. Their color is little different. They looks so happy!

Vir’s search is over now. I am no more confused.

They flew away holding their happy tale.

PS: all characters in this article are fictitious. Any resemblance is purely coincidental!

 

 

About me

 

10369900_637889976293088_9118232601147643627_n (1)The drops of bright colors on the milky white canvas, the mud on my snickers, an Indian pancake served on an empty plate, the tune of a Tagore song or a bright and heavy silk saree from some corner of India- I am obsessed about all of the above.

Hi there, my name is Sayanti, welcome to my blog, Weekend Hamesha.

Currently based out of Pune, after witnessing five years in the heart of South India, Chennai, and early twenty-six years in Kolkata, I have had my bit of experience in quite a variety of cultures.

After quitting my full time corporate job (by choice) in 2016, I decided to invest my share of time for my passions.  From splashing paints on the blank canvases, to experimenting in the kitchen, be it a traditional Indian starter or an Italian dessert, my imaginations started taking shape and size of all the beautiful wishes I was bearing till now.

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When I painted Frida Kahlo.

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My love for cooking

And what about my biggest turn-ons? Travelling, fashion and the love for Indian culture? Well, I have never stopped fascinating about them; even when I had the 10 hrs corporate job.

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Little Adam’s peak- Sri Lanka

One fine morning while sipping my coffee, a thought popped up in my mind. Why not share my stories, my experiences, my love with everyone? It took few days to conceptualize the Idea, and finally it took the shape of my blog.

The word weekend is usually cheerful. Whenever I think about “weekend” I visualize happy faces. While creating the blog I wanted my readers to get delighted, whenever they read my share of stories. So, come and indulge yourself in all the joyous activities every day, that you usually save for your “weekend”. I name it Weekend Hamesha.

PS: Hamesha is a Hindi word and the dictionary meaning is “Always”

 

That was a whole page, just about me!

 

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If you want to write more to me, please feel free to drop a mail in my mailbox, its: sayantiopto@gmail.com

 

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Bright is Beautiful

I am always fond of bright colors. Be it a droplet of bright orange acrylic paint on my wall or the radiant blue sky or the bright red saree of mine. These bright colors uplift my mood instantly.

In a gloomy morning, a vibrant marigold flower brings out the sun for me. A fresh tomato transforms a dull day into a shining one. A bush of magenta bougainvillea brings the nature into the concrete jungle. A boring outfit turns into an eye catching one if accessorized brightly .

For me Bright is Beautiful!

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Vibrant Gond mural

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The bright red saree

 

How do like my interpretation. Please leave a comment below. I always reply!

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