Easy Fenugreek Paratha

Methi/Fenugreek paratha is a crowd pleaser at our home. Methi/Menthe/Fenugreek has immense health benefits and should be included in everyday diet. A spoonful of Fenugreek can be added to any dish but make sure you do not add too much of it. You do not want your dish to taste bitter (fenugreek is bitter).

OK, I get sidetracked easily. We shall get on with the recipe for yummy methi paratha, shall we ? This is an easy recipe and mostly everyone can make it. However, I suck at making parathas. I usually tend to spend hours slaving over the stove trying to make these before they acquire any sort of shape. Darn it !! I should not have mentioned my lack of paratha making skills this early in the post. It will probably dissuade most of you from reading further. Hang on !! This is a good one. I assure ya !!  If you are still reading this, you have “True Grit“.  By the way, anyone know if it won any Oscars ? I saw “127 hours”. It looks like an Oscar ready film but I doubt it has much of a chance when “The King’s Speech” is around.
Onto to the recipe before my thoughts run off again !! Let me mention that  you will need to use Menthe Chutney or store-brought chutney. That’s what makes it easy. As I have mentioned before, this chutney can be used in a lot of recipes. So, you could make ice cubes  of it like pasta sauce and store it in the freezer.

Serves 2 hungry people. Also, in the picture is Palak Paneer.

Ingredients:

2 cups whole wheat flour/atta

5 tbsp All purpose flour/Maida

2 tsps oil

Some fresh Methi leaves for color

hot water to knead the dough

1/2 tsp  red chilli powder

1/2 tsp Ajwain seeds

salt to taste

Quick Directions:

Make a hard dough with wheat flour  and water .Add oil, salt, ajwain, red chilli powder to it. Keep aside. Wash the Methi leaves, add water, a little salt and boil it in a pan. Remove from flame, drain the water and set aside. This step is optional. You need not add the methi leaves. It does however add color and a beautiful aroma when cooked.

Now, roll out the dough and add the menthe(Fenugreek) chutney paste and the drained fenugreek leaves in the middle. Fold it and dip it in Maida. Roll it out fully. If the dough sticks to the rolling-pin, use some more Maida to remove the stickiness. Finally, place the rolled out paratha on the pan and let cook on both sides. Use a generous amount of oil/ Canola spray on it. Mission Accomplished. Husband happy.

Note: You could add some turmeric to the dough to add some color. You can use hot and sour sauce as a side for paratha.

Menthe Chutney

Thought I’d do a quick recipe upload. I made Methi/Menthe/Fenugreek chutney and have used it for everything from sandwich spread, chapati and sometimes with rice.  Here goes :
Ingredients:
1 bunch Methi Leaves
1 big onion
1 tsp salt
1 tsp jaggery
1 tsp chilli powder

1 tsp ginger garlic paste

4 tbsp olive oil

Directions:

Fenugreek leaves are very bitter, so there are 2 ways to cook it. You could either fry them or you can blanch them.

1. Use about 3 tbsp of oil to fry them till the smell vanishes. For better taste, use more oil.

2.  Blanching is faster to do but the methi does lose some of its flavour. For this, clean the leaves, put them in boiling water with salt and then transfer it to ice water later. Squeeze the water out of it and set aside.

Now, fry the onions in oil then add ginger garlic paste and stir till the raw smell is gone. Add methi/menthe/fenugreek leaves and fry for a while. Then, add jaggery, salt and chilli powder. Now, put it in the mixer and make a nice paste of it. Put it back in the pan and let cook for another 15 minutes on low. Check for taste, make sure it’s not bitter. If it is bitter, you can add more jaggery. This can last in the fridge for about 2 weeks. If you use more oil, it will last longer since it’s a preservative. It will last longer if you freeze it.

Sandwich with Fenugreek Chutney:

Spread the chutney on one side of a toasted sandwich, add some fried tofu(if you have it), fresh slices of onion tomato and carrots on the other. You can also add some butter/cheese if you like( I skipped it). It’s ready to eat !!! 🙂 Unfortunately, no pictures this time 🙁 .

What do you look for in a movie ?

Poster for ''La Règle du jeu, directed by Jean...
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I was just thinking aloud today about what people look for in any movie ? We obviously all don’t look for the same things. So, what moves us, what takes us to tears?  Does what we expect from a movie change with different languages ? Is what we expect from a French film different from an English movie ? What are you ready to overlook ? What makes any movie, a great movie.

I jotted down a few things that I look  forward to in a movie. There must some formula a director follows to ensure that his movie succeeds, like a checklist.(like a code developer’s checklist  – that’s the geek in me talking). Here, they are :

1.  A decent storyline. The plot needs to have some sort of direction.

2.  The characters should be well etched out. Or at least have personality.

3. I rate acting after characters because if the role you are playing is muddled, nothing can really save you. People will simply not identify with the said characters. But the flip side is, that the audience throngs the theatre if some or all the cast is famous. It works well for marketing.  Dhobi Ghat, also known as Mumbai diaries(Hindi) is one such example. Aamir Khan‘s presence drew the audience and once there the film did a fine job of drawing one into its intricacies.

4.  However subtle, humour is an onus in any film. Cheesy and recycled jokes are not funny.

5.  If it’s thought-provoking, all the more better. Sometimes, a movie that puts forth a message strikes a chord with its audience. Life is Beautiful (Italian) was a fantastic film in that respect.

Sometimes, even a bad storyline with a good message makes one have a feel-good factor about it. So, people tend to forgive some if not all the jarring mess some movies are.

6. Dialogues make a movie so much more memorable.  When I watched “When Harry met Sally“, apart from the strong characters and the actors who played them, the movie was memorable for its dialogues . Click here to see them.

7.  A beautiful picturesque scene in a film certainly stays with you long after you watch it. It’s what makes a good movie better.  The Lord of the Rings has such beautiful scenic locations that it made New Zealand the new tourist destination that everyone wanted to visit.

8.  A carefully edited film ensures that the viewer’s attention is held through its  length unlike a film with choppy editing.  Jodha Akbar (Hindi) is a lovely film that is badly in need of some editing.

Jodha Akbar

So what do you look for in a movie ?

Food for thought:I was looking for movie posters and found this –>http://inspiredology.com/minimalist-movie-posters/ .Let me know if you can figure out why each symbol is as it is.

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