Palak Paneer

I recently stumbled upon this old recipe from my grandmother! It’s super easy and quite damn tasty!

Ingredients

  • 11 oz spinach
  • 1 tbsp oil (olive or canola)
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 cup yogurt, whisked
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • Salt to taste
  • 200 grams (7 ounces) Paneer

Paste:

  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1-inch ginger
  • 4 green chilies
  • 1 tsp fennel seed
  • 1 tbsp poppy seeds
  • 1 tbsp coconut
  • 1 tbsp cashew nuts

Pre-Prep

  • Blanch and shock the spinach. Puree.
  • Blend all ingredients for the paste. Keep aside.
  • Dice paneer into 1/2 inch cubes and soak in warm salted water.

Steps

  • Add 1 tbsp oil in a large saucepan. When hot, add the cumin seeds.
  • Add the pureed spinach when the cumin seeds begin to sputter.
  • Stir on low heat for about 3 minutes.
  • Add the yogurt, sugar, salt. Stir continuously for about 3 minutes.
  • Add the paste, stir continuously for about 5 minutes.
  • Now add the paneer and cook for an additional 2 minutes.
  • Turn off heat and let sit for about 30 minutes for the paneer to absorb all the flavors before serving.

Best eaten with naan and raita.

 

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OPOS: Rajma Masala

This recipe was adapted from OPOS Chef.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup kidney beans
  • 2 tsp oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion raw
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion caramelized
  • 1 tsp ginger/garlic paste
  • 1 cup chopped tomato

Spice Mix

  • 1/2 tsp chili
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 1/4 tsp asofetida

Method

Soak 1 cup kidney beans in water overnight.

OPOS Layers

  1. 3 tbsp water
  2. 2 tsp oil
  3. 1/2 cup chopped onion + 1 cup chopped tomato
  4. 1/2 cup caramelized onion + 1 tsp ginger/garlic paste + spice mix + salt to taste
  5. 1 cup kidney beans

Cook Time:  12+ whistles or 12 minutes

 

Gajar Halwa

This recipe takes 10 minutes and requires an OPOS Pressure Baker. Adapted from Hindustan Times.

Ingredients

2 Cups Carrot Grated
1/2 Cup Sugar
1/4 Cup Milk Powder
1/4 tsp Cardamon Powder
1 tsp Melted Ghee
3 tbsp Cashew Nuts + Raisins

Method

In OPOS Pressure Cooker:
Layer 1: 3 tbsp water
Layer 2: 2 Cups Carrot
Layer 3: 1/2 Cup Sugar
Layer 4: 1/4 Milk Powder + 1/4 tsp Cardamon Powder + 1 tsp Melted Ghee

High Heat 20 Whistles or 10 Minutes whichever comes first.

Zuri – Marvelous Mystery Mutt and a dog well travelled!

 

Zuri came to us when she was just about 9 months old. We adopted her from the Humane Society in Champaign, Illinois. When Zuri became part of our family, she had no idea that her life would be so adventurous – frankly neither did we!

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Through the years, friends, strangers, and veterinarians told us something about Zuri. Maybe she’s Border Collie, maybe German Shepherd, maybe Irish Setter. To us, she was always just Zuri – a marvelous mystery mutt who always loved us!

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Just a few days after Zuri came to live with us we realized that Pizza was definitely her favourite thing in the world, this continued to be the case despite her travels and other fine meals!

 

 

 

We also realized that the blue octopus (Called Octopy!), belonging to her best friend Tashi was certainly her nemesis!

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When she was three, Zuri moved from the snow-covered fields in the prairies of Illinois to the heat of Texas.

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She adapted like a champ! As in her younger days, her love for Tashi, pizza, and making new friends continued. She made many a friend in the new cities we travelled to – both canine and human!

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Many years later Zuri got to take a long plane trip to India! We landed exhausted and relieved in Chennai and drove to Hyderabad.

In Hyderabad, Zuri quickly became the dada of the neighbourhood since she was twice as big as the other dogs there – she was quite thrilled with this newfound leadership. Her most favourite thing in Hyderabad was the auto rides we took to Hussain Sagar Lake park! We were quite happy that she loved the auto some of our auto drivers weren’t quite as happy.

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Now, Zuri is back in Austin, Texas, United States. She loves long walks and usually leads me on new adventures under the Live Oak trees that line the Austin trails.

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Through our travels together, the one thing I’ve known is that I will always have love, licks, and hugs to come home to! This is one friend who will always stand by my side and I hope she knows that of me.


Trace Zuri’s journey on the map! Here are the many places she’s been too!

  • Champaign, Illinois, United States
  • Lafayette, Indiana, United States
  • Kickapoo, Illinois, United States
  • Texarkana, Arkansas, United States
  • Houston, Texas, United States
  • Galveston, Texas, United States
  • Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
  • Hyderabad, Telangana, India
  • Austin, Texas

 

 

 

 

 

The August Fest: Startup Chai

The purpose of Startup Chai was to create a forum where everyone could converse with each other – the entire space is the stage and all the participants are the experts & speakers!

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Saturday, August 30th was filled with lively conversations – both scheduled and unscheduled.

We requested folks to suggest their own sessions. We received almost 20 proposals and many votes. After counting & collating, we picked the three most voted for sessions and here they are!!

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Sunday, August 31

10:00 am: Idea to entrepreneur

11:30am: Design + Startup

2pm: Python Love (The programming language, maybe snakes too)

4pm: Feminist Geekdom (Yes, men are welcome too)

5:30pm: Internet of Things

Join us at theaugufest.com

Aside

Dog Biscuits – Tried & Tested!

Ingredients

  1. 1 cup oats
  2. 1 cup flour
  3. 2 grated carrots
  4. 1 egg
  5. 1 cup chicken liver (250 grams)
  6. 1 tablespoon honey

Directions

  • Preheat over to 350°F or 175°C
  • Clean and blend the chicken livers (Quite yucky. Vegetarians…. brace yourself!)
  • Add all dry ingredients and mix well (ingredients 1 – 3 above)
  • Now add the liquids and mix well (ingredients 4 – 6 above)
  • Spread to about 3/4 cm thick on a cookie sheet or plate (I have to use two)
  • Bake for 25 minutes
  • Remove from the over & slice into squares or rectangles. Separate them
  • Back for another 10 minutes (depending on your oven you may need to bake a little longer)
  • Since this is the first time baking this batch, I’ve refrigerated most and kept a few out to see how long they hold up. 

Voila.. now your canine loves you just a little more (if that was even possible)!

Here are three happy customers.

On Giving Kudos

Last night I received a little note:

Wow! Nice job kid. 🙂

That one line went such a long way. I was willing to work harder and felt happy while doing so.

So for all you managers and non-managers out there, don’t be so tight fisted with your praise.

Let your friends, colleagues, and employees know when they’ve done a good job.. be ecstatic, use adjectives you wouldn’t normally use, show your love!

Feel free to plagiarize from the phrases below 🙂

  • Thank you! (We never say this often enough, and use exclamations!!)
  • Amazing work
  • You’re the best
  • You’re a rockstar
  • Awesome!
  • WOW!

Give it a try and see if it works.