Sunday, August 2, 2009

Good News!

My bathroom floor is finally repaired, it is no longer a "wobbly" platform sustained by rotting planks beneath but the bad news is that the tiles are completely askew. It would surmise to say that it appears that a crack-head spider wandered in and spun a web of chaos and mischief in my lavatory. I think my two-year-old could have done a better job of re-tiling if given the grand opportunity; at any rate, we got what we paid for and we paid for dirt cheap... so I guess I can't complain. Besides... Maharaj will get a kick out of this when he sees it. It's beyond hilarious. The important thing being that the floor won't collapse from under me, one bright and sunny afternoon after having taken a soothing bath, and land me in a pile of debris and racoon droppings, at least I hope that it won't. Another thing, I wanted to tell everyone that there is an easy way to prepare dhokla at home, assuming that you already have the ingredients at home and steamer, you could get cracking on it right now and have yourself a piping hot semolina dhokla ready to offer to the Lord within half an hour.

First, oil a pan and boil enough water(about three cups) in the steamer. You can place your oiled pan on the steam rack and leave it there while your prepare the batter. You need:

1 1/4 c semolina "sooji"
1 teaspoon all- purpose flour "atta"
1 teaspoon chickpea flour "besan"
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
Pinch of hing

Mix your dry ingredients well before adding your wet ingredients which are as follows:

1 tablespoon oil
2-3 tablespoons yogurt
1 tablespoon grated ginger or chiles(optional)
1-1 1/4 c water

After mixing it thoroughly add
Two teaspoons of Eno fruit salt powder at the very end, mix it it well and pour the batter into your hot mold. Cover it with a lid and let it cook for twenty minutes in the steamer. Voila!

You can also fry some mustard seeds and sprinkle on top and add some chopped cilantro leaves and garnish. :) Remember to offer it to the Lord!
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