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Sunday, 29 April 2012

Shop till you drop and end with soul food Khichree

Shopping is sooooo refreshing and street side shopping is the best.
 I love street side shopping it makes me feel so rich.
Malls are great fun I agree. There's the A/c , there's the wafting perfume, there are sales people who are really nice to you if they think you are going to buy (not browse) and there's lots and lots of parking (even if you pay through your nose for it).
 The street is hot and sunny , you're sweaty and smelly, sales people couldn't care less because they have too many buyers and of course there is no question of parking.
But for me street side shopping is a real high. It makes me feel rich and loaded. The variety is amazing and you can have it ALL if you want.

So I was shopping on Bandra Linking Road this weekend and it was fabulous.
 There was the huge treasure trove of junk jewellery that I picked up and a truck load of sandals in all the possible shapes and colours from the dazzling stalls.
And then in the midst of this heady rush of filling my wardrobe to the seams I spotted this GREAT shop. Its not a stall but it has the stuff and the prices to match.
It is called The Primona Art Gallery
It is hard to miss when you're making the obligatory visit to McDonalds you find it right next door and when you're at KFC it is just across the road. It is a great place to pick up your summer wardrobe just now - they have these oh! so  light clothes that fall so well. The USP of the store though is the owner Mrs Kiran Malhotra who has such good taste in clothes. She has this instinctive knack of picking out just the right thing for you. That is the best quality for impatient shoppers like me who hate to go through hundreds of hangers full of clothes. I just stuck to the changing room and every time I would come out she would have another 5 things for me to try out. And I loved them all.
If youre in Mumbai rush there because they are having this stock clearance sale right now and you will get a fabulous deal.
So I shopped and shopped and got home on the verge of collapse.
Tired  feet and exhilarated minds need soul food that does not require too much hard work and so the obvious choice is - Khichree.
Sublime and filling a great one dish meal after a hard days toil

Super Easy Khichree

  1. In a bowl measure out 1/2 katori rice and 1/2 katori dhuli moong ki dal (yellow dal). Wash them well until the rinsed out water runs clear.
  2. In a pressure cooker heat 2 tablespoons of oil
  3. Add one bay leaf, 1 tsp jeera, 1tsp jeera powder, 1/2 tsp haldi and salt to taste.
  4. Add 1/2 tsp ginger paste and add the washed rice and dal mixture to it.
  5. Fry the rice and dal in the oil for a minute and then add 3 katoris of water.(use the same katori)
  6. Close the cooker and cook for 1 whistle at full flame and then reduce the flame and cook for another whistle at lowest flame. Allow the cooker to cool and then open it.
  7. Mix the kichree with a spoon. If it is too dry boil some water and pour the boiling hot water into the khichree to dilute it slightly.
  8. Eat it really hot with a large indulgent dollop of ghee and some pickle.

Enough calories to perk you up to dress to kill with your new accquisitions

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