February 24, 2010

Autographs have NEVER been of interest to me. I really don’t understand the concept. People are people…they all have the same human struggles that I do. Kinda strange but I woke up thinking about this today. There is no name scribbled on anything that would have use or endearing value to me. I don’t tend to put any humans on pedestals. I have done that before and been burned.

If I had to get an autograph, I do think that people like Mother Theresa, Harriet Tubman, William Carey, William and Catherine Booth, and lots of others who have laid their lives down for the sake of helping others through out history would top my list. There is something completely awe inducing to me about a person who gives up everything for the gospel of Christ. (Meaning: James 1:27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.)

Realizing that our world caters to the best athlete, the most beautiful model, the most successful at this profession, the most recognized actor, the most vocal politician…some heroes today still come about by laying their lives down for others.

Someone has my autograph…it says in Isaiah 49:16 it says: “See, I have written your name on the palms of my hands.” That is how important we are to God.

Then later on this morning my dear husband sent me a link to an essay that totally summed up what I was thinking about today in a very real and unique way, I hope you will take the time to read it:


February 24, 2010

Having an Attitude of Gratitude

It occurs to me that my last couple of post have been rather negative so I will start this one with the way that I overcome “high maintenance-ness” and “cheapness”….it’s thankfulness. We have SO MUCH in our lives to be thankful for. The very first breath you drew this morning makes the first item on the list! We live in a free country. We have been given chances and opportunities beyond compare. I am sure that you can list people you love and love you back…some people are not fortunate enough to say that or have ruined their own lives so deeply as to ruin family ties as well.

Be thankful for the little things…the birds chirping this past Monday morning made me thankful that spring is coming right around the corner. I am thankful that the deluge of rain this morning is not snow! I am thankful for my job even when I would rather curl up under the comforter and take a few more Zzzzz’s I could either lament the fact that some of my loved ones have passed away or I can take courage in the fact that I knew them, loved them and had time to spend with them. I can either be upset that the ones I love live so far away or I can be overflowing with the joy of knowing them!

I think it is a choice! Seriously, take some time today to write a list of all the many, many, many blessings that are in your life.

God is more than good. And even when I would have changed the outcome of a situation, I surrender to Him and say “You know better than I do and I trust You”

Check out this video.

Time for a Recipe….Chili Paneer with Apples and Onions

February 24, 2010

This is a recipe of my own creation…
Paneer part:
I take ready made paneer and chop it into cubes and I bring it to a boil for two minutes with some haldi and jeera powder then I take it off the heat and strain it and brown it slightly in some ghee and set it aside.

Pepper part:
4  Large peppers, Red, yellow, orange in large-ish chunks or strips
3  Hari mirchi chopped finely
2  Tsp Grated adrak (fresh ginger)
1  LARGE onion sliced thinly
2  Sweet apples grated on a mandoline slicer
3  TBS Tomato paste

2 tsp Whole jeera
3 tsp Dhania powder
1 tsp Laal mirchi powder
1-2 Tsp sugar

Use highest heat possible without burning…
Add whole jeera to sizzle in oil in pan for 30 seconds or so, add onions and apples and caramelize, add peppers and hari mirchi and adrak on high heat and stir, parts of pepper will scorch and that is fine…add tomato paste, dhania powder and laal mirchi powder and and sugar stir and cook for 5 more min. add a splash of cold water if too dry.
Take off heat add paneer and stir lightly
garnish with fresh dhania leaves and a lemon slice.

I hope you enjoy it!

Cheap People

February 24, 2010

Since I am on a roll of my pet peeves…

Here is one that tops the charts….I can’t stand cheap people….Let me give you an example of what I am talking about…

I have just spent all day with a friend I paid for lunch, drove my car (my gasoline) and I bought coffees for us. I owed her a bill for some cosmetic products she was pedaling, about $12.50 to be exact and I only had $12.00 and she says “Remember to get me the fifty cents the next time we meet”………….I can’t handle that. I just cannot be like that or allow that to rent space in my head. I can barely comprehend it.

Another time we went to play a game with a bunch of ladies…we all chip in $5 per person because there are little prizes involved. One woman came who was going thru a tough financial time, job loss and a lot of other hardships and the person who was collecting the money basically jumped all over her “Where is your money, why did you come if you don’t have five dollars?”……………..HELLOOOOOOOOO it’s FIVE DOLLARS, I ended up paying the five bucks to get the rottweiler off of the poor woman’s neck.

I get tired of people who always look out for themselves before anyone else. If you take care of others, GOD WILL TAKE CARE OF YOU!!!!

Don’t be cheap!! A twist to a bad Randy Newman song (are there any good ones?):
Cheap People Have No Reason….
Cheap People Have No Reason….

There is a difference between being cheap and being frugal.
Cheap people make choices that inconvenience others or cost others more just to save something themselves. The GOLDEN RULE PEOPLE….Do unto others as you would have them do unto you!!!!!!!!!

High Maintenance Friends…..

February 24, 2010

Today I became overwhelmingly aware of the fact I seem to attract needy people, people who blither on and on and on about absolutely nothing, people who take more than they give.  (None of my true friends fit this category, but if the shoe fits… buy it in every color!!)

People who are high maintenance flock to me.  It has to be a flaw of my own doing. I am trying to figure it out. I just want friendships that are not fuss-budgety (yes I know that is not a word). I don’t want people to correct my every misspelling, dot my i’s and cross my t’s. Just let me BREATHE. If one more person says to me “What do you mean by that?”, “Why did you say that?”, or the best one yet “Ten years ago when I was getting married you told me __________________ what did you mean by that?”

If you were carrying a grudge against me all these years that is your problem. I am so tired of explaining myself. Just let me be me.

When I love someone ie. my friends, I do it wholeheartedly and there is no room for them to wonder what I meant by “this” or “that”. Give me the benefit of the doubt please!! Don’t automatically think that after a track record of having your best interest in mind that I have just had a bipolar moment and am now cruel and evil intentioned and want to cause you mental and emotional anguish. PUH-LEEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I don’t have time for this!  I am too busy enjoying life.

So, if I ever look at you cross-eyed, stick my tongue out or say something that  offends you…go home, suck it up and find it in your heart to forgive me and get on with your life.

Life is wayyyyyyyyyyyyy to short to hold a grudge.

From this day forward, I have decided to have a check box form to interview any future friendships to make sure that they are not high maintenance.

If you would like some further reading this is an excellent site that I found:

I guess it is more common than I thought!!!!

I have a serious issue….

April 9, 2009

For the past few days I have NOT eaten anything remotely fattening and LOW carbs ruled my plate….A miserable hell I tell you.

I ate almonds and salad and raw veggies and sugar free applesauce and all things that the “Flat Belly Diet” deems as perfect. It was good while it lasted. I felt great, mentally and physically. Then the problem started. It was calling my name. I was innocently minding my own business and I heard it calling me.

Pani Puri, Puchki, Golgappa, which ever name you know it by it is deeply rooted in the core of my being. I am embarassed to say that I can’t turn it down. Just knowing that those crispy crunchy air filled puffs are sitting on my shelf is enough to send me into orbit.

Let me reveal the depth of my sin this afternoon. Just coming in the door from work, I was feeling a bit hungry and thought that a little “Flat Belly Diet” approved snack would be great. As I walked toward the fridge to grab a sugar free applesauce, something on the table caught my attention….golgappaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah…I could prepare this since I had all the ingredients necessary to make me drool. I had cooked kabuli chana and onion and a bottle of Swad Pani Puri Concentrate and immediately my good intentions of applesauce were dead!

I got some ice cold water and added the Swad concentrate, a splash of tamarind chutney and a pinch or three of laal mirch…voila!! How could something so simple taste so amazingly good?

Before you think this isn’t such a bad snack just remember that I didn’t stop at my fair portion AND those light as air puffs are deep fried.

Truth be known, you could replace the Pani Puri with any India chaat or subzi and the story would be the same.  Diet is Die with a T on the end!  Call me a Drama Queen but I am serious, I need my Indian food or life is just not worth living.

Give me the ghee and you will see!!!

Slumdog Millionaire

February 23, 2009

Slumdog Millionaire was the only reason I watched the Oscars this year.  I love the way the kids  from Slumdog were so enamored with the Hollywood stars.  There was something so innocent in their love of the “hero” that made me realize that I am so jaded in the fact that I like to watch the movies but I don’t have much respect for the actors.  I don’t know what the draw is but I don’t ever need an autograph from anyone (unless I could sell it for cold cash).  I also hate the fact that the actors are self appointed politicians.  I wish we could just have an Oscars program that had no political bias and just concentrated on the skills of the recipients.

Each year the Oscars try to out hype the year before and the shock value is higher and higher and it is just ridiculous.  This year Hugh Jackman should have been called Huge Jackass.  He shouldn’t sing.  My goodness he really should not sing.

I also HATE the acceptance speeches that drone on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on…..I would love to yell “Who gives a fat rat’s rear end???”  (Actually I would like to say something else but it isn’t fit for print)

This is the reason that I don’t like to blog.  Who really wants to know what I think LOL….besides Karishma??

I will give a new report on the Oscars after I find out what my Slumdog friends won!


February 23, 2009






Supremely Self-absorbed

I was Indian in my past life….

February 2, 2009

I was indian in my past life is something that I am told quite often.  I don’t really believe in past lives.  But I do have a definite affinity to all things Indian.  People, culture, food, movies and even dabbling in the languages.

I don’t know what I did to get out of that past life cycle but I am now an American of German heritage (my parents are from Germany).

It all started with the food….about 20 years ago I tasted Indian food for the first time and it was like falling head over heels in LOVE…there is no other way to describe it.  After that meal, all I wanted to do was read Indian cook books from cover to cover.  I started to cook daal and chawaal every night of the week.  My husband begged me not to make daal anymore and I moved on to some subzi and biryanis.  Now I have graduated to samosas, iddlies, parathas and rotis.  I even love to make gulab jams from scratch.  I love to cook for 100 people at a time.

Chaat is my fave form of Indian food.  Here are a few of my favorite recipes:

Aloo Chana Chaat


3 potatoes, boiled, peeled, diced
1 can chick peas, drained
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
1 tsp roasted cumin powder
1 tsp chaat masala
2 green chillis, deseeded, finely chopped
2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 tomato, deseeded, medium chopped
juice of 1 to 1 1/2 lemons
salt to taste


In a bowl, combine all the ingredients. Mix well. Taste and adjust the chilli powder, salt and lemon juice to get a tancy and spicy taste.

Serve, in individual bowls. This can be served as a starter to a main meal or even as a salad in a Mughlai meal.

Aloo Tikki


500g potatoes, boiled, peeled and mashed
25g cornflour
1/2 c green peas, boiled
juice of 1/2 a lemon
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp red chilli powder
salt to taste
oil for frying


Mix all the ingredients well, except the oil. Divide into 12 equal portions and make balls. Flatten each between the palms into discs.

Heat oil in a fry pan and shallow fry over medium heat until golden brown and crisp on both sides.

Drain and pat dry on absorbant paper. Serve hot.

Chole or Channa Daal (Chickpea curry)

This dish tastes great with any Indian bread or rice.


2 tbsp oil or ghee
1/2 c grated onion
1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
2 c canned, drained chickpeas
1 teabag
1/4 tsp red chilli powder
1 tbsp coriander powder
2 tsp cumin powder
1 tbsp mango powder
1 tbsp garam masala powder
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
2 brown cardamoms
4 cloves
4 peppercorns
1 inch cinnamon stick
1 tsp kala namak (black rock salt)
1/4 c chopped coriander and mint leaves
2 tsp seeded and chopped green chillis
1/2 c tamarind juice
1 tsp roasted cumin powder
for the garnish – chopped coriander leaves, ginger julienne, tomato wedges, onion slices


Place the teabag in about 1 1/2 – 2 cups of boiling water. Add the chickpeas to it. Leave for a couple of hours (1 -8 hrs); till the chickpeas acquire a light brown colour. Squeeze and discard the teabag.

Heat oil in a pan. Add the cumin seeds, cloves, cinnamon, peppercorns, brown cardamoms. When the cumin seeds splutter, add the grated onion.

Fry the onion till it is brown. Add the ginger garlic paste and fry a few seconds. Add the mango, garam masala, coriander, cumin, red chilli powders. Add a little more oil or some chickpea liquid, if required and fry a few seconds.

Add the green chillis. Add the coriander and mint leaves.

Add the chickpeas, along with the liquid. Add the kala namak, salt, roasted cumin powder and the tamarind juice.

Bring to a boil. Mash about 3 tablespoons of chickpeas and return to the pan. This will thicken the gravy. Taste and adjust salt. Reduce heat and simmer for about 5 minutes, till gravy reduces.

Serve hot, garnishing with chopped coriander leaves, ginger julienne, tomato wedges, onion slices.

Pav Bhaji


500g potatoes, boiled, peeled and diced
1 c cooked small chopped mixed vegetables – carrots, beans, peas, cauliflower
1/2 c chopped onions
1/2 c ghee
4 green chillis, slit and chopped
1/2 inch ginger, sliced finely
250g tomato, chopped
1 tsp red chilli powder
1 tsp ginger garlic paste
salt to taste
5 tbsp butter
1 tsp garam masala
a bunch of fresh coriander leaves, chopped
2 tbsp lemon juice
lemon wedges for garnish
4 pao buns, halved


Heat ghee in a pan. Reserve 3 tsp chopped onions for garnish and fry the remaining till light brown. Add green chillis, ginger and tomatoes and saute over medium heat for 2-3 minutes. Reduce heat, then add the red chilli powder, mixed vegetables and potatoes.

With a metal spatula, simultaneously mash and stir for 5 minutes. While stirring, keep sprinkling the ginger garlic paste, dissolved in 6 tablespoons water. Add salt and two thirds of butter. Increase the heat and stir well.

Sprinkle garam masala, coriander leaves, lemon juice and remove from heat.

Garnish with remaining chopped onions.

Apply the remaining butter on the bun-halves, place them on a pre-heated frying pan. Fry until golden brown on both sides. Serve with the bhaji and a lemon wedge.

Tandoori Chicken Chaat


4 c tandoori chicken or chicken tikka (see barbeque recipies), shredded
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp oil
1/2 c raw green mango, diced
1/2 c onions, finely sliced
2 tsp green chillies, chopped
3 tbsp coriander leaves, chopped
2 tsp chaat masala
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
1 tsp ginger, julienned
salt to taste


Mix together the lemon juice with salt, chilli powder and oil. Keep aside.

In a bowl, mix the raw mango, onions, green chillies, coriander leaves, chaat masala, the shredded chicken. Add the lemon dressing made above and mix well.

Remove to a serving bowl and serve immediately, garnished with ginger.

Mint Chutney


1 c packed coriander leaves
1/2 c packed mint leaves
1/4 c chopped onion
2 green chillis, deseeded, chopped
1/2 tsp roasted cumin powder
2 tsp lemon juice
salt to taste

Method In a blender, grind all the ingredients to a smooth paste, adding little water, if required. Store in a jar in the refrigerator.

Aloo Samosas


225g flour
50 g ghee or clarified butter
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp caraway seeds or ajwain
75 ml warm water
2 tbsp oil
1 tsp cumin seeds
1.5 cm. ginger, grated fine
1 tsp garam masala powder
2 c boiled, peeled, small diced potatoes
1 tsp red chilli powder
1 tsp mango powder Amchur
2 tbs coriander powder

1 1/2 tsp cumin powder

1 tsp chilli powder
salt to taste
1/2 c green peas, boiled in water with a little salt
2 green chillies, deseeded and chopped fine
1/2 c coriander leaves, chopped

1/8 C toasted Kajus (optional)

1 tbsp lemon juiceoil for deep frying


To prepare the filling:
Heat the oil over medium heat. Add the cumin seeds. When they sizzle, add the coriander, red chilli, cumin and mango powders. Add the ginger and green chillis.

After a few seconds, add the potatoes and the peas. Add the garam masala, lemon juice, salt and mix well. Taste and adjust seasoning.

Cover and cook for 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

Add the chopped coriander and mix well.

Stir in the garam masala powder, green chillies. Remove from heat and add the lemon juice. Cool thoroughly and mix in the coriander leaves.

To prepare the pastry:
Add the ghee, caraway seeds and salt to the flour. Rub in well. Add enough warm water to mix a soft dough. Knead until the dough feels soft to the touch.

Fill these cones with the prepared filling, leaving about 1/2 cm. border on the top of the cone. Now moisten the top edges and press them hard together. At this point I refrigerate them uncovered on parchment paper for at least an hour or over night to get them a little “drier” before frying them.

Deep fry the samosas in hot oil over medium heat until they are golden brown and drain on absorbent paper.

Tamarind Chutney (Saunth)

If you can’t get jaggery, use sugar or palm sugar.


1 knob of tamarind, about the size of a tennis ball
2 c water
1/2 c jaggery
1 1/2 tsp roasted cumin powder
1 tsp red chilli powder
salt to taste


Soak tamarind in water for at least 4 hours or overnight. Mash with hands to extract all the pulp.

In a pan, bring the tamarind water to a boil, reduce heat and cook about 5 minutes. Allow to cool and strain well through a strainer. Use your hands to extract every bit of pulp through the strainer. If required, add a little additional water through the strainer.

Place the strained tamarind water in a pan and bring to a boil. Add the jaggery, roasted cumin powder and chilli powder. Reduce heat a bit, and allow to cook for at least another 10 minutes. Add salt and adjust seasoning. It should be sweet and sour.

Allow to cool. Store in a jar in the refrigerator. This will keep up to a month.


My Bhatiji made me a Blogger :(

February 2, 2009

I am not a writer.
I am not a writer.
I am not a writer.
I am doing this under complete duress from my Bhatiji who won’t let me live until I blog.
She thinks I am funny…no one else does…ask her about the book I bought her for Christmas. Her blog is go see it I am sure the intellectually stimulus you were looking for will be found there. 🙂

Here is the proof that she twisted my arm:

nut meg: Buaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!! the blog that we set up when I was over at ur place!!!
nut meg: You could log in by using your username (which I guess is “Kirachronicles”) and your password and start posting on your blog!
nut meg: (after you log in, when your home page opens, on the right-hand-side you’ll c a header saying “Quickpress”, thats where you can make entries and you can even save them to update later if incomplete! or publish the posts then and there!!)
nut meg: And you can upload pics to go with the posts, it’s acually quite easy and if a comp dummy like me can to do it then anybody can do it!!!!!!!
nut meg:  …. so now you hv to do it
Kira: I don’t have time
nut meg: noooooooooooooooooooooooooo u can’t say that
nut meg: ok what abt maybe just a couple of lines every other day??
nut meg: I mean there is no rule about the length of the post!! It could be thought of he day or a picture may be??

nut meg: Ok how abt if u do this Ill start a blog too

nut meg: why not
nut meg: ???????
Kira:  I can’t
nut meg: ummm….coz of no time???
Kira: yes and there is NOTHING more painful than writing to me
Kira: i would rather have oral surgery

Kira: what should I talk about
Kira: this incessant nag who wants me to blog will be the first posting
Kira: lol
nut meg: Anything!!
nut meg: lol
nut meg:
nut meg: mine and Dad’s!
nut meg: I am trying to get him started too!!
Kira: hahahahaha
Kira: u r funny
nut meg: not as funny as you (really!) and I just want that out there!
Kira: you want what out where?
nut meg: err…..ur funniness!!
Kira: that i am crazy?
Kira: i don’t know how to do it let me see
nut meg: I am right here for a tutorial if you need to know something
Kira: ok
Kira: ok read my blog
nut meg: Yayyyyyyyyyyyyy
Kira: Give me a topic to write about
nut meg: what is making you feel happy or bothering you right now???
nut meg: Basically what’s on your mind right now??
Kira: I have a sore throat and I don’t want to write about that
Kira: I have nothing on my mind tabla rasa
nut meg: how abt the kuttas???
Kira: what’s to sayy?
nut meg: just the funny things they do??
nut meg: the thali they eat it
nut meg: trust me that stuff is gonna crack ppl up!
nut meg:
Kira: u are kidding
Kira: are u serious lol
nut meg: yup yup yup
nut meg: hehe see how close that is to what a dog might say “yip yip yip”
nut meg: Orrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
Kira: ok gimme 10 min and I will write something called “I was Indian in my past life” lol
nut meg: you could copy paste this conversation over there, proof of the pressure I am putting u under
Kira: lol
nut meg: LOL THAT should be GOOD!