Wednesday, June 10, 2009

La Cinderella

This went out as a mail to update everyone on the hilarious incident I will never forget! Read on...

I was busy with my work and completely engrossed. Most of you know that when I am in that mood I remove my slippers and fold my legs up and squat on the chair. Now this morning I had atleast 4-5 women meeting me. After an hour I wanted to go for another meeting. I tried to feel for my chappal under my chair. The right foot slipper was gone. I looked around and saw a right foot slipper lying nearby. Hey but that one was not mine! I was zapped that someone had actually worn my right foot slipper and gone off. Now began the hunt for finding out which of the 5 women took it away, the hunt a much la Cinderella.

I was blanked out completely on how anyone could have done it. I went around looking for the slipper swapper. I was getting late for my next meeting. Then I came back to my laptop and saw a ping from the culprit. I told her to stay put where she was. I had a meeting in a different bldg. This slipper swapper was in that bldg too. Thank God!! So I went around the campus for some time with 2 different slipper on my feet and some comforting words from a friend “ Don’t worry, you are not alone there is the other person too roaming around with two different slippers on!!”

Guess who it was???

Doped Versha, Just out of bed.

To which Priyanka replies:

"Short and sweet compilation off the event.

I feel proud and highly honored to be the sole eye-witness of that fun-filled moment!

Yours Sincerely........."

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Kakdi Dhirda

It is exciting times for me both on the work as well as personal front. I have been working hard and coming back to my waggy tail in the evening. It has such a calming effect. Plus I am going to have great memories of last Monday. He took a break from his busy schedule to be with me. How could I be unaffected. A new set of wheels and a handsome man at the control is every woman's fantasy, isn't it? It was my happy day, it was real!!!

I've become lazy with all the attention coming my way. Just want to chill out and take life at an easy pace. I cook if I feel like, eat what I want. Most times I've been making quick meals. My thoughts are elsewhere. There is action replay happening in my mind. Just soaking in.

I woke up today and felt like having something healthy. Kakdi Dhirda is quick, fragrant and emmencely satisfying. It is ready in a blink, oh not actually but I felt like that as I mixed together the batter. Planning other moves while doing it.

Do as I did if you care for this Dhirda. This is Kakdi Dhirda or Cucumber dosa marathi style.

In Maharashtrian homes Dhirda is made mostly for a quick snack with whatever is available in the pantry. You can say these are instant dosas or uttappams. What makes Dhirda a Marathi recipe unlike the dosa is the sweet tinge to it.


1 cucumber grated
1 cup fine semolina
2 green chilies chopped fine
2 tablespoons of crushed jaggery
salt to taste
ghee to roast

I used green skinned cucumber to get the really green look for my Kakdi Dhirda. Grated it in a big bowl and kept the skin on.

Chopped chilies went into the bowl. Then the jaggery and salt. I mixed the batter pensively using enough water to make it like dosa batter.

Heated the girdle on medium, spread the batter in circles. I like my Dhirda to be a bit thick. Like a uttappam. Leave a little bit of ghee from the sides. The ghee makes the Dhirda extra fragrant. Roast it on both sides.

Remove onto a plate and serve with Metkut but then I am in the south so no Bedekar's Metkut for me. I make do with Chutney pudi. Dhirda actually does not need any accopaniment it can be enjoyed on its own with a masala chai, it works wonders.

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