[survey] .. Movies and me..

Since i had a bit of time.. decided to do this MOVIE survey and put it up here… 🙂

1. Name a movie that you have seen more than 10 times-
Has to be The Sound of Music ( must have watched it over 200 times right from when i was in school), others would be Parineeta(Hindi), Serendipity, Fools Rush In and Shrek 1

2. Name a movie that you’ve seen multiple times in the theater.
The most recent has to be Tare Zameen Par.. 3 times… never seen a movie more than twice in the theaters…

3. Name an actor that would make you more inclined to see a movie.
Aamir khan in Bollywood….in Hollywood, used to be George Clooney,or Meg Ryan… now it is Brad Pitt, Keanu Reeves, Dianne Keaton or Steve Martin
4. Name an actor that would make you less likely to see a movie.
Hmmmm… Jeeva (Tamil), Bobby Deol (Hindi) and Kirsten Dunst (hollywood, she just cant act)

5. Name a movie that you can and do quote from. ..
Star Wars.. Yoda quotes…. [tho i dont really quote from them, i like his quotes]

6. Name a movie musical that you know all of the lyrics to all of the songs.
hahaha.. has to be The Sound of Music and RENT…

7. Name a movie that have been known to sing along with.
Need i repeat.. The Sound of Music and RENT

8. Name a movie that you would recommend everyone see.
RENT, Eight Below, Parineeta and ofcourse Tare Zameen Par

9. Name a movie that you own.
Oh,Gosh, there are so many… The Sound of Music, My fair lady,Shrek1,2&3, Parineeta,Salaam Namaste, Hitch, In Pursuit of Happyness,Happy Feet, Bringing down the house… the list is endless..

10. Name an actor that launched his/her entertainment career in another medium but who has surprised you with his/her acting chops.
Hugh Laurie (HOUSE MD is the TV serial he stars in ).. he is awesomee…..

11. Have you ever seen a movie in a drive-in?
Yeppers, loads of times.. At Prarthana Drive in theater in chennai…

12. Name a movie that you keep meaning to see but just haven’t yet gotten around to it.
Johnny Gaddar(hindi), I Am legend and Kingdom.
14. Ever walked out of a movie?
Almost did..

15. Name a movie that made you cry in the theater.
Forrest Gump… and now Tare Zameen Par…

16. Popcorn?
Oh, yes.. a movie expedition aint complete unless you gorge down a bowl of popcorn… even had caramel popcorn in bombay…

17. How often do you go to the movies (as opposed to renting them or watching them at home)?
It varies.. sometimes its more than 3times a month, and sometimes once in two months.. depends on the movies that are being screened…

18. What’s the last movie you saw in the theater?
Bee Movie(1st time) and Tare Zameen par(3rd time)- both in Bombay…

19. What’s your favorite/preferred genre of movie?
Comedy, family, drama and the feel good.. also enjoy watching the occasional foreign language or documentary style movies…
20. What’s the first movie you remember seeing in the theater?
Probably this 3D movie called My Dear Kuttichattan when i was in Junior school (in tirunelveli)


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[Cooking] Kofta in Spinach gravy

After long, was watching tv in the evening with my gramma… we were surfing channels looking for something she wanted to watch.. since we dint find it, went over to Vijay TV where Mallika Badrinath was cooking (tue eve 6.30pm)..

She made this interesting dish that i tried out, which i must say was quite Yummy…. It can be eaten with Steamed rice or Roti as well..

Green gram kofta in Spinach gravy (dont know what she called it, but this is the name i have given the dish)

What you need: [what i made was for about 5-7people]

Green gram(sprouted)- soaked in water for about 3hrs
Spinach -3 bunches( depends on how much you make)
Paneer – 100gms (grated)
Cheese – 4cubes(grated)
Coriander – a cup(finely chopped)
Green Chillies – 2(finely chopped)
Onion- 2 big(finely chopped)
Rice flour/cornflour/maida – 2tbsp
Tomato – 1 big or 2small( finely chopped)
Cumin powder – 1 tsp
Red Chilli Powder – 1tsp
Dhania Powder- 2tsp
Oil – to fry
Salt – to taste

How to Make:

Step 1: Kofta balls
1. OUTER OF KOFTA-Take the green gram and grind it to make a thick mixture(do not add water)
2.FILLING– In a bowl – mix paneer, cheese,rice flour(just so they all bind together well), 1 onion chopped, coriander,green chillies, a pinch of salt.
3 . Make balls out of the ground green gram , press them out like cups, and within each of them put in a spoonful of the filling and cover it up.
In a similar manner, make all the balls.
4. Take a pan, add oil enough for frying. Deep fry these kofta balls, till outer turns dark brown.. strain and keep aside.

Step 2 : Gravy
1. Chop the spinach coarsely, and let it cook in water with a pinch of salt
2. Grind the cooked spinach into a smooth paste
3. Take a pan, add some oil
4. once oil is hot, add the remaining onions and tomatoes, saute for a couple of minutes..
5. to this add the spinach puree..
6. add cumin,dhania, red chilli powder and more salt if you need
Let it cook.. till it starts boiling…

Take a serving bowl.. place the kofta balls and pour the gravy on top of them (this is just so the kofta does not dissolve in the gravy or lose its shape)…

You can add a dollop of cream if you wish on top..just for garnish….

Was unable to take pics once it was done… all gobbled it up and this was all there was left…

Bon Appetite~~ 🙂

[news] Heath Ledger dead….

Just saw it on one of the sites and was stunnned..shocked….
I was looking fwd to watching him in Patriot..
loved him in Brokeback Mountain..
an amazing actor.. i thot he had done a wonderful job in Brokeback movie….

sadddd….. very saddd….

[Cooking] MicrowaveCarrot halwa.. my 1st attempt

During my recent trip to Mumbai, i had carrot halwa at my friend’s house. . she and her hubb had tried out this recipe in their new Microwave.. and it had turned out really yummmy.. just the perfect amt of sugar( her hubby said it should be sweeter….).. anyways, we polished it..

After getting back to chennai, i began toying with the idea of making Carrot halwa.. my sis has tried it awhile back, with mom overseeing her cooking(mom gets scared when either of us gets near the stove… lolz)…

During one of my visits to the vegetable vendor, i saw Delhi carrots(those long slender reddish pink ones).. and bot about half kilo.. thot if i dont make halwa, we can atleast make salad and enjoy them.. Today(its been over 4days since i bot em), i decided to get down to making the Carrot halwa.. grated the carrots and kept em ready in the morning.. had bot Mithai mate the day i bot the carrots and was all set…

Had researched the net, found a couple of recipes,but finally tried something on my own.. and i must say it turned out quite good… ( even gramma n granpa enjoyed it…).. here is how i made it…
What you need-

Ghee – 2 tbsp
Grated carrots – 4-5tbsp
Milk – 1/2 cup
Milk maid or other kinds of condensed milk – 4tbsp
Chopped almonds or cashews- 2tsp(or how much ever you like)

Here’s how you make it.. quite simple
–In a microwave proof vessel, pour in the ghee. To this, mix the grated carrots and microwave on high power for about 5 minutes. when time is up, you will see the carrots have almost cooked.. and looked glazed(thanks to the ghee)
–Now, time to mix in the rest of the ingredients and microwave covered on high power for another 4 minutes. I had to cook it for another 2mins as it was a bit liquidy…

This is how it looked and tastes yummmy.. wish i had vanilla ice cream.. maybe i’ll get some and we shall all enjoy a lovely dessert… 🙂

Eeeks…. scary as hell………The hairy caterpillars

Today we had a mini war at home.. and no, i was not fighting with mom or my sis, it was between me,mom, uncle and the hairy caterpillars… they were all over our backyard.. past couple of years, i had noticed they were living on the Drumstick (murungakkai) tree in our backyard, but never really seen em crawling about on the floor. but today morning, when we went out to do Kanum pongal(offer sweet pongal and other food items to our forefathers), i saw plenty of these grey furry things on the floor to creeep me out.. eeksss. i wouldnt stand there.. it was like they were on me.. crawling… yuckkkk….

[they looked a bit like this, but more of grey color on top]…

So, we got a stick, tied plenty of cloth to it, poured generous amounts of kerosene(oh, yes, you read it right).. and then lit it up and showed it on these pesky creatures, swinging from left to right, top to bottom…. what an ordeal.. and after a couple of hours, i saw some more squiggling away in our back yard.. what guts these things had to come back.. uffo… tomorrow shall be their last day in our home.. we are gonna burn down the tree and along with every last ounce of these crawliessss…. they are gonna wish they had never stepped foot in our house… there were some cheeky ones that were coming down a slender rope kinda thingy, at full speed.. like firemen do on that pole in the fire station.. zwingggg…. Aaarghhhh….

say ur prayers u nasty creeepy crawly things… cos tonite is your last nite on this planet… ha ha ha ha…*evil laugh* ;o)

Happpy Pongal… Pongal Nalvazthukkal

Come January, and all of us gear up for the Harvest festival of Pongal (aka Thai pongal.. Thai=tamil month, pongal=being the festive day and the food item prepared on that day)..

Called differently in various parts of the country,-
– Pongal

– Makar Sankranti

– Kanumu
– Lohri

– Bihu
– Bhogi

– Thai Pongal
– Poki festival
– Hadaga Festival.. it is celebrated from 13th to 17th January….

Pongal marks the beginning of Uttarayana, the Sun’s movement northward for a six month period. In Hinduism, Uttarayana is considered auspicious, as opposed to Dakshinaayana, or the southern movement of the sun. All important events are scheduled during this period. Pongal signals the end of the traditional farming season, giving farmers a break from their monotonous routine.

The Four Days of Pongal
Pongal literally means, “boiling over”, here it is the milk+rice+jaggery that is cooked together and offered to Gods. The Tamil harvest festival is celebrated with decorated cows, processions and decorative kolams(rangoli, designs drawn on front porch using rice flour). The kolams will be elaborate and of a normal design, the sun, the pongal pot with boiling milk, and sugar cane…

Each day of this festival has a special significance, however, it is celebrated more grandly in the villages, while the city folk mainly celebrate on the second day only. It is widely celebrated in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.

On, the first day, Bhogi, the old clothes and materials are thrown away and fired, marking the beginning of a new life.

The second day, the Pongal day, is celebrated by boiling fresh milk early in the morning and allowing it to boil over the vessel – a tradition that is the literal translation for Pongal (in Tamil). When the milk in the pot comes to a boil all holler “pongalo pongal” and the higher the boiling level, the better it is for the family… this is traditionally cooked in a mud pot and not pressure cooker or stainless steel vessel.. but in my home, gramma uses a pot her mom gave her during her wedding…

The third day, Mattu Pongal, is meant to offer thanks to the cows and buffaloes, as they are used to plough the lands. People with cows at home, decorate them, give them specially made pongal and take them for a ride out on the streets.. we used to have a cow at home, so enjoyoed painting its horns, getting it all decked up.. but now are happy watching cows and bulls marching about on the roads…

This is also the day when women rise early, and keep “Kanupadi”.. they lay out leaves from the Turmeric plant out in the backyard or balcony.. and have three diff kinds of rice(all of which are left over from the prev day) – the sweet pongal, the curd rice, and curd rice mixed with turmeric to give it yellow color. they then clean the leaves, keep a banana, few beetle nuts, beetle leaf and then make tiny balls of these rice and place them on the leaves.. 1st the sweet pongal, then yellow rice and finally curd rice.. it is supp to be offerings to our fore fathers to look after us.. these are left in open for crows to feast on… and for every member, there will be seperate leaves.. a fun tradition that i’ve been part of since the day i could remember…. 🙂

Jallikattu, a violent taming the bull contest, marks this day. this is the latest buzz in news as the Govt has imposed a ban on this event… its where a bull is made to run on the streets, and people chase it, get clobberd and one lucky soul will controlthe bull and earn the reward..Something that happens primarily only in villages these days….

On the last day, Kanum Pongal, people go out to picnic, to the river bed or ocean…

Even though Pongal was originally a festival for the farming community, today it is celebrated by all. Coinciding with Makara Sankranti and Lohri(which was yesterday), it is celebrated in various parts of India…..

have a wonderful day and a fabulous year ahead……..