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Thursday, 24 November 2011

my fusion low fat pasta recipe

041.jpgSo is my love for pasta,till now i shared a love hate relation with my favourite dish pasta..everytime i dined out i tried my best to resist this rich dish oozing out carbs and hidden calories that would eventually make its way to my love handles..but a couple of days back while strolling down the aisles of le marche i thought of a way to make this foe called pasta a friend..though this recipe is very similar to the indian pasta version of onion tomatoes and theres a twist and that is it does taste italian and its extremely must try it as well if u are a foodie like me but wanna watch yout weight.

time required-30 mins
you will need

200gms whole wheat penne pasta
1 small red onion cut length wise
1teaspoon chopped garlic
1bunch spring onions with bulbs chopped
2medium sized tomatoes chopped
5pieces of babycorn thinly slices
8pieces of brocolli
1teaspoon chopped garlic
2teaspoons olive oil
1tbsp ajina-moto
1tbsp red chilli sauce
1tsp black pepper
1tsp vinegar
1tablespoon white wine
salt to taste
1tsp mixed herbs(available at any super market)

to begin with fill up a saucepan with water add the pasta in it along wid 1tsp salt and 1tsp oil and let it boil till the pasta is soft then strain out the excess water and keep the pasta aside..

heat the remaining 1 tsp oil in a non stick pan add red onion and pepper to it saute for 2-3mins or until the onion becomes tranlucent,once done add chopped tomatoes,garlic,ajina-moto,salt to taste and cook on medium flame until the tomatoes are fully cooked and the water dries add spring onions along with the bulbs,brocolli and babycorn,the spring onion will release some water keep the heat on medium until the water dries out and then cook on low heat for another 5mins or till the spring onions become a bit soggy and dark in colour while doing so add vinegar, chilli sauce ,and wine you can also use vodka insted of wine if you want and if you are a teetotaller you can completely skip the wine..add mixed herbs to it  add pasta to this mixture cook for 30seconds and voilaa your pasta is can add parmesan shavings to it in the end but i generally skip this step..

serve hot with garlic bread

          copyright(c)alka narula

Monday, 21 November 2011


Mata Hari who was executed by firing squad in france in october 1917,is probably the most famous spy of all times.shes reknown for her beauty,her numerous millitary lovers,her provocative oriental dancing,and,above all her espionage.yet in fact she was not oriental,or even a spy.Mata Hari was the stage name adopted by a plump,middle aged dutch divorcee named mrs.margaretha macLeod who left her alcoholic scottish husband in Netherlands East Indies now known as indonesia and opted to become a dancer in Europe.

INNOCENT VICTIM most historians now accept that,far from being a spy,Mata Hari was simply an innocent scapegoat-shot because the french govt.wanted to cover up its military inaptitude by manufacturing an all powerful ring of german agents.

Human Cloning VS Avatars

My grand dad though a god fearing person but an atheist had a great deal of influence on me as I spent  hours, listening to his stories and often he would talk about Hindu gods. He was not quite convinced with our half human ,half animal gods nor he was convinced with immortality theory. Though he is no more but he did leave a confused mind behind that mind wanders in search of the facts and that is me.

Recent claims of human coloning,and research on immortality drugs by  scientists have left me confused about Avatars ( The mystic beings who take birth on the earth at precise moments in order to help man and show him the way from his ordinary mortal state to an enlightened consciousness.)  , and evolution of life on earth.I have often wondered about theory of half human ,half animal and  immortal  Hindu Gods . If we go by Darwins theory of Evolution "From the invertebrates came the fishes. From the fishes the Amphibians and from the Amphibians the Reptiles. The Reptiles in turn gave rise to two separate classes the Aves (or the birds) and the Mammals. And ofcourse in mammals the final step in evolution (atleast as of now} was Man."

In fact in the study of the manifestations of Lord Vishnu, better known as the Dasha- Avatars suggests that , the earliest known life on the earth was of amphibians in the water, from where the progress was chronicled and was followed by a life sustaining not only in water but progressed to some extent on land. The Lord took shape of a tortoise. (Koorma-avatara). Amphibian became semi-amphibian, and then an animal in swamp or slush. Lord became a Boar and this animal progressed to half-human in the shape of Half lion + half-human (Nara-Simha) , the path of progress took the half human to full human shape. The next avatar was that of a Dwarf (Vamana) The process of progress of Dwarf  to a full human was natural, but with a wavering mind, uncontrollable, and acting without reasons ,he came to be known as Parasurama, a man without control.. Slowly the man became perfect,always giving importance to the penance than the pleasure ever respecting the guru and the elders and remaining dutiful to others wherever he was and he came to be known as Rama. And then the perfect human form emerged in the form of Krishna ,who was known for his cleverness and ability to think and win. A person of intelligence, taking decisions to suit the situation and ready to fight. Ready to mediate, and ready to love and ready to be loved. Tranquility, submission, passion for peace is the next step from achieving everything. He was Buddha.The cycle has to end, so that it can start again. Kalki(Anti Christ), they say will come to destroy the world. So that evolution can take place again. I tried to  understand rather convince my self although,debating within my mind untill Scientists claimed that an artificial human can be created by cloning  The technology of cloning mammals, although far from reliable, has reached the point where many scientists are knowledgeable, the literature is readily available, and the implementation of the technology is not very expensive compared to many other scientific processes. For that reason Lewis D. Eigen has argued that human cloning attempts will be made in the next few years and may well have been already begun
I end the post here much confused in my mind, whether to believe in the theory of Avatars or Evolution or Cloning , it certainly is beyond my comprehension.


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