What does freedom actually mean? For me freedom is not having my way out or wearing what I want writing what I want…yes all this is part of it but there is a higher level to that…it’s the true freedom of mind….few years back I never knew what that actually meant cause my mind had a habit of being engaged in meaningless associations, that time they seemed very important to me…now I realise how valueless they were. May be my mind was so empty then, I was not involved in creativity then thus to fill it up I needed unnecessary valueless thing to do…I kept with people who were absolute nonsense and would add chaos to my life with their lifestyles and choices…I did valueless things which wasted years of my life taking it to no direction..I would give so much of though to strained relationships and be in a way obsessed with what they were doing? pondering on why such things happened and kept on repeating them and talked about them ….again absolute waste of time…why ? I feel because I just wanted my mind to chain itself, I did not understand then true meaning of absolute freedom of mind. Some times to keep relations was such a mental pressure for me, just wishing someone happy new year I felt I needed to do it by some external force and I did not want to do it. I did so many things reluctantly which added pressure to me and if I did not do certain things then I would feel guilty about not meeting the expectations…phew!!..deep down I was never at peace. I know so many people these kinds of dilemmas everyday.
After my son came in my life I don’t know what exactly happened, maybe I got to sit back and think. It was like light bulb effect in my mind, suddenly I learnt to draw a line in relationships that did not give value to me, I learnt to say no to things that were waste of time. Right now I am at a place in my life I only do things that give some value to me, I have managed to define my inner circle of people for whom I am available 24/7 then there is another second circle of relationships which I will keep cause they mean something to me and finally outside these two circles I am not even bothered. Defining my relationships have helped me so much that I exactly know what and how much I have to do, thus what ever I do, for who ever I do it with full honestly cause nothing forces me, it’s only by my free will I do. I feel so free, I feel so relived. Some relationships that had got rotten with time I had to pull a band-aid but that was a good thing as I don’t have to force my self to do thinks which in my heart I am reluctant. It’s better to be honest than have deep resentment.
Having internal freedom has helped me focus my thoughts and energies on creative things like this blog or my grand father’s projects. Those are the things that’s occupy my mind all the time. This freedom has helped me stay so much content and happy. Like I dont think the idea of cooking two different cuisines would have come to me if I was occupied with unnecessary associations. I feel for true creativity and to achieve something beautiful in life it’s very important to free one mind.
This time I decided to cook long green chilies two ways. The Indian way and the Mexican way.
For the Mexican chilies stuffed the chilies with refried beans and made Mexican rice with it.
Indian style chiles:
This Hyderabadi mirchi salan of mine I am too confident of its tastes, in fact i remember in a wedding I tasted Mirchi salan cooked by some well-known caterer of the city, first thing I told my husband after tasting it “not as good as mine..”
This Dish I had made for my sister’s husband Varun when we invited him for dinner while my sister was travelling. I had made vegetables rice and my blogger friend Malar’s Andra style dal thanks for the recipe Malar…below is the link to the recipe
Recipe Hyderabadi Mirchi salan
This Hyderabadi recipe of mirchi ka salan I got it from Sanjeev kapoor cooking show years back. It’s quite authentic. I really like the balance of flavors of the coconut, garlic, ginger and tamarind.
For the hyderabadi paste:
2 tbsp peanuts
2 tbsp sesame seeds
1 tbsp cumin seeds
6 cloves of garlic
½ inch ginger
1 onion roughly chopped
3 tbsp grated coconut
½ tsp turmeric powder
1 tbsp coriander powder
3 tsp chili powder
For the mirchi salan:
2 tbsp of oil
4-5 long green chilies
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp mustard seeds
¼ tsp methi seeds
¼ tsp nigella seeds
6-7 curry leaves
2 tbsp imli paste
Salt to taste
Dry roast peanuts, sesame seeds and cumin seeds.
In a mixer add the peanuts, sesame seeds, cumin seeds, garlic, ginger, onion, coconut, turmeric, coriander and red chili powder. Add about 2 tbsp of water and blend into a coarse paste.
Heat the oil in a non stick kadhai add the cumin seeds, mustard seeds, methi seeds, nigella seeds and the curry leaves.
Once the seeds start to splutter add the paste cook till the oil separates.
Add the green chilies, tamarind paste, 1 and 1/2 cup of water and salt .
Cook for 3-4 minutes or till the gravy thicken and the chilies are cooked well.
Serve with rotis, rice or biryani.