BAPU’S EXPERIMENTS WITH TRUTH & MINE WITH FOOD

Recently started reading this amazing book ” the story of my experiments with truths” by Mohandas Karamchand Ghandhi or as we call him Bapu…

What a man!! Respect ..

I have just read this introduction and can’t get over it ..I already read it 3 times..

I wanted to share some highlights of it..

As Bapu writes…

” for me the tittle of Mahatma that they have won for me has, deeply pained me, and there is not a movement I recall when it may be said to have tickled me.”

” the more I reflect and look back in the past, the more vividly do I feel my limitations ”

” the truth is not only truthfulness in world, but truthfulness in through and not only the relative truth of our conception but the Absolute truth, the eternal principal that is God.”

” I worship God as truth only”

” he alone is real and all else is unreal”

” the instruments for the quest of truth are as simple as they are difficult. They may appear quite impossible to an arrogant person and quite possible to an innocent child ”

” the world crushes the dust under its feet, but the seeker after truth should be so humble himself that even a dust could crush him”

” let hundreds like me perish but truth be prevail”

” in judging myself I shall try to be harsh as truth as I want others also to be”

” measuring myself by that standard must exclaim with Surdas where is there a wretch So wicked and loathsome as I? I have forsaken my Maker, So faithless have I been ”

I am under the spell of Bapu right now just by reading his Introduction, I wish to take out time and read this book….one gets such strength by reading this book, hopefully I too will learn lots from it…

In fact, few days back I had gone to hear a discussion on Ghandhiji and a person asked one of the panellist a superb question, the same thing was always lingering in my head as well…

There are so many people these days who do not like Ghandhiji, ok fair enough they have an opinion but I get disturbed when they judge him for the tinny errors he made in his great life or because they are so ignorant that they do not know much and have an opinion.

This panellist had a very good answer, ” person judging Bapu show their stupidity or ignorance cause they have no idea what they are talking about, cause if they knew about him then they would not have had such an opinion” I have leant to wish such people Get well soon as taught in the movie Lagge Raho Munna bhai…

As I write about one of my favourite person, ever since childhood I was in such awe of Bapu…

I am sharing one of my favourite coconut curry recipe. This recipe is my aunt Moulikta’s. She is such a dear person to me. Of lately I have been so busy with my toddler and due to the time difference between India and USA, just haven’t talked to her…though she knows I love her… She even knows I miss her 🙂

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INGREDIENTS:

[serves 3-4] For the coconut curry:

3 cups thick coconut milk

2-3 tbsp Besan/ chickpeas flour

¼ cup thick curds

1 tbsp imli paste/ tamarind paste

2 onions roughly chopped 2 tomatoes roughly chopped

5 cloves of garlic

½ inch ginger

4 green chilies

½ cup coriander leaves

2 tbsp ghee

½ inch cinnamon stick

2 cloves

1 tbsp mustard seeds

1 tsp jeera

5-6 curry leaves

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METHOD:

Take the coconut milk, besan, curd and mix properly, keep aside.

Put the onions, tomatoes, garlic, ginger green chilies, coriander leaves in a mixer and make a paste.

In a pot heat the ghee, add the mustard seeds, jeera, cinnamon, and clove, once the seeds splutter add the curry leaves cook for a few seconds then add the prepared paste and fry for 2-3 minutes or till the oil separates.

Add coconut milk mixture, imli paste, salt and 2 cups of water. Let it boil and simmer for 15 minutes on a low flame. Remove from the gas the keep a side.

This curry goes best with spinach rice, again my aunt Moulikta’s recipe It’s very simple..I just sautéed garlic, onion ginger and green chiles in oil added spinach gravy, salt, pepper and mixed it with pre cooked rice …yumm.. I think I must have prepared at least 2 litres of curry that day…we love it so much all over in 2 days…

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