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Last evening I made Rasaabali - A not-to-miss Dessert from the Land of Odisha.. it was my second attempt & it came out exceedingly well.
Freshly prepared Cottage cheese or "chenna" is an indispensable part in the Odia sweet making process and is generously used in almost all of the sweet dishes in the state like for instance in Rasaabali (the precursor of Rasmalai). One may say that Rasaabali is a distant cousin of Rasmalai but they are still slightly different from each other in that in case of Rasaabali, the chenna balls are deep fried before being left to soak in thickened sweet milk. 
Rasaabali originated in the Baladevjew temple in Kendrapada where it is offered as a prasad to the deity. It is also offered to Lord Jagannath in his chhapan bhog, thus the sweet dish has been existing since 11th century.

The procedure is fairly simple.. however it requires a bit of patience and dedication. 
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Snowy outside the Vet's clinic. All of his vaccinations (Anti rabies as well as 10 in 1 vaccine i.e. vaccine against 10 diseases like canine distemper, parvovirus, coronavirus, parainfluenza, hepatitis, adenovirus, kennel cough and a few others) for this year got done today. Last month on 10th of March the first set of 10 in 1 vaccine and the Anti rabies vaccine were given and today the second set of those vaccines were given. 
Hopefully the guy who has assured me that he will adopt Snowy, will keep his word and will come this evening to take him. Fingers crossed. All that these pawed beings need is care and affection and in return, they would give back its double for sure.
Out of the 5 kids, until now only one - Zuro - has been successfully adopted and he is living happily with his new family. 
It has been difficult looking after 5 kids all alone but Apne bacho ki tarha paalaa hai, I do not want to leave these kids stranded on the street to fend for themselves. 
I had lost faith on God last October... For me, He doesn't exist anymore but if He indeed is there, may some miracle happen so that each of these remaining 4 puppies would get a good caring family. 
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Aalu Kasha (Boiled Potatoes cooked in Dry Gravy)
Mummy makes the world's best Aalu Kasha, I tried to replicate the same taste following her recipe step by step but I have a long way to go to match that taste 🙁. Aalu Kasha, commonly prepared in almost all the Odia and Bengali kitchens is a simple and yet delicious dish, that is prepared with potatoes and the Indian spices. The recipe follows the standard procedure that is employed for the gravy of most Indian curries, however the only difference being that the gravy remains semi dry in case of Aalu Kasha.

This dish doesn't require that much effort to prepare, gets done in relatively less time, and tastes really good whether one pairs it with luchis (maida puris) or with the paranthas or rotis. It goes well even with steamed rice and dal. I have used baby potatoes but aalu kasha can be done even with the normal sized potatoes but they need to be cut into cubes.

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Dal Tadka is one of the most common and also among the most popular dishes ordered in dhabas and restaurants across India, but primarily in the Northern part. 
Now the the tadka dal prepared the Odia way is vastly different from the Dal Tadka made elsewhere, in that while others primarily use channa dal (split chickpeas) to prepare Dal Tadka, the Odia dhabas and restaurants use a medley of pulses namely Channa dal, Kabuli channa, Rajma, Lobia, Masoor dal and sometimes urad dal too. No wonder, both the taste and the flavour of the Odia style Tadka Dal is different from the one prepared elsewhere.

The procedure is quite simple - first all the lentils are boiled in a pressure cooker with turmeric powder and salt. Now for the seasoning, heat about 1 tablespoon of mustard oil in a wok, fry slit green chillies, sliced onions and finely chopped tomatoes. When the tomatoes get cooked, add about a tablespoon of ginger-garlic paste (while preparing the paste, also add cumin seeds, coriander seeds and 2-3 red chillies too to the chopped garlic and ginger) and cook till oil starts to leave the sides. Now add the mixture of the boiled lentils.

In the dhabas, they also add anda bhujia (scrambled eggs) at this step, that surely gives a terrific finish both in terms of taste and flavour to the tadka dal. 
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Playing session going on 😁
Snowy and Gungun busy in their mock fight session and so also are Tiger and Blacky (their dangal is going on in the adjacent arena -- on their bedding 😁😁
These kids have kept me alive so far,
just when I gave up on God, the world, and mankind.... the innocence that I see in these kids draws me towards life again
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Tomato Khajuri Khatta (Dates and Tomato Chutney) - A Speciality From Odisha

Tomato Khajuri Khatta (Dates and Tomato Chutney) is a very popular side dish in Odisha, so much so that probably no marriage reception party can ever be complete if the menu doesn't have Tomato Khajuri Khatta as an item. 
The procedure is quite simple and doesn't take much time to prepare but the steps are to be followed carefully, otherwise the taste wouldn't be that great as it should be. 
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Dekho inn shaitaano ko... Maano jaise koi jung ladhke aaye hain aur ekdum thak gaye hain.. 😁😁😁 This scene is repeated every single day as soon as they enter the house after coming back from their routine evening walks. Amuses me to no end. In fact it reminds me of my schooling days - the kind of feeling we used to get after coming back from school or tuition... "mummy, kuch khaane ko do... bahot thak gayaa hoon" is what I used to say 😄
These naughty kids too give me similar stares 😉😘
This is the only time (of course apart from the time when they are asleep) when they wouldn't be indulging in mischiefs, one or the other 😁😁😊😚
GRAND JOYS IN SMALLEST OF THINGS
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For a change, last night I thought of replacing my usual dinner of rotis and a sabzi with South Indian food items and the first thing that came to my mind were idlis. So I decided to make Idlis to go with sambar and coconut chutney. But I also gave a little twist to the usual idlis in that I added steamed vegetables like chopped carrots, green peas and chopped cauliflower florets to the idli batter. The results were indeed very refreshing and tasted wonderfully well.
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My kids love their evening walks.. in fact apprehensive that I might not take them out for walks if they make me furious with their mischiefs, so just about an hour prior to their walks, they literally become the world's most innocent bache 😁😁😁
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I was kind of teasing him with "Snowy, aye Snowy.. sunn naa. Aye Snowy, sunn naa.."
And in reply, his expression says it all -- "Sunn raha hai naa tu... Thak gayaa hoon main.. Chal, ab fhutle" 😁😁
Snowy deadtired after his routine evening stroll.
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"Thoda sustaai le"... this is what my naughty kids must be thinking right now, after "machaaing hud-dum". Managing 5 mischievous kids is not at all easy, I tell you 😁😁
Instead of buying, try adopting a street  puppy... he/she will get a home and a family and you will find a truely loving friend. Do not judge a dog by its breed or its skin colour... Remember that Love begets love.

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Parenting can be really tough at times.
My naughty kids are insisting on going out right now. However outside the sun is beating down like anything. 
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