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Thursday, September 11, 2008

Recipe corner

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Soya Aloo Curry

Palak ka Saag

Soya Aloo Curry

It's a low calorie recipe comprising of soya and aloo.
Soya Aloo Curry Recipe is a low calorie and a must for those who yearn for health and foods.

Ingredients -
50 gm soya boiled
200 gm indian baby gourd
200 gm potatoes
2 tomatoes
2 onions
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp garam masala
2 green chillies
Some ginger paste
2 tsp coriander powder
Few coriander leaves
1 tsp red chilli powder
2 cups water
4 tbsp oil
Salt to taste

Preparation -
Heat the oil.
Add the onions and saute till golden
Add tomatoesand saute till soft

Now add green chillies, ginger paste, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, salt and frey for some more minutes
add a bit of water and grind in blender.

Bring it back to frypan add a little water and cook

Add potatoes and indian baby gourd.
Add salt, garam masala, coriander leaves.
cook for 10-15 minutes

Add the soya
Add water if required
Garnish with coriander leaves.

cook for another 5-10 mins

Palak ka Saag 



  • 500 gm spinach leaves

    50 ml ghee/butter

    5 gm cumin seeds

    10 gm chopped garlic

    50 gm chopped onions

    25 gm ginger garlic paste

    5 gm turmeric

    20 gm chopped tomatoes

    5 gm green chillies

    5 gm coriander powder

    3 gm garam masala

    2 gm chilli powder

    20 ml cream



Blanch the spinach leaves and puree them.

Heat the butter and add the cumin seeds, when they crackle add the chopped garlic, sauté until golden.

Add the rest of the ingredients in order, stirring regularly.

Cook the spinach till the raw taste disappears.

Add the cream, leaving a little for the garnish.

Chef's Name

: Kishore D Reddy

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Working notes Bhutan trip

 Procedure for obtaining permits for Bhutan

Bhutan permits for indians: go to the immigration office. It is situated on the right side of the road next to the petrol pump after you enter though the gate. Go to the permit section on the first floor. Take the form and fill it. Attach an id proof and 1 photo. Pan card n license not considered valid id proof. You can use a voter id card or passport. Submit it at the counter. They wil click a digital pic for permit. You will get the permit after few hours depending on how many pending applications before you. So make sure you submit the form by afternoon so that you get the permit by evening. Office is open from 10 to 4. This permit will be for thimphu and paro only. For further you'll have to get this extended from thimphu. For the vehicle permit, go to the road safety and transport office rsta. There give an application in the licensing section on first floor. Along with the application give the xerox copies of your license, RC, insurance and the immigration permit. Then you need to pay the fee (we paid Rs.50 per vehicle) in the accounts section and attach the receipt. Then the guy will make the permits which will be signed by the officer. Road permits are issued for 1 week only and have to be extended from Thimphu. Timing for permits are 9-11 and 2-4 and they are pretty strict about the timings. All office close at 4.

Vehicle Permit

Got up early got every thing packed and had breakfast and bang at the RSTA office by 9AM. But its not going to be easy. Takes like 1.5 hours to get the permit! This was the process:

Go to the second floor License office
Sent down to get blank sheet and write application for permit. No form here.
Go to the second floor License office
Was told to get is attested with the RTO officer in charge
Takes 45 mins to get the audience as he was busy!
Again go the License officer,
Told to got the Accounts section to pay 50 bux - The person not there after 5 mins comes sipping a hot cup of coffee
Then i take the receipt to License officer who signs it
Now i was told to meet the receptionist to prepare the permit
She tell its not her work
Go back to License officer, who accompanies and reprimands the lady to prepare it.
She prepares it being really disturbed. Now it has to be signed
was told to get the sing from the RTO officer! Man not the busy him again running out of time for office closure
Luckily the lady comes and tell me to meet the RLO officer instead.
He says its not his job and only when the RTO office is on leave
Tell him that he is very busy and RLO officer signs the Permit
Take it to the Receptionist lady
Sent down to get the photocopy of the same
Go back to Receptionist in second floor
Who now hands me the permit!