am sure somone who is coming today to bahrain for the first time will be amazed to see that its raining here. after all everybody knows only about a hot and humid middleast... i dont know why nobody talks about the winter season here..
for the last few days its rainng here ..and its very cold too ..average is 10 degree celsius.. for me its toooo cold.
Last Thursday was really special for me... our thursday special(here we have weekend on Fridays..so thursday is the day we gather and enjoy) for dinner was "kappa + erachi" .. ( a mix of tapioca and beef) ..it was ..yummy...
Although i have never tried to make this dish , i asked the help of my flat mate Davis chettan... Actually he was the one who reminded me of kappa+erachi last week. so i just asked him back whether you will help me. and he agreed.
and the dish was a huge success ..it was very tasty ..although i felt that the curry was little bit hot,(becasue i added EXTRA pepper ;) )..i enjoyed making it and eating it :D ...
Below is how "kappa+earachi" is prepared (this is OUR way of preparing "kappa" + "erachi" ..and i never claim this this as the authenticated/approved way of preparing "kappa" + "erachi"). its very simple. please note this is an amateur way of cooking ..so dont expect muchhhhhhhhhhhh...
1 kg Tapioca(kappa) cleaned and cut into small pieces ..
1 kg beef(erachi) cleaned and cut into small pieces..
(its better to cut kappa and erachi in same size )..
10 piece of green chilly(big one) cut into small pieces..
15 pieces of garlic sliced into small pieces..
3 big onions(savala) sliced into small pieces(not chopped)..
ginger sliced into small pieces ..
small onion(chuvannulli) 10 - 15 pieces chopped ..
Masala :(garam masala 5 - 7 teaspoon) ..but i prefer we make it ourselves by mixing cardamom, pepper, cloves, etc etc.
Cook "kappa" in water until its around 70 - 80 % cooked. its shouldnt be fully cooked. drain the water and keep it dry.
put "erachi" in a pressure cooker (no water with "erachi") with ginger, chilly, garlic,onion and the masala prepared. cook it until u hear 5 whisltes of pressure cooker. after cooking keep it inside the pressure cooker for further 15 - 20 minutes without opening the cooker.
after 20 minutes add the "kappa" (which is already 70 - 80 % cooked) into the pressure cooker .and cook until u hear just one whistle from the pressure cooker.
keep it for another 15 - 20 minutes without opening the pressure cooker....
Boil some cocoanut oil and add the chopped onion "(chuvanulli)" and fry it until it turns gold in color..add curry leaves to it.. pour this mixture into the already prepared "kappa+erchi" in the pressure cooker. boil it for 5 minutes...your "kappa+earchi" is ready.
I watched the cricket match between Asia XI and Rest of the world at lunch break.... Asian XI lost the match for 112 runs.
it was Australian prime minister John Howard who tossed the coin to start the match. the match began with a minute's silence for the victims of the tsunami.
1000 AUS$ for each runs scored and a whopping 50,000 AUS$ for each sixes in the play, i think the offer from 3G Mobile netwrork (Official sponsors of the Australian Cricket team ) was awsome. the match raised around 15 million AUS$. there will be an online auction of the dress the cricketers worn during the match .
Around 70,000 people watched the cricket which was played in the melbourne cricket stadium and a Billion through TV . Sony Entertainemnt channel broadcasted it in india and here it was by Ten Sports.
anway am happy that cricketers have contributed something to the tsunami vicitms :) thats great. after all its the charity who should be the winner.
saw the movie TROY yesterday ...i liked it .. i would give it 7/10 ...
its about the legendary troy war in which the trojans were fooled by spartans by offering them a huge horse as gift but in which greek soldiers were hiding.
the war starts when queen Helen of sparta flees with his lover paris (prince of troy) . and its Achellies who leads the greeks to victory over the trojans whose walls never destroyed by anyone beofre. and to enter the city which is guided by the strong walls greeks used the trojan horse. brad pitt had done his job perfectly as Achelis and also Eric Bana as Hector...
i liked the charachter Hector very much ... he had to suffer for his brothers deeds.... and his love for his brother and country is soemthing u cant compare with anything else!!! . he is Bold and not a coward like his brother paris. and as he says.. He is a True Trojan.
Visual effects of the movie is also good, especially the one whcich shows 1000's of ships salling towards troy and the other one when the army marches towards Trojans.
Favourite Charachter : Hector
Reason : He realy is a prince, a patriot, a great son, loves his brother, great father and husband , and above all a Gentleman.
Some Photos which i got from my freind
Get more info about Tsunami
and below is a special page created by google which gives news coverage and also details on how we can contribute
HELP THE VICTIMS OF TSUNAMI ..
below are some links of website through which u can contribute something to tsunami victims.
AmeriCares - http://www.americares.org/
Action Against Hunger - http://www.actionagainsthunger.org/
ADRA International - http://www.adra.org/
American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee - http://www.jdc.org/
American Red Cross - http://redcross.org/
Association for India's Development - http://www.aidindia.org/
CARE - http://www.careusa.org/
Catholic Relief Services - http://www.catholicrelief.org/
Christian Children's Fund - http://www.christianchildrensfund.org/
Church World Service - http://www.churchworldservice.org/
Cruz Vermelha Internacional - http://www.ifrc.org/index.asp
Direct Relief International - http://www.directrelief.org/index.html
Food for the Hungry - http://www.fh.org/
International Aid - http://www.gospelcom.net/ia/
International Medical Corps - http://www.imcworldwide.org/index.shtml
International Rescue Committee - http://www.theirc.org/
Lutheran World Relief - http://www.lwr.org/
MAP International - http://www.map.org/
Médicos sem Fronteiras - http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/
Mercy Corps - http://www.mercycorps.org/
Operation USA - http://www.opusa.org/
Oxfam America - http://www.oxfamamerica.org/
Plan USA - http://www.planusa.org/index.php
Project Concern International - http://www.projectconcern.org/
Save the Children USA - http://www.savethechildren.org/
Unicef - http://www.unicef.org/index.html
U.N. World Food Programme - http://www.wfp.org/
World Concern - http://www.worldconcern.org/
Your Dontations to tsunami victims can make a big diffrence......