Indian Aroma’s

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This morning I decided to try out some new recipes, inspired by some of the books I have been reading about India.  Normally the recipes I have tried have included cream or yoghurt so today I wanted to try something which used just water and the juices of the tomatoes.  Ive not tasted it yet but is smells delicious!

Chicken curry with tomato and onion gravy

Ingredient Name Quantity Unit
Garam masala powder  1 Teaspoons
Chicken  300 Grams
Coriander powder  1 Tablespoons
Cumin powder  1 Teaspoons
Chilly powder  1 Teaspoon
Turmeric  1/4 Teaspoons
Salt To Taste
Tomatoes 5 large
Onions 3 small
Chopped mint and coriander leaves (each)  1/2 Bunch

Directions:

  • Dice the onions, tomatoes and chicken
  • Fry the onion once translucent add the chicken until browned.
  • Add the chopped tomatoes
  • Sprinkle with the child powder, coriander powder, cumin and turmeric.
  • Mix thoroughly
  • Add 1 cup of water and allow to simmer on a gentle hear for 20 minutes stir the mixture occassionally

At this stage mine looked like this:

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  • once the tomatoes have reduced down add a little more water the garam masala and the chopped mint and coriander.
  • Serve

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I also made Gobi Aloo:

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For this I used the recipe on Veg recipes of India

http://www.vegrecipesofindia.com/aloo-gobi-recipe-punjabialoo-gobi/

Exploring our new neighbourhood

Wandering through Bandra westNow that we have moved into our new apartment its time for me to explore the neighbourhood. The Lady in the beautiful orange Kurta kept stepping into my photos, so I left her in the blog post as it shows you some of the vibrancy and busyness of Mumbai’s streets.

First I went for a little walk to “Natures Basket” on Hill Road which is the equivalent of Sainsbury’s in the UK or Cold Storage in Singapore.  A reasonably high end supermarket where you can find most international brands and a range of fresh produce as well.  You can also shop online and have groceries delivered, for this service you either have o pay with an India bank card or pay cash on delivery.  Its not possible to pay with an international card.

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I also had a little walk up to Pali Hill where there are all sorts of little stores selling everything from electronics to Tupperware boxes, there’s also market stalls selling fresh fruits and vegetables.

I popped into Pet Story, to get supplies for our furry friend.  Pet story is quite small but they do stock lots of the international pet food and accessories brands (Royal Canin, Sheeba etc).  They also deliver, which is really helpful.

I also found a nice plant store so ordered some herbs and flowering plants for my balcony.

Overall, quite a productive morning!

Tomorrow actually happened eventually!

We have moved into our new apartment.  Mr R and I joke that its gone to “someones plan” just not ours! It seems in India that everything will happen tomorrow.

Anyway after persistent conversations with all the various “wala’s” aka shopkeepers and “electricians” i.e someones something that occasionally carries a screwdriver we are into our apartment and touch wood most things are now working.  YIPEE

Sometimes its good to say yes

So of all the things I expected to do in my first week in Mumbai, going to a Russian Jazz Concert to watch a blind pianist with a group of people I’d only met two days earlier was not one of them but I’m really glad I did.

On Thursday evening Mr R and I decided to join our first Internations event at a nice restaurant/bar in South Mumbai.  It was a very relaxed informal evening and we met lots of nice people from all over the world.  At the end of the evening we had exchanged numbers and didn’t feel quite so alone in Mumbai.

The following day my new Russian friend “N” messaged me to say she had got tickets for the Russian Jazz concert she had told me about and would we like to join her.  Now both me and “The Mr” like Jazz but we have no experience what so ever of Russian Jazz so we really didn’t know what to expect but decided that the best way to get involved in the community was just to say YES.

So the following day we crawled through the Mumbai traffic and finally arrived at the concert hall.  “N” and “O” met us at the door looking extremely glamorous and we joined their row in the theatre.

The famed Russian Jazz maestro Igor Butman performed with his quartet.  The band featured visually challenged Oleg Akkuratov.  Oleg was one of the most talented pianists I have ever heard and had a voice which carried across the whole theatre and got the audience engaged.  The drummer was also incredibly talented and frequently burst into solo jam’s which were quite entertaining.

After the concert our big group of new friends decended upon “Pizza by the Bay” an art deco style pizza restaurant just a few streets away.

Over all it was a fun unexpected evening – Im looking forward to the next oneScreen Shot 2015-10-08 at 11.16.38