Monthly Archives: January 2014

Basa fillet curry

Sometimes AS definitely surprises me with his cooking and last night, I got a big surprise when he cooked me a really yummy fish curry. Sorry don’t have lots of photos as I was not planning to post the recipe but after tasting it, I decided it must be shared.

Ingredients

  • Basa Fillet 300 gms
  • Spices
    • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
    • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon ginger garlic paste
    • 1/4 teaspoon chilli powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seed
  • 1 teaspoon tandoori paste
  • 1 tablespoon yogurt
  • 1/2 of small onion sliced thin
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt to taste

Method

  • Mix all the spices together with tandoori paste and yogurt and marinate the fish for half an hour (longer if time permits).
  • Heat a pan and add oil.
  • When oil is heated, add sliced onion and fry until translucent.
  • On medium heat, add fish and fry each side for 1 -2 minutes so both sides are brown.
  • Add water and simmer for 5 minutes on low heat until the fish is cooked thoroughly.

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  • You can add more water if the sauce dries out too quickly.

I had mine with salad (still trying to eat healthy) and it would be even yummy with rice or roti.

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Who to please?

A saying as goes “You can’t please everyone” and I know that but there are times when you have to make a decision to please other people or do what you like. The way I think is if I can make a small sacrifice and make someone happy, I don’t mind but when there are big things then I really have to think about it.

There are so many times in our life when we have to choose who to please and make happy. Normally within the family, I choose to please them like AS, my parents, my brother or my in-law. They are my priority in life so if I need to make a small sacrifice, I think it is worth it. With my parents and in laws, we are so far away that I don’t want to do anything that will make them upset. Both of our parents are open-minded so I didn’t have to do a lot till date to please them but still there are times when I make small sacrifices to see a smile on their face.

When it comes to friends, pleasing them and sacrifices comes in different forms. If he/she is a good friend and the person has been there for you I am happy to sacrifice do stuffs when in need but if he/she is not a very good friend, I make my decision according to the situation. In some situations, I do what they expect me to while others I don’t.

But sometimes when I think about life we spend so much time and energy pleasing people around us. When we are small we try to please our parents and try to do everything they expect, when we grow up we do that for teachers, friends then boyfriends, then husband and in laws and finally your children.

Is it the normal way of life or I am thinking too much. As I get older and with company of AS, I am getting much better not stressing in situations which I can’t control but still there are times when I worry about others, wondering if I could help in any way.

Is it normal to make changes in your plan just to please others? Is it normal to feel guilty when you don’t do what is expected from you? At what stage should we stop thinking about others and make ME a priority?

How do you deal with situations when you have to make a decision to please others? Please share.

Learn Nepal Bhasa / Newari – Chapter 17

Please click here for previous chapters.

Fruits and Vegetables

English

Nepal Basa

Anise So-bu-sah
Bitter ground Ka-kah-chaa
Cabbage Bandaa
Cowpea Bhu-ti
Fenugreek mi-chah
Gumbo (lady’s finger) Ram-tor-yaa
Hog plum Am-li
Lettuce Ji-saah
Mushroom Mhu-kaa-cha
Mustard greens Pach-chhai
Pepper grass Cha-suu
Potato aa-lu
Rape greens Tuu-kaa
Spinach Paa-law
Sweet potato Chaa-ku-hi
Tomato Gol-bhe-raa
Chilli Mal-taa
Coriander Dha-nyaa
Garlic La-bhaa
Ginger Paa-lu
Mint Na-wah-ghauaa
Shallot Chhah
Apple Syaa-u
Banana Ke-raa
Cucumber Tu-si
Lime Kaa-ga-ti
Melting pear Dhaa-paa-si
Orange San-tra-si
Pomegranate Dhaa-le
Raspberry i-si
How much are those onions? a-ma pyaaj-yaa gu-li?
Please give me a little discount. Bha-chaa paah ya-naa di-saa.
I will take a kilo. Chaa-guu kilo kaa-ye-gu.
I will pick. Jin lya-yaa kaa-ye.
Where is the radish from? Lain ga-na-yaa-gu khah?
Don’t you have pumpkins? Pha-sis ma-du laa?
Please take the money. Dhe-baa ka-yaa di-saa.
I don’t have smaller bills. Ji-ke chhah-chu ma-du.

Another trip planned :)

I have great news; I am going to Kathmandu again. And yes there is a reason we are going, yet another celebration. My brother in law is getting married. I will be there in a months’ time and it will be a great time to see my parents and in law again. It has been a year since we are back from our last trip but I can’t wait to go again.

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Our holiday has been approved at work and we have booked our tickets so it is all set, counting down the days now.

I have even started my shopping for gifts. Amazingly, we say, we will never do a big shopping for gifts each time we return from Nepal. But each time before we go there, we make a list of gifts. This time too the list is long with names of people we want to buy for but I am happy to buy as their smile is worth the trouble we go through. Looks like for the next few weekends that is all we will be going.

In addition, I will be buying things for my future SIL. I already bought things like perfumes, make-up and other items but still there are a few other things still on the list.

I have never met my soon to be SIL but we have chatted a few time on Facebook. She seems to be nice girl and I am sure she will make my BIL very happy.

Wedding always excites me and this time it is at home so it will a be really fun filled event  with lots of foods, music, dances, ritual and people. I will definitely report on everything.

As usual every time I plan to go to Nepal I have a long list of things to do and buy and I have never manged to cross off everything. I am hoping this time I will be able to do a lot.

I really want to buy some specific decoration items for our home here so every day I can see them and admire them. I am looking for one big painting (I am not very sure but still want to try before forking out money here) and some traditional masks.

I am also thinking I should look for some traditional cushions .

As usual, I need to buy lehengas and saris for the wedding and accessories to go with them. I am sure until the wedding is over, we will be extremely busy but I have a few weeks after the wedding when I can to do things that I like.

The top one is trekking somewhere in Nepal. I am not even sure that it will be possible, as trekking requires at least a week but I will try my best. My list has grown longer day by day so hope to tick off most of it while I am there.

Anyway looking forward to enjoying the company of my family and friends and be spoiled soon. Hope I might even meet a few of my blogging buddies there like last time.

Take care everyone ,

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO