Simple cravings 🌶️🌶️🌶️Puli Milagai🌶️🌶️🌶️


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Hey everyone 🙋🏻‍♀️

Todays post is a traditional South Indian tamilian recipe…

Puli in tamil means tamarind.. Milagai is chillies

So that’s chillies simmered in a tamarind base…

This yumm spicy tangy chutney is a must try…

In India, a visit to the farmers market is incomplete without the sabjiwale/ vendors giving us extra chillies just like that..

Sometimes due to lack of change or just a complimentary with coriander and curry leaves…

I am always left with abundance of green chillies, which eventually lying unused, rot away..

So when I came across this yummy tamilian recipe, I had to try it out and trust me a dash of this with curd rice is like heaven…

It can also be had with our traditional dosas and idlis and simple hot hot rice with ghee..

The recipe is courtesy Chitra Muralis kitchen

The ingredients are pretty simple

🌶Green chillies – as many as you want to make😊

🌶Mustard seeds- 1 teaspoon

🌶Methi seeds – 1 teaspoon

🌶Asafoetida – a pinch

🌶Curry leaves – a sprig

🌶Jaggery – a small blob

🌶Salt to taste

🌶Tamarind – a lemon sized ball


🌶Soak the tamarind in water..

🌶Chop the green chillies

🌶In a kadai/ wok, add in cooking oil,the mustard seeds,methi seeds till they splutter…add asafoetida…curry leaves and sauté well…

🌶Now add in the chopped green chillies and stir fry for some time..then add in the extracted tamarind pulp, next is salt, once it comes to a boil, put the jaggery and stir well till it thickens up..

🌶Now serve hot or cold as a side dish/ chutney with dosas/ idlis/ steamed rice/ curd try it out…yummy tangy and spicy!!!

Have a great week everyone 🤗

Mrs. Magpie


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Hey Everyone🙋

With the festive season on in India..I have been missing in action what with pujas to attend and places to visit, With precautions of course..But it seems like a totally new world out there in these pandemic times…

So as Durga puja is over and we await diwali… I explore kolkata…

I came across this quaint little coffee shop tucked away in the bylanes of bustling kolkata…Mrs.Magpie

Sugar toys…

Giving out the vibes of old calcutta,this place serves English breakfast and high tea…colonial indeed!!

Cute Caramel Brownies…

A Pujo special menu with unique flavours and platters of assorted cupcakes and cookies to choose from..

Right from its decor to the the items on the menu everything seems to have a colonial feel..

A delicately made 3 tiered cake!!
Happy tot!!!

Glad I found such a place..the only disappointment being it did not offer me my favourite cinnamon rolls.. But makes up for it by its charm and the cute yummy cakes.. So if you are anywhere near city center 1 kolkata… Do visit Mrs. Magpie…

Oh that’s my order… A hot chocolate with magpie cookies!! Oh I am soo in love with these…

Until next time…. 🐦🐦🐦

Simple cravings!!Samosa chaat/ Dahi puri


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Heh everyone🙋

No background memories nothing…just plain simple cravings…welcome to my chat filled outing.. To satiate my sudden cravings for samosa chat

I was too busy / greedily eating up my samosa chat, I put hubby to the task of clicking pics of his favorite dahi puri chat.. Giving him a chance of trying out his photography skills.. 😛

Yes of course it is a different story that I ended up eating 3 of those puris, cause hubby being the generous one lets me have my fill…hence the many pics of the dahi puri in all angles and close ups..

And while your at it, Please do stop by for some pani puri too… 😜

Pani puri Anyone??

Until next time…

The Toadstool House!!!


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Hey everyone 🙋


The above picture was taken at a confectionery shop at Kolkata’s City Centre 2..a shopping mall… One glance and it reminded me of the toadstools in the fairy tale books… Oh how I wish that was me sitting atop it…. 😍

Reminded me of this poem I read long long ago… It goes like this…

The Toadstool House

I wish I lived in a toadstool house,
Beneath an old Oak tree,
With a tiny door and a chimney pot,
And windows – one, two, three.

I’d play with each wee squirrel,
Who chanced to come my way,
I’d get to know the woodland birds,
And feed them every day.

And if you’d ever wandered by,
I’d ask you in to tea,
Inside my little toadstool house,
Beneath the old Oak Tree.

The Indispensable man

Thursday Thoughts…The Indispensable Man!!!


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The Indispensable Man

(by Saxon White Kessinger)

Sometime when you’re feeling important;
Sometime when your ego ‘s in bloom;
Sometime when you take it for granted,
You’re the best qualified in the room:
Sometime when you feel that your going,
Would leave an unfillable hole,
Just follow these simple instructions,
And see how they humble your soul. 

Take a bucket and fill it with water,
Put your hand in it up to the wrist,
Pull it out and the hole that’s remaining,
Is a measure of how much you’ll be missed.
You can splash all you wish when you enter,
You may stir up the water galore,
But stop, and you’ll find that in no time,
It looks quite the same as before. 

The moral of this quaint example,
Is to do just the best that you can,
Be proud of yourself but remember,
There’s no indispensable man.
(Saxon White Kessinger)

(Saxon White Kessinger)

Lessons from a snail

Monsoon Blooms

Simple cravings!! Masala khari!!


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Hey everyone🙋

Today’s post is about a yum tea time snack called Masala Khari..

Masala khari

Khari is a kind of puff pastry.. Fluffy and crunchy to munch on..

I don’t know much about it’s origin..but wiki stated that The khari biscuit was a part of the cuisine of the Irani Zoroastrian population..All I know is I love this yumm tea time snack…

It’s available with toppings of sugar or plain and simple salted versions…here I have it topped with chilli flakes and a bit of spices…

Topped with chilli flakes and don’t miss the layers

Mine is not home is a ready to eat snack available in most bakeries and stores in India..

Khari and a cup of tea!!!

Have you tried it??

It’s Ganesh chaturthi!!!


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Hey everyone 🙋

Here’s wishing all a very Happy Ganesha Chaturthi..

To my non Indian friends it’s the festival in honour of the Elephant headed God celebrated widely in India..

Any auspicious occasion, celebration of any sorts is incomplete without invoking the blessing of Lord Ganesha..

Come Ganesha chaturthi and I drift away to my childhood memories…here’s the link to it…

Gallivanting with Ganesha

I guess it is only links and links are all I have to take you down the memory lane…
While this interesting story is part of it too…

Don’t look at the moon.. It’s Ganesh Chaturthi

Have a great weekend everyone and Happy Ganesh chaturthi to all my friends celebrating it.. let’s go gallivanting again.. 🤗

Happy Teachers day!!👩‍🏫👨‍🏫


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Hey Everyone 🙋

Today in India we celebrate Teacher’s day on the 5th of September every year to mark the importance of teachers in our lives and to honour Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan’s birthday.

With time.. The perception of teaching and teachers too have changed and the pandemic has contributed a lot to how toddlers perceive school or education..

Being a working mother of a 5 year old, I have to, play the role of a teacher too thanks to schools being closed and attend online classes with her🙄it is back to school time for me too🙈

All parents of toddlers experiencing this can relate… Of course it is just kindergarten but I feel the kids are missing out on a lot of things apart from just education.. The basic interaction.. Sharing…meeting up friends..playing with children their age..The joy of school all seems too distant a memory now..

Hoping things revert back to normal soon..wishing all the Teachers and Parents a very Happy Teachers Day!!

Happy Teachers day