27 Feb 2013


Last week I wrote about the first best Bollywood movie of 2013 and behold, Abhishek Kapoor brings us “Kaipoche”

This one is about youth, not the regular disco visiting, partying, glamorous group. The script does not ask such. But of late the only youth I can imagine and that what the industry has clich├ęd is such; the three protagonists’ men (yes not boys, slurp men) play us, the middle-class public, and full of aspirations, dreams, most importantly who have no definite goals with very little means.

A financially frustrated guy joins hands, an aspiring Cricket player/coach along and an easily influenced Brahmin boy; three men, different motives, neatly woven to make an amazing story. It comes alive with an exuberant screenplay by Pubali Chaudhari, Supratik Sen, Abhishek Kapoor, Chetan Bhagat team and rightly supported by Deepak Bhatia’s crisp editing. I know that the foundation was available with the book but adding visual treat is no lesser deal. Pati who doesn’t know about the book enjoyed as much as I did, even after reading the book.

For people who have no clue about how “religion” and “politics” are two sides of the same coin, the movie is an eye opener. Linking natural calamities to violent Godhra riots to nail biting cricket matches aren’t easy, but everything is done at ease. Complete credits to Abhishek Kapoor, who managed to keep C-Bag in good terms - CB’s son plays a guest appearance in the movie. Funny I know, but that is so typical us. Kapoor’s best talent as a director was in the characterization. Without the known famous star cast, is why the movie clicks. I’ve heard people appreciate Sushanth and few give accolades to Amit but for me Raj Kumar Yadav is the hero. Not even for a minute does he get out of Govind, either while he’s playing the tensed “what-if-my-friend-watches-me-with-his-sister” scene or when he’s playing “whether-I-know-to-dance-or-not-only-I-have-to-dance-with-her” or when he’s tensed asking auto-guy to “mind-his-work” and specially when he climbs the roof of the bus, all scared.

Amit Trivedi, for the charismatic music you’ve delivered and Anay Goswami, for the natural frame in every scene, take a bow. This movie makes you smile. How can you not when you watch cricket solve differences. Been there, experienced that.

I am also glad that the Brett Lee part of version from the book, that sounded very stupid to me, was not adapted in the movie. That is why it stands out from bad writing to good story to an amazing movie. “Kaipoche” - houseful on a weekday, in Mysore. Says another story altogether; book tickets your now.

Hoping this cuts many more record threads and soars high, like the characters.

P.S: Not mentioning about heroine is done deliberately. 

21 Feb 2013

Fortune Rice Bran Health Oil

'Fortune Rice Bran Health' Oil Capsicum – Onion – Ridgegourd – Potato - Tulsi Bajji

Changing cooking oil to mothers or Mother-in-laws is almost like changing age old tradition. It’s always a no-no. I am not sure if this is a boon or a bane but that generation, on an average resists Change. What makes it hard is not the change itself, but our tendency to want to hold on to the unchanged

In spite of having that resistance, I requested MIL to use 'Fortune Rice Bran Health' oil in her day to day kitchen life. It’s just an experiment I said, and she nodded.

After experimenting on the dishes that require minimal oil, and not able to find out the difference, Pati’s hungry tummy on the eve of Trade Union Bandh suggested Bajji. Can a mother ever say no to son’s taste buds? Never.

Thus the below happened.

Cooking Time: Depends what soap is on the TV
Serves: Hungry people

you need:

1 large onion
1 large Capsicum
½ Ridge Gourd – washed and skin peeled
1 large potato
20 Tulsi Leaves – Washed and dried with dry cloth

3/4 cup of Besam (gram flour)
1/2 tsp of red chilli powder
1 spoon Rice flour
1 tsp of salt (adjust to taste)
1/4 tsp of soda powder
¼ tsp Turmeric powder

2-3 cups of 'Fortune Rice Bran Health' oil, for deep frying, make sure the frying pan is 3/4th full 

How to:

1. Peel, wash, and cut the onion/potato/ridge gourd into thick rings. Capsicum needs to be cut lengthwise

2. Rest of the stuff needs to be mixed to a batter consistency not too thick or not too watery; just right to coat the vegetable and hold on instead of dripping.  

3. Heat oil until it just begins to smoke. Lower the flame to medium-low, dip the onion/potato/ridge gourd rings and capsicum into the batter to coat thoroughly and drop into the hot oil.


4. I am not sure about the time, but fry them till they turn golden brown. I was so scared to take the above pic btw, what if the mobile fell and became a bajji I thought.

Most of them ask you to serve with Mint chutney or Tomato Chutney. I’d say, just gulp them hot

The recipe is not done yet. Once all the vegetable are done, 90% of the time batter remains. It is either thrown away or refrigerated. Health wise not recommended at all.

This is when Tulsi leaves come into picture. Add Tulsi leaves to the batter and repeat the process of smearing each leaf with batter and dropping into oil. These cook very quick hence be very careful to not burn these small tiny pieces of pakoras.

After frying we often use tissues to absorb the extra oil. Surprisingly this never happened in 'Fortune Rice Bran Health' oil case. The Bajjis did not drink oil and tasted very crispy. You can see that the tissue below the bajjis have no trace of oil at all.

They say this oil is 10/10 Orizynol

  1. Heart Friendly
  2. Improves HDL/LDL ratio.
    Healthier heart
  3. Balanced nutrition, balanced health
  4. Anti-cancer properties
  5. Improves skin tone and
    delays wrinkle information
  6. Helps maintaining balance
    of nervous system
  7. Protection against diseases
  8. Stimulates hormonal secretion, rejuvenates health
  9. Healthier food

It will take a while to find out, but in 4 days of cooking MIL has decided to change her cooking oil that she has been using for 40yrs now, and also recommended few neighbors about the same. That indeed speaks volumes of the product.  

I am reviewing healthy oil as a part of the BlogAdda's Product Review Program for Indian Bloggers.