Super Easy Potato fritters (Aloo ke pakoray) Recipe

I can express myself in English normally, but when it comes to recipes, I have to look (more specifically google) the names of ingredients in English from Urdu. Pakoras are a very famous South Asian dish. Especially in Ramdan they are considered an essential snack for Iftar. So, here goes my mom’s recipe for making potato fritters.

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Ingredients

2 medium sized potatoes (pealed and sliced into circular slices)

1 cup gram flour

1 teaspoon heaped of red chilli powder*

2 or 3 pinches of carom seeds/ ajwain

2 green chilli

Some Coriander leaves (chop into smaller pieces)

1 pinch of baking powder (sodium bicarbonate soda)

2/3 teaspoon of salt (heaped)*

*Note: If you are using a 5 ml teaspoon than there is no need of heaping, you can add leveled teaspoon. Also the salt and red chilli powder can be adjusted according to your taste. If you taste the batter you’ll know how much of these ingredients are required.

 

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Methodology

  1. First of all add all ingredient into gram flour and add a little water to form a slurry. The slurry should not be very thick or thin. Just a small amount of water will be required.
  2. Now, take a utensil or pot in which the pakoras are to be deep fried.
  3. Take a potato slice, dip it in the slurry you have made to make a cover over it, and add to the pot for deep frying.
  4. Add as much slices in the same manner that the utensil can hold.
  5. Remember that the flame should be high while adding slices, then you can turn it to medium.
  6. Deep fry until the skin becomes nearly dark brown (see the picture).
  7. Now, serve with chat masala or ketchup.

Welcome Home!

Hey, everyone. Today I want to introduce some of my friends and family who have just joined WordPress  and I want to give them a warm welcome to our community.

P.S: You know how excited one gets when some close relative or friends joins your community.

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Umph, umph.. Presenting to you my friends and family who are also now my WordPress family.

Very warm welcome to:

  1. My dear sister
  2. Meena
  3. Nageen Sohail

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May you enjoy being a part of WordPress.

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I would love that if you visit their blogs because all of them are amazing writers.

‘Being a Teacher’ Means Much More Now

“Every one of you is a shepherd and is responsible for his flock…”

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Jobs come with responsibility. You can’t do any job without being responsible.

For example, being a construction worker makes you responsible for the safety and well being of those who live or will live in the building you construct.

Being a cook makes you responsible for the health of your family or those who eat your food.

Hence, you can’t say no to your responsibilities.

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Lets come back to our topic. The responsibilities of teachers. Let’s list them.

  1. To educate the students.
  2. To respect them.
  3. To take care of their safety.
  4. To teach them morally and ethically.
  5. To teach them how to be confident, how to behave in real world, etc.

To make sure of their safety. What do we mean by safety? To make sure that students are kept safe and returned home safely.

Have you ever thought of teachers or professors as warriors?

Where there are recurring terrorist attacks, everyone is a warrior. May that be a sweeper, security guard, assistant, doctor, engineer, or professor.

We have seen professors, or teacher act like warriors against terrorists to protect their students. We have seen assistants fighting like soldiers on the school grounds. We have seen them sacrificing themselves for the safety of their children.

Who did that? The warriors and soldiers of Army Public School Peshawar and Bacha Khan University Charsadda, while these institutions were under attack.

Tahira Qazi, Principal of APS Peshawar, refused to leave school until the last child was rescued. She sacrificed herself for the students.

Lecturer Syed Hamid Hussain, an assistant professor of chemistry at the Bacha Khan University in Charsadda, ordered his students to stay inside as Taliban gunmen stormed the school near the city of Peshawar, leaving at least 21 people dead.

Students told how he opened fire on gunmen as they rampaged across campus, giving the young people time to flee before he was cut down in a hail of bullets  (DAWN News).

May all these great warriors rest in peace! May Allah give patience to their families!

This is responsibility. Are we capable of fulfilling our responsibilities? Have we ever given enough thought to what extent we are responsible for whatever we are doing?

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What is that we all require but can’t have?

What do we all seek? Why do we surround ourselves with our friends and family? Why do we go to see movies, read novels, or listen to music? For fun and enjoyment, huh. No. We do all this to bring peace to our heart and mind. We keep ourselves busy so that we can save ourselves from the disrupting voices in our heads. The voices that yell at us that some important ingredient is missing. Something is required.

Then, comes the quest for that ingredient. Is it hunger? Hunger’s satisfied. Now what? Clothes. Clothes are made available. Now what? Maybe a house. House bought. Still not satisfied? Maybe I need a car to feel happy. Maybe I need more money to be happy. Maybe I need a beautiful garden. And his list of maybes never ends.

Still dissatisfied. Maybe I am stressed, tensed, depressed, or angry. A medicine can make me feel better. Anti depressant or a sleeping pill, or something.

Maybe I need a break. A breath of fresh air.

Maybe I require some meditation and exercise.

Maybe…….there is a simple solution.

I should seek the missing ingredient.

Now, allow me take you back on a ride. Do you remember that when we were created we swore to God that we will worship Him?

That we will fulfill our duties.

You know what that ingredient was God.

The alarm disturbing you mind’s peace is the duty you swore to perform, but are not performing.

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God is Someone whose Love and Worship gives us peace.

No movie will give you peace. But if you’ll sit alone in a room alone, call God for help, cry for the Blessings He has given you, just pray to him for five minutes, you’ll feel as light as a feather.

God Almighty told us to call Him for help even if we are having trouble wearing shoes. He also told us that only remembering him can give us peace.

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A teacher once told me that she finds it very amusing when someone tells her that he or she is depressed. She found it unbelievable because a believer can never be depressed as he believes in God.

So, why not try such a simple inexpensive way to bring peace to your mind and heart?

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P.S. Depression as a side effect of medical treatment is of course an exception.

 

The Versatile Blogger Award

Is this my first award? Yes. Did I just got nominated? Well, no. I was nominated by Lauren in January. Yes, I know I should be ashamed, but at that time I didn’t know how to respond to it. I had this fear and hesitation from answering awards. Well, now that I have observed other bloggers getting and answering awards, this fear has vanished to some extent.

Thank you Lauren for nominating me for this Award.

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Note: Lauren’s blog got hacked, so now she writes here.

The rules are as follows:

1. Show the award on your blog.

2. Thank the person who nominated you.

3. Share seven facts about yourself.

4. Nominate 15 blogs.

5. Link your nominee’s blogs & let them know.

Ok, now here are some facts about me.

1. I am an open book. My family knows my secrets before I do. Usually, I have all my expressions written on my face.

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Thats me.

2. I love reading novels and books. I have this secret wish to collect all the knowledge in this world.

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3. I am strong lover and believer of moral values. I don’t cheat. I don’t lie. I don’t break a queue. I don’t copy paste (usually) in an assignment. It’s just not in me.

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4.  I am very selective with food. I don’t eat meat, bitter gourd, fried egg…,and so on. My mother really gets annoyed with me on this. She tells me that I should be able to eat all vegetables, as everything has its own benefits. Other than food, I am not picky at all.

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5. I love my religion and I hope to progress in it, InshaAllah.

6. My mother is my bestest friend (yes, I broke a grammer rule for her). I share everything with her.

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7. I am hopelessly extrovert. If I am happy, I have to share it with everyone I love and care about. And when I am sad or worried, well everyone knows that. I am a social butterfly.

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So, here are my nominees.

  1. Natasha at thisisnatadrill
  2. The Hidden Prestige
  3. Hananon Blog
  4. Huma at HumaAq
  5. Shirin at EverShirin
  6. Taaliah at SmallGirlinaBigWorld
  7. Brey at OrdinaryAdventures
  8. Bushra at Ansarallah
  9. TAFMArgerie at TheAmazayssenFabulyousMargerie
  10. Astrid at InfiniteJoy
  11. Damyanti at Daily(w)rite
  12. PaperBackDiscovery
  13. Amy at VogueInfatuation
  14. Stephysweetbakes
  15. K.L Register at TheNinthLife

The Potential of Doing Good (TPDG)

Okay, now that is a totally made up terminology. Well, I believe that such a thing exists, so why shouldn’t I give it a name?

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I believe that ‘Doing Good’ has two main types of people:-

  1. Who want to good.
  2. Who have the potential to do good (inborn ability).

Both of these can actually do good, but number 2 are always one step ahead from number 1. But in terms of consistency and progress, number 1 can leave number 2 behind. So, I want to belong to both the categories.

Now, you must be thinking that how can one have the potential to do good? I can answer this one because I have met one of the 2’s members. Number 2’s people do good without even trying to do good. They can find and help the needy and the weak wherever they go. They have a big heart and they are givers. They are honest, straightforward, and compassionate. They can feel your pain. They look for someone to help. These people are very jolly and playful. You rarely feel that you are burdening them with your problems. They always have a big smile on their face.

Number 1’s members are good people at heart, but they are shy from doing good to others. They find most people happy with their lives. They have trouble finding the needy ones. They try helping those who look encouragingly at them. These people do not help those helpless people who look rough and rude to them. These people are givers, but they are inquisitive and shy from helping others. They want to give, but they don’t know who to give and what to give.

If you are wondering which category do I belong to, I belong to Number 1. But, I have observed that in the last couple of weeks, I am acting like I am from category 2. I am beginning to notice those around me who need help. For the first time, I felt sorry and tried to help a weak kitten, even though I was afraid of it. For the first time, I smile with love and sympathy for those who are going through a rough time. For the first time, tragedy brings tears to my eyes.

As you all know that in the last 10-15 years there have been many terrorist attacks and suicide bombs in Pakistan. Due to listening about these events again and again, not only me, but also many others feel heartless to tragedy and pain. Tragedy does not bring tears in our eyes any more.

But now its changing for me. I can feel my heart beating again.

I am building up my potential to do good. What about you? Which category do you belong to?

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I Have 100 Followers At Last!!!

Happiness is bursting out of me 😀 Hey, I have 100 followers. Oh, I am so excited!!!

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I want to thank God. I want to thank all of those who appreciated me and inspired me to write this blog and to make it better. I want to thank all of those who corrected me and guided me. I wanted to thank all my followers. 

Oh my God, I am just so happy!!!

I am trying to improve my blog and make it more successful. See, I have made a new header. Or rather my first proper header :-p. Please do tell me if you like it (or even if you don’t).

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I have also made my blog’s personal signature.

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I have been slow at having followers because I don’t write frequently, but in the last two months the number of followers increased from 30 something to 100. I hope that I get more followers.

I am just so excited that I don’t know what to write in this post 😀

I just hope that all my followers keep on reading my posts and liking them. I also hope that you don’t hit the unfollow button. 

True Confidence Takes Much More Confidence

I have always regarded physical confidence as true confidence.  A person who express his or her ideas without fear, speaks freely in front of a large audience (without shaking hands and shaking voice), and communicates to others easily, was an ideal example of confidence for me. What other definition of confidence is there, right??? Well, let’s see what else in there that defines confidence.

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I didn’t knew that a shy person can be confident too. Well, I didn’t till someone told me that. It happened like this.

I was sitting outside my department with my friends. While we were talking, I took out my lunch box from my bag. My lunch typically consists of an omelette sandwich (I think that day I had this lunch). I took out the sandwich and began eating it. My friend, I saw, was observing me keenly. Her face was showing that she was amazed by something. She asked me that how do I do that. I was quite surprised by her  question. Then she told me that I am so confident. She told me how she had trouble eating from a lunch box in front other people, how she feels so shy among other. I replied that she was one of the most confident friends I know. Then I realized that I am confident in my  own way. 

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I may be very shy and afraid (I have overcome my fear to great extent), but I have confidence in my judgement. Actually I am quite indecisive,so lets make this as I am confident in my judgement of right and wrong. I have the confidence to say “Sorry, I do not know the answer.” I have the confidence to accept in front of others that I love to eat rice with my hands. That I feel that I have eaten nothing if I have eaten rice with spoon. I am confident in being me. In doing the right and accepting when I am wrong. I am confident in being myself. I may not be completely physically confident, but I  am self confident.

SL 2This brings us to another problem. What is the link between confidence and bravery?

Less well thought answer is that whoever is confident is brave.

More well thought answer is that a confident person may or may not be brave.

What??? How can a confident person not be brave??

Well, I can give you an example. A girl I know which I can call as the most confident girl was giving a presentation in the class. The topic was not of her field of study, but she delivered a fantastic presentation. I was highly impressed. She also asked questions from us. I would have given her 10/10 marks. Well, when the presentation ended,one of my class fellows wanted to ask a question from her. What she did??? She held out a finger to my friend, silencing her from asking any question, and said, “Don’t do this with me.”

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What do you think about think? At that moment all the impact of her presentation fell off and I thought that she is not brave, just confident. You will also meet many people that are confident, yet they lie. And as per my mother’s saying, people who lie are not brave enough to tell truth.

So, here’s the recipe of true confidence.

Physical confidence + Self confidence =  True confidence

So what I want to say is that true confidence encompasses physical confidence, self confidence, bravery, and so many other things. So, if you have one of these ingredients, strive to obtain the others too. Only when you’ll have all these ingredients you will be confident. Really and truly confident.