Milky Way – Dr. Alagappa Road

Milky Way has been my favourite ice cream parlor since 1995. Their softy’s have helped me while away my time while gaping at the college girls in awe.

Over the years I have been enjoying softy’s at their outlet on Ethiraj Salai.

So when I heard that they had opened a new joint opposite Ewarts School, Purasawakkam I decided to go visit. They had an inaugural offer of buy one get one free. Ordered a choco cherry sundae.

Most of their sundaes have a cake in them. So as I sat slurping on the softy (which was yummy as usual) and eating the cherries in glee I scooped up a bit of the chocolate cake and dumped it in my mouth. It was the most yucky cake I had ever eaten. I am sure it was a 10 day old cake. I stopped eating the sundae and asked Nandhini to taste the cake. Same result. So we did not want to create

So stick to the softy’s here.

The interiors are nice and bright. The staff are still learning to make the sundaes and the place gets crowded with loud school kids discussing their math problems.

Milky Way
Dr. Alagappa Road ,
Inside the Cup’o’ Cafe compound
Opposite Ewarts School
Purasawakkam
Chennai

STICK to their SOFTY’S and Ice Creams.

Vegetable Jhalfraizee

Veg Jalfrazee

Vegetable Jhalfraizee

A few weeks back I managed a culinary disaster. I decided to play chef while Nandhini was going to do all the chopping and the cleaning afterwards. So after a morning filled with Vadas and the afternoon dedicated to vathals and appalams we decided to try some No oil Cooking. So after a lot of thought after wearing my chef hat, Nandy decided that we should try making Vegetable Jhalfraizee.

Vegetarian, Preparation : 20mins, Cooking : 15mins, Serves : 4 people

Ingredients
  • 2 medium potatoes, 1/4 inch thick oval slices
  • 2 medium onions, halved and thickly sliced
  • 2 medium capsicums seeded
  • 1 large carrot
  • 100gms Paneer
  • 10 French Beans
  • 1/4 small cauliflower, separated into florets
  • 4 medium tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 dried chilles broken into half
  • 2 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1/3 cup tomato ketchup
  • 1 1/2  spoons red chilli powder
  • 1/2 spoon turmeric powder
  • 2 inches ginger, cut into thin strips
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Garam Masala Powder
  • 2 tablespoons fresh coriander finely chopped

Method

  1. Cut capsicum, carrot and French beans into fingers
  2. Blanch carrot and french beans in two cups  of boiling water for two to three minutes. Drain in cold water . Similary Blanch the cauliflower florets too.
  3. Puree the tomatoes
  4. Roast the cumin seeds and the halved red chillies in a non-stick pan till the seeds change colour. Now add vinegar and water and cook till reduced slightly.
  5. Add Tomato puree and ketchup and cook for a couple of minutes.
  6. Add Red Chilli Powder, turmeric powder, ginger, potato slices, salt and a cup of water and cook for a couple more minutes.
  7. Then add Onions and capsicum and cook for 2 – 3 minutes.
  8. Add carrot, french beans and cauliflower and toss. Add paneer and toss gently.
  9. Sprinkle the garam Masala over the preparation and top it with the freshly chopped coriander leaves. Serve Hot.
Well that’s a pretty straight recipe to follow. So where did I make mistakes?
  • I decided to use the vegetables Nandy had chopped for my evening Salad which included cucumber and cabbage.
  • I decided to use much more veggies than was asked for.
  • I did not add the onions and capsicum separately and that was one of the major mistakes I did.
  • Finally since I added more vegetable I used excess of water and that turned it into a gravy..
I did eat it with chappatis. It was not all that bad. But it smelled of Tomato Ketchup. So use a good brand of Ketchup and watch the amount you use.. Same feedback from everyone in the family. Tastes decent but then it reeks of tomato ketchup.What should have been a semi-gravy dish became an all out gravy with vegetables floating in it.

Know What You Eat

Over the course of several centuries our food habits have undergone a drastic change. We have looked towards the west for approval of our food facts and diet. The western has best adjustable dumbbells and civilization has commanded the information we get. But do we really know what we are eating. I am not a scientist nor have I researched or published about these topics. It is merely out of interest that I have taken to gathering information about knowing what I eat.

In todays era of globalization we look for maximum food production by using optimum resources (land, water etc…). But even though we have tried several techniques to maximise our food production we have failed miserably to support the population. There has been shortages in food grains and pulses the world over in recent times.

Scientific knowledge has always found ways around the problem. But what is the true solution???? Are we ready to accept the fact that, what we eat today is not only harmful to our diet but is also harmful to the very existence of any being, living or non living.

Even though Organic Food is becoming a very fashionable term these days and it is used in beyond diet, it is again a scientific way of farming with set rules and organisations to certify the produce. But it is better than eating a whole lot of chemical growth induced food.

So know what you eat? Because what we eat, determines what we become.

Ronald has arrived in Chennai

Finally Mc Donalds is setting foot in Chennai. The Ascendas food Court on Old Mahabalipuram is where they set shop first. The IT and ITES crowd is being targetted not just because of the fact that they have deeper pockets but also because of the reason that they are more open to spending money on Two pieces of bun with a cutlet stuffed in between.(That’s what a burger is for a majority of Indians.)
I am gonna wait and watch, if the McD’s are gonna be a hit in the land of idlis and if the French Fries are gonna beat the Vadas.