December 7, 2010

NESAM.. let's help!

There is always joy when you do something that helps people who are in need. I am fortunate enough to be spreading joy in this manner with the help of an NGO called NESAM. NESAM in Tamil means affection. NESAM was first formed by my mother’s friend, Mrs. Prema. My mother was working with a nationalized bank. She and her colleagues used to contribute a part of their salary for people who were in need of money. They then planned to do the same in a large scale, and thus NESAM was formed in 2001. I happen to be a part of NESAM too, and we help children homes that are in need of financial support. Annually, we buy notebooks, and all stationary for children in all the orphanages we know. We also conduct summer workshops, celebrate Diwali, Christmas and New Year parties with about 1000 children every year.

Every year, we celebrate Christmas, with children from 15 homes and we have planned to do the same this year too. This time around 1000 children are coming. We are in need of volunteers and sponsors to help us in organizing and entertaining the children. I would be grateful and happy if you can come over. I am also planning to buy some essentials for these children and for this I would like your help. Please let me know if you are willing to donate some money for this cause I will give you more details or if you’d like to volunteer, please let me know.

I hope you can donate a small amount for this noble cause.

To see what we do at NESAM, please check

November 25, 2010

Roti Noodles

I got to learn this new recipe from a TV show. Tried it tonight and trust me, it was brilliant! i tot its worth sharing! Pl try it out n lemme knw hw it tastes!


Left over rotis - abt 6 or 7
1 big onion - sliced
1 tomato sliced
1/2 capsicum - sliced
garam masala - 1 teaspoon (can use pav bhaji masala for a different flavor as well)
garlic (optional)
dhaniya powder – ½ teaspoon
turmeric powder - a pinch
red chilli powder - 1/2 teaspoon
tomato ketchup - 1 1/2 tablespoon
soya sauce - 1/2 teaspoon
salt - to taste
chopped coriander
lemon juice - 1/2 teaspoon (optional)


For the noodles:

1. Heat the left over chapathis to make it soft.
2. Roll them length wise tightly and cut them with scissors to form spiral pieces, as in the picture.
3. Unwind the spiral pieces to get long noodle-like strips.

To make the masala (tastemaker):

1. Heat oil and add onions garlic and salt (Tip: If you add salt along with the onions, the onions tend to cook faster).
2. Add capsicum once the onions are cooked.
3. Add garam masala, red chilli powder, turmeric powder and dhaniya powder.
4. Once these are cooked well, add tomatoes, roti strips, tomato ketchup, soya sauce and stir for a few minutes.
5. Add coriander leaves and mix well.
Hot Roti Noodles is ready to eat. Enjoy a healthy, delicious meal!