Have you ever wondered what “ambition” means? As per the dictionary the word means “A strong desire to achieve something“. I have highlighted something because it is so relative – by person, even by time. My ambitions have changed over time. When I was young my only ambition was to grow up! Then it changed to moving out of home – I am talking about a time when girls in india were supposed to stay with parents till they get married. After marriage ‘my’ ambition changed to ‘our’ ambitions. It was to give our kids a better life. That resulted in our move to sydney. Our ambition changed again; now it was to build our roots in our adopted homeland. We had Yash and our ambition was to help him grow in a wonderful human being.
Now that I have crossed 40, my ambition is to lead a healthy and happy life and teach my son the right values so that the world is better by at least one person. I am amazed when people equate ambition to money and success. It may mean that to some people but it is certainly not the only thing. Ambition and success are very personal and we should remember that before we pass judgement on others.
Second day of clean eating – I am still getting used to the idea! Sunday is the day when I make a good breakfast as most week days brekkie is on the go. Today I made besan cheelas (gram flour pancakes). Both Avi and Yash love them. It reminds me of my grandmothers house where this was a favourite tea time snack. I make mine with lots of finely chopped onion and green chillies. They are quite filling and relatively healthy. They are usually had with coriander chutney or tomato sauce but I like mine with no accompaniment. Here is a picture.
Lunch was an unhealthy affair as we were out for some jobs and had lunch on the way. A burger and chips which wiped out my good work of the morning.
I was determined to have a healthy home cooked dinner. So I made Punjabi gobhi aloo (cauliflower and potatoes curry). It is a hit in our household. Usually we have it with hot, homemade chapatis but today we had it with rice and leftover lentils. It was a good wholesome meal. It was warm in the evening and I could smell spring in my backyard. Can not wait for spring to come and backyard dinners. Here is the recipe for the gobhi aloo.
- 1/2 Cauliflower (chopped in small florets)
- 2 Whole Potato (roughly chopped)
- 1 Chopped Onion
- 2 Cloves Garlic (chopped)
- 1 Inch Ginger finely chopped
- 2 Whole tomato – finely chopped
- 1/2 tsp turmeric
- 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
- salt to taste
- 2 Tbsp Oil
- Heat oil in a deep pan or karahi.
- Add the chopped garlic, chopped ginger and chopped onion in the oil and sauté for a few minutes.
- Once the onions are translucent, add chopped tomatoes in the pan.
- Add the cauliflower and the potatoes to the pan. Mix it well so that it is coated evenly with oil and the onions and garlic.
- Add the turmeric, chilli powder and salt and mix it well.
- Cover the pan till the cauliflower and potatoes are cooked.
- Cook the vegetable in open pan now till the oil starts to separate.
- Serve it with hot rotis