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Dhansak is a famous Indian dish that originated among the Parsis of the Zoroastrian community. It is a beautiful combination of Persian and Gujarati cuisine. Originally, it is mutton, vegetable, and lentil recipe that is savored by people. In a regular Paris family, Dhansak is a Sunday menu because it requires a lot of time to prepare. And as it is a special food item, so, the whole family must enjoy it at the lunch/dinner table.

Although most households prepare it with chicken or mutton, here I will present a recipe for vegetarian dhansak. The vegetarian Dhansak recipe is quite simpler and healthier. As the winter season is here, you will get many fresh vegetables in the market which you can use in Dhansak.

So, check the delicious recipe of Dhansak here:

Main Ingredients:
  • Pigeon Pea Lentils (Arhar or Tuvar Daal)- 1 cup
  • Green Gram Lentils (Haare Moong Daal)- 1/4th cup
  • Pink Lentils (Masoor Daal)- 1/4th cup
  • Salt- As per taste
  • Water- 4 cups
  • Tomatoes- 4-5 medium-sized
  • Onion- 1 large (chop it well)
  • Potatoes- 2 or 3 medium-sized
  • Pumpkin (chopped)- 1 cup
  • Eggplant (Baingan)- 2 or 3 medium-sized
  • Bottle Gourd (chopped)- 1 cup
  • Clarified Butter or Ghee- 2 to 3 tsp
  • Tamarind Pulp- 3 to 4 tsp
  • Dry Fenugreek Leaves (Kasuri Methi)- 4 tsp
Please note that here 1 cup is equal to 250 gms
Ingredients for Dhansak Spice Mix:
  • Ginger- 1 inch
  • Garlic- 12 to 15 cloves
  • Cinnamon- 1 if large and 2-3 if small
  • Cumin Sees- 1.5 tsp
  • Cloves- 8 to 9
  • Dry Red Chilies- 2to 3
  • Coriander Seeds- 1 tsp
  • Green Chilies- 4 to 5 (more if you want it spicy)
Process to Prepare Dhansak?
  • Take the lentils and rinse them well under flowing water. Make sure no dirt remains.
  • Now take all these lentils and the chopped veggies (except onion) in a pressure cooker.
  • Pressure cook it in 4 cups of water for 4-5 whistles. (You can add some more water and wait for 2 or 3 more whistles in case the lentils and veggies are not prepared)
  • Now strain the lentils and vegetable mix through a strainer and keep it aside.
  • Bring the ingredients for Dhansak Masala now and grind all the ingredients to a fine paste. You can add some water to make a nice paste.
  • Now take small marble-sized tamarind and soak it in 3-4 tsp of warm water for at least half an hour.
  • Once the tamarind becomes soft squeeze the tamarind using your palm and extract its juice in a bowl.
  • Now take the ghee and add it to a clean wok or pan.
  • Add the chopped onions and saute them till they become golden brown.
  • Then add the dhansak masala that you have prepared and saute for 5 minutes.
  • Add the lentils and vegetable mix into it now and simmer for 6-7 minutes.
  • After that add the tamarind pulp and simmer for another 3 minutes.
  • Check the consistency- in case you want a thinner one, you can add some hot water into this mix.
  • Simmer for another 5 minutes or till the time the fragrance of tamarind pulp is there.

It is now ready to be served at your lunch/dinner table. Serve it with hot brown rice and enjoy great family time.

The claim to fame of Sushmita Sen is the moment she was crowned “Miss Universe” in the year 1994. It was India’s first win in that category and easily she won the hearts of millions. With a dazzling smile and confident answers – she slayed Manila and that moment is still fresh in the mind of her fans. Her stint in the movie industry has been short because Bollywood could never bring scripts in her time that would do full justice to her personality.

She has a fierce personality mixed with elegance. This combination is hard to find among actresses that Bollywood sees generally. Be it her public speaking capabilities or her way of living – she has always set examples that every woman aspires to become. She is more than beauty – she is a lot of brain with grace. Once you have liked her, nothing is stopping you from getting inspired by her.

Reasons why she will always remain an inspiration to us:

You become a Mom out of Love & Care:

Sush as Mom
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She had to struggle a lot to gain motherhood. The authorities questioned her single status and her “star or celebrity”. But she proved everyone wrong by being a doting mother to two beautiful kids. Her work and personal life balance are blissful and one can gauge that from her social media posts or her public appearances with her kids. She is an inspiration to all those women who don’t want to fall into marriage and still enjoy motherhood. Motherhood is pure love and with her life, she proves that one just needs to carry a loving and caring heart to become a mom.

Marriage can take a Backseat:

Sush on Marriage
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At the beginning of this year, one of her Instagram posts read- “Whoever invented marriage was creepy as hell. Like I love you so much I’m gonna get the government involved so you can’t leave”. Isn’t that a wonderful post? Sush is clearly that “new-age” woman who doesn’t need a marriage to define her. She is 43 and still not married and yet she is a woman of substance. What else do you need? She inspires all the ladies that “go out and fulfill your dreams and desires and if you don’t want to marry in that process, that’s okay”.

A Strong Woman of Words:

Sush is a woman of words
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Sush is definitely a woman of her words. During the Miss Universe Pageant in Manila in 1994, one of the questions was: “if you have lots of money, where would you invest?” The intelligent yet benevolent Sush responded, “I will love to invest in children, take care of children, or do something for them because children bring out the best in you and give peace”. You can see how beautifully she is living up to her words!

Fearless Expression of Love:

Fearless Lover
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There is an attitude given to love and romance in Bollywood. People in Bollywood tend to hide their love stories from the media or the general audience. Some would argue and say that “it’s their personal life, they should protect it”. But there is a difference between “privacy” and “denial”. Sushmita Sen never walked that road of denying her multiple love affairs. In her interviews to print media or during various TV shows, she fearlessly accepted who she is dating because she is a fearless woman. And that’s how it should be- isn’t it? It’s a good thing to be in love and when you are in a relationship, you should have the courage to accept that publicly.

Age is No Bar in Romance 

Age is no bar in love and romance
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Our society has a weird logic. It says that in a romantic or marital relationship, the guy should be older than the girl. The age difference is not spoken that loud in that case. Therefore, when a Dharmendra marries 14 years younger Hema Malini – it is okay. But when Amrita Singh married 12 years younger Saif Ali Khan – it became the talk of the town. Till today the majority of the people are in favor of an older guy and younger girl marriage union. Sushmita Sen, 43, didn’t marry but she is in a blissful live-in relationship with Rohman Shawl, 28. And she proves it again that – your happiness is the only thing that should matter to you and not what the society tries to impose on you.

Sushmita Sen is a brave heart and an unconventional woman. She has logic and acumen to walk the less-treaded road because that’s what makes her happy. Her whole life is like an open book and her decisions prove a point to the women of this country. She is an ever-inspirational woman who has always played well, lived an uncompromising life, and has become a role model for millions.

Here’s wishing our darling Sush a very Happy Birthday! May you continue to inspire us for ages to come.

Being in love is a magical feeling. It feels like you are floating on a cloud. Having someone by your side makes you feel special all the time. Being smitten with the love bug fills the life with beautiful moments. But while falling in love seems the best feeling in the world, it can cause people to do stupid things as well. Read further to find out the stupid things people do in the name of love.

Celebrate monthly anniversaries

Yes, you must have friends or colleagues flooding your Facebook or Instagram timeline with their 1-month, 2-months, 6-months or 9-months relationship anniversary. Every month their celebration of the relationship is followed by a cake-cutting ceremony and exchange of gifts. Forgive them, they are just two people too much in love with each other and want to show it to the whole world out there.

Give silly nicknames

Babu, Shona, Cutie pie, Buttercup, Sweety pie so on and so forth. No, these aren’t the cute baby names. These are the silly nicknames that newfound lovers give each other. They love calling each other by these nicknames in front of friends just to show how lovely their love is.

Lot of PDA

PDA is a weapon that lovers use to drive people away from their vicinity. Just kidding!! But yes, you can often find lovers displaying their affection for each other in public places and bugging other people off. They forget the concept of time and space and start to believe that the whole world is nothing but their love nest.

Talk about their relationship all the time

If you have a friend or a colleague who just got into a relationship, then it is very obvious that they tell you about it at least 10 times a day. Magically, everything happening around reminds them of their relationship or partner somehow. And then you have to listen to every little detail of how they feel about it and blah blah blah.

Lose sleep over late-night calls

Lovers do lose a lot of sleep at night over endless phone calls. There’s isn’t anything important that they have to tell each other. They just want to stay connected with each other even if it is just over a call. Just asking and telling the same mundane things every day.

Get matching tattoos

Getting matching tattoos is another level of stupidity that lovers tend to do. Because being practical and giving it a thought what if their relationship doesn’t work out is too mainstream. They just go and get inked for a lifetime to support their love for each other.

Listen to love songs on repeat

Oh God, yes. This is the favorite thing that first-time lovers love to do. Listening to all the famous love songs on repeat. Whether they are eating, taking a shower or working on a project, you’ll always find them listening to mushy romantic songs and associating them with their love life.

Lose touch with their friends

Mesmerized by the affection and beauty of their partner, people often tend to neglect their friends after getting into a relationship. They keep finding excuses to spend time with each other and forget that there’s a world outside their love nest.

Share passwords

Sharing passwords of your emails or social media accounts with someone is not just technically unethical but unsafe as well. But what could you possibly tell two people who are in love and believe that everything they own or possess belongs to their partner?

Think of getting married

First-time lovers often believe that their fairy-tale has come true and they are meant to be together. So, they jump upon the idea of marriage and get their whole life planned in their heads. Marriage seems the next feasible step to them so that they can spend their entire life together.

So, these were some of the stupid things that we believe lovers often do. If you have anything to add on to the list, do let us know in the comments.

Seldom would you come across a film personality like Kamal Haasan! Just like Mr. Bachchan, one can rightfully say that a talent like Kamal Haasan also comes once in a light year. He is not only an actor but a cinema visionary who has forayed into singing, direction, lyrics, screenwriter, producer, TV presenter, and choreographer. In all his ventures he has been a successful name. This year he turns 64 and Indian cinema has been blooming with his presence for the last 60 years. On his birthday, let’s rewind and see seven of his best performances although it would be very difficult to mark only seven.

Sadma (1983):

There would be many movies where his acting would cross this level and many other movies where his acting would be below this level – but nothing can match the charm of Somu. The last scene where he struggles to remind Reshmi of his existence in her life through that monkey dance still gives goosebumps. No other actor perhaps could have done this role better than Kamal Haasan. How a disease like retrograde amnesia can build a platonic relationship and how memory regains can kill that relationship – this movie is all about that. When Reshmi had retrograde amnesia and was unable to recognize her parents it was Somu who took care of her. He brought her from the dirty world of a brothel to his home and shared every bit of his life with her and raised her like a child. And sadly when Reshmi got her memory back she was unable to recognize Somu.

Nayagan (1987):

Not only Kamal Haasan but this movie is also one of the career-best of Mani Ratnam. This movie entered the list of “All-Time 100 Best Films” in 2005 conducted by TIME magazine. CNN-IBN included it in “100 greatest Indian films of all time” while NDTV marked it in the list of “India’s 20 greatest films”. Of course, Mr. Haasan won his 2nd National Film Award for this movie. It deals with the story of Varadarajan Mudaliar – a don of Bombay Underworld. This movie also throws light on the condition of South Indians living in Bombay. It is one of those movies of Kamal Haasan that is artistic in its approach and display but commercial in treatment.

Pushpak (1987):

This is a personal favorite movie and only a hungry actor like Kamal Hasaan could have done it. It is a movie made in 1987 but in silent mode – that was the beauty of this movie. When there are no dialogues – you tend to think more and focus more on the artistic excellence of the actors and shots. This is what this movie achieved and it has a cult fan following. How amazingly Haasan captured the essence of a common unemployed man who roams all through the day to get a job. This black comedy is worth a watch if you want to see the caliber of this actor.

Indian (1996):

This movie shows an ex-freedom fighter who turns into a vigilante who wants to root out corruption while his son is at the opposite end who is simplifying corrupt practices leading to some unfortunate events. This is one of the best patriotic movies where you see Kamal Haasan shine in every frame.

Chachi 420 (1997):

The filmography of this man is so extravagant that it is hard to mention only a few movies. This light-hearted movie saw an unrecognizable Kamal Haasan in the avatar of Chachi. Back in 1997 – that kind of prosthetics was a milestone. The antics of Chachi won the hearts of kids the most and the adults loved the vulnerability of Jaiprakash. It is a classic movie where the audience got one of the best acting stints and direction from Kamal Haasan.

Hey Ram (2000):

This is one of my most favorite movies that was written, directed, and produced by Kamal Haasan. It shows the partition time in India and Mahatma Gandhi’s death. This movie was made very sensitively and made us all feel the pain and loss during the partition. The protagonist of the movie goes from a journey of hating religion to loving it. Now that template is presented in the current scenario which is coated with religious extremism. The brutality of Babri Masjid destruction was also mentioned and you will end up feeling good, bad, and weird all.

Dasavathaaram (2008):

One of the finest performances of Kamal Haasan – Dasavathaaram saw 10 different versions of this stellar actor. The story of the movie involves the lives of various individuals from the 12th century to the 21st century. The protagonist is a research scientist who develops a bio-weapon and protects it so that it doesn’t get into the hands of terrorists. As this movie captures a vast timeline – many socio-political features also crop up making it an awesome view.

Some Other Facts To Know About Kamal Haasan:
  • Till now Kamal Haasan has been nominated 94 times at various awards out of which he won 81 times.
  • Seven of Kamal Haasan’s movies have been sent by India as an official entry to the Oscars – it is the highest score by any actor.
  • Kamal Haasan is the winner of 17 Filmfare Awards South – the highest by any actor.
  • He is the winner of 3 National Film Awards which is the second-highest after 4 wins of Amitabh Bachchan.
  • You will be amazed to know that even the Income Tax Department of India has also awarded him an honorary award for being a shining example of good citizenship by paying taxes his taxes regularly.
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