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Happy Karva Chauth

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A very Happy Karva Chauth to Everyone.

I wish your bond with your soul mate be always like that of Lord Shiva and Maa Parvati. images

On this beautiful day that celebrates vows of togetherness, love and prayers for long life and good health of the spouse, i pray that this bond goes on forever and for agle saat janam tak.

Here’s what happens on Karva chauth , we keep the fast all day and break it only after seeing the moon through a sieve and then our husband through that sieve  after which the hubby ends the wife’s day long fast by offering her water and sweets. Women apply menhndi on their hands and feet and do all the saaj shringar like i have applied mehndi today on my OWN for simple budget reasons, and would wear my wedding lehnga as its my first karva chauth after marriage so typically ill be dressed and decked up like a bride today as well. Wow.

In the afternoon i will do the puja with karva filled with water and some rice ( earthern small pot that has a little opening which is closed by cotton ) and another pot of metal filled with water (pital ka lota) as i live alone so ill move the two of them side by side in circular direction without touching their surface. over that ill keep some rice , wheat and sweets, and also stick the calender of karva chauth katha where the vrat katha is written and decorate it with garlands and do the tilak and puja of karva by decorating it with red thread and red vermilion with a swastik. Ill put a bright saree and suhaag samgri along with it as the daughter in law offers some presents and sweets for their mother in law on the occasion of karva chauth. I will preserve them for her till the time i meet her , the puja thali is decorated with diya , roli, chawal, haldi, heena, some makeup, bangles, and everything .

After the puja i will prepare some dishes like alu gobi , halwa, puri, raita, dal, chawal for the evening , though these dishes are prepared by mother in law ,as am living alone ill prepare them myself and will wait for my husband to return from work then after the moonrise i will do the puja again and put tilak on my husbands forehead and see him through the seive in which i will keep a lit diya, after that i will offer the karva water to the moon and pray for my hubbys good health and long life. then i will touch his feet and seek his blessings and end my fast by eating sweets and water from his hands.

 

Kadhai Paneer

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Ingredients
Paneer cubed, 1 cupIMG_20130827_182305
onion big slices -1
tomato big slices – 1
capsicum big slices -1
ginger & garlic paste  -1 tbsp
green chillies- 2
dried red chilli -2
corriander seeds- 1bsp
Red chilli powder -1 tbsp
coriander powder -2 tbsp
garam masala-1/2 tbsp
salt -as per taste
coriander leaves chopped -2 tbsp
oil -2 tbsp to fry vegetables
oil -2 tsp to cook the whole sabzi
half cup water / 2tbsp milk cream
Method
Heat oil in a kadai and fry big sliced onions, tomato, capsicum, green chillies, and paneer seperately and keep aside. Now in the same oil add some more oil if needed and heat dried red chillies broken into two, and crushed coriander seeds,  sauté for half a minute. Then add ginger garlic paste and cook for a minute , after this add coriander powder, red chilli powder and salt , you can add milk cream to this masala or some water, if you like i add to make the gravy thick. then add all the vegetables one by one except tomatoes  and sauté for a some time then add tomatoes. Cook over high heat till the oil separates. Add paneer and and half  cup of water only if needed to get some heavy gravy. lastly add garam masala powder over the dish and let it Cook, covered, over low heat for five minutes. Serve hot, garnish with chopped coriander leaves over the dish and serve with chapatti or paratha.