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Bread Poha & a slice of my life

We had the most enjoyable three days for Eid this time. Time spent in the company of friends, eating out, bowling, watching movies was truly memorable. I thought of indulging in some cooking in these holidays but I couldn’t really get down to it. 

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Lately, I haven’t shared much on the blog about what is going on with my life. Well, there is a reason as to why I have been so cut off from this space. Everyday, there is so much happening that it is difficult to pin point a few events or even morals from the lessons I learn each day as a woman entrepreneur. Moreover, as a person, I always find it inspiring to focus on the positives that would help me move forward.

 

So here I am sharing a few highlights of my life in the last 6 months.

  • My company – The Butterfly Effect Co completed 3 years ( www.thebutterflyeffect.co). This means it has graduated from being a startup to a small business now. This also means we graduated from being a 2 people company to a 6 person company focusing on clients across industry verticals and geographies. We have also expanded our service lines from being a pure-play social media management company to a full-fledged digital marketing company providing services like SEO, mobile apps, Website development etc. 
  • Little Mimi who took up maximum space on my blog will start with grade 3 now in September. She is a little person now who has opinions and expresses them with the ferocity that makes me wonder how did she grow up so fast!
  • The blog completed 7 years in February, this year. I celebrated it with skillet brownie and ice cream. You can check out the recipe here.
  • One of the highlights this year was my foray into organizing events. Having organized community based food, art and craft festivals, bake sales in the previous years, I was able to harness on that experience to conduct a children’s painting exhibition. I cannot thank God enough for it went off smoothly despite all odds. 
  • Mimi and I started a reading club at home for children every Wednesday. It has been delightful sharing my love of books with these 7, 8, 9 and 10-year-olds. It also gives me a glimpse into the minds of this age group. How they look at books, plots, characters and what keeps their interest alive in the books they read!

These are few wonderful things that happened over the course of these 6 months which makes me feel very optimistic about the time to come. 

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Another highlight was preparing this awesome bread poha for breakfast this morning. Bread poha is one of my favourite snack / breakfast that I enjoy every once in a while. Generally, I am tempted to try this when I have some left over bread at home. It is wholesome, delicious and healthy too. Weight watchers may want to limit the portion cause it is nothing but C-A-R-B-S. For such dieters, I would recommend this dish for a cheat meal. For the recipe check out the recipe card.

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Bread Poha
Serves 4
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. Bread slices, torn into small pieces ( atleast 8-10 slices- older the better)
  2. 2 large onions, chopped
  3. 5 green chilles, chopped fine,
  4. peanuts - half cup( boiled)
  5. salt as per taste
  6. chilli powder - 1 tsp
  7. coriander powder - 2 tsp
  8. tumeric powder - 2 tsp
  9. sugar - 1 tbsp or less
  10. lemon juice - a dash
  11. sprinkle of water
  12. mustard seeds,- 1 tsp
  13. cumin seeds - 1 tsp
  14. dash of asafoetida
  15. curry leaves - 8 -10 leaves
Instructions
  1. Tear all the bread slices into bite sized pieces, keep aside
  2. Take some oil in a flat frying pan, splutter mustard seeds, cumin seeds and add asafoetida
  3. Add chopped onions and fry until light & translucent
  4. Add green chillies and curry leaves and fry.
  5. To this add, all the spice powders including salt and sugar and mix well.
  6. Add boiled peanuts and fry well
  7. Add bread pieces and let the spices coat the bread pieces very well.
  8. Once the bread is mixed well, sprinkle water to soften the bread.
  9. Take the pan off the heat and add a dash of lemon juice and serve hot
Sliceofmylyfe - a Food blog based in Bahrain http://www.sliceofmylyfe.com/

Restaurant Review Project 10- Mirchi’s

When was the last time you ate to the point, that you felt silly? I have maintained that on many ocassions, when the food is beyond fantastic and you do not realize how much you have eaten until finally you cannot even fathom getting up from your seat without support. In many ways eating good food to the point of no return is akin to having alcohol. I realize it is a bit of an exaggeration but then how can anyone explain the uncontrollable giggling that happened last Thursday, after our visit to Mirchi?

Waiting to be seated

The entire time I was skeptical about the place, the food and all the elements that made a restaurant earn it’s respect in my eyes. All the Indian friends had only good things to say about Mirchi but it’s location made it look extremely dubious. When we did get there, braving the weather and skipping over the puddles of rain water, ( It has been raining almost every single day here in Bahrain…)I was not entirely wrong. It seemed shady and the entrance entirely fit for shooting an 80’s Amitabh Bachhan movie. Not a great start, I said to myself, when we were asked to wait. Finally we were ushered in and quickly took stock of the situation when we noticed a bustling buffet, a replica gujarati thali, and an a la carte menu. A gracious waiter showed us to our places. We thought, it would be easy to order Gujarati Thalis for all three of us.

Thali

Now doesn’t that look out of this world! The Thali was so beautiful and ornate looking. The food was rustic yet there was some elegance about the whole fare. For me the thali design was the winner. The food was piping hot with choice of Indian Bread such as the very delectable methi ( fresh fenugreek) thepla, puri and tiny, soft chappatis. The snacks were the usual Gujarati fare of Dhokla and Patra.  The vegetables & curries ranged from lentils to aubergine curry (bharela baigan), quintessential potato sabji, yogurt based curr (kadhi ) , dal. It had the touch of sweetness in all of it but not more than what I would have thought as ideal. Rice pudding (Kheer) and mixed vegetable raitha. Apart from these, there were pickles and other appetizers. Flavours were so rich and food seemed close to home style cooking. That is the true mark of a good Indian restaurant.

When I thought we were done with all the eating and hogging in parts,  we asked for the check. The waiter kindly informed us there was still dessert to go. Now, how on earth was that going to “fit in” in the current state of affairs. I thought the rice pudding was dessert attached. Did not seem out of place becuase Gujarati thali usually have their dessert with their main course.  I had almost raised my hands to surrender when they put this in front of each one of us.

Ladoo & Lauki halwa

Crazy people, these Mirchi walas are! Such amazing food and in huge lots , that too! With just 4 BD per thali, I think it is the bargain of the century.

Food is exceptional while the service is not bad either. They keep coming to refill your empty plates with all that you need. That is how you eat yourself silly. What resulted was uncontrollable laughing and giggling, as we walked back to our homes. I can confidently vouch that Mirchi serves the best Indian Food in Bahrain. This I claim inspite of not having visited Poppadoms, Copper Chimmney and Spices. My confidence is based on the bar that Mirchi has set in my mind and it would be a tough act to beat by the others.

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Verdict : This hasn’t been more simple.

Food 4.5/5

Ambience 3/5

Service 4/5

Overall: Whatever, I want to give it a 4.5 /5. It’s my review, maths don’t matter here!!!

By the by, Mirchi was my 10th restaurant!! WOW! I finished doing 10 restaurant reviews. Thats a lot of food. This attempt of my mine, going and visiting restaurants each week, isn’t the best thing for my waist line but who cares, I have enjoyed this journey so far and long to finish it in the best way possible.