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Childhood 3

Friday, September 17, 2010

My father for all his Intelligence,Sophistication and Stature was just an overgrown baby at heart----the escapades he led us into had poor Mummy in a bind!!!It was as if she had to scold 4 children instead of just us 3 girls!!During Summers Daddy'd come home by 1 p.m.---and after Lunch, he'd snooze a little.By Tea time all four of us would be bored---and we'd suggest washing Daddy's hair or giving him a pedicure---which would perk all four of us up---and put Mummy in a funk!!
In the first option our father was balding----and there wasn't all that much hair left on his scalp to wash but he was game to let us play with whatever precious little hair he had!!He'd lie on the Divan in the Guest Room with his head stuck out over the edge----and we'd swathe his torso with Towels.Then from the attached Bathroom we'd carry in a Plastic Basin and 3-4 buckets of Water---filled to the brim and sloshing away!!The Floor would turn slippery and wet---Mummy'd be standing in the door glaring at us---absolutely fuming!!!We'd pour mugfuls of Water over his hair to wet it and the next step would be shampooing and scrubbing the hair---each one of us would spend 15-20 minutes just playing with poor Daddy's hair---turn by turn---but the Sport that he was---there was nary a complaint---not even a peep!!Today I realise how stiff his neck must have felt---but those days it was just plain fun and hilarious to boot!!!Finally we'd rinse it all off---then each one would take turns drying it out---jerking his head this way and that---for gentle we were not!!The last step was to comb it out and style it----and then show him the Mirror---just to gain his approval!!That evening he'd boast to anybody who was willing to listen---about how his three darling daughters had really given him such a lovely Hair treatment and Massage!!The Pedicure was worse---this was because we'd boil the Water and add very little cold water to it---but the heat never bothered him---he'd just sit back and relax---like a huge Teddy Bear in a pair of shorts---with his legs stretched out in the hot soapy Water!!We'd brush,poke and pull at his Feet and Nails but he never complained----it was the Creamy Massage at the end that he loved the most----and Mummy could never figure out how and why he endured this painful torture!!!The only thing he drew a line at was Nail Paint--that was a definite no-no!!!
Those days we'd get tall,strapping and handsome Peddlers coming down from Afghanistan and Kashmir to sell their Wares--- their fair skins,aquiline profiles and light eyes and hair spoke of their ancient Greek heritage!!They'd carry Dry Fruits and Saffron---Almonds,Pistachioes,Walnuts and Dried Apricots.They'd also carry beautiful Shawls---very large,thick ,soft and warm---made of "Shahtoosh" and "Pashmina" Wool as well as exquisitely hand embroidered Silk Material and Saries---there was a veritable Treasure Trove in the dirty white bundles they carried on their backs!!Mummy'd pick out the Stuff she wanted---Dry Fruits,Saffron,Shawls and Cloth and then the haggling would begin in earnest----it was an awesome sight!!Mummy arguing in mixed Hindi/Urdu while they used a broken Pashtu mixed Urdu----their accents too were so exotic and fascinating to our ears---lilting cadences of rising and falling musical notes!!All 3 of us would squat down there---for they'd stuff our fists full of the Goodies---"Bacchhaa hai Ammi---khaana do!!" (They're just Children Mother--let them eat)they'd exclaim with twinkling eyes and affectionate smiles.After the bargain had been struck and these Peddlers paid,Mummy'd get busy in trying to hide the Goodies in various nooks and crannies in the Store Room,Kitchen and Pantry---away from our greedy hands and hungry eyes----hoping to make the precious Stock last for 2-3 months at the very least!!!We'd then lie in wait for her Kitty Party day---she'd be away for 3-4 hours then---Daddy'd come home early and then we would start the real activity---each one of us would start hunting for the Dry Fruits in different directions---opening and closing various Porcelain Jars and Brass Pots----and when we'd find them---the feast would begin---by the time Mummy came back her precious hoard would be sorely reduced to less than half the original quantity!!!
Today I look back on these memories with greater sympathy towards poor Mummy's plight---I can understand her problems and tribulations---I too have brought up two equally devilish daughters and am still bringing up their Father---who is a totally spoilt Brat---but unfortunately too angular to be a cute,cuddly Teddy Bear!!!

  
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MESSENE 9/17/2010 11:55AM

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EACHDAYAGIFT 9/17/2010 8:40AM

    Your Daddy sounds like a sweetheart, and undoubtedly he doted on his girls. I have memories of my own dad washing our hair in the kitchen sink... not too comfortable, but he was fast and I liked the attention.

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ANU_20 9/17/2010 8:26AM

    hehehehe ....that's so funny and soo soo cute! Hair wash & pedicure! LOL...!!! U all must have been adorable kids that ur dad even took that torture with such pleasure!

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DRASADAF 9/17/2010 6:03AM

    so sweet!!!!!can't imagine u as a kid and doing pedicure.LOL

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Childhood 2

Thursday, September 16, 2010

I was a dreamy child---living with my head among the Clouds---reared on a steady diet of Enid Blyton----whom I still read by the way---the concept of Fairies,Brownies,Goblins,Elves,Pixies and Imps fascinated me.In mid 1960 we shifted to Sector 7 A----a bigger house and a huge Garden----filled with wonderful shady Trees----a new vista opened up for me---looking for a 4 Leaf Clover and Leprechauns in the patch that grew in a shady spot in the bottom of the Garden!!!Mummy was pregnant with Ritu---Mikki was a delicate child thanks to having been born a blue baby---the focus had shifted and I was pretty much left to my own devices.The new Garden was rambling and large---filled with Fruit Trees and Flowering Shrubs.There was also a sturdy "Neem"(Margosa) Tree----with artfully handy branches---I spent the entire Summer of 1960 cradled in it's arms----this Tree became my favourite perch---many are the happy afternoons that I spent there--both Summer and Winter reading tons of Books up in it's arms swaying with the Breezes---right till 1970 when I got married.
There were three School Friends near by ---Gouri next door,Poonam and Arunima down the lane---we became fast friends---forever together-----stuck together with Stick Fast!!!All of us loved reading and we sat together and read often in each other's Bedrooms or Studies----there was lots of space for us to stretch ourselves!!!However since Gouri was an only child we preferred her home---no siblings to pester us there!!!Gouri had a beautiful wooden Doll House which her Parents had shipped down from London---and we spent many delightful hours playing "House" with it.
Enid Blyton's Books were our favourites---specially the Famous Five,Five Findouters and The Circus Books---the last inspired us to pretend we were Circus
acrobats and would use the Swings in our backyards to really swing very high up and then jump off----thankfully never got hurt----or we could have been really badly hurt!!Around 1964 Gouri's Parents began work on building their own Bungalow nearby---the Building Material was stored in their Garden Shed.We began purlioning Planks and hacked out a rectangle in the Ground in a secluded and shady spot of their Garden.The Planks would be stuck into the hacked Dirt,then extra Dirt would be spread around the Planks---finally we'd water the Earth around the Plank aand tamp down the Earth firmly---the Planks would get fixed and stand upright----firmly fixed in the drying Dirt!!Thus we made a fence of Planks measuring about 8' by 6 '---leaving space for a door!!Then we laid Planks across the top to lay the Roof---but there were gaps left---which we were sure would leak terribly in the Monsoons!!To counteract this we collected all the pruned Branches from all our Gardens---the Gardners employed by the Government did a thorough job while pruning---and laid these over the Planks----on top of this we shoveled Dirt from the Vegetable Garden till there was no sign of the pruned Branches visible on top!!All this hard work took place in the hot Summer--except for 3 hours breaks in the afternoons we spent all our time and energy building this "Club House" that Summer---words can't describe the satisfaction of successful Labour when we crawled in and sat crosslegged on the floor inside!!!This Club House was crude but sturdy and strong---it became our haven---away from the prying and censorious adult eyes----and stood proudly for the next four years---it was dismantled by the new Residents after Gouri and her Parents moved out from the Government accomodation into their own!!!
One of the things that I'm grateful for is the fact that I was lucky to have such a wonderful childhood----the innocence of being a child was enjoyed to the hilt by our generation---perhaps the last to do so!!In 1971 Neil Armstrong set foot on the Moon---the World changed totally---slowly,steadily,irreversibly---t
he stars went out from the vision of children across the World!!For us simple pleasures gave lasting satisfaction---our needs were simple and our environment healthy----we grew up happy with Life as it was---we enjoyed wholesomeness of being real without artifice--- the Magic of Films---it was a Fairytale come true---marvelling at Tom and Jerry's Antics----watching Walt Disney's Films spell bound---holding our breath with our hearts in our mouths during the Chariot Race in Ben Hur----fear mixed excitement during those thrilling moments!!
In the evening of my Life today I feel I couldn't have been born at a better time--or in a better Era---and therefore I thank The Almighty for having given me a really wonderful and great Childhood!!!

  
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BOVEY63 9/16/2010 11:29PM

    Thanks for sharing these memories of your childhood - your garden and "Neem" tree sound beautiful.
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RAIN454 9/16/2010 6:21PM

    Most my childhood was spent in the late 80s, early 90s and I can assure you that there was still some remnants of that blissful, innocent and simplistic life still abound. I had these neighbors who had 12 kids...all among our age...so together we spent hours playing in the sun, tennis, basketball, baseball, football, volleyball, 4-square (not sure if thats a universal game) but point being, we were always outside playing. We even made a clubhouse too...you're right though...i think NOW, that simplistic childhood is gone...replaced with iphone apps, gaming systems, and computers. My neighborhood now, too, has tons of kids but I never see anyone outside anymore. Sad, right? They dont know what they're missing. :)

Thanks for another awesome blog!

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RAJASHREE108 9/16/2010 2:56PM

    Ah the simplicity of life in 60s in India! Kolhapur was such a peaceful place, for that matter even Bombay and Poona. I still cherish my memories of playing with my friends for hours at end, especially in summer vacations.

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EACHDAYAGIFT 9/16/2010 12:52PM

    When I was around ten, several friends and I tried to build a fort for an afternoon, then abandoned the effort. So I was right there with you as I read about the construction methods you came up with, in awe when you all successfully entered the completed fort, and overjoyed when I read it still stood four years later!!! We needed you on our building crew, instead of bossy, lazy Lisa. She always ordered us around, and it was going to be HER fort, as we didn't live nearby. Once our parents came to bring us back home, I guess she wasn't able to round up any more workers, and you can bet SHE wouldn't have put in the work! She would have batted her long eyelashes at Daddy and asked him to have one built for her!

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DRASADAF 9/16/2010 12:23PM

    i loved the experience of ur reading ur blog.Was waiting infact whole day to read ur blog....u make me relive my childhood...Thankyou.

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SAASHA17 9/16/2010 12:12PM

    OMG Tom and Jerry. Everytime we meet up, my dad's brothers make sure we watch the show:) And when we get together here and start having a drinking session, we make sure we watch T&J. Hehehe. Good old TOm. poor sweetheart always misunderstood, Jerry was the one to watch out for.

Ur club house sounds so much. i dont know if u read the "Farm" series of Enid blyton. I think it was cousins on the farm or something. all that food made me hungry. I have started collecting a few enid blyton books now and plan start a whole collection sometime. I want my kids to read them:)

She remains the best. I agree on the childhood. Even though we are from different generations ( i personally think you would have rocked the 80s ), i still had that childhood, reading books, playing, a blissful childhood. But now I dont see that anymore.

well thanks for bringing it all back...

This time I need to come to Bombay and plan a trip to flora fountain with u:)

Manasa

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Childhood 1

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

My childhood is a time I love to remember---being a precocious child I was a real pain in the neck of my poor Parents!!!Specially my poor Mother---I must have driven her up the Wall with my pranks!!!We had a small menagerie in the house thanks to my youngest sister Ritu---a beautiful Skye Terrier named "Cutie" and a regal pure bred Siamese Cat with a grandiose name"Polar Bear"----reduced to the ignominy of being called just "Pussy" by Ritu who found the earlier name too much of a mouthful!!Now this imperious Cat compromised her breeding by consorting with Toms of suspiscious Pedigrees---the result of which was a constant flood of Kittens---which remained with us because Mummy ran out of homes to gift them to!!!
Into this atmosphere in dropped Meera and Vaija----and with 5 girls,numerous Cats and one Dog my poor Parents were swamped by us during our Summer Vacation!!Those days going to see a Film in the Theater meant buttering up my Parents a good fortnight before.Initial requests always turned us into Badminton Shuttles---with Daddy saying "Ask Mummy" and Mummy returning the Volley with an "ask Daddy"!!This would continue for a good 10 days---till finally one of them would break down and say a "Yes"!In 1965 a film called "The Guide" based on a beautiful book by the Indian author R.K.Narayanan was playing -----running to packed houses.We'd all three of us read this book and were eager to see it on screen.My parents magnanimously gave all 5 of us permission to go see it---and we were besides ourselves in excitement!!The preceding three days passed by in a flurry of activity----planning what to wear and co-ordinating the accessories and finally The Day dawned!!My Parents had been invited out to Lunch at some Colleague's home and 5 of us were left to our own devices at home---just floating in the Air with excitement!!!The Milk Man delivered the afternoon consignment of Fresh Milk and we put it on the Gas Stove to warm---and promptly forgot about it!!!The Milk boiled over,then continued boiling till the bottom of the Vessel was totally charred and burnt out!!!It was Cutie whose barking alerted us to the smell----and we were all very contrite and trembling in fear---my mother had a terribly hot temper!!! We quickly set about clearing up the Kitchen---Meera,Vaija and I went down on our knees to scrub the Kitchen floor and generally mop up the mess---but the heavy burnt Vessel was the biggest problem!!It was one of Mummy's favourite Pans---a heavy,thick bottomed Brass one----a part of her Trousseau!!The bottom was blackened and charred---plus the Fresh Milk was all gone too----we were in a real quandary!!!The Milk could be remedied---we pooled in all our Pocket Money to buy it from our next door neighbour who was a Director in the Agricultural Department and kept Buffaloes and Cows in their Bungalow---that Auntyji was good enough to spare us a Gallon of Milk---which we warmed up in another Vessel and hid the burnt one in the Store Room!!
We enjoyed the Film that evening and it was smooth sailing for the next two days---till the "Kalahaee Waalaa" came on his routine trip to put a Tin coating inside the Brass Vessels!!!This is when we were caught out---the Kalahaee Waalaa managed to clean up the Vessel and make it reusable but it cost me 2 months Pocket Money---which Meera-Vaija didn't share---falling in the Visitors category they escaped scot free!!!

  
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DRASADAF 9/15/2010 3:38PM

    hmm!!i can visualize everything in front of my eyes ,Guide film was awesome,those tricks often my mother tried in her childhood.But lucky u found that kalahee wala or else u wud have to throw that vessel in which u burnt that milk...how excited were u all...can't imagine the burnt milk though!!!LOL

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SAASHA17 9/14/2010 11:35AM

    ROFL...That was so cute. i could actually see u kids doing all that..right out of an Enid Blyton book:)

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RAIN454 9/14/2010 10:47AM

    Lol...another lovely story! So descriptive, I can clearly envision the scenario play out in my head! Thanks! :)

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Family Bonds

Monday, September 13, 2010

I come from a large Family on both sides---and have been very close to most of my first Cousins---but perhaps my inter action was the most with Meera and Vaija---Daddy's younger sister Kusum Atya's daughters.Sharad Kaka their father moved to New delhi from Lucknow and we met up again in Chandigarh after a gap of 5 years in 1965.Meera is about 2 years older than me and Vaija about 11 months my senior---so the three of us pretty well were almost of the same age.Both my cousins were extremely intelligent AND beautiful---having inherited Kusum Atya's beauty and Sharad Kaka's brains!!!
We were all pretty young then and hit it off----spending holidays and vacations together----in New Delhi or Chandigarh.Meera was the oldest and the bossiest---she never let us forget that she was the Boss!!!She loved Cooking---and used both Vaiju and me as her helpers--rather minions---setting us to work on slicing the Onions first and then separating the layers---by the time we finished our eyes would be swollen and red!!!We came even closer when Sharad Kaka was transferred to Chandigarh---this is when we all really came together and bonded!!We spent almost everyday together and when I joined the College for my Pre-University Course I'd go to Kusum Atya's home daily for Lunch as it was very near the College.All of us attended the same College and met often there too!!Later after Sharad Kaka was posted to Poona(now Pune)Meera stayed behind in Chandigarh to complete her Ph.D. in English Literature----and later shifted to Hyderabad's Osmania University as a Professor where she met and married Raghu.She later did a second Ph.D. in the US of A----and after her return home to Hyderabad went on to become the Head of the Department at Osmania University and later the Dean as well!!
Vaija on the other hand pursued Journalism---topping in that and clearing the Course with flying colours!!She then went to the UN on a scholarship----moving from strength to strength and is today a very famous T.V. Journalist.Her marriage to Patrick,a Frenchman of noble birth ,resulted in their son Sanjay----unfortunately the marriage ended in divorce a few years back.Today she lives and works in Paris covering high profile Stories.During the early years in Mumbai she was a constant visitor to our home----and a favourite aunt to my daughters---she was very familiar with both of them as she stayed in Mumbai during their early child hood.Later she'd get them lots of Chocolates and other gifts whenever she visited us on her trips home from abroad.So the bonding remained.The last time she met these two was in 1995----Lotta had just become a mother and Sayali was 21 years old---after this Vaija's visits became less frequent as her Career graph soared even higher---our link became mostly telephonic.
Through her we'd connect with our Cousins in London---our youngest Uncle--Sharu Kaka's children---then slowly that too became less frequent.Our daughters moved to the US of A and most of the time we'd be there whenever Vaija visited India.Meera stayed in touch though she too became an infrequent visitor---her daughters to went to the US of A to first study and then to work there.The best part is that we're still very much in tune with each other----all those memories of the Childhood years we all spent together are very much alive---as Sayali found out just this Weekend.
Thanks to Face Book we're all in touch with each other and when Sayali came to know Vaija was to visit London,she invited her and Sanjay over for Dinner.Vaija saw Sayali after a gap of 15 years---but Sayali says the years just melted away---and they took up where they'd left off!!!Vaija was so excited when she spoke animatedly of our childhood---and was surprised to find that Sayali knew all about those Fun times we'd had together!!!The bond has come alive again----just goes to show that nothing can ever separate the Blood Bonds---Family ties bind strongly always!!!

  
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RAIN454 9/13/2010 6:18PM

    Aww, such a sweet, heart-warming post! You have such an interesting, eclectic and intriguing family. I'm so glad you were able to share all the stories with your daughters and they in turn were able to recollect them for their aunt...it is truly a great feeling for your cousin to know that the stories are being passed down (thanks to you!)
I don't know if its a girl trait, but my sisters and I have thoroughly enjoyed the hours and hours of our lifetimes spent listening to each and every detail of my parent's childhood memories. I love hearing these stories over and over again. For us, we didn't have a lot of pictures to look at so the memories is what we hold on to and most of these stories, as yours, seem to come straight out of an pulitzer-prized book!! Family bonding is magical.

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BOVEY63 9/13/2010 4:49PM

    Some family bonds never come apart, no matter how long the separation. It is so nice that we have the Internet and sites like Facebook to reconnect with them.
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DRASADAF 9/13/2010 2:47PM

    Omg such gr8 cousins and so far apart ..kind of sad but true..life has to move on and we have to grow ...flourish and progress wherever life and destiny takes us.Its remains although fresh in our memories.yesterday my mother was telling me the same thing that now all her children are grown up and far from her.Though we are meeting each other almost twice each year ,my sis drops every week,and my bro who is studying in Pune ,monthly ...she still says so..but then somehow convinces herself that she has made us a doctor,a MBA finance and another MBA in the making and wants us to progress even more.

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ATMANI 9/13/2010 1:19PM

    Lovely blog, thanks for sharing.

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EACHDAYAGIFT 9/13/2010 12:41PM

    As my parents both had only one sibling apiece, and my mother's brother died young, we only had two first cousins and only met them on three occasions while we lived in New York for a year when I was 12. Mary Grace was my age and John was a few years younger. My Dad has since met up again with Mary as he has been going in the winters to the warmer climates where his brother lives. I wish we could have grown up with the closeness you shared. Good to know that the memories are treasured on both sides in your case. This blog made me wonder...how many grandchildren do you have? I don't remember you ever mentioning them.

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SAASHA17 9/13/2010 12:24PM

    That is so true. some bonds never change and u are just able to just continue from where u left off. I had that feeling when I met my cousin after 12years. it was so much fun and btw my cousin is 19years older than me lol...

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Goat Meat Biryani

Sunday, September 12, 2010

CALORIE COUNT PER SERVING
Total Calories=643/Serving
Total Fat=33.1 g, Saturated Fat=14.4g, Polyunsaturated Fat=4.4 g., Monounsaturated Fat=11.4 g., Cholestrol=147 mg., Sodium=245 mg. ,Carbs.=45 g., Protein =43 g.Potassium=1151 mg.,Dietary Fibre=4 g., Sugars=4 g.
INGREDIENTS OF CURRY
1250 gms.Cubed Goat Meat(Leg)
50 gms.Clarified Butter(Ghee)
300 gms.Shallots(Red Onions) thinly sliced lengthwise
Oil For deep Frying
300 gms. Potatoes parboiled in Salt Water and peeled
1 cup kneaded Whole Wheat Dough for sealing the Lid
MARINADE
2 tsps.Turmeric Powder
2 tbsps.Degi Mirch(MDH Brand)
2.5 tbsps.Coriander Cumin Powder
1.5 Packets Mutton Biryani Masala(Shaan Brand)
400gms.Thick Yoghurt
Salt to taste
CHUTNEY PASTE
100 gms. Raw Papaya(Shredded)
75 gms.Fresh Ginger Root
75 gms.Fresh Garlic Flakes
1 bunch Fresh Coriander (Cilantro) Leaves
1 bunch Fresh Mint Leaves
10-15 hot Green Chillies
RICE
750 gms.Aromatic Basmati Rice
1 litre Water
2 tbsps.Lemon Juice
2tbsps.Saffron Threads
0.5 cup Milk
WHOLE SPICES
1.5 tbsp.Carraway Seeds(Shahi Jeera/Kaalaa Jeera)
0.25 piece Nutmeg (Jaiphal)
3-4 blades of Mace (Jaipatri/Javitri)
4 Sticks of Cinnamon Bark--2" in length(Daalchini/Taj)
10 whole Cloves(Lavang/Laung)
10-12 Pods Green Cardamom
4-5 whole Star Anise
RAITA
400gms.Thick Yoghurt
250 gms.Ripe Tomatoes,finely chopped
200gms.Cucumbers,peeled and finely chopped
200 gms.Shallots (Red Onions)finely chopped
10-15 hot Green Chillies finely chopped
1 bunch Fresh Coriander Leaves finely chopped
15-20 Sprigs of Mint Leaves finely chopped
2tbsps.Chaat Masala
1.5 tsp.Sugar
Salt to taste
PREPARATION
Trim the excess Fat from the Meat.Cut it in 1" cubes and wash clean.
Grind the Chutney Ingredients together to a fine paste.Blend this with all the Marinade Ingredients and apply to the Goat Meat Cubes.Allow to marinate for 3-5 hours preferably in the 'Fridge.
Slice Shallots thinly and deep fry hot Rice Bran Oil till brown and crisp.Drain on paper Towels to remove extra Oil.When cool,crush lightly.
Soak the Saffron Threads in Hot Milk.Keep ready till needed.
METHOD
In a non-stick Wok place the marinated Meat and half the Marinade.Cook on medium flame,frying the Meat till the Juice dries up.The Yoghurt releases its Fat---so don't use any added Ghee or Oil.Keep adding the remaining Marinade till all of it is totally used up and the Meat is 75% cooked.Remove from flame and set aside.
Pick ,clean and wash Rice.Soak in 1 litre of Water for 30 minutes.Add Salt to taste.Tie all the Spices in a Muslin bundle(Bouquet Garni) and boil with the Rice till it is 75 % cooked.Add the Lemon Juice and allow one more boil.This separates the Grains and prevents them from sticking together.It also whitens them.Remove the Spice Bundle and drain in a Colander.Spread out in a large Plate to cool.Season with the Milk and Saffron Threads,sprinkling to mix it in evenly.
Parboil Potatoes in Salted Water and peel them. Drain and cool.Cut into halves.
ASSEMBLING
Use 2 tsps.of Ghee to grease the bottom of a heavy bottomed Vessel with a tight fitting Lid.Place the parboiled Potatoes at the Bottom.Crush the fried crisp Shallots and divide these into 3 parts.Sprinkle one third of the crushed fried Shallots over it.Cover this with the broiled Meat.Sprinkle the second one third of the crushed fried Shallots over it.Spread out the Saffron seasoned Rice over it evenly.Top this with the remaining crushed one third of fried Shallots.With the handle of a ladle make 4 holes in all the layers.Pour in the melted Ghee evenly in these.Place the tight fitting lid on top and seal it with the Whole Wheat Dough. Bake this for 30 minutes in a 180 degree Celcius pre-heated Oven.Break open Seal,gently mix together and serve hot with chilled Vegetable Raita.
RAITA
Blend the Yoghurt lightly to make a smooth mix.Add all the finely chopped Vegetables and Seasonings and mix well. Cover with a Foil wrap and chill till Biryani is ready.Serve as a Side Dish.Serves 12 Persons.


This is the way I make my Biryani---and it turns out just great!!! Try it.Substitute with any other Biryani Masala if Shaan Brand is not available.I make my own Masala and have listed it in my "KOMAL 53's Indian Spice Powders,Pickles and Chutneys Cook Book" the address of it is:http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/cookbook
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RAIN454 9/13/2010 10:38AM

    I have a friend that I tease all the time because she won't make any recipe thats longer than 5 ingredients....lol...she'd die after seeing this one...hehe...but it looks soooooo good. Goat biriyani is one of my favorites..i like bone-in, brings out more flavor...although, after reading your recipe, there definitely won't be any issues in the flavor :)
Thanks!!
Rainey

P.S. What's the serving size?

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BOVEY63 9/12/2010 10:49PM

    Sounds yummy!
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SAASHA17 9/12/2010 3:03PM

    emoticon give me two days, booking my flight....save me some:)

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MESSENE 9/12/2010 8:33AM

    emoticonI just love it! emoticonI'm going to try some of this soon! I shared it on my facebook too. Yummy!
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ETHEREALCAT 9/12/2010 4:16AM

    YUM!!!

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