Elephant Stew Recipe

June 20th, 2017

1 medium sized elephant (African are best)
500 bushels potatoes
200 bushels carrots
100 kilogram tomatoes
2 wheelbarrows onions (heaped)
100 kilogram salt
100 kilogram pepper
10 liter vinegar
1500 gallons brown gravy
3000 sprigs parsley

Cut elephant into bite sized pieces(this will take about 2 months). 
Cut vegetables into cubes (another 2 months). 
Place meat in pan, cover with the brown gravy and simmer for 4 weeks.
Add the salt and pepper to taste.
When the meat is tender, add the vegetables. Simmer for another 4 weeks.
Garnish with parsley.

This will serve 3800 people, but if more are expected, add 2 small rabbits. This is optional, as many people dislike finding hares in their stew.

Aloo Gobi Masala

March 5th, 2015

Potatoes and Cauliflower

  • 3 -4 medium sized Potatoes 
  • 1 whole medium sized cauliflower
  • 2 medium sized onions
  • 3 – 4 medium sized tomatoes
  • 1 bulb of garlic (crushed )
  • 1 inch ginger (crushed )
  • green chillies
  • 2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 tablespoon coriander powder
  • fresh coriander leaves (chopped finely)
  • salt to taste


a. Chop the Onions, tomatoes and chillies very fine.











b. dice the potatoes into small chunks and split the cauliflower into smaller pieces











c. Heat oil in a deep pan and fry the cumin seeds for few seconds on medium heat.











d. Add chopped onions,tomatoes and chillies and stir fry on medium heat for 5 minutes. add crushed ginger and garlic and some salt and mix well. Cover and cook for another 15 minutes on Low heat, till they become very soft and mushy.












e. Add garam masala and coriander powder and half of chopped coriander. Stir for a minute

f. add a bit of water (100 ml) and mix. Then add the potatoes and cauliflower. Mix well and cover and cook for 15 minutes till the potatoes become very soft. add salt if necessary.













g. Garnish with remaining coriander leaves and serve with paratha or roti.


Baingan Bharta

March 1st, 2015

Baingan Bharta  is a South Asian dish bearing a resemblance to baba ghanoush. Baingan bharta is a part of the national cuisines of both India and Pakistan. It is primarily a vegetarian dish that comprises bhartha (minced vegetables) made from Aubergine (baingan / eggplant) which is grilled over charcoal or direct fire, to infuse the dish with a smoky flavour.


  • 2 good sized Aubergines
  • 4 medium sized onions chopped
  • 5 medium sized tomatoes chopped
  • 1 bulb garlic (crush or grind to a coarse paste. Solid pieces may remain)
  • 1 inch piece of ginger (crushed )
  • 2 teaspoon Cumin seeds
  • 3 green chillies chopped (deseeded if required to reduce heat )
  • a small bunch of fresh Corriander leaves (Cilantro) chopped
  • salt to taste
  • 3 tablespoon oil (veg, olive, ghee)
  • 1 teaspoon corriander powder (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala (optional)


onions tomatoes ginger garlic chilly












1. Coat the Aubergines with olive oil and put them in conventional oven on top temperature for about 20 minutes. If you have gas stove then roast directly on fire till the Aubergines become extremely mushy. At this stage the skin easily peels off. See image below. Leave them cooking while we prepare the masala (Bharta)

peel baingan










2. Heat oil in a good sized pan on medium heat. Add cumin seeds an fry for few seconds till they start getting slightly dark (take care to not fry for long as they burn quickly)

cumin seeds










3. Add chopped onions and fry till the onions become very soft (about 10-15 minutes stirring). Add some salt to release moisture and speed up cooking.

Add crushed garlic and ginger (cook for another 5 minutes)

fry onion










4. Add chopped tomatoes, chillies, corriander powder, salt to taste, garam masala and stir fry for 5 minutes

add tomatoes










5. Once the tomatoes start getting soft, cover and cook on low heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally to ensure they dont stick to bottom.

stir fry










6. Chop the peeled aubergines (they should be very soft and gooey) and add to the pot. stir for few minutes and cover and cook on low heat for another 5 to 10 minutes.

chop baingan mix baingan




















7. Add chopped corriander leaves and stir slowly for another 2 minutes. Taste for salt and add more if required. Serve hot with Paratha or chappati (Roti)

add corriander


Whats Diwali, a quick history :)

November 13th, 2012

A young second generation Indian in the US was asked by his mother to explain the significance of “Diwali” to his younger brother, this is how he went about it…

“So, like this dude had, like, a big cool kingdom and people liked him.
But, like, his step-mom, or something, was kind of a bitch, and she forced her husband to, like, send this cool-dude, he was Ram, to some national forest or something… Since he was going, for like, something like more than 10 years or so.. he decided to get his wife and his bro along… you know… so that they could all chill out together.

But dude, the forest was reeeeal scary shit… really man… they had monkeys and devils and shit like that. But this dude, Ram, kicked ass with darts and bows and arrows… so it was fine. But then some bad gangsta boys, some jerk called Ravan, picks up his babe (Sita) and lures her away to his hood. And boy, was our man, and also his bro, Laxman, pissed… And you don’t piss this son-of-a-gun cuz, he just kicks ass and like… all the gods were with him… So anyways,> you don’t mess with gods.

So, Ram, and his bro get an army of monkeys…Dude, don’t ask me how they trained the damn monkeys… just go along with me, ok… So, Ram, Lax and their monkeys whip this gangsta’s ass in his own hood. Anyways, by this time, their time’s up in the forest… and anyways… it gets kinda boring, you know… no TV or malls or shit like that. So,they decided to hitch a ride back home… and when the people realize that our dude, his bro and the wife are back home… they thought, well, you know, at least they deserve something nice… and they didn’t have any bars or clubs in those days… so they couldn’t take them out for a drink, so they, like, decided to smoke and shit… and since they also had some lamps, they lit the lamps also… so it was pretty cooool… you know with all those fireworks…

Really, they even had some local band play along with the fireworks… and you know, what, dude, that was the very first, no kidding…, that was the very first music-synchronized fireworks… you know, like the 4th of July stuff, but just, more cooler and stuff, you know. And, so dude, that was how, like, this festival started.”

FTP server in Mac OS X Lion

August 7th, 2012

Here’s how you can start the FTP server in Mac OS X Lion:

1. Open a terminal window.

 2. Type in the following command:

sudo -s launchctl load -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/ftp.plist

3. To turn it off, type in the following command:

sudo -s launchctl unload -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/ftp.plist

Internet Explorer in Mac

March 12th, 2012

Need IE on mac ? Use winebottler . It installs Wine and provides options to install IE6 and IE7. Totally Sweet !!

Merging multiple tiff files into one

February 28th, 2012


The following concatenates two files and writes the result using LZW encoding:

tiffcp -c lzw a.tif b.tif result.tif

source : http://www.libtiff.org/man/tiffcp.1.html

Restore My Active Desktop

February 7th, 2012

This evil problem could have an easy solution

1. Right click desktop , select properties

2. goto Desktop tab, select ‘customize Desktop’

3. goto Web tab, uncheck ‘My Current Home Page’, then click ‘Properties’  and uncheck ‘Make this page available offline’


Troubleshooting Mails going to spam.

February 5th, 2012
Troubleshooting Tips for Mails going to spam.
a. make sure your sender domain is registered with major email providers (like yahoo, hotmail, gmail etc)
Then get a list of people who are receiving your emails tagged as spam.
  1. Make a separate mailing list of these users only.
  2. Send the same email to them that was tagged as spam, but this is the way you will do it.
  3. Send it without a body, but only Subject intact – check if it goes to spam.
  4. Keep repeating this exercise by adding one paragraph at a time and keep sending the email.
  5. At one-point in time, the email will go into spam and the last paragraph you added is probably suspect.
  6. Don’t stop. Remove the paragraph and keep adding the remaining paragraphs until you have finished the entire body. There could be multiple paragraphs.
  7. This will for sure highlight where the area of spam tagging lies and then you can work on that.
  8. To be 100% sure it is that specific paragraph, send the email again with only the suspect paragraph and it should be tagged as spam. In this test, you will know beyond a reasonable doubt – that it is the suspect paragraph that is causing this.
Also check this

Start today and make a new ending

December 20th, 2011

Stop spending time with the wrong people.

– Life is too short to spend time with people who suck the happiness out of you. If someone wants you in their life, they’ll make room for you. You shouldn’t have to fight for a spot. Never, ever insist yourself to someone who continuously overlooks your worth. And remember, it’s not the people that stand by your side when you’re at your best, but the ones who stand beside you when you’re at your worst that are your true friends.
Stop running from your problems.

– Face them head on. No, it won’t be easy. There is no person in the world capable of flawlessly handling every punch thrown at them. We aren’t supposed to be able to instantly solve problems. That’s not how we’re made. In fact, we’re made to get upset, sad, hurt, stumble and fall. Because that’s the whole purpose of living – to face problems, learn, adapt, and solve them over the course of time. This is what ultimately molds us into the person we become.
Stop lying to yourself.

– You can lie to anyone else in the world, but you can’t lie to yourself. Our lives improve only when we take chances, and the first and most difficult chance we can take is to be honest with ourselves. Read The Road Less Traveled.
Stop putting your own needs on the back burner.

– The most painful thing is losing yourself in the process of loving someone too much, and forgetting that you are special too. Yes, help others; but help yourself too. If there was ever a moment to follow your passion and do something that matters to you, that moment is now.
Stop trying to be someone you’re not.

– One of the greatest challenges in life is being yourself in a world that’s trying to make you like everyone else. Someone will always be prettier, someone will always be smarter, someone will always be younger, but they will never be you. Don’t change so people will like you. Be yourself and the right people will love the real you.

Stop trying to hold onto the past.

– You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading your last one.

Stop being scared to make a mistake.

– Doing something and getting it wrong is at least ten times more productive than doing nothing. Every success has a trail of failures behind it, and every failure is leading towards success. You end up regretting the things you did NOT do far more than the things you did.

Stop berating yourself for old mistakes.

– We may love the wrong person and cry about the wrong things, but no matter how things go wrong, one thing is for sure, mistakes help us find the person and things that are right for us. We all make mistakes, have struggles, and even regret things in our past. But you are not your mistakes, you are not your struggles, and you are here NOW with the power to shape your day and your future. Every single thing that has ever happened in your life is preparing you for a moment that is yet to come.

Stop trying to buy happiness.

– Many of the things we desire are expensive. But the truth is, the things that really satisfy us are totally free

– love, laughter and working on our passions.
Stop exclusively looking to others for happiness.

– If you’re not happy with who you are on the inside, you won’t be happy in a long-term relationship with anyone else either. You have to create stability in your own life first before you can share it with someone else. Read Stumbling on Happiness.
Stop being idle.

– Don’t think too much or you’ll create a problem that wasn’t even there in the first place. Evaluate situations and take decisive action. You cannot change what you refuse to confront. Making progress involves risk. Period! You can’t make it to second base with your foot on first.

Stop thinking you’re not ready.

– Nobody ever feels 100% ready when an opportunity arises. Because most great opportunities in life force us to grow beyond our comfort zones, which means we won’t feel totally comfortable at first.

Stop getting involved in relationships for the wrong reasons.

– Relationships must be chosen wisely. It’s better to be alone than to be in bad company. There’s no need to rush. If something is meant to be, it will happen

– in the right time, with the right person, and for the best reason. Fall in love when you’re ready, not when you’re lonely.

Stop rejecting new relationships just because old ones didn’t work.

– In life you’ll realize that there is a purpose for everyone you meet. Some will test you, some will use you and some will teach you. But most importantly, some will bring out the best in you.

Stop trying to compete against everyone else.

– Don’t worry about what others doing better than you. Concentrate on beating your own records every day. Success is a battle between YOU and YOURSELF only.

Stop being jealous of others.

– Jealousy is the art of counting someone else’s blessings instead of your own. Ask yourself this: “What’s something I have that everyone wants?”

Stop complaining and feeling sorry for yourself.

– Life’s curveballs are thrown for a reason – to shift your path in a direction that is meant for you. You may not see or understand everything the moment it happens, and it may be tough. But reflect back on those negative curveballs thrown at you in the past. You’ll often see that eventually they led you to a better place, person, state of mind, or situation. So smile! Let everyone know that today you are a lot stronger than you were yesterday, and you will be.

Stop holding grudges.

– Don’t live your life with hate in your heart. You will end up hurting yourself more than the people you hate. Forgiveness is not saying, “What you did to me is okay.” It is saying, “I’m not going to let what you did to me ruin my happiness forever.” Forgiveness is the answer… let go, find peace, liberate yourself! And remember, forgiveness is not just for other people, it’s for you too. If you must, forgive yourself, move on and try to do better next time.

Stop letting others bring you down to their level.

– Refuse to lower your standards to accommodate those who refuse to raise theirs.

Stop wasting time explaining yourself to others.

– Your friends don’t need it and your enemies won’t believe it anyway. Just do what you know in your heart is right.

Stop doing the same things over and over without taking a break.

– The time to take a deep breath is when you don’t have time for it. If you keep doing what you’re doing, you’ll keep getting what you’re getting. Sometimes you need to distance yourself to see things clearly.

Stop overlooking the beauty of small moments.

– Enjoy the little things, because one day you may look back and discover they were the big things. The best portion of your life will be the small, nameless moments you spend smiling with someone who matters to you.

Stop trying to make things perfect.

– The real world doesn’t reward perfectionists, it rewards people who get things done. Read Getting Things Done.

Stop following the path of least resistance.

– Life is not easy, especially when you plan on achieving something worthwhile. Don’t take the easy way out. Do something extraordinary.

Stop acting like everything is fine if it isn’t.

– It’s okay to fall apart for a little while. You don’t always have to pretend to be strong, and there is no need to constantly prove that everything is going well. You shouldn’t be concerned with what other people are thinking either

– cry if you need to

– it’s healthy to shed your tears. The sooner you do, the sooner you will be able to smile again.

Stop blaming others for your troubles.

– The extent to which you can achieve your dreams depends on the extent to which you take responsibility for your life. When you blame others for what you’re going through, you deny responsibility – you give others power over that part of your life.

Stop trying to be everything to everyone.

– Doing so is impossible, and trying will only burn you out. But making one person smile CAN change the world. Maybe not the whole world, but their world. So narrow your focus.

Stop worrying so much.

– Worry will not strip tomorrow of its burdens, it will strip today of its joy. One way to check if something is worth mulling over is to ask yourself this question: “Will this matter in one year’s time? Three years? Five years?” If not, then it’s not worth worrying about.

Stop focusing on what you don’t want to happen.

– Focus on what you do want to happen. Positive thinking is at the forefront of every great success story. If you awake every morning with the thought that something wonderful will happen in your life today, and you pay close attention, you’ll often find that you’re right.

Stop being ungrateful.

– No matter how good or bad you have it, wake up each day thankful for your life. Someone somewhere else is desperately fighting for theirs. Instead of thinking about what you’re missing, try thinking about what you have that everyone else is missing.