A tongue twister that took fame, when it was repeated oft, in the Indian Mega movie Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Ghum. Such were the days with those lovely film titles, fabulous on-screen chemistry between the lady and the lad, memorable and danceable songs and a feel good factor at the end of those 3 hours.
On the other hand there were also movies titled as; Coolie No. 1,Biwi No. 1,Hero No.1… oh whatever No. 1.Which were equally popular despite their cheap numero uno titles. However if you thought that those were cheap try competing with the more recent ones like; Lafangay Parindey,Bewaakoofiyan and an unreleased film titled Revolver Rani
I don’t understand what ‘Bewaakoofiyan’ (silliness) came over me when I tried to book tickets for one of the above-mentioned movie;
“I would like to book tickets for Lafangay Parindey please.”
“How many?” Said the curtness on the other side of the connection
“What, lafangay?” I joked
“No Ma’am, seats!” Said the seriousness
And in all seriousness three of us complete nut heads went to see the movie and walked out precisely after seventeen and a half minutes.
The horrid the name is the better chances it has of doing well at the box-office – is that the theory behind the recently churned out Bollywood movies? Admittedly some great movies have come out in the recent past but I can watch Kuch Kuch Hota hai, Lamhe, Parineeta…. and their soft, romantic likes anytime.
Talking of romanCHak fillums, CHandu and CHutney and going onto to food I would like to introduce an extremely mega food item which is called ‘Chia Seeds.’ Despite being an absolute tasteless seed its’ nutritional profile is a complete box-office hit. It is packed with essential micronutrients, fiber and Omega 3 fatty acids. An excellent source of protein for vegetarians, it also helps in regulating blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Chia seeds can be added to anything to thicken the texture, it is an ideal replacement for pectin, which is used to thicken jams and chutneys, or else add them in your oatmeal breakfast, smoothie snack or a creamy dessert.
Do not get fooled by the small quantity that I have used in the Tomato Relish (Chutney) shown below. Plum tomatoes, chopped onions and a couple of garlic cloves were tossed in a pan and simmered with olive oil, two kinds of vinegars and seasoning, for about half an hour. As soon the mixture started to cool I added our star, Chia, and left it to cool further. The result was a thick, wholesome, tangy, spiked with chilli and a spreadable relish that can be used as a dip with vegetable crudités or bread, a topping for your bruschetta or added as a chutney to your curry and rice meal.