Happy new year! I hope you didn’t party too hard to not be alive. I’d hate to die like that. It’s such a silly way to go. Since I am not the partying kind and since I could not get myself excited about it all and since I am crowd-phobic and most importantly since I am very very lazy, I stayed at home like I do every year and watched TV. I waited for “Sagalakala Vallavan” at 12 but none of the channels played it. I walked to the balcony and looked out. Bells were ringing and people were crowded around the little pillayar koil in the corner. Bikes were whizzing past. I saw fireworks in the distance. It was way too cold outside. I went to bed. That was my new year eve.
To start off the year on a sweet note, here is pineapple kesari. I promise I didn’t eat more than 3 spoons. You have to trust me. I made it for others. I am still on the healthy eating challenge.
As always, ever hopeful that I am, I make resolutions and plans for the new year. I hope this will be the year I begin to wake up early and be writing by the window in the early morning light, before everyone else wakes up. I hope this is the year I will reach my target weight. Here are some broad plans I have for the new year.
- Learn a new skill every month. There’s plenty of interesting stuff I’ve always wanted to learn and I believe pursuing something for a set period helps keep you creative and passionate about everything. Top of my mind are – learning to whistle, roller-skating, swimming & making sushi.
- Minimalism with stuff. This is something I’ve been practicing to some extent. I intend to continue. Clothes, books, toys, cosmetics – anything I don’t anticipate using in the next few months will need to go.
- Reading & writing every day.
- Visiting more temples.
- Experimenting more. I want to say yes to things that I am not really prepared for, that I am not good at.
The key to making a ghee oozing, soft, ‘manal-manal’ consistency of kesari is keeping in mind the important ratios. 1:1:2:3 – Rava:Ghee:Sugar:Water. You’re adding as much ghee as rava. Don’t die yet. That’s the only way to get that melt in the mouth ghee-laden taste in your kesari. You’ll need to add twice the amount of sugar as your rava and 3 times water as rava. That’s it. This is the only formula you need to make any kind of kesari. You’ll make a spectacular kesari, I promise.