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Posted by on Nov 6, 2013 in Food-lens, Snacks | 3 comments

My aunt Rita sent me these fabulous pictures during last winter. As I looked these pictures after pictures, I was reminded how diverse India is.Though i knew of sorghum(‘Jowar’ in hindi).I didn’t know the unique way it is consumed in this part of India. So what is ponk? It is green immature sorghum grains. It is local to the area around Surat, ‘economic capital’ city  of  the Western state of Gujrat.It is available during winter months only. End of November to February.  Ponk, sorghum stalks are  ready for cleaning. It is roasted at the bank of river Tapti. Ponk grains are sorted out by the ladies.  This picture makes...

Salatat Khiyar(Algerian Cucumber Salad)

Posted by on Nov 5, 2013 in International, missions, Side Dish | 0 comments

 Lilias Trotter, have you heard of her? I found out about this amazing lady through Noel Piper’s book “Faithful women and their extraordinary God”. Well before she sailed to be a missionary in Algeria (more on that in my next post).She was a very gifted watercolor artist. She says, “I cannot give myself to painting in the way he [Ruskin] means and continue still to ‘seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness“{John Ruskin, the renowned artist of the time, said about her watercolors ‘extremely right minded and careful work’}.She enjoyed her art as a gift not a passion, Noël piper writes in her book. She had the ministry...

Couscous with vegetable stew

Posted by on Nov 4, 2013 in International, missions | 0 comments

Continuing on the journey to Algeria, we checked out a visual geography series book on Algeria by Francesca Davis DiPiazza. I read part of it with kids and met with questions about sand dunes and desert fox, Fennec 🙂 Did you know that this country has been the battleground for centuries by many empires? Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs, Byzantines, Ottomans and French have invaded this country. Prayer points Arab brought Islam to the country in 7th century A.D.It continues to be religion of the land despite of many invasions and change in wind over the centuries. Algerians continue to debate the role religion should play in the democracy.Pray for the clarity...

Algerian Fruit Medley (Chalda Fakya)

Posted by on Oct 23, 2013 in Fruits, missions, Salad | 94 comments

We are in the second ‘A’ country and it is: Algeria. Yay!! This country has been in mind lately.Thanks to Noel Piper talking about Lilias Trotter in her book “Faithful Women and their Extraordinary God.” As I continue to research on Algeria, one people group which I never knew until know is sticking out to me: Berbers of Algeria. ‘Berbers’, this name was given by early Romans who came to the country centuries ago, to the native Algerians of that time. Berbers have been historically nomads and preferred themselves to be called “Imazighen” (Free people).Islam is the religion of the land however Christianity had blossomed here centuries ago. Berbers...

Afghanistan Meal Review

Posted by on Oct 21, 2013 in International | 0 comments

Past couple of weeks,we have been cooking the food of Afghanistan.It is the first country in our list of prayer through Operation world. Our prayer   This is what we feasted on,not all in same day 🙂 Qabili Pilau Banjan Borani Sheer...

Sheer Pira

Posted by on Oct 21, 2013 in Dessert, missions | 0 comments

Last week i found out that Muslims around the world celebrated the Eid -ul-Zuha.I grew up in Hindu-Muslim community in India.Schools are out on this day there.I had the opportunity to witness the festivity growing up. My prayer through this : May the people worship one true god,The Lord. ‘Bakreed’ is the term that I am familiar with.Literally means “Bakra Eid” .”Bakra” meaning goat.On this day, Muslim faithful sacrifice the animal.One third of the meat is kept for the family, one third is distributed among family and friends and one third is given to the poor. So I decided to close out our Afghanistan tour on sweet note.Though “Firni”...

Banjan Borani

Posted by on Oct 16, 2013 in missions | 0 comments

Sitting in a cozy corner of my home as i enjoy the sound of rain and cool morning,i go over the list of prayer and challenges for Afghanistan from Operation World.I look into the pictures and couldn’t help but  wonder how does rain feel like there?Is it cozy or uncomfortable? People of Afghanistan are facing  many challenges from recovery to rebuilding .To the very least you and i can do is to pray for the wisdom and courage among many other things for them.May we intercede for them. {Insert the name of the country,as you pray this prayer} Now this recipe which i am going to share with you,...

Qabili Pilau

Posted by on Oct 9, 2013 in International | 1 comment

What conjures up your mind with “Afghanistan” ? I often think of green eyed Afghan girl, made famous by Steve McCurry’s shot. Something about her eyes are so piercing that it has stuck with me ever since i saw the image for the first time. Behind her eyes lies the reality of war torn country,poverty,society in disarray to name  the few. What is even more sad is, people have not heard the gospel of Christ. Sometimes, I think, how do we pray for them? Life seems so overwhelming there. We are using the opeartion world as a guide to aid in our prayer for healing, stabiity, structure and most...

Apple Cider donut holes

Posted by on Oct 4, 2013 in Breakfast | 0 comments

Do you know sep 26 was Johnny Appleseed birthday ? September is a month of birthdays in our extended family.So really I would have missed Johnny Appleseed birthday very easily, had it not been for all the apple learning and tasting that was going on at our school that week . My daughter’s class made apple pancake, learnt about making apple juice and apple sauce , not to mention apple art ! I came across apple cider donuts holes , blame it on all the talk of Facebook town 🙂 I drooled looking at the images of the darling donut holes, my friend Melissa made.So it was time for us...

Coconut Shrimp Curry

Posted by on Sep 4, 2013 in Indian, NonVeg | 0 comments

Shrimp or prawn? Terminology is confusing to me.I don’t know what’s the precise scientific difference is.To me, prawns are bigger size shrimps. I don’t see any recognizable difference when served on the plate.What i knew it as Prawns in India,is shrimp in US in my mind! I didn’t grow up eating prawns. It was not available to us where we lived easily. However I have come to like it.My first and the most delicious memory of eating prawns is at my roommate’s home. When I was finishing my studies in South, it was not possible for me to go back to home up north in long weekend (Think almost...