Sunday, May 17, 2009

Mo's Rainy Sunday Receipe

Red Kidney Beans (Rajma) Curry

Grind to a paste - 1 Onion, 2 Chillis (I added one red and one green so as its not very spicy), big chunk of ginger, 4 Garlic cloves and mint leaves. Add oil to a pan, before you add the paste, add cumin, and coriander seeds until light brown. And then add the paste. Fresh spices smell awesome :)
Keep stirring until the oil separates from the spice paste as seen below
Cut 2 Tomatoes, 4-5 potatoes and 1 can of kidney beans
Before you add tomatoes, add little bit of garam masala (mix of indian spicies), salt to taste and pinch of Turmeric.
And then add tomatoes and stirr until they mix properly
Seen like this
Add Potatoes and Kidney Beans and Add 2 Cups of Water and cook (slow heat) until potatoes are cooked
Trust me :) .. u won't be disappointed if you like Indian food

Dessert (am no expert in this now) - Most times, they end in disaster. So this time I went for something very very simple (thanks to lil for suggesting it)

Got 1 sliced mango with skin, plain yoghurt, saffron and tiny bit of milk to mix saffron
Grill the mango with brown sugar or plain sugar sprinkled on top
Mix the saffron in warm milk and add to yoghurt and mix throughly
Final product: Topped with pecan

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Graffiti Selective Coloring

Dublin in Selective Colors, originally uploaded by Mohan S.

I took this shot near upper camden street, graffiti art done by Maser. You can see the original one here. I decided to try selective coloring on it. Have seen some real good ones on flickr. Trying to avoid photoshop :), I decided to do it in Adobe Lightroom (which btw is a great photo management software, only if it could be free). But after several tries, it didn't seem to work properly. Its very easy to start with, go to Brush tool, make it BnW and then erase the parts you wanna do selective coloring on. But somewhere midway, it seemed to just crash, not exactly crash crash but the eraser tool just won't work right, also cudn't switch between eraser n brush to correct minor details. After 4/5 half tries, time to go back to photoshop. Also was thinking Lightroom might be easier on memory n stuff doing simple selective coloring but no, it took ages n wait'd for seconds (n I'm using latest macbook pro). Photoshop - to my surprise :), lot more easier for selective coloring than lightroom. Import the image, do a background copy of the original layer. From adjustments, selective BnW and then make a mask layer on top of it. Now on the mask layer, just use the brush tool, to erase the parts you are interested in. You can zoom in and do minor details. If an error, switch to black background and erase to get the original parts back. This is important if you want to get the colors right precisely. It was like doing graffiti on original graffiti. The resulting image looked nicer, its bit rought on edges if you see the bigger size of it on flickr, but otherwise looks nice :). Also I only did it using mac trackpad, no mouse.

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Mo's Mint Thai Red Curry

Coconut Milk + Mo's Special Mint Paste
Saute Vegetables + Chicken
Final Product with Yop

Monday, May 04, 2009

5000 years ago

Knouth, Newgrange in Co. Meath, one of the worlds most ancient, better called prehistoric, places.

Megalithic Passage

Woodhenge 5000

Can you see the face?