Indian Recipes – Palak Paneer

Posted on 23. May, 2016 by in Hindi Language

Palak Paneer is a very popular and easy vegetarian north Indian dish. In this dish, spinach, Indian cottage cheese, onion, tomatoes, ginger, green and and coriander etc are used. Palak (पालक) is spinach and Paneer (पनीर) is Indian cottage cheese.

So what are you waiting for, let’s make this delicious dish at home.

Recipe Servings : 3
Recipe Cook Time : 40 min (Cook time: 30 minutes and preparation time is 10 minutes)

Palak Paneer (CC Picture via Flickr by Sundari C)

Palak Paneer (CC Picture via Flickr by
Sundari C)

Ingredients:

1 heaped cup Indian cottage (Paneer) cheese cubes (150 grams)
2 cups spinach (Palak) tightly packed (100 grams)
2 to 3 green chilies without seeds
¾ cup onions paste
½ cup tomatoes puree
¼ tsp dried fenugreek leaves (Kasuri Methi)
½ tsp coriander powder (optional)
¼ tsp cumin powder
¼ to ½ tsp garam masala
1 tsp garlic paste or ginger garlic paste
1 inch cinnamon stick
2 green cardamoms
2 cloves
⅛ tsp cumin (Jeera)
Oil or butter as needed
Salt as per taste

Method:

  1. Heat oil in a large pan.
  2. Add paneer cubes sauté over a medium heat until they turn golden brown (4-5 minutes).
  3. Keep the fried paneer cubes aside and now add green chilies, spinach and fry for just 2 to 3 mins on a medium heat. Spinach must wilt off thoroughly. Do not overcook. Set aside to cool.
  4. Grind spinach with green chilies to a smooth puree.
  5. Heat a pan with oil, add cinnamon, cardamoms, cloves and cumin, when they begin to splutter Add onions and fry till they turn transparent.
  6. Add ginger garlic paste and fry until the raw smell goes away.
  7. Add tomatoes and salt, fry till they turn mushy.
  8. Add dried fenugreek leaves, garam masala and coriander or cumin powder. Saute until the mixture leaves the sides of the pan.
  9. Pour half cup water and stir. Cook until the mixture thickens.
  10. Simmer the flame, add the pureed spinach. Mix well.
  11. Add paneer and mix.
  12. Serve palak paneer with naan, roti (Indian bread) or rice.

 

Poem in Hindi – Kosish Karne Walon Ki

Posted on 22. May, 2016 by in Hindi Language

Let me translate a nice Hindi poem for you. Hindi poems offers great variety of composition and grammatical structure. So it will be a great way to learn Hindi through reading comprehension of Hindi poems.

In this motivational poem, the poet is telling that the people who try never lose. I hope that you will try to comprehend the poem with the given explanation. So, here it is.

कविता (Kavita – Poem) : कोशिश करने वालों की (Kosish Karne Walon Ki – Of those who try)
कवि (Kavi – Poet) : हरिवंशराय बच्चन (Harivansh Rai Bachchan)

Try (CC Picture via Flickr by Leah Buckley)

      (CC Picture via Flickr by Leah Buckley)

लहरों से डर कर नौका पार नहीं होती,
कोशिश करने वालों की कभी हार नहीं होती।

the boat is ever afraid of the waves,
It can never, ever cross the sea,
Those who try never lose.

नन्हीं चींटी जब दाना लेकर चलती है,
चढ़ती दीवारों पर, सौ बार फिसलती है।
मन का विश्वास रगों में साहस भरता है,
चढ़कर गिरना, गिरकर चढ़ना न अखरता है।
आख़िर उसकी मेहनत बेकार नहीं होती,
कोशिश करने वालों की कभी हार नहीं होती।

When tiny little ants carry the grain and climb,
On the steep-soft walls, they fall down hundreds of times,
But their confidence fills the veins with courage,
Falling after climbing and climbing after falling doesn’t annoy them,
At the end, their hard work doesn’t goes to waste,
Those who try never lose.

डुबकियां सिंधु में गोताखोर लगाता है,
जा जा कर खाली हाथ लौटकर आता है।
मिलते नहीं सहज ही मोती गहरे पानी में,
बढ़ता दुगना उत्साह इसी हैरानी में।
मुट्ठी उसकी खाली हर बार नहीं होती,
कोशिश करने वालों की कभी हार नहीं होती।

The scuba divers dive and rise,
In the sea and return often empty handed,
For it is very rare to get a pearl in the deep sea,
This puzzle doubles their enthusiasm,
For they know that their hands will not be empty every time.
Those who try never lose.

असफलता एक चुनौती है, इसे स्वीकार करो,
क्या कमी रह गई, देखो और सुधार करो।
जब तक न सफल हो, नींद चैन को त्यागो तुम,
संघर्ष का मैदान छोड़ कर मत भागो तुम।
कुछ किये बिना ही जय जय कार नहीं होती,
कोशिश करने वालों की कभी हार नहीं होती।

Defeat us a challenge, accept it,
What shortcoming was there, look and correct.
Till you get success, abandon the sleep,
And do not desert and run away from the ground of struggle.
Because without doing any hard work, there is no success,
Those who try never lose.

Examples of Derivative Roots in Hindi – II

Posted on 22. Apr, 2016 by in Hindi Language

In Hindi, some of the verbs are derived from other verbs. The root of base verb changes to form a new root.  In the last post, we saw how to derive new verbs root from other verbs. These derived verb is called व्युत्पन्न धातु (Vyautpann Dhaatu – Derivative Root) in Hindi. In this post, let’s take some examples in Hindi.

For the previous post on Derivative Roots, please check this link.

1. उड़ना (Udnaa – to fly)
मैं आसमान में पक्षी की तरह उड़ना चाहता हूँ। – I want to fly in sky like a bird.

उड़ाना (Udaana- to fly something or someone)
मुझे पतंग उड़ाना पसंद है। – I like to fly kites.

उड़वाना (Udvaana – to make someone fly something or someone by someone (third person))
हम किसी से यह जहाज उड़वाना है।  –  We have to make someone fly this plane.

2. रोना (Rona – to cry)
मुझे रोना पसंद नहीं है। – I don’t like to cry.

रुलाना (Rulana – to make someone cry)
मुझे किसी को रुलाना पसंद नहीं है। – I don’t like to make someone cry.

रुलवाना (Rulvaana – to make someone cry by third person)
किसी को रुलवाना सही नहीं है।  – I have to tell someone to feed you the medicine.

3. कटना (Katna – to cut self)
यह समय कटना चाहिए।  –  This time should pass.

काटना (Kaatna – to cut someone or something)
मुझे अभी सब्ज़ी काटनी है।  – Now, I have to cut vegetable.

कटवाना (Katvaana – to make someone cut someone or something)
तुम्हे किसी को बोल कर यह गास कटवानी है।  – You have to tell someone and get this grass cut.

4. खुलना (Khulna – to open self)
यह दरवाजा खुलना नहीं चाहिए। – This door should not be opened.

खोलना (Kholna – to open)
यह डब्बा खोलना। – This tin needs to be opened.

खुलवाना (Khulvaana – to make someone open something)
तुम्हे कल राकेश को बोल कर दुकान खुलवानी है। – You have to tell Rakesh to open the shop tomorrow.

5. मरना (Marna – to die)
हम सबको एक दिन मरना है।  – We all have to die one day.

मारना (Maarna – to kill or beat someone or something)
क्या तुम्हे लोगों को मारना अच्छा लगता है?- Do you like to beat other people?

मरवाना (Marvaana – to make someone kill or beat someone)
क्या तुम्हे पता है, रमेश ने किसी से रोहित को मरवा दिया।  – Do you know that Ramesh has got Rohit killed?