Top 10 Proverbs in Hindi

Posted on 30. Oct, 2014 by in Hindi Language

Let me show you today some top 10 proverbs (लोकोक्ति – Lokokti) in Hindi.

These are the common proverbs that we use quite often in our daily conversations.

1. आम के आम गुडलियों के दाम (Aam ke aam gudhaliyon ke dam) – Double benefit.

2. छोटा मुँह और बड़ी बात (Chota maunh aur badi baat) – to talk big without having a big position.

3. मान ना मान मैं तेरा मेहमान (maan na maan main tera mehman) – Getting involved without having any relation to a person or matter.

4. चोर की दाढ़ी में तिनका (Chor ki dadhi mein tinka) – One is afraid of his/her crime.

5. जैसी करनी वैसी भरनी (Jesi karni wesi bharni) – As you sow so shall you reap.

6. उल्टा चोर कोतवाल को डांटे (Ulta chor kotwal ko dante) – the guilty scolding the innocent.

7. कहीं धूप कही छाया (Kahi dhup kahi chaya) – strange variation.

8. खोदा पहाड़ निकली चुन्हिया (khoda pahad nikali chunhiya) – infinitesimal result after much effort.

9. ऊँची दुकान फीका पकवान (Unchi dukan phika pakwan) – only superficial good.

10. एक ही थाली के चट्टे-बट्टे (ek hi thali ke chatte batte) – belonging to same group/attributes.

Indian Recipes – Chicken Tikka Masala

Posted on 29. Oct, 2014 by in Hindi Language

Chicken tikka masala (चिकन टिक्का मसाला) recipe has grilled chicken pieces in tomato puree sauteed with onions and other spices, and garnished with fresh green coriander.  It is a very famous non-vegeterian Indian dish which is usually served with rice or Naan (bread from tandori oven).

Let me show you how to make this delicious dish at home.

Chicken Tikka Masala

Recipe Servings : 4 – 6
Recipe Cook Time : 30 Minutes + Marination time

Chicken Tikka Masala (Picture via Flickr by Michael Hays)

Chicken Tikka Masala (Picture via Flickr by Michael Hays)

Ingredients:

Part A: Ingredients for making Chicken Tikka (Roasted chicken pieces)

2 lbs. boneless chicken breast, cut into 1 inch cubes
1/4 cup fresh yogurt (greek yogurt is prefered)
3 tsp minced ginger
3 tsp crushed peeled garlic
1/4 tsp white pepper
1/4 tsp cumin powder
1/4 tsp mace
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp green cardamom powder
1/4 tsp red chili powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
4 tbsp vegetable oil
Molten margarine or butter for basting

Part B: Ingredients for making sauce for Chichen Tikka Masala

5 oz. tomato paste
10 oz. tomato puree
2 lbs. tomatoes, finely chopped
2 tsp ginger paste
2 tsp garlic paste
2 tsp green chilies
1 tbsp red chili powder
2 tsp cloves
8 green cardamoms
3 tbsp butter
2/3 cup cream
1 tsp fenugreek
2 tsp ginger, grated or julienned
Salt to taste
Sugar to taste
2 tbsp chopped green coriander leaves to garnish

Method:

1. Put all ingredients in Part A together in a large bowl and whisk. Let it marinate overnight in the refrigerator.

2. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/ Gas Mark 4. Bake marinated chicken pieces for 10 minutes, basting with margarine or butter twice. Drain excess marinade and bake for another 2-5 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, make the sauce for the chicken tikka masala in Part B. Deseed and finely chop green chilies. Put tomatoes, tomato paste and tomato puree in a pot or pan and add approximately 4-1/4 cups of water.

4. Add ginger and garlic paste, green chilies, red chili powder, cloves, cardamoms, and salt. Cook over low heat until reduced to a thick sauce. Strain through a strainer and bring to a boil. Add butter and cream. Stir.

5. If the sauce tastes sour, add sugar to taste. Add fenugreek and ginger juliennes, stir. Add roasted chicken pieces to the sauce. Garnish the dish with chopped green coriander. Serve with rice or Naan (a kind of flat bread prepared in tandoor oven)

Poem in Hindi – Ek Boond

Posted on 28. Oct, 2014 by in Hindi Language

Today, I will share an inspirational poem in Hindi. The poet has potrayed the life of a drop and gave a message that our life is not different than the life of a drop.

Below is the poem in Devanagari fonts (Hindi) with the literal translation in English. I hope that you will try to comprehend the poem with the given explanation. So, here it is.

कविता (Kavita – Poem) : एक बूँद (Ek Boond – A drop)
कवि (Kavi – Poet) : अयोध्या सिंह उपाध्याय ‘हरिऔध’ (Ayodhya Singh Upadhyaya “Hariaudh”)

Water drop

A drop of water (Picture via flickr by tanakawho)

ज्यों निकल कर बादलों की गोद से।
थी अभी एक बूँद कुछ आगे बढ़ी।।
सोचने फिर फिर यही जी में लगी।
आह क्यों घर छोड़कर मैं यों बढ़ी।।

Jyon nikal kar baadalon ki gowd se
(as leaving the bosom of the clouds)
thi abhi ek boond kuch aage badi,
(a little drop of water had proceeded a bit ahead)
Sochne phir-phir yehi ji mein lagi,
(she started thinking again and again)
Aah! kyon ghar choRkar main yun badi ?
(Oh! Why did I left my home like this?)

दैव मेरे भाग्य में क्या है बढ़ा।
में बचूँगी या मिलूँगी धूल में।।
या जलूँगी गिर अंगारे पर किसी।
चू पडूँगी या कमल के फूल में।।

Dev mere bhagy mein kya hai bada
(O destiny, what would be my fate)
main bachungi ya milungi dhool mein?
(will I live or get swallowed up by dust?)
ya jalungi gir angaare par kisi?
(or would I burn out by falling on some fire?)
choo padungi ya kamal ke phool mein?
(or I will land on a lotus blossom?)

बह गयी उस काल एक ऐसी हवा।
वह समुन्दर ओर आई अनमनी।।
एक सुन्दर सीप का मुँह था खुला।
वह उसी में जा पड़ी मोती बनी।।

Beh gayi us kaal ek aisi hawaa,
(At that moment came a gust of breeze)
voh samundar aur aayi anamani,
(and carried her unheeding to the sea)
ek sundar seep ka munh tha khula,
(a beautiful oyster was open)
woh usi mein ja pari moti bani
(where she fell and became a pearl)

लोग यों ही है झिझकते, सोचते।
जबकि उनको छोड़ना पड़ता है घर।।
किन्तु घर का छोड़ना अक्सर उन्हें।
बूँद लौं कुछ और ही देता है कर।।

log yun hi hain jhijhakte, sochte,
(People often hesitate and think)
jabaki unko choRna padta hai ghar,
(when they have to leave their homes)
kintu ghar ka choRna aksar unhein,
(But quite often, leaving their homes)
boond laun kuch aur hi deta hai kar
(transforms them like the tiny drop of water)