I didn’t know that I would not hear his voice again.
He was the most charming, loving, and caring man, I have ever known. Who was he, you ask?
He was my Grandpa.
I remember what happened that one day when I was 8. I slipped while running, and scratched my left leg. This happened one evening when I was playing hide and seek with my friends.
I screamed! “Grandpa, Grandpa, Grandpa…” He rushed to see me, along with my Granny and Mom. And when he saw me, I was lying on the floor.
His heartbeats raised when he asked, “What happened”? I pointed a finger on my leg to show my scratched leg. He leaned instantly, and hugged me tightly. Then he said, “Don’t worry my doll, you will be fine”.
While going back to his room, he further consoled me and said, “Wait here, I will be back in a minute”.
After a couple of minutes, he came back with the first aid kit in a white box, which was marked with a big red plus sign. He sat beside me, and took out a bandage from that first aid box. Then, he applied bandaid on the scratch on my leg with a gentle pressure.
However, I continued howling, “It’s hurting so bad. It’s hurting so bad.” And made a sound, Aaaaaaaah! Aaaaaaaah!
He looked at me, and said, “Okay, okay! Calm down.” I have another remedy for this. He took out a white wound dressing roll, and rolled it over my scratched leg. As soon as he finished his dressing, I smiled, and said, “Grandpa, I am feeling much better now.”
He smiled gently, and said, “I am going for a walk now, but you go to your room and relax there. And remember, this is a magical roll. You will be running by the time I come back from my walk”. I smiled, and nodded.
While I was busy chatting with my Grandpa, my sister came to us, and told, “This is just a scratch Grandpa! Why do you pamper her so much? She always tries to manipulate you.”
I opened my eyes wide with flared nostrils, and looked at my sister, as if it was an invitation for a fight.
To make me feel good, my Grandpa said to my sister, “No, my little princess is not lying—she is hurt real bad. You too should take care of her as a sister”. Those words really sent me to cloud 9.
One thing however, he knew that I was not that hurt. But he just didn’t want me to feel bad, so he made me believe as if I have manipulated him successfully. I could not understand it back then that how could he get manipulated every time. But now, when I think as a grown up, I understand everything.
In my family when I was young, I was better known as the ‘Drama Queen’. Oh gosh! Those beautiful memories are wonderful. I so want to light those same scented candles, to recreate those fun-filled experiences.
There are an endless number of events which can describe my Grandpa’s love and affection for me. But I’ll leave them for some other time.
Back in July 2008, I came back from my trip to Paris. I still remember that on July 28, I had a long video chat with each of my family members. I talked to my Grandpa for about an hour. I described to him everything about Paris. He was so eager to know more about my trip. Though, I wanted to talk more, but I was too tired. So I hanged up by saying, “I will talk to you tomorrow Grandpa.” He gestured a big hug and waved his hand to say goodbye with his charming smile.
On July 29, I got a call from my Dad in the morning. I could not seriously believe what I heard. My first words to my dad were — “I know you are joking. Right! Right?
After that, there was an awkward silence for a while. My uncle took the phone from my father, and broke that silence. I could hear my Dad sobbing.
My mind started playing all the past events which were centered around my Grandpa. My brain scrambled to find a logical excuse that this is not true. It cannot be true!
My uncle repeated the words, “Grandpa is no more”. My hands became clammy. My whole body went numb. I felt a bead of sweat trickling down my face.
Abhishek was around me. Seeing me melting, he jumped on the phone, but I don’t remember what he said exactly. I couldn’t remember anything after that. When I got my senses back, I found myself lying and sobbing in my bed. Abhishek was holding me in his arms and that is only memory I have of that fateful day.
I sobbed for hours till my eyes became dry. Abhishek tried to calm me down all the time. That day was one of the saddest days of my life. I lost something — someone very precious.
After that, I had countless number of nights when I woke up during the night, and found myself shedding tears. Most of the times, I was in bed staring up at the ceiling with no motivation to get up. That was all to my life at that time.
After about a month my Grandpa left us, I made a promise to myself. I promised to myself, “I will not cry anymore. I will have to come out of this. And I will have to keep him alive”.
Now, it’s been almost 6 years since he has gone, and I still miss him so much. To me, he has not gone anywhere. He’s still with me. He still pampers me. He is still alive in my memories; in my heart and I would not let him go anywhere from here. Never.
Even today, while remembering him, I could say that my Grandpa was a big foodie. He loved to eat all good food. And carrot was one of his favorites. His favourite dishes with carrot were ‘Carrot Halwa’, ‘Carrot Raita’, ‘Carrot Peas Stir Fry’, ‘Carrot Salad’, ‘Carrot Paratha’, and the list would go on. I think he just loved anything with carrot.
So my today’s recipe is also about the magic of carrot. The name of the dish is ‘Carrot Zucchini Semolina Pancake With Potato Patties and Fresh Salad’.
This is a delicious and quick breakfast recipe made with a semolina and yogurt batter, along with onion, carrot, zucchini and some spices.
It includes semolina and yogurt as two basic ingredients. Cumin seeds are also an important ingredient which make this dish a winner. So, it shouldn’t be missed. These seeds give a nice flavor to pancakes. You just have to combine everything well and your pancake would be ready to eat within 5 minutes. Carrot and Zucchini give it a nice colorful texture.
These pancakes are pretty quick and simple to make, and they only require a couple of ingredients. This platter is sensational when served with potato cutlets, fresh veggies and some dressing.
Let your mouth feel the crunchy and crispy texture with every bite of these pancakes. You would be the happiest person on this earth, at least for that time, when your mouth is full with this delicacy. 🙂
Let’s learn to make ‘Carrot Zucchini Semolina Pancake With Potato Patties and Fresh Salad’.
Take a mixing bowl and add all the ingredients to it, except for oil and water.
The batter should be of same consistency as of the usual pancake batter, so add water slowly while mixing thoroughly.
Heat a pan on high temperature for a few minutes and then turn it to medium. Add 1 tsp oil to the pan, and pour about ¼ cup of batter.
With the back of a flat spatula spread the batter and veggies forming a circle. Cover with a lid. Let it cook for about 30-35 seconds. When the top of the poured batter is dry, spray a little oil on top and flip.
Press the pancakes with the help of a spatula for few seconds. Pancake should be golden brown from both sides.
Repeat the process with rest of the batter. Crispy pancakes are ready. Serve them with hot roasted potato patties, and fresh veggies. Pour your favourite dressing and sprinkle some pepper powder on top.
- semolina - 2 cup
- yogurt - 1 ¼ cup
- onions, finely chopped - ½ cup
- carrots, grated - ½ cup
- zucchini, grated - ½ cup
- chopped cilantro - 2 tbsp
- cumin seeds - 1 ½ tsp
- green chilies, chopped - 2
- crushed garlic - 1 tsp
- crushed ginger - 1 tsp
- cayenne pepper - 1 tsp (optional)
- water for batter
- salt to taste
- baking soda - ½ tsp
- oil for pancakes frying
- roasted potato patties of your choice
- dressing of your choice (I am using honey mayo)
- fresh veggies( corn, onion slices, cucumber slices, grilled lemon, chili pepper, salad leaves)
- ground pepper
- Take a mixing bowl and add all the ingredients to it, except for oil and water.
- The batter should be of same consistency as of the usual pancake batter, so add water slowly while mixing thoroughly.
- Heat a pan on high temperature for a few minutes and then turn it to medium.
- Add 1 tsp oil to the pan, and pour about ¼ cup of batter.
- With the back of a flat spatula spread the batter and veggies forming a circle. Cover with a lid.
- Let it cook for about 30-35 seconds. When the top of the poured batter is dry, spray a little oil on top and flip.
- Press the pancakes with the help of a spatula for few seconds.
- Pancake should be golden brown from both sides.
- Repeat the process with rest of the batter.
- Crispy pancakes are ready. Serve them with hot roasted potato patties, and fresh veggies. Pour your favourite dressing and sprinkle some pepper powder on top.
- Serve immediately.
Camera: Nikon D7100
Lens: Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX Lens
Setup: Used natural sunlight coming from left, and a reflector on the right side of the frame.
Angle: I clicked these photos with 90°, 70°, 50°,
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