My blog is slowly turning into more of a bird zoo.
And my life is turning more haphazard, out of tune and out of my hands than I ever wanted it to be.
Nose deep into work, maid absconding ... so nose deep into house work too , DH down with the sniffles now ... read needs more attention than an infant ... , beautiful weather mocking, ... so all I do now is crib, work, crib, crib, work, crib, crib .... .
And on the top of it, the little fellows on my balcony are driving me insane.
This morning started with screeches of alarm from Mr. & Mrs. Shalik. Hurriedly step out into the balcony.
This sight greeted me.
Ever since the birds made their home here, I have dreaded this day. It had fallen from the nest that is about 9 feet high, but was ok. A strong breeze kept blowing it away ... it desperately trying to hold on to the floor.
The parents keep screaming. DH puts on gloves ( they should not have the smell of human beings on them ) and picks it up.
Puts it back firmly in the nest with the rest of the babies.
Quiet and normal noises made by the birds assure us everything is fine.
Half an hour later screeching starts.
Baby is down again. This time not moving but breathing. Again put back.
Half an hour later baby down again.
Something is wrong. We try to think of possibilities. Maybe they are too crowded and the weakest is getting the boot. Maybe they have rejected it due to the smell of the rubber gloves.
Any other animal ... pups, kittens, anything else .... I would have confidently dealt with. But have no idea what to do with so small baby birds.
So called up Blue Cross Society. They directed us to the city zoo. Thankfully they took us seriously and sent us their volunteer nearest to our place of stay.
I was initially sceptical. But the way gentle and deft way the man dealt with the baby bird put my fears to rest.
He said the baby has an infection ... so is being rejected by the parents lest the others catch the same.
He treated and carried it away to the zoo where special doctors for birds will take care of it.
This dal has been sitting in my drafts for a long time. A quick, healthy, light and simple dal, this is very good on the tummy ... especially if you have been ill and returning to normal food ... or if you want a light meal.
I use the tempering of Paanch Phoron here as I love the slightly achaari flavour it gives when paired with mustard oil and Mushur dal.
Musur dal / Masoor dal / Red lentils
Lau / Lauki / Bottle gourd - peeled and cut into small cubes
Paanch phoron ( a mix of mustard + fennel + fenugreek + cumin + nigella seeds )
Mustard oil - to temper
Haldi / Turmeric powder
Whole dry red chillies
Salt to taste
Water to cook
How to :
Wash the dal and keep aside.
Heat mustard oil in a pressure cooker.
Add the Panch phoron and the dry chilles.
When they start to splutter add onion and fry for a while.
Now add the bottle gourd and stir for some time.
Then add the dal and keep stirring.
Then add the turmeric powder, salt and water.
Close cooker and cook for 2 whistles on low heat.
Remove cover when cooker has cooled.
Give the dal a stir ... check for seasoning.
If needed add some more water and simmer for 5 more minutes.
Goes great with plain rice or rotis and a dry dish on the side.
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C' ya all soon folks !!