Trying to Overcome a Major Writer’s Block….

Writer’s block is a condition, primarily associated with writing, in which an author is unable to produce new work or experiences a creative slowdown.” It is said that bad workers blame their tools… is that what I am doing here by defining writer’s block? Maybe yes, maybe no. Anyhow, I have been away from my blog for so long that I have to dust the cobwebs in my brain before I can write anything good.

To be honest, I have been struggling to come up with interesting things to ramble about. It’s ironic, considering the fact that I work with 15 extremely fascinating children throughout the week… and to think that I have a dearth of topics to write about…

Today morning, after a successful cooking experiment I decided that I had to chronicle it here. So, my come back blog will be a recipe; I am sure you’ll all love its simplicity and of course it’s taste. I only made a small portion today, because I did not know how it would turn out. It turned out YUMMY, so can definitely increase the portions accordingly.

Ingredients (Made 12 small discs to serve 1-2 as a light breakfast/snack)

  1. Semolina/rava – 1/2 cup
  2. Water – 3/4 cup
  3. Clarified butter/ghee – 2 tsps
  4. Curd – 1/4 cup
  5. Finely chopped onions – 1/4 cup
  6. Finely chopped green chilis – to taste
  7. Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
  8. Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
  9. Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  10. Oil – 1 tbsp
  11. Curry leaves – few
  12. Salt to taste


Smooth dough
Seasoned and ready
  1. Heat water in a pan; add ghee and salt
  2. As it starts to boil, add the rava and mix well
  3. Add the curd and keep cooking until the mixture absorbs all the water and resembles upma consistency
  4. Turn off the heat and remove the mixture into a bowl
  5. Slowly knead the mixture into a smooth dough (wet your hands to ensure you don’t burn them or wait until it cools a little bit)
  6. Heat a steamer basket or idly steamer and keep ready
  7. Make small balls with the dough, flatten into discs, and make a small indentation in the center (you can create any shape you want)
  8. Place the discs into the steamer and cook for 5 minutes
  9. Meanwhile, heat oil in a pan and add the cumin seeds. Once they splutter, add the mustard seeds and allow them to splutter
  10. Add the finely chopped onions, chilis, and turmeric and saute for a couple of minutes
  11. Drop the steamed rava discs into the pan and toss along with all the seasonings
  12. Serve hot (can be served as is or with a chutney or ketchup)
Soft, pillowy semolina discs

I came across this recipe while scrolling through Instagram and the lady did not have a name for the dish. My dusty brain cells couldn’t come up with anything too… Any suggestions?

Until I write again (hopefully soon), stay healthy and happy, try new recipes, and stop to smell the roses, coz it’s Spring!!!


4 thoughts on “Trying to Overcome a Major Writer’s Block….

  1. Tell me about it. All kinda blocks everywhere. πŸ˜„ Creative blocks are hard to explain.

    I am happy that you “bypassed” it with an amazing culinary art. It looks so yumm and tempting.

    While reading the recipe, my eyes where searching for it’s name, and since I couldn’t find it, I automatically mixed the topic and read it as rava blocks.

    Now that you’re really asking for a name, a couple of them popping inside my mind.
    Rava + Idli = Ravli,
    Rava + paddu = Ravaddu
    Rava buttons.

    Let me know which one gets your vote πŸ˜„

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