Hare Baingan Ka Jhukka Recipe – Green Eggplant Recipe

Baingan ka Jhukka is a recipe made out of eggplant and is native to Bihar. It is a very tasty side dish and goes really well with white rice and plain dal.

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What do you think is the impact of technology on the developing child?

Today when my daughter was singing a lullaby for her younger sister (my brother-in-law’s baby) and got tired of singing again and again. She asked me, “Mama, will you give me your phone please?”.

When I asked what she would do with the phone, She replied that she is tired of singing again and again and so she wants to record that song and make it listen to the baby so that she can sleep. I was like, what?

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Me and Dilip looked at each other surprisingly thinking how technology is dominating this generation, how the dependency upon technology was increasing day by day and how it is impacting their physical and mental health overall.

I know that we cannot stop technological advancement. But at least we can set limits for our children and make them understand that this is not the right time for them to embrace technology, when it isn’t actually the right time to do it.

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Just like the way our parents did with us. My mom would never allow me to sit in front of the T.V for more than 2 hours a day and they always encouraged us to play outside along with other children.

We also had different kinds of indoor games, if incase we weren’t really in the mood of going out to play.

We are really lucky that we saw both sides of the world – the simpler lifestyle and then a lifestyle full of advancement and technology.

And we need to help our children as well, to see both the worlds.

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I got the first permission to buy a mobile phone for myself, when I got my first job. And I am proud of my parents who made me understand how dangerous could technology be, if we started using it before the right time to start using it.

I am trying my level best to pass on the same kind of advice and guide to my daughter on when is the right time to start using technology.

Just as everything else, technology also has its own positives and negatives. It is technology that has made life easier for us but it is the same technology that led to reduced face to face communication.

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Distances have been bridged and reduced but have shrunk to mere written words without feelings. “I love you” has been reduced to “ILU” and “See You, Take Care” has become, “C Ya, TC”, all thanks to technology.

I wanted my daughter to learn the value of communicating with feelings and wanted to make her understand that singing a lullaby had a lot of feelings in it which recording and playing it on the phone might not have.

All this with the hope that she understands and appreciates it, which I know she will.

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Baingan Ka Jhukka -Masaledar Baingan ki Sabzi

Baingan ka Jhukka is a traditional Eggplant recipe that is native to Bihar. While the recipe as such might be native to Bihar, there are a lot of similar recipes that are made across North India and are called with different names.

So, while you might be looking at the recipe that is specific to Bihar, don’t be surprised if you come across a similar recipe with a different name. Because the eggplant is a favorite vegetable in India and we make a wide variety of recipes using it.

Baingan ka Jhukka is a very tasty recipe and uses a lot of masalas.

This goes along well with white rice and plain dal and this combination is my favorite and I am sure you will love it too, if you try it once.

So let us see how Baingan ka Jhukka is made.

Hare Baingan Ka Jhukka Recipe – Green Eggplant Recipe

Ingredients

  • Green Brinjal – 1 Kg (sliced into long pieces)
  • Panchforan – 1/2 tsp
  • Garlic – 1 full (chrushed)
  • Turmeric Powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander Powder – 5 tsp
  • Red chili Powder – 1 tsp or as per the taste
  • Dried Red Chili – 3 (broken)
  • Bay leaves – 2
  • Mustard oil – 6 tbsp
  • Salt to taste

Method

  1. Heat oil in a pan.
  2. Add panch- phoran,bay leaves and dried red chilies to it.
  3. Once the seeds starts spluttering add brinjal, turmeric powder and salt. Stir well.
  4. Cover the lid and cook for two to three minutes on high flame. Stirring in between.
  5. Now add coriander powder, chili powder and garlic paste and mix everything gently.
  6. Let the raw smell of masala goes off.
  7. Cook the brinjal until it gets tender and the oil starts to float on the surface. This usually takes 10 minutes.
  8. Take the pan off the fire and serve this sabzi along with rice and ‘arhar ki dal’ (A simple curry made of yellow lentils).
  9. It tastes yummmy.
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How to Get Your Food Photographs accepted in FoodGawker – Food Photography Tips

Are you a food blogger trying to build your audience? Then one of the many questions that you might be asking is “How to Get Your Food Photographs accepted in Foodgawker?”.

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You accept it or, not the fact is that food blogging is about good photographs. And hence it is not a surprise that fancy cameras and photography accessories are becoming the best friends of food bloggers.

If some of the big bloggers in the food blogging niche (unless you are in a narrower niche like that of Low Carb Diet Recipes) is a success today, it is primarily because of their photographs. Their recipes might be tasty and healthy as well but what attracts visitors to their blogs is the attractive photographs that they click.

And thanks to the hundreds of image sharing websites like Foodgawker, Tastespotting etc. and social media sites like Pinterest, Instagram it is not very difficult to drive traffic to your websites, if you have a nice and attractive photograph.

But can you be the best food photographer from day one?

Will your photographs be accepted in all of these image sharing websites, leave along the social media sites where there is no restriction on what image you upload?

Traffic Generation using Image Sharing Websites

The good photographs that you upload to your food blog serves 2 purposes; visitor retention and traffic generation.

Visitors are more likely to stay on your blog and browse through even more posts if they find something very attractive, which in the case of a food blog are the photographs.

Those yummy photographs of pancakes with honey being poured over it is sure to make you drool. You just wouldn’t want to click away from that blog.

The second benefit of good photographs is traffic generation.

And as a blogger, this is the more important one for me. Rather it is the first and most important one for me. Because, if there is no traffic, there is no point in your blog being there.

And if I can generate traffic using the photographs that I click, it is an easier beast to attack.

But how do you generate traffic using your photographs?

..from Image sharing or, food photograph sharing websites.

There are a ton of them out there, but only a few generate decent amount of traffic.

And Foodgawker is one of them.

All you need to do is submit your food photographs with a brief description of the recipe and a link to the recipe on your blog and you are done..

Just wait and watch as traffic starts to roll in…

Is it that easy?

No. Because the beautiful photograph that you think is beautiful, is not beautiful enough for Foodgawker to accept it.

And you get a message saying, “Your photograph is rejected. Poor Composition or, insufficient lighting“.

Are you familiar with the below screenshot?

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And then starts the difficult part – Knowing what is right from Foodgawker’s perspective.

You submit your corrected photographs again and again trying to correct the errors and hoping that it will get accepted this time, only to find that they were rejected again.

You spend hours scratching your head with just the one question – How to get your food photographs accepted in Foodgawker?

Foodgawker Photo Rejection – Understanding the reasons

Before we get into discussing how to get your food photographs accepted in Foodgawker, we need to understand the reason why your photograph is getting rejected.

In the above screenshot, you see 2 primary reason for rejection – Composition and Lighting.

And these are the biggest reasons why they reject food photographs.

Composition/Awkward Angle:

I am an amateur outdoor photographer. Over a period of time, I learnt how to compose your shots when it comes to landscape photography, insect photography etc. And since I was more into macro shooting, I would compose my shots from a macro angle and capture them.

These photographs sold well on 500px and a few other sites.

So when I came into food photography, I thought it would be a cakewalk and went about composing my shots with the same approach.

From my perspective, the photographs were amazing. But Foodgawker thought otherwise and they rejected them saying “awkward composition”.

And then I realized that food photography is a different ball game altogether.

When it comes to composition, keep in mind that your composition in about how you place your subject in the environment that you are photographing it in.

At time, it makes sense to give a 70-30 weightage to your subject as against the environment and at some other times a 50-50 weightage. But all of that depends upon how important the subject is in the context of the picture you are clicking.

With food photography, it is a lot different from outdoor photography.

And that’s where I was making a mistake.

Lighting:

Lighting follows a very simple principle in all kinds of photography – too much or, too little depending upon what you want to focus on, in your photograph is bad.

And Foodgawker is very specific about the saturation.

Most photographs get rejected because there indeed was low lighting. And correcting this doesn’t take a huge amount of work.

How to get your Food Photographs accepted in Foodgawker

Now that we saw the primary reasons for the rejections, let us see how to correct these so that your photograph is accepted in Foodgawker.

What I am going to tell you are some very simple ways to correct the reasons why your photographs get rejected. But remember, this is only a good way to start. If you do not scale up and better your clicks, you might just be stuck at the levels you are in, which is not good for you and your blog.

Composition/Awkward Angle:

So how do you solve the problem of awkward angle/poor composition.

Simple. Use the easiest and universally accepted composition; the vertical look down position and click your photographs by strictly following the rule of thirds.

Check the below diagram and you will understand the angle that I am talking about.

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It is indeed simple.

Place your food on the table and click your photographs from the top. This takes care of the “awkward angle” problem.

And if you follow the rule of thirds, the problem of composition is also taken care off.

Use some nice props to give the background a lift so that it doesn’t look bland.

And that’s it.

Check out some of the below photographs to understand how we clicked the pictures.

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Follow this simple tip and you should be able to take care of your composition issue and the awkward angle issues.

Lighting Issues:

When it comes to food photography, natural light is the best light. And if you can use a diffuser, then you will get the best lighting condition for your photographs.

The easiest way is to place a table just next to a window with ample of light coming in. Then spread a white semi-transparent curtain onto the window and you have your perfect lighting condition.

But natural light isn’t something that is available throughout. And when you have to shoot your pictures in the evening, what are the options?

The option is to go to an artificial light – and this one is by-far the best artificial lighting for food photography.

(I will teach you to build an artificial lighting system of your own at home, in another post)

Use a diffuser which can be a semi-transparent piece of cloth or, a white t-shirt and shoot your pictures. Your lighting issues should also be taken care off.

A couple of important things to keep in mind while photographing food –

  • Ensure there is only one source of light in the room. If there are any other lights switch them off.
  • The easiest placement is to keep the light at the head of the subject and you stand towards the foot of the subject to click the pictures.

Once you have clicked your pictures, do a slight bit of post-processing using Photoshop or, Lightroom to correct the saturation.

And that’s it!

Your photographs should now be accepted into Foodgawker and all the other food photo sharing sites.

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