Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara is an Indian drama that has earned its way to the top of my list of favorite films and one that I am so thrilled to recommend to you! It was shot in many exotic locals; Spain, India, Egypt and the UK with a 8.9 million dollar budget. The story follows three close friends, Arjun, Kabir and Imraan who travel to Spain for Kabir’s Bachelor party. They visit the Costa Brava, The Tomatina and The Running of the Bulls. They visit a beach that I have been to and they show you a town rarely seen in films, Cadaques.
These three friends are as similar and as different as can be. You have Arjun the wealthy workaholic; Kabir, the sensible one and Imraan the joker with a heart of gold. It made $24 million worldwide when it opened in 2011 and it’s so easy to see why. It has drama, comedy, romance, adventure and Bollywood dancing of course though I would not call it a musical. The songs they choose are more than fitting and add to the film in the best way. In one scene, the marriage of traditional Flamenco music with Indian lyrics and dancing is beautiful.
The star of the show for me was Hrithik Roshan who plays Arjun. He sings, dances and was named one of India’s most attractive celebrities. Katrina Kaif as Laila is also a jewel of the film and also holds the title of one of India’s most attractive celebrities. She was born in British Hong Kong and eventually moved to India. So, if this is your first Bollywood film, It is a great one to start with! The visuals are amazing and not only do you get a glimpse into Indian culture but of Spanish culture as well. Something clever that these friends do, is to each choose a sport to do together but only tell the friends the day of so nobody can chicken out. Somehow this film made sky diving look incredible-something I’ve always been afraid of. Even if you watch the film for the adventure scenes; deep-sea diving, skydiving and the running of the bulls-it’s worth it for that alone.
The perfect dish to make for this film is a curry of course! This one leans more towards a traditional curry you would find in Thailand than India, but it is a take on a curry dish I used to get at one of my favorite places in Barcelona. Which, like this film, is the best of both worlds! It’s also a good introduction to curry if this is your first time trying it-or making it!
2 Cans Coconut Milk or Coconut Cream
Half a Red Onion
2 Cloves Garlic, Diced
1 tbsp fresh grated ginger
1/2 cup finely chopped carrots
1/4 cup diced tomato
1/3 cup Snow Peas
3 tbsp Curry Powder
Dash of Cayenne Pepper (to taste)
1 Cup Veggie Stock
1 Can Garbanzo Beans
Salt & Black Pepper
1 Cup Quinoa, rinsed in a fine mesh strainer
Red Pepper Flakes
Normally, curry isn’t made with Quinoa but since I didn’t use tofu or any type of protein, I wanted to make this a bit more filling. Begin by rinsing the Quinoa in your fine mesh strainer and placing in a skillet on medium heat with a bit of olive oil. Toast it for three minutes. Then, add one can of coconut milk and 1/2 cup of water. Bring it to a boil and then reduce your heat to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes or so until the quinoa is light and fluffy, set aside for now.
Meanwhile, heat another large saucepan and add half the can of coconut milk. Then add your chopped onion, garlic, ginger, carrot, salt, pepper and a dash of red pepper flakes and stir. Stir frequently until all the vegetables have softened. Add curry powder and cayenne, vegetable stock, the rest of the coconut milk and a dash more salt and pepper. Stir and taste to see if you would like more cayenne pepper. The coconut milk really milds it down so you add quite a bit and it might not be very spicy. Apply a bit at a time, stir, and taste adding just a more as you go until you have the heat you want.
Then, add the tomatoes, garbanzo beans, and snow peas. Let it simmer for another few minutes and add your quinoa. Taste and season as desired. Despite the many ingredients, this did not take long to prep or cook! I let it simmer for awhile for the flavors to set it, but it can be ready in about thirty minutes!
I served this with warm Naan bread and Hummus to complete the meal! I truly hope you watch this film on Netflix and that you love it as much as I did. I miss the characters in the film even now and it definitly has me homesick for Spain. If you do watch it, share with me in the comments, on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook! I’d love to hear what you thought!