Thursday, 19 July 2018

Vegetable Biriyani
Preparation time     30 minutes
Cooking time          30 minutes
Serves 4


Basmathi rice              4 cups
Ghee                         4 tablespoon
Groundnut oil              1 cup
Thick fresh curd           1 big cup
Pulav patta                 2-3
Cinnamon                   2-3 small pieces
                               Cardamom                 5
                               Black pepper              ½ teaspoon
                               Jeera                         1 teaspoon
                               Clove                         5
Saffron strands soaked in water .       a few

Saturday, 16 June 2018

My dog Pogo on Skype with my daughter
Ever since he had entered our home on 11.11.11, Pogo my pug had been the darling of the family. Whenever we look at him, involuntarily a smile appears on our face. Whenever he sees us, be it even after a gap of just five minutes, he wags his tail happily, looking at us adoringly with his round brown eyes.
He is just our shadow. Never for a moment he prefers to stay, play or sleep alone. That feeling of companionship he gives to us is a great stress buster.
As dependant as he appears to be on us, he had never been a bother when we have to go out of the house for long spells and leave him alone. 

Of course he looks forlornly at us from the window pulling out heartstrings but he never complains. He is such a smart guy that from whichever part of the home he may be and at whatever time, the moment the door lock opens he will be there, either to receive or ready to come out with us.
Even if we go out for a minute on any small errands,he loves to accompany us. But when we have to leave him while going out, the trick is to tell him that we are going out for five minutes. The moment he hears the word five minutes, he understands that he is not invited and stops in his track.
The incident that I'm going to show now called for this brief introduction!

Rashmi had been the US on a month long trip in 2015. Closely as he is attached to her, he was missing her a lot. Whenever we uttered her name, his ears would straighten and he would look around expectantly. Of course, she also missed him a lot and one day decided to have a Skype call with him.
And here comes the video of their adorable interaction. Pogo was thrilled hearing her voice and started searching for her at every corner of the laptop as she spoke with him, finally scolding her for hiding!
Look at this beautiful interaction that touches your heart.
And don't forget to share this post if you have a smile on your face as you watch it!

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Banana Mango Tango
Mango, the king of fruits is everyone's favourite. There are as many recipes as the varieties of Mango. One can never refuse or say enough for eating a mango. We drink mango juice, eat the fruit. Now I am sharing here with you a delicious yummy recipe of mango tango which you will eat as well as drink! 

Preparation Time : 20 minutes

Ingredients :
1. Raspuri Mangoes               6
2. Badam Mangoes                2
Spotted banana                   1
Sugar                                 1 cup ( depends on the sweetness of the mangoes )
Roasted Cashew Nuts           1 teaspoon
Roasted Almonds                 1 teaspoon
Roasted Pistachio                 1 teaspoon
Dry grapes                          1 tablespoon
Milk                                    1 cup
Salt                                    1 pint
Preparation :

  • Squeeze the mango juice - aamras - from the Raspuri mangoes and set aside.
  • Remove the skin and cut the Badam mangoes into fine cubes.
  • Peel the banana and cut into fine cubes.
  • In a vessel add the Mango juice, mango and banana cubes, all the dry fruits, sugar,salt and milk and mix well.
  • Adjust the quantity of sugar and milk according to your taste and liking.
  • Refrigerate for about 30 minutes to give an added taste and serve.
  • PS : You may put elaichi powder if you like but personally i don’t prefer as I want the mango flavour to dominate.

  • If you have other variety of mangoes, you can use them as well for mango cubes but for juice raspuri is the ideal variety.
  • Wednesday, 6 June 2018

    My sleeping Dog
    Whenever my two children demanded for a pet dog, I had resisted. With both of us working, taking care of the children and managing the household work made us refuse to give in to the children's demand. But once the children grew up, with the son becoming a software engineer and the daughter also aspiring to get into the software field, our tensions and worries had reduced. And when the daughter assured me that she will take the full responsibility of the dog, I had no reason to refuse. For a few days there were discussions, arguments over the selection of the breed, selection of the name for the new arrival, about his food, bed, sleeping bag, with thrilled sounds of laughter and shrieks of disagreement. Ultimately it was decided that we will have a month year old pug.Thus POGO arrived at our home on 11.11.11. 

    Saturday, 2 June 2018

    Weekend with Bangalore - Ramakrishna Ashram

    Weekend with Bangalore - 01.05.2016 This weekend was at the blissful abode of Swami Vivekananda, the Ramakrishna Ashrama.Blissful with its serene atmosphere, the silent vast expanse, a place worth spending your evenings.
    But there was a disappointment.Till 7 PM, we had the freedom to silently move around, do dhyana and pranayama and pray.
    But when the Prayers started at 7 PM, the security there insisted that we sit either on the chairs near the prayer hall, or somewhere around.
    Unobstructedly,we were sitting by the tree inside the entrance but the security wanted us to move in.He insisted that the swamiji would be watching through CCTV camera and its against the rules for us to sit there.

    Seriously??? The guru shishya of Sri Ramakrishna and Vivekananda, who were the symbols of austerity would be turning in their graves looking at the Swamijis being driven around in Mercedes-Benz and not letting people to meditate peacefully.

    On a lighter note don't they have confidence in their singing of the bhajans or like politicians, the audience is forcefully being dragged near the stage?

    Totally unwarranted and unbecoming of a place like ‪#‎Ramakrishna Ashram‬.

    Friday, 4 May 2018

    Avakai - Mango Pickles
    Points to be taken care of while making Avakai - Mango pickles .....
    • Properly sterilise all the utensils in which you are going to mix and store the pickles including the knives and cutters you are going to use.
    • Wash them thoroughly and see that they are dried without any hint of water. This is a major issue and preferably to be done on the previous day.

    Thursday, 26 April 2018

    Kuttavalakki with Sandige

    • 4 cups Poha ( Dappa Avalakki )
    • Mixed Sandige and happala  - Mainly Aralu sandige plus whatever you have at home
    • Menthe Menasinakai - Majjige menasinakai 10 number ( depending on your taste)
    • Groundnut seeds - kadalekai beeja 1 cup
    • Roasted grams - hurigadale 1/2 cup 
    • Curry leaves 1/2 cup
    • Tamarind 1 big lemon size
    • Jaggery 1 big lemon size
    • Oil for frying
    • Mustard seeds 1 teaspoon
    • Asafetida 1/2 teaspoon
    • Turmeric 1/2 teaspoon 
    •   Salt to taste

    Monday, 11 July 2016

    TENGOLU - The crispy tasty snacks from India

    This is the easiest and fastest method of preparing crispy golden Tengolu. Only thing is you have to get the rice and urad dal mix grounded in a mill and keep it ready at home. This flour of raw rice and raw urad dal can be kept for a month or two without any problem. 

    Sunday, 10 July 2016

    Nature.... My Teacher. photo by Natesh Laxman Rao
    This universe, the nature, is filled with beautiful messages, only we need to have an open and receptive mind and heart to learn or enjoy. May be because of my very rural background I am extremely attached to nature and very passionate about the five elements. They cheer me up and lift my spirits. As a result the tiniest of rustic and earthly things give me a world of pleasure where as the big worldly materials hardly entice me.

    Thursday, 30 June 2016

    Rava Dosa

    • 1 cup unroasted rava/sooji/semolina)
    • 1 cup rice flour.
    • 1/2 cup all purpose flour/maida.
    • 4 green chilli, finely chopped.
    • 3 medium onion, finely chopped.
    • 10 to 15 curry leaves, chopped.
    • 1 inch ginger, finely chopped (optional)
    • Buttermilk as required.
    • 1/2 cup chopped coriander leaves. 
    • Salt as required.
    For tempering
    • 2 tsp oil
    • 1 tsp mustard seeds
    • 2 tsp cumin seeds
    • Oil or ghee as required for roasting the dosa