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Sunday, 27 October 2013

SERVICED APARTMENTS - MYSORE DUSSEHRA

Having lived in Bangalore for the past 25 years, I had missed Mysore Dussehra all these years. I always longed to visit, but somehow it never worked out. And at the back of my mind I was, may be worried about the crowd, rush and the heat. My husband would ask every year whether we can go and my reply would be always in the negative. Especially when the kids were young, I visited Mysore several times but never during Dussehra. I am sure they would have loved and enjoyed the festivities,but I would rather take them to palace and Zoo when the things were sober.

Friday, 27 September 2013

Powderssssss

Another part of South Indian palate is the Chutney Powder, a preparation which adds spice to the regular food. These powders go well not only with Rice and Chapati but also with Idli and Dosa. On a tiring day, while in a hurry, or just to add taste, these powders finely compliment the food and the taste.

Bele Chutney Powder  (  with dal ) 

This Chutney Powder is called “ Odakalu “ Chutney Powder in North Karnataka.

Preparation Time          :     30 Minutes

Ingredients           :

Groundnut seeds                                2  cups
Bengal Gram Dal                                1   cup
Urad Dal                                            ¼  cup
Grated dry coconut                             ½  cup
Tamarind                                           1  Table Spoon
Jaggery                                             1  Table Spoon
Byadagi Red chillie powder                  2  Table Spoon
Groundnut oil                                     1  Tea Spoon
Asafetida                                          1 pint
Salt to taste.

Friday, 20 September 2013

Delicious Sweet - Maladi - with your left over chapatis and Rotis

Do you have a sweet tooth? Are you a person who gets a sudden urge to have some tasty sweet dish - that is homemade? Want to have a sweet, but don't want to work very hard? Do you feel like having sweet at home - a la mom's preparation, even though you can just walk across the road to get nice sweets?

If your answer is yes to any of the above - I bet you are nodding your head vigorously in affirmation :-D - then I am going to give you an easy recipe for a tasty, yummy and delicious sweet you can prepare in minutes. Hold it! There is a catch! You should have some left over chapatis or rotis! And you may ask - what if I don't have? Is that such a big issue? You can prepare now! 


Sunday, 8 September 2013

Swarna Gowri Wrath

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This is one festival which is very close to my heart. Why? May be because I am from North Karnataka and back there we didn't have this Wrath. And then a quarter century back I got married into the APS family. A big joint family full of cultural events and festivities.

Although everybody lived separately, festivals used to be always joint and fun filled events. There used to be around 20-25 elders and a dozen youngsters. Everybody used to chip in their contributions in everything.

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Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Snacks - Instant Delicious Chakli

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Chakli... The name rings instant delight. There are hundreds of recipes for chakli. This snack is a must for every south Indian home - both during functions and celebrations and also on daily snacks platter.

I love chaklis. They are easy to make,children love them and they can be prepared instantly and savoured for many days. I have tried different recipes for chaklis, some instant and some requiring days of preparation. But there are no two opinions regarding which chaklis taste authentic - the ones which are prepared using urad dal.

Urad dal gives that distinct aroma, delicious taste to chakli. But let us admit, grandma's  recipe for this authentic chakli, no doubt is numero uno, but the preparation time and the procedures involved need way too long time and energy, which is very scarce nowadays.

So when my colleague Radha brought delicious chaklis made from urad dal and informed that they are instant chaklis, I was all ears for its recipe. Thanks to her wonderful recipe, I could prepare these chaklis within half an hour for Gokulashtami and am sure Lord Krishna was also damn pleased and has blessed me to learn many more such things and share them with Him and you guys :-)

These crisp golden brown and delicious chaklis earned me brownie points from my daughter and hubby and boy, was I delighted! It was like icing on the cake.The pleasure  of cooking manifolds when a connoisseur appreciates it and when you get a little pat on the back and of course a big smile :-D

So want to try this wonderful recipe? Don't worry, there is no fear of it getting spoiled or getting it wrong, and it can be prepared within minutes using the ingredients available at home. Ok ok...The introduction was a bit long. And you want the recipe... Here you go:-)

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Healthy eating habits

The ancient Indian saints and sages have propagated the healthy way of cooking and eating. They have advocated the theory of eating solids like liquids and vice-e-versa. Wonder how? We should chew every bite slowly till it turns liquid and then swallow. This way the digestion process starts in the mouth itself and there is no possibility of over eating. It also prevents the body from accumulating the undigested food and thereby leading to obesity. If we gulp hastily or watch TV or read while eating again it may lead to overindulgence. 

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Hindu Culture and Festivals -- Bheemana Amavasya

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Do you believe in customs and traditions? Are you spiritual or orthodox? What do the festivals mean to you? Are you indifferent to them, or follow them as just rituals or try to find out the reason, history behind these festivities. As for me I am spiritual but not orthodox, celebrate the festivals not as a custom but as a social celebration, cook delicacies meant for the festival day not as a binding compulsion, but because I want to enjoy and share the pleasure with my family and friends. What about you ???

Monday, 5 August 2013

Applying for Google Adsense? Have you taken care of these points?

              Work from Home  

Are you interested in working from home? Trying to make money online?  Trying to generate income from Internet through your blogs, websites? Are you a work from home mom, trying to find avenues of earning some extra dollars, and planning to apply for Google Adsense? If your answer is yes to any of the above questions, read these tips and guidelines before you proceed.

Google Adsense

We all love to write. And we all need money. period. The biggest incentive and attraction for writing online is generally the handsome income. People who want to add some additional bucks, or who would love to work from home generally look up to make money online through Google Adsense program. That is by placing ads on their blogs and websites and getting money when  readers click on the ads.

And rightly so. Because among all the on line advertisement programs, Google Adsense is far more popular, well established and pays well. And they have a well set rules and procedures, all very well established.

Saturday, 3 August 2013

How to get readers to your Blog ?

How to make your blog interesting?

Imagine you have grown a beautiful flower, what do you want to do next ? You may want to offer it to God, or present it to your loved ones. Even if you don't like to pluck the flower and want to leave it in the plant,you would love others to look at it and appreciate it. You want the pleasure of sharing. You would like others to appreciate your efforts. Isn't it?

Or suppose you have prepared some delicious dish. More than eating it yourself or eating alone, sharing the dish would enhance your pleasure.

Friday, 2 August 2013

Parenting Tips

Economy :                             

Recently I came across an answer given by a boy in an interactive site wherein the boy had answered to a question regarding " How do people react to moving from low to a high standard of living. "

The boy was very articulate and firm and very forthcoming with explicit answers, quoting examples from his own family, about himself, his father and his grandfather. He had clearly analysed the socio economic background of the three - how from have nots, to middle class from the past two generations, he had moved up the ladder and has reached the top spectrum of the society. 


Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Tips for monetising your Blog.

                                                    Tips for your Blog :           

Once you have learnt how to create a blog and steps to be taken while writing an effective post, here are the next tips on improvisation of your blog and also your blog posts.
Let us assume that you prepare a dish which is very tasty and delicious. Will you be happy if the dish turns out very delicious but there is nobody to taste and appreciate it?
Or you have a cute little child, whom you have trained to perform in some art form, don't you want to share your pleasure with the world?  

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

How to write a blog post ?

Effective Communication :                        

Now that you have learnt how to create a blog, let us move on and learn how to write a blog post, which is very effective, popular and which draws the readers to your site.
The fundamental principle of any effective writing is to write on something on which you have a good authority and about a subject which you know and are passionate about. The thoughts come across from your heart and so reach your readers.
Before you set out to write a post make a blueprint of the post - either in your mind or on a paper. Be clear in what you are going to tell your readers. Once you have set the linage and the thought of your post, the words will flow fluently and effectively.

Sunday, 28 July 2013

How to create a Blog?

                                                      WHAT IS A BLOG ?                                     
I have been blogging now for almost 5 to 6 years and whenever I have Googled for any help, I have noticed that almost all the guidelines and help are generally for those who are very well versed with the subject or who know the coding part.

I remember my earlier days when I had a vague idea of what a blog is, but never knew how to create one and/or its intricacies or the nuances. I was hesitant to ask, was shy to query. Even now there may be many like me who want to learn but are hesitant to ask. So in these series of posts, I would like to teach the basic elements of blogging.

Friday, 21 June 2013

Finish The Sentence Friday Blog Hop (FTSF) # 25

"If I could have dinner with anyone in history it would be with..."


This post is my contribution to Finish The Sentence Friday Blog Hop (FTSF) by JANINE, KATE, DAWN and STEPHANIE.                                                      
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I consider myself very fortunate that I am born in India, a country which hosts one of the famous Seven Wonders of the World - TAJ MAHAL. And given a chance I would like to have a dinner date with the Moghul Emperor Shah Jahan  You may want to know why...But first things first.



Friday, 14 June 2013

Finish the Sentence Friday Blog Hop #24

“The hardest part of my day is…”

This post is to participate in "Finish the Sentence Friday Blog Hop #24"

GOOD Morning....            
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What do you think? Will it be getting up early morning and losing that sweet lingering sleep? 
     
When the golden sun will be blessing us with rays filled with life and energy, when the birds start chirping in their melodious voice and when the sweet flowers start spreading their vibrant fragrance and when yoga and kapalbhati are beckoning who wants to sleep?

GOOD afternoon...                            


Preparing the food according to the different tastes and fancy of every one in the home?

Common... Not everyone is blessed by Goddess Annapoorneshwari to be able to enjoy cooking and serving. Cooking is the most creative art and can never bore me....

Going to office and working from 9 to 5? Lord Krishna has told " Karmanye vadhikaraste Ma phaleshu kadachana " meaning " You do your duties sincerely and leave the rest to me.I will take care." And so is the motto of my great organisation - Life Insurance Corporation of India - which declares " Yogakshemam Vahamyaham " which again means " Your care is my concern. So I am blessed with this job and it is the most fulfilling part of my day...

Thursday, 6 June 2013

Spinal Surgery

I am back! After a hiatus of almost one month, back with a better BACK !

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Many a friends of mine always used to gush that I am their source of  strength, their inspiration, and their backbone! ( Hey! Promise. I am not joking, but telling this with utmost humility. Please read on!) What an irony! I myself did not have a perfect backbone! verbatim! Instead of sitting pretty and straight, my backbone had twisted a little. It was a manufacturing defect! From its normal ideal curve, a part of the spine  had twisted by 3.3 mm since birth. I used to  have back ache since childhood and had accepted it as my alter ego. But three years ago a disk had slipped on the twisted bone.


Tuesday, 28 May 2013

kea.kar.nic.in - Karnataka CET Results


CET RESULTS :

Karnataka CET results are being declared today. The ranking in this Common Entrance Test will decide the admission to the college you will get in Engineering and Medical Colleges in Karnataka..

The results will be out today by 5.30 PM. The results will be available in the official website of Karnataka CET cell at the link  www.kea.kar.nic.in

The Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA) had conducted the CET for this year from May 1 st to May 10 in which nearly 1,75,000 candidates appeared from across the country. 

Another web site where you can view the declared CET results is at www.cet.kar.nic.in .for results you can also call the numbers :    080 - 23568201,23568202,23462599,23462758,23461575,23564583. Fax : 080 - 23461576. 

For those of you who are eager to know the results of your classmates, relatives and friends, but whose register number is not available, you may log on to www.indiaresults.com where by just matching the name and the father's name, you can verify the results and marks.

TOP ENGINEERING COLLEGES IN KARNATAKA :

The top three Engineering colleges in Karnataka are RV College, PES College and BMS Engineering College. The teaching, faculty, Placement and extra curricular activities in these three colleges make the students to throng to them. But there is no need to worry for those less fortunate. Don't worry that you are missing these colleges by narrow margin. There is always casual round and if you are willing to pay extra fees, you can opt for comedK seats. 

TOP BRANCHES IN ENGINEERING :http://www.kar.nic.in/kea/

The most coveted branch in Engineering with top ranked students opting for these courses in Electronics followed by Computer Science and Information Science. But a little known secret here. As a knowledge gaining branch Electronics may be coveted but the job opportunities are available aplenty in CS and IS branches. Of course one can learn computers and programming of-campus too but then there would be a gap between what they have learnt and on what they would be working in future. It is also a well known fact that the companies would prefer Computer Science and Information Science students and they would be recruited on first priority. So the choice is entirely yours.

DON'T WORRY BE HAPPY

Absolutely. There is room for everyone. The number of seats in Engineering Colleges in Karnataka exceeds the number of students and there is a sure chance of getting a seat. And unlike school and PUC, the students are expected to study by themselves and not depend on the lectures in the college. Further there are wonderful online computer classes like www.newbotson.com where there are classes on every program. So cheer up.All the very best. Godspeed.

Friday, 24 May 2013

Why do I Blog ???


Why do I Blog ???

This is a post in response to Finish the sentence Friday Blog hop by Janine Huldie, Evans Hall, Stephanie Sprenger and Dawn. And the topic of the week is " I blog because..."

I started blogging  for myself.. And my family... So here it started....


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I love cooking and it is a most creative and fulfilling art form for me. And I wanted to leave this legacy for my children. It would be a recipe book, a gift my children would love to refer back. Here this took shape..

Thursday, 23 May 2013

NATUROPATHY- NATURE CURE HOSPITAL





             UJIRE - DHARMASTHALA - SOUTH CANARA - KARNATAKA - INDIA

This is an in depth analysis and guide for the Nature cure hospital at Shantivana - Ujire - Dharmasthala - Karnataka - India.                       

  
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Dhanyosmi! This was the overwhelming feeling I had about the noble souls who had envisioned and started this Nature Care Hospital for a holistic treatment. They had a vision, a noble cause and a yearning to serve and guide the society towards a healthy living.

I had first heard about the nature care hospital at  Dharmasthala way back  may be in 2006-2007 when my friend Sujatha from Tumkur, who had been there for treatment narrated her wonderful experiences. She was all praises for the service oriented treatment meted out there. It had always remained at the back of my mind that I should visit the place. In fact just a month back when we programmer friends at the monthly meet were sharing our health and stress woes, we were sort of planning that at least once we should skip this daily mundane and escape to Dharmasthala. I, in my wildest dreams, would not have imagined that exactly one month later when all my colleagues were attending the meeting, I would be here in Dharmasthala indulging in a holistic treatment for the body and soul.  


Yes. That is what it is. I think there is a wrong notion that one should visit this place only when one has health issues or obesity problems. Contrary to this I feel that once one reaches 40, it is a place one must visit ( But of course, there is always heavy demand and one has to book the rooms very well in advance and generally, very healthy persons are not solicited, as they want to address the problems of the patients first.)


The accommodation in Ujire has been made to suits to all pockets and budgets. There is a general ward for Rs.300 per person per day, a special room at Rs.450 per day on twin sharing, Deluxe rooms on twin sharing at Rs.700 per day which has TV and AC. Then there are cottages which cost Rs.1250 per day per person,wherein the  occupants  have the advantage of having some of the massages and food in their rooms. The rent includes the room rent and food charges.For additional treatments they charge a nominal fee which works out to approximately Rs.1000 for  
a stay of ten days, with two treatments per day.If one needs further treatments like acupuncture, physio-therapy, then it costs about another 50 rupees per day.       
The procedure of admission is quite simple. The rooms can be booked over phone, but well in advance. Immediately on arrival, an in-house doctor will check us,   prescribe further clinical tests needed, if any, gives us a diet scheme depending on our body constitution and health problems. These notes will be recorded on a  card which will be updated everyday by the doctor visiting us. We are supposed to carry this card  for all our treatments, juices and foods.  

Well, talking about food, this could prove the ultimate boon or bane for our stay. Here is the real catch. Those who have a strong will power and self-control over their food habits need not worry. For weak minded, or those who love food                                                    

( then, who would not!? )   this is a strict 
no-no. We are not supposed to carry any eatables from home. At the entrance gate itself the security will whisk us and take away any eatables found on us. Once we enter inside, other than the food provided by the staff, we will  get ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. Forget tea or coffee, even milk is out of our reach. But if you have some funny bones, you will thoroughly enjoy the sights there at the dining area! 

It will be a sight to watch how people used to indulge in sumptuous meals looking longingly at a hot chapati or a person weighing more than 100 kgs holding his cup of papaya gingerly and take half an hour to eat it or the girls who are officers back home in their towns, but are on juice diet at the centre pouncing on the plates of persons who are allowed rice. 

There are  three varieties of diet foods provided here :  boiled diet, raw diet, and juice. The taste every day for every food remains just the same ( In fact I always wondered how could they prepare it exactly the same way everyday. If you have tasted it for one day, then you have tasted it for all days! ) The boiled diet consists of rice boiled with a little green gram dal, a few vegetables and just a hint of salt and pepper. A few boiled vegetables, which would be cucumber, ashgourd or sorekai – thats it!  - again with a hint of salt and pepper.
You have a choice of soup or buttermilk. Hello don't jump with joy. Soup means the vegetable stock of the above mentioned vegetables and butter milk without salt or sugar ! Plus a cup of papaya or one apple.
                  
The evening food will be the same type of vegetables with two dry chapatis instead of rice and everything else will remain the same. For raw diet, it is a salad of cucumber or carrot – I would rather not use the word salad because except the cut vegetables, it has no other ingredients – and on occasional lucky days you will find finely chopped apple or pineapple in it. No salt or khara ! And if the doctor thinks that it will be more food for you, they may just prescribe one apple or one cup papaya along with buttermilk or soup. Mind you, if you feel instead of buttermilk let me take soup – sorry madam, you have to get doctor's permission – who will be available in the dining hall - before taking the plate. Once you cross that point, even if you beg, it cannot be changed. Sorry.
And for those less fortunate souls, who are over weight,it is a glass of juice four times a day ! Don't feel so sad, at dinner and lunch time, they will 
keep the juice made from lime and honey and you can have an extra cup or two! Other than that if you complain of tiredness you are advised to drink lots of water. Don't worry, you will get used to it and in extreme situations, doctors are there round the clock to take care !

The food picture looks extremely bleak – is it ?  No that is not the case. If you feel you will not be able to sustain or feel weak, you can approach the doctor      next day who will switch over the diet from raw to boiled or increase the number of chapatis or fruits. But then forget about the weight loss ! But for the fortunate few who need not worry about the weight, there is a choice of ragi ganji at 9 am. and sprouts with cucumber slices at 4 pm, plus a cup of milk at 9 pm. BUT FORGET ABOUT THE TASTE, SALT AND SUGAR AND SPICES! It is the principle of the hospital that not only should you eat SATWIK food, but control your craving for food too.


The daily routine is : getting up at 5 in the morning, go for a walk, yoga and pranayama  from 5.30 to 7 A.M. At 7.30, it is juice – whichever the doctor has prescribed for you , it may be line and honey, carrot, ash gourd or bitter gourd.  Then back to rooms where everybody will sleep for a mud pack on their eyes and tummy for about 20 minutes. Immediately after, rush with your card to the treatment area where you will be given the treatment which your doctor has prescribed for you. 
These treatments any day beat the best of spas' treatment. It includes a variety of water treatment like hip bath, spinal bath, cold or neutral water immersion bath, jet bath, whirlpool.... There are still many more. Or steam bath, souna, reclining steam bath, oil massage, mud bath, haldi pack... you name it and they have it. Essentially it is back to nature - an idea of treating us with five elements earth, wind, water, fire and the sky. I must never forget the attitude of the staff involved in the treatments. They always have a smile on their lips and a spring in their feet. They are virtuous  to a fault.

Each treatment is given with such a sincerity and dedication that you will feel like you are in the lap of your mother when the personnel share your pain with a sympathetic understanding and rejoice at your relief. 

We were fortunate to be at this place on 15 th August and in the serene atmosphere on a bright and sunny morning we witnessed the flag hoisting and sang the National Anthem with a pride. After the ceremony we were no less than the school children when trays filled with some covers arrived at the venue. There was excitement all around and murmurs of laddoos, chocolates, sweets filled the air. You should have seen the face of all the recipients when they opened the covers and found that there were two dry dates and two tiny pieces of rock sugar in it! What a healthy way of celebration! 

Though the entire building is spread over a vast area, a french architect has designed it so well that from every room, hall and window you can view a garden and rain.
If this is the photo of our bathroom window you can very well imagine how the entire building is built. The rooms, treatment and yoga centre are all a midst greens and gardens and throughout your walk from one end to the other, there is proper shelter so that no rain or sun can dampen or hamper your spirits. 

There is a swimming pool, a gym,a hillock to walk and indoor games and library. But library and TV will be available only at free or rest time so that nobody misses the treatments or sessions. The yoga and pranayama are taught with utmost proficiency and personal care. 

There is a personalised treatment and care for every inmate and on the last day we would be given a follow up chart and advice for our treatment and diet back home. That day, we will be given passes to visit Sri Manjunatheshwara Temple which entitles us a direct entry to the sanctum sanctorum.


I have a greatest sense of gratitude towards Dharmadhikari Sri Veerendra Hegde, The Man behind this noble venture and when I had the fortune of meeting him at Dharmasthala, I made an humble request to him to start one such unit in our very own Bangalore. My joy knew no bounds when he informed me that the land has already been purchased on Tumkur road in Bangalore and the treatment centre may come up there soon.Amen!

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Bengaluru Darshan - My style - By POGO the PUG

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Hi Guys. Nice meeting you all. Remember me? I am POGO the pug. Aw common. I know you all have been hearing about me from my mom through her blog and facebook and have become my fans. Oh here is the blog and she has kept a separate block just for me. So sweet.I too love her a lot. This time I myself wanna narrate my adventures and my looong trip to Shobha aunt's house.

Yeyy!!!
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So what if the journey was long? The house is beautiful!
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Lemme check everything...
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Will just go around n make some friends....
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I peeped into the house upstairs n they all started shouting n yelling.. He.. He...Scared them :-D
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Lemme have some rest. After all it was a long journey :-(
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Zzzzzz....
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Hey where are you guys goin ???
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I also wanna join please...
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So what if you are going to a hotel?
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I promise I will be a good boy...
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Wait ... I am comin... I am comin....
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How could you do this to me?
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I am also part of the family....

Please dad....
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Nooooo, I won't eat till you promise to take me too....
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Yey.....
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Long drive....
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Shopping.....
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Boy...What a day .......
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Lemme upload my photos....
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Ahhh..Google.....
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Mom's Blog.....
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Gosh! Am i tired?
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Please don't disturb...
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Lemee sleeeeeeep...........
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see ya.....
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Buh  Bye.....
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Thursday, 16 May 2013

Kerala Paratha with Mixed Vegetable Curry


Preparation time :  30 minutes 
Cooking time      :  30 minutes
Ingredients
Wheat flour                   2 cups
Maida                           2 cups
Baking powder               1/2 teaspoon
Curds                           1 cup
Sugar                           1 teaspoon
Salt                            1/2 teaspoon
Ghee                            2 tablespoons

Mix all the above in water to prepare dough. Knead well and set aside for at least one hour.

Mixed Vegetable Curry

                                                    
Preparation Time :  20 minutes
Cooking Time      :  30 minutes

Ingredients


 Potatoes                              2 medium
 Carrots                                2 medium
 French beans                       10
 Cauliflower                          1/4 small florets
     Shelled green peas                  1/2 cup
     Green capsicum                      1 medium
     Oil                                         3 tablespoons
     Cumin seeds                           1 teaspoon
     Curry leaves                           10-12
     Onions,chopped                      2 medium
     Garam masala powder             1/2 teaspoon
     Fresh cream                            ½  cup
     Salt to taste


Thursday, 9 May 2013

How to prepare soft,fluffy and light Phulka - Art of Cooking Tip # 8

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             Art of Cooking Tip # 8 

How to prepare soft,fluffy and light Phulka ?

Phulka, the little cousin of Chapati is the tastiest and healthiest form of roti and the ideal food for dinner since it is prepared with wheat flour and no oil is used while cooking it.

The Phulkas taste great when they are cooked soft and light. So how to cook them ?

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

How to prepare crispy and light Avarekalu Rotti ? Art of Cooking Tip # 7


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Avarekalu Rotti is prepared by one and sundry but it can be a delight to eat if the Roti is cooked light, crispy and golden brown. Then how to do it? Which are the points that make your rotti light and crisp??? 
  • Mix the dough in the hot water in which the avarekalu is cooked. Add extra water only if needed.
  • Press rotti thin and flatten evenly.
  • The rottis should always be cooked over high flame, taking care to rotate the kadai to see that it is not over cooked. If you cook over low flame, the rottis will turn hard.