Sunday, 27 October 2013


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

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
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.

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Snacks - Instant Delicious Chakli
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:-)

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Hindu Culture and Festivals -- Bheemana Amavasya
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, 28 June 2013

Maha Kumbha Mela - The Cultural extravaganza of India
The images of Indian cultural extravaganza, The Maha Kumbha Mela are flashing across the media - both print   and visual, all over the world. There are images of sadhus, tents, temples, lamps and of course foreign visitors. But I am afraid  instead of highlighting the essence and the cultural value of the mega event, the focus is more on getting the snaps of the nude sadhus or sadhus smearing ash on their bodies or wearing odd costumes, lengthy hairs or nails. Besides the  ash smeared ascetics, wide-eyed stars and tourists and millions of pilgrims thronging the Ganges for a holy dip, there are a lot more interesting facts and intricacies involved in this mystique event.


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.                                             

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....   

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...

Tuesday, 28 May 2013 - Karnataka 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

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 .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 where by just matching the name and the father's name, you can verify the results and marks.


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. 


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.


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 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....
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..

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Bengaluru Darshan - My style - By POGO the PUG - lalitha prakash
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!!! - lalitha prakash

So what if the journey was long? The house is beautiful! - lalitha prakash

Lemme check everything... - lalitha prakash

Will just go around n make some friends.... - lalitha prakash

I peeped into the house upstairs n they all started shouting n yelling.. He.. He...Scared them :-D - lalitha prakash

Lemme have some rest. After all it was a long journey :-( - lalitha prakash

Zzzzzz.... - lalitha prakash

Hey where are you guys goin ??? - lalitha prakash

I also wanna join please... - lalitha prakash

So what if you are going to a hotel? - lalitha prakash

I promise I will be a good boy... - lalitha prakash

Wait ... I am comin... I am comin.... - lalitha prakash

How could you do this to me? - lalitha prakash

I am also part of the family....

Please dad.... - lalitha prakash

Nooooo, I won't eat till you promise to take me too.... - lalitha prakash

Yey..... - lalitha prakash

Long drive.... - lalitha prakash

Shopping..... - lalitha prakash
Boy...What a day ....... - lalitha prakash

Lemme upload my photos.... - lalitha prakash
Ahhh..Google..... - lalitha prakash

Mom's Blog..... - lalitha prakash
Gosh! Am i tired? - lalitha prakash

Please don't disturb... - lalitha prakash

Lemee sleeeeeeep........... - lalitha prakash
see ya..... - lalitha prakash

Buh  Bye..... - lalitha prakash

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Kerala Paratha with Mixed Vegetable Curry

Preparation time :  30 minutes 
Cooking time      :  30 minutes
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


 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
             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
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.

Tuesday, 30 April 2013