Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Avalakki Chooda

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Ingredients :

Telu avalakki                                           4 cups
Groundnut oil                                          1/2 cup
Groundnut seeds                                     1 cup
Hurigadale                                              1/2 cup
Curry leaves                                           10-15
Uppu menasinakai                                   5-10
Grated dry coconut                                  1/2 cup
Red chilli powder                                     1 tea spoon
Menthe hittu                                           2 teaspoon
Sugar                                                     1 teaspoon
Mustard seeds, Jeera, Hing, Turmeric powder,Asafoetida for tadka.
Salt to taste.

Preparation :

Instant Chakli :

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This is an instant preparation. Not only during festival, even during other times, it can be prepared instantly.

Ingredients :

Rice flour                                           3 cups
Hurigadale powder                             1 cup
Ajwain ( om )                                    1 tablespoon
Jeera                                                1 tablespoon
Hing powder                                      1 teaspoon
Everest or mdh red chilli powder         2 tablespoon
Ghee or butter                                   2 tablespoon
Fried sesame                                     1 tablespoon
Oil for frying
Salt to taste

Preparation :

Besan laddu

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Ingredients :

Kadale hittu ( besan )     2 cups

Pure ghee                      1 + cups ( if you wish to have bean laddoos very soft,increase the quantity of ghee)
Powdered sugar              1 1/4 cups
Cardamom powder          1 teaspoon
Cashew nuts                   20
Raisins                           20

Maha Kumbh Mela - The cultural extravaganza of India

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The images of Indian cultural extravaganza, The Maha Kumbh 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.

WHAT IS THE HISTORY OF KUMBH MELA?