Sunday, 24 February 2019

Akki Ganji - Rice Porridge
Rice Ganji or Akki Ganji, the light Porridge, light on the tummy and extremely healthy, is one of my favorite healthy dishes.

I love this ganji because it's devoid of any heavy spices yet sings on your palate. Ganjis are generally prepared using rava - sooji, ragi or broken rice. But rice ganji is light yet filling. Unlike other ganjis which are generally prepared when one is down with an upset stomach or fever, I prepare this ganji on days when I want to avoid spicy food, yet want to eat something healthy and delicious. Many of you may know that this rice ganji is generally prepared in the temples on the dwadashi day morning food since after starving on the ekadashi day, this works lightly on the empty tummy and brings back the system from starving day to full meals day.

So go ahead and enjoy this delicious ganji. It takes minimum preparation time and is cooked in minutes.

Preparation Time : 2 minutes
Cooking Time :  15 minutes

Ingredients :

 ( serves 2 )

Rice.                    1 cup
Ghee                   1 table spoon
Jeera                   1 teaspoon
Grated coconut 1 table spoon
Asafoetida         1 pinch
Finely cut ginger pieces 1/4 teaspoon
Curry leaves     6
Coriander leaves a few
Salt to taste

Procedure :

This can be prepared directly on the stove in a vessel but as it requires constant monitoring by keeping on mixing it so that it doesn't get burnt, I make this in cooker.

  • Wash the rice thoroughly.
  • Add water at the ratio of 1 : 8, that is for one cup of rice you add 8 cups of water.
  • Add the finely cut ginger pieces. I prefer adding finely cut pieces and not the grated ones because it tastes great when you bite those mildly hot and sweet ginger in the porridge.
  • Mix the grated coconut, 1/2 teaspoon jeera, 1/2 tablespoon ghee, coriander and curry leaves and salt.
  • Cook the ganji in the cooker for 5 whistles. Before switching off, let it simmer for a few minutes in low heat and then switch off the gas.
  • In a thick bottomed kadai heat the other 1/2 tablespoon ghee, add jeera and asafoetida and mix the ganji.
  • Adjust by adding the water and salt according to your taste and liking.
  • Serve hot with ghee, lemon pickle or gojju.

Rava Pongal

Friday, 22 February 2019

Monkey Baat
This is my harvest today.
There is an interesting story behind this bountiful harvest. In my tussle with the monkeys over my garden veggies, today both of us got one point each.

How to beat the monkeys to have first claim over my garden produce? When I decided to have this "monkey baat" with my family and my friends, many suggestions came.

To build a grill around my garden.
No sir, being a nature lover, I love the sky as much as I love the earth. I don't want to look at stars through the bars.

Put a stuffed lion toy.
I got a lion toy and put it on the terrace.
On the next day when there was a commotion on the terrace, I ran upstairs, hoping that my lion would have scared the monkeys.
Guess what??
About three to four monkeys were pulling my lion from all the directions, each wanting to play with it!!
Finally one big fella won the match, dragged my lion across the terrace and finally sat on it. Seriously???

And yet someone suggested to burst the crackers when the monkeys come.
Unfortunately the monkeys are not like our netas nor like Lord Ganesha.
They come unannounced.
According to their whims and fancies.
And the crackers are lying idle.
No sir.
I burst the crackers only when India beats Pakistan. On the field or off the field.
Either when Virat wins or when Modiji wins.

Then a friend suggested to put a berchappa - a scary doll in the terrace.
Are you kidding?
When I stand there right in front of them holding a stick, with my red angry face glaring, they give me a look of utter contempt.
As if telling me that they care two hoots for my antics.
So when a live berchappa can't scare them, and a stuffed lion becomes their toy, I can very well imagine how they would drag my berchappa on the road and people would be scared that the monkeys have murdered a human being and dragging his body!
Scary. Isn't it??

When I lamented with my sister Shobha that the monkeys are neither scared of the lion nor of my scary angry face, she came up with a brilliant idea.
That I should myself dress up like a berchappa and stand there.
And then when the monkeys come I should swing my arm with a stick.
Are you serious?
Are you serious??
Are you serious???
She ran away before I could swing a stick at her!

Then I came up with a brilliant idea. I thought that the monkeys will eat my vegetables only if they can see them. What if I put a cap on my veggies and cover them.

Patting myself on my back for my smart idea, I brought some thick non transparent plastic covers and put on all my tomatoes, brinjals and cucumbers.

Alas! The brilliant me committed a silly mistake and monkeys beat me again with their smartness.
But Darwin says that we are the evolved species!!!
Darn the monkeys!
I stand corrected.
The monkeys beat me with their crookedness.

I had thought that I had covered all the veggies! But while covering I was looking at the veggies from my height, and forgot that the monkeys would be roaming on my terrace at 2 feet and can easily look up and see the veggies hiding under the plastic covers. Silly me!

Are you guys having fun?
Laughing at me that I can't do anything and the monkeys are winning over me?
Think again.

Watch HERE to see what I did to beat them!!!
But then....

Tomorrow being the weekend, I had planned to do my harvest.
And today they arrived.

But in the match between the two of us, today both of us won a point each.
They would always beat me to pick tomotoes.
And brinjals.
And cucumbers.
I would always be waiting for my veggies to grow a little bigger and meanwhile the monkeys would beat me.
Oh Common. Can't you wait for some more days?
You would get a bigger vegetable. Idiot!

And this time I had meticulously draped my brinjals, tomatoes and cucumbers with cotton saree.
Did the monkeys buy it? Whether my idea was successful?
But of course!
So today the monkeys arrived.
One day before I had planned my harvest.

They could not see their regular tomatoes, brinjals, cucumbers.
And the beans.
I scored a brownie point.
End of my batting.

But could I burst the crackers?
Alas, No.

For more than a year, I have been growing cabbages. I have many pots filled with healthy cabbages. But never ever the monkeys had touched them.
Till today.
May be they had thought that the cabbage is just a plant.
May be they never knew that it's a veggie and they can really eat them.
May be because of the shape of the cabbage, they had presumed them to be flowers.
That's what I had thought.
I would like to think that that's what they would have thought and that that's the truth.
That they are dumbos.

But today they ate five of my big cabbages.
Not fully.
All the monkeys together ate some parts of five cabbages.
At least can't you finish the ones you have started and then go to the next one?
Can't you share one together?
And then go to the next?

So the next brownie point went to the monkeys.
They batted equally well.

When is the second innings?

Not before I drape my cabbages with the sarees.

But not willing to take any chance with the other small cabbages, I have harvested all the cabbages today. And also the tomotoes.
And the brinjals.
And the greens.
And also the chillies.
Even the flowers.

Still there are many cabbages in the garden which are just growing.
Should I drape the cabbages also with the sarees?
Hope they will be safeguarded.

Results would be out after the second innings.

Who is the night watchman?
My stuffed lion.

Keep watching this space to know the results.......

You may also read our other interesting and useful gardening tips.......

1. Organic gardening method - How to grow veggies in a very very small place

2. Organic gardening medium - How to grow easily without soil and with less water

3. Organic gardening plants - What all the vegetables we can grow in 10x10 area 

4. Organic Manure composting - How to use your kitchen waste directly in your pots to compost and prepare organic manure

5. How to grow and harvest cabbages in containers 

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

ತೆರೆದಿದೆ ಮನೆ ಓ ಬಾ ಅತಿಥಿ.......

ಇಂದು ನನ್ನ ಬ್ಲಾಗ್ ನಲ್ಲಿ ನಾನು ಮೊದಲ ಬಾರಿ ನಿಮ್ಮೊಂದಿಗೆ ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲಿ ಮಾತನಾಡುತ್ತಿದ್ದೇನೆ......

ಆದರೆ ಇಲ್ಲಿ ಶಬ್ದಗಳ ಅವಶ್ಯಕತೆ ಇಲ್ಲ.
ನೋಡುವ ನೋಟ, ಆಸ್ವಾದಿಸುವ ಮನಸ್ಸಿದ್ದರೆ ಸಾಕು...

ಒಂದು ಸುಂದರ ಮುಂಜಾವು.
ಎಳೆ ಬಿಸಿಲು.
ತಂಪಾದ ಗಾಳಿ..
ಕರಗುತ್ತಿರುವ ಇಬ್ಬನಿ..
ಉದುರುತ್ತಿರುವ ಪಾರಿಜಾತದ ಹೂಗಳು...
ಮನೆಯಂಗಳದಲ್ಲಿ ಮೂಡಿರುವ ರಂಗೋಲಿ....
ಹಕ್ಕಿಗಳ ಚಿಲಿಪಿಲಿ....
ಕರುಗಳ ಅಂಬಾ.....
ನಸು ನಗುತ್ತಿರುವ ಮಲ್ಲಿಗೆ...
ಅವುಗಳನ್ನು ಮುತ್ತಿಕ್ಕುತ್ತ ಮಕರಂದ ಹೀರುತ್ತಿರುವ ದುಂಬಿಗಳು....
ನಾನು ಕವಿಯಿತ್ರಿ ಅಲ್ಲ.
ಕವನ ಬರೆಯುತ್ತಿಲ್ಲ...
ನನ್ನ ಸುಂದರವಾದ ಗಿಡ ಮರ ಬಳ್ಳಿಗಳು, ನಾನು ಬೆಳೆಸಿದ ಹೂವುಗಳನ್ನು ನೋಡುವಾಗ ಹುಟ್ಟುವ ಭಾವುಕತೆ ಇದು.
ಈ ಸೌಂದರ್ಯವನ್ನು ನಿಮ್ಮೆಲ್ಲರೊಂದಿಗೆ ಹಂಚಿಕೊಳ್ಳುವ ಆಸೆ....
ತೆರೆದಿದೆ ಮನೆ ಓ... ಬಾ ಅತಿಥಿ.....

ನನ್ನ ಮನೆಯ, ತೋಟದ ಈ ವಿಡಿಯೋ ನೋಡಿ...
ನಿಮ್ಮ ಅಭಿಪ್ರಾಯ ತಿಳಿಸಿ.....
ನಿಮ್ಮ ಬಂಧು ಮಿತ್ರರೊಂದಿಗೆ, ಸ್ನೇಹಿತರೊಂದಿಗೆ ಹಂಚಿಕೊಳ್ಳಿ.....

ಮತ್ತೆ ಸಿಗುವವರೆಗೂ.....