Saturday, September 30, 2006

Happy Dussehra !!!!

Mysore and Dussehra

Dussehra symbolises the triumph of Good over Evil.

This Hindu festival is celebrated all over India to mark the defeat of Ravana by Lord Rama. Here in Karnataka,The Renowned Mysore Dussehra/Durga Puja is a 10 day extravaganza celebrated on a grand scale commemorating the killing of demon Mahishasur by the goddess Durga.

It is a Ten day celebration which ends on Vijayadashami Day. During the festive period the entire city and the mysore palace is decorated with lights and cultural events and musical performances by world-renowned musicians are some of the highlights,including the " Royal Dussehra Procession' held on Vijayadashami the tenth day exhibiting the rich heritage of the region also known for it's Sandal wood . It is led by elephants marching in procession . These elephants are decorated and carry the golden howdah -a golden throne on which the idol of goddess Chamundeswari is seated for the procession. Hundreds of decorated horses, folk dancers, courtiers, soldiers, and visitors follow the colourful procession, it is indeed a visual splendour .Wishing you all a Happy Dussehra!!

some pictures from the net:









Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Aloo-Methi! (Potato with Fenugreek leaves)



Aloo-Methi!


Ingredients :

Potatoes boiled & cubed
Fenugreek leaves (Methi) : chopped(1/2 cup)
Ginger :1tbsp chopped
Garlic :1 tbsp chopped
Chilli powder : 1 tsp
Turmeric powder: 1/2tsp
Green Chillies: 2nos
Ghee :1tbs
Salt to taste
Jeera powder: 1/2 tsp

Method :

Heat ghee, add fenugreek leaves, chilli powder, turmeric powder, green chillies, ginger& garlic paste and salt. Saute on a low flame until it turns brown. Now,add cubed potatoes and jeera powder fry for few more mts till done. serve hot with rotis/chappathis along with raita.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Trials and Tribulations with Fellow Bloggers Recipes!

It was a Pleasure trying these delicious recipes..


Source: Everyday Food

Surya's Ada



Source:Cookingpleasures

Meena Kandlakuti's soya with fenugreek

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Yet Another "Meme "--(About Food Reminisces)!



I would like to Thank Krishnaarjuna for Tagging me to do yet another Meme ...Hmmm...FIVE THINGS TO EAT BEFORE YOU DIE!

All passions, rationalized and controlled, become an art: gastronomy, more than any other passion, is sensitive to rationalism and direction.”
Charles Pierre Monselet (1825-1888)

Prepare yourself for the ultimate taste treat with my Musings on Food and Cravings....:) The ultimate indulgence ,which are very much etched as delicious memories that still make me drool over them and savour anyday anytime, if I could get my hands on....before I die.

Here goes my List of Five,

1. I've been on a bit of a soup binge lately something which is aromatic,lighter and fresher...as i believe in enjoying food fresh from the Market....more so, if it's my Mother's sweet corn and spinach based soup also known as --" Sweet Corn Jade soup"

2.One of my Fav dessert we used to have a long time back during my teens "Warm Roasted Pear served with vanilla ice-cream"..to me it's a dessert that's associated with celebration @ my grandparents place.....though we get pears in plenty now,I've never had it again so far, wish I could taste this someday soon.

3.I'm going to miss My Aunt's mushrooms and prawn omelette to this day,reminds me that it's been ages since I last tasted...;)

4.I wish to try, one of the most recent recipes I saw in a magazine, that's caught my attention, it's a Banana & jackfruit cupcake...;)

5.I would be the happiest, If I could get to taste the wide "Anglo Indian " buffet spread , which was served in an old Victorian Bungalow in Bangalore near our place a long time back...sadly now,it's given way to a huge shopping Mall. Perhaps, there's someplace out there,with a similar food spread waiting for me ....;)

Finally, I would like to end this Meme with a note : There's nothing like eating at home with family and close friends sharing your "Food Reminisces"

I Tag Krithika& Anita & If they would like to take up this Meme...happy Meme Time!!

Saturday, September 16, 2006

MEME --About Me, Me & Only Me !!



I Thank ,Prema, Of My Cook Book for Tagging me to do this Meme About Me, Me & Only Me !



I am thinking about : The beautiful painting, I saw in the Art exhibition yesterday !

I said :shouldn't we be having fun ?...when a light hearted situation is taking on a more serious turn....

I want to : explore my creative side...

I wish : I wish to turn back in time & re-live my childhood all over again...


I regret: having little patience for hurdles created by others....

I hear : Love to hear the melody of Musical wind chimes......

I am : "Me" Myself...

I dance : Once in a Bluemoon..;)

I sing : When I'm in the mood to sing :)

I cry : when, I am touched by an emotional scene in a movie..

I am not : I am not someone other than "Me "

I am with my hands: Plenty to do, where in possibilities become limitless , but for now, I am typing this Meme with my hands....

I write : To connect with my inner thoughts .

I confuse : So many people , can't keep a count..;)

I need : to write tons of stuff......

I tag: Anyone of you'll foodies out there who is not yet, Tagged and would love to take on this from me..... It was fun doing this Meme.......Happy Meme Time !

Hmm.....Aren't they Amazing!



Wednesday, September 13, 2006

A food for Thought and a Payasam for the soul!

An Interesting debate !

An atheist professor of philosophy speaks to his class on the
problem science has with Krishna. He asks one of his new students
to stand and.....

Professor: You are a Hare Krishna devotee, aren't you, son?
Student: Yes, sir. Prof: So you believe in God? Student:
Absolutely, sir. Prof: Is God good? Student: Sure. Prof: Is God
all-powerful? Student: Yes. Prof: My brother died of cancer even
though he prayed to Krishna to heal him. Most of us would attempt
to help others who are ill. But Krishna didn'! t. How is this
Krishna good then? Hmm?

(The student is silent.) Prof: You can't answer, can you? Let's
start again, young fella. Is God good? Student: Yes. Prof: Is Satan
good? Student: No. Prof: Where does Satan come from? Student:
From...God... Prof: That's right. Tell me son, is there evil in
this world? Student: Yes. Prof: Evil is everywhere, isn't it? And
God did make everything. Correct? Student: Yes. Prof: So who
created evil?

(The student does not answer.)

Prof: Is there sickness? Immorality? Hatred? Ugliness? All these
terrible things exist in the world, don't they? Student: Yes, sir.
Prof: So, who created them?

(The student has no answer.)

Prof: Tell me, son. Do you believe in Krishna? Student: Yes,
professor, I do. Prof: Science says you have 5 senses you use to
identify and observe the world around you. Have you ever seen
Krishna? Student No, sir. Prof: Tell us if you have ever heard your
Krishna? Student: No, sir. Prof: Have you ever felt your Krishna,
tasted your Krishna, smelt your Krishna? Have you ever had any
sensory perception of Krishna or God for that matter? Student: No,
sir. I'm afraid I haven't. Prof: Yet you still believe in Him?
Student: Yes. Prof: According to empirical, testable, demonstrable
protocol, science says your Krishna doesn't exist. What do you say
to that, son? Student: Nothing. I only have my faith. Prof: Yes.
Faith. And that is the problem science has.

Student: Professor, is there such a thing as heat? Prof: Yes.
Student: And is there such a thing as cold? Prof: Yes. Student: No
sir. There isn't.

(The lecture theatre becomes very quiet with this turn of events.)

Student: Sir, you can have lots of heat, even more heat, superheat,
mega heat, white heat, a little heat or no heat. But we don't have
anything called cold. We can hit 458 degrees below zero which is no
heat, but we can't go any further after that. There is no such
thing as cold. Cold is only a word we use to describe the absence
of heat. We cannot measure cold. Heat is energy. Cold is not the
opposite of heat, sir, just the absence of it.

(There is pin-drop silence in the lecture theatre.)

Student: What about darkness, Professor? Is there such a thing as
darkness? Prof: Yes. What is night if there isn't darkness?
Student: You're wrong again, sir. Darkness is the absence of
something. You can have low light, normal light, bright light,
flashing light.....But if you have no light constantly, you have
nothing and it's called darkness,isn't it? In reality, darkness
isn't. If it were you would be able to make darkness darker,
wouldn't you?

Prof: So what ! is the point you are making, young man? Student:
Sir, my point is your philosophical premise is flawed. Prof:
Flawed? Can you explain how? Student: Sir, you are working on the
premise of duality. You argue there is life and then there is
death, a good God and a bad God. You are viewing the concept of God
as something finite, something we can measure. Sir, science can't
even explain a thought. It uses electricity and magnetism, but has
never seen, much less fully understood either one. To view death as
the opposite of life is to be ignorant of the fact that death
cannot exist as a substantive thing. Death is not the opposite of
life: just the absence of it. Now tell me, Professor. Do you teach
tour students that they evolved from a monkey?

Prof: If you are referring to the natural evolutionary process,
yes, of course, I do. Student: Have you ever observed evolution
with your own eyes, sir? (The Professor shakes his head with a
smile, beginning to realize where the argument is going.)

Student: Since no one has ever observed the process of evolution at
work and cannot even prove that this process is an on-going
endeavour, are you not teaching your opinion, sir? Are you not a
scientist but a preacher?

(The class is in uproar.)

Student: Is there anyone in the class who has ever seen the
Professor's brain?

(The class breaks out into laughter.)

Student: Is there anyone here who! has ever heard the Professor's
brain,felt it, touched or smelt it?.....No one appears to have done
so. So, according to the established rules of empirical, stable,
demonstrable protocol,science says that you have no brain, sir.
With all due respect, sir,how do we then trust your lectures, sir?

(The room is silent. The professor stares at the student, his face
unfathomable.)

Prof: I guess you'll have to take them on faith, son. Student :
That is it sir.. The link between man & god is FAITH. That is all
that keeps things moving & alive.


I wouldn't like to disappoint all the foodies though,here's, a yummy payasam with Greengram and Jaggery.



Ingredients:

Greengram 1cup
Jaggery 1/2cup
Ghee 1 tbsp
cardamoms
khoya/mawa 1 tbsp (optional)
saffron 1tsp soaked in 1/2 cup milk.
coconut milk 1 cup
Garnishing:
dry coconut 1 tbsp
cashew nuts
Raisins
Almonds
pistachios
cloves 2

Method:

Fry the Greengram with the Ghee & cook it along with coconut milk and water.Later add the Jaggery and Cardomoms till you get a desired consistency. Finally add the saffron milk,mawa and cook for few more mts on a low flame.finally add the chopped nuts sauted'in a dribble of ghee for Garnishing.Payasam is now ready to serve.Can serve this hot or chilled...




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Friday, September 08, 2006

Take a Guess !!







I was really intrigued by some of these hand-crafted , Creative Art works I came across in my mail box .....I would say, It's "Creativity" at it's best !!

Have few pictures to share with you all...wish you'll a fun time taking a guess and leaving your comments......Happy weekend to you all...:)

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Field Bean Curry ! (Avarekaii Curry)

Field Bean Curry: (Avarekaii Curry)


Bangalore's winter and the hot aromatic Avarekaii Curry are synonymous . If you are a self-confessed foodie, who 'lives to eat' then, here goes a delicious recipe ....get cooking if you have access to these beans(fresh or dried) and enjoy the Aroma of Avarekaii Curry!








preparation:

To start with soak the Avarekai Bean in water for 4-5 hrs to dehusk the bean to get set to make this tasty curry.



Ingredients :

4 cups of dehusked Avarekaii,
1 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp mustard
4-5 pepper corns
2tsp sambar powder
1 tbsp coconut paste
2 tsp Raw Rice(Toasted)
1 small onion sliced
3 Tomatoes
1 tsp khus-khus
1/2 tsp turmeric
2 sprigs of curry leaves,

Method:

Pressure cook the dehusked Avarekaii with salt. grind the following to a smooth paste : Coconut, Cumin, khus-khus, pepper corns,Toasted raw rice and Sambar powder . Add this paste to the Pre-cooked Avarekai along with Tomatoes and Season with Mustard, Asafoetida, Curry leaves and sliced onions (saute'd till brown) . The curry is Ready for a weekend gorging with Rice, chappathi & idli