Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Sorekaayi Chapathi

Cooking Time : 25 mins.
Preparation Time : 5 mins.
Makes 15 chapathis


2 cups godhi hittu (whole wheat flour)
¾ cup grated sorekaayi (bottle gourd)

½ cup curds
½ teaspoon turmeric powder

1½ teaspoons
chilli powder
1/2 teaspoon jeera powder
1 teaspoon oil
salt to taste

1.Mix all the ingredients and knead into a soft dough using water only if required.
2.Divide the dough into 15 equal portions.
3.Roll out each portion thinly into a circle of 125 mm. (5") diameter.
4.Cook each Chapathi on both sides on a non-stick pan until brown spots appear on the surface.
5.Serve hot with Raitha or pickles.

There I Go On a Holiday!

Tomorrow, We will be flying to India, to my city Bangalore!! Hmmm, I m loving this!!

Visiting Bangalore after 2 years! Yet another exciting thing is that I will be taking my daughter for the first time to my hometown. My In-laws, My father, My Grandparents and lots of them looking forward to see our little Angel!

I am thrilled about this trip. We are all set to fly, packing done! But last minute shopping list is growing! May be at Duty Free Area.Reaching there by our own "Indian". Friday morning @ Bangalore!

Heard that it is raining there ! Wow!! What a difference it is going to be.
Here we are burning with 45 degrees + !! Hmmm...I can smell that wet mud already!!!

Everyone there, looking forward to see you all!!

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Microwave Jeera Rice

Preparation: 15 Mins
Cooking Time : 20 Mins
Serves: 6


2 Cups Basmati Rice
2 Tb spoon Ghee
2 Irulli (Onions) chopped
2 Tbspns Jeerige(Cumin Seeds)
1 Lavanga(Clove)
1 Elakki(Cardamom)
Salt to Taste
Coriander to Garnish


1.Wash basmati rice until clear, and soak in warm water for 10 mins.

2.Take a glass bowl, put ghee and microwave for 2 mins.

3.Add Cumin seeds, Clove and Cardamom and microwave for 2 mins until aroma spreads.

4.Add onions, stir it and microwave for 2-3 mins until onions turns pink.

5.Add 3 Cups water, soaked rice, and salt to taste.

6.Mix well, add a tspn of ghee and taste the water for salt and Microwave it for 15-16 mins.

7.Garnish with Coriander and Serve hot with Dal/any Side Dish.

Note: You may add cashewnuts along with Jeera, to enhance the taste.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Mixed Dal!

Cooking Time : 15 min
Preparation Time : 20 Mins
Serves 6.

Ingredients :

1 Cup Masoor Dal (Red Lentils)
1 Cup Toor Dal
1/2 Cup Moong Dal
1 Teaspoon Mustard
1 Teaspoon Jeera
3 Green Chillies
2 Onions Chopped Fine
1 Tomatoes Chopped Fine
Ginger 1" Grated
Turmeric 1 Teaspoon
Coriander Chopped Fine
Ghee Topping
1/2 Teaspoon Oil
Salt to Taste


1.Add a pinch of Turmeric and and a few drops of Oil to the Dal Mixture, add sufficient Water and pressure cook it until 4-5 whistles.

2.Heat the oil, add Mustard, Cumin seets,and Turmeric.After it crackles add green chillis and ginger until chillies are fully fried.

3.Add onions and fry until light brown and then add Tomatoes, saute for 2-3 minutes.

4.Add Boiled Dal and add Salt to Taste.Allow it boil for couple of minutes.

5.Switch off the stove, allow it cool for 2 minutes Garnish with Coriander and spread a Tsp of Ghee over it and close it with the lid for a minute.

6.Serve hot with Chapathis or Jeera or Ghee Rice.

Mixed Dal !

Bendekaayi Curry!!

Cooking Time : 15 min.
Preparation Time : 20 min.
Serves 6.

1/2 kg. bendekaayi (ladies fingers)
1 teaspoon jeerige (cumin seeds)
1 teaspoon saasive (mustard seeds)
1 tablespoon uddina bele (urad dal)
3 whole red chillies
5 to 6 karibevina soppu (curry leaves)
1 irulli onion, chopped
2 tomatoes, chopped
1 teaspoon chilli powder
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
1/2 teacup fresh curds
3 tablespoons oil
salt to taste
oil for deep frying

To be ground into a paste
1 coconut and 2 tspoons Cashew nuts


1. Cut the Ladiesfinger into 1" Pieces
2. Deep fry in oil until crisp.
3. Heat the oil, add the cumin seeds, mustard seeds and urad dal and fry. After a while, add the red chillies and curry leaves and cook again until the seeds begin to crackle.
4. Add the onion and saute until golden in colour.
5. Add the tomatoes, chilli powder, turmeric powder, the paste and salt and fry until the oil separates.
6. Add 1-1/4 cup of water to the curds and churn. Add to the mixture. Add cocunut paste. Add the bhindi and cook for a few minutes.
7. Serve hot with Rice and Uddina Happala.(Urad Papad).

Also tastes good with Chapathis.

Sunday, July 8, 2007

I am in Love, All over again !!

I am in love!
I am in love all over again!!
With my new world -
A blessing that is bestowed on me!

I am in love with the smell of her body,
with her baby voice,

her soft skin, beautiful smile,
her glowing cheeks, and heavenly eyes.

She makes me laugh,
She makes me cry,
With her charming face,
With her gentle touch.

I am in love all over again!!
I am in love with my new world -
A blessing that is bestowed on me!
Oh my Mridu, You are my Love,
Love that happened again after Abhi!

Life seems so beautiful with both of you in my arms!
You mean a world to me!!

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Kannada Songs that brings chill to me !!

barede neenu ninna hesara
bhAratha booshira mandira sundari bhuvana
biLigiri rangayya
dONi sAgali munde hOgali dUra tIrava sErali
EE sambhashaNe
Endendu ninnanu agali
entha maruLayya idu entha maruLu
hELE geLati priya mAdhava bArane indu
Hrudaya rangoli aLuthalide indu, manadali ariyada
hUvU cheluvellA tandenditU
jalala jalala jala dhare
jotheyali jothe jothe yali iruvenu heege naanu
karpoorada bombe naanu
Mellusire savigaana.
mooDala maneya muttina neerina
nambide ninna na.mbide ninna naada devateya
Nagu... endide manjina bindu, nali endide gaali
nagutha haadale
Naguva nayana madhura mouna, midiva hrudaya ire
nambide ninna nAda devathe
nAvADuva nuDiyE kannaDa nuDi nAviruvA tANave gandhada guDi
nee bandhu ninthaaga
Neerinalli aleya oongura
ninna kaNNa kannaDiyalli kande enna rUpa
ninna kaNNa nOtadalle
nudisalu neenu nudiyuve
olave jeevana sakshathkara
Omme ninnannu kaNthumba kANuvAse elliruve
poojisalende hoogaLa thande
sEvanthige hoovinantha
shubha mangaLA sumuhUrtavE shubhavELe
sUryandu chandrangu bandAre munisu
tam nam tam nam nanne manasu
teredide mane O bA atithi
thanu ninnadu e mana ninnadu ranga
uttar druvadim dakshiNa druvakoo
vasanta baredanu olavina Ole
yArige yArO eravina samsAra
yAva janmada maitri I janmadali bandu
yugayugagaLe saagali

My heart goes hmm... with the very thought of these songs!! Do add on more to this list!!