Seasonal Greetings 2015

Wishing one and all a very happy christmas n New year 2016!!!

Eggless chocolate flav.Pressure cooker cake:

cake

Tried this cooker cake after a long time… For the little bit of interests in cakes which i have, these things acts as a energy booster once in a while.. Felt happy with the outcome… A long way to go in making cakes!!!

Steamed the mixture for 40 mins in the cooker. Then added toppings with the help of a tea filter and then added sprinklers to it!!!

Main Course:

Small Millets Bisibela Bath:

Small millets comprises of Thinai, Samai, kuthiraivali, thoordal, pasiparupu, chiili powder, asafoetida n salt.

bisi

Yesterday, accidentally got a  small millets bisibela bath mix of small qty. Just tried it out.. For 1 cup of this mix, poured 4 tumblers of water!!

Did sambar n boiled millets separately and then mixed it well.. Turned out yum!!

For making sambar, added veggies like beans, carrot, peas, potato, avarakkai n radish!! Side dish was vadams.. Outcome was great!!!

i did arachuvita sambar….For grinding, u need to season it with mustard, one redchilli, 1 tbsp of chana dal, urad dal n dhaniya!!! while grinding, need to add few coconut pieces..

Sambar making procedure:

Take a tbsp of oil n season it with mustard, then add shallots, after it is half cooked, add tomato n all other veggies said above… let it get cooked for few mins.. Then add required tamarind water, sambar podi n salt.. after 10-15 mins add toordhal mixed with above grinded paste..mix it well. then sprinkle asafoetida powder n garnish it with curry n coriander leaves…. Sambar is ready to serve!!

Hope you all enjoy both the recipes… have a grt time folks…. See you in 2016 ūüôā

 

 

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Double Celebrations

Sep 5 2015 -Krishna Jayanthi/Janmashtami… ¬†I made uppu seedai and kesari for this year festival..

Entrance kolam
Entrance kolam

The above pic-kolam was put by our house help..

foot steps of varun
foot steps of varun

Then, above foot steps is of our son varun which we treated as krishna steps since he is our house cute krishna..

After pooja with all neivedyam
After pooja with all neivedyam

Then,in above pic except for kesari and only seedai bowl kept near the array of delicacies- others are store bought..

Hope all are having a blast.. Happy janmashtami to everyone!!

Sep 4, 2015:

The Story of Guruvayur trip from Coimbatore

Below pic source: Google

 

Guruvayur krishna.
Guruvayur krishna.

Since it was our son’s first star bday we started early morning 6 am today and we reached there by 10 am due to the¬†needs of our kiddo in the middle.. we gave thulabaram-equal amt of sugar to his weight. It was a nice experience. ¬†We missed to take pics since we did not know the rules n regulations of the temple. No regrets. we thought can make it up next time when we go with our kiddo. To our surprise, he did not cry while sitting in tharasu/weighing seat..

Then, we came out from that line and started waiting in the line to have darshan of our lord cute krishna… In the¬†outside queue, we waited for almost an hr.. in btw, varun felt asleep. after we went inside, we waited there for about 10 minutes… meanwhile, i started observing around – bananas, coconuts, yellow pumpking were lying around¬†more. Also, they were playing music in nadaswaram n molam.. Was giving ear to it whether i was able to find out¬†the song they were playing… Luckily, before we entered the sanctorum of Lord, he was playing “Aadathu asangathu”..¬†Felt happy that i was able to identify the song!!have given the link of the song below.

This song is apt for today since its krishna jayanthi

classical song

When we entered the sanctorum, cute krishna was dressed in golden color dress… It was beautiful to watch even though¬†it remained for just few secs.. Luckily varun slept till we came out of the temple.. Then, as usual a small¬†shopping in the line of shops sprung outside. We ate and then to the place which we liked the most as usual to¬†elephant sanctuary… clicked a few pics there..

The main part comes here… We were supposed to meet a friend of raghu in palakkad. When that person called,¬†we had been inside the temple and so, raghu’s mobile was switched off.. When we started back from guruvayur,¬†raghu called him many times to know the shortest route to their place from guruvayur…But that fellow was not¬†reachable… By that time, we had reached beyond thrissur, he took the mobile and told the¬†proper route.. From ottapalam to patthiripala and then 2 kms from there. By that time we had reached mannuthy.so, we turned around¬†and it took around 3hrs to reach ottapalam.. Just waste of time… but anyways, we met the person… No regrets!!!

The actual route from guruvayur to palakkad is no need to enter thrissur… from guruvayur we need to catch¬†the road which goes to pattambi and from there to palakkad… Time taken will be one and half hrs..

This trip was an absolute learning lesson for us.. Helped to know the proper route in parts of kerala and the few names of the places in kerala.. The new names were surprising and at times funny too since it took few mins to get hold of the name!!

We returned home around 9pm back to cbe…

On the whole it was a memorable journey also.Even though no temple pics, few pics taken at places made it more memorable!!!

Hope you all enjoyed reading… Thank you ūüôā

 

 

 

Avani Avittam

“Happy yajur vedha avani avittam folks”

Upakarma

Source: Wikipedia…

Just thought why i put a halt to my writing skills…

Being an auspicious day, wanted to kick start it again whenever i find time!! Also,  i do not have many persons to share it with, so write and blog it whenever time permits!!

During festive times, one would always love to eat especially the delicacies you make.. When there are people around to eat the things you make, who would hesitate to make them a good deal of dishes. so tried ulundu vadai and appam. I do not mind abt the shape it turned out.. No rule that it should be like that.. So just accepted the way it turned but all tasted good.

happy that i tried out… hope to practise more…here comes the pics of appam n vadai

Appam n vadai
Appam n vadai

Happy festive days folks…. have a great time!!

Sweet/Savory Adai

Karadayan Nonbu is observed in Tamil Nadu on the last day in Maasi masam or the Masi month in Tamil calendar. This festival also marks the Meena Sankramanam or the transition of Sun into Meena Rasi (Pisces) from Kumbha rasi (Aquarius). Married women worship Goddess Gauri or Parvathi or Shakti for marital bliss and better health of husband and children. Unmarried girls perform this virutham to get a good husband….

I think you all know story of savitri…..she love satyavan, but after that she knows that he was destined to die in one year. Even knowing this she married him out her true love. They led a happy life and soon a year passed and Savitri realized that Satyavan would die any moment. So she kept fast and always followed him. .Her offerings were durwa grass and peepal leaves.She performed neivedhyam with wild rice and toor dal. that is kaara arisi and thuvaram parrupu that is why this vratham is known as karadayan nonbu. Because of this nonbu she get blessings of yaman and saved her husband. There is a story behind how she tricked yaman and get the blessings… But due to nonbu she able to see yaman and talk to him….

One song used to recite by ladies during that nonbu….

” Throram Krishhnami subhake saharitham
Dharami aham bharthu
Ayushya Sidhartham supreethabhava sarvadha”

Tamil meaning is

Urukaddha Venneyum oradhayam naan nootren
Orukkalum en kanavar ennai vittu pririyadhirukka vendum

English meaning

I offer butter and the rice made out of kaara arisi bless me that i live happily with my husband.

Source: Friend from another group…

For a change, A sweet and savory adai -Karadaiyan nonbu SPL

Sweet/Savory adai
Sweet/Savory adai

For sweet adai :
Homemade Rice flour – 1 cup
Jaggery – 1 cup
Karamani(Black eyed peas) – 4 tbsp-OPTIONAL
Water – 2 cups
Coconut pieces – 2 tbsp
Cardamom powder – 1/2 tsp

For salt adai:
Homemade Rice flour – 1 cup
Karamani(Black eyed peas) – 4 tbsp –OPTIONAL
Water – 2 cups
Coconut pieces – 2 tbsp
Salt – to taste

To temper for salt adai:

Oil – 2 tsp
Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
Curry leaves – 1 tbsp torn into small pieces
Channa dal-1 tbsp
Urad dal -1 tbsp
Hing – a small pinch
Green Chillies – 1 chopped finely

Method:

We can use home made riceflour or store bought..I used store bought flour.

Home made version:

Need to take reqd qty of rice and clean it with water and spread it on a muslin cloth to dry. After it gets dried, grind it in a mixie and then sieve it..

For velladai/sweet adai:

1. Powder jaggery. Then heat the jaggery with one cup of water, so that it gets melted completely.
2. Then filter it to remove th impurities in it..
3.Karamani is optional. i have not used it.
4. Dry roast the rice flour nicely till its flavor comes out.
5.Heat up the jaggery syrup in a pan, slowly add the roasted flour.
6.Add cardamom powder and coconut pieces to it.
7. Mix all well so that no lump is formed.
7. Flatten the mixture. While doing it apply oil in your hands so that hands does not get sticky.

For uppadai/savory adai
1. Take a pan, season it with the above said ingredients.
2. Then add required qty of water and after that add salt.
3. finally add the required qty of flour and mix it well so that lumps are not there.
4. Make lemon sized balls and then flatten to make adais..

Or for uppadai, we can say it as simply make it in upma style….
Now, both adais are ready. Serve it with butter. A heavenly combo!

Happy Diwali 2013

Diwali

A Festival of Lights,
Where good wins over evil,
Story of Narakasura comes to mind
for diwali each year…

All the memories of yesteryear’s diwali
comes to mind,
Where some would not go near crackers

but would enjoy seeing others
bursting crackers…..Home full of friends n relatives
Amidst tv programmes,Eating different kinds of sweets….

Stomach getting full in minutes,
After effect -Indigestion,

Also a full day of noise pollution,
What fun those days were!!

Lovely, Lovable memories….

Wishing one n all a Very Happy Diwali 2013!

This year i made

1.Thengaipaal muruku-courtesy: Jeyashri’s kitchen

2. Ompodi – Courtesy: Jaya tv cookery programme

3. Oats Laddu- Courtesy: Padhu’s kitchen

4. Atta Laddu- Courtesy: Sharmi’s Passions

bhakshanams
bhakshanams

Feeling gud that i was able to make all these this time!!! Wishing everyone a happy, prosperous, safe n memorable diwali 2013!! Have a great time friends…..Njoi!!!