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CELEBRATING NAVARATHRI AT MY PLACE

I HAVE NEVER DONE ANY POOJA ON NAVARATHRI AT MY PLACE,BUT THIS TIME I WANTED TO CELEBRATE SO AFTER DOING SO MANY RESEARCH I STARTED THE POOJA ,I HAVE PUT RANGOLI USING DALS AND PAAL NAIVEDIYAM AND I HAD SOME PEACE OF MIND THIS TIME,AND POLLU ENOJOYED THE POOJA AS HE COULD USE THE GANTHA TO KEEP THE AWAKE GODDESS LAKSHMI.


AKSHATA

SIGNIFACANCE OF NAVARATHRI

India is a country of festivals and celebration. It has a very rich historical and cultural background. Each Indian festival has a proper meaning, reason and significance behind its celebration. Fun and enjoyment are the aspects of the festivals, which sets the festive mood. Navratri, as the name suggests, means nine nights. It is one of the important Hindu festivals. It is dedicated to the worship of Goddess Durga, the deity of Power. Like other festivals of India, Navratri also has a significance and meaning attached to it. Each day of the nine-day festival are dedicated to the worship of different forms of Goddess Durga, which unfolds the religious importance of the occasion. Go through the following lines to know more about the significance of Navratri festival.

Significance of Navratri

The First Three Days of Navratri
The first three days of Navratri are devoted to the worship of the Goddess Durga. This is the period, when her energy and power are worshipped. Each day is dedicated t…

ONION DOSA [ NEERULI DOSE]

I WAS BORED OF PREPARING PLAIN DOSA ALL THE TIME.SO THIS WEEKEND I THOUGHT OF PREPARING ONION DOSA FOR A CHANGE BECAUSE MY HUSBAND LOVES TO EAT DOSA IN ANY FORM SO I GAVE IT A TRY .

DOSA IS ONE OF THE MAIN COURSE IN SOUTH INDIA ,WE HAVE DIFFERENT VARIETIES OF DOSA .THIS TIME WHEN I HAD BEEN TO INDIA I BOUGHT A BOOK SPECIALLY FOR PREPARING DOSA AND THIS DOSA IS ONE OF THEM WHICH I TRIED.NEERULI MEANS ONION IN KANNADA AND IT IS THE MAIN INGREDIENT.IT IS THE INDIAN STYLE PANCAKE


INGREDIENT
RICE - 3CUP
URAD DAL-1 CUP
METHI SEEDS - 1/4 TSPN
ONION - 2 CUP CHOPPED
CORIANDER LEAVES -1 CUP CHOPPED
COCONUT - 1/4 CUP
BAKING SODA A PINCH
SALT TO TASTE
OIL/GHEE



METHOD
CLEAN THE RICE AND URAD DAAL SEPARATELY AND SOAK IT FOR HOURS,LATER GRIND IT INTO A SMOOTH PASTE AND ADD SALT AND BAKING POWDER AND MIX IT THOROUGHLY,LET THIS BATTER FERMENT [KEEP THE BATTER OVERNIGHT].
PLACE THE DOSA GRIDDLE ON FLAME,ADD A LITTLE OIL/GHEE AND SPREAD IT WITH COCONUT COIR OR TISSUE PAPER.
SPRINLE LITTLE WATER ON GRIDLE JUST TO CH…

STOP CRIBBING MAMA!

I WAS SURPRISED TODAY WHE PRADHAN SAID KAK YOU IN HIS WAY OF TELLING ME THANK YOU WHEN I GAVE HIM HIS NEW TOY,AND I WAS TAKEN SO ASTONISHED THAT I JUST DIDNT KNOW WHAT TO DO ...TILL FEW DAYS BACK, I WAS WORRIED OH WHY IS HE NOT DRINKING MILK IN HIS SIPPY CUP, WHY IS HE NOT LISTENING TO ALPHABETS SO ON AND SO FORTH .

BUT HE GAVE A ZOR KA JATKA JO DHEERE SE LAGA MUJHE THAT HE HAS HIS OWN SPEED AND ONE DAY HE WILL ACHIEVE IT,LIKE FINALLY HE HAD HIS MILK 2 DAYS BACK IN A CUP

I FELT HE TELLING ME THAT STOP CRIBBING MA I WILL DO MY THINGS ON MY OWN SPEED

AKSHATA

EXPERIMENTING ON NEW THINGS IN LIFE

I ALWAYS THINK WHEN TIME STOPS AROUND 4'O CLOCK OH WHAT TO COOK FOR EVENING SNACK ಯಾಕಂದ್ರೆ ದಿನ ಅದೇ ದೋಸೆ ,ಇಡ್ಲಿ ಮಾಡಿ ಬೇಜಾರ ಆಗಿದೆ SO WHEN I SURF NET AND GET NEW RECIPE'S I ALWAYS WANT TO GIVE A TRY AND EXPERIMENT ON POOR RAGHU

SO LET ME GIVE A BANG INTO THIS NEW INTREST IN LIFE

VERMICELLI

VERMICELLI is a type of pasta, round in section and somewhat thinner than spaghetti. Vermicelloni ("thick vermicelli") is less common, and about the same size as fedelini Both are thinner than spaghettini .

I wanted to cook something new dish for evening snack so i thought of doing vermicelli idli i had heard of this idli but never tried it,so i gave it a shot.Raghu AND MY SON liked it so i can cook it any time either for breakfast or evening snack.



INGREDIENTS:
VERMICELLI - 1 1/2 CUP
RAVA (WHEAT SOOJI/SEMOLINA)- 3/4 CUP
YOGURT- 2 CUP
PINCH OF ASFOETIDA
MUSTARD SEEDS - 1/2 SPN
URAD DAL - 1/2 SPN
CURRY LEAVES - 5-6 LEAVES
CORIANDER LEAVES - 1 CUP
GREEN CHILLIES - 4-5
GHEE - 1 TSPN
PINCH OF BAKING SODA

METHOD
FRY BOTH VERMICELLI AND RAVA SEPARATELY IN GHEE TILL THEY TURN GOLDEN YELLOW.
MIX BOTH OF THEM IN CURD,If the vermicelli and rava soaks well, the idlis come out very soft. Add more curd if the batter becomes too dry.
Add salt, coriander leaves and green chilies (cut into small pieces).
H…

ONION CHUTNEY

ONION CHUTNEY
I WAS THINKING WHAT NEW CHUTNEY I CAN PREPARE BECAUSE I WAS BORED OF HAVING USUAL COCONUT CHUTNEY .THEN AS I WAS SURFING NET , I FOUND THIS ONION CHUTNEY SO THOUGHT OF GIVING IT A TRY AND IT WAS DELICIOUS .THE METHOD AS FOLLOWS
INGREDIENTS :
Onions - 2 med. sized- peeled
Red chillies - 2
Tamarind - the size of a marble
Salt to taste
Oil - 2 tbsp.
Mustard seeds -¼ tsp
A pinch of hing.
Coconut 1/4 cup

METHOD: Peel and cut onions. Wash tamarind and grind with salt, onions and chillis. Heat oil and add urad dal, hing & red chillies. When the seeds splutter add the ground chutney. Let it fry for 2,3 mints. and switch off the gas. Grind every thing to a coarse paste.
This goes well with rice, parathas, idlis and dosas.

REGARDS,
AKSHATA

Spinach chutney /thambuli [south indian style]

My husband is fond eater he likes me cooking new dishes he appreciates me when i cook new dish but always make fun of me that i experiment on him .This dish i learnt from my mother in law who had seen this dish cooked by her daughter on her visit to DALLAS .so she saw spinach getting waste in my fridge so she said that she had seen her daughter cooking thambuli out of this and which is very easy to cook and i have modified this for my taste,after i learnt this thambuli it is there in our menu when i am bored of cooking sometime.

it is pretty simple

INGREDIENTS:
Spinach - 1 1/2 cup
green chillies 2-3
ghee -1 spoon
yogurt- 3/4 cup
salt to taste
lemon juice 2-4 drops
oil - 1 spoon
mustard seeds - 1sp
urad dal - 1sp
curry leaves 2-4

METHOD:
Fry the spinach and green chillies in the ghee till they decrease in the volume ,let it cool and grind it into smooth paste by adding 1/4 cup of yogurt to the spinach mixture.

Add rest of the yogurt to the paste , lemon juice and salt to taste.and give tadka of mu…

JACKFRUIT APPA [APPAM]

Jackfruit is the name of the fruit of ‘jackfruit’ tree, which belongs to the mulberry family. It is native to southwestern India, Bangladesh, Philippines, Sri Lanka and possibly, east of the Malay Peninsula. Mainly found to be cultivated in tropical conditions, jackfruit is said to be the largest tree-borne fruit in the world, with its diameter being at least 25 cm. on the other extreme, there can be jackfruits measuring as much as 36 kg in weight, 90 cm in length and 50 cm in diameter. The best part of the fruit is that even its seeds have been found to have a high nutritional value. If you want to know more about the health and nutrition benefits of eating jackfruit, browse further.

Nutritional Value of Jackfruit
Given below is the amount of nutrients present in 100 gm of jackfruit:
Sodium - 3 mg
Total Carbohydrates - 24 g
Dietary Fiber - 2 g
Protein - 1 g
Vitamin A - 297 IU
Vitamin C - 6.7 mg
Thiamin - 0.03 mg
Riboflavin - 0.11 mg
Niacin - 0.4 mg
Vitamin B6 - 0.108 mg
Folate - 14 mcg
Calcium -…

DOWN WITH COLD

WANTED TO START WRITING AGAIN IN THE BLOG BECAUSE I MISSED MOST OF THE PART TO WRITE BUT BOTH ME AND POLLU ARE HAVING COLD AND IT HAD EFFECTED ME A LOT AS MY VOICE HAS GONE ON A TOSS..SO ASKED POLLU TO PLAY INSIDE ONLY .TODAY HE WAS PLAYING WITH HIS BAT AND BALL ME AND RAGHU TOOK SOME PICTURES OF IT.

WE THOUGHT HE IS OUR FUTURE SACHIN TENDULKAR.




AKSHATA

IDLI RECIPE

IDLI IS ONE OF THE FAVORITE BREAKFAST AT MY HOUSE AND AS WELL AS FAVORITE FOOD FOR SOUTH INDIANS.THIS DISH IS FAMOUS ALL OVER THE WORLD,IT IS SCRUMPTIOUS,LIGHT AND IDEAL FOR BREAKFAST.IT IS MADE OF RICE AND URAD DAAL.MAKING IDLI IS VERY EASY BUT IT TAKES MUCH TIME IN PREPARING THE BATTER AS IT NEEDS TO BE FERMENTED TO HAVE A GOOD AND SOFT IDLI

Idli is served hot along with sambhar and Nariyal chutney (Coconut chutney). Read on to know how to make idli, if you want to try this wonderful south Indian delicacy.


INGREDIENTS
2 AND 1/2 CUP RICE [YOU CAN USE IDLI RAVA ALSO]
1 CUP URAD DAAL
1 AND 1/2 SPOONS OF OIL TO SEASON THE PLATES
1 SPOON SALT TO TASTE



METHOD

SOAK BOTH URAD DAL AND RICE SEPARATELY IN HOT WATER FOR 5 TO 6 HOURS .PICK ,WASH AND DRAIN BOTH THE URAD DAL AND RICE.GRIND THE DAL INTO SMOOTH AND FROTHY PASTE.AFTER WHICH GRIND THE RICE COARSELY [SOME LIKE SMOOTH PASTE]AND SOME USE IDLI RAVA SO THEY DONT HAVE TO SOAK RICE SEPERATELY [WASH THE RAVA THOROUGHLY AND DRAIN EXCESS WATER]
MIX BO…

First day in splash pad

Today was the first day out in splash pad.After waiting for a good weather at last today the temperature was around 72 degree .I was very excited to take him out to the splash pad ..I have got him his new swim diapers and he was pretty excited to wear them and get into his stroller .

When we neared the splash pad pollu got scared .Once we entered the play area he was just overcoming his fear of water and he was at his ease ,enjoyed to maximum .People around the spalsh pad who were watching us told me that he was walking like penguin ,i told them that he has recently learned to walk.
he played for almost an hour and a half ,he came running to me and started crying ,this was the sign for me to head back to home and take some rest.

Akshata

Beetroot chutney

This is one of the recipe which my husband loves and after marriage i didnt even know that there is a chutney which can be made by beetroot and this time when i went to my IN Laws place i learnt this recipe from my mother in law .she makes better than me but this is just a replica of it...

Ingredients

2 Boiled Beetrot
5-6 red chili
pinch of HIng Powder(asofetida)
1/2 cup grated coconut
small piece of tamarind
salt to taste
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp urad dal
few curry leaves
1/2 tsp of oil

Method

In blender add boiled beetroot ,red chilli grated coconut,and small piece of tamarind,grind it till you have a thick paste ,to this paste add salt,pinch of hing powder.To this add a tadka of mustard,urad dal and curry leaves.


YOu can have this chutney with rice ,Dosa or even roti.



Akshata

Majjige Huli-South Indian Recipe

MAJJIGE HULI
This is a traditional dish of UDUPI commonly known as kodekenna which is made out of sour curd.It is simple to prepare,tasty,low fat,and can be eaten with rice.

Ingredients:
1 cup grated cocunut
3 green chilli
1 cup sour curd
1/2 Tsp Fenugreek seeds (methi seeds)
1/2 Tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
salt to taste


vegetables which can be used are BENDE KAAYI (Bhindi/Okhra/Ladies finger), BOODA KUMBALA KAAYI (Ash-gourd),cucumber..These vegetables give a good taste for the recipe.

Method.
Cut the vegetables and keep them to boil with little amount of water to this add green chillies .After it has been boiled add thick paste of coconut (grinded in blender) add salt to taste ..After it has cooled just before you serve add the curd and mix it well.

Just to add flavour give a tadka of fenugreek seeds and jeera.

One important thing is only one vegetable goes with Majjige huli.


AKshata

First Experience in Escalator and Mini Train travel

As we had been to Mall and Pollu was excited to see escaltor,and he wanted to explore it and he tried to walk into it....and he experienced it when raghu took him in escalator and he was very happy...

He went in a train ride and he was excited but got scared as he was alone and he started crying ..so the operator stopped and i took him out...

so i must say he enjoyed these little aspects of the day...

Akshata

After a long break coming back

HI guys i am coming back after a long break ...
i had a nice time being to tulip festival on 2nd of may and pollu enjoyed it a lot..he loved the flowers and you can see his picture..

He is getting naughtier day by day..and i waas just thinking when will he stop all this .And i guess it is not over as he will start talking in some time and will have so many question to ask..as of now i am happy to listen his talk in his own way..

we just finished our Anniversary which was just on the corner oops we finished 2 years of our married life and when i look back i can see we had so many ups and downs which we crossed together as partners and there are still more years to complete...so had prepared Carrot halwa on that day to celebrate our anniversary..

and i can see how i am winding a months incidents in one page ...


Akshata...


NORTH INDIAN DISHES

1:ALOO MATTAR RECIPE

HERE IS A DELIGHT FULL DISH-Potatoes and peas in a tomato puree sauce. It's pretty easy to rustle up, and adds zing to any meal. The best thing is that all of the ingredients are readily available.

INGREDIENTS:-

2 TBS OF VEGETABLE OIL
2 BOILED POTATOES
1 ONION
1 CUP TOMATO PUREE
1 CUP BOILED PEAS (SOAKED OVER NIGHT/FROZEN PEAS)
1 BAY LEAVES
5-6 CLOVES
1 CINNAMON
1 tspoon GINGER-GARLIC PASTE
1/2 tbs CORIANDER POWDER
1/2 tbs JEERA POWDER
1 tbs FENUGREEK LEAVES
1/2 ts RED CHILLI POWDER
1/2 tbs KITCHEN KING MASALA (IF NOT GARAM MASALA)
SALT TO TASTE
2 tbs CHOPPED CILANTRO
1 Tbs SUGAR

DIRECTION

a) HEAT OIL IN A WOK OVER MEDIUM HEAT.ADD GINGER GARLIC PASTE ,BAY LEAVES.MIX IN THE BOILED POTATOES AND PEAS,SAUTE IT
FOR 10 MINUTES.

b) IN A BLENDER ADD ONION,CLOVES AND CINNAMON, MAKE A FINE PASTE AFTER WHICH THIS MIXTURE IS ADDED TO THE BOILED POTATOES AND PEAS,COOK FOR FEW SECONDS.

C)STIR IN THE TOMATO PUREE,KITCHEN KING MASALA,RED CHILLI POWDER,CORIANDER AND JEERA POWDER,SUGAR AND SALT TO TA…

MAGIC BABY MILESTONES

HAPPY FIRST BIRTHDAY PRADHAN

Today my little magic baby turns 1 .We celebrate pradhan growing up and i must not forget to add that he is growing really fast .He got his first wish from me and raghu ,later he got his blessings from ammama,ajja and mama....One special gift he got was from sheetal who became one of my very good friend... we celebrated his birthday by going out and having a quite lunch and enjoying some good quality family time and raghu promised me that he will take me and pradhan for a tulip festival in HOLLAND ,michigan as part of the birthday celebration after 2 weeks ..and then i realised that time is flying very very fast..
Akshata


10 MORE DAYS -PRADHAN WILL BE 1 YEAR OLD

The countdown has begun 10 more days and pradhan will be 1 year ,and its so surprising because i just feel that he was born yesterday ,seeing this i feel that time flies so fast..

A year ago we welcomed pradhan with open arms,nervously and sleepily we took him home.
We figured out the nursing.This goes how? and where?We were told there would be crying,And how to show we care.

A year has gone so quickly,Yet we have learned so much.We've felt a love so strongly,
In a baby's gentle touch.You're as cute as a bugSo precious to hugA darling child
Who's nice to be near.So.. hope turning oneIs happy and fun And takes you along
To a second great year


So today is Hanuman jayanthi and a year back pradhan was born on this day so today i praparing some sweets and Raghu will get CAKE and we will celebrate ...


Akshata


WALKING MY WAY INTO THE WORLD

AS USUAL I WAS WATCHING POLLU DOING HIS OWN ACTIVITIES AT HOME,DAILY HE WOULD TRY TO WALK,WITHOUT MY HELP BUT YESTERDAY WE HAD SOME GUEST COME OVER AND AS USUAL POLLU WAS VERY EXCITED TO SEE THEM AT HOME BECAUSE AFTER I CAME BACK FROM INDIA POLLU HAD SEEN ME AND RAGHU AT HOME ,HE WAS SO USED TO THE ENVIRONMENT IN INDIA WHERE OUR HOUSE WERE FILLED WITH PEOPLE AND HE LIKED THE COMPANY OF GRAND MA,ARUN MAMA,DEEPU MAMA ,APPUS AND MUTHU AROUND HIM.
THAT EXCITMENT PROVKED HIM TO TAKE HIS FIRST 10 STEPS IN THIS WORD ALL BY HIMSELF... AND WHEN I SAW HIM DOING THAT I THOUGHT HOW TIME IS FLYING AND HE IS HAS REACHED ANOTHER MILE STONE IN HIS LIFE .


I WAS DANCING WITH JOY WHEN I SAW HIM WALK....RAGHU WAS REALLY HAPPY TO ENJOY ONE OF THE IMPORTANT MILESTONE IN HIS LIFE.

Akshata


REUNiON WITH DADDY

We were travelling on 28 feb and i reliased that we spent full 6 months ,time just flew so fast.Pradhan's grand ma and grand pa they had started to miss him...and my mom in law was in bangalore but at my SIL 's place so in the evening me and arun went to get her from Basavangudi..and it was already 6:30 in the evening by the time we reached back home..and i finished my packing after coming back.pollu was enjoying his last stay with chikki dodda arun mama,and everyone else at home..i was feeling bad to leave sonu and come and also..i was having mixed dielema as i was leaving my parents and at the other end was happy as i was meeting raghu..

The time had come to leave everyone and start our journey to airport...and on the way my mOm in law realised that she left her specs at home and she reliased it when we had reached yalahanka so it was difficult for us to return back home and get it..as it was already 10:30 pm and we had to reach airport by 11.SO we tried our luck and called u…

MY FIRST HAIR CUT..

Today is 23rd February i got my first hair cut. My grand pa [ajja] and grand ma [amma ma]did my haircut and called it as mushroom cut ...As Raghu wanted to his hair cut to be done as early as possible because pollu was looking like a rock star with long hairs..
Today i and pollu went out to commercial street to celebrate my best friends birthday ANd today was Tilak's birthday.. as we where going to the hotel to have our lunch all of a sudden i stumled and fell onto the ground along with pollu luckily nothing happened to him ...For my surprise my sweet sister chaitra gave me a surprise birthday party which really amazing and it was my memorable day because i celebrated it with pollu and most with chaitra and tilak..Pollu enjoyed the birthday feast and he ate his first pastry ..Today is one of the memorable day which i cannot forget as my vaccation is going t o end ...i am feeling very sad to leave all of them and go to US on 27th ..I donno how i and pollu spent our 6 long vacction.

MY LITTLE SHIVAMANI...

Today afternoon as usual me and my mom where enjoying a sizzling hot cup of tea and later we noticed that our little angel was busy in his own world of toys like crying baby,his fav a little girl doll,and a drum ofcourse how could i miss it,he was just beating his way through the drum making some unbareable sounds,but it was very nice to hear,and after some time he saw his craddle and started hitting with his drum stick and within no seconds he started beating his drum first and cradlle to produce different kind of noice.

When we noticed it we just picturised SHIVAMANI but a junior SHIVAMANI .My mom enjoyed his every bit of exitement as she will miss it after some days..

AKSHATA


PRADHAN'S FIRST TOOTH

Pradhan's first tooth this moment is one of the amazing moment in our lives,but again the sad part is that Raghu again missed his chance,[but one thing is that in other 3 weeks i will meet him and he can enjoy every moment of pradhan]
This is a one mile stone in pradhan's life itself,he is just growing so fast,for his tooth we are waiting from when he was 3 month old because from then his jaw was very hard as they tell " mazbooth jod hai tootega nahi " my grandmother was predicting that he will get his first tooth very early i.e by 5 month but he took his one time in everything wheather it be crawling ,rolling over etc..to watch him grow like this i feel he is an angel whose wings decrease as his legs increase.
PRADHAN will make love stronger, days shorter, nights longer, bankroll smaller, home happier, clothes shabbier, the past forgotten, and the future worth living for.

Next time will post with his photo to show his beautifull pearl like teeths ...

Akshata


PRADHAN'S INDIA TRIP

PRADHAN'S India trip is one of the memorable moments for me because i hadn't expected nor have i thought once also about how i will cope up with pradhan without my mom's help but to my surprise i have spent most of the first year with mom ,dad and my brother arun ..

When i reached India i was so scared about pradhan's behaviour with everyone,i was thinking will he mingle with everyone,but everything went on so smoothly..
i spent my first week in bangalore at amma's place so i and pollu get adjusted with the weather and also jetlag,then we went to Raghu's ancestrol house MAvanthoor.My sister in law's and my hubby had scared me to be carefull as my co sister's son aditya was very naughty.But he was not as noughty as i thought he didnt do anything to pollu ,i spent my 3 weeks there and came to Bangalore.

Pradhan was 6 months at the time when i came to bangalore by then he had started to sit but to my surprise he learnt to crawl after he sit,he was enjoying t…