Friday, October 15, 2010

Gaint steps

Pradhan is growing up so fast that he is already 2 and half so he gets easily bored so this time i thought let me put him to some of the classes so that he can loose some of his energy so i did put him for KID ROCK a class where rhymes is thought by using some instruments and i must tell he was not quite interested in the class as soon as the lady gives him is first stamp e would tell me lets go amma,then there is another class called gaint steps a prepration class for preschool where they teach the kid to stay away from mom for 1 hour and this class was a hit with pradhan he doesn't mind getting up at 8 am to get to this class ,i feel sad as there is just 1 more class left and i am excited that i will be leaving for INDIA for 2 month long vaccation yahoooooooo:)


akshata

Monday, September 27, 2010

Fun In Union


As i had mentioned in my earlier post , that Pradhan will be going to swimming class but i think he didnt enjoy as much as i thought ,but he did overcome his fear of water and this was is last class of summer.so he was busy with only his playdate with my friends who had kids of same age .
This long weekend of september we didnt go anywhere and what ever plans we had never got into action so i thought lets visit this place called UNION ,its a Railway museum ,as Pradhan enjoys playing with train so much so we decided to go and visit this place and i asked my couple of friends to accompany us and we had fun in the museum annd more of it i got my DIL in the museum ,jokes apart here i met a small girl who was very excited to meet Pradhan and she went to extended of kissing my poor son who didnt know why she was kissing him :)

At last we rode couple of trains there and here Pradhan overcame his fear of loud sounds and now he is excited daily as we go leave Raghu to railway station.i must tell he is learning to blow whistle as he sees the train

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

EXCITEMENT IN HAVING THOMAS TRAIN SET


This weekend we had been to babies r us/toys r us which is a toy store chain based in the United States. The chain also has locations in Europe, Asia, Oceania, Africa, and Canada. The company currently operates 840 stores in the United States and 716 stores in 34 other countries, with some of them under franchises or licenses. The flagship store in New York City's Times Square is the largest toy store in the world,[2] featuring a colorful Ferris wheel. It is the largest toy-centered retailer and the second largest overall toy retailer in the United States.

me and my friend had gone for shopping for getting baby clothes and other stuff as usual pradhan didnt want to sit in his stroller so had to leave him lose and raghu was taking care of him ,once pradhan started exploring the store he came stand still in front of the toy section and was excited to see Thomas train set he got one set and came straight to me and said lets go home amma in our native language tulu,
we said ok we will get u the set but you have to wait he thought thatwe are again fooling him once we go to checkout so he had the set in his hand till we finish shopping .once we went to checkout other things we asked him to give us so that we can put it in the bag and he can open in the house but he was so adamant that he is not giving the toys in our hand because he thought we are not buying it for him atlast the store lady asked him to give so she can checkout then he gave her ,she gave it back later he immediately told bye to the lady and once it was confirmed we got him the train set ,he gave it to our hand to keep it in the trunk of the car .
look at the little brain working so fast he could know we were fooling everytime when we go to the toy store .
this is his thomas train

akshata

my young performer


As daddy pradhan is as much intrested in Yakshagana is a musical dance drama popular in coastal and Malenadu regions of Karnataka, India . It is believed to have evolved from pre-classical music and theatre. Yakshagana is popular in the districts of Uttara Kannada, Udupi, Dakshina Kannada, Shimoga and Kasaragod district of Karnataka. Yakshagana is gaining popularity in Bengaluru since a few years. . It has drawn comparisons to the Western tradition of opera. Actors wear costumes and enact various roles. Traditionally, Yakshagana would go on all night. It is sometimes simply called as AatańĀ in both Kannada and Tulu, meaning "play". Yaksha-gana literally means the song (gana) of a Yaksha. Yakshas were an exotic tribe mentioned in the Sanskrit literature of ancient India.
Yakshagana consists of a Himmela (background musicians) and a Mummela (dance and dialog group) which together perform a Yakshaga Prasanga. Himmela consisting of Bhagawata who is also the facilitator (singer), Maddale, Harmonium for drone (Pungi was used earlier) and Chande (loud drums). The music is based on pre-Karnataka Sangeetha Ragas characterised by melodic patterns called Mattu and Yakshagana Tala. Yakshagana Talas are believed to be based on the groves which later have evolved into Karnataka Sangeetha Talas. Both Yakshagana Raga and Yakshagana Tala have some folk influence. A Yakshagana performance begins at the twilight hours with the beating of several fixed compositions on drums called Abbara or Peetike, for up to an hour before the 'actors' get on the stage. The actors wear resplendent costumes, head-dresses, and face paints which they paint themselves.

I
must let you know that these play are been uploaded in youtube and it is one saviour to me when he is fussy about eating food if i just play ithe eats his food very fast and likes to pretend as they do in the play .
he has watched them so intrestingly and closely we never imagined and one afternoon when raghu was playing drums we noticed our cute little artist pretending to be one of the characters and it was fun to watch him do so.i am attaching the viseo so you guys can see it


youngest yakshagana from pradhan

hope u guys enjoy it

Had fun in gymnastics class

In the month of june as the story time was nearing to an end i was thinking how will i keep pradhan occupied .so when glanced through the fox valley sumer programs i got this idea of putting him to a gym class as he should some how lose his energy so i enrolled him to parent tot gymnastics ,
As on the first day he was so excited to learn the summer solt and all the balancing act he wanted to keep going everyday as the week passed he had already mastered in balancing and summer slot too .
i was just surprised to see him having fun with other kids and learning to share with other kids who came to the class
last week this class got over .so from next week onwards he will be exploring Swimming ..

akshata

Saturday, April 10, 2010

CARROT CHUTNEY


I wanted to try out different chutney without using coconut so i surfed the web and got this one which i tried and it goes well with chapati,puri and dosa too.

here is the recipe,
INGREDIENTS
Grated Carrot: 1 cup
red chillies: 4-5
asfaoetida :pinch
Ginger.....................small piece
Garlic (Optional)...........2
Salt to Taste
Grated Coconut.............3tbsp
Coriander Leaves...........few
Mustard seeds..............1tsp
Curry leaves..................few
Tamarind...................1"small ball size
salt to taste

Tampering,
oil :1tbsp
mustard seeds
fenugreek seeds
curry leaves


Method

Heat a pan with oil add urad dhal, chili, tamarind, ginger and garlic.

When the dhal become red, add the chopped carrots and fry.
The raw smell should go.Grind all together with coconut, salt , asafoetida and coriander leaves.
In a wok,heat the oil add mustard seeds,fenugreek seeds and curry leaves,after this pops up add the paste and salt to taste

Store in an air tight container.This chutney testes best after a day or two, when the mustard flavour has soaked in well. Stays fresh for weeks in the refrigerator.

TIPS
Dont use Red onion as it gives bitter taste use white or yellow onion.

akshata

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

PANEER BURJI [Scrambled Cottage Cheese]


I wanted to do something different with Paneer because my dear hubby likes only paneer butter masala,so for change did this recipe

Ingredients

250gm grated paneer [cottage cheese]
onion finely chopped -1/2 cup
finely chopped tomato-1/4th cup
finely chopped red pepper [capsicum]-1/4th cup
butter -1/2 tsp
kasuri methi -1/2 tsp
basil -1/2 tsp
salt to taste
red chilli powder -1tsp
cumin and coriander powder - 1/2 tsp
turmeric powder- 1/4 tsp

Method

In a wok ,heat the butter add finely chopped onion fry til it is brown,later add the tomatoes and red pepper
to this mixture add red chilli powder,turmeric powder,cumin and coriander powder,basil and kasturi methi,mix these well so that masala's blend well with each other
At last add the grated the paneer and salt to taste add water if necessary fry this for 5 min and serve hot with roti or puri.

akshata

Ginger Chutney

After marriage i started cooking though not a good cook but ok,recently my husband got bored of cocunut mixed chutney so i wanted to try this ginger chutney since Ginger is considered to be having some medicinal content in it.
In India, ginger is applied as a paste to the temples to relieve headache and consumed when suffering from the common cold, people use ginger for making tea, in food etc.
So after some research i got this recipe which is very simple and the taste came out really good and my husband relished it with dosa.

The measurement what i took gave me 1 cup of chutney



Ingredients:

* ·Tamarind – Big Gooseberry Sized
* ·Ginger – 10gms
* ·Red Chillies – 11
* ·Fenugreek Seeds – 1/2tsp
* ·Mustard Seeds – 1tsp
* ·Black Gram – 2tsps
* ·Jaggery – 40gms
* ·Salt to Taste
* ·Turmeric Powder – 1/4tsp
* ·Asafoetida – 1/8tsp
* ·Curry Leaves – Handful
* ·Oil – 12tsps

Preparations:

Take tamarind in a microwave safe bowl and add some water. Soak for few minutes and microwave on high power for 30 seconds. Keep the cooked tamarind aside for cooling. Wash and clean the ginger and dry it completely. Chop the ginger to small pieces and keep it aside. Break the red chillies into small pieces.

Method:

Heat a pan and add oil to it. When oil is hot add fenugreek seeds and black gram. Fry till the seeds start changing color. Take a bowl and place a wire mesh above the bowl. When the seeds start changing color add mustard seeds and allow them to crackle. Now add asafoetida and red chilli pieces. Fry all the seasonings well. Take care of the Red chilli, it soon gets brunt if we are not alert. Finally add the curry leaves and fry till dry. Transfer this seasoning to the bowl over which the wire mesh is placed. All the oil will be collected in the bowl. Grind the seasonings in a mixer grinder along with ginger pieces, turmeric powder, salt, jaggery and tamarind along with the water. Grind to a paste adding water if required. Finally add the oil and mix well. Transfer the chutney to a serving bowl.
And serve it with any kind of dosa you like.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Transition period for my 2 year old....

Here i am writing today about my son's transition period from breast milk to bottle,And though i must say it was the most difficult period for us as this transition was quite difficult for my son .
he just did not self-wean himself at a year, like I thought he would. I did a little research and decided I was OK with breastfeeding him until he was two years old, especially since that is what the American Assoc. of Pediatrics recommends. However, now that he is over two years old, he show no sings of stopping and, in fact, worships my breasts with the ardor of a true believer. We breastfeed to fall asleep (THAT was my big mistake), both at naptime and bedtime, and during the night a couple of times. I don't NEED him off of the breastmilk I'm kind of ambivalent about it,
but he has over come the difficulties and for the first time he drank milk in his bottle yesterday and i was really happy for him.

akshata

Friday, March 19, 2010

Cashew


The other day My Dear husband brought cashews from Market and i was just munching on it and it took me down to my memory lane where back in India when i used to go to my native to spend my summer holidays, i would find GONKU[in tulu] around the house and wonder how do they make cashews out of this fruit and i must tell you the fruit was really tasty..

It is a small evergreen tree growing to 10-12m (~32 ft) tall, with a short, often irregularly shaped trunk. The leaves are spirally arranged, leathery textured, elliptic to obovate, 4 to 22 cm long and 2 to 15 cm broad, with a smooth margin. The flowers are produced in a panicle or corymb up to 26 cm long, each flower small, pale green at first then turning reddish, with five slender, acute petals 7 to 15 mm long.

What appears to be the fruit of the cashew tree is an oval or pear-shaped accessory fruit (sometimes called a pseudocarp or false fruit) that develops from the receptacle of the cashew flower. Called the cashew apple.Some people are allergic to cashew nuts, but cashews are a less frequent allergen than nuts or peanuts.

CONTRIBUTION TO DIET

The cashew apple may be consumed fresh, but contains high quantities of tannins yielding a bitter taste and dry mouth feel. It is more often cooked, partially dried, or candied, as in the Dominican Republic and India. The alcoholic drink, Feni, is made from fermented cashew apple juice in India. The wine made from the juice is said to be the finest made from tropical fruits. Per capita consumption of cashew is 0.8 lbs/year in the USA.


akshata

AT LAST SPRING IS HERE HURRAH..

Spring is one of the four temperate seasons, the transition period between winter and summer. Spring and "springtime" refer to the season, and broadly to ideas of rebirth, renewal and regrowth. The specific definition of "spring" as a season differs, however, among scientific disciplines such as astronomy and meterorology, and in cultural and human terms.

One thing which comes in my mind now is i can take pradhan where ever i want to without putting any jackets on him which gives him an extra 5 pounds,and it makes him more heavier and hard for us to carry him around,As he is exploring new things he is pretty excited about being out all day playing outside with his ball and bat.
This year we celebrated holi with full enthu.because Holi, celebrated at the end of the winter season on the last full moon of the lunar month Phalguna (February/March), is the most vibrant festival of colours celebrated by Hindus in North India. People throw water and apply colour powders on each other.
Vasant Panchami is celebrated in North India on the fifth day of the Indian month Magh (January–February), the first day of spring. Sankranthi is celebrated in South India (Andhra Pradesh) in mid January to mark the beginning of spring season.

so we are looking forward for more good weather hurrahhhhhhhh.


akshata

ITS TIME TO POTTY TRAIN

I always thought what is the correct time to potty train my son.Being in US this question has always been in back of my mind.In India and other Asian country's children get potty trained very fast compared to here in America .so as i was surfing the net to get an answer for my question i read so many articles which were very usefull and i have successfully potty trained my son before 2 but i still put him diapers because i am scared of accidents.

Some children show readiness for toilet training between 18 and 24 months. This should not be confused with the achievement of toilet training, which may not occur until the child is between two-and-a-half to four years of age.

You may already have a potty in the bathroom and you both may have names for urine and stools. Your toddler may let you know he is dirty or wet, indicating a desire to have his diaper changed. Toilet training requires a combination of physical and mental developmental skills, which must be mastered before training can be successful. Here are some tips to get you and your toddler started:

How Do I Know if My Child Is Ready?
Your child should be able to walk well and be able to climb up and down from the potty unassisted. Your child must also be able to recognize when he has the urge to urinate or defecate (“signaling abilities.”) Your child then must be able to verbalize that urge.
Other signs of readiness include dry nap periods, grunting or straining after meals, asking to have diapers changed after a bowel movement, or telling you she has had a bowel movement. This is a sign that she can recognize the signals.

When Is a Bad Time to Start?
Try not to start toilet training during any type of upheaval in the child’s world - for example, the move to a new home, the birth of a new baby, divorce or illness.

When is a Good Time to Start?
Remember, toilet training requires a combination of physical and mental developmental skills, which must be acquired before training can be successful. Your child must have the physical ability to hold urine and stool and must be able to recognize the urge to go. He should be able to pull his pants down and sit on the potty by himself. He should be able to verbalize when he needs to use the potty.


akshata

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

ROOMALI ROTI


I HAVE NEVER TRIED ROOMALI ROTI AT HOME ,I ALWAYS WANTED TO GIVE IT A TRY BECAUSE MY DEAR HUSBAND IS TIRED OF HAVING PARANTHAS AND CHAPATI'S SO I BROWSED THE NET AND FOUND THIS RECIPE INTERESTING AND I GAVE IT A SHOT ,I MUST TELL IT HAS COME OUT REALLY WELL AND
WHEN I PRESENTED THIS TO MY HUSBAND HE APPRECIATED AND NOW HE WANTS IT ONCE A WEEK.
I HOPE READERS MIGHT GIVE A TRY


INGREDIENTS:

Wheat flour - 2 cups
Maida - 1/4 cup
Curd - 2 tbsps
Salt to taste
Ghee as required

METHOD OF PREPARATION :

1) Knead wheat flour, maida, curd and salt .
2) Add ghee or oil in the flour and add water little by little and make a soft dough .Keep it aside for 1/2 an hour.
3) Make small balls of the dough and roll like a thin chapathi using little dry flour.
4) Heat an inverted griddle(tawa or iron cast pan or heavy bottomed pan).
5) Place the roti carefully over it,apply oil or ghee over it with a spoon and cook till done. Then fold it.

Serve hot with spicy kurmas.


AKSHATA

Thursday, January 21, 2010

EGGLESS PANCAKE


As usaual every evening i have to think what snack i am supposed to prepare which can be liked both by raghu and pradhan so i decided to prepare pancake but i didnt have egg te main ingredient for the pancake so i decided to do eggless one .
To my surprise pancake came out to be very smooth and fluffy and it was relished both guys..

here is the recipe,

INGREDIENTS:

1 CUP ALL PURPOSE FLOUR [MAIDA]
2 TBSP SUGAR
1/2 TSP SALT
1 1/2 BAKING POWDER
2 DROPS VANILLA ESSENCE
1 CUP MILK
3 TBSP OIL

METHOD:
MIX ALL THE INGREDIENTS TOGETHER AND ENOUGH WATER TO MAKE A SMOOTH BATTER,LEAVE IT ASIDE FOR 20 - 30 MIN.

TAKE A 6"-7"DIAMETER FRYING PAN PUT SOME OIL AND WHEN THE OIL IS HEATED POUR THE BATTER INTO THE PAN,LOWER THE FLAME AND COVER THE PAN FOR 10 SECONDS AND THEN UNCOVER THE PAN AND FLIP THE PANCAKE TILL IT TURNS GOLDEN BROWN.

WHEN THE PANCAKE'S EDGES START COMING UP THAT MEANS IT IS DONE,SERVE THE PANCAKE
HOT WIT MAPLE SYRUP OR HONEY..


AKSHATA

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

LITTLE LEARNER

Its so surprising to see my son growing up and see him learn new words daily.It is so amazing that he is grasping so many words daily and the first word he wanted to change was amma to mommy and he calls me now MOMMY .these kids have thier own mind we dont know what is going on i am looking forward to see how he will change when he is a teenager,just crossing my finger..:)
I can feel now my little baby is now a toddler running around exploring new things,immitating us all around the day.He is becoming a BIG BOY.
we are very happy to see his language and cognitive development.
To help him more in this,I have enrolled him in a winter class where every week he has got some activities which is helping him a lot and he is over coming his Stranger anxiety so all is welll.........

GARLIC NAAN WITH GOBHI MANCHURIAN IN GRAVY


Long time my husband wanted me to prepare gobi manchurian in gravy so for that he wanted me to prepare something special so i thought why dont i cook garlic naan so i searched a lot and i got a easy recipe so tried it out and it camae out really fuffy and nice.so with not much talk here is the recipe

INGREDIENTS:

* 2 cups All purpose flour
* 1 pinch baking powder
* 1 tbs dry yeast
* 2 tbs plain yogurt
* 1 tbs sugar
* 1/2 cup warm water
* 1 tbs oil ( veg or olive)
* salt to taste
* 3 cloves chopped garlic
* butter to baste

METHOD

# * note that you can add more flour to make it the right consistency.. that wont ruin the naan as long as you give it the required 3-4 hours to rise.
# In a mixing bowl add flour, baking powder, salt and sugar
# Mix well
# Add your oil and yogurt and mix well
# Dissolve the yeast in warm water and let it sit for 2 mins
# Mix the yeast water into your flour and kead well ( Make it a bread dough like consistency and just a little bit sticky. but not too dry, add more water if needed)
# Let it sit for 3-4 hours ( i leave it for about 4 hours)
# Knead your dough again for a min or two
# Divide your dough into 6 parts
# Make the parts into ball shapes and coat it with flour ( makes it easier to roll)
# Sprinkle some chopped garlic on to the ball ( you can use, cumin, cilantro, poppy seeds, mustard seeds, almonds, pistachios etc..)
# Using a rolling pin, roll your balls into a chapati shape ( dont roll it too thin)
# now sprinkle little water on top side of the chapati and place it on the thava and cook.
#change the side and cook next too so that both sides are cooked well and apply some butter on both sides
# Preserve in foil to keep it warm
# Repeat the process until you have baked all of your naan's
# Serve with chutney, dry curries or veggies... eat plain if you like.

AKSHATA

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

MAJJIGE PALADYA


ITS LONG TIME SINCE I WROTE IN MY BLOG ABOUT THE NEW DISHES I PREPARED,RECENTLY WE HAD ONE TO MINNEAPOLIS TO OUR FRIENDS PLACE WHERE MY FRIEND HAD PREPARED MAJJIGE PALADYA ,I THOUGHT IT IS THE SAME DISH WHICH I PREPARE AT HOME AS HULI,THIS RECIPE IS SLIGHT DIFFERENT THAN MINE,BUT MY SON AND RAGHU RELISHED IT ,SO AFTER I CAME BACK FROM THERE I PREPARED AND STARTED WRITING MY BLOG AGAIN WITH THIS DISH AND ITS THE FRESH START OF THIS NEW YEAR..

Ingredients-

1. Ash Gourd OR Okra OR Snake Gourd OR chopped spinach OR Cucumber- 2 Cups
2. Channa Dal- 1/4 Cup( soaked in water for an about an hour)
3. Fresh grated coconut- 2 Tbsp
4. Cumin seeds( Jeera)- 1 Tsp
5. Green Chilies- 4, approximately
6. Yogurt( will be good if its a bit sour)- 1 cup
7. Fresh coriander- 2 to 3 sprigs
8. Fresh Ginger- an inch piece, chopped
9. Curry leaves- 1 Sprig
10. Asafetida- a pinch
11. Oil- 3 Tsp, for tempering
12. Mustard seeds- 1 Tsp
13. Salt- To taste
14. Turmeric powder- a pinch

Method-

If using okra, wash well, and dry each with a dry towel before cutting into small pieces. Fry the pieces well in a Tbsp of oil, till all the gummy extracts cease completely. If using spinach, wash well and chop. The other vegetables can be cut into large pieces, because, they tend to dissove while cooking.

Make a tempering of mustard seeds, curry leaves and asafetida in a thick bottom pan. Add the cut vegetables, water, salt and a pinch of turmeric and cook till they are done. It is a good idea to cook the veggies in water just enough to cover them. The water in which the vegetables have cooked contain nutrients, and it will be a waste to have to drain off the excess.

In the meanwhile, grind together the channa dal, jeera, chilies, yogurt, coriander, ginger and the coconut. Add the paste to the cooked vegetables. Channa Dal thickens while it is heated, so add water as needed to prevent the paLadya from getting too thick. Add the salt. Simmer for a minute or two, before serving hot with rice.

Monday, January 4, 2010

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2010

I JUST CANT BELIEVE ANOTHER YEAR HAS JUST PASSED BY .LAST YEAR WE WHERE IN INDIA ENJOYING WITH OUR LOVED ONES AND THIS YEAR IN NAVY PIER IN THIS BITTER COLD.
ON NEW YEARS EVE IN THE MORNING ME AND MY DH DECIDED TO GO TO NAVY PIER AND CELEBRATE SO WE PACKED OURSELVES AND WENT BY TRAIN TO DOWNTOWN CHICAGO AS IT WOULD HAVE BEEN TOO CROWDED IF WE WOULD HAVE GONE IN THE CAR.WHEN WE REACHED DOWNTOWN AND STARTED HEADING TOWARDS NAVY PIER PRADHAN WAS EXCITED ALREADY AND ONCE WE REACHED THE ONGOING WINTER FEST IN NAVY PIER THAT WAS IT.IT WAS VERY DIFFICULT TO HANDLE HIM AS HE WAS ENJOYING IN THE FEST.
AT 8:15 PM WE WENT OUT TO WATCH FIRE WORKS AND TO OUR SURPRISE PRADHAN WATCHED THE COMPLETE FIREWORKS IN THE COLD ,AFTER THAT WE AND AMOL'S FAMILY WHO ACCOMPANIED US FOR THE FEST WENT OUT TO INDIA HOUSE RESTUARANT TO HAVE OUR NEW YEAR DINNER AND IT WAS AMAZING THERE AS WE RELISHED THE FOOD AND RAN TO CATCH OUR TRAIN BACK HOME BUT WE MISSED IT AND SOE HOW CELEBRATED OUR NEW YEAR IN TRAIN STATION IT WAS UNIQUE EXPERIENCE THOUGH..

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2010