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After some of my recipe posts i decided to write something interesting and true.
1. Drink plenty of water.
2. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar.
3. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.
4. Live with the 3 E's -- Energy, Enthusiasm, and Empathy.
5. Make time to practice meditation, yoga, and prayer.
6. Play more games.
7. Read more books than you did in last year.
8. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.
9. Sleep for 7 hours.
10. Take a 10-30 minutes walk every day. And while you walk, smile.
1. Don't compare your life to others'. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
2. Don't have negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.
3. Don't over do. Keep your limits.
4. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
5. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip.
6. Dream more w…

Artichoke Stir fry

Just gimme 3 minutes il get u a starter ready.
I had never heard about Artichoke when i was in India. I came to know when Guru just mentioned about this and we got frozen Artichokes. I liked the taste of these and prepared stir fry until these were empty.
The most simple one i could do.
here is what's needed:
Artichoke hearts (frozen) -5
Onion finely sliced -1
peper powder-1tsp
salt to taste
vinegar- 2 drops
Olive oil -1tsp
Heat pan and add olive oil.
Then add sliced onions and fry till brown.
Slice artichoke Hearts and add it i the pan.
Just stir for a minute and add salt,pepper and vinegar drops.
Mix well and remove from flame
Serve hot.
P.s : U can add dark soya sauce
Can also use fresh Artichokes but it is a lengthy procedure.

Happy Shivarathri to All/ ಶಿವರಾತ್ರಿ ಹಬ್ಬದ ಶುಭಾಶಯಗಳು

Today is Mahashivarathri and we are fasting. I used to fast when i was in mangalore i thought il continue the sam and ask my husband if he would? Nd he too decided to fast. We both are going to have water the whole day and fruits at night.
Let Lord Shiva Bless Each and Everyone of Us.
Il just share my pocket sized knowledge about this function to all of u.
Maha which means Great and Shiva - the word meaning auspicious, Ratri means Night, Maha Shivarathri- which meang a Great Night of the Auspicious Lord. Maha Shivratri falls on the 14th day of the dark half of 'Margasirsa' (February-March). On this festival people worship 'Shiva - the Destroyer'. This night marks the night when Lord Shiva danced the 'Tandav'or the dance of primordial creation, preservation and destruction.
Evening the Lord is worshiped and offered Bael Leaves. Its said by elders that He, who utters the names of Shiva during Shivratri, with perfect devotion and concentration, is freed from all sins.…

A Heathy Breakfast and a Lunch with Veggies/ ಪುಷ್ಟಿಕರ ಟಿಫನ್ ಮತ್ತು ಮಧ್ಯಾನದ ಊಟ

We prefer vegetables to be crunchy than completely boiled. Salads being all time favourite. I keep experimenting new stuffs with vegetables and sometimes it come to a twist too.... I guess at the end of the day the common question in most of our mind is what to cook for tomorrow? I passed this burden to my hubby and he suggested peas pulav for lunch and asked me decide for breakfast & side dish. Soon i realised about the vegetables in the fridge and decided to cook Vegetable Upma for breakfast and peas pulav with Veg kurma.
Upma is the most uncomfortable for breakfast for both of us. But, the easiest to make. My first weekend breakfast here at Jeddah was Upma, which i made it in a different way by adding lots of fresh vegetables and less of rawa (semolina). And then i realised that one who is not fond of Upma can make it in this way ...for sure it will be different than the regular upma.
& about veg kurma i tried it for the first time was bit nervous about it but fortunately it…

Kadgi Chakko/ Green Jackfruit Dry Curry/ ಹಲಸಿನ ಕಾಯಿ ಪಲ್ಯ

Kadgi chakko a Konkani dish & is most of the amchi’s fav. Varieties of delicacies are prepared with jackfruit. I’ll post some in my future posts. Here we couldn’t get fresh jackfruit but when I saw canned ones I just grabbed them because I love them. I have prepared chakko many a times at Amma’s place(mom’s place). So I wasn’t tensed as to how to prepare. And it was long time since I ate chakko. So decided to prepare.

Here is what we need:
Green jackfruit -1/2 piece
Coconut scraped -1 cup
Chilies – 7
Tamarind -2 peanut sized
Coriander seeds -2tsp
Salt to taste
Urad dal -1tsp
Oil -1 tsp
For seasoning:
Mustard seeds -1tsp
Curry leaves – 10
Oil -1tsp
As I used canned jackfruit a burden of peeling the jackfruit was off. Incase u are using fresh jackfruit then remove the skin and middle stick of it.
Cut jackfruit into cubes & boil until soft. When cooled mash these & keep aside.
For the masala- Fry urad dal,coriander seeds, chilies in 1tsp oil. Grind coconut, the fried…

Batato alambe song (Potato & Mushroom side dish)

Many are unaware that mushrooms are highly nutritious, delicious, and low in calories and excellent weight watchers. In the West; the mushroom industry is a multi million dollar industry. They are a healthy addition to any meal. While some mushrooms make excellent dishes in their own right, some are suitable for flavoring such things as soups and stews. Mushroom can be added to enhance the food value and in a variety of culinary delights.
The nutritional value of mushrooms as sugar free, protein rich food supplement is well known. Mushrooms are grouped with vegetables, yet provide the proteins found in meats. The edible mushrooms are high in antioxidants which help in disease prevention. Most importantly, mushrooms are fat and cholesterol free, low in sodium, yet provide several vitamins, minerals and amino acids which act as building blocks of proteins, in the form of riboflavin, selenium and niacin. Mushrooms are the only vegetables with vitamin D, essential for bone and teeth deve…

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY / हैप्पी वलेंतिनेस डे/ ಹ್ಯಾಪಿ ವಲೆಂತಿನೆಸ್ ಡೇ

I wish all a happy valentines day!
Celebrate each day as a valentine day :)

After a yummy Veg Burger just loved to have a dessert - Rasmalai

Veg Burger is the one which I wanted to eat at Mc Donald & which isn't there in Mangalore. I love Veg Burgers than Pizzas, so I always wanted to have them but couldn’t have the tasty ones. At my home, among Amma, Sudarshan & me. I am the one who love it the most. Now I m happy that I have a co. to eat Burgers and that’s My Sweet Husband. Here in Saudi Arabia, there is Mc Donald’s & I was so happy that I cud eat Mc Veg Burger at least here! One weekend we had been to Balad for shopping & I knew there is Mc Donald nearby & I started asking my hubby to take me there & he agreed, but again Was disappointed I never got Veg Burger & I don’t eat Fish or Chicken. Guru realized that I felt bad but he got my mood back by saying don’t worry will go to other Local Mc nd bought me a Falafel to eat, it tastes somewhat like burger. Yest I decided to prepare Veg burgers at home Guru bought items needed for veg burgers for me. I put all my efforts in making burger beca…

Beetroot Chapathi with a savour Rajma Masala

From a long time my husband was longing & longing for Rajma Masala & i couldn't do it by one or the other reason. Then finally last week I was firm about preparing this & decided to do rajma masala. But what combines with Rajma masala was my Q? Rice...... No we have it daily, Chapathi.... not the same taste so thought about a change in the chapathi. I had beetroot slices lying in my fridge so dint want to waste them. I ground these slices and added to the chapathi dough. Here it becomes beetroot chapathi. Though I don't know to roll Chapati's tound i try and try and m sure i'll succeed one fine day. Ingredients : 3 cups :Fine wholemeal flour or roti flour 1 1/2 teaspoon : Salt or to taste 1 tablespoon :Ghee or oil, optional 1 cup :Lukewarm water
6 slices :beetroots
Method : Put flour in mixing bowl, reserving about half cup for rolling chapatis. Mix salt through the flour in the bowl, then rub in ghee or oil, if used. Add water all at once and mix to a firm b…

A Twist with the Chutney

The Red chutney i prepared was just remaining. I never throw food unless its spoilt or there isnt ne option. Amma always tells "Khaan Javan uddocha sulabh payi jayi mallari vaapas metha ve? ( It easy to throw food but if you want food at times will you get it back?) So i decided to use that chutney anyway. So I chopped 4 garlic cloves & fried them and seasoned it over the chutney. Here is the twist & it turns to Chopped Garlic Chutney.

A Tasty Pan Polo With Red Chutney - Dosa with rice and coconut

Pan polo one of our fav dosa. My Mamama(mom’s mom) makes such tasty pan polo and I love it. Anu always tells amma ‘tugele ammale gaas mando laik jatta. He tells mamama’s dosa gaas mando because gaas means a bite & mando is a small sweet which can be eat in a bite. Any time mamama is at our home she happens to prepare Pan Polo. I had thought I will do gaas mando but it came little big.
For pan polo my husband wanted red chutney. Though I don’t like it so much I did it for him, because he loves it.

Here is how I did Pan Polo:
1 cup white rice (preferably dosa rice)
3 tbsps scraped coconut
Salt to taste
Water oil
Soak rice overnight.
Next day grind rice with 3 tbsp coconut to very fine batter
Add water to the batter to make it into thick liquid batter.
Then add salt and mix well.
Heat dosa pan & spread the batter unevenly. just add little oil when frying the dosa's.
Keep for just a minute, and then fold in a triangle shape & remove.

For the red chutney
½ cup scraped coconut
3 red chilli…

A Quick Breakfast...................

Continuously after Idli, dosas I decided our stomach badly needs something very light. Even though it had to be light it had to be tasty as well as easy. What shall I do? I asked my husband, kasane kari(do anything) he told. Then I just looked in and found vermicelli & found vermicelli & both of us love par boiled veggies, so I decided to do “Veg Vermicelli”. It tastes really good and is healthy too as I add more veggies.

Here is what’s needed:
2 cups Vermicelli
1/4th cup corn kernels
6-7 French beans
Cauliflower- 10 florets
1 onion
Salt to taste
Coriander leaves
2 Green chilies
For seasoning:
1 tsp Cumin seeds
1/4th tsp urad dal
1/2tsp mustard seeds
2.5 tsp oil

Boil 2 cups of vermicelli in 3 cups of boiling water.
Add 1tsp oil in boiling vermicelli so that it doesn’t get stuck.
Drain vermicelli & keep aside.
In a pan add 1tsp oil finely chopped onions and fry them for a minute or two ( do not boil for long because it tastes good when not boiled completely)
Then add salt & mix wel…

Bowls of Kheer on display

This time I m going to add mine and Guru’s fav’s first, then continue with other dishes.
Gulab jamun Guru’s recent fav, is done. Now next is Dudde Kheeri. Thanx to Z Marathi.
I have learnt this kheer fron=m this channel. I found it very interesting so the first thing what I did is the next day when I went to market I picked up a pumpkin and decided to get it done. Not much kheer did I make because amma was not sure thatit would turn to be good. But when all tasted the kheer they found it really good. Then on I decided to make it whenever I got pumpkin at home.
Dudde upkari /Pumkin stir fry happens to be one of my favorite dish. And most of them have heard about this, but when I spoke about dude kheeri to Guru he had a big ????????????? in his mind and told makka nakka laik jaina the (I don’t want it wouldn’t taste good). But when he had it he found it so tasty that he started liking it. Now even when I get pumpkin I get the yummy kheer done.
Last time we went out we got a large pumpkin ju…