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The First Bake of my Life

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The first thing which i baked in so many years, I never knew to operate a grill or a oven. I never knew if we cud bake a cake i grill but i did try i followed the recipe from Here. I baked only 6 muffins so i reduced the qtty to half from the recipe but there was some Gadbad i know and tht was in my baking. As i used grill nd the heat was not enough I baked it for 15 minutes at 350deg F nd then on broil again for 15 min becoz it had'nt baked well. i know it doesnt look so delicious but if i could get some opinions from my blogging friends as to how could i make it tastier i wud be pleased.

Ugadi Celebrations and A Beautiful Evening

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SIGNIFICANCE: It is believed that the creator of the Hindu pantheon Lord Brahma started creation on this day - Chaitra suddha padhyami or the Ugadi day. Ugadi name has been changed from Yuga Aadi(Yuga + Aadi means "Beginning of New age").Ugadi is also the most auspicious time to start new ventures. And they will take Jaggery and Neem leaves because Jaggery represents joy and happiness and Neem leaves represents sorrow. Also the great Indian Mathematician Bhaskaracharya's calculations proclaimed the Ugadi day from the sunrise on as the beginning of the new year, new month and new day. The onset of spring also marks a beginning of new life with plants (barren until now) acquiring new life, shoots and leaves. Spring is considered the first season of the year hence also heralding a new year and a new beginning. The vibrancy of life and verdent fields, meadows full of colorful blossoms signifies growth, prosperity and well-being. With the coming of Ugadi, the naturally perfume…

Happy Ugadi/ ಯುಗಾದಿ ಹಬ್ಬದ ಶುಭಾಶಯಗಳು

I wish all A very Happy Ugadi. May all your wishes come true and all be blessed with good health and prosperity.
ಎಲ್ಲರಿಗು ಉಗಾದಿ ಹಬ್ಬದ ಶುಭಾಶಯಗಳು ದೇವರು ಎಲ್ಲರಿಗೆ ಸುಖ ಅಭಿವ್ರದ್ದಿ ಕೊಟ್ಟು ಹರಸಲಿ.

A Lovely Celebration - Love is in the Air

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Love is in The Air

A year just flew like a fly, and we kept wondering. Friday, 21/03/2008 I met a Handsome and I decided to marry him. I just kept wondering what made me feel he is the right choice baby! But its all fate! “I m speaking about fate when feelings are so powerful its as if some force beyond ur control is guiding u to someone who can make u happy beyond ur wildest dreams.” Today I feel myself the Worlds Luckiest for getting such a sweet and wonderful Husband. I must say he is my perfect Dream Boyand I m his Dream Girl That is what i came to know in a yr. What more do i want? Many memories from the day all registered in the great mind, When love come in at the door all other thoughts fly off.
I remember this handsome coming with his parents to see the beautiful and charming( no Fake Boasting), and I had been with my family both of us surrounded by our parents till they had coffee then they went aside leaving us to speak nd after some time we decided to tie our Families in…

Aloo Chaat – Sherzaad Style

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Sherzaad – the first restaurant I had been to in Saudi Arabia. The appetizer went with a Aloo chaat I had the same aloo chaat in my mind but when the first dollop was in my mouth I tasted the tangy cool chaat.
As I don’t eat chicken, fish and paneer is my last preference in starters so I chose this. I must say it was really yummmm. I hadn’t tasted this chaat before.
It happened last week to go again to the same restaurant again nd have the same aloo chaat. When I was having I just murmured Guru how about me trying this at home will it taste the same? And he replied ‘Y not but same taste donno’ Tak here I decided to prepare the same chaat and it had to taste the same. Last nyt I prepared this and Boy it tasted the same. Happy was my dearest hubby :D.
He he he next time I need not go to sherzaad to eat this aloo chaat.

Here is what’s needed:
For sweet chutney-
Dates-10
Red chili powder-1tsp
Tamarind – a lemon sized piece
Jaggery- a lemon sized piece
Salt to taste
Soak dates in warm water for half …

Kosambari- A South Indian Salad/ ಕೋಸಂಬರಿ

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Kosambari (South Indian Salad):

Since a week we are to light dinner. Light Food Is In the Air! Soups or Salads would always fill our stomach. And we are game! Here my friend always looks at our food and has to say ‘U people eat like birds’ even our parents say the same. Light food because the breakfast and lunch we have gets heavy. In my previous posts I have mentioned about my love to raw nd crunchy veggies. So I pride to post some crunchy salads.

Carrot Kosambari:
Grated Carrots – 1 large bowl
Moong Dal (Soak for 2 hrs)
Chopped coriander leaves -1tsp
Lime juice – few drops
Fresh scraped coconut -3 tbsp
Mustard seeds-1tsp
Oil -1/2 tsp (I used coconut oil as it tastes good)
Curry leaves – 7-8
Green chilly -1
Salt to taste

Method:
Add carrot, coriander leaves and soaked nd drained moong dal in a bowl.
Heat oil in a pan add mustard seeds& curry leaves and fry until curry leaves turns crisp allow to cool (seasoning).
In another bowl add coconut, chopped green chilly, lime juice, sal…

Keerla Neeli Sukke/Bamboo Shoot Dry Curry

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Keerla Neeli Sukke
Keerlu means Bamboo shoots. And neeli means small small pieces of these shoots. As I mentioned in my last post about mushrooms being my favourite there is another addition to it are bamboo shoots I am game antime. Though v never get bamboo shoots in this season, things have developed so much that v get anything at any season and here we got it canned. I just love bamboo shoots. I am waiting to eat the fresh ones.
I had prepare d for lunch and after my hubby had his lunch he called me and told Aps keep some for me I want to eat it again! It tastes awesome I must say! I feel so happy when he tells me so I just feel to try new things and make him happy.
Here is the lovely recipe:
Bamboo shoots finely chopped – 1 large bowl
Fresh coconut scraped – ½ cup
Red chillies(fried in 1tsp oil) -5
2 lemon sized jaggery
Urad dal(fried in lil oil) -1tsp
Coriander seeds(fried in oil) -1tsp
Salt to taste
For seasoning:
1tsp oil
Mustard seeds-1tsp
Curry leaves – few

Method:
As I used…

Sheeth ani Mooga Dali Bette

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I don’t know y is it called Bette! If ne body knows y then make it sure to inform me. When I asked my hubby what he would eat he replied saying Ammana korche bette kari (do the bette vch amma does) and he added to it saying it would taste delicious. Now its my turn to prepare this for Break Fast. I had to atleast come a bit closer to Mayi (MIL)( I knew I m not atleast a bit to her taste in this). But fortuitously my hubby dear told me that it wasn’t the exact taste but it really did near to that. Huh! Tale Melina bhara hoitu ankonde.
A quick breakfast And a healthy one too..
Here is what we need:
Rice- ½ cup or 3 handfuls
Moong Dal – ½ cup or 2 handfuls
Mustard seeds – 1tsp
Curry leaves – few
Chopped ginger-1tsp
Ground peppercorns -1tsp
Green chilly -1
Scraped fresh coconut – a handful
Salt to taste
Oil -1tsp (can add more but I avoid oil these days)

Method:
Heat cooker, add oil, mustard seeds, green chilly, peppercorns, & curry leaves.
When mustard seeds splatter add ginger, moo…

Cool Cucumber Turns Hot/ ಬಿಸಿ ಬಿಸಿ ಸೌಥೆಕಾಇ ಸೂಪ್

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Cool Cucumber Turns Hot!!

Ah!! Cucumbers love it any time. Probably u opt me cucumbers or have a simple lunch/dinner we would prefer cucumbers first. Anything with cucumber would do for us. Those were the days of school where I never missed cucumber and tomatoes in my lunch box. A saaru (rasam), sheeth (white rice), cucumber salad or slices was my perfect lunch. If I never had them in my lunch OMG I used to come home and used to start telling ‘Amma aji itya taushe na?’ and my face would fluff. Anu used to make it sure he gets cucumber ne time he went to market. And in school everybody knew what would be in my lunch box. Miss those cool days. Once I entered college NO LUNCH BOX NO CUCUMBERS everyday because I had to rush and had no time to slice them. But I made it a point to eat them regularly. Ok ok I’ll turn off from school, college & come back to my recipe. As I was starring at these cool ones there stroke an idea how about making these cool ones Hot?? I horrored these cucumber…

A Soup Filled with Love

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Truely this soup is filled with loads of love.
I was stuck to bed from last 2-3 days because of weakness (still don’t know why !!) The first day I was so weak that I couldn’t manage to stand. Its hubby darling who did all the cooking before he went to office.As soon as he realized that I couldn’t manage to even get up from bed …he came back from office to take care of me …in the afternoon he cooked konji. In the evening he made fresh orange juice for me.Whole day he was with me and took care of me. In the evening I wanted to have a hot soup so that I feel energetic…hubby said he will make it but he didn’t know to make one and the next question which soup? He took a look inside the fridge and said nothing except “PUMPKIN” !! I said pumpkin soup will be nice to which he reacted …yeeeeeeeeeks…Later he agreed to make the soup as below
Ingredients:
2 bowls of chopped pumpkin
1 full chopped onion
1 clove garlic chopped
1 t spoon butter
1 table spoon corn flour
50 ml milk / cream
A tsp of pepper
And …