Vegetable Biryani

Vegetable Biryani

Vegetable Biryani is  a complete meal, which is prepared using Rice, Vegetables, and spices. My friend "A" prepared this Biryani when we had a small get-together. It was an instant hit with all of us … [Read More...]

Vegetarian Recipes

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Hesarakalu and Sabsige Palya

Whole Green Gram cooked with Dill makes for an interesting side dish with Indian Bread. Cuisine: North Karnataka Time required: 15 Minutes + Soaking time Ingredients: 1 Cup Soaked Whole … [Read More...]

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Baby Corn Fingers

Spicy, sweet and crispy Baby Corns.  It is delicious and children love 'em. Time Required: 20 Minutes Ingredients: 10 Baby Corns 2 tbsp Gram Flour/Besan 2 tbsp Rice Flour 3 tbsp Corn … [Read More...]

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Koshimbir

This is a salad prepared in Maharashtrian style. Very tasty and nutritious. Time Required: 10 Minutes Ingredients: 1 Cucumber, Peeled and chopped 1 Onion, Chopped 1 Tomato, Chopped 3 … [Read More...]

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Ker Sangri Pickle

This pickle from Rajasthan is very different from any other pickle you would have tasted. This pickle is prepared using the local berry Ker and bean Sangri. I tasted the pickle in one of the … [Read More...]

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Petha

Petha is a candy prepared using Ash Pumpkin / Gourd. It is popularly known as Agra Petha as it is extensively available in Agra, Uttar Pradesh. Time Required: 1 Hour + Soaking … [Read More...]

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Peas Pulao

Flavored rice with peas.  This recipe is from North India. Time Required:  30 Minutes Ingredients: 2 Cups Basmathi / Long grained Rice 4 Cups Water 1 Cup Shelled Peas 1 Onion, Chopped … [Read More...]

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Money Bags

Minced vegetables filled in wonton wrappers are shaped into money bags and deep fried.  Delicious! Cuisine: Chinese Time Required: 30 Minutes Ingredients: ½ Cup Cabbage, Chopped … [Read More...]

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Pakadagina Chiroti

Fried crisp layered bread dipped in sugar syrup.  This dish is prepared during festivals in North Karnataka.  “Paka” means sugar syrup in Kannada and “Chiroti” is a layered deep fried crisp … [Read More...]

Travel

Kabini River

Kabini or Kapila River

The Kabini  or Kapila River, also called Kabani and Kapila, flows in southern India. It originates from Pakramthalam hills in Wayanad District of Kerala. Makkiyad River and Periya River join Kabini … [Read More...]

Pearl Valley

Muthyala Maduvu or Pearl Valley

This is a waterfall 40 Kms away from Bangalore. Since the water droplets falling from the rocks shine like pearls, the waterfalls came to be known as Muthyala Maduvu or Pearl Valley. Drive … [Read More...]

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Se Cathedral – Goa

Right opposite the Basillica de Bom Jesus, is the Roman Catholic Se Cathedral - Goa. It is the seat of the Archdiocese of Goa and is also a UNESCO heritage site. Built in 1510, but the actual … [Read More...]

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Giri-bettada Kere

As we drove back after visiting the 5 temples at T.Narasipura to Mysore, we took a left at the 16th mile and eagerly drove to Giri-Bettada Kere (Hill Lake). The lake was shimmering and had … [Read More...]

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India Gate

Every time I have passed through the roads of India Gate, I could never take my eyes off this national monument. This iconic monument is located in central Delhi was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and … [Read More...]

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North Goa Beaches

The 131 Kms of Goa coastline is dotted with beautiful beaches fringed by palm trees, carpeted by soft sand and soaked by the Arabian Sea. It is an ideal destination for beach lovers. Picture1 - … [Read More...]

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Gardening

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Common Leucas – Thumbe Hoovu

During Sankashta Ganapathy pooja, I remember collecting the flower and leaves of Thumbe Hoovu growing in empty sites for my parents. Later I used to collect them for Mauna Gowri Pooja. Many people … [Read More...]

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Erythrina – Coral Tree

Tree Summary: Erythrina also known as Coral tree is a genus of tropical and subtropical flowering trees belonging to Fabaceae* family. There are an estimated 113 species of Erythrina species, or … [Read More...]

Tamarind Tree

Tamarind Tree

Childhood memories of preparing and devouring Chigali (tamarind sweet-sour lollipop) flash as I write about this tree. I also remember bringing down the raw pods by hitting with stones washing them … [Read More...]

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Orchid Phalaenopsis

People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things around us. - Iris Murdoch Phalaenopsis is the latest addition to my modest Orchid … [Read More...]

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Asters

Every year during Ganesh Chathurthi and Diwali, dad used bring home bunches of Asters in various hues. We would spend time untying, cutting, and preserving them in water.  Asters are very good for … [Read More...]

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Neem Tree

In Mysore, we lived in a building, which was facing the Ashwatha/Peepal-Neem and Navagraha temple for 20 years.  The Peepal tree towered over the Neem tree and the Neem tree branches with dense … [Read More...]

Crepe Ginger

Crepe Ginger

I came across this unusual and attractive plant growing wild in Padubidiri. The other common name of Crepe Ginger is Malay Ginger. Crepe Ginger is known as Kusht, Keokanda in Hindi, Koshi in Marthi, … [Read More...]

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