Vegetarian Recipes

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Salsa

Salsa is raw vegetables combined with a spicy dressing is a tasty accompaniment with Nachos or Potato chips. Cuisine: Mexican Time Required: 15 Minutes Ingredients: 2-3 Tomatoes 2 … [Read More...]

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Ambali

Gruel prepared with rice and curds.  Ambali is prepared on Shravana Shanivara Vratha / religious observance. Time Required: 20 Minutes Serves: 2 … [Read More...]

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Vegetable Kurma

A side dish popularly served with Mysore Set Dosa/Pancakes is prepared using a mix of vegetables and spices. Time Required: 25 Minutes Serves: 4 … [Read More...]

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Curd Rice

Cooked rice and yogurt is mixed along with seasoning and fruits.  This dish is a must have in any of the South Indian homes.  A favorite and easy to digest dish. Cuisine: South India Time … [Read More...]

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Dry Fruit Chikki

Dry fruit squares prepared using nuts and jaggery. Time Required: 30 Minutes Ingredients: 1 Cup Almonds ½ Cup Pistachios 1 Cup Cashew nuts 1¼ Cup Jaggery, Grated Few strands of … [Read More...]

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Halasinabeejada Chutney

A chutney prepared using the seeds of Jackfruit. Time Required: 20 Minutes Ingredients: 5 – 6 Halasinabeeja / Jackfruit seeds, pressure cooked 4 Green Chilies 1 Cup Coconut 1tbsp … [Read More...]

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Kurtkoti Chakkali

Fritters in the shape of concentric circles. These were our favorite snack during summer at my maternal grandparents house in Kurtkoti in North Karnataka. The color and taste differed from the one's … [Read More...]

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Bread Uppittu

Time Required: 25 Minutes Serves: 2 Ingredients: 10 Bread slices 1 Onion 2tbsp Chopped Coriander 2 Green Chilies Juice of half Lemon Few Curry leaves 1tbsp Oil 1tsp Bengal Gram 1tsp … [Read More...]

Travel

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Kadambi Waterfalls

As we drove into Kudremukh National Park mesmerized by the scenic beauty all around, we came across a lovely waterfall known as Kadambi Waterfalls by the roadside. We tumbled out of the vehicle … [Read More...]

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Tamil Nadu

Vanakkam / Greetings! Chennai formerly known as Madras is the capital city of the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is flanked by Pondicherry, Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Many hill … [Read More...]

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Stone House Ooty

Stone house Ooty also known as Kal Bangala by the tribals (Thodas) is the first bungalow built using stones/kal in Ooty. Stone House Ooty was built by John Sullivan in 1822. He acquired the land from … [Read More...]

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Talakadu – Part II

Picture1 - Sand Dunes at Talakadu Talakadu is a  place known for its sand dunes, river, ancient temples and innumerable legends. Picture2 - Trees of Talakadu Cashew nut, Fig,  Nilgiri, … [Read More...]

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Bangalore – Bengaluru

Bangalore is the capital city of Karnataka and IT capital of India. Kempegowda was a Palegar of Vijayanagar empire who found Bangalore by chance and named the city Benda kalooru (the place where the … [Read More...]

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Bhavani Shankar Temple

Bhavani Shankar Temple is situated in Vasanthapura, Bangalore. The temple is more than 250 years old and the presiding deity is Sri Bhavani Shankar (Lord Shiva). The Swayambhu Linga is … [Read More...]

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Ajmer, Rajasthan

Ajmer is a major city situated 11 Km from Pushkar in Rajasthan. It is famous for the Dargah/tomb of the 13th century Sufi Saint Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Hasan Chisti. The saint is revered by both the … [Read More...]

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Gardening

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Devil’s Claw

I came across this interesting plant on the way to Ghati Subramanya. Plant Summary: Common Names are Unicorn Plant, Tiger Claw Plant, Devils claw, and Cat's claw. Botanical name is Martynia … [Read More...]

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Maruga – Marjoram

The fragrant Maruga (Kannada) bunches sells fast in South Karnataka markets during the Hindu month Shravana (Aug – Sept), as the leaves of this plant are offered to gods and goddesses on all the … [Read More...]

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Asparagus Fern

The foliage of this plant is one my favorite for arranging flowers. The long flowing stems with bushy needle-like leaves gives the right background and texture for arranging flowers. Picture … [Read More...]

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Amaltas

I first set my eyes on these beautiful tropical trees in full bloom braving the summer of Delhi, but was surprised to find them on the way to B.R.Hills and many more in forests of Kerala, Karnataka … [Read More...]

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Crossandra

In Kannada and Tamil Crossandra it is known as Kanakambara. It is very common in South India for the women to decorate their hair with a string of Kanakambara. While tying Jasmine flowers, Kanakambara … [Read More...]

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Hollyhocks

Botanical name of Hollyhock is Alcea rosea or Alcea setosa and they belong to Malvaceae (mallow) family. There are hardly any gardens without Hollyhocks standing tall displaying the bright blooms on … [Read More...]

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