Household Hints

July 2015 Hints

June 2015 Hints are as follows: Put a piece of lemon through your garbage disposal every day for a clean fresh smell. If organizing a potluck party, fix a theme so that fixing a menu becomes … [Read More...]

Vegetarian Recipes

Honey and Cinnamon Buns

Honey and Cinnamon Buns

Honey and Cinnamon Buns are a favorite among children during holidays. Number of Buns: 12 Ingredients: ¼ Cup Butter, Softened ½ Cup Honey ½ Cup Chopped toasted nuts 2 tsp Cinnamon … [Read More...]

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Tomatillo Verde Salsa

I will call this recipe Tomat illa (illa means "not available" in Kannada) Verde Salsa. As Tomatillo (pronounced “toe-mah-TEE-yo”) is not available in India, I prepared this using Raw Tomato as it … [Read More...]

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Aubergine Salad

This salad was part of a wonderful spread in a restaurant.  I enjoyed it so much that I had to recreate at home and share it with you all! Cuisine: Mediterranean Time Required: 25 … [Read More...]

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Shavige Pakoda

The winter air penetrating into the warm homes makes one crave for spicy, crispy fritters with a cup of hot masala tea. How about some Vermicelli fritters to satisfy your taste buds!? Why not, did u … [Read More...]

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Padavalakayi Beejada Raitha

This is a yoghur based dish, prepared using snake gourd seeds.  Long, long ago my grandmother's elder sister used to prepare this very often. My mother passed on this recipe to me! Time Required: … [Read More...]

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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...]

Mango Phirni

Mango Phirni

Sweet dish prepared using Rice paste cooked in Milk.  Mango Phirni is a very popular dessert of Kashmir. Time Required: 1 Hour + Chilling Time … [Read More...]

Travel

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Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Jaisalmer is a delightful city situated in the middle of the Thar Desert in Rajasthan. This fairy tale city is worth visiting at least once in a lifetime. I enjoyed every minute that we spent in … [Read More...]

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Hawa Mahal

Hawa Mahal means “Palace of Winds" is part of the city palace in Jaipur, Rajasthan. It was built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, and designed by Lal Chand Usta in the form of the crown of … [Read More...]

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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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Dolphins Nose View Point, Coonoor

The winding narrow roads into the thick shola forest and tea estates lead to the Dolphins Nose viewpoint. I love the adventurous drive to this place. The peak is at 6,000 feet above sea level, an … [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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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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Gardening

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Davana

Davana is an aromatic herb sold, tied as bunches by the flower sellers. Davana and Maruga / Majorma bunches sell the most during Ganesha-Gowri festival. Plant Summary: The botanical name is … [Read More...]

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Punnaga Tree

Widely grown in the coastal region of most of the tropical countries, Punnaga tree is an evergreen beautiful tree grown to beatify gardens and roads. Other common names in India are Sultan … [Read More...]

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Bamboo

Presence of Bamboo in most of the South Indian wild life sanctuaries like Bandipur, Madumalai, Bhadra, Nagarhole, Tholpetty, and Kabini has played an important role in sustaining the wild and avian … [Read More...]

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Christmas tree

Picture1 - The Xmas Tree When dad used to recollect his boyhood days spent on his grandfather's estate called “Sane hidlu/incessant rain” in Chikkamagalur, he always referred to the huge Christmas … [Read More...]

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Mexican Lilac

This beautiful tree grows in my aunt’s garden in Bangalore and a Hoopoe sits on the branches and sings Hoo…Poo…Hoo…Poo….a perfect setting to spend time sipping tea in the evening. Plant … [Read More...]

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Bicolor Persian Violet

Bicolor Persian Violet plant has names, which are as beautiful as the flowers in Kannada it is known as “Dodda Chirayutha” and in Marathi it is known as “Udi Chirayat”.  The formal botanical name is … [Read More...]

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