September 2014 Hints

September 2014 Hints are as follows: During festivals and pooja, buy flowers like Lotus with long stems and put them in thin bottles filled with water and arrange behind the idol.  The flowers … [Read More...]

Vegetarian Recipes


Alu Tikki

Boiled potatoes mashed and shaped into cutlet and shallow fried. The street food in North India is incomplete without Alu Tikki. You can see huge thick griddles outside chaat shops with mouth watering … [Read More...]


Noodle Peanut Salad

This dish is a complete and wholesome meal. Cuisine: Chinese Time Required: 30 Minutes Ingredients: 2 Cups of cooked Noodles 1 Cucumber, Sliced 1 Tomato, Chopped ½ of Green, Yellow, … [Read More...]


Lettuce Salad

Time Required: 10 Minutes Ingredients: 1 bunch Lettuce leaves 1 Tomato 1 Onion ½ Cucumber/Zucchini Few Green Olives 1tsp Olive Oil 1tbsp Vinegar Salt and Pepper to taste Method: Clean … [Read More...]


Dal Palak

A curry prepared using lentils and spinach.  This recipe is from North India. Time Required: 20 Minutes Ingredients: 1 Cup Tuvar Dal / Red Gram Split 1 bunch Palak / Spinach 1 Onion 3 … [Read More...]


Guava Golgappa Shots

This is a variation of the traditional Golgappa or Pani Puri. The pani is prepared using Guava juice! Time Required: 40 Minutes Ingredients: 10 Golgappa Poori Tiny Glasses to serve For … [Read More...]


Boodakumbalakayi Sippe Balaka

The peels of Ash Pumpkin are sun dried with spices. Boodakumbalakayi Sippe Balaka can be stored can deep fried whenever desired to be relished with Anna / Rice and Saaru / thin … [Read More...]

Fruit Custard

Fruit Custard

Fruit custard is a favorite while growing up.  With Ice-cream it would be the must loved Fruit Salad with Ice-cream! Time Required: 40 Minutes Serves: 6 Ingredients: 1 Apple 2 Banana 1 … [Read More...]



Aromatic rose petals are preserved in Sugar and used as an accompaniment with Indian Bread and in Paan. Ingredients: 500 gms/17 Ounce Aromatic Rose Petals 200 gms/7 Ounce … [Read More...]



Rajas Tomb – Gaddige – Coorg

Gaddige or Gadduge is a place towards the north of Coorg with tombs of Kodava royalty, court dignitaries, royal priest and the royal bulls. It is situated on a hillock with a good view of the city. … [Read More...]

Pajaka Kshetra

Pajaka Kshethra

Sri Hanuma Bheema Madhwa! The champion of the Dwaitha philosophy Sri Madhwacharya was born in Pajaka Kshetra located in Udupi district. Sri Madhvacharya is the incarnation of Bheema, one of the … [Read More...]


Chain Tree

Chain Tree in Lakkidi, Wayanad was extremely intriguing and many types of trees trained to grow like chains came to my mind. Just before we left the resort for the sightseeing, the manager of the … [Read More...]


St. Philomena’s Church

As you drive into Mysore from Bangalore, the first landmark of Mysore that is visible is the Chamundi hills and the next is the spires of St. Philomena’s Church. This remarkable church was … [Read More...]


Nimishamba Temple

“Nimisha” means a minute, and the presiding goddess of this temple is believed to grant your wish in a minute.  Nimishamba is none other than Goddess Parvathi, consort of Lord Shiva.  This temple is … [Read More...]


Kavadi Kere

A beautiful lake spread over 62 acres shines like glass reflecting the blue sky and the hills all around it.  The floating dried leaves along with lily leaves creates a lovely pattern over it.  Beside … [Read More...]

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Wild Turmeric

One of the many treasures that are hidden in the Western Ghats and Himalayas is the wild turmeric. These treasures shoot up from their hiding places under the earth in the spring. The leaves are … [Read More...]


Orchid Acampe Praemorsa

Picture1 - Plant  I came across Orchid Acampe Praemorsa while touring the coastal regions of Karnataka and Goa.  Different species of Acampe is distributed in tropical India, Africa and South East … [Read More...]


Orchid Cymbidium Bicolor

Orchid Cymbidium Bicolor is widely found in Western ghats and Himalayas. Picture above: Cymbidium Bicolor in Bhadra Sanctuary It is a tufted robust orchid with large false bulbs and pendulous … [Read More...]


Orchid Aerides Crispum

Orchid Aerides Crispum is widely grown in the western ghats of India. The flowers have a pleasant fragrance. The aerial roots are thick and absorb all the essential nutrients from the … [Read More...]



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...]


Saraca Asoca – Ashoka Tree

The flowers of Ashoka tree are used to worship gods in South Canara district of Karnataka. This pretty tree is a native of India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Malaysia. It is evergreen and ever flowering … [Read More...]


Bakula Tree

I remember collecting the fallen Bakula flowers with the scent intact and stringing it together into a garland.  The tree was planted by my grandfather, whose hobby was to grow exotic trees and plants … [Read More...]

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