Saunth Panak

Saunth Panak

In Maharashtra, during Rama Navami, Saunth Panak a drink is prepared using Dry Ginger and Jaggery to distribute among friends. Cuisine: Maharashtra Time Required: 5 Minutes … [Read More...]

Vegetarian Recipes


Soppina Kadalekayi Kosambari

Green tender Chik Peas salad. Cuisine: North Karnataka Time Required: 10 Minutes + Peas shelling time Ingredients: 1 Cup Soppina Kadalekayi/tender Chik Peas 1 Green Chili 1tbsp Lemon … [Read More...]

Tamarind Thokku

Tamarind Thokku

Raw Tamarind Chutney, which can be stored for a very long time.  Tamarind Thokku is prepared in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Ingredients: 10 Raw Tamarind 2tbsp Salt 5 – 8 Green Chilies ½ … [Read More...]


Paneer Butter Masala

A side dish with gravy prepared using Cottage cheese. Cuisine: Mughlai Time Required: 25 Minutes Ingredients: 1 Cup Paneer / Cottage Cheese, Cubed 1 Onion, Grind to a paste ½ Cup … [Read More...]


Alugadde Rasa Palya

A side dish with gravy prepared using Potatoes. This side dish is very popular in South Karnataka. Time Required: 25 Minutes Ingredients: 4 Potatoes, Peeled and Chopped finely 1 tsp Chili … [Read More...]



This is also known as plain paratha and is very popular in South India. Time Required: 10 Minutes Ingredients: 1 Cup Wheat Flour 1tsp Oil Salt to taste Water Method: Mix all the … [Read More...]


Sweet Corn Cheese Topping

Topping with sweet corn and cheese goes very well with hash browns, Nachos, bread toast, and on Papdi! Cuisine: Continental Time Required: 15 Minutes Ingredients: 1bsp Oil 1tsp Cumin … [Read More...]


Yellina Chigali

Yellina Chigali is prepared using raw Black Sesame seeds on Nagara Chauthi festival.  The Sesame seeds are roasted before grinding to a powder during Nagara Panchami. Cuisine: Karnataka Time … [Read More...]



A dip/salad prepared using Avocado / Butter Fruit. Time Required: 10 Minutes Ingredients: 1 Avocado / Butter fruit Juice of ½ Lemon 1 Green Chilies, minced 1 Tomato, Chopped without … [Read More...]



Mysore Palace

The main attraction of Mysore and the heritage building which gives the aura of royalty to the city is the grand Mysore palace also known as Amba Vilas. The majestic palace stands at the center and … [Read More...]


Albert Hall Jaipur

As we approached the Albert Hall Jaipur we were awe struck at the beauty of the building. I took photographs of the building from all angles. Hundreds of Pigeons on the building and in front of the … [Read More...]


Veeranarayana Temple Gadag

Sri Vanitheyarasane Vimala Raa Jeeva Peethana Pithane Jagakathi Paavanane Sanakaadi Sajjana Nikara Daathaara Raavaanaasura Mathana Shravana Sudhaa Vinoothana Kathana Kaarana Kaavudaanatha Janava … [Read More...]


Bandipur Wild Life Sanctuary

Picture1 - Bandipur Another favorite getaway of ours is Bandipur.  I have lost count the number of times we have visited this place.  Between the Western Ghats and Niligiri Mountains lies this … [Read More...]

Sri Ramanarasaiah

When we moved to our own house, I dreamt of hanging an original Mysore painting in the lobby. Thus started my quest to find either the right painting or a painter. Fortunately, I came across a website … [Read More...]


Holenarasipura, Karnataka

Holenarasipura is situated in Hassan district, Karnataka. Nayakas ruled this place from 1547 to 1667. Kanteerava Narasaraja Wodeyar, the king of Mysore defeated Narasimha Nayaka and Holenarasipura … [Read More...]

Pookod Lake - Pookot Lake

Pookode – Pookot Lake

Pookot Lake is a perennial freshwater lake in Wayanad district of Kerala. Forests around the lake enhance the beauty of the lake making it the most popular destination in Wayanad. Panamaram stream, … [Read More...]

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Lady's Slipper Orchid

Lady’s Slipper Orchid

One of the most attractive terrestrial orchids is the Lady’s Slipper Orchid. The botanical name is Paphiopedilum hirsutissimum and belongs to Orchidaceae family and Cypripedioideae sub family. Other … [Read More...]



Public gardens are incomplete without this plant. Allamanda is a very attractive plant that catches your eye instantly and becomes a center of attraction in any garden. Allamanda is a native of South … [Read More...]


Orchid Dendrobium Nutantiflorum

I was delighted to see this Dendrobium in full bloom in Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary.  The bright reddish orange color of the flowers amazed me, as I had not seen any wild Orchids in red. This … [Read More...]


African Tulip Tree

One of the most sought after tree to beautify city lanes, Aftrican Tulip trees are a sight to behold when these trees are covered with the orange blooms. The floor under the trees is colored orange … [Read More...]

Tropical Sage

Tropical Sage

Botanical name is Salvia Coccinea and belongs to Lamiaceae family.  Other common names of Tropical sage are Texas sage, Scarlet sage, Tropical Sage, and blood sage. Tropical Sage is a perennial … [Read More...]


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...]


Crocodile Bark Tree

Plant Summary: The state tree of Goa is Crocodile Bark Tree belonging to family Combretaceae*. Botanical name of the tree is Terminalia Elliptica. The name is thus derived because the bark of the … [Read More...]

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