Paddy fields


Beautiful green blades of paddy swishing to the music of the wind and Egrets dotting the field to feed on insects or the left over seeds is a common scene you encounter as you travel in South and East … [Read More...]

Vegetarian Recipes


Sweet Lime Soda

A very good thirst quencher and goes very well with Punjabi food. Time Required: 10 Minutes Ingredients: 500ml Soda Juice of 1 Lemon 8 Spoons Sugar ½ tsp Salt Method: Add Sugar, … [Read More...]



Mango pulp dried in layers.  Mamla is also known as Aam Ka Papad. Time Required:  1 or 2 days Ingredients: 1 kg/35 Ounce Mango Pulp Method: Sieve the Mango Pulp. Pour the pulp into a … [Read More...]



A crispy puffed sweet with coconut stuffing. Cuisine: Karnataka and Maharashtra Time Required: 30 Minutes Makes: 15 Ingredients: 1 Cup Rawa 1 tbsp Rice Flour 1 tbsp Ghee 1/2 Cup Dry … [Read More...]


Bhakri – Jowar Roti

An Indian bread prepared using Jower/Sorghum flour. Cuisine: North Karnataka, Maharashtra and Gujarat Time Required: 20 Minutes Makes: 8 Ingredients: 2 cups Jower flour 1 Cup Hot … [Read More...]


Thondekayi Korma

This side dish is prepared using Ivy Gourd. Ingredients: 2 Cups Thondekayi / Tindora / Ivy Gourd, pieces 1 Big Onion, Chopped finely 2 – 3tbsp Oil 1tsp Saunf / Fennel Seeds ¼ tsp Turmeric … [Read More...]


Hari Makai Ki Subzi

Sweet corn kernels cooked in Spinach puree. Cuisine: North Indian Time Required: 20 minutes Ingredients: 1 Cup Makai / Sweet Corn Kernels, Boiled 1 Bunch Spinach, Blanched and pureed 2 … [Read More...]


Badam Ladoo

Sweet dish prepared using Almonds Time Required: 20 Minutes Ingredients: 1 Cup Badam/Almonds 6tbsp Sugar 4tbsp Milk 1/4 tsp Cardamom powder 2tbsp Ghee/Clarified Butter A few chopped … [Read More...]


Jeegujje palya

Jeegujje is known as Bread fruit and is widely cultivated and consumed in Karnataka coastal regions.  This stir-fry is prepared using this unusual vegetable. Time Required: 25 minutes … [Read More...]



Kshanambika Temple, Srirangapattana

Kshanambika temple though less popular than Nimishamba temple in Srirangapattana is no less powerful than Nimishamba. Kshanambika means the goddess who grants the wishes in a Kshana / Second whereas … [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...]


Wenlock Downs, Ooty

Wenlock Downs is popularly known as 9th and 6th mile as they are situated exactly at the 9th and 6th mile from Ooty. Innumerable movies have been shot here with the hero and the leading lady singing … [Read More...]


Daria Daulat Bagh

Daria Daulat is the summer palace of Tipu Sultan, situated in Srirangapattana, 15 Kms from Mysore. The Indo-Sarcenic style palace was built by Tipu Sultan in 1784. The two storeyed palace is … [Read More...]


Kodandarama Temple, Hiremagalur

Hiremagalur means the town of the eldest daughter. This town is situated 4 Km from Chikkamagalur, Karnataka. Hiremagalur was a thriving town in the 9th and 11th centuries. Nine siddhas … [Read More...]

Mushrooms in Kukkarahalli Kere

Mushrooms in Kukkarahalli Kere

When I was walking in Kukkarahalli Kere last Sunday, I got to see many varieties of Mushrooms growing in the thicket.  Not a surprise as Mysore has received copious rains this … [Read More...]

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Pink Tabebuia Impetiginosa

Namma garden city Bengaluru is fast becoming a city of cement and glass buildings, but come January, the Pink Tabebuia Impetiginosa trees burst into deep pink blooms adding the much needed color to … [Read More...]

Viola Hederacea

Viola Hederacea

Flowers of this perennial creeping evergreen plant are as pretty as its name. Viola Hederacea is the botanical name and belongs to Violaceae family. It is a native of Australia. Due to the … [Read More...]

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...]

Geiger Tree

Geiger Tree

A very striking tree when in bloom, Geiger Tree is gaining popularity to beautify Indian cities. This evergreen tree is a native of Northern coast of South America and Florida Keys. The tree is named … [Read More...]


Uttareni – Apamarga Patram

Common names of this perennial herb in English are Prickly chaff, Rough chaff, Devil's horse whip, in Sanskrit it is Apamarga and the botanical name is Achyranthes aspera and belongs to Amaranthaceae … [Read More...]


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...]


Rain Tree – Albizia Saman

My friends and I used to collect the fruit of this tree known as Bagekayi in Kannada and grind it with big stones and make into balls and sun dry them. They used to turn out hard like the … [Read More...]

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