Pattada Gombe Alankara

Pattada Gombe in Kannada means, the royal dolls and Alankara means decoration. Many households have a custom of arranging dolls during Dasara festival in Mysore and distribute sweet and savories to … [Read More...]

Karwa decoration

Karwa Decoration

This month is Karwa Chauth and women delve deep into preparation for the festival.  Decking themselves up will be high on agenda as well as decorating the Karwa.  Here is a small demonstration on … [Read More...]

Vegetarian Recipes


Bamboo Rice Payasam

Bamboo Rice Payasam / pudding is prepared using Bamboo Rice, which is known as Mulayari in Malayalam. Cuisine: Kerala Time Required: 1 hour … [Read More...]



Hummus is a spread or dip prepared using Chik peas. Cuisine: Mediterranean Time Required: 10 Minutes + Soaking time Ingredients: 1 Cup Soaked and Boiled Chik Peas Juice of 2 Lemons Few … [Read More...]


Pesto Sauce

Cuisine: Italian Time Required: 5 Minutes Ingredients: ¼ Cup Grated Processed Cheese or Parmesan Cheese 2tbsp Walnuts or Pine Nuts ½ or ¾ Cup Olive Oil 6 – 8 Garlic Cloves, Chopped … [Read More...]

Pudina Chutney

Pudina Coconut Chutney

Pudina Coconut Chutney is prepared using Mint and fresh Coconut. Cuisine: Karnataka Time Required: 10 Minutes Ingredients: 1 Cup fresh Pudina/ Mint ½ Cup fresh Coconut, Grated 2 Green … [Read More...]


Paan Shot

A perfect digestive shot after a heavy meal. Cuisine: Indian Time Required: 5 Minutes Ingredients: 5 Pan / Villedele / Betal Leaves 2tbsp Sugar A pinch of Lime / Sunna Juice of half … [Read More...]


Paneer Vegetable Sauté

This is a very simple dish with minimum spices. Time Required: 30 Minutes Ingredients: 1 Cup Broccoli florets 1 Cup Beans, Chopped into ½ inch pieces 1 Cup Carrot, Peeled and thinly … [Read More...]


Mysore Pak

This rich sweet dish is popular in the regions of Mysore.  This is prepared using Clarified Butter/Ghee and Gram Flour. Time Required: 20 Minutes Ingredients: 1 Cup Kadale Hittu/Besan/Gram … [Read More...]


Kathal Ki Biryani

This exotic dish is prepared using Raw Jackfruit and Rice with spices. Time Required: 1 hour Ingredients: 2 Cups Rice 2 Cups Chopped Raw Jackfruit 4 Tomatoes, Chopped finely 3 Onions, … [Read More...]


Magod Falls

Magod Falls

Many rivers and streams leap, bounce and fall in the exotic hills of the western ghats. River Bedti is one of them, which cascades as Magod falls. It is situated 17 Kms from Yellapur in Uttara Kannada … [Read More...]


Shore Birds of Kukkarahalli Lake

Busy birds chirping and singing joyfully greets early morning walkers in Kukkarahalli kere/lake.  Birds of all sizes both aquatic and land/shore birds have found this lake a very conducive environment … [Read More...]



Mekedatu, in Kannada means Goat’s leap, which is situated 98kms south of Bangalore. River Cauvery flows into a deep and narrow gorge, so narrow, that a goat could leap over it and that is how it got … [Read More...]


Begur Temple

On the banks of Begur lake in Bengaluru is a 1300 year old Begur temple dedicated to the Pancha Lingas. Begur was a Jain settlement and a center of Vedic and Sanskrit studies. The Dravidian style … [Read More...]

Kabini Reserve

Kabini Wildlife Sanctuary

Jungle book was one of my favorite books and the movie by Disney bought this book alive. I think the makers of the movie toured Kabini Wildlife Sanctuary before making the movie. I am stating this … [Read More...]

Irappu Waterfalls

Iruppu Falls

Another spectacular sight in the Western Ghats is the Iruppu falls. Lakshmanatheertha river originates in  the Brahmagiri hills in the Western ghats and falls elegantly at this place from a height of … [Read More...]

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Morada Bagina

Bagina is an offering of everything essential and dear to you.  It is believed that you will be blessed with all the things that you desire by performing particular vratas/ vowed religious observance … [Read More...]

Budh Brihaspati

Budha Brihaspathi Vratha

Budha Brihaspathi Vratha is observed on Wednesdays and Thursdays during the Hindu month of Shravana, August-September in the Gregorian Calendar. Once Budha and Brihaspathi (Budha is planet Mercury … [Read More...]


Mangala Drowya and Pooje Samaanu

Mangala Drowya and Pooje Samaanu means sacred items used on auspicious occasions like marriage rituals, upanayana (sacred thread ceremony), shrimantha (arathi to pregnant women), namakarna (naming … [Read More...]



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Guru Poornima

Guru Poornima

Guru Poornima is the auspicious day of worshiping the Guru/Master falls on Poornima, which is the full moon day in the Hindu season of Ashada.  July - August in the Gregorian calendar.  This year … [Read More...]


Makara Sankranti

Sankranthi is a harvest festival and “Sankranthi” means movement. It is a celebration of the sun entering from the zodiac sign Dhanur/Sagittarius into Makara/Capricorn.  So this Makara Sankranti is … [Read More...]

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