Palak Vada

Palak Vada

Palak Vada is a fritter prepared using Split Black Gram and Spinach.  This does not need any accompaniment and can be served hot with Tea. Cuisine: South Indian Time Required: 20 minutes + … [Read More...]

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Mosaru Vada

Fritters prepared using Split Black Gram and soaked in masala yoghurt/curds. Cuisine: South Indian Time Required: 1 hour Serves: 4 Ingredients: 1 Cup Urad Dal (Split Black Gram) Oil for … [Read More...]


Jalapeno Poppers

Jalapeno nah! not available in Namma Bengaluru, so prepared the poppers with Shimla Mirch. Cuisine: USA Time Required: 45 Minutes Ingredients: Few Jalapenos or Shimla Mirch 1 Cup … [Read More...]


Carrots and Chives

Carrot sticks tossed in Chives. Time Required: 5 Minutes Ingredients: 4 – 6 Carrots, Peeled and Chopped into sticks 2tbsp Dry or Fresh Chives 1tsp Olive Oil 1tsp Crushed … [Read More...]


Lotus Stem Chips

Yummy crispy chips prepared using Lotus stems. Lotus stems is known as Kamal Ki Kakadi in Hindi. Cuisine: North India Time Required: 20 Minutes … [Read More...]

Aloo Bhaji

Alu Bhaji

A simple and easy to prepare Potato side dish.  Alu Bhaji is prepared in North India on a daily basis and is served with Poori and Phulka. Time Required: 30 Minutes Ingredients: 4 Potatoes 1 … [Read More...]


Badanekayi Palya

Badanekayi Palya is often served with Akki Rotti in Mysore region.  Simple yet delicious! Cuisine: South Karnataka Time Required: 20 Minutes Serves: 4 Ingredients: 10 … [Read More...]


Kayi Kadabu

A deep fried sweet with coconut stuffing.  This is prepared during festivals and offered to god. Time Required:  40 Minutes … [Read More...]


Paneer Pudina Pulao

Mint flavored Rice with Cottage Cheese. Time Required: 25 Minutes Serves: 2 Ingredients: 1 Cup Raw Rice 2 Cups Coconut Milk 1 Cup Pudina/Mint Leaves, Chopped ½ Cup Paneer/Cottage Cheese … [Read More...]




Never knew a place called Ranakpur existed until we made our trip to Rajasthan. We would have missed a beautiful experience, if not for the enthusiasm of our driver to take us to this awesome place as … [Read More...]

Chennakeshava Temple

Chennakesava Temple – Belur

Usually a visit to a temple is to offer prayers and exit. But, there are many ancient temples in India from where you resist exiting and continue to go round in circles admiring the ornate carvings. … [Read More...]


Giri-bettada Kere

As we drove back after visiting the 5 temples at T.Narasipura to Mysore, we took a left at the 16th mile and eagerly drove to Giri-Bettada Kere (Hill Lake). The lake was shimmering and had … [Read More...]


Railway Museum Mysore

Dasara festival is the time when tourists make a beeline to visit the royal city of Mysore. All the tourist spots are swarmed by people enjoying their holidays. Not many people are aware of the … [Read More...]


Kokkare Bellur

“Kokkare” in Kannada means Crane.  Kokkare Bellur village has got its name due to the fact that many migratory birds have found this place suitable to breed and nest.  Kokkare Bellur is approximately … [Read More...]


Pokhran Fort, Rajasthan

Pokhran fort also known as Balagarh was built in the 14th century by Marwar Thakur, Rao Maldeo. Marwar Thakur Rao Maldeo was the chief of the Champawats, the clan of Rathores of the state of … [Read More...]


Bangalore – LalBagh

Lalbagh is a Botanical Garden situated in South Bangalore, India. The garden was commissioned by the ruler of Mysore, Hyder Ali in 1760. His son Tipu Sultan completed the 240 acre gardens. The Glass … [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...]



Barleria is known as Kurantaka in Sanskrit, Spatika in Kannada, Vajradanti in Marathi, Philippine violet, Bluebell barleria, Crested Philippine violet, and Porcupine flower. Belongs to Acanthaceae … [Read More...]

Chaste Tree

Chaste Tree

In winter, I keep dreaming about the flowering trees of Bangalore-Mysore during spring and summer. One such soothing flowering tree of summer is the Chaste tree. Chaste Tree is also known as … [Read More...]


Lion’s Ear

Plant Summary: Lion’s ear is an annual and is found growing wildly in the Cauvery bank area. In Kannada it is known as Kaaduthumbe, and Granthika in Sanskrit. The botanical name is Leonotis … [Read More...]


Tips for growing Orchids

Orchids are slow groiwng pernnial herbs and their cultivation is simple as compared to other plants since their requirements are minimum for optimum growth.  It is generally believed out of experience … [Read More...]



This edible weed / herb belong to the wood-sorrel family Oxalidaceae. Oxalis grows all around the world except in the Polar Regions. Picture - Wood Sorrel, Broadleaf Woodsorrel, Mexican … [Read More...]


Touch me not

This is the most interactive plant that I have ever come across.  I still watch fascinated when the leaves of this plant closes when touched.  It is as though it is cringing away from a possible … [Read More...]

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