Manasa Devi Temple

Manasa Devi Temple, Haridwar

Mansa Devi Temple is one of the oldest temples in Haridwar and is located on top of Bilwa Parvat. Bilwa Parvat hill is part of the Sivalik hills, which is the southernmost mountain chain of … [Read More...]

Vegetarian Recipes

Kootina Pudi

Kootina Pudi

Kootina Pudi is a masala powder used to prepared a spicy mouth watering curry called Kootu with assorted vegetables or with Bitter Gourd. Cuisine: South Karnataka Time Required: 20 Minutes … [Read More...]

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Topa Kul Chutney

A chutney prepared using Jujube fruit.  In West Bengal this chutney is prepared on Saraswathi Pooja during Vasantpanchami celebrations. Cuisine: West Bengal Time Required: 25 Minutes … [Read More...]

Mango Cheese Cake

Mango Cheese Cake

Mango Cheese Cake can satisfy your Mango craving any time of the year. Time Required: 45 Minutes + Refrigeration time Ingredients: 3 tbsp Hung Curd 1 tbsp Cheese Spread 100 gms Whipped … [Read More...]

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Gujarathi Kadhi

Gujarathi Kadhi is a yogurt based dish very popular in Gujarat. Time Required: 10 Minutes Serves: 4 Ingredients: 6 Cups Buttermilk 1tsp Chopped Ginger 2 Green Chilies, Chopped 2tbsp … [Read More...]

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Sabudana Idli

Steamed cakes prepared using Sabakki / Sago Pearls. Cuisine: South Indian Time Required: 30 Minutes + Soaking time Ingredients: 2 Cups Upittu Rava / Semolina 1 Cup Sabudana 2 - 3 Cups … [Read More...]

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Saarina Pudi – Method 1

Also known as Rasam Powder, this masala powder is used to prepare lentil accompaniment with Rice called Saaru/Rasam. Cuisine: Karnataka Time Required: 25 Minutes … [Read More...]

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Puliyogare

This tamarind rice is popularly known as Iyengar's Puliyogare, as this is an authentic dish of Iyengar community.  Dad had many Iyengar friends and this dish used to be the pride of  the dining table … [Read More...]

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Aloo Sev Dahi Puri

Aloo Sev Dahi Puri is a sweet and tangy snack prepared using Potatoes, Yoghurt and flat round crisps. Cuisine: North Indian Time Required:  20 Minutes Ingredients: 6 Puffed Poori/small … [Read More...]

Travel

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Badrinath

Sri Badri Naryanji ki, jai Sri Badri Vishalji ki, Jai Badrinath is one of the char dhams (four pilgrim centers), which is visited by thousands of Hindus. The temple is dedicated to Lord … [Read More...]

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Ramana Ashram, Thiruvannamalai

"Distracted as we are by various thoughts, if we would continually contemplate the Self, which is Itself God, this single thought would in due course replace all distraction and would itself … [Read More...]

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Abbey Falls

Waterfalls whether big or small are always a pleasure to see and enjoy.  Abbey falls is one such waterfall tucked away in a private coffee and spice estate.  It is a sight to behold and watch the many … [Read More...]

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Ajmer, Rajasthan

Ajmer is a major city situated 11 Km from Pushkar in Rajasthan. It is famous for the Dargah/tomb of the 13th century Sufi Saint Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Hasan Chisti. The saint is revered by both the … [Read More...]

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Kalahalli Bhoo Varahaswamy Temple

The ancient Bhoo Varahaswamy Temple built by the Hoysala king Veera Ballala III was undiscovered and unprotected until a few years back. It must be either a divine intervention or that we Indians have … [Read More...]

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Keladi Rameshwara Temple

The Keladi Rameshwara temple complex built by the Nayakas in Keladi is a must visit to experience the Malanadu architecture. The wooden pillars supporting the sloping roof welcome you to into a huge … [Read More...]

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Churches of Goa

The first thing that comes to mind when you plan on a trip to Goa, is the beaches, sun, food, paddy fields and beautiful white washed churches standing out in the fields surrounded by palm and betel … [Read More...]

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Gardening

Resurrection Lily

Resurrection Lily

Common names of Resurrection Lily are Peacock Plant and Peacock Ginger.  Botanical name is Kaempferia pulchra and belong to Zingiberaceae (ginger) family.   The broad flat deep bronze foliage has … [Read More...]

Peacock Flower

Peacock Flower

Peacock flower with other common names like Pride of Barbados, and Dwarf Poinciana belongs to Caesalpiniaceae (Gulmohar) family. The Botanical name is Caesalpinia pulcherrima and in Hindi it is known … [Read More...]

Gomphrena

Gomphrena

Also known as Globe Amaranth or Bachelor Button is an annual belonging to Amaranthaceae family.  It is known as Adike hoovu in Kannada, Rakthamallika in Sanskrit, Gul-e-makhmal Hindi, and Gundi in … [Read More...]

Maiden Hair Fern

Maiden Hair Fern

This fern rightly deserves the lovely name Maiden hair Fern. I have come across this delicate fern covering entire hills in the Western Ghats. Water trickling down the side of the hills feed the … [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...]

White Gulmohar Tree

White Gulmohar Tree

Again our car screeched to a halt while coming back from Hogenakkal waterfalls hearing me exclaim over something that I spotted. The others in the car expected a wild animal or an exotic bird, but … [Read More...]

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