ದೀಪದಿಂದ ದೀಪ ಹಚ್ಚಿ...


ದೀಪದಿಂದ ದೀಪ ಹಚ್ಚಿ, ದೀಪಗಳ ಸಾಲು ಮಾಡುತ್ತಾ, ಮನೆಮನಗಳ ಬೆಳಗುವ ಹಬ್ಬವೇ ದೀಪಾವಳಿ. ನನಗೆ ದೀಪಾವಳಿ ಬಂತೆಂದರೆ ಎಲ್ಲಿಲ್ಲದ ಖುಷಿ. ಮನೆತುಂಬ ದೀಪ ಹಚ್ಚಿ ಅದು ಬೀರುವ ಬೆಳಕನ್ನು ನೊಡುತ್ತಿದ್ದರೆ ಎಷ್ಟು ಚಂದ!. ಈ ವರ್ಷ ದೀಪಾವಳಿ ಹೇಗೆ ಆಚರಿಸುವುದೋ ಎಂದು ಅನಿಸುತ್ತಿತ್ತು. ಯಾಕೆಂದರೆ ಇದು ನನ್ನ ವಿವಾಹದ ನಂತರದ ಮೊದಲ ದೀಪಾವಳಿ. ಅಮೇರಿಕೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಹಬ್ಬ ಹೇಗೆಲ್ಲಾ ಆಚರಿಸಬಹುದು ಎಂದು ಹಬ್ಬದ ಹಿಂದಿನದಿನ ಯೋಚಿಸುತ್ತಾ ಇದ್ದೆ. ಹಾಗೆ ಇ- ಮೇಲ್ ನೋಡಿದೆ, ನನ್ನ ಗೆಳತಿಯರು online ಬಂದರೆ ಮಾತಾಡೋಣ ಎಂದು. ಒಂದು ಈ-ಮೇಲ್ ಇತ್ತು. ಹಬ್ಬದ ಆಮಂತ್ರಣ!. ಉತ್ಸಾಹದಿಂದ ನೋಡಿದೆ. ಇಲ್ಲಿ ಒಬ್ಬ ಮಹಾನುಭಾವರು ನೆರೆಹೊರೆಯ ಮಕ್ಕಳಿಗೆ ನಮ್ಮ ಭಾರತಿಯ ಸಂಸ್ಕ್ರತಿಯ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಕ್ಲಾಸ್ ನಡೆಸುತ್ತಾರೆ. ಅವರು ಕಳುಹಿಸಿದ ಇನ್ವಿಟೇಶನ್ ಆಗಿತ್ತು. ಉತ್ಸಾಹದಿಂದ "We are happy to join you for the occasion" ಅಂತ ಪ್ರತಿ ಉತ್ತರ ನೀಡಿದೆ.

ಮರುದಿನ ಸಂಭ್ರಮದಿಂದ ನಾನು ಮತ್ತು ನಮ್ಮನೆಯವರು ಹೊಸ ಬಟ್ಟೆ ಹಾಕಿಕೊಂಡು ತಯಾರಾಗಿ ಕಾರ್ ಹತ್ತಿದೆವು. ಹಬ್ಬದ ಆಚರಣೆಯ ಸ್ಥಳ ಇದ್ದಿದ್ದು ಬೆಬಿಲೋನ್ ನಲ್ಲಿ, ಮನೆಯಿಂದ ಅರ್ಧ ಗಂಟೆ ದಾರಿ. ಅಲ್ಲಿ ತಲುಪುವಾಗ ಸಂಜೆ ೭ ಗಂಟೆ ಆಗಿತ್ತು, ಹಸನ್ಮುಖರಾಗಿ ಮಾತನಾಡಿಸುತ್ತಿದ್ದ ಎಲ್ಲರ ಪರಿಚಯ ಮಾಡಿಕೊಂಡೆವು. ಮನೆಯ ಸುತ್ತಲೂ ದೀಪ ಹಚ್ಚಿ, ದೇವರ ಮುಂದೆ ರಂಗೋಲಿ ಹಾಕುತ್ತಿದ್ದರು.. ಒಂದು ಕ್ಷಣ ನಾನು ಭಾರತದಲ್ಲೇ ಇರುವೆನೆಂದು ಅನಿಸುತ್ತಿತ್ತು. ನನಗೆ ರಂಗೋಲಿ ಹಾಕುವುದೆಂದರೆ ಇಷ್ಟ. ಬಣ್ಣ ಹಾಕಲು ಕೈಜೋಡಿಸಿದೆ. ದೇವರ ಮುಂದೆ ಹಾಸಿರುವ ಚಾಪೆಯ ಮೇಲೆ ಮಕ್ಕಳೆಲ್ಲ ಸಾಲಾಗಿ ಕುಳಿತಿದ್ದರು. ಅವರ ಸಾಲನ್ನು ದೊಡ್ಡವರೂ ಅನುಸರಿಸಿದರು. ಬಾಲವಿಹಾರ ಕ್ಲಾಸ್ ನಡೆಸುವ ಮೋಹನ್ ಜಿ ಅವರು ಪ್ರಾರ್ಥನೆಯೊಂದಿಗೆ ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮವನ್ನು ಆರಂಭಿಸಲು ಮಕ್ಕಳಿಗೆ ಸೂಚನೆ ಇತ್ತರು. ಎಲ್ಲ ಮಕ್ಕಳು ಒಕ್ಕೊರಲಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಇಂಪಾದ ಪ್ರಾರ್ಥನೆ ಆರಂಭಿಸಿದರು. ಕಿವಿಗೆ ಹಿತವಾಗುತ್ತಿತ್ತು. ನಾನು ಮನಸ್ಸಿನಲ್ಲೇ ಯೋಚಿಸುತ್ತಿದ್ದೆ. "ಎಂತಹ ಒಳ್ಳೆ ಸಂಸ್ಕಾರ ಕೊಟ್ಟಿದ್ದಾರೆ ಮಕ್ಕಳಿಗೆ, ಸಹನೆ,ಶಿಸ್ತು, ಹಿರಿಯರನ್ನು ಗೌರವಿಸುವ ಗುಣ ಇವೆಲ್ಲ ನಾವು ನಮ್ಮ ಮಕ್ಕಳಿಗೆ ಕಲಿಸುವ ಪಾಠ, ಭಾರತ ದಿಂದ ೧೫,೦೦೦ ಮೈಲು ದೂರದಲ್ಲಿದ್ದರೂ, ನಮ್ಮ ಅದ್ಭುತವಾದ ಸಂಸ್ಕೃತಿ ಉಳಿಸಿಕೊಂಡು ಹೋಗಬಹುದು. ಈ ಮಂತ್ರಗಳನ್ನು ಕೇಳುತ್ತಿದ್ದರೆ ಆಗುವ ಆನಂದವೇ ಬೇರೆ. ಜಗತ್ತಿನ ಯಾವುದೇ ಮೂಲೆಯಲ್ಲಿದ್ದರೂ ನಾವು ನಮ್ಮ ಸಂಸ್ಕೃತಿ ಉಳಿಸಿಕೊಂಡು ಹೋಗಬೇಕು, ಮೋಹನ್ ಜಿ ಮಾಡುತ್ತಿರುವದು ತುಂಬ ಒಳ್ಳೆಯ ಕೆಲಸ." ಎಂದು. ಹೀಗೆ ಪ್ರಾರ್ಥನೆ ಮುಗಿದ ಮೇಲೆ, ಮೋಹನ್ ಜಿ ಅವರು "ಮಕ್ಕಳೇ, ನಿಮಗೆ ಗೊತ್ತಿರುವಂತೆ ದೀಪಾವಳಿಯ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಹೇಳಿ" ಎಂದರು. ಒಬ್ಬರಾದ ಕೂಡಲೇ, ಒಬ್ಬರು ಶಿಸ್ತಿನಿಂದ ಎದ್ದು ಬಂದು ಮಕ್ಕಳು ಅವರ ಅವರ ಪರಿಚಯ ಮಾಡಿಕೊಂಡು, ದೀಪಾವಳಿ ಯನ್ನು ಆಚರಿಸುವ ಕಾರಣ, ಅದರ ಸಂದೇಶ ಹೇಳಲು ಮುಂದಾದರು.

"People of Ayodya were celebrating the return of Rama from his 14 years of exile by lighting lamps"

"Krishna killed narakasura"

"Deepa - avali is a rows of light"

"Deepaawali symbolizes victory of good over evil.., Fight against the evil which is inside ourselves"

"ದೀಪದಿಂದ ದೀಪ ಹಚ್ಚಿ- ನಮಗೆ ತಿಳಿದಿರುವ ವಿಷಯವನ್ನು ಎಲ್ಲರಿಗೂ ತಿಳಿಸಬೇಕು, ನಮ್ಮ ಜೀವನದಲ್ಲಿರುವ ಅಜ್ಞಾನವೆಂಬ ಕತ್ತಲೆಯನ್ನು ಹೋಗಲಾಡಿಸಿ, ಜ್ಞಾನವೆಂಬ ಬೆಳಕನ್ನು ಹಚ್ಚಬೇಕು"
ಹೀಗೆ ಹತ್ತು ಹಲವಾರು ಸಂದೇಶವನ್ನು, ನಾವು ದೊಡ್ಡವರು ಮಕ್ಕಳಿಂದ ಕಲಿಯುತ್ತಿದ್ದೆವು. ಅಲ್ಲಿ ಉತ್ತರ ಭಾರತದವರು, ದಕ್ಷಿಣ ಭಾರತದವರು ಎಲ್ಲರು ಇದ್ದರು. ಎಲ್ಲರು ದೀಪಾವಳಿ ಆಚರಿಸುವ ವಿಧ ಬೇರೆ ಬೇರೆ. ಅವರವರ ಮನೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಹೇಗೆ ಆಚರಿಸುತ್ತಾರೆ, ಹಾಗೆ ಆಚರಿಸಲು ಕಾರಣಗಳೇನು ಎಂದು ಪಾಲಕರು ಹೇಳಿದರು. ಮೋಹನ್ ಜಿ ಸೇರಿದಂತೆ ಹಲವರು ದೀಪಾವಳಿ ಯ ಹಿಂದಿನ ಅರ್ಥವನ್ನು ಹೇಳಿದರು.
ವಿಘ್ನೇಶ್ ದೀಪಾವಳಿ ಹಬ್ಬದ ಮಹತ್ವವನ್ನು ವಿವರಿಸುತ್ತ "Krishna killed narakaasura and released 16,000 women from his prison, as well as brought new light in their life. It symbolizes that, who are fortunate enough, need to uplift the life of less fortunate and less priviledged ones, so ನಮ್ಮ ಜೀವನವನ್ನು ಬೆಳಕಾಗಿಸುತ್ತ, ಇನ್ನೊಂದು ಜೀವನಕ್ಕೆ ಬೆಳಕನ್ನ ತರಬೇಕು " ಎಂದು ಹೇಳಿದ ಮಾತಿಗೆ ಎಲ್ಲರೂ ತಲೆದೂಗಿದರು.

ಮನಸ್ಸಿಗೆ ಹಿತ ಅನಿಸುತ್ತಿತ್ತು. ಈ ದೀಪದ ಹಬ್ಬದಲ್ಲಿ ಎಷ್ಟೊಂದು ಅರ್ಥ ಅಡಗಿದೆ ಎಂದು ಯೋಚನೆ ಮಾಡುತ್ತಾ ಇದ್ದಂತೆಯೇ ಎಲ್ಲರೂ ಸೇರಿ ದೇವರಿಗೆ ಭಕ್ತಿಯಿಂದ ಮಂಗಳಾರತಿ ಮಾಡಿದೆವು.

ಗುಜರಾತಿನ ಜನರಿಗೆ ಹಬ್ಬ ಎಂದರೆ ದಾಂಡಿಯಾ ನೃತ್ಯ ಇರಲೇಬೇಕು. ಎಲ್ಲರಿಗೂ ಕೋಲಾಟದ ಕೋಲು ಕೊಟ್ಟರು. ನಾನು ದಾಂಡಿಯಾ ಕುಣಿಯುವುದು ಇದೆ ಮೊದಲು. ಒಂದು ಹೆಜ್ಜೆಯೂ ಗೊತ್ತಿಲ್ಲ. ಆದರು ಮಾಡುವ ಆಸೆ! ದಾಂಡಿಯಾ ಗೊತ್ತಿರುವ ಒಬ್ಬರು ನಮಗೆ ಹೆಜ್ಜೆ ಹೇಗೆ ಹಾಕಬೇಕೆಂದು ಹೇಳಿಕೊಟ್ಟರು. ಅಹ್! ಎಷ್ಟು ಚೆನ್ನಾಗಿತ್ತು ದಾಂಡಿಯಾ...ಸುಸ್ತಾಗಿ ಬೆವರು ಬರುವಷ್ಟು ಕುಣಿದೆವು. ರಾತ್ರಿ ೧೧ ಆಗಿತ್ತು. ಎಲ್ಲರೂ ಸೇರಿ potluck ರೀತಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಜೋಡಿಸಿದ್ದ ಭರ್ಜರಿ ಹಬ್ಬದ ಊಟ ಮಾಡಿ ಮೋಹನ್ ಜಿ ಅವರಿಗೆ ಧನ್ಯವಾದ ಅರ್ಪಿಸಿ ಮನೆಗೆ ಹೊರಟೆವು. ಕಾರಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಕುಳಿತರೂ, ಮನೆಗೆ ಬಂದು ದಿಂಬಿಗೆ ತಲೆಯಿತ್ತರೂ, ಹಬ್ಬದ ಸಂಭ್ರಮದಲ್ಲಿ ಭಾಗವಹಿಸಿದ್ದ ಮಕ್ಕಳ ಪ್ರಾರ್ಥನೆಯ ಮಂತ್ರ ಘೋಷ ಕಿವಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಇನ್ನೂ ಮೊಳಗುತ್ತಿತ್ತು.
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Aren't u worried about ur Hair fall..???

Every time when I comb a bunch of hair would be lying helplessly. I felt that those falling hairs were crying and requesting me ;"don't let us fall down"!. I decided to do something for these hairs. I changed my shampoo, oil; nothing worked out. I searched in the web sitting days together. Finally I understood that the very first reason for hair loss is deficiency of vitamin B and Iron . I changed my diet, Started taking lot of vitamin B and irons. Hair fall is less now.So I am putting here reasons and remedies what I got from my whole time research on hair loss! Hopefully it will be helpful for you.

Ø The very first cause of hair loss in women is dietary or nutritional deficiency. It has been found that iron deficiency in the body or the insufficient intake of proteins in one’s diet and the lack of vitamin B6 can lead to the problem of premature hair loss
Ø Has been proven that iron deficiency is a factor in female hair loss,
Ø Improper hair care or experimenting too much with one’s hair through the use of harmful chemicals can also lead to the problem of hair loss. Thus, one should take proper care of one’s hair and prevent them from premature falling
Ø Other potential causes of hair loss - or at least, contributing factors are stress and poor hair care practices. Not brushing hair regularly, or washing it regularly, can affect the normal hair growth cycle
Ø Fatty acids in our scalp result in a dry scalp and cause hair loss. Shampooing your hair regularly with shampoos that are used especially to prevent dry scalp can reduce these fatty acids. Some brands of shampoos have special vitamins in the ingredients for healthy hair. Women with long hair, past the bottom of the shoulder, usually experience hair loss more than women with shorter hair
Ø There are some natural vitamins for promoting hair growth on the market. Biotin is a vitamin in the B family and is essential in the proper growth of hair. Taking two tablets a day about 5000-8000 mg would ensure enough effective results that you should begin to see in just a few weeks.
Ø If your hair loss is caused by a vitamin deficiency , upping your daily vitamins and minerals might work wonders. Anemia is a cause of hair loss in women so, if you are anemic, you should add a lot of iron-rich food to your diet. Examples include broccoli, banana, skinned potato . Alternatively, you can take an iron supplement. If it works, this simple remedy will treat both your anemia and your hair loss
Ø It is beneficial to eat a nutritionally balanced diet, whether you are suffering from hair loss or not. Vitamins are very important when it comes to hair loss. Vitamins for women, especially vitamin B6. It is also a good idea to get plenty of minerals such as zinc and iron. Amino acids and protein-rich foods can also fight hair loss. The skins of potatoes, cucumbers and bell peppers are rich in the mineral silica which can strengthen the hair.
Ø Although not a vitamin, aloe Vera can help with women's hair loss. This plant contains 18 amino acids, 75 nutrients and 12 types of vitamin. Aloe Vera works by balancing the pH of the scalp and cleansing the pores. It also contains a natural anti-inflammatory which helps with some types of alopecia. Aloe Vera is applied to the scalp and hair. A beneficial hair loss shampoo is made from wheat germ, aloe Vera and coconut milk. If you want to try this, make sure there is a high percentage of aloe Vera in the product you choose
Ø The healthy condition of the hair depends, to a very large extent, on the intake of sufficient amounts of essential nutrients in the daily diet. Persons with a tendency to lose hair should take a well-balanced and correct diet, made up of foods which, in combination, should supply all the essential nutrients. It has been found that a diet which contains liberal quantities of seeds, nuts, grains, vegetables and fruits would provide adequate amounts of all the essential nutrients. Each food group should roughly form the bulk of one of the three principal meals. These foods should, however, be supplemented with certain special foods such as milk, vegetable oils, honey, wheat germ, yeast and liver.
Apart from taking nutrition foods, one can try these home remedies:
Treatment for Hair Loss using Rubbing of Scalp
A vigorous rubbing of the scalp with fingers after washing the hair with cold water is one of the most effective among the several home remedies for the prevention and treatment of hair loss. The scalp should be rubbed vigorously till it starts to tingle with the heat. It will activate the sebaceous glands and energies the circulation of blood in the affected area, making the hair grows healthy.
Hair Loss home remedy using Amla Oil
Indian gooseberry oil (Nellikaayi), prepared by boiling dry pieces of Indian gooseberry in coconut oil, is considered a valuable hair tonic for enriching hair growth. A mixture of an equal quantity of fresh Indian gooseberry juice and lime juice, used as a shampoo also stimulates hair growth and prevents hair loss.
Treatment for Hair Loss treatment using Lettuce
Lettuce is useful in preventing hair loss. A mixture of lettuce and spinach juice is believed to help the growth of hair if taken to the extent to half a liter a day
Hair Loss treatment using Alfalfa
The juice of alfalfa, in combination with equal quantities of carrot and lettuce juice, taken daily, also helps the growth of hair to a remarkable extent. The combination of these juices is rich in elements which are particularly useful for the growth of hair. While preparing alfalfa juice, the leaves of the plant may be used when they can be obtained fresh.

Fruits, Vegetables and grains which are high in vitamin B6, protein and Iron are:

Vitamin B6: Banana,Watermelon, potato, carrots, peas,whole grains, spinach, Egg yolk, meat, yeast.

Protein: Broccoli, cauliflower, carrot, mushroom, potato, sweet corn, sweet potato, tomato. n fruits except grapes and lime almost all fruits has protein content.

Iron: Tomato, sweet potato, potato, radishes, onion, lettuce, watermelon, Apple, banana, cantaloupe, peach, pineapple, berries.

Eat fruits.. grow healthy! :)

Taking foods which are high in vitamin B, iron and protein should reduce the percentage of hair fall.

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Pasta


Whenever I go to groceries shop here, I used to look at pasta packets. I was pretty impressed by the different shapes, types of these pastas. But I wasn't purchasing it because I didn’t know how to prepare pasta. One of my friend laksh cooks western style food very well. I asked her and she taught me very well. Now I cook pasta very often. Once in a week Italian dishes will be there at my home. Thanks laksh :)

Ingredients:
  • pasta - 1/4 packet
  • brinjal chopped - 1 cup
  • tomato - 1/4 cup
  • black pepper - 1 tbs
  • all flour or rice flour - 2 tbs
  • Italian seasoning - 1 tbs
  • milk - 3/4 cup
  • cheese - 1 tbs
  • salt
  • oil


Cook the pasta as per the direction given in the packet (put pasta to the boiled water and cook for 15 minutes. Add salt for the taste). Mean while cook brinjal separately, add little salt for the taste and keep it aside. Now in the thick based vessel, add the oil or spray the oil. Keep on top of low flamed stove. Add the flour to the oil and stir well for 1 minute or until oil absorbs flour and becomes like dough. Now add milk and stir well until it becomes semi solid. It will take hardly 2 - 3 minutes. Put the cooked brinjal, tomato and black pepper to the semi solid milk and mix well. Now add the cooked pasta to it and mix well. Add Italian seasoning and mix well. Keep it on the stove for 2 minutes. Keep mixing it and see to it that it will not stick to the base. Turn it of the stove. Keep it in the fridge for an hour and serve cold with the Italian sauce. Some people like hot pasta. You can have hot also. Both will be simply amazing. Taste both!

Note: If you like mushroom, you can do this with mushroom also. I don't do it because i don't like it. But laksh told me that mushroom pasta tastes yummy

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Spinach Speghetti

Ingredients:
  • Angle hair speghetti - 4 ounces
  • Spinach - 10 ounces ( finely chopped or frozen baby spinach)
  • milk - 1/2 cup
  • cheese - 2 tbs (preferably parmesan cheese)
  • black pepper - 1/4 tbs
  • salt
  • italian seasoning - 1 tbs
  • onion - 1/2 cup (thin sliced)


Cook the Angle hair speghetti and drain well. Usually it takes 20-25 minutes to cook. Cook the spinach and drain the well. Add milk, cheese, blak pepper, intalian seasoning and spinach to the coocked speghetti. Greese the oven compatible container and put speghetti mixture in it. Close the lid and keep it in the oven for 10 minutes. Now take out the lid and keep it again in the oven and cook until it becomes light brown.

Searve hot with the italian souce, prego sauce tastes good with speghetti.



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Pumpkin Idli

Ingredients:
  • grated pumpkin - 2 cup
  • idli rava - 1 cups
  • coconut powder - 1/2 cup
  • green chilli - 2 (finely chopped)
  • coriander leaves - 1/2 cup
  • slat

mix all the ingredients keep it aside for half an hour to one hour. While mixing do not add water, pumpkin water will be enough for the mixing.
Grease the idli stand, pour the mixture in each of the groove. steam the pressure cooker for 15 minutes.
Searve hot with ghee or coconut chutney.
Try pumpkin taalipettu also.



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Talipettu - pumpkin chapati or bread

In United States, the month of October is very famous for fall colors as well as for pumpkins . Wherever we go, whether shopping Mall or Countryside, one will find different types of colorful pumpkins. Shops are full of hundreds of products brought out on the theme of pumpkins. One can find pumpkin juice, pumpkin soup, pumpkin flavored coffee!, Pumpkin flavored body lotion, pumpkin flavoured candle!, you name it, you will find it there!.
Amazed by all these, I decided to prepare something out of pumpkin, so brought home a beautiful pumpkin!.
I called up my mom to know whether I can prepare some kind of dish out of this pumpkin. she mentioned so many recipes. I listed down all those and tried one by one. These dishes taste amazingly!. You gotta try it!.
I have posted pumpkin Idli also. Please have a look!

Ingredients:


  • Grated pumpkin - 1 cup
  • Rice flour - 2 1/2 cups
  • onions (finely chopped) - 1 cup
  • green chillies -2
  • fresh or frozen coconut powder - 1 cup
  • salt
  • oil
  • coriander leaves - 1/2 cup
Mix all the ingredients except oil in the vessel. Make a dough similar to the chapati dough. Add little water if the dough it not soft.



Make a round ball from the dough, (like chapati ball) and press on to the plantain leaf with  hand . I use aluminium foil
Place this on the pan. Spray little oil and cook both side.
Serve hot with coconut chutney.
TIP: Cook with the medium flame, other wise it will burn rather than cooking!

Variation:
You can use Whole wheat flour instead of rice flour. Use the grated pumpkin to make dough and make a regular chapati or roti
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Methi Rice

The reason i like methi is because it is Rich in protein, calcium, phosphorus and iron in their natural forms, its mineral and vitamin contents are also very high and this is easily assimilated by our body. Though it is little bitter, it tastes awesome.

  • Ingredients: Fenugreek leaves (finly chopped)- 2 bunches ( It should be cleaned because it contains lot of muds and sands)
  • Basumati rice - 1 cup
  • onion finly chopped - 1/2 cup
  • green peas: 1/2 cup
  • cloves - 2
  • cinnomon - 1 piece
  • cashew - 2 tbs
  • Ghee - 1 tbs
  • black pepper - 1/2 tbs
  • green chillies - 2
  • cumins - 2 tbs
  • lime juice - 1 tbs

Soak the rice in the water for half an hourBoil the rice (rice:water : 1:1 1/2) Spread the boiled rice to the plate and let it cool.Bring the pan for seasoning.Heat oil in the pan, put cumins, cloves and cinnomon.After it starts spluttering, add onion and fry it until it becomes light brown.Add the green peas and methi leavescook for 2-3 minutes.Now add to the cool down rice.Also add lime juice, salt and pepper. Mix well and Garnish with the grated cheese ( optional).

Searve hot with the cucumber raita.

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Sull kadubu (sulgadubu)

I don't eat much of oily foods, so i used to tell my mom; make some food using less or no oil for me. She used preapre sulgadubu for me. Now my husband won't eat oily stuffs. so i make this one for him. He likes it very much. Ingredients:

Idli rava - 1 cup
Jaggary - 1 cup
coconut powder - 1/2 cup
brown sugar - 2 tbs
cardumum powder- 1 tbs
oil
> Soak the rava for 10 minutes in the water. (We can use raw rice also in place of rava, if we use rice, soak it for half an hour to one hour. Way of doing is similar to the other alternative). grind the rava. It should be little thicker than the dosa batter. Add the jaggary to the batter and mix it well. Put the batter in to the thick base container and bring it for cooking. cook in the medium flame stove until it becomes thick. Keep mixing it through out, see to it that it is not sticking to the base. Add the cardumum powder for the best taste.
>Mix the coconut powder and brown sugar in the vessel. And make small balls with it.
>Apply little oil on to the plantain leaf or aluminium foil.
>Make a round ball from the cooked rava-jaggary mix and roll it on the leaf/foil. see to it that it will not become thin. Now put the coconut ball inside and fold it around the ball. keep it aside. Similarly make from the remaining mix.kadubu is ready!
> We can eat like this also with the ghee and coconut chutney or
>Pressure cook all the kadubus for 5 min. Searve with ghee or chutney. Print Friendly and PDF
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Kadle Maddi

I love kadle maddi since i was child. Every time i go to home, my mom prepares some of my favorite dishes, kadle maddi one of them.
Ingredients:
~channa daal - 1 cup
~toor daal - 2 tbs
~brown sugar/Jaggary - 1 -1.5 cup
~Ghee - 2 tbs
~coconut powder -1/4 cup
~sesame - 1 tbs
~cardomom powder - for taste
~cashew/ almonds/raisins -handfull.
Method:
> cook both the daals in the pressure cooker. cook until it becomes soft (dont mash it)
> Once the daal is cooked properly, pour sugar or jaggary to it and boil it again until all the water evaporates.
> After it became thick, make the flame low and keep mixing it (See to it that, it will not stick to the base)
> Add coconut powder and sesame to the mixture and mix it well.
> Add the cardomom powder and the dry fruits to the daal sugar mixture,
> Add the ghee and mix it well.
> serve hot.
Tip: If you it with ghee, it tastes amazing.

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