Monday, July 30, 2012

Varalakshmi Pooja pics and the art of making Vadai

Its always good to know about different culture,tradition and ritual
thus when i was invited to attend the VaraLakshmi Pooja\ \

by my neighbours i was truly elated
sharing pictures with you all of the Varalakshmi Vratham
closer look of the deity
the offerings
some more Pooja pics
at another friends place

and ya i learnt to prepare the Ulundu Vadai at my neighbours place
,this is something which i have to still try
maybe one day will prepare and relish this with a bowl of sambhar ..:-)

That's all friends,see you all soon
take care and Happy Blogging.
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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

On Advay's friend demand - Pasta in Red Sauce

when it comes to cooking for kids i am a bit skeptical,as each of them are different .
So when one noon when Advay's friend had come for play date

 I asked Advay's friend what he would like to eat
he - aunty i will eat pasta
me -ok will prepare for you
he - aunty please prepare pasta in red sauce not in white sauce
me- uhh okay
Advay didnt had any clue what conversation we were having as he just asks me to prepare pasta :-)
Most of the time i prepare pasta with whatever vegetable i have but that day i just had onion and tomato ,
this is how i prepared the sauce

Recipe name pasta in red sauce 
boiled and drained pasta till al dente -150gm
ingredient for red sauce 
onion one chopped and ground to paste
tomato two chopped and ground to paste
garlic clove chopped finely one
salt as per taste
black pepper freshly grounded half tsp
oregano half tsp
tomato ketchup three tbsp
olive oil one tbsp
heat oil in non stick wok ,once oil is hot
lower the flame and add garlic clove
let it splutter and add onion paste fry for 3 minutes
once onion starts turning brown add tomato paste
followed by salt,pepper and oregano , keep stirring
once oil is seen along the sides add tomato ketchup
mix everything together and add one cup of water
let it boil for 10 minutes and remove from flame .

for serving
place the cooked pasta in a bowl
pour the sauce over the pasta
and sprinkle parmesan cheese
serve warm .

ya it did feel good when both of them said pasta is yummy ,...:-)
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thats all friends,take care and happy blogging.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

chai cup,book and potato chips -perfect indulgence for me

Just finished reading an amazing book
yesterday clicked this picture
when i was curled up on the couch
with the book,chai cup and some potato chips
perfect indulgence for me .

Linking this post to
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Susan of The Well Seasoned Cook.
that's all friends,see you all soon,..;-)
take care and Happy Blogging.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Simple Indian Meal :-)

i know i have been away from blogosphere since past once month ,there were so many things which kept me busy ,but today i stole some minutes to write this post,
last month was preety hectic ,after reviving from viral fever  it was time to pack bags for the Hongkong

and Macau trip,

it was surprise for Advay as i had not told him anything about Disneyland .
Once we were back house chores and Advay kept me busy as his summer break was on,then planned some play dates for him,worked with him on summer break project which is scrap book on family members

thus you guys can imagine how busy i have  been and in midst of all this i felt homesick too as  i missed the  wedding ceremony which was held in June when i was travelling to Hongkong.
Now since Advay's summer break is over ,life is  back to normal ,but then i gonna miss all this ,
coming back to today's post sharing with you all this simple Indian Thali .This simple thali has

Lauki sabzi
Onyo Cholar dal from Bong mom's Cookbook 
and bhindi bhujia
Bhindi bhujia is something which is regualarly prepared at our home,and this one is my favourite ,i prefer this with simple tadka dal and plain rice.Thus one is special recipe for me as i learnt this way back in 2006 when i  hardly knew anything about cooking,thought by my mother patiently on skype ,coming back to the recipe.
Recipe name Bhindi bhujia/bhindi fry 
Recipe source my mother
Preparation time 10 mins 
Cooking time 20 mins
Okra/Bhindi 200gm washed and sliced
onion chopped
fenugreek seeds one tsp
asafoetida a pinch
dried red chili crushed two
turmeric powder half tsp
amchur powder half tsp
salt as per taste
oil two tbsp
heat oil in non stick wok,once hot lower the flame
add asafoetida , fenugreek seeds and dried red chili
let it splutter and add chopped onion
keep frying till the onion turns brown
once the onions are half done
add salt and turmeric poweder followed by chopped okra
fry for five minutes and cover and cook on low flame
check after five mins and mix everything together
once done sprinkle amchur powder and serve warm.

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see ya all soon,..