Interesting Craft project …Random Stuff

I came across this site where the simple burlap/hessian gets elevated to a great dining table decor. Rene has given a great tutorial for this burlap table runner and Iam sure some of you would  visit the site to check out other exciting home decor ideashttp://cottageandvine.blogspot.in/2010/11/fringed-table-runner-tutorial-giveaway.html 2. There’s a lovely book mobile I want to… 

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Spiced Lentil Fritters/Paruppu Vadai/Aama Vadai

aama vadai, parup vadai

Spiced Lentil Fritters ,Paruppu vadai or Aam vadai as it is called in Southern regions and in Tamil is a definite must on the menu during festival lunch and offered as Prasadam /Neivediyam to God along with sakkarai Pongal. Popularly known as Dal Vadas to the rest of the nation this has so many avataars…. 

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Cluster Beans with lentil crumble. (Kothavarangai Paruppu Usili)

parup usili

  This is a classic South Indian dish prepared usually with cluster beans (kothvarangai) and regular beans too. Many have started making paruppu usili with their favourite vegetables.This is a quintessentially South Indian dish which features regularly in the lunch platter. Apart from being very nutritious and filling this enhances the taste of vegetables. The usual gravy or accompaniment… 

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Mor Kootan ,Mor Kuzhambu, (Spiced buttermilk/sour yogurt curry seasoned with green chillies and spices)

mor kootan , a tasty buttermilk curry

When I started to write the recipe for this particular dish , I was in a dilemma. Yet this  is such a ridiculously easy dish  and here I was trying to figure out how to go about writing the recipe. The reason being the dish is not only unique to Kerala who call this Mor kootan and is… 

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Kalkandu Sadam/Rice Sweetened with Rock Candy

This is traditional sweet rice preparation after sakkari pongal,payasam varieties. This is also mildly sweet unless you want  to add more rock candy  and can be had with a festival lunch. This is a departure form the typical sweet preparations during festival times. At times you have festivities back to back and it can be tiring on the tongue… 

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Chitirai Pournami

Chitra Pournami 2013 – Birthday of Chitragupta Chitra Pournami or Chitirai Purnima is a Tamil ceremony observed on the Poornima day (full moon day) in the Tamil month of Chitirai (April – May). Chitra Pournami ritual commemorates Chitragupta who according to the scripts is the assistant of Lord Yama, the God of Death. The day… 

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Apple carrot ginger smoothie

Ingredients: 1.1 small apple . 2. A small piece of ginger. 3. 1 small carrot peeled and chopped fine. Method: Blend all the ingredients to get a thick smoothie.You can sweeten the smoothie either by adding some berries like cranberries,apricots or dates while blending to get a sweeter taste. But it tastes good as it is. Just one glass… 

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Spicy Methi Potatoes ( Fenugreek)

methi potatoes, aaloo methi sabzi

  It is indeed amazing to see how many variations are there  in preparing potatoes. From gravy dishes,roasted,baked,fries,as an important stuffing ingredient , the list is endless. Potatoes are also used to mask flavours when the dish has any overpowering flavour not intended.They come to the rescue when you have added too much salt to the dish…. 

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