Wednesday, July 23, 2008


Potato Saagu


Potatoes – Medium sized (4-5)
Onion - 1 big
Tomatoes – 2 to 3
Curry leaves – 1 strand
Coriander leaves - ½ cup
Cumin seeds -½ tspn
Mustard - ½ tspn
Asafetida – pinch
Garam masala – 1tspn
Turmeric powder - ½ tspn
Red chilli powder – 1 tspn or more according to your taste
Gram flour (besan) – 1 tspn mixed with water
Oil – 1 tbl spn


1. Pressure cook potatoes with salt and water; peel and mash them.
2. Take oil in a pan; add mustard, cumin seeds, asafetida, curry leaves, onion and fry till the onions turn transparent.
3. Add tomatoes, turmeric powder, garam masala powder and red chilli powder. Fry till the oil separates.
4. Add the mashed potatoes, salt, and little water. Boil this for 5-6 mins and add the gram flour mixed with water. This helps in binding the saagu.
5. Finally check for salt and garnish with chopped coriander leaves.

This Saagu goes best with Rave Idli (Semolina Idli) and Coconut or Raw chutney. You can also serve it along with Dose and Chapathi too!

This one is heading to Srivalli's Curry mela!

Saturday, July 19, 2008


This is a sweet offering that we prepare on the start of “Ashada Shukruvara” (Ashada means “A month in the calendar which is July” and Shukruvara means “Friday”). This month is totally dedicated to offering our prayers to Goddess Lakshmi and that’s the reason no marriages, or any other function is done during this month. 3rd Friday of the month is celebrated as the birthday of Goddess Lakshmi which is called Thiruvadipuram.

Any festival I celebrate reminds me of my grandmother who would celebrate it in a big way. She expected all the members of her family, children and grandchildren to be there at her place first thing in the morning and spend the rest of the day offering prayers and having a sumptuous lunch prepared by her! I truly miss those days with her. I am sure she will be proud of all her children and grandchildren who have kept her traditions intact and pass it on to the gen next!…..

A very simple one to make…but very tasty!

Rice flour - as required
Grated Jaggery - ½ cup
Cardamom – 3
Coconut – 3 tbl spns
Ghee – 1 tspn
1 tspn Cream of milk

First mix grated jaggery, cream, cardamom, ghee and coconut with your hands. Then add rice flour to it slowly and keep mixing it. The bowl in which you mix these ingredients should come clean. Till then keep adding the rice flour.

On this day, we divide the tambittu in to two portions as shown in the picture. One of them is slightly flattened to accommodate two cotton wicks dipped in ghee for lighting the lamp and performing aarti to the goddess.

Friday, July 11, 2008


Show off your Fridge Magnet collection here!!!!!!!!

It may be one, two or many. But they make you happy! Yes I am talking about fridge magnets. Many of us have a passion for small things like collecting magnets, junk jewelry, and other things. My list is endless when I think of them. I love collecting junk jewelry; hand bags (have a huge collection there too), Materials for my art work, Cosmetics, Decorative stuff for home, kitchen, phew! The one that tops the list is definitely Fridge Magnets and Souvenirs. I have a good collection and I keep changing them every now and then. I know many people who share the same interest as mine. This is my first event and I wanted to keep it simple…no cooking just take a photo of your magnets and send me right away. I believe that’s the easiest thing you could do in your kitchen. Magnets could be food related like fruits, drink or may be souvenir from different places you have visited, animals, sports, etc. You can definitely write in some of your thoughts why you collected them, where, etc. I think its interesting and fun to share!

So show off your collection to one and all!

Simple Rules :
1) Take pictures of your magnets and post it on your blog from today till August 11th.

2) Add a link back to this event announcement.

3) I have created a small logo for this event. You can add it in your blog too! To use the logo right click on the logo and go to properties and copy paste the url mentioned there.

4) Your entries should be mailed to

5) Format for sending your Entries:
a) Your name:
b) Where are you from:
b) Your post URL:
d) Picture of the magnets:

6) So what if you don’t have a blog, you can still send me your collection by emailing the picture and I will definitely include it here in the round up! You will definitely see them displayed beautifully here in my blog!

7) So what are you guys waiting for???? Go and take a picture and You all know by now where to send them

Looking forward to your entries!


Thursday, July 3, 2008


One more here! Easy crafts gave me this award!!!!!Thank you very much to all those people who keep me encouraged with their kind words and by passing me these awards!

I inturn want to send it to :

Cynthia of Tastes like home

Congratulations to all!!!!!!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008


Divya of divya's cookbook awarded my blog "THE YUMMY BLOG AWARD". Thank you so much divya. You really made my day with this award. Awards I think are always a good recognition and appreciation of one's work. You really made me feel good about it div...thanks again!

"Yummy blog award is the award given to the blog with most yummy recipes/photos".

As per the rules,I have to post my favourite yummy-licious desserts that I have prepared or eaten and pass the award to four of my fellow bloggers. Hmmmmm...this also is like a reminder to me for not having many sweets or desserts on my blog..will keep that in mind and try to include from now on.....but nevertheless I will write about some of the fav desserts that i have had or love eating.

My Favourite Desserts :
1. This cake holds a special place in my heart. My elder sister baked it for me and my hubby on our first anniversary that we celebrated in her place in germany. Thank u Vasu.

2. I was told we could include chocolates too...My fav is Ferrero rocher.

3. I like black forest pastry.

4. This is a Fruit tart from Konditorei Austrian Pastry Cafe in Davis,CA. Konditorei is the German word for a confectionery shop. A Konditorei is like a little café and it normally has a wide variety of pastries on offer. My bro- in- law J got this for my sister's birthday. I visited her last year and we all celebrated together. This is an amazing fruit tart I have ever tasted. Thank you Jagan and Vids.

I am passing this award to :

Shilpa of Aayis recipes

Ramya of Mane Adige

Srivalli of Cooking for all seasons

LG of Taste of Mysore

Congratulations to you all my dear blogger friends!!!!!

Rules for Yummy blog receiversThe person who receives the award should display the "Yummy Blog !" logo on their blog and also the meaning of the award which is "Yummy blog award is the award given to the blog with most yummy recipes/photos".The receiver should also quote their favorite yummy-licious :) dessert(s) that they have ever prepared/eaten. Don’t restrict yourself to any dessert, chocolate bars also welcome.Also the receiver should pass on the award to four other bloggers whose blog they find "yummy" and let them know about the rules.