Monday, October 21, 2013

Tomato Curd Curry/ gutti tomato kura

In this festive season let me share with you a variety of curry with Tomato and Curd.



Ingredients:

Tomatoes - 1/4 kg
Curd - 1 cup
Khus Khus - 2 tbsp.
Grated Coconut - 1/2 cup
Besan Powder - 1 1/2 tbsp.
Green chillies - 2 to 3
Garlic Pods - 4 to 5
Coriander
Red chilli powder
Garam Masala Powder
Salt
Oil

For Tadka:
Turmeric Pwd - 1 tsp
Mustard Seeds - 1 tsp
Split Black Gram (husked)/Minapappu - 1 tsp
Jeera - 1 tsp
Asafoetida - 1/4 tsp

Procedure:
1)Mix besan powder in water and make a thick paste. Mix this paste in curd and put it aside for 10 mins.
2)Put the tomatoes as it is(without chopping) in hot water and after few mins peel off the skin.
3)Make 4 slits on each blanched tomato.
4)Soak Khus khus for half an hour. Make it a paste along with grated coconut.
5) Now, add khus khus - coconut paste to curd and mix it well.
6)Take a pan and heat some oil for tadka.Add Dal and mustard seeds. When dal turns brown and mustard seeds splits, add jeera, turmeric,asafoetida, chopped garlic pods, green chillies.
7)Now add the curd paste and mix it. Leave it for a minute.
8)Add salt, red chilli powder, garam masala powder.
9)Put the lid and leave it for 2 mins.
10)Add the tomaotoes now. MIx it and put the lid.
11) After 5 mins add the chopped coriander and switch off the flame.

Serve hot with rice or roti.

This dish required very less oil and tomatoes looks as if they are stuffed with curd when served. If you wish to have the ginger flavor you can add ginger garlic paste instead of garlic pods.

Variation: You can avoid khus khus & coconut paste. Instead, grind 2 or 3 tomatoes and add that paste to curd.

Eat healthy food & stay healthy
Jyothi

 

Friday, October 18, 2013

Flavour of traditional dish

Dasara & Diwali Greetings to all my near and dear ones!!

In Andhra Pradesh 'Pulihora' is the most common dish that is prepared during a festival. Today I am going to post the recipe of 'pulihora'. There are many variations. Like:

Chinthapandu/Tamarind Pulihora
Nimmakaya/Lemon Pulihora
Mamidikaya/Raw Mango Pulihora
Tomato Pulihora

Generally pulihora refers to Tamarind pulihora. So lets know how to make this traditional dish.

Preparation time: 10 mins
Cooking Time: 20 mins.

Ingredients:
Rice - 1 Big Cup
Tamarind Pulp - 5 tbsp.
Ginger -  finely chopped 1 tbsp.
Green chillies - 5 to 6
Curry Leaves - 10 to 12
Turmeric Pwd - 1 tsp
Mustard Seeds - 1 tsp
Split Black Gram (husked)/Minapappu - 1 1/2 tsp
Bengal Gram/Pachchi senaga pappu (soaked) - 2 tbsp
Asafoetida - 1/4 tsp
Jaggery - very small piece
Mustard seeds powder - 3/4 tsp
Oil
Salt

Procedure:
1) Wash rice and pressure cook it.
2) Take oil in a pan for tadka. When oil is heated up, put split black gram dal, mustard seeds. When mustard seeds starts splitting, add asafoetida, ginger pieces and curry leaves.
3)Now add thick tamarind pulp and also add split green chillies. Stir it for few seconds. Now add turmeric powder, jaggery.
4) Keep stirring the contents often till the lump of jaggery disappears. Add soaked Bengal gram. Now add salt and mix it. Switch off the flame and let it cool for a minute.
5)Spread the cooked rice in a wide vessel and add the above tadka.
6)Mix it till the content gets mixed up uniformly.
7)Add the mustard powder now when the rice is not steaming hot and mix it.
8)Serve it hot.


Note: Never add mustard powder when rice is very hot. This gives bitter taste.

Enjoy the flavor of pulihora.

Regards,
Jyothi

Monday, September 30, 2013

Flavor of healthy life


If wealth is lost something is lost. But if health is lost everything is lost. How true is this saying!! Imagine a life which is no more healthier. Does it have any flavor??

Time and again all the magazines, tv channels , radio channels, websites/blogs  are echoing the tips to keep ourselves healthy. Let us recollect some of the tips which would be helpful to us.

1)      Follow proper diet – Diet doesn’t reflect restricting yourself from eating all types of food. We have to balance our foods with more of healthy foods like vegetables, sprouts, fruits, oats, cornflakes, eggs, milk etc.

2)      Avoid junk food – Like I said, we should have junk food less often. Anything in excess is poisonous. Junk food like fast food items, deep fries would increase percentage of fat in your body. This might lead to obesity. Obesity is one of the primary causes which would increase the probability of heart diseases, diabetes.

3)      Eat fresh fruits and vegetables - Per day you are supposed to eat atleast 400gm of fruits and vegetables. Let you and your family practise the good habit of munching fresh fruits instead of junk items.

4)      Workout daily – If you are having proper BMI then it would be better to do workout for at least half an hour in a day. This includes things like walking, yoga, gym.

5)      Avoid smoking & drinking.

September 29th is considered as ‘World Heart Day’. We have an ‘ABC’ principle to have a healthy heart. A for Avoid (junk food). B for Better food. C for Control (your diet) .

                Apart from following these healthy tips we also should have regular health checkups. We should not ignore any kind of ill health let it be small or big. More important is let us share our illness with our near and dear ones. Might be they have a suggestion for us which can help us in curing the illness.

                Gastirc problem is also one of the most common illness that we hear now a days. I personally had some experience in facing this illness because of ignoring it. I could have got rid of it when it was beginning. It has become a  very severe gastric problem now. I follow timely and healthy diet that will keep me away from gastric problem.

                Our health is our responsibility. As an educated person we have take care of ourselves and our family members as well. Abide to the medication that your doctor suggests. Apart from all these it is needed to ‘Stay happy and cheerful’. This will keep you healthy. Please take very good care of yourselves to feel the flavor of ‘Healthiness is wealthiness.’

Stay fit!!

Regards,
Jyothi

Friday, September 27, 2013

Hello dear readers,

Finally I found time to restart my blogging. Am planning to be an active blogger. Will be posting regularly from now. Please keep reading my posts and post your valuable comments.

Thank You,
Jyothi

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Thiruvannamalai/Arunachalam

Thiruvannamalai is a place in Tamil Nadu. A place that replicates the divinity of Lord Siva AKA Arunachaleswar. This is the place where Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi lived in 'Sri Ramanasramam'. Such a wonderful place where you will find endless glory. Heart floats in peace and mind will be free of all tensions. The highlight of the town which makes all the tourists from all over the world to visit this place is the 'Mountain' named as 'ARUNACHALA'.I have been to this place a year ago. My knowledge about 'Ramanashramam' and the story of Sri Ramana Maharshi (Seen in a documentary) made me visit this place again and again.

About the Temple:

I have no words to describe this temple. The biggest temple I have ever seen in my life. When you enter the temple for the darshan of Lord Siva you can experience the divinity hidden in this place. Such a great architecture and sculpture. Temple has 4 big gopurams on each side of the temple. After each big one you will again find 4 small gopurams. In the midst of these gopurams is the beautiful 'Arunachaleswar' temple. When you go during Karthika Masam, the temple looks amazing during the evening with all the diyas lightened by the devotees.




About Sri Ramana Maharshi:
Let me start with Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi. Bhagavan was born in 1879 and he was named as 'Venkataraman'. At the age of 16, one day when he was alone in home, suddenly a strange scary feeling entered his mind. He started shivering and feeling like as if he is going to die. In this panic state, suddenly a question strike his mind.... what is going to happen after death and who is dying? He realised that its only this body that is going to expire and not the soul. He went through this realisation and he understood that its only the SOUL that is going to last forever. After having attained the liberation he left home for Arunachala, a mountain considered sacred by hindus at Thiruvannamalai.



Although born as a Brahmin, after having attained the enlightenment he declared himself in a 'Shastric' state which is unattached to anything in life and which is beyond all caste restrictions. He stared leading 'Ashram' life. The ashram that grew around him was named as 'Sri Ramanashramam' and it is located at the foot of the sacred hill 'Arunachala'.

About the sacred mountain 'The Arunachala':
There is a story about this hill. Once Vishnu & Brahma had a discussion who among them is superior. Their quarrel brought chaos on earth and so all the others approached Lord Siva and besought him to settle the dispute. So, Lord Siva emerged as a column of light/linga from which a voice came out saying 'Who ever can find its upper or lower end is superior.' Thus Vishnu took the form of a boar and started dwelling down in to the earth to find the base, while Brahma took the form of swan and soared upwards to the seek the pinnacle. Both travelled for a long distance but still they were not able to find the base or the peak points. Vishnu returned back and accepted his failure saying 'You are Self-knowledge. You are OM. You are the beginning. You are the middle and you are the end. You are everything and you illuminate everything.' Brahma during his travel saw a flower falling down. Planning to win by deception, Brahma returned with the flower saying he has plucked the flower from the peak point. Finally Brahma was exposed and confessed his fault.



The story continues and Lord Shiva took the form of Arunachala hill as the lingam/column of light was too dazzling to behold. Thus Lord Shiva declared "This is the only place where I have taken this form for the benefit of those who wish to worship me and obtain enlightment. Arunachala is OM itself."

The hill is even now considered as Lord Shiva. People who come to this place will have a walk around the hill which is termed as pradakshina. This Giri Pradakshina means, we have done pradakshina for Lord Shiva who is in the form of a hill.The circumference around the hill is of 14km. Its just a normal tar road and so walk will not be so tiring.

I have been to this place last year. We started giri pradakshinam at 4AM and was able to complete in 3 hours. Such a wonderful experience we had. We did not feel tired even after walking 14 kms. Not only we, but each and every one who takes a walk around the hill tells the same. As we started at 4AM, we experienced the flavour of fresh air in the morning. Walk through the villages around the hill, green fields all around and the most sacred hill in front of the eyes.... I have no words to explain this experience. The giri pradakshinam will release you from all kind of sins, fulfill your desires and gives freedom from future births.
There are 9 Siva lingas located around the hill and each has a specific name.

About the 'Ramana Ashramam':
Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi reached this place at the age of 16. He started living in a cave which is in the mountain. He used to always sit and meditate.Even though he never encouraged any people to come to him, slowly people got attracted to this great sage. After some years his mother came and joined him. She used to cook for all the followers. They used to eat the food given by the village people. All of them has made their shelter at the foot of the hill which got named as 'Sri Ramana Ashramam'.



The ashram is such a beautiful place. It has so many peacocks(count will be in hundreds) roaming here and there. Ashram has a meditation hall. When you sit here and meditate in deep you can feel the power of that great place. The ashram also has Lord Siva's temple. At the back side of the ashram they have kitchen and every day they serve food for hundreds of people. The Lunch served by them is considered as prasadam. I had the Lunch here. Even though the meal consists of very limited varieties and small amount is severed, it makes you feel 'Am filled!' All the people who come to the ashram regardless of caste, creed and age will queue up here to have the prasadam. No royal treatments.



Ashram has excellent rooms which were built years back, replicating the designing that belong to old ages. You can book a room by sending mail to the president of ashram. Getting a room in the ashram is winning like a lottery for me, because staying in the ashram will make your mind float in peace.

Above all reading the books of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi will bring a kind of maturity in the mind. Irony is that, very less number of Indians know about this wonderful place and large number of tourists from all over the world come here. I have seen and spoke to some people who came from different parts of the world. The depth of enlightenment they had and their enthusiastic nature to follow Bhagavan's principles.... really appreciable. Many tourists who visited this place, has understood the purpose of having this life and so they settled at this wonderful place to lead their rest of life in peace and to have freedom from future births.

Let it be any one, say... Shirdi Sai Baba or Sri Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi.... All these great people they have never propagated the word they are God. They always told that they are servants of God and they are here to help the common man to get released from this materialistic desires and make them move in the right path. They are "Sadguru". No one can have liberation or enlightenment alone. For a common man to reach that state they need the guidance of SADGURU.

Lets learn about the purpose of this life and let us move in a right path by knowing about these great sages. Sadguru says... Initially every one approaches God to fulfill their materialistic desires. But in later on stages they will slowly attain a state where we can feel the flavour of the enlightenment.

Jyothi


Sunday, August 1, 2010

The most worst & boring day

There are times when we face a day that is mostly boring with worst experiences. Today its my turn to experience that kind of day.


Incident 1....
Previous night I had the worst sleep... I dont know why I had such a disturbed sleep. My eye lids fall off due to over drowsyness and when I close my eyes, the next moment I come across a horrible dream and I woke up suddenly assuming something ferrocious is happening. But the moment I woke up I don't remember what's that 'something' is!! My heart pounds because of the fear I experience. This was the situation till 4AM in the morning. Then I had a good sleep but woke up at 5.30 to attend my Yoga class. I was the only person who is continuously yawning in the class.My teacher made me do some new yogasanas in which I successfully failed to atleast stand in that posture for 3 seconds. Coz of this disturbedness, I left the class early and reached home.

Incident 2
Got ready and came to office. I found that all my team members are on leave except one boring guy. A missed call from my boss which means to call him from office phone. 'Ghosh man!!!' were the words that came out from my mouth and I called him. 'All my work is delegated to you for today' - that's the summary of the talk. He asked me to check his mails.. the worstest mail was... He being awarded for the work I have done on his behalf. 'Shucks!!' were the words that came out and informed him the same.When some one gets the reward for the work which you have done heart moans with utmost pain. Later I thought 'Every dog has its day. I also will have my day very soon. Hmmmm!'

Incident 3
Started doing the work and remembered that its my colleague's b'day. Mailed him wishing for the special day and CCed all my other team members. Another colleague came and asked me to send a mail to all informing about the surpirse b'day party. He said 'Note: Do not include the b'day boy.' Said 'Okay!' and I have put a mail. Every one was eagerly waiting for the clock to show 5PM so that they can surprise their friend/team mate and in turn can eat the cake,chips,samosas................. At 3PM comes my manager like a hero into the work area. Checked his mail.... Imagine what he has done as next step??? Grrrrrrrrr....... He forwarded the party mail to B'day boy and specifically mentioning 'looping Mr.xxxx'. Such a senseless deed. Huh!! No one can raise their voice against him as he is our manager and so we all kept quiet.

Incident 4
Coz of all the bad experiences during the day, opened my office portal and tried to login. Clicked 'Login' button for 1st time and message appeared 'Incorrect Username or Password'. Was thinking a lot and scolding the portal ' what happened to this bloody portal. why is it not allowing me to login'.Tried for 4 times. After 4th time I realised that the employee ID given in user name is not my ID but its my boss's ID. This is because eariler I used his ID to login to his mail, some how it got struck in my mind and speaking to the employee in next seat, I gave his ID. So, this proves that software never makes an error. Its always works as per the human commands. Should see my condition.... for a fraction of second my mind went blank. Because, by this time a mail might have sent to my boss's mail box saying 'account blocked'. I thought of calling him and conveying the message. But, he might misunderstand that I tried to view his account in his absence - which will really create a bad impression on me.'What should be done now?' is the next question.. Two options...

Option1: Just keep quiet as my boss can never track who has blocked his account

Option2: Open his mail and reset the password. Tomorrow he comes and tries to open, it will be blocked again as he doesnt know the password I have set.

I felt disgusted for having this kind of ideas in my mind. I immediately called my boss on his mobile, explained him what has happened. Asked him to check his mail and expressed my apologies in depth for being so absent minded.My boss, with very warm voice told me 'Arrey... no problem!! I understand. Am really glad that you informed me immediately without keeping it with you. I appreciate it. Regarding account blockage, I will deal with it tomorrow. Don't worry.' I felt very relieved.

Did you understand why I came across all these bad experiences??? Just because of lack of sleep and in turn turning off my mood. There might be some nights during which we may have very less sleep. But we need not disturb our rest of the day because of that.

If my boss is getting awarded I shouldn't feel bad. Because its just bcoz of him that I got a chance to work on that particular module. Else no one will assign me on that module for the experience I had. I should be glad for acquiring an oppurtunity to work on it. Instead I felt bad for he being awarded.

When sending the B'day party mail I might have mentioned in the mail saying its a surprise party. But I didn't. Its my mistake also. So, I cannot blame my manager for looping Mr.xxxx.

If I was not in disturbed mood, I might not have used my boss's employee ID which might have created a big problem for me. Thanks to my boss for being so cool and understanding.

So, its all in our mind and the way we respond during the different situations. We need to have control on our mind and experience the flavour of cool mind!!!

Cheers,
Jyothi

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Our trip to coorg/kodagu - Part II

Hi friends,

Here is the continuation of the trip.......
So we were exploring the route in complete dark with the help of a map. At a loong distance on the top of the hill we can see a man waving a torch light. That was the homestay owner who was calling us very often and giving the directions and safety measures. Finally we were just 100 metres away and we need to take a left turn from the road. As it is mountain route we were scared to take a left turn. We took left turn and there was very narrow mud road which was made by dwelling a biiiiig rock. My driver said he cant move any more. Then my husband and brother in law got down to check the path. We were scared if there might be some wild animal. Finally they got down directed the driver to move and we in the car with driver started moving.

                           

With in a minute drive came the beautiful home stay in front of our eyes illuminating with lights. We were sooooo much relieved to see the homestay. The homestay owner Prasad gave a warm welcome and we went into our rooms. The rooms were really awesome completely made of wood and fantastic interiors. The complete floor is made of wood and chairs are there in the corridor to enjoy the fresh air. We had bath with hot water in that cold weather and went for dinner. The dinner was home made and really fantastic.

As its already very late in the night we slept off. At 5.00 AM in the morning I suddenly woke up hearing bird chirping sounds. I opened the curtain and my mouth opened wide by looking at the beautiful greenary around the home stay. I woke up my husband and we both came out. We called my bro' in law n co-sis also. Really I cannot explain the beauty of nature in words. Previous day when we arrived as it was dark we did not realise the beauty around the homestay.
The home stay owner wished us with hot cup of tea and we went down stairs and started exploring the place. As we moved further we saw the complete area behind the homestay is covered with 90 yeaer old coffee plantations. Then the home stay owner accompanied us describing about the forest there, the types of coffee plants, black pepper trees, orange trees...... finally he told us to go through a path. As we moved ahead we saw a beautiful private natural water fall. We ran into the water and the water was soooooo pure. Its the source of drinking water for the people around that place.





We played there for a lot of time and we went back to the rooms. Had bath n and breakfast and then went out for a jungle walk. We moved into the jungle and some how we managed to get back to the homestau. But the worst part is that we all were caught with 5 to 6 small leeches. Here we have mountain trecking also but we did not prefer it. But people who went there and came back were saying that it was an amazing experience.





we enjoyed our complete stay at this place for 2 days. I suggest all the nature lovers to visit this place once. You will fall in love with the place. The homestay owners are also very good people and they helped us in all the ways to make us feel comfortable. Even the home made food was really wonderful here. We explored some of the places which are around our homestay. But its the best place to take complete rest (particularly away from this city life). Here are some more pics of the homestay.


 

You can have a look at the homestay and its rooms in the following URL:
 http://www.palaceestate.co.in/

Cheers,
Jyothi