Thursday, October 15, 2009


Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,


ದೀಪಾವಳಿಯ ಶುಭಾಶಯಗಳು



Keep smiling,

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

A tip to a mother

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,
To feed a correct food to a child is a universal problem for a mother. Till the child understands the importance of food, and starts having without any fuss, mother faces lot of challenges. She plays many tricks to feed the child.

Being mother of two kids, till today, I am going through this difficult phase. My daughter who is 7 years old also has the problem. She eats every thing I give her, but she takes one hour to finish her food. (Some times more than one hour). And the second one, who is 2 years old, she never feels hungry. Her attention is always towards playing, writing, and troubling me and her sister. 

(This is old photo. I have exchanged the net with big basket net now!)
But from past 15 days, I observed that she is coming her self and asking for "mammam" (she says for food). And she eats her food in no time!!! (Touch Wood!!)

(A tiny slide for both of them to play)
I was thinking what is the reason behind this? Then I realized that from past 15 days, me and my elder daughter go for jogging in our compound only.(Luckily, we have ground in our compound only, which is surrounded by trees.)  And the little one follows us. She does some bending exercise with us! She wants to join us in skipping. She loves to play basket ball with us! Thats making her feel hungry for whole day!
(And, today, after one week, when my mother returned from Delhi,  Phalguni took her out for jogging, and to play basket ball!!!!!!!)
So the tip to all mothers is,
Once your child (2 years and above) gets up in the morning, let him/her play for sometime. It should not be more than 10 minutes all together. If you do not have ground, child can run in the house only. Make her touch all the room door knobs and come back to you. It will be fun to play like that. Or if you can join, that will be more fun. Then see the difference.
I know it is difficult or impossible for working mother! It is just a general tip. 
I am not a medical professional. If any one is from medical field, and thinks it is not good for child of that age!, please let me know!
This is just my experience I am sharing with all.

Keep smiling,

Monday, October 12, 2009

Multi purpose boxes from my daughter!

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi all,
Two more art work from my elder daughter Rajul.  
Few years back, I always used to throw the boxes, when ever I bought the things. But now a days I keep those for my daughter's art work. I keep the boxes for 2 -3 months. I will throw it out, if  I do not get any idea what to make out of that.
Last month, I bought the tea cup set and kept the box in the store room. Now as Rajul has school holidays, I asked her what she wants to make of that. She told, that she will use it to keep her clips, rubber bands. 
I asked her "shall we decorate with the colorful laces" She was not ready for that. She wanted to paint the box. Then I thought if we do spray painting using old tooth brush, it will look nice. and for the border I told her to use her little finger. 
So, here it is infront of you the art work fully done by her. I was just sitting beside her taking the tissue paper to wipe the paint, when ever she spilled the water or the paint.
This box can be used as Jewelery box, or hair accessories box or if you make it stand, you can keep small dolls. or if you remove one middle row, it can be used as doll house! The choice is yours!!

The next art is again the multi purpose box. It is made with old bangles.( all collection is from my mother's ward robe.) Go on keeping the bangles on a hard board (any shape) with the help of fevicol.

You can use it as pencil stand! or pen stand or to keep your visiting cards.

Just few sentences about my younger daughter Phalguni. (Rajul is feeling bad that I am not writing anything about her!!) Phalguni is only 2 years old. The whole day she will be writing in the book, with her sister's pencil or my pen. She wants only the things which her sister uses. So the whole day fighting will be on in my house.
And one more thing is, she will be singing the whole day in her language!!! 

I am sending this to Srivalli's First Blog Anniversary with Kids Delight!

Keep smiling,

what are these called in English?

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,
I have 2 questions about these below vegetables in the photo. I want to know what are these called in English.
I browsed many sites, trying many words, but could not get the answer.

                                                            Kaarchi kai
I do not know the English name of the vegetable in the photo, but in North Karnataka, we call it "Kaarchi kai"(Kannada). It tastes like bitter gourd. It is available only in the rainy season. It is having crunchy seeds. It is having tails on both the sides, need to be removed before we cook. One more thing to keep in mind is, if it is exposed to direct sun, it will open and split and the seeds will come out. Then you can not cook it. (Click here  for my recipe)

One more question for below leafy vegetable! I do not know what it is called in English, We call it Kirakasali in Kannada. (click here for my recipe)

It looks like Rajgiri leaves. Only difference is it is having while colour seeds on it's stem.(you can see in the photo below!)
In Harsha Bennur's blog(, he has given the name as Tandulsa, I do not know which language it is.

If any one knows the English names for these, please let me know!

Keep smiling,

Award and Jowar rotti upma(ಕುಚ್ಚಿದ ರೊಟ್ಟಿ )

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi all,
After long time, I am again with North Karnataka recipe. This was very common in our house during our childhood. Almost twice a week, my mother used to prepare this in the night. As it is very simple and fast, it was easy for her to keep the dinner ready, after coming tired from the office. And we all enjoyed to eat it hot with ghee, pickle and onion. In typical North Karnataka(especially in Hubli-Dharwad language) language, we call it as Rotti oggarane(ರೊಟ್ಟಿ ಒಗ್ಗರಣೆ).
Here is the recipe,
One day old rotti or crispy rotti - 8 to 10
(Click Jowar rotti(Jolada rotti) for recipe)
Onion - 1 big
Curry leaves - few
Chilly powder - 1 tbsp or
Green chilly - 3 chopped
(in this photo I used chilly powder)
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Jeera - 1 tsp
Tomato - 1 small
(my mother used to put 1 tbsp tamarind paste, you can choose according to your taste)
Salt to taste
Haldi - 1 pinch
Water - 1 cup apprx.
Break the rotti into pieces and keep aside.
Heat oil in a kadai, add mustard when it starts popping up, add jeera and curry leaves. Add onions and saute for a minute.
If you are using green chilly, now only add it with onion.
When the onion changes its color, add tomato mix it properly and wait till the tomato is half cooked. Add salt, haldi and water .

Once the water starts boiling, add the rotti pieces. Mix properly. Take care not to put more water.
Cook for few minute, stirring in between.
Jowar rotti upma is ready to eat with ghee, onion and pickle.

I have received this award from *sangi* 
Thank you so much Sangi.

This award goes with a fun meme which has to be passed onto 6 of ur favorite blogs and which has to be answered with only one word.

Here is the meme part: 

  • Where is ur cell phone : Bed
  • Ur hair:black
  • ur mother: Sarojini
  • Ur father: Mohan
  • Ur fav food: Raw
  • Ur dream last night:Forgets
  • Ur fav drink:Carrot Orange Juice
  • Ur dream:Live one day at a time
  • Wat room u r in:Bedroom
  • Ur hobby:Reading
  • Ur fear:snakes
  • Where do u want to be in 6 yrs:India
  • Where r u last night:home
  • Where did u grow up:Karnataka
  • Last thing u did: watched movie
  • Ur t.v:Off
  • Ur pets:no
  • Ur friends:very few
  • Ur life:Simple
  • Ur mood:Confused
  • Missing some one:My freedom
  • Vehicle:yes
  • Something u r not wearing: Finger ring
  • Ur fav store:Many
  • Ur fav color: Green
  • When was the last time u laughed:Just now!
  • Last time u cried: Forgot
  • Ur best friend:Books
  • One place I go over and over:Nothing special
  • One person who emails me regularly: Bhavana
  • Fav place to eat: Dining Table
I would like to share this award with,


Keep smiling,

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Moong Salad

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi all,
Here is my favorite food. I am ready to eat this any time, any day! I can stay with this for more than week, just changing few ingredients and small portion of chapati. 

The grains used here can be either partially cooked or even raw. Raw will taste better. But if you are not used for raw food, it is good to cook it in a microwave for one minute and use it.

The recipe is here,
Green moong - 1 cup 
Yellow moong(Whle moth bean, madaki kalu in Kannada) - 1 cup
Fenugreek seeds(Methi seeds) - 2 tbsp
Cucumber - 1 small (chopped into very small pieces)
Carrot - 1 small (grated)
Fresh coconut(grated) - 1/4 cup or less
Salt to taste
Green chilly - 1 chopped(skip this if you are giving it to kids)
Lime juice - 1 tbsp

Soak both the moong and fenugreek seeds  in water overnight. Remove the water. Keep them tied in the muslin cloth for a day to sprout the moongs(or if you know any other way to sprout it , follow it!)
Wash the beans(moong) with fresh water.
Keep it in microwave for 2 to 3 minutes or till the beans are 3/4th cooked. (Skip this step if you want to have it raw!!)
Take it out in a bowl. Add all other ingredients. Mix it properly. Adjust the seasoning.
Salad is ready to serve.

Keep smiling,

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