Posts Tagged ‘Zest’

Just as assured as sun rises every day in the east..there are few rituals of every one which do not change over time.  For us it is ‘Pongal’  being the first meal of the week.  It is an equation that does not need any proof :  Sunday AM= pongal 🙂

Pongal is a rich and healthy food . It is a famous breakfast served in marriages.  With no further ado..lets see the ingredients list.


1. Rice- 1 cup

2. Moong dall- 1/2 cup

3.Grated ginger- 1 1/2 tsp

4.Peppercorn- 10-15 numbers

5. Cumin seeds- 1 1/2 tsp

6. Ghee – 1 tbsp

7. Asafoetida – few pinches

8.curry leaves

9.Cashews – 10 nos

10. Water- 4 1/2 cups

By the time , you gather these …I like to show case my handmade gift for one of our friends. It is  a  crystal tree.

Back to the cook show ……..


Measure out the dall and rice. Wash the rice. In a pressure cooker, dry roast a little bit the dall. When you feel the raw smell is gone, add water,  rice and needed salt and cook till a whistle.

Alternatively, you can cook in any vessel covered till all water is well absorbed and the rice is well cooked.

To do the tadka, heat the ghee (for diet conscious ..use mixture of oil and ghee), sputter the peppercorns, cumin and ginger and curry leaves. Dash the asfoetida  after the turning off the stove. Add cashews if you want to make it extra rich.  Mix this to the rice and serve warm with sambhar or chutney.

The key is to slightly roast the dall and cook the rice really well. Enjoy (y)our first meal of the week!

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Hats and hats

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Behind my silence…

My Daughter’s foot steps

Thank you all for your caring inquiries and  power boosting comments!

The blog had been dormant for  a long time. I should admit that my interests take different directions and I was thrilled by this new hobby. Even the tiny bit of free time gets eaten away by this(?!). My broken camera is another reason to hold me back from blogging.

 Yet, I don’t want to let my blog  fade away.. So, here am I, with a resolution of atleast  updating very special recipes. See you all  after the holidays.Happy New Year!

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That was a long time I turned the pages of my food blog. There are many reasons not to  update with my beloved hobby. Visit of In-laws,  Toddler becoming more demanding……

As I look forward for more leisure personal time , when you do what you love….

Meanwhile you may want to look at my paintings that I consider my life time acheivements.

Tanjore painting

Tanjore painting

Ganesha- Reversed glass painting

Reverse glass painting

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More memories…

Just like the rain on a sunny day leaves a sweet smell of the earth behind, my journey to India had left many memories to ponder upon. I had many things to part with , including my hand works which I could not carry along. Yet, I clicked them away to remember and show case  in my blog. Here is the first set of my memories.

Soap carving

Soap carving

First roses to my husband..

Anchor stitch kit- First roses I  gave to my husband.

Pillayar made of M-seal

M-seal pillaiyar

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Smiles of spring!

Having the weather in 80s in Chicago, you not only feel like jogging around, but also to  click away the smiles of the spring season!










சின்னச்சின்னதாய் சிரிக்கின்றாய்
சிரிக்கும் போதெல்லாம் பூக்கின்றாய்
பூக்களை வைத்திருக்கிறேன் உன் நினைவாக!

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Back again!

 Am tying my shoes, getting ready to run in the blogathon. See you all soon, guys! Till then, enjoy the shots!

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