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UZHUNDU VADA[urad dhal vada]

Ingredients:

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  • Urad dhal 1/2 kg
  • Green chillies 6 to 8 according to taste.
  • Chopped onions 2 to 3 tbs.
  • chopped coriander leaves 1 tbs
  • chopped curry leaves 1 tbs
  • salt to taste
  • oil for frying

METHOD

  • Soak urad dhal in water for one hour.Wash and drain.
  • Grind the dhal to a frothy dough.USe as little water as possible with green chillies.
  • Squeeze excess water from the  chopped onions or sometimes it may loosen the dough.
  • Now add chopped coriander leaves, curry leaves,chopped onions and required amount of salt to the dough.
  • Heat the oil.
  • To make vada take one lime size ball of dough flatten it on the palm of the hand or on a piece of plaintain leaf and put a hole in the centre and deep fry.
  • for a variation can reduce the number of chillies and can add chopped ginger or pepper.
  • Serve hot with chutney
  • Hope you like  this south indian  snack.

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DIY :Bottle Art

FLOWER VASE OR POT HOLDER

Old glass bottles like wine bottles can be converted to planters.

Used bottles can be painted using acrylic colors and decorated with pictures.I have used my favorite Ganapathi,which you get so easily in an Indian Wedding card as the front cover.

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Traditional recipe:Curry Leaves Thovaial

I thought of sharing my mother-in-laws recipe of this chutney.
Ingredients:

  • Coconut scrapings 1 cup
  • Curry leaves: A bunch
  • Mustard and dhal : 3tbs
  • Tamarind: A small lime size
  • Green chillies 3 or 4 according to taste
  • Salt as needed.
  • Sesame oil 2 or 3 tbs.

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Method:

1. Pour oil in a kadai

2.Add mustard seeds and when it splutters add split urad dhal ,then add curry leaves.

3.To coconut scrapings add the above fried items, tamarind,salt and chillies to it.

4. Grind all these.

Serve with rice. Sesame oil should be added while mixing with rice.Can be served with papad.Also a side dish for dosa.

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KOLAM

India is rich in its culture and heritage.It is also a land of colours.This article of mine is about kolams.KOLAM is a form of drawing drawn as a ritual .It is believed that this practise prevails from ancient times,there is a mention about this during chola period too.

South Indians have this culture of drawing kolams in front of the house that is at the entrance.This practise prevails there in some parts India and also in some Asian countries too.Kolams are regionally known by different names in India,Rangolee in Maharashtra,Aripan in Mithila,Hase and Rangoli in Karnataka,Muggulu in Andhrapradesh and kolam in Tamilnadu.

Preparation:

We SouthIndians that too in a hindu family,it is a daily routine to clean front yard in the mornings and then draw kolams.It is not only a ritual but also health wise it is good.Women bend to sweep then bend for drawing kolams too.Bigger ones are drawn in front of the house and religiously smaller versions are done in pooja rooms.We draw it when it is damp.

Materials used:         

  In olden days mainly rice flour was used to  draw kolams because ants, birds will have their share from it.Nowadays on festival days or mainly  Tuesdays and Fridays some prefer to draw kolams using rice paste especially in their pooja rooms.Rice flour,powdered white stones, chalk powders are used. In addition to this people use turmeric and kumkum in their pooja rooms.Red brick powder is also used as a border.People living in apartments perfer to draw with chalk or color crayons and sometimes vinyl stickers are used instead of drawing regularly.Kolams  come in sheets decorated with stones.

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In the month of margazhi women  draw bigger ones some even prefer to use color  powders too.Each person will try to showcase their talents.Some people   keep pumpkin flower or shoeflower in it.The next month of Margazhi is Thai in tamil month .First day  is known as Pongal.Second day we celebrate siru veetu pongal those who keep the flowers  will celebrate this  Pongal.

Kinds of kolams:

There are different patterns for drawing kolams.Patterns which run around dots,then we have geometrical figures,we have objects drawn like ship, pots, lamps etc. Flowers,animals and birds too are drawn.Some draw simple patterns, or just draw straight lines,sikku kolam and even free hand drawing is done.

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Women calculate the dots that vary from one and another.The number of dots may be even or odd and sometimes increases or decreases according to the pattern.Even if a small dot is missed the entire kolam goes wrong.

Rangoli on the other hand have different colors in it. Flowers have brighter shades leaves have green tinch like wise according to the design colors are used.Gods and Goddesses are drawn in this method.

We keep lamps in kolams for festivals like Diwali and Karthigai.

In Kerala athapoo that is kolams with flowers are done for Onam.

Also another belief  is that when we draw kolams in front of the house it is for inviting Goddess Lakshmi.It is a fantastic ritual.Im also proud to say that I can perform such a wonderful task. This  habit is passed from one generation to another.

Your viewsplease.

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DIY:STENCIL PAINTING

Different stencils are available in the market.I have chosen this flower design.In a single stencil itself different painting works can be done by varying colors.Using this I have done a bedspread by repeating the design on regular intervals.

Paint Used: Fevicryl Acrylic Colors
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Indian Jewellery(Bridal jewellery)

Indians especially south indian women are famous for wearing jewels from ancient time. The five epics in tamil literature itself proves this.Silapathikaram linked with anklets,Manimekalai to the bells in ottiyanam,kundalakesi to big earings, Valaiyapathi refers to bangles.

From head to toe we indians wear jewellery,some are very imporatant.

Nethichuti:

This is kept in the forehead.In the North they call it maang tikka.  A must for bridal make up.Nowadays close relatives of the bride and groom also wear this.It is kept as a single piece or with suryan and chandran on either side of the centre piece.

Nose stud:

Nosestud a small piece of jewellery connected to a short thin piece of metal that passes through the side of the nose.Nose rings are also worn.

Kai Vangi:

This is for the upper arm  that is above the elbow.

Bangles:

We wear in our hands.A function known as valaikappu is meant to bless a pregnant women,celebrate her fertility and ensure a safe child birth.It is believed that the bangles sound induces the childs senses.so people who attend the function wears bangles for  the pregnant woman.

Bracelete:

Worn around the wrist.Worn by both men and women.

Rings:

Rings  are worn in our fingers.These are given for different occassions.It may be for a pre-engagement, engagement or on the Big day  that is wedding.Wedding rings are a symbol of everlasting love between the two people.

Earings:

This includes anything from studs,hangings or jumkis according to the attire.For bridal dressing we wear with mattal that is a chain from ear to hair.

Necklaces:

Anything which we wear round the neck.chokers close to neck,then chains at different length.Traditional chain includes kasumalai,mallimottu, step chain, chain with lockets and many more.

Ottiyanam:

This is the belly chain.

Anklets:

BraceletWorn around ankle.This is  worn for centuries by girls and women in India.It is made of silver, gold and beads.Some use as a fashion jewellery.

Toe ring:

Also known as minchi,metti or bee-chee ya in hindi.It is worn in the second toe in both legs.Mostly worn on the day of wedding.It is a symbol of the married state by a hindu women.

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Cooking Tips

1.If water content is more in dough for chappathi,vada or bonda keep the dough in the fridge for 20 30 minutes and then prepare it.

2.To prevent fungus growth in pickle first pour 2tbs warm oil in the container and spread it thoroughly and then store pickles in it.

3.For quick snack dip bread slices in dosa batter and put it in dosa tawa ,serve with chutney or sauce.

4.For a change keep a cabbage leaf around onion slice for bajji,it will taste differently.

5.For a variation in lime rice grind ginger and green chillies and then add to rice.

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DIY:Stone work art

Take any picture.Now apply glue and stick decorative stones

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Expressing good wishes or greetings

In our daily life we use different expressions.It can be also a salutation when one person meets another person or it can be a message which includes mobile friendly words too.

A day can be divided into three parts.First expression is “Good Morning”.It is a polite greeting you say to someone in the early hours of the day.We  also use this when we see a person for the first time in the morning.This wish itself can make a person cheerful.

“Good afternoon” is used between noon and 5p.m.

“Good night” is used at the end of the day or leave taking or even for going to bed.This can  be a desire  to sleep well .The words hey,hi is used instead of hello.Especially hey for a person whom you have already met.

When we use greetings  and expressions it will make us more polite and courteous.These mean a lot for  many people.Expressions like How are you? ,How was the day? Feel Better and many more will give us a sense of satisfaction.Especially when we receive from persons close to our heart who are far away, will make us feel that they are close.And this feeling itself is a wonderful experience.At times of distress it makes us feel cozy and naturally we feel better .

Greetings and expressions can change our moods and attitude.Sometimes it has a sentimental value like when we use  the expression” Best of luck”.

Next time when we we use greetings or expressions think that it will be of the support to the person who receives the message. Don’t hesitate or forget to greet or wish people.

 

 

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House cleaning

A home should be clean and tidy to be called”Home Sweet Home”. The health of the inmates depends on the care they take to keep the house spotlessly and sparkling bright.Cleanliness of the house is very very important.

The task of keeping the house and surroundings clean should be executed systematically. Cleaning is the removal of all dust,dirt and foreign matter. Daily,Weekly,Monthly and Periodical cleaning should be carried out in every home so that it will be easy to maintain the house.

  1. Daily Cleaning: Sweeping the floor, dusting furniture,brushing door mats cleaning of kitchen slabs are daily tasks.It is a good practise to remove ones chappals or shoes before entering the house as it is done in most Indianhomes.Windows should be opened to let sunshine
  2. Weekly Cleaning: Bedsheets can be changed.Moping of floors should be done..Bathrooms and toilets to be cleaned and disinfectants should be sprayed.
  3. Periodical cleaning: Walls should be swept carefully,cobwebs dusted and cleaned.Wall hangings and pictures comes under this.Mirrors too have to be cleaned.If possible can put beds and pillows in the sun.Newspapers,magazines can be disposed off. When we clean the shelves in all rooms we can get rid of unwanted things.This includes unused clothes Curtains can be washed.While cleaning cuboards can clean one shelf per day so that we will not get bored and tired.

Like this when cleaning is done in a proper way and planning it will be an easy task.