Sunday, March 11, 2012


He cleans and cuts vegetables while I cook;
He engages the child while I get her food;
He pays the bills before due date while I go for a FB status update;
He wakes up early for the promised weekend outing while I extend my usual hours of sleeping;

For all the freedom favoured,
For all the independence inhaled,
It's time to tell today's men,
Thank you, thank you, thank you once again!!!

Note: Belated women's day greetings and message

Saturday, March 10, 2012




Yellow pumpkin - 250 grams
Milk - 1/2 litre

Cardamon powder


1. Remove the skin and seeds of the pumpkin and grate it

2. In a kadai, add 1 tablespoon of ghee and fry the pumpkin till the raw smell disappears

3. Add the milk and keep stirring once in a while till the pumpkin absorbs it making the mixture thick. It might take 20-30 minutes

4. Add 4 tablespoon of sugar and a pinch of cardamon powder. Add 1 teaspoon of ghee as well

5. Add raisins and cashew nuts fried in ghee

Serve the hot halwa happily!




Button mushroom - 400 grams
Garlic finley chopped - 4 gloves
Onion finely chopped - 1 large size
Capsicum finely chopped (optional) - 1 small size
Lemon - half a size
Pepper powder


1. Wash the button mushroom thoroughly in running water to remove the deposited particles and cut it lengthwise

2.In a kadai, add two tablespoons of oil and jeera to it. When it starts to crackle, add the garlic gloves

3. When the garlic starts turning brown, add the finely chopped onion and fry till it becomes translucent

4. Add the chopped capsicum and fry for a few minutes

5. Add the mushroom and close the lid of the kadai leaving a small gap for a minute

6. When the mushroom is half cooked, add salt and pepper

7. After the dish is fully cooked, remove from flame. Squeeze half a lemon and mix it well

Serve the dish with either rice or roti.


For the first time in my blog history (i see u caught me smiling sheepishly at my last two words :), I am here trying to post something about cooking, a topic which I never ever expected to write about!

Last week had been so adventurous for me as I was testing my culinary skills by trying new recipes from the internet. My sources of reference had mostly been limited to my mother or mother-in-law as far as food preparation was concerned. When I tried preparing new food recipes all by myself this time, I was baffled at the umpteen number of recipes available in the internet for a simple sidedish! As I kept reading them, my doubts doubled, confusions multiplied. Somehow I concluded on the recipes to try out and prepared a few dishes. To my surprise, out of four I managed to dish out three recipes to my family's satisfaction.

Note: As these dishes were prepared on different days, donot get perplexed at their incongruity.

Dishes tried: Lauki pudhina raita, mushroom pepper fry, oats upma, pumpkin halwa
Dishes satisfactory: Lauki pudhina raita, mushroom pepper fry, pumpkin halwa

On the request of my friends, I would like to share the recipes for mushroom pepper fry and pumpkin halwa. Of course, ample number of them are available in the internet but the minute differences do matter. If interested in knowing my version, please check them out in the coming posts!