Archive for January, 2009

Yet Another Miracle

I have mentioned  several times here about my foot problem. I have been suffering with Plantar Fascitis in both right and left foot. This has been ongoing for almost 3 years now. No amount of medicine, cortizone shots, physical therapy, orthotics has improved my condition. 2 weeks back I was sent to a Neurologist to get Nerve Conduction Study. It was another great ordeal which was just very uncomfortable and painful also. I will write in detail about that also.

As I have told many of you, I have been coming home only during weekends. Last Monday, I received a call from the Doctor’s office saying they had found a nerve problem in my Rib and hence the problem and that I should see the Doctor immediately.

So, I came back home yesterday morning, had an appointment at 2.00 p.m. All these days, everyone in my family was so worried. The only solution for this nerve problem was a surgery, and it was a major one. I read many online articles and also found that the recovery time was almost 4 months to just get up and walking.

My walking had come to almost bare minimum, and all the traveling was making matters even worse.

I kept praying to Shri Raghavendra Swamy Day in and Day out, why I was being targeted for all this pain and misery. I was pleading, and praying every minute to not have this surgery. I was scared having read all the details about this surgery online.

Anyway, I had an appointment yesterday. As soon as I entered the Doctor’s office, she said ” Thank God, you don’t have nerve problem”. I was shocked. I said your office called me and mentioned I had severe problem and had to see you immediately. She said” No, they didn’t read the report properly”. I was shell shocked. I am just wearing a cast now, and after the swelling and pain heals, I will be going for physical therapy. But, no surgery.

My prayers were heard by Rayaru. I am blessed. I am ready to wear the cast for 2 months, travel, do presentations and everything. I don’t care. But, no surgery. I told my Parents, they were dumbfounded. I also told my Grandmother in Mysore. She said “It was Rayaru’s miracle, that things completely changed”. Everyone had been praying so much for me. I am so glad. I wanted to share this with you all.

So many of you have shared your stories. So, at times of sickness keep praying to Rayaru as many times as possible. He will heal the pain. Trust me, I am sakshi for this.

Naraayana Varma (Naraayana Kavacha) – By Sri Vadiraja

Yesterday, I posted the Lakshmi Hrudaya as given by Mr.P.N. Ramachandran. Today, I am posting the Naraayana Varma (Naraayana Kavacha) a Kannada Composition by Sri Vaadiraaja. The file is attached a s PDF, which helps in taking printouts and also reading online easily. Thanks again to Mr. P.N. Ramachandran.

P.S: Mr. P.N Ramachandran also mentions that the correct procedure for parayana (recital) is to read Narayana Varma first; then Lakshmi Hrudaya should be read and the Narayana Varma should be read again in the end.

SRI LAKSHMI HRUDAYA – By SRI VADIRAJA

Mr. P.N. Ramachandran, has sent me this stotra written by Shri Vadirajaru. Mr. P.N. Ramachandran has provided the Kannada script, English transliteration and also a detailed explanation in English. Thanks so much Mr. P.N. Ramachandran for taking time to write all the detailed information and also share with all the readers here.

Attached below is a pdf file which has all the three.

As always if you wish to share any stotras in any language you know, send me an email. I will post the same here.

Majjige Huli

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I have been traveling for work almost every week since December 2008, and coming back home only for weekends. During these weekends,  cooking becomes my first priority.  Even now, I am sitting at my hotel room in California and giving this draft final touches. Anyway, everyone who tastes Majjige Huli at my place, just loves it. And, they of course don’t forget to get the recipe either. So, here comes the recipe for all my online family and friends or extended family like Amitabh Bachchan says.

Ingredients:

  1. 5 tsp Channa dal or Kadale bele soaked in water
  2. 10 green chillies
  3. 3 sprigs cilantro
  4. 1 sprig curry leaves
  5. 2 tsp coriander seeds
  6. 1 tsp Jeera
  7. 1 inch ginger -grated
  8. 6 tsp freshly grated coconut
  9. 2 cups yogurt
  10. 1 cup water
  11. Vegetables like cucumber, pumpkin, celery 1 cup and cooked
  12. Or 10-12 ambode
  13. 2 tsp oil, mustard seeds, haldi, hing.

Method:

  • Drain the channa dal, and grind all the ingredients mentioned in the above list from 1-8. Keep aside.
  • In the same grinder, now grind yogurt and water.
  • Boil the vegetables like cucumber or pumpkin or celery. If you want to use Ambode, than fry them and keep aside. Ambode recipe is also in this blog.
  • In a vessel, heat oil. Add mustard seeds, jeera, hing and haldi.
  • Next, add the boiled vegetables and cook just for 1-2 minutes. Skip this step if you are using Ambode.
  • Turn down the heat to low and now add the ground mixture. When it boils add the yogurt and mix well.
  • If you are using ambode, mix it with the Majjige huli now and turn off the heat.
  • Serve with rice.

P.S: If the Majjige Huli becomes too thick, you can add water to thin it out. Here are links for

1. Kadhi Madhwa Style

2. Ambode

3. Nucchina Unde

Quick and Easy Yellu Bella

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I had seen my Mom make Yellu Bella every year since I was a kid. I started making it only when we moved to Dubai. It is quite easy to make this during Sankranthi festival.

As you can see in the image above the ingredients you require are quite few and most are available at local Indian stores. I have seen many stores which have peanuts with skin removed and split into half as well. If not, you will have to fry them, remove the skin and cut them into half.

I use the following proportion to prepare the same:

  • 1/2 cup Yellu or Sesame Seeds
  • 1 cup Groundnuts or peanuts ( Fried, skin removed and cut into half)
  • 1 cup Dhalia or hurigadale
  • 1 cup finely chopped dry coconut
  • 1 cup Jaggery, finely chopped

Usually the Sesame seeds are cleaned, washed and dried. Later, they are fried.  I skip this step, and just fry the Sesame seeds for a few minutes.

Next, grate the black portion of the dry coconut. Chop them into squares as shown in the above picture. Chop the Jaggery also and make sure they are dry. My mom used to keep it in the sun for a few days.

Mix, all the ingredients together.  Distrubute to your family and friends. If all the ingredients are dry, it will stay for months.

Another Milestone

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As I was looking at the dashboard today, I found out that it was exactly 200,000 views. I immediately took note of the same, and decided to share it with you all. Without your support, encouragement and comments this milestone would have never been reached.

THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO VISITS THIS BLOG.

Makara Sankranthi – Jan 14th 2010

Makara Sankranthi is a widely celebrated festival in different parts of India.  On this day,  Lord Surya or Sun is worshiped.  It is also celebrated as a harvest festival in many parts of India. On this day, Sun begins his journey to the Northern Hemisphere, most commonly called as Uttharayana.  As with all other festivals, this festival also has many legends, two such commonly told legends are:

1. Lord Surya or Sun visits Shani on this day.

2. Bheeshma Pithamaha, who was able to choose when he will die, chose this day to end his life.

The house is cleaned, and decorated with fresh green mango leaves tied as thorana to the front door. Beautiful, and colorful rangoli is drawn at the front of the house.  After performing the pooja, yellu(Sesame seeds) and Bella(Jaggery) is offered to God. Usually it is prepared by mixing Till, finely chopped Jaggery, roasted groundnuts cut into small peices, with finely chopped dried coconut, and Putani, also called as Hurigadale.

I have added the recipe to make Yellu Bella here.

They also prepare Sakare Acchu for this festival. And the combination of Yellu, Sakkare Acchu and Sugar cane, Bananas are disrtibuted to Married Ladies.

Most dishes prepared during this day are made out of Yellu or Sesame seeds and Rice. It is also tradition to prepare Sweet and Khara Pongal during this festival. The recipes are posted here in the blog and are attached below for your convenience:

And you can find various Rangoli designs here:

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