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South Indian Vegetarian Low Carb Diet – Breakfast 1- Cracked Wheat Upma/Upittu

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Cracked Wheat Thick Variety
  • 4-5 green chillies
  • 1/4 cup frozen peas
  • 1 chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 chopped green bell pepper
  • 4-5 curry leaves finely chopped
  • 3 tsp finely chopped cilantro
  • Salt to taste
  • sugar to taste
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds, 1 tsp channa dal, 1 tsp urad dal, 1/2 tsp turmeric, pinch of hing for seasoning

Method:

  • First, in a non stick pan or any deep vessel fry the cracked wheat continuously until it turns golden brown. Make sure it doesn’t burn out. Transfer this onto a plate.
  • Next, add 2 tsp oil. When it is hot enough add all the seasoning ingredients one after another.
  • Add green chillies and curry leaves also.
  • Add the peas and bell peppers and 2 cups of water and cover.
  • Let this boil until the peppers are cooked.
  • Now add salt.
  • Once this boils as well, slowly add the cracked wheat.
  • While you are adding cracked wheat, make sure there are no lumps, so keep stirring continuously.
  • It should look watery when you have added all the cracked wheat. See right side of the picture.
  • Now, cover the vessel, and cook on slow fire for another 15-20 minutes, once the wheat is cooked, add finely chopped cilantro and lemon juice.
  • Serve with chatnipudi and yogurt.

P.S: Use any vegetables you wish, no potatoes.

Shubha’s Crafty Corner

This web site has been reaching people far and wide. I am humbled by the love and affection you all have shown me over the past several years. With all this love and affection, I decided to give back to you all a series of posts which will inspire you all to do something more than what you have been doing.

I am always inspired by women and men as well, who go way beyond to follow their passion. One such person who I have been seeing on Facebook almost everyday is Ms. Shubha Mohan. Ms. Shubha has this wonderful crafty corner and posts amazing and creative designs of jewellery and other items almost everyday. I wanted to showcase her craft here in the blog, so you all could go visit her and enjoy wearing her creations.

I asked Shubha to write a few words and also send some pics.

Below are the details and Ms. Shubha’s contact information. You can see many more designs on Ms. Shubha’s facebook page.

About Myself : 
I am Shubha Mohan, Software Engineer, by profession but now a home maker. When I fully dropped the idea of going back to software line couple of years ago, the sleeping art in me woke up. I always love crafty things from childhood …My mom is big inspiration to me.
My hobbies are cooking,painting,sewing,listening to music and jewelry making.
Started doing quilling jewelry ….Every women like to look attractive. The reason I chose quilling is because of colours,Variety, light weight ,eco friendly,water resistant and at affordable price while high on quality and matching  gives exact or very close match to attire. My daughter and my niece were first models to try…:-)…When friends asked to make for them and gave small orders became serious about it .
With friends and family support and appreciation got motivated started doing          silk thread jewelry as well. Silk thread jewelry are very rich, attractive,ethnic,elegant and light weight  goes very well with all occasions ,party wear and traditional look. Jumkhas,Neck laces and bangles are back in trend with endless designs. we can customize jewelry for matching Saree,Kurthi,Langa Blouse etc.
If anyone interested in quilling and silk thread jewelry  please check my facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/ShubhaCraftyCorner/
contact : Shubha Mohan – 9902067108
Sewing is my another passion. Sewing and jewelry making is becoming part of life.
I Need to thank Meera for maintaining such awesome blog and updating us about culture and traditions. Also giving me this opportunity for sharing my little creative corner with you all.
Thanks,
Shubha Mohan

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Bhagavanta roopas to be meditated during Nitya Karmas

During my recent visit to Bangalore, I had the opportunity to meet Sri. Canchi Ravi.  Mr. Ravi and his wife visited my Brother’s place to see me. I am so humbled by their visit. I definitely have done something great in my previous births to have such great supporters for the blog.
Mr. Ravi had shared the following roopas during his visit to USA. I was quite busy and was so unable to post the same. Thanks so much Sir for all your services.
Bhagavanta roopas to be meditated during Nitya Karmas (prefix Bharatiramana
Mukhyapranantargata)
 
1.      While getting up from the bed         :  Sri Narayanaya Namaha
2.      During shoucha                                 :  Sri Keshavaya Namaha
3.      During mrittika shoucha                     :  Sri Trivikramaya Namaha
4.      Brushing teeth                                      :  Sri HarayE Namaha
5.      Washing face                                     :  Sri Madhavaya Namaha
6.      While milking                                     :  Sri Gopalakrishnaya Namaha
7.      While bathing                                     :  Sri Bhoovarahaya Namaha
8.      Wearing dress                                    :  Sri Upendraya Namaha
9.      Offering DAnAs                                  :  Sri Parashuramaya Namaha
10.  Receiving DAnAs                                :  Sri Vamanaya Namaha
11.  Walking on the road                          :  Sri Bhoovarahaya Namaha
12.  Crossing river                                     :  Sri Matsyaya Namaha
13.  In forest                                              :  Sri NArasimhAya Namaha
14.  Travelling in the sky                           :  Sri Trivikramaya Namaha
15.  Walking on the hills                           :  Sri Parashuramaya Namaha
16.  When sick                                           :  Sri DharvantarayE Namaha
17.  Taking medicines                               :  Sri Vaidyaroopi Narayanaya Namaha
18.  Applying kumkuma                            :  Sri Lakshminarayanaya Namaha
19.  Wearing flowers                                :  Sri RAma Datta KapilEbhyO Namaha
20.  Playing with child                               :  Sri Krishnaya Namaha
21.  When HAPPY                                      :  Sri HayavadanAya Namaha
22.  Chewing tamboola                             :  Sri PradyumnAya Namaha
23.  While playing                                     :  Sri Govindaya Namaha
24.  When alone                                        :  Sri Krishnaya Namaha
25.  When lying down                               :  Sri Padmanabhaya Namaha  

Doddapatre Thambuli – ದೊಡ್ಡಪತ್ರೆ ತಂಬುಳಿ

I posted the benefits of using Curd (Yogurt) for Health and Beauty way back in 2012. The post if you haven’t seen it yet is linked below:
Curd (Yogurt) for Health and Beauty

I have one pot where I am growing Doddapatre  – ದೊಡ್ಡಪತ್ರೆ  at home. It is called Cuban Oregano in English. Botanical name is Coleus aromaticus.

As I went back to this post, I saw Ms. Deepa Mahishi had posted a recipe for the same. I followed the same steps and created this. It is just out of this world tasty.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp Jeera
  • 4-5 black pepper
  • 1-2 green chillies
  • A bunch of Doddapatre  – ದೊಡ್ಡಪತ್ leaves
  • 1 tsp Ghee or oil
  • Yogurt 2-3 cups
  • For seasoning, 1/2 tsp mustard seeds, 1/2 tsp urad dal, 1 sprig curry leaves, hing and 1/2 red chili.

Method:

  • Wash Doddapatre leaves thoroughly.
  • Fry Jeera, black pepper, green chillies, Doddapatre leaves cut into pieces in 1tbsp of Ghee.
  • Once it cools down, grid it in mixer with yogurt.
  • Make seasoning with Mustard, Urad dal, hing, red chilli and Curry leaves in Ghee or oil.
  • Add it to the Tambuli. You can also substitute Spinach for Doddapatre leaves.

Pictorial Procedure:

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So, how should we consume this? I had it as is. No accompaniment. It is just delicious. So, can be had without anything. You can eat it with rice, and make a thicker version and eat it with Chapathi also.

2015 – Ganesha Festival Pictures

It was a blessing performing the pooja of Lord Ganesha. Since it was a week day, I had taken a day off. We also had invited a few families for evening Pooja and Dinner. I read the Story and we had a wonderful time. The feeling of performing the pooja and sharing it with others brings such joy to ones state of mind.I have no words to express those in English, nor does the dictionary have any words.

My Sister, Niece and my Husband ate on Banana leaf sitting down for lunch. I served them the food. The items I prepared were:

  1. Moong Dal Kosambari
  2. Channa Dal Kosambari
  3. Bean Playa
  4. Potato Methi Palya
  5. Chatni
  6. Plate Idli
  7. Modaka
  8. Kadabu
  9. Capsicum Rice
  10. Gulab Jamun
  11. Rasam
  12. Winter Melon Majjie Huli
  13. Thove
  14. Papad
  15. Last but not least Yogurt

Dinner for my family and Friends in the night was on Steel plates. We had lots of good discussions in the night during the blog, the posts. Quite interesting. Humbled again by how popular this blog has become and how it has changed lives of many in our community.

I kept praying to Lord Ganesha that he overcome all the obstacles in ones life.

A few pictures for you all to enjoy until next year.

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Gowri-Ganesha Festival – September 16th and 17th 2015

Pooja preparations:

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Gejje Vastra and Flowers getting ready to be offered to God.

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Fruits and coconut for Lord Ganesha:

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Kadabu for Lord.

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After the morning pooja and naivedya.

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Close up of the Lord.

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Chakkali prepared by my Husband for the Lord.

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Mangalaruthi and evening naivedya chakali for the Lord to request him to come home every year.

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The Ganesha festival falls on the fourth day Bhadrapada Masa. That’s why we say “Bhadrapada Shulkada Chauthi Aamdu”. Swarna Gouri Vrata and Ganesha Festival is celebrated on September 16th and 17th.

As always, check your closet temple to find the correct dates.

An idol of Gowri made of clay is brought two days before the Ganesha festival. Gowri is an incarnation of Parvathi. Gowri Habba, also called as Swarna Gowri Habba is celebrated one day before Ganesha Festival.

The Legend:

Goddess Gowri, while taking shower, created Ganesha out of the mud of and placed him at the entrance of the house. She told him not to allow anyone to enter while she went inside for a bath. Lord Shiva returned home and was stopped by Ganesha at the gate. Shiva became angry and cut off Ganesha’s head. When Gauri came to know of this she was grieved.

Lord Shiva ordered his servants to cut off and bring to him the head of any creature that might be sleeping with its head facing north. The servants went on their mission and found only an elephant in that position. Lord Shiva then joined the elephant’s head onto the body of Ganesha.

Mr. Lakshmisha P, had left a comment here that he had the pdf files for the Swarnagowri vratha puja & katha. Attached below are the links for both the pdf files he has provided.
Thanks so much Me. Lakshmisha for all the support and also the time you have taken to convert this into pdf.

We used to sing at the top of our voice “Ganesha bhanda, kai kadubu tinda, chikka kerele edda, dodda kereli bidda”.

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Lord Ganesha is not just worshiped on this day, but is worshiped first in all occasions since he is considered to be the remover of all obstacles, one who brings good luck on new activities or endeavors.

As always links for several resources songs, lyrics and stotras are posted on this blog.

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And here comes the link which has colorful and many designs for drawing Rangoli

And can any festival be complete without authentic dishes? Here are some recipes posted in this blog:

In case you see the moon on this day, here is the sloka you are supposed to say:

ಚೌತಿ ಚಂದ್ರ ದರ್ಶನ ಅಪವಾದ ಪರಿಹಾರಕ್ಕಾಗಿ

ಸಿಂಹಃ ಪ್ರಸೇನಮವಧೀತ್
ಸಿಂಹೋ ಜೌ0ಬವತಾ ಹತಃ |
ಸುಕುಮಾರಕ ಮಾರೋದಿಃ
ತವಹ್ಯೇಷ ಸ್ಯ್ಮಮಂತಕಃ ||

Simha prasenamavadith
simho jambhuvatha hathah |
sukumaraka marodhihi
thavahyesha syamanthakaha ||

P.S: The above sloka in Kannada is exactly as it is in the Uttaradi Matta Panchanga. Rather than taking a picture, I typed in the words. The English translation is done from the Kannada sloka to the best of my knowledge.

As always no food is prepared with onion or garlic.

Many of you have asked for the Pooja Vidhana of the festival, I do have the book for Ganesha festival, and it is several pages. I had no time at all to translate it into English. So, here is the link for the pooja vidhanas for both Gowri and Ganesha pooja. Hopefully I will have them next year.

P.S:  If you have a scanned copy of the Ganesha Vrata Pooja Vidhana, please share. I can post it here.

6 Million All Times Hits to Kalpavriksha Kamadhenu – Thank You

HAPPY AND JOYOUS GOWRI AND GANESHA FESTIVAL!!!

I had never imagined having so many visitors visit this blog even in my wildest dreams. I had posted about 5 Million just in late December, and within a few months to have another million is just unimaginable.

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Just last month as you can see in the image, the blog had more than 200,000 visitors. It was just humbling to know that this blog has raised so much interest and enthusiasm about our food, festival and culture. Doesn’t matter where in the world you are, which remote part of the world you are, we have seen time and again that ” Where there is a WILL, there is a WAY. Where there is no WILL, there is a HILL”.

The comments I read here, and many of you have sent and have been constantly sending emails each and every time I post something which interests you, is truly the inspiration for this blog. I have met many of you personally, while in temples or any other place, when you come and ask ” Are you the same Meera of this blog”, I feel such joy which cannot be expressed in words. THANKS!

This blog has also taught me to be humble, honest, a good and compassionate person. The comments and emails which several of you share about your own experiences good and bad, happy and sad have completely changed my perspective about life.

The several comments each one of you share about you own miracles of our Beloved Rayaru have made me even more staunch devotee.

Where there is good, there is bad. Where there is sweet there is sour. Where there is Light there is also darkness. Where there is Happiness, there soon follows some sadness. Where there is birth, in the near future it is followed by death. Similarly, there are good comments and sometimes not so good. The bad and irrelevant make me sad just a tiny bit, and immediately follows a good one by the many who reply.

THANKS TO ALL OF YOU. Let us keep our culture alive, spread our customs and traditions in a good way and above all spread tolerance and patience.

None of this would have been possible without the blessings of Lord Almighty and our Beloved Rayaru.

THANKS AGAIN. AND HERE IS TO WISHING WE WILL REACH ANOTHER MILLION IN THE NEXT FEW MONTHS.

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