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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.


  • 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.


  • 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:





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:


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



Fruits and coconut for Lord Ganesha:


Kadabu for Lord.


After the morning pooja and naivedya.


Close up of the Lord.


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Chakkali prepared by my Husband for the Lord.


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


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”.


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


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.


Order of Food Items Served on Banana Leaf

Last week during Sree Krishnajanmasthami my daughter asked to be served food on Plantain leaf. We have 4 big pots which have the plants, and they are getting quite big now. So, we offered all the prasada to Lord Krishna in the leaf, and also used a few additional ones for us as well.

There were a few emails from my extended family who asked me to share the order of food items to be served during festivals and other occasions. The two images shown below are for two different occasions. The first one is served during festivals and the second one during Shradda and Paksha masa when you are performing the annual rituals for the departed souls. The food items prepared differ but the order remains the same.

If you click on the images displayed below, you can see the order of food items in English.

Below is the items listed to be served from left to right. Also remember the plantain leaf the narrow edge comes to the left hand side, and the broad ones towards your right hand side. For festivals, marriages and happy occasions draw rangoli in front of the leaf.

  1. Start with salt at the left most corner.
  2. If you are serving Chatni or pickle, it comes next. See second image.
  3. All the way at the top left after salt, Channa Dal Kosambari
  4. Next, Moong Dal Kosambari
  5. After Kosambari, First Dry Vegetable Palya.
  6. Than comes Second Dry Vegetable Palya.
  7. Just below this is any sweet dish you have prepared like Laddu, Hayagreeva so on
  8. Right bottom towards where you are sitting, any payasa you prepare like Shavige or Vermicilli.
  9. Above that Thove. Both images have them shown.
  10. All the way left bottom, Chitranna, Veg bath or lemon rice.
  11. Next to the Chitranna, Papad or any fried item.
  12. At the very center, White Rice.
  13. Ghee on top of white rice and Payasa.
  14. Once ghee is served and the priest finished giving hastodaka, start eating the food starting from Payasa.
  15. Next, the Sambar or Kootu is served. Along with any fried items like papad, ambode, vada so on.
  16. Once we finish eating sambar, any vegetable rice prepared such as lemon rice, Vangibath, Puliyogre is served.
  17. Next, the payasa is served.
  18. Following this is Rasam with Rice and ghee again
  19. You ask for second servings of any vegetables and kosambari
  20. The Sweet dish prepared such as Laddu, Hayagreeva, Chiroti is served.
  21. Finally, Rice and yogurt.
  22. Once you are done, make sure you put a few drops of water on the salt.
  23. Close the leaf from top towards you so any leftover food items are covered.
  24. If you serve me on a plantain leaf, my leaf will be clean. I never waste anything served. Seriously. :)

Enjoy a great tradition in our Hindu religion which is Eco friendly, less work since you don’t have to wash the plates and hygienic since you have no clue when and how those plates would have been cleaned.


Steamed Modaka – ಮೋದಕ Recipe


So many of you had asked for the recipe for Modaka – ಮೋದಕ prepared during Ganesha Festival. I had not prepared this one in a long long time. Last year I tried the same and it came out just delicious. We ate it with a dollop of Ghee. Yes, you heard it right, Ghee for a change.

So, here is what you require for preparing this.

Ingredients for the Coconut Filling:

  • 2 and 1/2 cups freshly grated coconut
  • 2 and 1/2 cups Brown Sugar, or Powdered Jaggery
  • 5 Cardamom
  • 2 tsp Poppy Seeds, Gasgase fried in Ghee (optional)


  • In a heavy bottomed pan , mix both the Coconut and Jaggery as shown below.

  • Keep stirring the mixture and make sure it doesn’t stick to the bottom and burn.
  • After, 10-15 minutes, the mixture will change its color to dark brown
  • If it is too think, just add 2-3 drops of water.
  • Once it becomes thick, add the ground Cardamom, and Poppy seeds.

Ingredients for the Dough:

* 1 cup rice flour
* 3/4 cup water – be judicious here
* pinch of salt
* 2 tsp oil


  • Boil water in a pan. When it is boiling add salt, oil.
  • Slowly mix the rice flour and keep stirring.Turn off the stove.
  • When it is easy to handle and still hot, keep kneading the dough.
  • When the dough is well kneaded, take a small ball in your palm, flatten the edges, keep the filling and close it.
  • When you have completed all of them, place in a pan and steam it in a cooker.I used the Idli stand, steamed 4 at a time.
  • Place it in a plantain leaf and offer to Lord Ganesha.


Sree Krishna Janmasthami Recipes


Links for all Sree Krishna Janmasthami Recipes. These food items will have no onion and garlic. And these items and recipes can be prepared and offered to the Lord Krishna. No rice items.

The shopping items to be purchased are listed in this link:

Kosambari ಕೋಸಂಬರಿ

Hesaru Bele Kosambari

  1. Cucumber Kosambari

  2. ಕಡಲೆ ಬೇಳೆ ಕೊಸಂಬರಿ – Channa Dal Kosambari

ಚಟ್ನಿ Chutney

  1. Channa Dal or Kadale Bele Chutney

  2. Coconut Chutney

  3. Pudina or Mint Chutney

  4. Mint Mango Chutney – ಫುದಿನಾ ಮಾವಿನಕಾಯಿ ಚಟ್ನಿ

Bonda – ಬೋಂಡ ಭಜ್ಜಿ Bhajji


  1. Heerekayi Bonda

  2. Red and Green Capsicum Bonda or Fritters

  3. Aloo Methi Pakoda

  4. Ambode

  5. Bombai (Aloo) Bonda

  6. Sabhudani Vada – Gluten Free

ಸಿಹಿ ತಿಂಡಿಗಳು- Sweet Dishses


  1. Badam Poori

  2. Kayi Kadabu

  3. Dry Coconut kadabu

  4. Coconut Burfi

  5. Thambittu or ತಂಬಿಟ್ಟು

  6. Mango Rasayana or seekarane

  7. Pineapple Kesaribath

  8. Besan Unde or Laddoo

  9. Rave Unde or Laddoo

ಪಾಯಸ – Payasa – Kheer


  1. Broken Wheat Payasa

  2. ಶಾವಿಗೆ ಪಾಯಸ – Vermicelli Kheer

  3. Evaporated MilkyWay ಶಾವಿಗೆ ಪಾಯಸ – Vermicelli Kheer

  4. ಹೆಸರು ಬೇಳೆ ಪಾಯಸ – Moong Dal Payasa

  5. Gasgase or Poppy seeds Payasa

  6. ಸೀಮೆಅಕ್ಕಿ ಪಾಯಸ – Sabhudana Kheer

  7. ಹೆಸರು ಬೇಳೆ ಪಾಯಸ – Moong Dal Payasa – Variation 2

ತಿಂಡಿಗಳು – Breakfast


  1. Mixed Vegetables Upma or Uppittu

  2. Gojju Avalakki

  3. Avalakki / Poha Bisibele Bath

  4. Red Capsicum Upma – ಕೆಂಪು ದೊಣ್ಣೆ ಮೆಣಸಿನಕಾಯಿ ಉಪಿಟ್ಟು

  5. ಅಕ್ಕಿತರಿ ಉಪ್ಪಿಟ್ಟು – RiceRava Upma

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  1. Thengolu

  2. Chakalli

  3. Ompudi

  4. Shankarpoli

  5. Kobbari Mittai

  6. Rave Unde or Laddoo

  7. Besan Unde or Laddoo

  8. Kodubale

  9. Poori


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