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SHUCHI- RUCHI kannada ECook Book

Ms. Nanda Ramesh, who left a comment here wanted to share a cook book her grandmother Ms. Seeta Bai had created. Ms. Nanda in her email to me writes as follows:

My granny used to say whatever we do should be to the good of the world. I will be very happy if more and more people make use of it and remember her. Even beginners can cook from her book.

I am truly truly humbled and blessed to see Ms. Nanda share this cook book with me and to share it with you all my extended family. I went through a couple of recipes, it is just awesome. A truly great treasure from a grandmother to her family and to us all.

Again, the cook book is in Kannada, if you know Kannada download the same. Ms. Nanda has mentioned they are working on an English translation.

Download the same and enjoy delicious, Madhwa recipes.

Thanks Nanda and our namaskaras to your Ajji. She will be remembered forever through this blog and the cookbook. Hope to meet you soon, Nanda.

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Appi Payasa – Poori Payasa

I was supposed to post this Payasa recipe as soon as I finished the Satsangha I hosted in May. Like I say many times” Man/Woman proposes God disposes”. As I was going through the Satsangha pictures today, I saw the pictures I had taken of the Payasa so I could post here. Also, remember this Payasa is a favorite of our Beloved Rayaru.

During the Satsangha, this payasa was a super hit and everyone had 2-3 servings. It was creamy, crunchy with the poori, with the right balance of sugar and lots of nuts as well.

So, here comes the recipe. Super easy, and super tasty.

For Poori –
  1. Fine sooji – Chiroti Rava – 1 cup
  2. All purpose Flour- Maida – 4 tsps
  3. pinch of salt
  4. 2 tsp ghee
  5. water
Method:
  1. Sieve rava, maida with salt. Make sure it is super fine. I ground mine in mixie since it was not super fine. Mix ghee and make a stiff dough. Just like you do for chapathi.
  2. Let the dough rest for 1-2 hours. Take small balls and make super thin pooris. I made some slits with a knife so they don’t puff up.
  3. Fry in oil or ghee. I used oil. Make sure they don’t puff up. Make thin pooris so they are crunchy.
For the Payasa Keer:
  1. 4 cups milk
  2. 2 cups sugar or more based on your taste
  3. dried nuts like almonds, cashews, pistachios
  4. saffron – soak in 2 tsp milk
Method:
  1. Take milk in a heavy pan and boil. Keep stirring. You can also use condensed milk, it is however optional.
  2. When it becomes thick or reduces to half, add sugar and keep boiling.
  3. When this becomes quite thick add saffron soaked in milk.
  4. Fry nuts in ghee and add to the milk.
  5. When ready to serve, crush the pooris and add to the payasa.
  6. You can serve hot or cold.

Your Prayers are heard

Dear All.

I had my orthopedic surgeon visit today early morning. I was unable to sleep all night. Having no clue how the fracture had healed, was there even more damage, what might the Surgeon say, and thoughts kept coming all night. The Hospital was in Baltimore, so we left early. The entire drive the mind was in a somber mood having no clue what the outcome would be.

We reached before time, filled all the forms and waited to be called. A fellowship Doctor called us, asked lots of questions and said ” we will remove the cast, take an x-ray and see how the fracture has healed will decide what to do next. The way they remove the cast was nerve racking. They asked me to bear my entire weight on the ankle to take x-rays.

We came back and the fellowship Doctor said after he looked at the x-ray the ankle looks like it has healed. Let us wait for the Surgeon to come see you. The surgeon was just awesome. I could see my won Daughter seeing patients when she herself becomes an Orthopedic Surgeon. He looked at the x-ray, asked a few questions, touched my feet and said you ankle has healed. That was the word I was longing to hear, I just cannot explain the feeling. He said ” you don’t need a cast anymore, we will put you on Ankle support, get 6 weeks of Physical therapy and come visit me after 4 weeks.” He also said I would have swelling for the next year or so, but should be my normal in the next 6 months.

It was the word we were waiting to hear. I cannot thank you all for your constant emails, messages and comments. Your prayers were heard. Now to recover and get all the strength into the broken ankle. It was tough days, but it passed. Wanted to keep you all posted, so this short post. THANKS FOR ALL YOUR WISHES, PRAYERS, SUPPORT. RAYARE GATHIYU NAMAGE.

Kallur Shree Mahalakshmi Stotras for Success, Marriage and Child

I was sent this image in my WhatsApp group and asked to translate the Stotras in English. I give all credit to whoever prepared this brochure, just attaching here to benefit the visitors of this blog and translated and recorded the Stotras to help. Youtube link at the end.

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Sarva Karya Siddi Stotra:

Ananadathirtha Varade Danavaranya Pavake|

Gyanadayini Sarveshe Shreenivasesthume Manaha||

Shree Venkateshan Lakshmisham Anishtagnamabhistadam|

Chaturmukera tanayam Shreenivasam Bhaje Nisham||

Sloka for Marriage:

Katyayini Mahamaye Mahayoginyadhishwari|

Nandagopam Sutham Krishna Pathim Me kurute Namaha||

For bearing a Child Stotra:

Devakisuta Govinda Deva Deva Jagathpathe|

Dhehime Tanayam Krishna Twamaham Sharanam Gatha||

Do this seva starting on an auspicious day. Recite 21 times and do pradakshina namaskars to the picture of Goddess Koluuru Shree Mahalaskhmi. This Pooje has to be done for 48 days.

I have also recorded the Stotras and posted on youtube so you can get the accents properly.

 

Dreams for future women, lessons from the past 101 years as a woman

My grandmother (Ajji we call in our language) turned 101 today, yes you read it right hundred and one years old. I spent a few hours last week while I was in India with my grandmother. We celebrated her 100th birthday and all her extended family was invited for this occasion. It was the same time during which I was profiled in USA Today article. My uncle read out the article to her and my Ajji was super happy. She hugged me, kissed me told my parents they were lucky to have me as a daughter. The one thing which stuck me was when Ajji told “ During my time, I was not allowed to go to school. I fought with my father and studied until 2nd grade so I could at least read and write Kannada(our regional language in Bangalore, Karnataka). In my next birth I want to study, work hard and be like you”. I was stunned to hear that, my 101 year old grandmother was thinking of studying, working and succeeding in life. And this might not go well with our President, but asked me to take everyone with me to USA so that they could all succeed in this country which I call my home now. It shocked everyone around us.

That long flight back home from India, I kept thinking what my Ajji said. I kept thinking how hard her life was, I kept thinking how much she longed to study, I kept thinking how fortunate we were to be able to study, work and succeed and finally how we all have taken this for granted.

Ajji went through tough tough challenges in life, lost my grandfather in her late 50’s for cancer, lost her daughter and daughter-in-law, her 6 sisters, many in her extended family, but she never lost her strength, never lost her will power, never lost her will to survive all odds.

Ajji was the pillar of strength to the entire family and to my parents a great deal. Ajji was responsible for allowing my Mom to continue studies after her High school. Mom was told to stop studies after her high school, Mom influenced by Mahatma Gandiji went on Satygraha to coerce her Father and family to let her continue studies. Mom completed her Bachelor of Arts and later got married. When Mom decided to continue her studies after three kids, Ajji came and stayed with us to help my Mom complete her Masters and become a History Professor.
When Mom had a major accident, and needed help since I was in my final year of Engineering college, Ajji was right with us helping us in everything.

Ajji was super excited that her granddaughter my daughter Sneha was pursuing Medicine and was going to be like her Husband a Doctor. She asked Sneha to be the best Doctor, help patients like her great grandfather and have compassion and above all be humble.

Today being my Grandmother’s 101 birthday, I wish her A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY. AJJI YOU ARE AN INSPIRATION NOT JUST TO ME BUT WILL BE TO EVERYONE WHO READS THIS ARTICLE. We have learnt a lot from our Ajji, and I hope to keep learning from her.

And here is the USA Today article link and a picture:

http://project.mediaplanet.com/20819.pdf#page=11

Green Chutney – Coriander Chutney

We had 3 bunches of coriander leaves and wanted to use it to the full extent. So, decided to make this quick simple and spicy green chutney. Tasted very good with Rava Idli. Gather all ingredients, grind and eat. 3 simple steps to make this delicious chutney. The chat masala gives it a very tangy taste. Loved it.

Ingredients:

  1. 2 bunches fresh coriander leaves
  2. 3/4 cup groundnuts
  3. 5 green chillies
  4. 1 inch grated ginger
  5. 1 tsp lemon juice
  6. salt to taste, and 1/4 tsp sugar
  7. 1/2 tsp Chat Masala
  8. 1 tsp Oil

Method:

  1. Fry the groundnuts for 5-6 minutes on a pan. You can also microwave the same for 2-3 minutes. Make sure the groundnuts don’t burn. Let it cool
  2. Now, add all the ingredients from 1-8 and grind to a smooth paste.

Quick and Easy PC2 Palya

Can you guess what PC2 is? Of course, you can after seeing the image below –  Potato, Capsicum and Corn. Such a great combination, and can be done within minutes. Quick, and easy and yummylicious.

Ingredients:

  • 4 Potatoes
  • 2 Red Capsicum(Bell pepper), you can use any color, I used Red
  • 1 box frozen corn
  • 3 Green Chillies slit lengthwise
  • 1 sprig curry leaves finely chopped
  • 3-4 springs coriander leaves finely chopped
  • 1 inch ginger finely grated
  • Lemon juice to taste
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tsp oil, 1/4 tsp mustard seeds, 1/2 tsp jeera

Method:

  1. Clean, boil and remove the skin of the potatoes. Chop into bite size pieces. You can boil them traditional way or use microwave.
  2. Microwave the frozen corn.
  3. I also microwave red capsicum for 3-4 mins until it is soft
  4. Next, in a pan heat oil. Add mustard seeds, jeera, green chiilies, curry leaves. Fry for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Next, add potatoes, and grated ginger. Keep frying for another 3-4 minutes on low heat.
  6. Add Red Capsicum, and corn.
  7. Finally, add salt, and coriander leaves.
  8. Just before serving, add the lemon juice.

Another look at the yummy, quick and easy palya:

P.S: I ate it as is, but it is a good combination to use in a chapathi wrap, or eat it with chapathi. You can also use different colors of capsicum.

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