Easy cooking Ideas for Singles #23- How to make Papdi or Indian puff pastry

Easy cooking Ideas for Singles #23- How to make Papdi or Indian puff pastry   Easy cooking Ideas here is how to make Papdi or Indian puff pastry which could be tricky for novice cooks. Reading about all the adulteration and chemicals in junk food, I have decided to make my own snacks. It is very easy to go and buy bags of snacks but do we realize what is going into our tummies! Store-bought fried snacks are fried in saturated oils but at home, we use healthy oils as much as possible. Next time I am going to try...

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Roasted Lotus Seed or Makhana

Roasted Lotus Seed or Makhana snack is just a healthy, nutritive alternative for the junk chips and other snacks available in the market. You must have heard of people having a sweet tooth but strangely unique specimen that I am, I have a salt tooth! I need my salt fix and can never think of a low salt diet. I am lucky that my BP is always on the low side, don’t know what would have happened if it was on the high. I eat a balanced breakfast and light lunch and dinner. I avoid eating rice and roti, but...

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Egg Fried Rice Indian Style

Why do I say Egg Fried Rice Indian Style?  Because the authentic Chinese is nothing close to what we make in India. We eat rice every day and there is leftover rice many a time and what better way to use it again.  Chinese fried rice is made with slightly uncooked rice, placed in the refrigerator for a few hours as it gives you a rice dish with every grain of rice intact hence non-sticky. Rice is the staple diet in South India. I grew up eating it at least twice a day. South Indian cuisine has rice as an...

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Easy cooking ideas for Singles # 20- Roti or Flatbread

Easy cooking ideas for Singles # 20- How to make Roti or Flatbread   How to make roti is a question I am usually asked.Chapati, phulka, roti is the quintessential flatbread eaten in India. No meal in India, especially north, is complete without this. Like rice is the staple in south India, roti is the favorite in the north. Making a roti is tricky and an art to be learned; both softness and shape wise. My parents were born in Pakistan and roti my mom used to say that it originated somewhere in the North-West Frontier. Roti is made from...

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Stir-Fried Bengal gram or Black Chana

 Sprouted Bengal gram or Black Chana Having been born in a business family dealing with iron spare parts of buses and trucks, we heard that giving black chana as a donation is good for us. We lived right above my Dad’s store and every Saturday afternoon beggars made their appearance in large numbers on the street. My mom and my aunt would soak a large quantity of chana the night before or early morning, boil and add spices to it, to be served to the beggars. One of the servants would stand and dole out bowls of chana to the...

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Easy cooking Idea for Singles # 18 – Trifle Pudding Indian Style

  Easy cooking Idea for Singles # 18 - Trifle Pudding Indian Style I love the traditional Trifle pudding with a cake layer, fruit and custard but we Indians, especially Sardars are known for our jugaad (twisted innovation) We can make do with what we have and concoct our own recipes with the ingredients available. I had this dinner to arrange on short notice and I had almost finished cooking when I remembered that I had to make dessert. I opened the refrigerator and saw some gulab jamun (sweet balls fried and in syrup).I took them out and wondered how...

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Bird Sanctuary- Uppalapadu , AP, India

Uppalapadu is a village near Guntur city famous for the Bird Sanctuary. The water ponds in this village are home to many species of birds including few endangered species like the spot-billed pelicans and painted storks. Due to the deforestation, the sanctuary now has lots of man-made trees to provide nests for the birds.The sanctuary is home to many migratory birds like Painted Stork, White Ibis, Heron and Cormorant I have been there many times but every time I look fascinated at all these birds together flying from far away Siberia and Australia and nesting here. Strange are the ways...

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School reunion after 36 years!! Atkinson High School, batch of 79′ Reunion

School reunion after 36 years!! Atkinson High School, batch of 79' Reunion This was our song.... Those were the days my friend We thought they'd never end We'd sing and dance forever and a day We'd live the life we choose We'd fight and never lose For we were young and sure to have our way. Those were the days, oh yes those were the days Once we left school (Atkinson High School, Vijayawada, and an all-girls convent school) we all went our ways and lost touch with each other. Childhood friendships are the most rock-solid and long lasting as,...

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50 Natural Tips on Beauty & Grooming

50 Natural Tips on Beauty & Grooming Beauty and Grooming are a topic, I am passionate about.I counsel many brides to be and other girls and boys with any of their beauty problems. I had a grooming school before, but now I counsel through my facebook page, Elan....It is usually in the inbox that I get any queries and I respond there and later on the phone or skype, as per demand. I counsel by appointment too. Sharing 50 tips on beauty, grooming and life with you below....... 1.Do not rub your eyes for any reason but instead just blink...

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BATTLE OF THE BULGE

BATTLE OF THE BULGE Twenty years ago there was no Internet and no PSP’s, people walked more for leisure rather than exercise. Kids played real street cricket rather than virtual street; when the most popular games were “chuppan-chupai”,(hide and seek)”pakdam-pakdai” (tag), “land or water” or “tokkudu billa” or hopscotch. When the best treats we had were “orange goli” (boiled candy), popcorn,”kismibar”, a “cream roll” or “glucose biscuits” or a “goli soda”. We were not allowed to watch late night movies except on weekends that too with the entire family. Women ground flour, in the stone mill and chutneys with a...

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