1. Bake the potatoes, mash them well and keep it aside.
2. Cut carrot, beetroot, french beans into small pieces and steam them with peas.
Cook well and keep them aside.
3. Cut onion, ginger, garlic and green chilly into small pieces.
4. In a frying pan, add two tsp. of oil and fry ginger, garlic, green chilly and onion.
5. Add the steam cooked vegetables and fry the mixture well.
6. Add garam masala, chilly powder and salt to taste and fry well.
7. At last add the mashed potatoes and cashew nuts into it and mix well. Keep it aside until it comes to room temperature.
8. In another bowl, add maida and corn flour and make a thin paste by adding water.
9. Have breadcrumbs ready in a plate.
10.Make the vegetable stuff into small balls and flatten them.
11.Dip them into the maida -cornflour paste and then to the breadcrumbs and keep aside.
12.In a tawa/dosa pan, add a little oil and place the cutlet on it once oil gets heated.
13.Let the cutlet fry on both sides.
14.Get ready to taste the hot, delicious cutlet made in a few minutes.
15.Cutlets are best served with tomato sauce.
Sparkling rows of agal vilakkus (oil lit lamps) on the stairs :) ..
Our colorful kolam for Thiru Karthigai..
Kolam with deepam..
Karthikai Deepam is a festival of lights celebrated by Tamil Hindus on the full moon day of Karthikai month. The lighted lamp is considered an auspicious symbol. It is believed to ward off evil forces and usher in prosperity and joy. This festival is also celebrated to commemorate the bonding between brothers and sisters in south India. Sisters pray for the prosperity and success of their brothers and light lamps to mark the occasion.Karthigai festival in Tiruvannamalai hills is very famous. On Karthigai day, a huge fire lamp is lit up on the hill, visible for several kilometers around the hill.
Once there were two pals Chintu and Bantu. They play, sing, dance and eat together. They stayed together in a tree hole. Bantu often listens to Chintu's songs and they enjoyed their peaceful living.
One day, a man came with a chainsaw ( a machine used to fell trees) and fell the tree in which Chintu and Bantu stayed. They both flew away from the tree and got separated for long days. Chintu and Bantu searched for each other and finally met one fine day.
Bantu: Hi Chintu, How are you? Glad to see you here after a very long time! Where have you been all these days?
Chintu: I am fine Bantu! Yes, as today is World House Sparrow day, I came here to this city. How are you Bantu?
Bantu: I am doing good Chintu. How did you get an idea to come to this city?
Chintu: I can find some food here only on this day and people will take care on us rather than threatening us. Moreover, I donot like the city traffic sound and pollution. There are no green trees found here for protection. I am scared about the people in cities. Anyways, Bantu I am happy to see you again!
Bantu: Hey Chintu, don't worry ..there are some friendly people too who provide us food and shelter. Come, lets share some grains from this bird-feeder.
Chintu: Nice Bantu.. If our Earth is taken care with trees grown everywhere and given importance to all living beings, it will become a paradise! Hoping to get those days Bantu!
Bantu: Sure Chintu.. Some kind-hearted people will save us and we can become free from traffic and pollution one day! Come on chintu.. Cheer up! Please sing a song for me..
Both Chintu and Bantu happily shared their grains from the bird-feeder and had a nice day with chintu singing and Bantu dancing and all plays!
Save the Earth by growing more trees, give shelter to all living beings and get rid of the pollution.
The Bird -feeder:
Items required to do the bird-feeder:
1. A plastic bottle
2. Two ice -cream sticks
3. Food grains
4. Rope to tie
How to do the Bird-feeder:
1. Make holes in the plastic bottle for the ice-cream sticks to get inserted as in the picture.
The birds can stand on it.
2. Put a hole just above the ice cream stick .
The hole should be big enough for the birds to feed on grains.
3. Fill the bottle with food grains.
4. Tie the bird-feeder with a rope where birds can comfortably feed on the grains.