Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Monday, November 29, 2010

Neck embroidery!

Neck embroidery on a chudi top..

I have used chain, magical chain, french knot, zigzag stitch, satin/mirror work..
 I learnt this from my sister and still a lot many stitches to explore!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Vegetable Cutlet!


  1. Carrot       - 2
  2. Beetroot     - 1/2
  3. Peas         - a handful
  4. Potato       - 3 (medium sized)
  5. French beans - 2 (large)
  6. Onion        - 1 (large)
  7. Ginger       - a little
  8. Garlic       - a little
  9. Green chilly - 1
  10. Cashew nuts   - a few
  11. Breadcrumbs  - a bowl
  12. Maida        - 2 tsp.
  13. Corn flour   - 2 tsp.
  14. Salt         - to taste
  15. Garam masala - 3/4 tsp.
  16. Chilly powder- 3/4 tsp.
  17. Oil          - a little
How to prepare the vegetable cutlet:

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.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Thiru Karthigai - Festival of Lamps!

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.