Day by day, summer is becoming hotter & hotter and drinking water sources are drying up. Humanbeings have the intelligence to get water to survive. The other fauna just migrate or die. A small gesture from our side would help many to survive.
Just on the terrace or outside your balcony or portico, put a bowl of water and help these to survive.
www.gayatrivantillu.com suggests to bring nature close to your eyes and enjoy!!!!
Happy New Year to all my viewers who follow Solar Calendar!
Bello Pana (ପାଚିଲାବେଲ ପଣା) is a drink made from Ripe Bel It is a tasty drink having a very sweet flavor. Bhel has many medicinal properties and is good for health.
Elders have included this Smoothie into our customs so that atleast we have Bhel once in an year under the compulsion of custom, as it is customary to have this smoothie on Pona Sankranti. This Pona Sankranti festival comes after 15 days of Telugu New Year.
While, Telugus and many others follow Lunar Calendar. Tamil, Odiya, Bengali, Assamee and others follow Solar Calander. Thus Solar calendar based New Year comes 15 days after Lunar based New Year as the Sun enters the sign Libra and thus this occasion also known as Maha Vishuba Sankranti or Mesha Sankranti
Today, 14 April 2014 is Solar calendar New Year - Pona Sankranti festival of Odiya. The Smoothie known as Pona is prepared and distributed among one and all in Odisha. Pana is prepared by mixing different types of fruits, water, milk / milk products, pulp of Bel and sugar.
For detailed description of this recipe watch the following link http://www.gayatrivantillu.com/recipes-2/drinks-and-smoothies/bello-pona
Mango Kulfi - మాంగో కుల్ఫీ - Click below
The apparently looking ripe Mangoes in Mumbai are still sour. If you are getting really sweet ripe mangoes, make this recipe in this hot summer and enjoy.
Cooking simplified is fun!!
Salad & Soup @ www.gayatrivantillu.com
The way we present food, makes all the difference. Many first eat with eyes before we they eat with their mouth.
Being calorie conscious, Salad and Soup is the mid-day meal for me on many weekdays and I enjoy it. Give it a try, through presenting it differently and enjoy with your family.
Chikki - Peanuts Toffy - వేరుసెనగ పాకం -
Though this recipe looks simple, it is a challenge to me even today. Trials and practice makes it perfect.
If you make the Groundnut chikki with jaggery alone the texture will be different. The chikki breaks easily and won’t be brittle at all. If you make the chikki with sugar the texture will be different. The chikki will be brittle and gives it a perfect shape. But it will not have the sweet taste which the jaggery chikki has. If you make the chikki with jaggery and sugar then the chikki will be sweet to taste as that of a jagggery chikki and is also be brittle as that of a sugar chikki.
Enjoy with your children, they give you inspiration to perfect!!
Home Cleaning & Home Organizing
Every girl and lady would be tempted to have a variety of bangles, and their acquisition is a continuous process. Initially we buy bangle boxes and very soon we realize that they get filled up fast. Thereafter we come up with various innovative ways of organizing and storing bangles.
At my place in the chest-of-draws, I have taken two draws exclusively for bangles. I Inverted disposable glasses and placed them in a drawer to arrange my bangles - as shown in the picture
This arrangement helps me to keep them segregated, not rubbing each other, clutter free and see the entire range to select the matching ones when needed.
I share this tip presuming that it may be useful to you too!
Vadapappu Paanakam - వడపప్పు పానకం
Day-after-tomorrow is Sri Rama Navami Festival. It is a tradition to offer Vadapappu & Panakam - వడపప్పు & పానకం to LORD RAMA and give it as prasadam to devotees.
The beauty of this recipe is that all i.e ELDERS and even INFANTS can enjoy this prasaadam. Its a very simple recipe and hope you would also find it useful to be included in your celebrations. The recipe is shown at the following link
I wish LORD RAMA’s blessings would be there for all my viewers and HE would take care of their welfare.
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Coconut Breaking and Handling
For children, when it comes to breaking a coconut most elders would say - “You don’t know - You may get hurt - Let me break it for you.”
Unless children are made to learn this art, they need to fetch a hammer to break a coconut, which can be really dangerous!!, Teaching them the simple technique of breaking a coconut would enable them once for all.
Coconut kernel is also used in making recipes. The taste of coconut varies when it is scraped, grated. Tastes of Hand grated and Mixie grated coconuts also differ in tastes.
Click here to watch the video and discussion there on http://www.gayatrivantillu.com/recipes-2/basics/coconut-breaking-and-handling
Hope it would be useful to you also
There is a science in kitchen too!
Best out of waste - Healthy Vegetable Stock
Friends and relatives invariably leave a comment that the SAMBAR and Soups at my place are different and they taste unique. I never shared the secret, lest they should feel somewhat awkward and uncomfortable. My stock reply used to be - If it is good, just enjoy it next time also with a different flavor”.
Through this post I want to share the secret with my viewers
Those who are science & nutrition students would appreciate that every vegetable has traces of different micro-nutrients. They reside in different parts of the vegetable - stalks, leaves, pith, seeds, skin etc. whereas we use only some portion of the vegetable - example sometimes we take only the leaves minus the stalks or the vegetable minus the seeds or peel the skin etc. etc. Generally people discard, the skin, peels, stalks etc and put them into trash can, while I hygienically store all these into a separate container and keep it in the fridge. The collection is made from Monday to Friday. On Saturday I put them into a pressure cooker and add enough water and cook them for 10 minutes after the first whistle. Thereafter with a hand blender I bend them along with the water and pass the mixture through a medium holed sieve. Juice gets separated from the fiber. While the fiber goes to the trash can, the juice separated is nothing but “A HEALTHY VEGETABLE STOCK”
I make Sambar, Rasam, Soups etc with this stock on Saturdays / Sundays. Depending upon the type of vegetables consumed during the entire previous week, the Sambar, Rasam, Soups taste & mild flavors come out. Thus the taste of Sambar, Rasam, Soups differ each time at my place. I myself don’t have any control!! THAT IS THE SECRET.
Care is taken not to add - components of bitter vegetables like Bitter gourd or jack fruit skins, Ripe Banana and Papaya skins, lemon rinds, hard seeds of fruits and vegetables etc. By experience one would know what to add and what not to add.
The present stock in the picture has the following components of the vegetables we had in the previous week like
Stems of Curry leave, Stalks of Malabar Spinach, Ends of Keera, Carrot, holding hard stalk of cauliflower on which florets reside, the tough portion of cabbage, peels of Yellow Pumpkin.
Today I prepared Sambar with this stock. Hope this tip from www.gayatrivantillu.com would be useful to you also
Cooking simplified is fun!
Low Fat Cream
Sometimes when I need be conscious of fat intake and yet want to enjoy cakes and ice-cream recipes, I prefer this low-fat-cream.
Hope this would be useful to you also!
Click here http://youtu.be/LAsTft0o4xE