Dosa Lover

What’s about this Dosa that makes me eat this wonderfully delicious crispy rice pancake, every morning without a dot of boredom ? OMG, I just love this Dosa.

Being a Tamilian, we were brought up with Idlis and Dosas, in our childhood years. WOW, it is such a amazing tasty combo of Idlis / Dosas with the awesome sambhar, especially made by mom. How much I miss my mother’s sambhar made with those tiny onions (shellogs) !!!!!!

Actually there are so many varieties of Dosas we make at home and along with the tasty accompaniments like sambhar, chutneys, milagai podi*, it is sure to be a melody of tastes. Just writing about them is tempting me eat dosas again – You know, I had them for today’s breakfast too.

The regular dosa can be made into so many varieties, just by changing the topping on them, like a pizza. We have the podi dosa, tomato chutney dosa, pudina chutney (mint) dosa, grated cheese dosa, onion chutney dosa… to name a few. Some people also do an egg dosa, which is sooo tasty.

When I was younger by age, I used to relish the Rava Dosa, which were my mother’s speciality. And it goes very well with an awesome coconut chutney done with very hot green chillies. Those times we used to live as a joint family with my uncle and grand parents. So, we counted a little over a dozen – that’s the whole family’s size. For the taste of my mother’s rava dosa, each one of us will surely gobble about 4 or 5 of it. So, my mother will plonk herself onto the kitchen top, sit there and nicely make the rava dosas so crisp and tasty for the hungry dozen. This rava dosa is a delicate dish, which has to be made with such care and it is a time consuming one. That is the reason that my mother chose to sit on the kitchen top, to do this tasty job.

Another favourite of mine and my daughters is the Masala Dosa, which has the potato masala in the center of the dosa. I love the way we have to roll the dosa around the masala, so that it looks like a tube filled with delicious aloo. Sometimes, it is also done in the triangular shape. Whatever shape it is, this dosa is one of the best with the sambhar and chutney.

And then there is this Methi Dosa, which is such a coolant for the stomach. Small children, breast-feeding mothers and the grandparents will all benefit from this absolutely soft, tasty and easy-to-make dosa. When we soak the rice and dhal for the dosa, the methi seeds (fenugreek seeds) are also soaked in warm water and ground with the rice and dhal to make the batter. This dosa is best done when it is fat and thick, instead of the regular crispy ones. It’ll look like a sponge with lot of holes in it which is because of the fenugreek seeds added to it. Now, when the dosa is hot, just spread some ghee on it and while it is melting, sprinkle some sugar. You will be engulfed in the wonderful mixture of tastes, which I am sure about.

We also have the Dhal Dosa (adai, in Tamil), which is a delicious blend of rice and all the dhals (toor, chenna, urid ) in proportions. Such an amazing invention by our ancestors that I thank all those who were involved in this wonderful creation. The dish that’ll go well with this is called the aviyal (which is a blend of vegetables cooked in coconut and green chilli paste and mixed with curd finally).

There’s a saying that says that the people belonging to the banks of the River Cauveri, are those people with a impeccable taste and value for word. The human tongue performs the dual role of taste and talk. These people who have been brought up by drinking this Cauveri water are sure to keep up their words and are great foodies too. I am very proud of this fact, as I belong to one of the towns on the banks of the River Cauveri, in Tamil Nadu. I love food, particularly Dosas and I value the word very much.

Three cheers to the variety of Dosas and to all those people who make their families happy by making this wonderful Dosa.

* Milagai Podi – Roasted red chillies and dhals ground to a coarse powder. Should be mixed with ghee or til (sesame) oil for better taste.


Think Strong

Swami Vivekananda says

” A person who does not believes in God is not an Atheist.

But a person who does not believe in Himself is an Atheist.

Its a great sin to think yourself as Weak.”

Here’s to a Strong ME !!!!

A Questionnaire on ME, again.

One more TAG for me !!!!! And thanks Swaram, for asking me to do it.

1. When you looked at yourself in the mirror today, what was the first thing you thought?
Looking at the few grey hairs, I wondered whether to put henna for my hair today or not.

2. How much cash do you have in your wallet right now?
A 500/- note and a lot of coins (Trying to be the CHANGE I want in others)

3. What’s a word that rhymes with DOOR?
SOAR – As my is heart is doing right now, doing the tag. I spent a whole 1 hr on what to blog, today morning. Just at that moment I read Swaram’s comment, to take up the tag. Thanks, yaar.

4. Who is the 4th person on your missed call list on your cell phone?
Airtel Customer Care – I never answer this call, as it’ll be a recorded message on some new promo or scheme.

5. What is your favorite ring tone on your phone?
A R Rehman’s Nokia tune.

6. What are you wearing right now?
One silly pyjama, which is absolutely out of size but so comfy and my fav Tee.

7. Do you label yourself?
Perfect Passionate Yoga loving Feminine Chef

8. Name the brand of the shoes you currently own?
Reebok, Nike

9. Bright or Dark Room?
I prefer the bright ones, unless I’ve the splitting headache.

10. What do you think about the person who took this survey before you?
Funny, Smiling with a great love for life.

11. What does your watch look like?
I still hold the Titan watch my S gifted me close to my heart, for my first bday after marriage. Its diamond shaped with a gold dial.

12. What were you doing at midnight last night?
Dreaming that I was being felicitated in some grand function. But couldn’t remember, when / where /why.

13. What did your last text message you received on your cell say?
It was an order for the Tupperware business I am doing from home. My friend had smsed to order lunch boxes, fridge bottles among others.

14. What’s a word you say a lot?
Muruga Muruga or Rama Rama, but I think it’ll be Thank you God.

15. Who told you he/she loved you last?
My S before leaving to office, 2day morning. He better say it everyday !!!!

16. Last furry thing you touched?
My daughter’s teddy bear which she sleeps with, when I cleared her bed.

17. Favourite age you have been so far?
24 – I got engaged, painted the town red for 3 months with my S, got married and had a super duper honeymoon. Wish those days will come again.

18. What was the last thing you said to someone?
Hey Munni (my Beautician who comes home), When are you coming to put henna for my hair ?

19. The last song you listened to?
Mandram vandha thendralukku, manjam vara nenjam illayo ? kanne en kanne ….. A beautiful tamil song by S P B (Am a gr8 fan of him) in the movie Mouna Raagam.

20. Where did you live in 1987?
Hot and humid Chennai.

21. Are you jealous of anyone?
Yes, all those people who flaunt their flat tummy, while I am furiously working out on it.

22. Is anyone jealous of you?
Not that I know of.

23. Name three things that you have on you at all times?
A To DO List in my mobile which stays in my pocket all the time, My favourite Titan watch, A smile and a hug for my daughters.

24. What’s your favourite town/city?
Hyderabad / Secunderabad Twin cities.

25. When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper and mailed it?
To LIC for change of address – not too sure. Its been a very long time….

26. Can you change the oil on a car?
Total dependency on the car mechanic.

27. Your first love/big crush: what is the last thing you heard about him/her?
Big crush was Ravi Shastri, when I was in college. It died a silent death, when I got to meet so many real men in life.

28. Does anything hurt on your body right now?
Yeah, my right heel. Should consult a doctor.

29.What is your current desktop picture?
My hubby with a scenic backdrop – I took this picture, when we had been to Srisailam last week.

30. Have you been burnt by love?
Hurt by love, Burnt by passion.

What, is that all ? Only 30 questions ?????
Anyway, it was fun doing it.

Let GO !

Let GO ! If you really want something in life, please let GO of it. If it is meant to be yours, it’ll come back to You !

Wow ! What a philosophy ! I think that the more attached we are towards people / things, it sure is going to cause a lot of pain. Because we want to love and be loved in our own way. By doing away with the possessiveness, we break the terms and conditions we attach to love. And when the person or the thing comes back to us, it is meant for us and will stay that way.

So, LET GO !!!!!

Contentment in relationships

Having found the real YOU is the first step towards happiness.
(Pl refer the post – Find your qualities)

It is not only the first step but also the biggest step in the journey towards happiness. As you explore your own qualities, which you didn’t think you had in YOU, you become aware of your inner self more and more. You get to discover your ambiguities along with your positive spirit.

The hard challenge for you now, is to accept YOU as you have discovered yourself to be. Come to terms with your weaknesses and strengths. It is a difficult task and will take time, but take it slowly and get to know the real YOU.

What are relationships ? They are just like mirrors.
You show love and you get love back.
By showing anger, be sure to get it back.
Such a simple principle, isn’t it ?

Once you achieve the inner peace by accepting your strengths and weaknesses, it is easy to pass on the peace process to all our relationships. The more you share this strong side of you, as you build on your strengths, you’re encompassed in a sphere of love and positive spirit.


Find your qualities !!!

Who are you ? What are your qualities ? Are you kind, passionate, rude, selfish, generous, social …. ? What makes up the whole YOU ????

Here’s a simple exercise to find out what kind of a person are you !!!!!!

  1. First, think of a person whom you like / admire and aspire to be like them.
  2. Identify those qualities of your role model, which has attracted you to that person.
  3. Write down each and every quality in a separate piece of paper.
  4. Put down all these in a bowl.
  1. Second, think of a person whom you detest / not fond of / dislike – whatever.
  2. Identify those qualities in that person, which has made you dislike him / her.
  3. Write all those in a separate pieces of paper.
  4. Put them all in a bowl.

Now, the qualities that are there in the bowl is YOU !!!!!

The things which you admire in your role model are those qualities in YOU, which you want to develop much further.

And those qualities which you dislike in a person are those things in YOU, which you don’t want to surface or fighting a inner battle.

Now, you know what kind of a person YOU are !!!!!

I hate these questions …..

Yesterday, I had been to the bank, to update my passbook. The man in the counter smiled at me and started making small talk with me. I didn’t mind the questions which were out of my personal sphere. Then came the – Is your husband working with ….. ? What is he, in that company ? Here I am, trying to answer those questions with all the patience in the world, while he was waiting for the printer to print my account details. I was praying for the printing to be done fast, as I know the next question that was to be thrown at my direction.

Madam, Do you work ? — Now, what kind of question is that ? I hate this question pointed at me. I get up at morning 5.15am, start packing my girls’ lunch boxes as they leave at 6.45am. Then comes an array of chores like breakfast for me and S, lunch box for S, laundry, buying things for the house, banking, baking (some days), handle the maid, evening snack for the hungry girls, dinner and the list is sometimes endless. I try and catch up with my favourite Nigella’s shows in between, if possible. While I slog around the house so much, I don’t take it kindly to answer that question – Do you Work ? Should I answer a NO, I don’t work – to this stupid question.

Just because he happened to be the person who helps me during long queues in the bank, I nodded my head both ways – up and down and side to side, totally confusing him. While he looked at me eagerly waiting for the answer, I took the passbook and escaped a verbal answer to him.

Are you employed somewhere ? sounds much better.

Another question that makes me really really irritable is – Are you a housewife ? I am totally angered by the way this society forms words in English – housewife???? grrrrrrr. To which I normally answer, I am a homemaker.

If you take up any application form in this country, there will be Name, Address. And under the heading Occupation, there will be options which has to be ticked. Options available are Employed, Housewife, Student, Others. When there is an option for employed, let the other option be Unemployed – Why degrade the 24*7 working women with a word like housewife ???? I generally choose the Others category and write Homemaker in the space provided.

If a man stays at home taking care of the house and kids, will he be branded as house husband ????? Maybe, yes, in India.

I prefer the stay-at-home Mom / Dad tag much much better than this stupid housewife thing which I am living with.

What are the questions which repel you from answering ? Do you get irritated like me ?????