Wednesday, August 31, 2011



Undrallu, Pappulo Undrallu, Palallo undrallu

Vinayaka Chavithi Subhakankashalu to one and all.Vinayaka chavithi prasadam mainly includes undrallu, Jilledukayalu, Kajjikayalu, Palallo undrallu and also pappulo undrallu.

I am reposting this "Vinayaka Chavithi Prasadams" post of last year. And I am also providing the links for the recipes.

Undrallu recipe: Please refer the recipe for undrallu in the below link.
Kajjikayalu recipe:
Palallo Undrallu recipe:
Pappu Undrallu recipe:

I didnot get a chance to click the pic for Jilledukayalu. I will post the recipe for that very soon.

For puja proceedure click here..

Sunday, August 28, 2011



Ingredients required:

  • Brussels sprouts- 1 pound or 1/2 kg
  • Oil -2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds-half tsp
  • Haldhi powder-1/4 tsp
  • Onion finely chopped -1 cup
  • Ginger garlic paste -1 tsp
  • Tomatoes-pureed-1 cup
  • Corriander/dhania powder-2 tbsp
  • Jeera powder-half tsp
  • Garam Masala powder-half tsp
  • Chilli powder-1 to 1 and 1/2 tsp
  • Amchur powder-1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves
  • Salt - to taste

  • Chop the brussel sprouts into 2 halves after washing well.
  • Place a pan on the stove and put some oil in to it.
  • After the oil is hot add mustard seeds and let them splutter.
  • Add  turmeric powder,and curry leaves,mix them.
  • Add finely chopped onion pieces and after frying for a little while until transculent,next add ginger garlic paste, and fry until the raw smell disappear.
  • Add pureed tomato paste,cook/fry until cooked.
  • Next add corriander/dhania,jeera powder, chilli powder, Masala powder and amchur one by one and stir well.
  • Now add chopped brussel sprouts and mix gently. Cover and cook until soft but not over cooked,by mixing periodically.
  • Add half cup of water.
  • Cook it on a low flame.Switch it off when done.
  • Server hot with rice or rotis.
For nutritional facts and calories check the above link..

Monday, August 22, 2011


Happy Sri Krishnashtami..
Puja procedure :
Krishnashtami ..Neivedhyam includes panakam,vadapappu,milk..
Tamarind rice(andhra pulihora)-- ,
Chhakkera pongal--
Curd rice(daddhojanam)..

Sunday, August 21, 2011



Efforts should be taken for a woman to maintain the skin care and beauty of her from pollution and weather changes.
  • A lady who is having a good complexion with petal smooth and shining skin is a rival of other women .
  • Admirers turn their head towards her ,and such complexion needs many efforts.
  • Both within and without she has to maintain.
  • It doesnt need much effort to maintain the skin upto the age of 25,but if no proper care is taken it looses its freshness,glowing and youthful appearance.
  • The cells within the skin layers may not retain the moisture ,and the beauty of the skin depends on moisture contained in the cells.
  • If skin lacks  moisture the skin becomes dry ,dull n rough.Therefore to avoid looking prematureiy old,a skin care routine is to be followed.
  • Therefore the skin which retains moisture will be firm and young..
  • People think that moisturising creams alone will keep the moisture level in the body perfect.
  • Not only skin above beauty,but from inner life of your skin must be fed with diet rich proteins with vitamins B and C.
  •  Also take plenty of water.Drink milk,carrot juice and butter milk.Besides the inner life of your skin also take care of its outer life.
  • Use cleansing cream for the removal of dirt and greasy ness.
  • Cleanse with a herbal cream made of gram flour and milk,and a few drops of lime juice and turmeric powder.
  • Mix well and apply on the face and neck,retain it for 20 minutes ,and then rub the face with both hands ,the paste will fall off as flakes.
  • Wash with luke warm water and lastly a splash with cool water.It acts as nalugu pindi and makes skin smooth.
  • Blot dry your face and apply moisturising cream,the best can be herbal creams of shahnaz,and massage it on face and neck with circular upward directions..
  • It should not be simply patted but should be rubbed hard into the skin..But becareful with sensitive areas like around the eyes.
  • Simply pat the cream in the sensitive areas.It enhances the natural glow of the skin.
  • Protect skin from wind,sun,cold n dust.Take regular care of the skin,by feeding it with sensible diet and moisture based creams.
  • Thereby the cells of the skin will be having a lot of moisture to keep it supple n soft.
  • Therefore your skin neither dry nor greasy will be enhanced with natural glowing with perfect blood circulation,regular care and good health..
  • Beauty a sweet word can be maintained well with 6 formulas.
  • Health:The most essential word for beauty maintanance is the health.When health is upset then there is no use though how much makeup you use. Health awareness is the foundation stone for beauty.
  • Maintanance of oral health is the 2nd formula.Personal hygiene ,oral cleanliness plays an important role.Walking and small exercises are good for health.
  • Intake of food ,a well balanced diet ,containing nutritional values in limited quantities is an important formula .Beauty foods which regulates inner cleanliness like Vegetables and fruits,buttermilk,will moisturize the skin thus giving soft and shiny texture .
  • Have regular medical checkups to avoid unhealthy ness.
  • Donot over exaust by work,limited work with regular intervels of rest is a formula.Leave aside fobias and tensions.Relax yourself with music ,comedy shows.Peace of mind, makes a persons face beautiful shining and attractive.
  • These 6 formulas are important for a human to maintain beauty,and looking beautiful.

  • Not only by using powders and facial creams a person can maintain his beauty.But the food also plays an important role in developing beautiful skin.
  • Fresh leafy vegetables,raw vegetables and fruits intake will satisfy the requirement of vitamins in the body,there by removing the vitamin defficiency.Therefore nutritional food is important for a person.
  • For  the sake of the health if a person drinks only milk in more quantities,then the cholestrol problem arises and she turns obese.The vit A in the milk helps the skin not to get wrinkles.So milk should be drunk in recommended quantities only.
  • The foods such as daals pulses,vegetables and bananas contain vit-Bcomplex,these foods helps the skin not to loose the sensitivity.
  • These foods such as sweet lime,mango,tomatoes and leafy vegetables protects the underlayers of the skin,to be healthy.
  • The purification in the blood also plays an imp role in the skin beauty,so thinking that only face creams improve the beauty is a myth.
  • Every time while washing the face donot use soap,coz the skin may become dry,wasing only with water ,and cool water bath improves the beauty of the skin,by relaxing it..The source of the picture i got is from browsing online..

Source...a collection from magazines,and books

Tuesday, August 16, 2011


Tofu-Masala Curry

  • Extra firm tofu(cut into cubes of 1inch size)
  • Peas and Carrot - 1 Cup
  • Onion(Finely chopped/ Paste- 1 Big onion)
  • Tomato(paste)- 4-5 Medium
  • Chilli powder- To taste
  • Dhania powder-2 tbsp
  • Ginger-Garlic Paste -1 tbsp
  • Garam Masala-1 tsp
  • Salt
  • Oil-2 tbsp

Tofu: Tofu is made from soy milk and a very good source of protein. It is sold in soft white blocks. There are many varieties of this tofu. Here we are using Extra-Firm tofu for this recipe. We have to remove the water from the tofu before we cook by placing some weight on the tofu and gently pressing it. I generally take some pan filled with water as weight. I place the tofu in a drainer and gently press that with the pan filled with water/ or any weight.


  • After removing the water from the tofu as mentioned above cut the tofu into small cubes.
  • Then shallow fry the tofu until it turns light brown color and then place the tofu on a paper towel to remove the extra oil.
  • Now take a pan and put some oil in it,now add 1/2 tsp jeera to it,fry for 30 seconds.
  • Now add onion paste(/finely chopped) ,and fry till the raw smell evaporates for a few minutes.
  • Then add ginger garlic paste and fry for 2 minutes,next add tomato paste and again mix and cook  for a few minutes.
  • Add peas and carrot,lastly fried tofu cubes and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Then add corriander powder,chilli powder,garam masala powder, salt and 1/4 cup of water and cook in low flame placing the lid above..
  • It will take upto 10 to 15 minutes to be cooked.
  • After it is cooked switch off the flame and let it remain for 10 minutes to settle.
  • Serve hot  with rotis or rice.

Friday, August 12, 2011


Puja MATERIALS required..

1. Turmeric 50 gms
2.Kumkum 50 gms

3. Betel Leaves 15

4. Betel Nuts 15

5. Incense Sticks 1 Small Pkt

6. Camphor 1 Small Pkt

7. Banana 1 Dz

8. Coconuts 2 No

9. Sandalwood Powder 1 (Small Tin)

10. Flowers 1 or 2 Bunches (Any seasonal)

11. New Towel 1

12. New Blouse Piece 1

13. Honey 1 small

14. Quarters 1 Bundle

15. Kalasam (Chembu) 1 Nos (Copper or Brass) - Coconut size

16. Cotton for Deeparadhana

17. Hammer 1 (For breaking Coconuts)

18. Ghee 100gms

19. Rice-500 gms

20. Steel Plates for Puja 2

21. White Threaded 1 Small reel

22. Pattu Saree 1 Ammavariki (optional)or blouse piece

23. Sanagalu

24. Jaggery ¼ lb

25. Rice Flour ¼ lb

26. Prasadam (Naivedyam to varaLakshmi)

27. Tovaramulu 3

28. Milk

29. Match Box 1 Small

30. Picture Maha Lakshmi.

31. One reel of thed

32.puja proceedure book

Materials required for puja

Iam posting the Varalakshmi vratham materials along with puja vidhi..

Varalakshmi puja,I celebrated in my home this last friday.The prasadam includes



Chakkera pongali --

Theepi Chakra banalu --

Karam gavvalu --

Karam chakrabanalu --

Theepi  maidha purilu --

Visanakarralu with maidha

Maidha gulabi puvvulu