Archive for July, 2008

       Whenever I want to eat something delicious.. the first thing that comes to my mind is Biriyani. And the chicken biriyani my favourite. The aroma of the spices used in it always reminds me of the feasts, marriages and nostalgia related to it.

But how much ever I craved for it, was not lucky enough to have it.

     So now, as I have grown old enough and uncompromisingly have to cook for my family, thought of finding a good recipe, which will be simple. I searched in my fav foodie blog , and there it is!! As my mood was good, I tried. What happened?  It turned out to be a wonderful delight!! And I swell up with pride when the praises were showered on me… But I definitely thanked the one who is responsible for this, the foodie blog angel. 

Here is the biriyani,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      which is the recipe from Seena of Simple and Delicious! . This recipe is from Kerala, God’s own country and land of many delicacies!!

          This is my dream fulfilled !! Never thought of preparing biriyani myself ! as the list of spices seemed to be too long for me, but when i started to do it, i knew how simple and easy it is!

          One reason which had kept me out trying any recipe of the biriyani is the fact of using curd/ yogurt in its making. Even though lot of people use it in cooking, according to Ayurveda, the curd should never be heated or mixed with anything hot. I am yet to find a substitute or solution to avoid it. As and when I get that it will be updated. And I look forward to present the reason, behind avoiding heating of curd, in Ayurveda .

Until then, enjoy the biriyani and be happy!!

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  Spending my life in the heart of western ghats , has left lots of good memories of the heavy rains, thick jungle, lightning… and I still remember one of those rainy season of my childhood when I was delighted and surprised to see the sun trying to peep outside the dark clouds! It used to be dark all the time for 2-3 months, sun had to go in exile !! That’s how I visualised the rain and monsoon..

Now, after 15yrs and a change of place to Kerala, when I look into the amazement of rain and the sounds it carries with it.. I feel as if getting to a new height of the delight, felt long back. This year it was an eager wait for the rain, to cherish those memories…

End of  May came, but there was no sign of it !

Most of the summer it had rained but now in the monsoon time, there is no rain. The heat was building up and yes at times there was down pour for few days. But again the sky was blue and sun was shining and the moon was clear at night, which is a rare sight at this point of time.

Can say it as an irony that Kerala, the entry point of the south west monsoon (as termed by a report in The Hindu ) hasn’t got the rain yet. Each day grew more sunny and more hot..and expectations grew sore… And the month came when people here start taking medicated porridge and oil treatments to get better immunity & health, against the undesired effects the rain bring with it to the nature & human health. Yet rain didn’t appear. Lots of despair… and then yesterday finally it rained!! Making everyone delighted!! It rained from noon till night , continuously as if to say that, yes I too was waiting to reach you people.. shedding the tears of joy… !!

And now, as I write this, the sun has shown up again to say I’m still there. I keep my fingers crossed that it will rain by afternoon again.. after all in a rainy season finally it has to rain.

So when it rained yesterday, I didn’t waste time and captured the long awaited rain as it pour down cooling one and all..

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Happy for my first post!.. yes happiness is the first priority for everyone in whatever they do.
Even if i think or not, i will never do anything unless i get some kind of good feeling from it.
And i guess that itself is happiness.
The most important thing one gets as a bonus from this feeling is good health! Yes health is nothing but the body and mind in the state of perfect happiness. Who doesn’t want to be healthy?
When people prioritise things, they forget this basic feeling and get involved in all sorts of activities and feelings , at the end of the day, all stressed out!!
I am no exception for this. So i thought of new ways to help myself, found the good ways to be happy. And as a result you read this post.
Being creative counts, may be in photography or cooking or gardening, and the secret for the happiness is never to expect anything from others but to feel the happiness you get from what you do!!
So when you prioritise things,dont forget to keep yourself happy!

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