May 14, 2015


This is my grandmother's signature dish. I can probably never match the taste with what she prepared during my childhood.

This is very similar to pongal which is prepared in Bangalore/Tamil Nadu with moong dal and rice. A one pot meal. Can be served with tamarind chutney. Thats how I grew up eating and even now its a must for my husband. He will not eat Huggi without the chutney. Tangy taste with a tinge of jaggery makes it drool worthy.

Apr 1, 2014

Recycled Boxes and Tissue Rolls

Completely off my previous posts. I still decided to post this.

I made a desk organizer using empty cardboard boxes and also tissue rolls. The only thing I had to buy was wooden plank. I could buy it easily from Walmart for less than $5.00. I wish I used a high quality gift wrap precisely scrapbook paper to wrap the boxes, rolls. I did buy mod podge to apply it on boxes, rolls but should admit I did not use it much. Just on a couple of them. 

The final outcome is serving my purpose. So it was worth my time :)

Feb 13, 2014

Surnali / Dosa

Surnali is a very simple dosa. With just very few ingredients you can have spongy dosas for breakfast. I feel this is a very versatile batter. We can add jaggery and make sweet dosas or just make regular ones and serve with chutney. You can even add cucumber or magge (mangalore sautekayi) to it. If you are adding cucumber it is better to avoid adding poha. Adding both will make the dosa too soft.

Magge is a special cucumber which is called as Mangalore Sautekayi in Bangalore. I am not sure if this is used across India or if this is a South Indian specific vegetable. I remember my Uncle growing this in his farm. This has a longer shelf life and we use this only in different types of gravy and dosas. We do not eat this raw.