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216. Happy Pongal / Sankranti


One of my favourite festivals is Sankranti. Its a festival of worshiping first crop or harvest of farmers.

Miss those early sankranti mornings  coloring the house fronts with Rangoli. It felt so beautiful to see colorful streets with creative designs.

The another best part of the festival is Ellu Bella (made with sesame seeds, coconuts, peanuts, sugar or jaggery blocks). I feel the taste of sesame seeds really hits on Sankranti time. Offering ellu bella to friends and family & greeting each other with the words “Ellu bella tindu olle matannadi” (Kannada language), is such a sweet gesture on colorful day.

My Sankranti day happened perfect with divine blessings, spicy pongal, delicious sweet pongal and my favourite ellu bella.

Wish you all HAPPY PONGAL / SANKRANTI

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201. Kale Ridge


Hello all…..

Must be wondering what is this Kale Ridge!!! It is my new experiment in cooking……I should say its my own recipe and here it goes.

Take equal proportion of Ridge gourd(cut in cubes) and Kale leaves.

Take a pan, add oil and once oil is heated add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, curry leaves.

Then add cut kale leaves and ridge gourd cubes and fry in oil for 5 min. Add 2 whole cloves and 2 black peppers. After 1 min add milk and boil (the amount of milk is based on your choice of consistency for curry) I like to add little more milk. You will sense the sweet aroma coming out of pan and believe me it just increases your appetite. Then add grinded green chillies and turmeric and boil for 2 min. Finally add salt for taste and garnish with coriander.

This tastes yummy with hot rice and also is great side dish for roti, chapati.

I always wondered myself if I can really cook something new. But I’m so happy today. Just try this recipe and let me know what you feel……

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