August 23, 2009

Second Blog-O-Anniversary

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Am I still dreaming or has it really been 2 years, (with 247 posts) that I started this blog. For someone, who was totally jobless at that time and with absolutely NO experience at cooking, maintaining such a thing is really a big deal.

All thanks to such wonderful people whom I met all along this fabulous journey and have learnt so much from them in this once-an-unknown territory, that it surprises me myself.

Thank you for all your love and support,


August 22, 2009

Repost: Preparation Vinayaka Chavithi

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Vinayaka Chavithi (Ganesh Chaturthi) is one of the very auspicious festivals observed in the Hindu calendar month of Bhadrapada, starting on the Shukla chaturthi (fourth day of the waxing moon period). This year it is on August 23rd 2009, which is Tomorrow.

So, I thought why not re-post couple of useful links for performing the pooja, especially for people like me who stay far away from India. :)

Original Post

Vinayaka Chavithi Pooja Vidhanam - Text in Telugu and in English.

Vinayaka Chavithi Pooja Vidhanam - Audio(Telugu): Part 1 : Puja
Part 2 : Katha*

May Lord Ganesha bless you all and Happy Vinayaka Chavithi.



August 8, 2009

One stop shop for.. Srilankan recipes

Finally Finally.. here is the roundup of AWED:Srilankan event :)

Without any ado, let's begin the roundup with the entry of patentee of this event ;)

Entry 1: Kiri bath with Lunu Miris from DK of 'Chef In You'

Entry 2: Mun ata Kiribath with Lunu Miris from Sweatha of 'Tasty Curry Leaf'

Entry 3: Kahabath + Potato curry from Dipali of 'Centaur Cooks..'

Entry 4: Srilankan Omlette Curry from HB of 'Dew Drop in the Kitchen'

Entry 5: Pol Roti from Lubna of 'Yummy Food'

Entry 6: Aubergine Morju from Sudha of 'Malaysian Delicacies'

Entry 7: SriLankan Egg Curry from Raje of 'Raje's Culinary Adventures'

Entry 8: Eggplant Moju from Vani of 'Mysoorean'

Entry 9: Soyabeans Kofta Curry from Pinky of 'Esho-Bosho-Aahare'

Entry 10: Beetroot Thel Dala from Nags of 'Edible Garden'

Entry 11: Mango Curry from Nags of 'Edible Garden'

Entry 12: Red Onion Sambol (Lunumiris) from Bee & Jai of Jugalbandi

Entry 13: Pol Sambol from Malini of 'Khana Khazana with Malini'

Entry 14: Kiribath from Malini of 'Khana Khazana with Malini'

Entry 15: Mutta Barotta from Malar of Kitchen Tantra

Entry 16: Wambatu Curry from Priya of 'Priya's Easy N Tasty Recipes'

Entry 17: Vegetarian Chilli Sambal from Priya of 'Priya's Easy N Tasty Recipes'

Entry 18: Sri Lankan Paruppu Kari from Priya of 'Priya's Easy N Tasty Recipes'

Entry 19: Wattalappan from Priya of 'Priya's Easy N Tasty Recipes'

Entry 20: Ala Badun (Srilankan Deviled Potatoes) from Priya of 'Priya's Easy N Tasty Recipes'

Entry 21: Srilankan Broccoli Fry from Priya of 'Priya's Easy N Tasty Recipes'

Entry 22: Srilankan Rolls from Priya of 'Priya's Easy N Tasty Recipes'

Entry 23: Mixed Veg Parotta from Sree of Vidya's Kitchen

A hearty thanks to one & all for contributing their recipe creations to AWED :)

Current theme: AWED: German hosted by Lakshmi Venkatesh.



Edamame Fried Rice

'For, dear me, why abandon a belief
merely because it ceases to be true?
cling to it long enough, and not a doubt
it will turn true again, for so it goes."

~ Robert Frost, The Black Cottage

Thirty days..this has been the longest time I am missing from my blog without any notice . I guess it happens at times in life when you constantly juggle between work, home, blogging, household chores, groceries, library, work again - that one can't juggle any more. I had to take a moment to breath and get back to myself. :)

Today's recipe features a kind of bean which I have never tried before. We all know that beans are an excellent source of cholesterol-lowering fiber and when combined with whole grains such as brown rice, these beans provide a fat-free high quality protein, which is very much necessary to incorporate in our daily diets.

Edamame is a popular soya bean variety from Japan and is a 'wonder veggie' which has numerous health benefits. The recipe featured today is a simple fried rice with the goodness of both beans and wholegrains. It is a complete meal in itself and can be made as a lunch/dinner item.

Edamame Fried Rice


1.5 cups shot-grained brown rice, cooked (substitute: white rice,any kind)
1/2 cup edamame beans, boiled in water until tender
1 egg, beaten
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 onion, chopped
1 tsp soya sauce
1/4 tsp (toasted) sesame oil (optional)
1 tsp canola oil
salt & pepper (optional)


1. Heat oil in a large pan, add garlic and onion. Saute until golden brown and aromatic. (3-4 mins).

2. Add edamame and rice into the pan to cook for 5-6 mins. Adjust salt & pepper if needed.

3. Make a well into the center of rice mixture. Add a very small amount of oil, then add the egg, cook until entirely scrambled. Stir the egg into rice mixture.

4. Finally add soy sauce and toasted sesame oil. Mix through. Serve hot.

Variation: One can add tofu to give it a more sumptuous twist.

This is my entry to My Legume Love Affair 14 hosted by Susan. :)

Have a weekend ahead.

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