Benefits of Deeparadhana – The lamp for prosperity

Deepam – the light for prosperity  is coming of ages as a tradition. There are many benefits of Deeparadhana in a Pooja. Here i am trying to put together some of the auspicious benefits of deepam in the Poojas, Ceremonies and Functions. This is called as deeparadhana. What are the benefits of Deepam? Deepam gives Light. The Light represents fire. Light also represents Knowledge. and knowledge is Power. In fact Deepam gives positive vibrations and add to the power of mantra or the chanting. various constituents of Deepam such as the Lamp indicates body, the wick (Ottu) indicates Guru, the Oil indicates faith and the light indicated God. It is an excellent symbolism for the deepam. Scientifically speaking, The light rays produces Read More …

Aditya Hrudayam

Aditya Hrudayam is a strotram said to be composed by the saint Agastya as per the Yudha Kanda of Ramayana. this was recited and taught to Rama before the war with the demon king Ravana. Aditya Hrudayam is associated with Surya and said to be giving mental peace and victory. Tato yuddha parishraantam samare chintayaa sthitam Raavanam chaagrato drishtvaa yuddhaaya samupasthitam Daivataishcha samaagamya drashtu mabhyaagato ranam Upaagamyaabraveed ramam agastyo bhagavaan rishih Rama Rama mahaa baaho shrunu guhyam sanaatanam Yena sarvaanareen vatsa samare vijayishyasi Aaditya Hridayam punyam sarva shatru vinaashanam Jayaavaham japennityam akshayyam paramam shivam Sarva mangala maangalyam sarva paapa pranaashanam Chintaa shoka prashamanam ayur vardhanamuttamam Rashmi mantam samudyantam devaasura namaskritam Poojayasva vivasvantam bhaaskaram bhuvaneshvaram Sarva devaatmako hyesha tejasvee rashmi bhaavanah Esha Read More …

Cauliflower 65

Ingredients: Cauliflower – one medium size flower(cut into small pieces) Maida – 10 table spoons Rice flour( or) Corn flour  – 10 tea  spoons Ginger Garlic paste – 1 tea spoon Coriander leaves –  small bunch ( cut into small pieces) Curry leaves – 15 leaves (cut into small pieces) Salt – as per taste Red chillie paste -1  table spoon Green chillies –  3  ( cut it into big pieces) Black Pepper powder – 1/2 table spoon Water – as required Method  of preparation: Before preparing the ingredients, take boiling water and keep the cauliflower pieces for about 5 min. This will not only soften the cauliflower, but also keep the small worms(if any) out. Now fry the Cauliflower Read More …

Dosa Kaya Pappu – Tasty and healthy side dish

Dosa Kaya Pappu :  Dosa Kaya is also called as yellow cucumber. It is close to look in Sun Melon. One of the best vegetable for making simple and healthy dishes. Ingredients: Dosakaya (Cut into small pieces) – 1/2cup Mustered seeds –  1/4 spoon Jeera ( Cumin seeds)  – 1/4 spoon Menthi – 1/4 spoon Tamarind  – small lemon size Toor dhal – 1 1/2 cup Green chilli – 4  (cut it into big pieces) Garlic –15 Curry leaves  – 1 Hing – little bit Salt as per your taste Oil-1 table spoon Preparation Method: Take a pan  keep it on the stove and light the stove let it heat .After  it is heated add 1 table spoon of oil, Read More …

Special Jowar Roti -Millets for health

The Humble Jowar, which is a Millet has really huge benefits of Health and nutrition. The Jowar Roti is one of the oldest known food used by Humans. This is also called as Sorghum. It has abundant amount of Calcium, Iron minerals. It is a great source of Fiber and protein too. It contains anti oxidants such as polyphenolic compounds. It helps in weight loss and also reduce cardiac risk. Jowar Roti is also good food and easy make as well as digest too. Millet food is always preferred by our ancestors over the rice and Roti. Adding the whet floor will add to the softness of the Roti. Ingredients: Jowar flour- 2  cups Rice flour  – 1/2cup Roasted gram Read More …

Guntha Pongulu (Phaddu)

Guntha Ponganalu is really tasty even though it is a bit clumsy to make and bit more work to do. It is worth the hassle when you finish it. Everyone in the  family likes this. This is very famous dish not only in Andhra Pradesh but entire south India. This is also called as Phaddu In Kannada and Paniyaram in Tamil. Even in Andhra this is called by different names such as Guntha Pongulu/ Ponganaalu. Even some call this as Punugulu,  but that is a different dish in the North Andhra Pradesh. This needs a Special Tawa with Holes made for making the ponganalu. it used to be made in Iron, but now a days we have this in non-stick Read More …

Aloo Poori – try this simple snack

Aloo Poori is a good change in the menu. May not be good in terms of calories but excellent in taste. Simple to make and does not involve much of work. I say that this is not good in terms of calories, because it is a deep fried item and lot of carbs included in it. Ingredients: Wheat flour-2cups Potatoes-Medium sized-2 Red Chilli powder-2 table spoon Coriander seeds powder-2 table spoon Salt to taste Oil for frying Method of Preparation Boil the potatoes smash it completely after draining water. Add all the other ingredients and mix a tight dough just before 10 minutes you prepare the poori’s. Roll out into poori’s using rice flour to knead. Deep fry in hot Read More …

Simple Upma

Upma is a simple dish to make and very tasty too. The best part of Upma is that it is easy to make for larger servings and filling breakfast.This is the reason for which Upma becomes a  commonly served during functions. Also another advantage is that even if the estimates have gone wrong, the recovery is easy. You can make the shortfall good in few minutes. There can be different verities which the Upma can take by adding or changing some ingredients. Ingredients:: Bombay rawa-1 cup- (Sooji Rawa) Green chillies-4-6 –chopped. (size of the pieces to be based on if you want to separate or eat it) Salt to taste Oil-5 table spoons Cumin seeds-1 table spoon Bengal gram dhal-1 Read More …

Ragi Dosa

Ragi Dosa is good for weight management. Also, it is very tasty. Ingredients: Ragi flour-2cups Black gram dhal-1/2 cup Salt to taste Soda powder-1/2 tea spoon Method of preparation : Soak black gram dhal for 1 hour. Grind to smooth batter Mix ragi flour with water to idli batter Mix salt ,soda powder. Pour ladle full of batter over the tawa and spread into thin dosa Roast in low flame and serve hot.              Variation : Add chopped onions and tomatoes , coriander leaves to the batter and pour dosa’s roast both the sides, serve hot.

Coconut Dosa

Ingradients: Boiled rice – 2 cups Fresh scrapped coconut-1cup Salt to taste Soda powder- a pinch Method: Soak the rice for 5 hours and grind it to smooth batter along with coconut. Allow the batter to ferment hole night Next day add salt and soda powder to the batter . Pour the dosa on tawa roaste single side and serve hot. Toppings and variety of combinations for dosa’s. Smear coconut chutney and keep some   potato curry and pour a tea spoon of ghee  over the dosa. Smear coconut chutney and keep little potato curry  inside the dosa and fold and serve hot  . Sprinkle only Karam podi made of roasted gram and pour little oil and ghee and serve hot. Read More …