Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Stuffed Capsicum Fry/Bunga Mirapakaya Fry

  • Small Size Capsicum /BungaMirapakaya- 6no
  • Senaga Pindi/Besan/Gram flour (Or) Pappula Podumu
  • Salt- to taste
  • Cooking Oil to mix the Powder
  • Clean the Capsicum & dry it by using a cloth.
  • Take a bowl add  Pappula Podumu or Senaga Pindi / Besan / Gram Flour and salt.
  • Mix well and sprinkle little oil and mix it.
  • Now take a knife and point to the capsicum to cut vertically  ( | ) .Stuff the mixed mixture.
  • Heat oil in a pan and fry them well turning on both sides.
  • Remove it to a Bowl.
  • Serve it with Rice and Enjoy!!
  • If you feel the Capsicums may turn black while frying to avoid these,first fry those capsicums for a while in the oil.
  • Later stuff the mixture and fry it!!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Happy Maha Shivaratri Wishes!!

Happy Maha Shivaratri Wishes to all my dear Family Members ,Friends,and blog readers.
The following Video song is "Shiva Shiva Shankara" from the movie "Damarukam".

Maha Shivaratri

Maha Shivaratri is celebrated throughout the country; it is particularly popular in Uttar Pradesh. Maha Shivratri falls on the 14th day of the dark half of 'Margasira' (February-March).This year Maha Shivaratri is celebrated on Sunday, 10th March, 2013. 
 The name means "the night of Shiva". The ceremonies take place at night. This is a festival observed in honour of Lord Shiva and it is believed that on this day Lord Shiva was married to Parvati.

   On this festival people worship 'Shiva - the Destroyer'. This night marks the night when Lord Shiva danced the 'Tandav'. In Andhra Pradesh, pilgrims throng the Sri Kalahasteshwara Temple at Kalahasti and the Bharamarambha Malikarjunaswamy Temple at Srisailam.

About The Lord

   Shiva - the word meaning auspicious - is one of the Hindu Trinity, comprising of Lord Brahma, the creator, Lord Vishnu, the preserver and Lord Shiva or Mahesh, the Destroyer and Re-Producer of life. Shiva is known by many names like "Shankar", "Mahesh", "Bholenath", "Neelakanth", "Shambhu Kailasheshwar", "Umanath", "Nataraj" and others.

   For few people, Shiva is "Paramatman", "Brahman", the Absolute, but many more prefer to see Shiva as a personal God given to compassion for his worshippers, and the dispenser of both spiritual and material blessings. Related to the Absolute concept is Shiva as "Yoganath" meaning the Lord of Yoga, wherein he becomes teacher, path and goal. As such he is the "Adi Guru" or the Highest Guru of 'Sannyasins' who have renounced the world to attain the Absolute.

   He is the most sought-after deity amongst the Hindus and they pray to him as the god of immense large-heartedness who they believe grants all their wishes. Around him are weaved many interesting stories that reveal His magnanimous heart. Not only this, but these stories and legends also enrich the Indian culture and art.

   Time is invisible and formless. Therefore Mahakal Shiva, as per the Vedas, manifested himself as "LINGUM" to make mankind aware of the presence of Eternal Time. That day when Shiva manifested himself in the form of "Lingum" was the fourth day of the dark night in the month of 'Magha' i.e. February-March. Maha Shivratri continues to be celebrated forever and ever.

The Story Of King Chitrabhanu

   In the Shanti Parva of the Mahabharata, Bhishma, whilst resting on the bed of arrows and discoursing on Dharma, refers to the observance of Maha Shivaratri by King Chitrabhanu. The story goes as follows - Once upon a time King Chitrabhanu of the Ikshvaku dynasty, who ruled over the whole of Jambudvipa, was observing a fast with his wife, it being the day of Maha Shivaratri. The sage Ashtavakra came on a visit to the court of the king.

   The sage asked the king the purpose of his observing the past. King Chitrabhanu explained that he had the gift of remembering the incidents of his previous birth.

   The king said to the sage that in his previous he was a hunter in Varanasi and his name was Suswara. His only livelihood was to kill and sell birds and animals. One day while roaming through forests in search of animals he was overtaken by the darkness of night. Unable to return home, he climbed a tree for shelter. It happened to be a Bael tree. He had shot a deer that day but had no time to take it home. So he bundled it up and tied it to a branch on the tree. As hunger and thirst tormented him, he was kept awake throughout the night. He shed profuse tears when he thought of his poor wife and children who were starving and anxiously waiting for his return. To pass away the time that night he engaged himself in plucking the Bael leaves and dropping them down onto the ground.

   The next day he returned home and sold the deer and then bought some food for himself and his family. The moment he was about to break his fast a stranger came to him, begging for food. He served the food first to stranger and then had his own.

   At the time of his death, he saw two messengers of Lord Shiva. They were sent down to conduct his soul to the abode of Lord Shiva. He learnt then for the first time of the great merit he had earned by the unconscious worship of Lord Shiva during the night of Shivaratri. The messengers told him that there was a Lingam at the bottom of the tree. The leaves I dropped fell on the Lingam. His tears, which had shed out of pure sorrow for his family, fell onto the Lingam and washed it and he had fasted all day and all night. Thus, he unconsciously worshiped the Lord.

   As the conclusion of the tale the King said that he lived in the abode of the Lord and enjoyed divine bliss for long ages and now he has reborn as Chitrabhanu.

The Festivity

   People observe a strict fast on this day. Some devotees do not even take a drop of water and they keep vigil all night. The Shiva Lingam is worshipped throughout the night by washing it every three hours with milk, curd, honey, rose water, etc., whilst the chanting of the Mantra "Om Namah Shivaya" continues. Offerings of Bael leaves are made to the Lingam as Bael leaves are considered very sacred and it is said that Goddess Lakshmi resides in them.

   Hymns in praise of Lord Shiva, such as the "Shiva Mahimna Stotra" of Pushpadanta or Ravana's "Shiva Tandava Stotra" are sung with great fervour and devotion. People repeat the 'Panchakshara' Mantra, "Om Namah Shivaya". He, who utters the names of Shiva during Shivratri, with perfect devotion and concentration, is freed from all sins. He reaches the abode of Shiva and lives there happily. He is liberated from the wheel of births and deaths. Many pilgrims dock to the places where there are Shiva temples.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Happy Women's Day ~ Baby Corn Curry

8 March 2013,Today marks the International Women's Day.The Day recognises that securing peace, social progress and the full enjoyment of human rights requires the active participation, equality and development of women. It also acknowledges the contribution of women to the strengthening of international peace and security. 

For the women of the world, the Day's symbolism has a wider meaning. It is an opportunity to unite, network and mobilise for meaningful change. It is also an occasion to review how far they have come in their struggle for equality, peace and development.Without Woman there is no World.

On this day I want to share with a simple Curry to all those who loves Baby Corn& to my Mother who is a very Special WOMAN ( Wonderful,Outstanding,Marvellous,Adorable,Nice)to me,she likes this recipe.

Here goes the recipe.


  • Baby Corn- 1 cup chopped
  • Tomato- 1 medium chopped
  • Onion- 1 small chopped
  • Carrot- 1 small chopped
  • Cilantro/Kothimeer- To garnish
  • Green Chilies-2 no sliced
  • Turmeric- a pinch
  • Salt to taste
  • Red Chilli powder-1/2tsp
  • Ginger Garlic Paste-!/2tsp
  • Garam Masala powder-a pinch
  • Cashew nut Paste- little ( Optional)
  • Oil-1tbsp
  • Mustard Seeds-1/2tsp
  • Cumin Seeds- 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves- few
  • Water- little

  • Clean the Baby Corn .
  • Take a pan,heat with oil .
  • When it heated,add the Cumin seeds,Mustard seeds,Curry leaves.
  • Add green chillies and Onion.
  • Saute them well add salt and cover it with lid for few seconds so that it cooks well and soon.
  • Now add Ginger garlic paste and cook it well till u get nice aroma.
  • Now add the chopped vegetables.
  • Add little salt,red chilli powder,garam masala and Cashewnut paste.
  • Mix well all the ingridients.
  • Add little water to cook and cover it with a lid for few minutes.
  • Meanwhile ,open the lid and add water if it observed.
  • Cook it till u see bubbles.
  • Switch off the flame.
  • Serve this in to a bowl.Garnish with Cilantro leaves.
  • Taste with a Rice or Roti.Enjoy!!

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Happy Women's Day
                                                             To all Wonderful Woman out there!!