Monday, 31 July 2017

A girl with her grandma

Executed in 2003, this dry pastel painting was inspired by a photograph. It depicts the close bond between grandmother and grand daughter. I am glad that I managed to bring out the happiness and contentment on the faces of the protagonists.

A girl with her grandma - Dry pastel on paper - 14" x 20" 
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Sunday, 30 July 2017

Zucchini - Sweet Corn Salad

A couple of weeks ago, I found fresh zucchini in the vegetable section of a popular supermarket. This vegetable is not easily available in Chennai, and hence, I picked it up for making salad. Zucchini, a type of gourd, is rich in vitamin C, vitamin B6 and potassium. Though zucchini can be used to make soups and pasta dishes, I prefer it as a salad. Let me share with you how to make a simple zucchini salad .

Ingredients:
Zucchini – sliced thin, 1 teacup
Sweet corn kernels – steamed, ½ teacup*
Salt – to taste
Honey – 1 teaspoon
Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon
Red chili flakes – ¼ teaspoon

*You may use ready to use sweet corn pack instead.

Method: Wash and cut the zucchini vertically into halves, and cut one half into thin slices. Place the zucchini slices and sweet corn kernels in a large bowl. Add salt, honey, lemon juice and red chili flakes. Mix well. Refrigerate for 30 minutes; your salad is now ready to serve.  


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Thursday, 27 July 2017

Date Halwa (பேரீச்சம்பழ ஹல்வா)

Date (பேரிச்சம்பழம்) is the most commonly available dry fruit that is rich in iron, calcium and potassium. Date fruits are sweet and can be consumed as such. They are also used for making some traditional preparations like panchamirtham (பஞ்சாமிர்தம்) and sweet chutney among others. Today let us make date halwa (பேரீச்சம்பழ ஹல்வா), a simple sweet that can be prepared in no time.

Ingredients:
Premium dates – deseeded, 1 teacup or 200 ml measure
Milk – ¾ teacup or 150 ml
Sugar – ¼ teacup or 50 ml measure*
Ghee – 3 tablespoons
Cashew nuts – broken, 2 tablespoons

*If the dates are not very sweet, you may increase the sugar quantity to ½ teacup.



Method: Heat 1 teaspoon of ghee in a spice pan and fry cashew nuts till they turn light brown in color. Keep aside. Mix the dates with milk and bring the mixture to boil in a kadai. Once the milk is absorbed, add sugar. Mix well and cook on low flame. Now add the remaining ghee and blend the contents together. Add fried cashew nuts and continue to cook on slow fire till the halwa separates from the sides of the kadai. Your date halwa is ready! Switch off the stove and transfer the contents to a dry container. You may serve this sweet as a dessert.

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Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Potato Cauliflower Fry (உருளைக்கிழங்கு பூக்கோசு கறி)

Potato and cauliflower complement each other while making a curry or gravy. This dry curry made with potato and cauliflower goes well with chapattis and steamed rice alike. As the cooking time for these two vegetables differs, I prefer to cook them separately and finally mix them together. I find this method offers better results especially for dry curry. Please try this Aloo-Gobi recipe.

Ingredients: (Serves four)
Potato – medium sized, 5 no
Cauliflower – small or 1 teacup of florets
Onion – large, 1 no, sliced
Oil – 2 tablespoons
Kashmiri chili powder – 1 teaspoon
Turmeric powder – 1 teaspoon
Pepper powder – ¼ teaspoon
Salt – to taste
Mustard seeds – 1 teaspoon
Cumin seeds – ½ teaspoon
Curry leaves – a few
Potato Cauliflower Fry (உருளைக்கிழங்கு பூக்கோசு கறி)
Method: Pressure cook potatoes for 5 minutes or 5 whistles; cool under running water; peel and cube them. Add required salt, ½ teaspoon turmeric powder and chili powder. Mix well. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a sauce pan; add the potato pieces and fry on low flame stirring every now and then till they become golden brown in color.

Mean while, separate the cauliflower florets; wash well, drain and keep aside. Heat oil in another kadai; add mustard and cumin seeds and when they start to crackle add sliced onion. Sauté till the onion pieces become light brown in color. Add cauliflower florets, salt, ½ teaspoon turmeric powder and pepper powder. Cover and cook on low flame till the vegetable is done. Now transfer the cauliflower to the saucepan and mix gently with the fried potato pieces. Garnish with curry leaves. Simmer for 2–3 minutes and then, switch off the stove. Serve hot with rice or chapatti.

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Tuesday, 6 June 2017

How to draw a lotus flower?

Hi Kids,

All of you are familiar with lotus, the national flower of India. Today's lesson aims to help you draw a lotus flower using pencils and crayons. Just follow the steps shown in the figure. Happy drawing !

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