Boghi, Thai Pongal, Kanu Pidi, Kaanum Pongal … four days of harvesting!

In many places across India, Jan 13th to Jan 16th is celebrated by different names, as “harvest” festivals. On Jan 13th, TamilNadu celebrates it as Boghi Pandigai and Punjab celebrated it as Lohri. The concept is similar – we build a bonfire of old stuff and symbolically let go of old hurts, bad behaviour and … Read more Boghi, Thai Pongal, Kanu Pidi, Kaanum Pongal … four days of harvesting!

Don’t Oppose cooking – Do OPOS cooking !

In Oct when we were at Hyderabad, Nisha came home to meet. We were making “bhindi” (okra) for lunch that day and suddenly Nisha asked Mom if she could make it …. Now, a few things that you should know about Nisha. Nisha is the daughter I would have had if I wanted to have … Read more Don’t Oppose cooking – Do OPOS cooking !

I got a “Text” neck ! Are you next?

We went and met Dr. BharatInder Singh today. I have a lot of relief from the upper arm pain that I had due to the nerves in my neck getting compressed but I still don’t have full free movement of my right hand. The mistake is all mine, I haven’t been consistent in doing the … Read more I got a “Text” neck ! Are you next?

Deepavali “Marundu”

Every Diwali many people in TamilNadu make the Deepavali “Marundu”. Marundu in Tamil means medicine. This is made during Diwali and eaten right in the morning before eating anything else as it helps in digestion and has several medicinal herbs that help ward off many diseases. If we pay close attention to our traditional festival … Read more Deepavali “Marundu”

Elephant Foot Yam is tasty too :)

I wonder if many young children in India even know this vegetable. It is not a pizza topping nor is it a sandwich filling and it certainly is not part of any exotic non-Indian cuisine. Infact it grows in a tropical climate so many parts of Europe and north America don’t even grow this. In … Read more Elephant Foot Yam is tasty too 🙂

Soups, Millets and eating right

In Chennai we discovered two things – Millets and the Phillips soup maker. First the soup maker – it’s the most convenient way to make soups. You just need to cut the vegetables, add water, salt and pepper, set it to creamy soup and twenty minutes later piping hot soup is ready. Here are some … Read more Soups, Millets and eating right