Thursday, May 29, 2014

Carrot Onion stir fry

ingredients
carrot-250gms
shallots-handful
red chillies
mustard
oil
salt
grated coconut -(optional)
procedure
you need only very few ingredients..wash and cut the carrots into 1 inch sticks..cut the shallots too...set aside..heat a kadai put some oil and add mustard,redchilly pieces,then shallots stir well for 5 mts..then add carrots and salt to taste,sprinkle some water and cover it for a few mts till done..take care to stir in between..for garnishing the dish,you can spread the grated coconut on top of the curry..now ready to serve a healthy side dish..it is a good accompaniment with meals or fried rice and especially curd rice..






Saturday, May 24, 2014

SAL Kantha - Final Update!

eventually here comes the final update of Anita's SAL..seeing my whole kantha design,cant explain how excited i was when i have completed last weeks tutorial..iam certainly fortunate to join in her SAL this time and really enjoyed it a lot..i can say that those who has not joined in have missed it everyway..

Needless to say that her explanations in SAL were crystal clear and i much appreciate her embroidery talent..i hope she will grant us with further wonderful tutorials through Artisticfingers as early as possible..thank you so much Anita..

uploading 4 pics here..






                         Enjoy Kantha Work!


Thursday, May 22, 2014

Kappa/Tapioca curry

ingredients
tapioca-500gms
big onion-2 to 3
green chillies-4
ginger-1'piece
curry leaves
turmeric powder
salt
urad dal
mustard
jeera
oil
procedure
wash and cut tapioca into cubes..pressurecook the tapioca cubes with salt,turmeric powder and enough water for 3 to 4 whistles (depends on tapioca) or till done..

heat a kadai put some oil and add mutard,urad dal,jeera,slit green chillies,chopped ginger,curry leaves and finally onion slices..stir for 5 mts..then add cooked tapioca and mash it a bit add water as required to get the consistency of your choice..now ready to serve with chapathi, poori or even dosas..







Tuesday, May 20, 2014

SAL Kantha - Triangle Borders and Dots

This time also i was too late to update my SAL as i had some personal matters..anyway i finished it by yesterday evening..oops!sorry,somehow i have left to fill center of the crown flower..i will do it with the next post..happy and proud to see the Kantha design now :)..do you feel my color choice is going dull? waiting forward to Artisticfingers for tomorrow's final post..uploading 3 pics here..










Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Easy Threading Needle!

 All of you are in familiar with needle threader given below..


here iam introducing not a threader but an easy threading Needle..


for online shopping link is "HERE"

This needle has 2 eyes in the  head..the top of the eye (slot-eye) has been cut to allow the thread to pass through from above..see the pic below..



                                     
                                            how to thread the Needle

To use, simply hold both your needle and thread with the thumb and forefinger of one hand, and with the other hand, grasp the thread, pulling it gently but firmly over the "V" down into the eye of the needle..
when you stitch and pull the needle repeatedly,the thread does not easily pop back out of the opening..thats how the needle behaves..3 strands can be passed through the slot easily..and this needle is too sharp as well..
so not to worry guys! no need to squint as well !

The lower eye is designed as usual way we are all familiar with: after squinting, pass the tip of the thread through the eye of the needle and pull..Hmmmm toooo boring isn't?so always try to use the slot-eye..

here the threading of the needle is the step that is simplified with this tool, so it becomes an easy task to thread the needle for those who are tired or bored of threading so far..:))

i bought some packages of 6 needles from 'Jo-ann craft store' when i was in US..since then iam using this for all purposes including embroidery.. i also gifted to some of my friends and relatives who agreed that its very useful for easy threading..hope you all will adore it..:)




Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day!


“M” is for the million things she gave me,
“O” means only that she’s growing old,
“T” is for the tears she shed to save me,
“H” is for her heart of purest gold;
“E” is for her eyes, with love-light shining,
“R” means right, and right she’ll always be,
Put them all together, they spell “MOTHER,”
A word that means the world to me.
                                                                           
                                                        you are my everything! i luv you amma!

                                                            "Happy Mother's Day"

Saturday, May 10, 2014

SAL Kantha - Dhaneer Sheesh border

i have finished this week's SAL Kantha where i have done "dhaneer sheesh border" with 7 kantha stitches using 2 strands of anchor black..i have filled the band with arrowheads through out without leaving gap at the bottom..even though mine is not so perfect,it was an interesting experience for me to make this special arrowhead band..i really enjoyed it a lot..thank you Anita..







Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Boil Over Safeguard

an indispensable household device for me..so i want to introduce it here..its just a 2 piece gadget- a round silicone disc having some big holes in the center with a small top silicone lid..actually this Gadget is used for boiling pastas in US which helps to prevent spilling overs..

here i use this lid whenever i cook my rice..i dont like to cook rice in pressure cooker..i always boil the red rice in a pot on stove top for less than 15 minutes (for white rice 5 minutes is enough) and then keep inside the Rice Thermal Cooker(non-electric)..after 1 hour its ready to serve..when boiling rice,i cover rice pot with this silicone disc with its cover and it helps me not to boil over outside the vessel..even if i put on high flame,no mess at all and no worry  at all..no need of standing long near the kitchen counter and also saves more time for doing other works..besides,my gas stove and vessel will always be kept clean..yes i mean really it saves clean up in the kitchen..

it can also be used for boiling  milk,vegetable gravies or anything else..i dont think,so far it is available in india..i bought it when i was in US..i recommend this product for all of you and hope it will be come to india soon..




2-piece gadget


                                see how the gadget helps me in my kitchen:)




Sunday, May 4, 2014

Mango chutney and Humman

now MANGO is everywhere everywhere!!!
and many more varieties as well!!!
as this is a mango season we can use them (either raw or ripe) in many versions..2 of them i am posting here..

Raw Mango Chutney
ingredients
1.raw mango-2 nos
2.shallots-5 or 6
3.red chillies-4 or 5
4.salt
5.coconut oil-1 tab sp
procedure
peel the mangoes and cut into pieces..
put 1 to 4 ingredients in a mixer and grind coarsely..remove it into a bowl and add oil on top and give a mix..ready to take with meal or breakfast items and even with bread..you can also opt asafoetida powder instead of shallots..that also gives another flavour for a change..


               
Ripe Mango Godda Humman
ingredients
ripe mangoes-4 or 5
jaggery-300 gms or more as per your taste
salt-a pinch
corn flour-2 tsp
for seasoning
pepper powder-2 tsp
mustard
cumin seeds
curry leaves
oil
procedure
cut the mangoes(need not peel) in big sizes(2 long side pieces + middle portion with its seed)..put them in a vessel,add a few water and salt..boil it for 5 mts..then put jaggery and boil again..mix cornflour with 1tabsp water, stir well and add to the above and bring to boil again..put oil in a thadka pan and season with mustard,jeera,pepper powder and curryleaves and add on top of the hot humman..now ready to serve as a dessert..
sorry i was not able to take the picture of the humman after seasoning it :(
as it had already finished and vanished from my table :))..



Enjoy Cooking!

Friday, May 2, 2014

SAL Kantha - Wheel and Borders

i love Paichano so i was also happy to change the borders as per Anita's decision..now it looks adorable na? Yesss,SAL Kantha tutorial is almost going to finish by 2 weeks..Damn sure that we cant get any wonderful tutorial other than Anita's..cant wait long for a new tute...so definitely i believe she wont disappoint us..
uploading my work for all of your view..








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