Literary Lion: “Pool”- Dreadful pool

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The pool in her village

She was sitting at the pool with her feet touching the water. Her eyes are looking at the water, but her thoughts immersed deep into memories of her childhood. She is on a visit to her grandparents after so many years, but her memories are afresh. She can clearly visualise that dreadful day when she was playing paper boats with her tiny brother who drowned into the pool in an attempt to catch her boat. She could not forgive herself for not being able to save him in spite of the fact that she did not know swimming.

This post is in response to the literary lion blog event sponsored by Laura Gabrielle Feasey which can be viewed at this link for more reads.

Simple Poetry used to impart moral lessons and wisdom

Poetry has always been a medium for imparting awareness and education in younger generations and common man all over the world. I would like to bring forth here about the greatness of two Telugu poets who have spread awareness among public regarding moral values, social issues and general knowledge. These poets tried to educate people so that they can see and understand things practically and rationally.

The poets wrote hundreds of poems in very simple, commonly used spoken language of Telugu illustrating and supporting their teachings with some simple one liner parables from daily life. These compositions are known as “Vemana satakam” and “Sumathi satakam”. Satakam means one which comprises of hundred verses. Vemana satakam author is of the same name Vemana (full name being Gona Vema Buddha Reddy), whereas Sumathi satakam author is Baddena Bhupal (also known as Bhadra Bhupala). Both were born in Andhra Pradesh, India during 13th and 14th centuries.

Here are some examples of moral messages through their poems containing parables.

  1. Gold does not make sound like bronze – In the same way a gentle man always speaks softly whereas mean person speaks harshly and loudly.
  2. A mountain appears small in a mirror – So, where it is not proper you should not show your greatness or wisdom. Being small and humble does not mean you are inferior.
  3. If you beat a wooden doll, it will not begin speaking. If you bring a rat skin and wash it throughout the year, it will not turn white. In the same manner, you can not change the nature of people altogether. Try to adjust with them.
  4. If you bring a dog, wear it clothes and crown it at an auspicious occasion on the golden throne, does it leave all its prior habits and behave like a royal king? In the same way, mean mentality people can not be expected to change their mean thoughts and bad habits.

Other inspiring messages in the poems of these poets

  • Helping a person that helped you is not a great thing. But helping that person who harmed you, without counting his faults, is the greatest quality of your personality.
  • It is always wise to listen to others and then to understand whatever he said with a cool mind and research over it to confirm its validity before accepting it.
  • Salt and camphor seem alike, but their tastes and qualities are different. In the same way try to differentiate between wise men and ordinary men and follow wise people.
  • Do not keep finding faults in others. Each of us have our own faults. Those who count faults of others, do not know their own faults.

There are hundreds of poems imparting lessons which are helpful in educating our children and for applying in our daily lives. You can read some more of their messages at my other post at this link.

 

 

A healthy breakfast known as “pesarattu”

A good flavoured, tasty breakfast is all that you would like at the start of a new delightful day to keep yourself in good mood throughout the day.

And here is a spicy and healthy breakfast that can make your day.

It is known as “pesarattu” in Southern India, prepared from green grams (mung bean). It may be also referred to as ‘mung bean dosa’.

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Pesarattu served with chutney and dilute curry

It is available in most of the South Indian hotels at early morning and at evening times also as snacks. You can prepare it at home very easily.

  • Soak moong bean for 12 hours in water. (you may soak it in the evening and prepare it next morning).
  • Wash the mung and put it into your grinding jar of the mixie.
  • Add salt, green chillies and ginger according to your likes to spice up the recipe.
  • Then, grind it adding water until it becomes soft paste.
  • Now, heat the pan (take the flat surfaced pan preferably non-stick pan).
  • Add one spoon oil to the heated pan and spread the mung bean paste on it with a ladle to make a round shaped recipe as in the above image.
  • Fry the recipe till it becomes brownish in colour and turn it to the other side and again fry for some seconds. You may sprinkle some more oil around it to prevent from burning. The other side should not become brownish. It will remain green.
  • Now, your “pesarattu” (mung bean dosa) is ready for eating.
  • Serve it hot and along with some chutney or any side dish as per your tastes. Some people eat it with honey or sugar also.
  • In the restaurants, it is served along with another dish known as upma. It is treated as best combination for breakfast by many people. But, I prefer simple pesarattu without  combing it with upma and even I do not need any chutney,etc. along with it.

This recipe is posted in response to the tasty thursdays blog event for this week.

Literary Lion – Six word story “Starman”

The below is my six word story in tribute of David Bowie, the great singer- writer- musician, who is also known as ‘starman’, who died recently on Sunday, 10th January, 2016.

 

Starman” thy “fame” hath “ziggy stardust“.

This post is in response to the literary lion – six word story challenge with word prompt ‘star’ issued by Laura Gabrielle Feasey which can be viewed at this link.

A South Indian sweet food for divine offerings

This is the period of ‘pongal’ or  ‘sankranti’  in our Hindu religious customs. A full month of worships and prayers remembering the great saintess “Andal” or Goda devi’s devotion and attachment towards God and her contribution towards the spiritual attainment knowledge.

We worship Lord Sri Krishna reciting the hymns created by her for 30 days during this period (16th December to 14th Jan.) and offer a divine food known as Pongal to the god all these days. On some specific days, we have to prepare sweet pongal as the offering along with normal plain pongal.

So, on 31st December, we prepared the sweet pongal recipe as the offering. I wanted to share this dish with you which is sweet, delicate and often topped with a lot of ghee by frying cashew nuts and raisins in that ghee. It will taste so sweet and delicious and full of proteins and energy that you may like to have it often.

chakkara pongali

chakkara pongal or sweet pongal

chakkara pongal recipe preparation

Anybody can prepare this recipe very easily.

The ingredients required are – rice, jaggery (brown sugar), some milk, ghee, broken cashew nuts, raisins, cardamom powder.

Cook the rice in a cooker and add jaggery, milk and some water to it and cook again for some time without lid so as to mix the jaggery entirely into it making it soft. Then, heat the ghee in a small pan and fry the broken cashewnuts and raisins in it and mix it into that cooked preparation along with the cardamom powder. Your chakkara pongal or sweet pongal recipe is now ready for serve.

Some people add a little bit of split green gram (moong dal) while cooking rice for taste. But the green gram is normally added only for preparing plain pongal adding salt which is not sweet and it is to be topped with black pepper powder and cumin seeds only.

This post is posted as a sequence in the tasty thursdays blog event for this week. You can visit the blog event of tasty thursdays at this link.

Tasty Gujarati Dhokla recipe

On this Christmas eve, we had a special recipe known as “Dhokla” which is a very popular Gujarati recipe and is available at the Bikanerwala sweet shops and restaurants.

This recipe is a mixture of both sweet and savoury tastes and so can be liked by all people equally. Very delicious in flavour and tastes.

Dhokla

Dhokla recipe

How to prepare Dhokla recipe:

  • Take 2 cups of chickpea flour (known as besan) and one cup yogurt and mix it well into paste with warm water
  • Add salt also while mixing the batter and a bit of baking soda for fermenting.
  • Then leave it to ferment for 5 to 6 hours or you may keep the batter ready before going to bed at night and prepare the dish next morning.
  • Take a steam cooker and place the batter on a plate or bowl to be put into the cooker on an elevated stand. Now cook the recipe in the steam for 10 minutes and turn off the flame or knob.
  • Allow it cool and then cut into pieces.
  • Heat a little oil in a pan and fry some mustard seeds and / or cumin seeds and add the pieces into it and mix well for a minute. You may add some chilli-ginger paste,coriander powder, turmeric powder and a little bit of sugar also while mixing in the heated pan. This will spice up it.
  • Then serve the pieces in small plates garnished with coriander leaves and if you like some coconut scrape also.
  • Some people serve it with tomato chutney and coriander leaves chutney as side dishes.

I hope all of you will taste this and experience the delicious taste of it. This post is in response to this week’s tasty thursdays post at this link