Please have some Kheer (Rice Pudding)

Kheer or Eggless Rice PuddingToday I would like to share Kheer(rice pudding) recipe, on the occasion of full moon. Full moon is also known as  पूर्णिमा(Purnima) in the Sanskrit language. People celebrate this event with kheer. My mom makes magical kheer, I remember, on Purnimas our neighborhood/community would gather under the moonlight  in our yard/terrace to enjoy this sweet dish. Though a full moon occurs once every month, but, when it occurs twice a month it is referred to as a blue moon, though it is not blue colored, it occurs “once in a blue moon” – a phrase to mean a rare occurrence. When the year has 13 full moons instead of the usual 12, the “extra” moon is the blue one. It was a blue moon yesterday! continue>>

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Create Transparent Text with GIMP’s Xach Effect

How to Create Transparent Text with GIMP's Xach EffectThere are times when you add solid text on to an image and the beauty of the image is hidden. Especially the pictures of Nature or a beautiful artwork with detailed intricate patterns and engravings, you don’t want them concealed by solid text. The solution to get around this is to create transparent text by using Xach effect in GIMP. I like transparent text, it is like water you can see thru it. There are complex tutorials with tedious steps showing you how to make the text transparent by using masking layer, that is not needed. You can implement this cool effect in few easy steps by using this simple tutorial without the need for masking layer. Here’s how continue>>

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GIMP’s Xach Effect for ink-saving stencils

How to make stencil with Xach Effect in GIMPI happen to be a not-so-active member of an online GIMP forum, a user had this question. I have shared my answer there. But, then I felt the need to share the answer here as well, incase anyone wants to apply this effect. This blog seems like a good broadcasting platform for sharing this type of stuff. My first response would be to urge everyone to manually draw the letter by hand without opting for a stencil, however if one is inclined to use a graphic editor tool for this task, I would suggest using GIMP to accomplish this. Here’s how continue>>

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Please have some papad!

How to make papad

Today I share with you how to make papad. Papads are thin, crispy, savory disc shaped accompaniments to meals. There are different styles of papad depending on the ingredients used in their making. Papad (also refered as papadum in the west) has many varieties like, urad, moong or besan(chickpea flour) etc. Please enjoy some papad with raita and khichdi!

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Please have some cucumber raita!

Cucumber Raita - A sattvic organic wholemilk yogurt side dish

Today I share with you a recipe for cucumber raita. It’s a great ayurvedic, sattvic and vegetarian side dish. No special culinary skills are needed to make this dish. It is very simple and easy, anyone can make it.  It’s a delicious and wholesome side dish for summer season. Cucumber raita is a cool dish for hot weather. It is served as an accompaniment to basic Indian meal. Here, please have some with khichdi. Enjoy!

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Please have some khichdi!

Khichdi yellow mung beanToday I share with you mung dal khichdi. It is an ayurvedic vegetarian recipe. It is a simple, easy to digest sattvic delight. Though not a staple food, people enjoy eating this all over India. It is sometimes served as prasad in temples or gurdwaras, it is also offered to people who are sick as their metabolism slows down and khichdi is their food of choice because it is easy to digest. More often than not, a heavy meal is followed by khichdi at a later time of the day, as a light alternative. I make khichdi on occasions when I want to cook something easy with minimal effort and few ingredients without lengthy preparation or elaborate cooking. continue>>

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Prized paintings…

red color plateRemember, in one of my earlier posts, I had mentioned about how our home has been transformed into an art gallery, all this was actualized thru our intuitive kids, who are quite creative and artistic. I have a lot to learn from them, they are my ingenious gurus. I am bedazzled and want to learn their one-of-a-kind naive art, that they are gifted with. If you want to create naive art with your kids this summer, here’s how we did it… continue>>

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