Black rice/karuppu kavani rice kozhukattai

 

Ingredients:

Black rice flour : 1 cup
Jaggery : 1/4 cup
Salt a pinch
Gingelly oil 1 tsp

Method:

Boil the jaggery with water n filter the impurities.
Take the flour in a mixing bowl.add a pinch of salt.
Mix the jaggery water with flour.knead it to chapathi dough consistency.
Add a tsp of oil and knead it well.
Steam it for 4 to 5 mins .
Serve hot.
Note : you can adjust the sweetness of jaggery per your taste

Author: Priyadarshini Somasundar

Priyadarshini is an Engineering graduate in Electronics and Communication. She used work for Dell, Later shifted to Chennai after marriage and worked in Ericsson as system analyst. I have always been passionate about our tradition and curious to know about our ancient wisdom and practices, which made me join this group.

RECIPE OF KUTHIRAIVALI/BARNYARD MILLET UPMA

INGREDIENTS:

  1. Kuthiravali millet- 1 cup
  2. Water- 3cups
  3. Assorted veggies – chopped beans, carrot.
  4. Onion 2 nos
  5. Tomato 1no
  6. Turmeric 1/4spoon
  7. To temper-
  8. Mustard
  9. Oil
  10. Urad dal
  11. Chana dal
  12. Curry leaves

Method:wash n rinse the millet. Soak for 15 mins. Temper the ingredients in the ‘to temper’ list. Add the onion, tomato and saute for a while. add veggies and saute. Add water and boil it for few mins. Add the millet until it gets cooked. Serve hot with chutney

Author: Priyadarshini Somasundar

Priyadarshini is an Engineering graduate in Electronics and Communication. She used work for Dell, Later shifted to Chennai after marriage and worked in Ericsson as system analyst. I have always been passionate about our tradition and curious to know about our ancient wisdom and practices, which made me join this group.

Life is full of various experiences, understand to enjoy it.

Life is a beautiful journey, just enjoy travelling every experience that comes your way.

Forwarded by : Roopa Prasanna  || Source : Unknown

the journey

The grass is happy in the fields and feel that everything is going fine. It thanks its creator, the God.Suddenly a cow comes and eats the grass. The grass is scared to enter into the mouth of the cow where it is crushed. The grass suffers.

After sometime, it gets converted into milk and is collected in a vessel. It feels happy that it has got settled in a new place in a new form and its value has been added.

A drop of curd is dropped inside the milk and it starts getting converted into curd.The milk feels that its situation becomes worse. The milk suffers in this process and settles in the form of curd. It gets churned and in this process suffers and becomes buttermilk and butter.
The butter smells good and is happy in this form. and thanks God for having added value in its life.

Suddenly, it is put a vessel and gets heated. It feels the heat, cries and after sometime it becomes ghee. It is transported to a new place in which the roads are full of potholes. Finally reaches a temple where it is poured on Lord. It worries whether it is in right path or not. But , When it reaches the feet of Lord, it feels the bliss.

Thus,Life is a journey which is full of happy and bitter experiences and the destiny is to reach the feet of God. Bitter experiences – Sufferings are blessings in disguise to transform us into better human beings. Lack of clarity of this understanding is suffering.

Author: Priyadarshini Somasundar

Priyadarshini is an Engineering graduate in Electronics and Communication. She used work for Dell, Later shifted to Chennai after marriage and worked in Ericsson as system analyst. I have always been passionate about our tradition and curious to know about our ancient wisdom and practices, which made me join this group.

Thinai Dosa/Foxtail millet dosa

thinai-dosa

Ingredients:

Thinai flour :2cups
Rice flour:1/4cup
Wheat flour: 1/4 cup
Onion : 1
Jeera : 1/2 tsp
Chillies: 1 or 2
Curry leaves
Salt as required

Mix all the flours together. Add the cut onions, jeera, chillies, torn curry leaves.
Consistency of the batter has to be bit watery.
Must pour the batter from side to center of the tawa like rawa dosa.
Serve hot with chutney.

” Traditional and organic  varieties of Pohas, Rice, Millets and other Ancient products are available at parent led community shopping site http://greenhands.in/  “

Author: Priyadarshini Somasundar

Priyadarshini is an Engineering graduate in Electronics and Communication. She used work for Dell, Later shifted to Chennai after marriage and worked in Ericsson as system analyst. I have always been passionate about our tradition and curious to know about our ancient wisdom and practices, which made me join this group.

Article by Adi Shankara on Maturity

Forwarded by : Velu Jayaprakash || Source : Unknown

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What is maturity? – by Adi Shankara

1. Maturity is when you stop trying to change others, instead focus on changing yourself.

2. Maturity is when you accept people as they are.

3. Maturity is when you understand everyone is right in their own perspective.

4. Maturity is when you learn to “let go”.

5. Maturity is when you are able to drop “expectations” from a relationship and give for the sake of giving.

6. Maturity is when you understand whatever you do, you do for your own peace.

7. Maturity is when you stop proving to the world, how intelligent you are.

8. Maturity is when you don’t seek approval from others.

9. Maturity is when you stop comparing with others.

10. Maturity is when you are at peace with yourself.

11. Maturity is when you are able to differentiate between “need” and “want” and are able to let go of your wants.

Last but most meaningful !

12. You gain Maturity when you stop attaching “happiness” to material things !!

Wishing all a happy matured life.

Author: Priyadarshini Somasundar

Priyadarshini is an Engineering graduate in Electronics and Communication. She used work for Dell, Later shifted to Chennai after marriage and worked in Ericsson as system analyst. I have always been passionate about our tradition and curious to know about our ancient wisdom and practices, which made me join this group.

Foxtail millet/Thinai Pongal

thinai-pongal

Ingredients:

Thinai – 3/4 cup
Moong dal – 1/4 cup
Jaggery – 1/2 cup
Ghee
Cashew Nut and kismis
Elachi powder

Method:
Dry roast the moong dal till nice aroma comes out. Set it aside and allow it to cool.
Dry roast the foxtail millet for 5 mins and allow it to cool.
Mix both and wash it for 2 to 3 times.then soak it for 15 mins.
Take a cooker add this mixture and pour 31/2 cup water and cook for 1 whistle.
Simmer it for 10 mins.

Meanwhile take jaggery in a pan add water and melt it. Then strain it.

Open the cooker add the jaggery syrup and little ghee mix everything well.Add elachi powder too.

Heat ghee in a small pan. Add cashew nuts and kismis. Saute till it becomes golden color. Then add it to the cooked pongal and mix well.

Transfer it to a bowl and serve hot.

Author: Priyadarshini Somasundar

Priyadarshini is an Engineering graduate in Electronics and Communication. She used work for Dell, Later shifted to Chennai after marriage and worked in Ericsson as system analyst. I have always been passionate about our tradition and curious to know about our ancient wisdom and practices, which made me join this group.

What anger can do to you?

A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control. – PROVERBS 29:11

Forwarded by : Krishnaja || Source : Unknown

anger
As a carpenter went home after shutting down his workshop, a black poisonous cobra entered his workshop.
The cobra was hungry and hoped to find its supper lurking somewhere within. It slithered from one end to another and accidentally bumped into a double-edged metal axe and got very slightly injured.

In anger and seeking revenge, the snake bit the axe with full force. What could a bite do to a metallic axe? Instead the cobra’s mouth started bleeding.

Out of fury and arrogance, the cobra tried its best to strangle and kill the object that was causing it pain by wrapping itself very tightly around the blades.

The next day when the carpenter opened the workshop, he found a seriously cut, dead cobra wrapped around the axe blades.

The cobra died not because of someone else’s fault but faced these consequences merely because of its own anger and wrath.
Sometimes when angry, we try to cause harm to others but as time passes by, we realise that we have caused more harm to ourselves.

For a happy life, it’s best we should learn to ignore and overlook some things, people, incidents, affairs and matters.
It is not necessary that we show a reaction to everything. Step back and ask yourself if the matter is really worth responding or reacting to.
People that show no inclination to change, are best handled with silence and prayer.
This is really good story and could help us take some good decisions.

Author: Priyadarshini Somasundar

Priyadarshini is an Engineering graduate in Electronics and Communication. She used work for Dell, Later shifted to Chennai after marriage and worked in Ericsson as system analyst. I have always been passionate about our tradition and curious to know about our ancient wisdom and practices, which made me join this group.

Aval / Poha Kesari

Ingredients

Aval(Poha) – 1/2 cup                                                                                      Ghee – 3 tbsp
Organic jaggery powder – 1/2 cup
Cashews & Raisins – 1 tsp each
Water – 1/2 cup
Saffron – 1/8 tsp(soaked in a tbsp of warm milk)

Method

Rinse poha well and set aside for sometime to dry.Then coarse grind poha in a mixer.Heat a tsp ghee in a pan – fry cashews and raisins will golden brown,set aside. Then in the same pan add poha and roast it for 3mins until nice aroma comes,Set aside.
Boil water , once it starts boiling add poha and let it turn soft.Then add organic jaggery powder.
The organic jaggery will start melting, once it gets dissolved add ghee and keep stirring until it comes as a hole mass without sticking to the pan.Finally add saffron milk, fried cashew raisins and switch off.

Healthy sweet ready to celebrate any occasions

Author: Priyadarshini Somasundar

Priyadarshini is an Engineering graduate in Electronics and Communication. She used work for Dell, Later shifted to Chennai after marriage and worked in Ericsson as system analyst. I have always been passionate about our tradition and curious to know about our ancient wisdom and practices, which made me join this group.

Black Rive Aval/Poha Upma

Ingredients:

Black rice aval: 1 cup
Lemon juice : 1/2 cup
Onion : 1/2 cup
Green chillies: 1 or 2
Roasted groundnuts : handful
Cold-pressed groundnutOil : 1spoon
Mustard n urad dal : 1/4 tsp
Curry leaves : 5 to 6 leaves
Coriander leaves : to garnish

Method:

Soak the aval for 15-20mins.
Take a pan
Add oil. Once it is hot, add mustard seeds n urad dal and allow it to splutter.
Add curry leaves, onion, green chillies, roasted groundnuts n stir for few minutes.
Next, add the aval and mix well with the tempered ingredients.
Switch off the flame, add lemon juice and garnish with coriander leaves. Serve hot with cocunut chutney.

Black rice aval(Karuppu Kavuni)can be substituted with other Millets and flattened rice like Ragi aval, Bajra Aval/Poha , Diabetic/Arthirites Poha ( Kattuyanam), Normal Aval or Poha

Note:
Once the aval gets socked, the quantity doubles, just take half of the quantity than what is required.

 

Author: Priyadarshini Somasundar

Priyadarshini is an Engineering graduate in Electronics and Communication. She used work for Dell, Later shifted to Chennai after marriage and worked in Ericsson as system analyst. I have always been passionate about our tradition and curious to know about our ancient wisdom and practices, which made me join this group.

Words of wisdom : Osho on Parenting

An unexceptional parenting advice by Osho. Live and let live.

Forwarded by : Honey Jones || Source : Osho

Unconditional Love

You will be gone soon but the children will be here. And nobody can manage anybody else’s life. Though they are with you, yet they belong not to you. You may give them your love but not your thoughts for they have their own thoughts. You may house their bodies but not their souls, for their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit even in your dreams. God will take care. It is none of your business to be too concerned. Whatsoever we can do, we do, but one should not hanker about things going the way you want. That is very egoistic.

You have given birth to a child, but once he is out of the womb he is free of you. First he depended for his breath on you when he was in the womb. Then he will take his own breath.

You don’t say,
‘What are you doing? Are you trying to be free of me? Trying to be independent?’

You feel happy that your child is breathing.

First he will take milk from you, then one day he will start eating on his own.

First he will go on clinging to your apron and then one day he will leave it.

You will be happy because the child is growing, becoming mature. Then finally one day he falls in love with a woman.
He has found his woman, so he will go on his own way.

Bless them, and whatsoever happens they have to find their own life and their own meaning to life.

Now you are free.Just try to find your meaning, your life, your goals, and devote the few days that are left to the search of the ultimate.

Don’t be concerned with ordinary things. I have never seen a single parent who is happy about their children. I have heard a Jewish joke..

A Jewish woman died and the first thing she asked when she got to heaven was if she could see Mary. So it was arranged. She went to see Mary and said, ”I have only one question to ask. You must be the happiest woman in the world. Your son is worshipped by millions.” Mary said, ”What! I always wanted him to become a doctor”.

Nobody is ever happy. Even the father of Buddha was not happy. He was very very annoyed because his son turned out to be a beggar. He became a sannyasi and the father was hoping he would become an emperor. He crushed all his father’s hopes.

One thing is certain that the child is not here to fulfill your expectations.
The child is here with his own destiny, and he will unfold his own destiny. You are trying somehow to direct his destiny and that is going to be frustrating. So if the child becomes a thief or a murderer, of course the parents feel bad, and it looks logical.

But even if he becomes a Jesus or a Buddha, then too they feel frustrated
because they have their own ideas and the children try to do their own thing.

Accept it and bless them. They have to find their own ways

Who are we to interfere? And how can we?

Pray for them but leave them on their own. You try to grow yourself.

Author: Priyadarshini Somasundar

Priyadarshini is an Engineering graduate in Electronics and Communication. She used work for Dell, Later shifted to Chennai after marriage and worked in Ericsson as system analyst. I have always been passionate about our tradition and curious to know about our ancient wisdom and practices, which made me join this group.