Poha – Comfort food # 2002

My staple recipe to impress Amma. I am the first person to make this for her and it was hit with her.

I was introduced to this recipe by one of my colleague couple of years ago and it won everyone’s tongue heart instantly and made it to our household’s top five list of favorite and frequent dishes. I usually make it for Friday’s dinner. Make it in a jiffy, gobble it and take it easy for rest of the evening. Friday evening’s are bliss with not to worry about the next day.


Thick Poha – 3 cups
Onion – 2 medium
Garlic – 3 or 4 pods – finely chopped
Ginger – slice to match with garlic – finely chopped
Green chillies – 2 – slit lengthwise
Peanuts – handful
Potato – 1 – thinly sliced
Curry leaves – 1 sprig
Tamarind paste – 2 or 3 spoons
Sugar – 2 spoons
Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon
Chilli powder – 1 spoon
Salt – as per taste
Coriander leaves – to garnish

1. Soak poha in water for 5 mins and drain it thoroughly.
2. Temper mustard seeds, urad dal, jeera, peanuts, curry leaves, green chillies, garlic, ginger  in same order.
3. Add onion and saute until it turns translucent.
4. Add potatoes and allow it to cook.
5. When potato is almost cooked, add turmeric powder, chilli powder, salt, tamarind paste, sugar in same order.
6. Once they are well blended, add the drained poha and give it a nice stir. Stir it from sides so that the poha doesn’t get mushed.
7. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.

This dish doesn’t need any side dish and the best part is it has all flavours – sweet, tangy, spicy.


P.S: Do not soak poha for long time as it gets soggy.


Jana gana mana

Every time I hear our national anthem, I end up with goosebumps. I shamefully agree that I don’t know the meaning of every single phrase of the anthem but determined to learn it soon. I don’t know if its the tune or the familiarity of the phrases or the memory of the past that gushes over upon hearing it. I end up with goosebumps. There are too many attachments to the anthem. school, assembly, joy of whole school singing jaya he at the end with one or two missing the coordination here and there, flag hoisting ceremony on independence day. Too many!!

Recently,I heard it at the climax of the film Mary Kom. I am such a fan of happy ending inspirational films especially sports genre. They leave me with a sense of accomplishment. As if I have won that title and it stays with me for few days though mind keeps warning that its just a movie. Talk about the effect of movies. I don’t know why but this movie also reminded me of the Clint Eastwood’s Million dollar baby.

Mary Kom+National anthem – do I need to say more? Left me with goosebumps and made me cry buckets as if my tears were saved for years. I cry for everything these days. My sambar is not tasting good,I cry. Adi is not listening to me, I cry. LHB ignores me, I cry. LHB hugs me, I cry. I hate crying, I cry. Wierd haan? I don’t know. I am not in my normal state for past few days. I have become such a whining girl. Going through the phase when the pain buried in the deep had surfaced again. Hope to pass this phase sooner. The pain is too deep to forgive. Hope I will learn to make peace with it someday and move on!

What am I trying to say now? I don’t know. Such an incoherent post this is. Everyone at least listen to the anthem and watch Mary Kom. Good job Priyanka Chopra!! I was envying your physique all through the movie. How can someone have such a flat tummy after giving birth to twins? I have again officially entered the stage where people have started asking if I am pregnant. Some are even kind enough to offer their seats at train. Sighh.. Me and my tummy – Its a long story.

Ok, before you through something at me for these ramblings let me publish this post and go to bed. 

Adi’s reading challenge

Adi has planned to do a monthly reading challenge at IMC starting September. She is very much excited about it and I am also reading the book. This month’s book is Homer Price by Robert McCloskey. Please see below link for more details and support her by spreading the word to the kids of age range 8-12 years that you know of..


Thanks to Team IMC for considering her idea..

Adi’s artwork

Her recent works.. Summer well spent :) School is starting in two days and I am not sure when she will be able to spend so much time on art again. Each picture took her more than two hours. Please click on each picture for enlarged view. 


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Engal veetu pillayar

Happy Vinayakar Chathurthi to one and all..

We celebrated it with hand made Ganesh by Adi with zero help from me and home made kozhukattai.

Ammini kozhukattai is from MM’s blog and kadalai paruppu pooranam kozhukattai from Subbu’s kitchen.

I took it easy when Amma said making kozhukattai is a tiring process. Now I realize it with my back breaking so bad. I would be lying if I say all the pain vanished when the family polished off the plates but I am very happy that it turned out good and they liked it. Kozhukattai’s were over in few seconds.

Adi is really having good patience now. It took her more than two hours to make this Ganesha..




Tag time

Maya, the eternal dreamer has tagged me with this award and I feel great. Maya is someone whom I adore for her style of writing and getting this award from her is a big honor for me. Thank you Maya!

Maya, I have got your miniature at home who says “Amma, get your grammar correct” when I make those silly mistakes while talking in English :) She cannot stand grammar mistakes like you.

Rules are
1. Thank and link to the amazing person who nominated you – Done
2. List the rules and display the award – Done


3. Share seven facts about yourself.

1. I love vatha kuzhambu or puli kuzhambu with white rice especially the one made with potato cubes and drumstick. I can eat it for every meal for infinite days.
2. I occasionally buy long earrings, necklaces to match my dress, wear them too but mostly remove it before stepping out of the home. Though I like to dress up, I am more comfortable with the age old amma’s small gold ring type earring and thin gold chain.
3. Have said it many times here before. I cry at the drop of a hat though I hate it to the core to shed tears for undeserved people/incidents. No improvement at all.
4. I had a huge, huge gang of friends during college and friends have been everything to me at one stage of life.
5. I am a sucker for simple pleasures of life like Adi hugging me as first thing in the morning, Stranger smiling at me, Getting into the train few microseconds before the door closes, elevator not stopping in between floors before I get down at work especially in the morning, getting a personal mail, spotting a billing counter where I am first in line and the list goes on.. I count my blessings very often..
6. I love the taste and flavor of mangoes but scared to eat them. My body doesn’t take it well and ends up getting body heat. A glass of milk after eating the mangoes doesn’t work for my body.
7. I wash my hands very often while cooking.

Nominate 15 other amazing blogs and comment on their posts to let them know they have been nominated.

I nominate all my readers/bloggers for this award as every blogger deserves the inspiring blogger award.  Its okay if you have already received, please accept it from me too and write 7 facts about yourself.
Would love to read it.
1. GB

2Bingo’s Mom

3. RM

4. Bikram

5. Vinitha

6. freakyveggie

7. More than words


9. Summerscript

10. Chattywren

11. Lifesong

12. Ashreya Mom

13. Rubberpal

14. Lavender

15. Popgoesthebiscuit

16. Comfy

17. Little Fingers

18. Smitha

19. techie2mom

20. celestialrays

21. Me

22. Garima

23. lifeslittletwist

24. Seema

25. Chipmunk

26. Scribby

27. Swaram

28. Sumana

29. Titaxy

30. Pepper

I did my best to collect the blogger’s name. Please pardon me with all your heart if I have missed your name above and accept this blog. As I said, every blogger truly deserves the inspiring blogger award.

Proudly display the award logo on your blog and follow the blogger who nominated you – Done. I mean the display part. I am already an ardent follower of Maya’s blog.