Feb 27, 2015

Blogging Marathon 50 Celebrations

After having a big meet at Ahmadabad for our 25 edition of Blogging Marathon. We started thinking about 50 th edition celebrations. After all discussions of date we decided to meet in February on 20th 21st 22nd  this time in Chennai. One fine day Valli gave me call to ask that I may know any service apartment that we can use as a guest stay. I asked some of my friends they suggested also but some how I didn't like them. Then I ask my husband he also tried a few but finely he said way didn't you all stay at home. I gave a call to valli and said that way didn't we stay at my place, she agreed then decided we all are going to stay in my home. Sounds more fun right all twelve same like minded people going to stay for three days under one roof interesting right ?.. 
                                                            

Here is the member's list who joined for Blogging Marathon celebrations...
Sri Valli -- The leader
Veena
Nandini
PJ
Kamalika
Usha
Vaishali
Archana
Pradnaya
Kalyani
Gayatri
Padma
                                                                               After we decided where to stay lot's of plans were going on for long time trough mails and whatsapp. In between this, one day Vaishali gave me a call and told that she is planing a trip to pondicherry if you like to join can join, I said i will join, but I never been there before. I just wanted to spend a day with them.
    Five of us decided to go pondicherry a day before our Blogging marathon meet. Vaishali, Archana,Usha, Pradnya came to Chennai on 18 February so that we can leave for Pondicherry on 19th 
18th evening first Vaishali, Archana arrived at my place,we enjoyed dinner with two other our blogger friends Pari and Sanjeeta. Around 9 o clock Valli came home to  receive Vaishali and Archana, She is there for some time and left. Then Usha and Pradnya joined us..
                                                             

19th early morning 6 o clock we started for pondicherry, we spent whole day in pondicherry came back in the evening.
20th Friday officially the first day of our BM 50 celebrations already five of us were there at home by 7:30 Kamalika joined us. Then 8:30 Gayathri joined us
We had our breakfast with Idli, dosa, sambar and karivepaku karam podi 
Then Kalyani, Veena and PJ joined us
Valli gave a dress code for all the three days for first day we should be in green so we have a photo session in green dress code.
                                                              

For the first day lunch we made our lunch at home, Vaishali made rice with fresh garlic and green peas, and cucumber raita, pradnya made Bakhri and zunka, aloo kurma and curd rice made by me, Archana made ginnu, Pj brought mysurpa from Koyambattur and gudpoli from Archana.
                                                                       

After having this heavy lunch what any one can do will go for a good sleep but we 12 crazy ladies had a photography session with Usha and after that a official photo shoot in white dress.
                                                                      

In between this we celebrated our teem leader Valli and one of our friend Kalyani's birthday
After this photo shoot we all are getting ready for dinner in between this Gayathri made a wonderful coffee.
                                                                   
                                    

By evening 6 o clock we all got ready with our traditional dress then vaishali arranged her pani puri shots  
For dinner we reached Annalakshmi restaurent ther we had Mahalakshmi preeti bhjan which is  a thali mix of North and South Indian dishes after this I didn;t have strength move a bit. It was so full and very hard to walk.
When we came back home every on was very tried but we didn't sleep for a while that night we keep on laughing and chating  for whole night
That's all for Day one will come back with day two..............
Let's check the Blogging Marathon page

                                                                            
                                                                             

Feb 18, 2015

Punugulu (with dosa batter)

Next recipe for my brunch theme is a one pot meal with a snack. In this brunch I served Arisi paruppu sadam which is one pot meal from Tamilnadu cuisine. Usually we serve this rice with yogurt. But here I made some curd rice and punugulu to make this meal little heavy, because this is brunch. Punugulu is a favorite snack in Andhra pradesh, we make this with different ingredients. But originally punugulu is made with urad dal with a small amount of rice . We make this snack with left over dosa batter also. Usually we mix maida (all purpose flour) to dosa batter to bring the consistency. But here I gave a twist to that, I added pancake mix in the place of maida. Now they turned out soft spongey delicious.. this batter consistency should be like pakodi batter. These punugulu is a best combination with rasam rice, pulihora. They tasted wonderful with arisi paruppu sadam also..
Let's check the recipe.... 
INGREDIENTS:---
Dosa batter  ---  1 cup
Pancake mix  ---  1/4 cup
Onion  ---  1 big chopped
Green chillies   ----  2 chopped
Ginger  ----  1 tea sp chopped
Salt to taste
Oil for deep frying
                                                                

METHOD:---
1. Heat oil in a deep frying pan.
2. Mix all other ingredients in a mixing bowl (don't add any water)
3. Make golf ball size balls out of this batter and drop them in to hot oil slowly.
4.Deep fry the punugulu till golden color and remove from oil strain the extra oil on a kitchen towel.
Serve hot with coconut chutney or as a side for any one pot meal....