boring food — boring person

boring food - boring person

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you can cook this sumptuous meal in 30 minutes

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It takes less than 30 minutes to cook this sumptuous meal and be happy you did a right thing today by NOT eating out.

Stewed jira-eggplant, braised bittergourd with jaggery and tamarind, hot spinach-zucchini-kadhi…. all under 30 minutes..

slow cooked to preserve the maximum nutrients… I can’t explain better than this pic.

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You could be killing your mind… Slowly!… Right now…

You are different… Sooner or later, “difference” scares people

                                                 — from “The Accountant” movie.

Aha! so very true I testify 🙂 But I believe every man and woman are different, just that most of them form groups and stay confined to the circles of “like-mindedness” so much so that they antagonize anything out of their purview, their perception… The moment you tend to be in a fixed template psychologically, the moment you keep doing the same things every day, meet the same people and talk the same non-sense all the time.. It forms deep patterns in your mind that you slowly refuse to break out of…

Thats the beginning of the end of your own creativity.. Your own existence…

Thats how you could be killing your mind … Slowly… Right now.  Meet new people all the time. Go to new places. Do new things. Get new Ideas. Fight for your points. Disagree. Lose. Cry. Succeed. Laugh. Break down. Bounce back. Move on.

Thats whats life meant to be. You will certainly regret if you don’t live it.. certainly, right? 🙂

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incredible power of the wholegrain blackgram .. in your kitchen!!

To all those who don’t realize the incredible power of wholegrain blackgram, here is the most famous breakfast from India.. Steam boiled and served hot, these wholegrain idli coupled with pigeon-pea-powder-and-sesame-oil, tomoto-capsicum-and-garlic-chutney….

Not just for kids, this is an energy bomb for everyone to revive their boring days and dull weekends, go out and spend that energy blast ourdoors.. It all starts in your kitchen 🙂  ఇంటికి ఇనుము.. ఒంటికి మినుము 🙂

The ingredients, the combinations, the passed-down knowledge in handling, the simplicity in preparation, the amount of packed power ounce-by-ounce and most of all the undeniable taste that anyone and everyone comfortable with .. is what all makes the idli… the idli.

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What is worth the wait for a weekend?

There are a ton of reasons people wait for a weekend.. But I do it for my fav dish that never disappoints.. The superb aroma, mouth watering taste, a wonder combination of vegetables, herbs and spices… Seen here is our signature Veg Biriyani 🙂
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The simplest no-cost thing you can do to encourage clean energy: RECs

This is to all my family and friends in USA who wanna do their part and share environmental awareness… The electricity we consume from PG&E is sourced from coal ,solar, gas and many others… Once the electrons reach the grid, there is no way a consumer can distinguish where it is sourced from… But through RECs (Renewable Energy Certificates), you are demanding your utility company like PGE to increase their source share from clean energy… Wind farms rely on the revenue from RECs to offer their energy at a price that is competitive against fossil fuels.

I don’t understand why everyone is not jumping up to grab and buy RECs.. May be its just awareness.. So doing my part..

Technically, you don’t have to do anything except paying your monthly bill to Arcadia instead of PG&E.  Arcadia in turn will offer RECs to PG&E. How cool is that?

Referrals are a minor thing in this big picture but you also save a $25 on your first monthly power bill… And do your part to increase the demand for clean energy… I am sure you will be happy about it.. We should appreciate and encourage companies like Arcadia for fighting this thankless war.

Pl join this revolution here: http://www.arcadiapower.com/venkatabalas3625

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Best of Indian Food (contd..)

Those kitchen-morons just don’t know the best of it all.. I am surprised to see the amount of negative publicity in the press around Indian Food. The number of options we have for low caloried, high fiber content coupled with super good nutrition is just mind blowing.   For example, look at this dinner option:

Bajra-Jowar Dosa topped with onions and served with veggie-filled Sambar ( a thick lentil soup with super beneficial herbs, spices and lots of vegetables ) and peanut chutney.

very delicious, mouth watering combination with amazing health benefits.. It takes pages to explain why you should focus on lentils, millets, fiber and vegetables..

Bon Appètit.

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yet another hidden gem of Indian Cuisine — అరటి పువ్వు రోటి పచ్చడి

raw banana flower bracts pounded in a rock mortar and pestle, added curd, raw green mirchi paste along with a heavy dose of mustard then tempered with traditional spices in peanut oil … Its all.. simple yet a bliss to eat in.  yes.. a bliss.

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How does a simple Indian meal look like?

A freshly made authentic Indian meal would typically start with pleasing your eyes before teasing your taste buds. The herbs and spices involved in the making of each ingredient are carefully cooked in a specific style to maximize taste while minimizing nutrient loss.  And no doubt there is a lot of science in an Indian kitchen that straightly dictates your overall physical and mental health.

The fact that it makes you feel hungry as soon as you look at it and the tremendous knowledge handling taste, texture and nutrition are enough of an evidence of the Indian culinary wisdom.

In the picture below is an Andhra style meal — one cup of rice served with a vegetable curry, one pickle, one curd-based chutney, dried curry leaf powder topped with a little spoon of fresh ghee… and of course a yummy ripe banana.

Enjoy the meal.
How does a simple south indian meal look like?

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Syllogismic philosophy — appreciating a person

People influence you in many indirect and subtle ways. Whether your interaction with a man is good or bad, there is always a lesson for you.. May be you learnt how to talk better, how not to initiate/end a conversation, handle a situation, opened up a new life style option or just realized how important your other friends are..

He could have funded your meal silently, or just your food for thought.  He could have sponsored your journey to realization or just poked your ego for good.

You never know, until “you” introspect deeply.  Never ever get offended by a person. And always appreciate them.

syllogismic philosophy -- appreciating a person

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ఎంత దూరం వచ్చేసాం మనం?

తలగడ కూడా లేకుండా నేలమీద పడుకుని ఒళ్ళుమరిచి నిద్రపోయిన రోజుల్నించి,
ఇంటిముందు గేటు మీద జాజి పందిరి పరిచిన ఆహ్లాదపు సాయంత్రాల్నించి,
పెరట్లోని పాడి ఆవు పాలతో పాటు పంచిన ప్రేమామృతపు జ్ఞాపకాల్నించి,
పక్కింటి నాని గాడు పాలకోసం గుక్కతిప్పకుండా ఏడిస్తే కనుక్కోవడానికి వెళ్లిన అమ్మ అక్కడే కబుర్లు చెప్తూ ఉండిపోతే, వంటింట్లో మాడిపోయిన వంకాయ కూర వాసనల్నించి..

ఎంత దూరం వచ్చేసాం మనం?

అలుపు తెలియని పరుగులో అదుపు లేని బతుకులో, ఆకాశ హర్మ్యాల మధ్య అనంత జన వాహినిలో,
ఆనవాలు లేని అంతరాత్మతో, అస్తిత్వపు సంక్షోభంతో, ఆశనిరాశల సందిగ్ధంతో, అసలేమీ చెయ్యలేని అసహాయతతో ..

ఎంత దూరం వచ్చేసాం మనం?

భోగి పొద్దున సెగల అంచున వేడి కాగిన వెర్రి బాల్యం
సంకురాతిరి సందెవేళల సిగ్గులొలికిన కౌమారం
కనుమ పగటిని కక్కముక్కల కాకతీరిన యౌవనం
అన్నిపోయెను సున్న మిగిలెను అయిన చావదు చాంచల్యం

మంచి మరచెను సుద్ది విరచెను మనిషి మనిషినె కుంగదీసేను
కరడుగట్టిన గుండెలు పట్టుకు మరెంత దూరం వచ్చేసాం మనం?

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Is your kid “foodthusiastic” at the dining table?

Do you cook once and eat it for a week? yuck! (sorry, I honestly didn’t mean to insult you) Are you killing your kid’s taste buds and enthusiasm with stale, reheated, boring food? Don’t you agree defrozen items from a Microwave Oven can never ever compare with a Mother’s warm and fresh magic delicacy?
In a world obsessed with Calories but not Kitchen Wisdom, at times when eating out is considered convenient and fashionable but cooking your daily food is looked down, with families hardly having enough time to cook, sit down and eat together, if your kid is NOT saying this everyday, every week, at least once in an year, then you as a parent is a complete failure:

“<grins>Mommy! You are the best cook in the world</grins>”

PYKFTW – NTWFYK

In the Pic below is one of the super man snacks that a kid can get… minapasunni

“ఇంటికి ఇనుము – ఒంటికి మినుము” కదా మరి 🙂
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Travel log: Six days in SoCal

Roadtrips in Southern California are sure a true mix of technology and nature. 2 days in Los Angeles, 2 days in Joshua Tree National Park and 2 more days in Legoland gave us a perfect blend of fun, infocation and entertainment.

Day-1:

what else goes first? The Universal Studios, yey.  Start early if you are visiting for the first time because you need to catch up with a lot of rides. And if its December-31st, then you would get to enjoy live music and frenzy crowd dancing until midnight and finish it with a brief but amazing fireworks.

Day-2:

Here you have a really lot of options. We went to the Science Museum for a leisure day of infotainment. Don’t miss the IMAX movie experience, its one of the biggest screens in the world.  You may prefer to stroll among the exhibits, but let kids roll all day and tire them with some science 🙂 You may drive to the BAPS swaminarayan temple if you have spare time and energy in the evening.

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Lotus Pond — BAPS Swaminarayan Temple, LA

Do you have the heat image of your family? :P

Do you have the heat image of your family? 😛

Day-3,4:

Drive to the Joshua Tree National Park, to slow down your watch and mind. Mesmerize yourself with a million stars in the sky and a zillion cacti on the ground :). The skull rock is silly but together with one of its kind — cholla cactus garden — would make a day full of fun for your kids. I think the baby cholla cacti  are some of the cutest in their category, no wonder they are called the “teddy bear cholla” 🙂 We did our first exotic hike of the year on the “hidden valley trail”,  with tall boulders all around, walk by the world-famous climbing destination the “Burrito rock” and of course watch your kids jump, climb and run in every direction. Its important to keep them on the trail, watch the plants and other micro organisms.  Test your leg muscles too and your shoe grip. There are no cabins inside the park, only campgrounds but there are many hotels just outside the park entrance.   If you are an astro enthusiast, then you are in the right place. Just go out after dark and grab yourself an experience of a life time.

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At the “Hidden Valley Trail” head

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It takes to become a Junior Ranger.

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Ranger’s check point

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Cactus cactus lots of cactus

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Skull Rock

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Cholla Cactus Garden

Day-5,6:

LegoLand. This is a place that sure entices every kid with a lifetime of memories. Their Lego characters coming live, trivial but funny rides and lots of walking and excitement around.

Legoland -- you can never leave without buying something :P

Legoland — You can never leave without buying something in that shop.

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Hero Factory 🙂

Bonus:

They say the roadtrip between SFO and LA would take at least a week if you are serious about all the places in between, thats so very true. But when you are doing it for the first time, don’t miss the Carrizo Plain National Monument and the Soda Lake.

Watching the San Andreas Fault stretch a hundred miles with your naked eye  leaves you in awe.

The Petroleum Highway and the thousands of “Oil Derricks” swinging like giant dolphins doing Sine curves will bring smile onto your face and explains something that drives that metal body under your steering wheel.  The “driving buds” in your brain would sure get some satiation 🙂

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Thats one grand plain and my next campground for star gazing 🙂

thats my best possible shot at the San Andreas Fault

thats my best possible shot at the San Andreas Fault — it stretches hundreds of miles on the West coast… Just from the Soda Lake with a good wide-angle lens, you can capture at least a few miles of it.. An iphone camera doesn’t do any justice to that spectacular view 😦

bumblebee on the south bed of Soda Lake

Bumblebee at the south bed of Soda Lake

Road in Carrizo Plain approaching Soda Lake south bed

Road between Taft and Carrizo Plain National Monument

Petroleum Highway & the Oil Derricks

Petroleum Highway — thousands of Oil Derricks

Right, thats all. There are many other places worth your time :).. Just start driving first.

thanks for reading.
B

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What makes you happy?

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strengthy breakfast

ఉల్లి చట్నీతో మినప రొట్టె, పటుకో ఒక పట్టు
ఉదయాన్నే జీవాత్మని ఉషారుతో మెలిపెట్టు  — ©balu

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