Wednesday, 27 August 2008

Is Cuil Cool?

Most of us are so used to googling when we look up something on the net.
Just check out this new search engine.......

Cuil gives u the exact result of what is typed on the text box.

Saturday, 23 August 2008

Mushroom Pepper Fry

Mushroom has a good nutritional value and is recommended as one of 5 a day.
Mushroom pepper fry can be made as a dry curry or with gravy .This one is a
gravy type which can be used with tiffin /rice .Very spicy stuff but u can make
it mild by reducing the amount of pepper u use.


Mushroom - 250 gm
Peppercorns - 2 tsp
Red chillies - 2
Garlic cloves - 2
Red onion - 1
Cumin seeds(Jeera) - 1 tsp
Grated Cococunt - 1/4 cup
Oil - 3 tsp
Curry leaves and salt

Cooking Method:

Finely chop the onion and slice each mushroom into 3/4 pieces.
Grind the coconut, jeera, peppercorns,cumin seeds,garlic cloves, red
chillies and make a paste out of it by adding a some water.
Heat the pan and add 3 tsps of oil. Saute the onion and add the
ground paste into it.Boil it for 15 mins.Finally add salt and curry leaves
and boil for a minute.

Friday, 22 August 2008

200 gm Magic - Pacemaker !

Wanna be a cool DJ...............
The Pacemaker will help u to be one.The 200gm Pacemaker is a gadget for DJ's with extraordinary featutres like 120 HDD, plays back music upto 18 hrs and much more by supporting most of the music file formats.!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, 19 August 2008

Speech Recognition Software

Thought of writing about speech recognition while i was exploring a windows utility @ home . Though Speech recognition software emerged long back it still didn't reach as many end-users
as expected .First lemme explain what a speech recognition software is, it's generally used for converting voice to text or vice-versa.Like how computers have reduced a lot of paper work
for all of us it helps to reduce the amount of data that we key-in on a daily basis.The software
has to be trained with the voice of the person who uses it.The flip side is it can't recognize the
voice of the person who trained if it sounds very different. I still remember a friend of mine
trained the kit and when she was having a severe cold it failed to recognize her voice.

Saturday, 16 August 2008

Coleslaw Salad

Salads are supposed to be very good for health. Coleslaw salad is my all time favourite! This is my version of coleslaw which is very easy to prepare and tasty to eat.


Carrot - 2 (medium) Cabbage - 200 gms

Red Onion - 1(small) Vinegar - 1 tsp(optional)

Mayonnaise - 4 tsp Lemon juice - 1tsp(optional)


Grate the carrots and cabbage .Finely chop the red onion.Whisk the other ingredients

and add the shredded vegetables to it.Mix it thouroughly. Refrigerate it for an hour.Done!

I made vinegar optional bcoz I don't prefer to add preservatives but it gives a little longer life for

the salad.

U can either snack on it or use it with other food !

Thursday, 14 August 2008

Alton Towers

Frog's snapshot of the audience!
Just clicked this snap in Alton towers.
Funny.....isn't it?

Saturday, 9 August 2008

Mixed Vegetable kurma

Mixed vegetable kurma is a good combo with Idli/Dosa/Chappathi/Bread

Capsicum - 1
Potato - 1 Carrot - 2
Coconut - 1/2 cup (grated)
Garlic - 2 cloves
Green Chillies - 3/4
Tomato - 1 Onion - 1
salt - 1/2 tsp
oil - 2 tsps
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp

Curry leaves and coriander as required

Method of Cooking:

Chop the vegetables , onion , tomato , chilli and garlic . Grate the coconut and grind it by adding 1/4 cup of water.If fresh coconut is not available dry dessicated coconut can be used. Heat oil in a pan ,add 2 tsps of oil and do the seasoning with mustard.Now add the onion and garlic and fry it till it turns slightly brown.Add the green chillies and tomato and fry it for few seconds and finally add the chopped vegetables and boil it with 2 cups of water. Once the vegetables are half-cooked, add the ground coconut, salt and curry leaves and boil it for 10 mins. Garnish it with coriander and Kurma ready to serve!

Thursday, 7 August 2008

Ulunthu Vadai

Ulunthu Vadai / Urad dhal Vada is made during festivals.

Ingredients :

Urad dhal(Ulunthu) - 1 cup
Green chillies - 5
Ginger - 1 piece
Curry leaf - 1/4 cup
Coriander Leaf - 1/4 cup
Pepper corns - 1 tsp
salt - 1 tsp
Onion - 1
Oil - 1 cup

Method :

Soak urad dhal for 3 - 4 hrs and grind it with green chillies.Finely chop onion,coriander,ginger and curry leaf and add to the paste.Add pepper and salt and mix it thoroughly.Make the mix like a small ball and pat it a little to bring it into shape.Heat oil in a pan and fry it.Serve it with coconut chutney!

Wednesday, 6 August 2008

Karuveppillai(Curry Leaf) Kuzhambu

Curry Leaf is a very good herb used in south Indian cooking.It is high in calcium and has healing properties.Generally people use it as one of the ingredient for it's flavour but i make gravy out of it what we call Kuzhambu. There are several ways of making it but this the simplest one.


Fresh Curry leaves - 1 cup/1 bunch
Urad dhal(Ullundhu) - 2 tsp
Mustard - 1 tsp
Tamarind extract - 1 tsp
Salt - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Gingelly oil - 3 tsp

Cooking Method:

Wash the curry leaves thoroughly.In a dry pan fry the urad dhal for 2 mins till it turns light
brown. Grind the curry leaves with urad dhal by adding a little water and make a paste out of it.
Heat the pan and add 3 tsps of gingelly oil into it , once the oil is hot do the seasoning by adding mustard seeds. Then add the curry leaf paste, tamarind extract, turmeric powder and salt.
Boil it for 10 to 15 mins.serve it with Idli/dosa or rice.

Buzz on Blu-Ray

Blu-Ray disc is a high storage capacity Disc. BD is the common abbreviation used to designate Blu-ray Disc.It's generally used for storing huge data like high-definition video/audio. In practice, 12 cm BD disc comes in 25 GB single-layer (SL) and 50 GB dual-layer (DL) capacities.In future the
capacity of the disc could be extended up to 100/200 GB.I'm sure BD is gonna be the next generation's choice for watching movies!

Tuesday, 5 August 2008


I Wonder how on earth people live without breakfast. Observed many of my friends skipping breakfast.In reality breakfast is the food which provides energy for the whole day.There's a proverb saying 'Eat like a King in the morning and Begger in the night' but most of us do it the other way round.The literal meaning of breakfast is 'Breaking the fast from previous night'. Just assume this way, you go for work at eight in the morning and no food is available for you till five in the evening.Won't you faint? That's what exactly happens if you skip breakfast.Energy levels are very low in the morning and needs a boost up!

Coming up next....List of breakfast recipes....

Global warming?


Wii ....I'm addicted to playing it for a while. Its a healthy way of playing games .For sure you'll
lose some calories if u play it. It reminds for a break if you play longer.Wii Fit is cool way of workout!

The flip side is that my elbow pains if  i play for a long time .


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