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Battle of the Southern Indian Savouries

>> Jul 30, 2014



When it comes to the question of which is better, a dosa or an idli, it would seem that the jury is out. Advocates of the dosa would argue that the idli is stodgy and slightly dull - unlike the adaptable and delicious dosa. But then again, fans of the idli would be quick to point out that dosas can be far too oily to be enjoyable. So who's right? To settle this, we'll have to take a closer look at both.


Living in the south of India, dosa and idli are your two main choices when it comes to eating breakfast. Both are made out of rice and urad dal and these two ingredients are soaked and ground separately before being combined together. They are then left overnight to ferment. The hot climate of one of the southern states such as Tamil Nadu lends itself perfectly to the act of fermentation. The tropical, balmy climate makes fermentation easy - and as a result makes the food more digestible and cuts down on cooking time too.

When the batter is ready it can then be poured into the greased, stacked moulds of an idli tray, ready for steaming. Or fermented a little bit more and made into a pancake (aka a dosa). Both are eaten with sambar - and both sound fairly similar.

Perhaps it is the versatility of the dosa that sets it apart. Dosas are many things rolled into one - quite literally. Add tomatoes, onions and green chillies and you've got an utthappam. Fill it with a spicy mix of potatoes and onions and it is suddenly transformed into a masala dosa. 

But before you make up your mind, the idli has a number of incarnations too. Rava idli is made using semolina rice and can incorporate yogurt, chilli, ginger and cashew nuts. And then there's mallige idli - a lighter, fluffier version which is popular in Bangalore. The possibilities are seemingly endless - for both.

In fact, such is the popularity of these two southern Indian staples that they are even available from vending machines. These machines, about the size of a microwave oven are able to serve you up your delicacy of choice - in around 60 seconds flat. Not bad, when you consider how long the fermentation process can take.

So, after all that, the jury is probably still out. We're going to stay well and truly on the fence with this one and say that both are as good as the other.

But next time you are in London and fancy doing your own taste test, you should head to one of the capital's popular Indian brasseries. Serving a range of street food, snacks and sweets you don't have to limit yourself to just a dosa and idli. Go with friends and sample as much of the menu as you can and create your own battle of the Indian snacks.
 

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The Perfect Wedding Table Décor for You!

>> Jul 29, 2014



Marriages are made in heaven and weddings are celebrated on earth. This makes it a perfect union of not just two souls but also of heaven and earth. Weddings spell a cosmic and surreal ambience in conjunction with the vow of love and the promise of timelessness. How do we make the décor live up to the divinity of this occasion? The answer is not too difficult.


Wedlock opens new doors of love, life and bliss for the couple. The nuptial knot is not only sacred but also a commitment that is designed by the will of God and graciously accepted by the will of man. The wedding event may be a closed door affair or a lavish extravaganza with all the glitter and sparkle. Bridal table or wedding table is a very essential part of the décor as it catches the attention of the guests and should be as special as the bride herself.

A beautifully decorated bridal table can make your day a success and make a pretty pose for all your wedding photographs. These are the memories that will fill up your wedding album and the space in the memory of those who witness it. While making careful arrangements we must not miss our focus from the bridal table glassware since it has the power to brighten up the table. Glass not only looks tasteful but also extremely elegant. The table centerpiece can steal the show and be talked about long after the wedding celebrations are over.

If your wedding is theme based, your bridal table glassware should ideally match the theme and should be in sync with the overall décor of the event. Since this is the place where the couple and their families spend quality time knowing each other, relishing the food and raising a toast for celebrating the lives of the blessed couple, the table should bring the element of warmth and magnificence.

Bridal table glassware can include the centerpiece, the crockery, glass décor which can range from simple and chic to a lavish and elaborate glass decoration. A personalized touch can be given with homemade glass lanterns using jars at home and glowing with a yellow light bulb. The glassware also includes unique vases, creative lights and candle holders. Table decorations can be made splendid with fish bowls, glass candelabras, Manzanita trees with glass droplets, mirror plates which can be filled up with flowers, trinkets, sparkling sprinkles and candles. Table chandeliers in colored or plain glass can make for a grand ambience. Wine and martini glasses filled up with candles add to the ethereal beauty of the event as much as tea light holders and glass cylinders. Glass garlands, cloche dome displays and colored vases can brighten up the ambience manifold.

Christening is an equally important event in the life of a child or infant just how wedding is in the life of an adult. The infant is admitted or adopted by the church as a part of the Christian rite with the use of water. The infant is either immersed totally or water is poured on his head to complete the process of christening or baptism. The exact procedure of christening differs from one denomination to the other. Tokens of love and affection are gifted by the friends and relatives of the family hosting the christening event for their child or baby. If you have been invited to a christening service there are a lot of choices available with you to gift the baby as a memory of the day. You can gift silverware like bracelets, necklace or anklet to the baby. Some may choose to give the first tooth and curl box or a photo frame capturing the big moment. Baby dinner set, baby toys, piggy bank, music box, collection of stories, a silver birth certificate holder, customized baby bed sheets, baby clothes and accessories if you like gifting practical gifts.

Author Bio
The purpose of this article is to throw light on the two very important chapters of a person’s life – Wedding and christening. The article talks about the glass décor of bridal tables and christening gifts to be given away to the infants on the event of their christening. For more Information please visit here: http://crewgifthouse.com.au

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Happy Eid Ul-Fitr

>> Jul 28, 2014



To every friend who celebrates:

May Allah flood
your life with happiness on this occasion,
your heart with love,
your soul with spiritual,
your mind with wisdom,
wishing you a blessed and very Happy Eid ul-Fitr.


This year we celebrate the Feast Day here, in our home. My brother and family who live in the same home have left to his wife’s hometown since last Friday. Happily, my third brother and family came to our home and spent the Feast Day with us. They will go back home tomorrow.

Anyway, my husband and I will visit my father in-law in my husband’s hometown next Wednesday (July 30th). We’ll go by train and we’ll spend several days there.  I’ll seldom open this blog and visit you for a while. See you soon.

 

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The Missing Cat Has Been Found

>> Jul 26, 2014



I’ve ever made a post linked to Camera Critters  and Saturday's Critters  about our missing she-cat named Lily. At that time, she just arrived from other town and we didn’t see her again in the next day. Believe it or not, after about five months missing (Peb to July), Lily was found at a spot that far enough from our home.
Before missing in Peb, 2014
Last week, in one night, my brother and nephew was going out by car. My nephew saw Lili in the front of a store. He told my brother to stop the car and hurriedly came nearing Lili. Fortunately, the cat reconignized my nephew. He called the cat and Lily ‘miauw’ him back. When my nephew picking her up and getting her into the car, Lili showed no refusal.  Arrived at home again, she ate well.  

I’m curious to know what happened to her in the last five months. Though she founded on the side of the street, she looked clean, perhaps there’s someone who fed her regularly. The spot where my nephew saw Lili is about 2 km from our home.
 
Captured yesterday.
Lili is healthy. But after her last adventure, she never comes out of my brother’s bedroom. She’s on the bed most of the days. Is it strange or normal?  She's pregnant, so it's her second pregnancy. Poor Lili, what happened to her first babies?

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Welcome to my blog. I'm a home maker, a stay at home wife. I'm just an ordinary woman who has interest in reading, working at home and learning to write. We live in Bogor, Indonesia.
This blog contains articles in family topic.
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