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Jun 11, 2018

Vegetable Rava Upma

Vegetables when added to Upma not only makes it look colorful but also healthy.  I have shared a regular & simple version of Upma recipe. Vegetable upma also uses the same recipe and ratios with only few additions in the ingredients.

Upma making is so easy if you take care of few things.. rava should be roasted, ratio of water to rava , right amount of oil and the consistency to which it need to be cooked. You will get perfect upma every time.

  1. Rava - 1 Cup (roasted)
  2. Beans - 7 Nos. - finely chopped
  3. Carrot - 1 small - finely chopped
  4. Onion - 1 no. - finely chopped
  5. Tomato - 1 no. - finely chopped
  6. Curry leaves - 2 sprigs
  7. Ginger - 1" piece - finely chopped
  8. Green chillies - 2 nos. - finely chopped
  9. Oil - 3 tbsp
  10. Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  11. Channa dal - 1/2 tp
  12. Water - 2.5 cups
  13. Salt to taste

  • Heat a wok, Add the oil. when it is hot, add mustard seeds. When they start crackling, add channa dal and fry till it turns golden in color.
  • Add Chopped Onions, curry leaves, green chillies and fry till onion turns translucent.
  • Add the vegetables, Tomato and fry for a minute.
  • Add water and salt, bring to boil
  • When vegetables are partially cooked, start adding rava slowly while stirring it to avoid lumps.
  • once they all mixed well and solidified, cover it with a lid and leave in low flame for two minutes.
  • Turn off the gas.
  • Delicious healthy Rava Upma is ready!

May 30, 2018

Ardhanarishwarar - Kerala Mural Musings 2

Couple of days back, I have shared my first try on Kerala Mural painting using water color. Thrilled with the outcome, I decided I will make another one and this time something big and different from the first one.  Came across lot of pictures from internet and finally decided on Ardhanarishwarar.

Since I am doing this art by looking at a small picture from internet, I had little tough time in sketching it. After trial and error, finally drew a decent picture which definitely will not justify the beauty of the original but still I was happy as I felt the improvement from my first try.

This time, I tried to keep the color subtle as much as possible. Working with water color is always fun and this project, I enjoyed more.

Sharing with you my work step by step as it advanced...

Light pencil sketching and started darkening the outlines with outliner.

Completed outlined sketch

Started coloring.... 

The coloring stage normally starts with a similar color application and then getting into the details. However, I forgot that and it flowed naturally in my own way, which I will keep in mind in my next project.

Major coloring done. Now waiting for the details.

Major details added.... still some finishing minor ones to be done.

Now comes the final picture!........

Nama Parvathi Padhaye ; Hara Hara Mahadeva! _/\_

This painting was done as per God Shiva's wish and  I dedicate it at his lotus feet. Praying that all the  Kailash Manasaroar Yatris be blessed with a smooth journey to & fro and darshan. 

Shambo Mahadeva!

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