Ganesh with a Fist-full of Rice and a Spoon-full of Milk

The birth of Lord Ganesh falls every year in the monsoon months of August or September. He is a very lovable God and worshipped before beginning any work or project. It is believed that Ganesh is the remover of all obstacles and so, one of his names is Vighaneshwar. A long time ago, in a…

Cottage Cheese Cutlets

Cutlets made of mashed cottage cheese can be the new delicious serving during your next party. The cheesy taste which can tempt the taste buds of anyone is attained by freshly prepared cottage cheese(paneer). This new delicacy can be served in the form of small cheese balls as well as an oval/square-shaped cutlets. Ingredients: 4…

Miniature Artist – Sohan Singh Billawria

Miniature Paintings in India are a product of the Mughal rule and have a Persian influence. With the coming of the Mughals, the Persian miniature painters also came and settled. The various biographies and chronicles of the Monarchs required illustrations and narration of events. So an atelier was set up during Akbar’s reign and Indian…

Bottle Gaurd (lauki) Vegetable

This is a very popular Bengali dish made from bottle gourd (lauki) skin sautéed with green chillies and onion. INGREDIENTS: 1. Skin of one medium bottle gourd 2. Onion – 1 big 3. Green chilly – 2 4. Kalaunji ( kala jeera) – 1/2 Tsp 5. Turmeric powder – 1/4 Tsp 6. Red chilly powder…

Indian Miniature Painting Method

I had the pleasure of attending a five-day workshop on Indian Miniature Painting by Artist Mr Sohan Singh Billawria at Srinagar. Being a student, follower and Teacher of Art: different styles, their nuances, variation in execution and materials from different areas is a matter of curiosity. To watch the execution of the different stages of…

Janamashtmi – celebrating Krishna

As a child in the sixties and seventies, growing up in Army Cantonments in India I loved festival time as it meant lots of exclusive dishes cooked for the occasion.  Some of these were annual recipes and Janamashtmi also has its share of unique recipes.  Sweetmeats ( barfi) made of coconut and thickened milk, musk…

Snake and the Saint – Live and Let Live

Edited by: Ms. Sharmila Nasarpuri Download, print, and color in the above drawing by clicking here. Snakes in Indian Mythology and folklore have a very important place. They are a reason to fear, venerate, worship, and propitiate. Seen as a sign of fertility and long life there are innumerable stories and myths related to them….

Passion turns profession with Crazy Palette by Rishma Lath

I have known Rishma since she was a child. Her inherent talent, her keenness to always learn new techniques, dedication, and discipline are what have always impressed me. Her passion for art continues and her venture ‘Crazy Palette’ is very aptly named. Her color and art palette are very strong and show in her enterprise….

Living Tradition of Lord Jagannath in Puri, India

Nabakalebara- Changing the statues of Jagannath Temple in 2015 The replacement of the Statues of, Balabhadra, Subhadra, Lord Jagannath, and Sudarshan Chakra is a ritual believed to be followed from the time of Mahabharat, after the death of Lord Krishna. This change is effected within a gap of 12 to 19 years after lunar calculations….

Legend of Jagannath- Conquest of Kanchi.

A long time ago the King of Kanchipuram in South India solemnized the marriage of his daughter, Princess Padmavati, with the King of Puri in Kalinga. The King of Puri belonged to the Gajapati dynasty and was Purushottam Deva.  Puri’s reigning Deity is Lord Krishna, worshipped as Lord Jagannath.  In Puri, Jagannath Yatra is a…

Vegetable Keema Pulao

VEG KEEMA PULAO This is one recipe I converted from the original non-veg one which my mother used to make. Instead of using minced mutton, I used soya granules. Easier to make and faster too! Ingredients:- 1. Basmati rice.           1.5 cups 2. Soya granules.         3/4 cup 3. Green…

International Yoga Day

Ever since 21st June has been declared International Yoga day there is a lot of talk about it. Yoga as a healthy way of life is followed all over the world with the USA also haveing goat -yoga! Yoga teaches you to be disciplined.  If you have to exercise every morning you have to sleep…