Showing posts from July, 2017

Mediterranean pizza

A good after-school snack for kids with the goodness of hummus, vegetables and cheese! Not only pretty but yummy too. My son comes home from school and smells around saying -"something nice is baking in the oven!" I am a bit apprehensive if he would like this twist in the pizza with hummus and olives in it...and he loves it! Here is the recipe from a happy mom: Hummus : Chickpeas (kabuli chana) - 1 cup. To be soaked overnight and cooked soft A dash of lemon juice - as per your liking Thick curd - 4-5 tbsp Olive oil - 1 tbsp Red chilli-garlic paste (the one used in bhel puri) - 2-3 tsp (as per your liking) Jeera powder - 1/2 tsp Salt - to taste Method : Add all the above ingredients in a mixer and grind it smooth. The hummus  should be smooth and of this consistency: Hummus Ingredients for the pizza : Hummus - to apply on the pita bread as the base sauce Pita breads  - 6 in number. I used the ready-made ones Juliennes of red, yellow

South Africa - Part II (Garden route & Kruger)

Kruger National Park was on our bucket list of destinations for a long time now. We were waiting for our little one to grow up a bit so that he could truly understand and enjoy the wildlife sightings there. Kruger was the highlight of our South African trip but once there, one cannot afford to miss Cape Town and Garden Route. Cape Town was a beautiful beginning to a memorable vacation and from there, off we started on the 2nd leg of our journey through the panoramic Garden Route. Garden route : Nope..don't go by its name. This route is not associated with any gardens as such but it is a 300-km stretch along the south-western coast of South Africa, between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. Along the Garden route Mossel Bay : Our first destination on this route was Mossel Bay, some 400 kms from Cape Town. Driving was a breeze on the well-maintained roads and we reached our destination in under 6 hours. This is the very place where the first European, Bartolomeu Diaz la

Lepakshi - the temple of legends and architectural marvels

Shikhara of the main temple As the legend goes, Lepakshi - the Vijaynagar era temple, is the place where Jatayu, the vulture, fell  wounded while trying to save Sita from the clutches of the demon king, Ravana. 'Le-pakshi' in Telegu means: 'Rise - O - bird'. These were the words which Lord Rama uttered on seeing Jatayu injured in that condition. This legend is surely fascinating and so is the temple architecture and its murals. The 16th century temple is situated in the Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh, some 120 kms north of Bangalore. Dedicated to Lord Veerabhadra, Bhadrakali, Vishnu and Lakshmi, this temple is well-known for its hanging pillar and India's largest monolithic granite-sculpted Nandi. Lepakshi is about an hour-long drive from North Bangalore on the lovely Bangalore-Hyderabad highway (NH44). Cruising at a speed of little more than 100 kmph, we reached Anantpur at about 10 in the morning. Taking cues from the signboards, we turned le