Monday, April 16, 2012

Kids' Stories - Learning ABCD the fun way

ABCD story for kids!

This is one of P-'s favorite stories.She enjoys it totally, and listens attentively till the end! This is how it goes...

A-for-Apple and B-for-Ball were going for a walk. There they met C-for-Cat and D-for-Dog. A-for-Apple asked C-for-Cat where they were going. C-for-Cat said they were going for an all-animals' meeting and asked if they would also come and witness it. All four started walking.

In some distance, near a river they saw E-for-Elephant. D-for-Dog asked E-for-Elephant if he was coming for the meeting. E-for-Elephant said he was waiting for F-for-Fish.

G-for-Goat was walking in the other direction, and on his head was a H-for-Hat. F-for-Fish asked G-for-Goat where he was going. G-for-Goat said he was going to the shop to get some I-for-Ice Cream and asked if they would accompany him. C-for-Cat said he did not want I-for-Ice Cream, but will instead drink J-for-Juice. As they were eating I-for-Ice cream and drinking J-for-Juice, they saw a K-for-Kite flying high above. At that time, L-for-Lion came there and asked why everybody was looking up. They said they were looking at K-for-Kite.

While they were looking up, they saw M-for-Monkey jumping from one tree to another and they were all wondering  why. When E-for-Elephant asked M-for-Monkey why he was jumping, M-for-Monkey said he saw an N-for-Nest and wanted to know whose it was. O-for-Owl came that way and said that it was her N-for-Nest.

Meanwhile, P-for-Parrot started shouting, "Q-for-Queen has come, Q-for-Queen has come". But it had started to R-for-Rain. So, everyone started hurrying into the S-for-Ship which was waiting there. At the same time, T-for-Train also arrived there. Since R-for-Rain was very heavy, they all opened their U-for-Umbrella and ran into the S-for-Ship and T-for-Train. Q-for-Queen looked at her W-for-Watch and got into her V-for-Van. Since she had a pain in her back, she got in to the V-for-Van to go to the hospital for an X-for-X-ray. In the V-for-Van, while she waited, she ate some Y-for-Yogurt..

Soon, the S-for-Ship and T-for-Train started moving. Just then, they saw an animal running and shouting "stop stop, wait for me!". What was this animal? It was Z-for-Zebra!

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Ramya's Recipe Series: Palak Methi Balls

Palak Methi Balls

Another nice snack from Ramya's Recipe book!

  1. Palak – 2 cups
  2. Methi – 1 cup
  3. Gram flour – 2 tea spoons
  4. Rava – 2 teaspoons
  5. Atta – 4 teaspoons
  6. Chilli paste – ½ teaspoon
  7. Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon
  8. Sugar – ½ tea spoon
  9. Salt – To taste
  10. Oil – 2 teaspoons

For Seasoning
  1. Mustard – ½ teaspoon
  2. Jeera – ½ teaspoon
  3. Till – ½ teaspoon
  4. Hing – ½ teaspoon
  5. Oil – 1 teaspoon


  • Mix all ingredients 1 to 10
  • Make 5 – 6 portions and roll it in your hands

  • Steam it for 10 minutes
  • Allow it to cool and cut it into discs

  • Add oil in a kadai and add mustard, after it splutters add jeera, till and hing
  • Toss the discs in the seasoning and serve

  1. Ginger paste and coriander can also be added
  2. Increase or decrease the amount of chilli paste as per your taste
  3. This can be prepared without adding sugar also

Friday, April 06, 2012

Ramya's Recipe Series - Thavala Adai

Thavala Adai - A type of Rice Cutlet

This is a very tasty evening snack item. 

  • Idly rava – 1 cup
  • Water – 2 cups
  • For seasoning:
  • Dry chillies – 3-4
  • Mustard – ½ spoon
  • Split Urad dal – ½ spoon
  • Gram dal – ½ spoon
  • Grated Coconut- 2- 3 spoons
  • Salt- To taste
  • Asafoetida – A pinch
  • Oil

  • In a kadai heat oil and add mustard and red chillies (broken into 2 or 3)
  • After the mustard splutters add split urad dal and gram dal
  • After the dals turn red add Asafoetida, water and salt
  • When the water is boiling add the grated coconut and idly rava
  • Keep mixing till it is 3/4ths cooked
  • Remove it and after it cools make it into lemon size balls
  • Flatten these balls
  • Heat another kadai and place these flattened balls in it and add oil
  • Heat it till it becomes golden brown on both the sides
  • Serve it hot with sauce or tomato chutney or any chutney

If idly rava is not available, grind rice or par-boiled rice to rava consistency and use it.

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