BHARATNATYAM–DANCE FORM OF SOUTH INDIA

This dance is called as kavuthwam & it is usually performed as the first item in any Bharat Natyam recital…….this is a prayer to the three Lords ,that is Lord Ganesha, Lord Muruga & Lord Nataraja……

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Sambar ( South Indian recipe)

This is a Dish of Southern India & is usually eaten with rice.
 
Ingredients:
 
Tuvar dal(Split red gram)……………… 1/2 standard cup
Tomato………………………………….. ….2 to 3 medium size
                                                                             ( Take more tomatoes if you are not going to use tamarind juice)
Tamarind…………………………………….Small lemon size(soaked in water)
Red chilli(preferably bhor)…………….4 to 5( depending upon how much spicy you want)
Dhaniya(coriander) seeds……………..3 tea spoons
Methi (fenugreek)seeds……………….   1/2 tea spoon
Grated coconut…………………………….little less than 1/2 standard cup
Vegetables…………………………………..Lady’s finger or Brinjal or Small onions or Drumsticks  or White pumpkin or Yellow Pumpkin.
                                                                             Any one of these)
Haldi(turmeric) powder…………………1/2 tea spoon
Rai(mustard) seeds……………………… 1/2 tea spoon
Salt…………………………………………….As per taste.
Coriander leaves…………………………..For garnishing
Lemon juice
(if you ve not used tamarind juice)…..1 or 1/2
 
Method:
 
1. Cook tuvar dal in cooker & keep aside.
2. Cook the vegetable in the tamarind juice along with the tomatoes,
    haldi powder & salt & keep aside.
    (If the vegetable is lady’s finger, then fry it a little in oil & then cook it).
3. Mix 1 & 2 & keep aside.
4. In a frying pan , take little oil ,& fry the red chillies ,coriander seeds & methi seeds.
5. After it cools, grind it along with the coconut.
6. Add the ground mixture, that is 5 in 3.
7. Taste & see if the salt is perfect ….If the preparation is too thick,
    then add a little water..Heat the mixture.
8. For the vaghaar( tempering), add 1/2 tea spoon rai(mustard) seeds & a little        methi(fenugreek ) seeds.
9. Add this in the preparation ,that is 7.
10. Garnish with coriander leaves. 
11. Taste it..If you feel the sourness, is a little less, then you can add lemon juice accordingly. 
 
 
 

The power of thought…….

The power of thought is so great that it can make or mar a man’s life..We are what we think..

The origin of a thought is very important….Initially it is very miniscule in size but as it goes on expanding, it spreads like fire….. Good thoughts when originated spread happiness & peace on expansion ,whereas bad thoughts spell destruction ….

When we label a man as ‘good” or ” bad” ,we are actually referring to his thoughts….A man’s basic nature is goodness, but it his thoughts that pollute hismind & leads him in the wrong path….

Thoughts can change a man’s life …..If a man is having tumour in his body ,it will go on disturbing him unless & until it is removed….In the same way, bad thoughts are the main source of our sorrows & unhappiness…..It will not allow us to live in peace…If we allow it to grow by giving it freedom, it will pollute our whole system…

Jealousy, hatred, ego, fear ,illnesses all arise due to polluted thoughts….Sowing the seed of good thoughts is equivalent to worshipping God & His beautiful creation…

There can be no misery or sorrow as all are children of the same God ……

Life is what we think about….Change your life by changing your thoughts & just see how beautiful life is…..