Rice Noodles / Shavige Baath

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This is yet another classic South Indian breakfast dish. Rice Noodles or Shavige Baath is a favourite in every South Indian home. The traditional dish typically calls for home-made rice noodles which according to me stands out in taste as compared to the store-bought ones.

I remember my mom & grand-mom making rice noodles from scratch. It is a very time consuming & laborious. So, it was reserved for special occassions like a birthday, a festival or a holiday when all of us at home could’nt wait to savour them.

There are various versions of Shavige Baath, like This which my mom-in-law makes & there is a sweet version to it too with jaggery. But I prefer the savoury version.

This one is my absolute favourite. It calls for very basic ingredients & makes a very satisfying breakfast. I recommend that you give this version try. It is quite different from the usual onion or mixed vegetable version of rice noodles.

The recipe for home-made rice noodles will follow later. I have made this using the store-bought ones. Hope you guys like it . . .

Preparation Time: 20 mins

Ingredients:
2 cups rice noodles – I used store-bought
1/2 cup grated coconut – fresh/frozen
4-5 green chillies
1 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
A huge sprig of cilantro
A handful of curry leaves
A big pinch of turmeric
A handful of groundnuts
2 -3 tbsp – lemon juice
Salt as per taste
2 tsp oil

Method:

Boil about 4 cups of water in a large vessel. once it start boiling, add a tsp of oil turnoff the stove
Add rice noodles & cover it. Let it cook for a minute & NOT any more than that
Transfer cooked noodles to a colander & run cold water it. Keep aside & let it cool
Grind together grated coconut, green chillies, cilantro, curry leaves mustard seeds into a smooth paste without adding too much water
Heat a heavy bottomed pan & add oil. Add mustard seeds, groundnuts & turmeric & let it roast well & turn off the stove
Add the ground paste, cooked noodles along with salt to the tempering
Add lemon juice & mix well. You can add another teaspoon of oil at this point if required
Garnish with chopped cilantro.
Serve with Coriander Chutney . . . Enjoy !

Pongal – The Humble South Indian Khichdi

In South India, two dishes that are a must have during Sankranthi/Pongal is the Khara Pongal Sweet Pongal using Jaggery also known as Huggi in Kannada.
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Khara Pongal or savoury Pongal is what I call the South Indian version of Khichdi. A mixture of rice & lentils simmered to a semi-solid consistency & tempered with cumin seeds, green chillies, ginger & pepper corns is a heart warmer. Popular in most South Indian homes as a Breakfast Dish, it can be eaten on its own or even with yogurt or spicy coconut chutney or a traditional eggplant dip, either way its overwhelming. It is way too simple to make & does not involve cutting of any vegetables, which is a blessing if one is short on time. I quite often enjoy this as supper on cold winter evenings.

Preparation Time: 30 mins

Ingredients:

1 cup short grained rice
1/2 cup Moong Dal
2 tbsp grated ginger
3 green chillies – finely chopped
A handful of curry leaves
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tbsp coarsely ground Black Pepper
1 tsp Turmeric
Salt as per taste
1 tbsp Desi Ghee/Clarified Butter or Oil

Method:

Dry roast moong dal until it starts to turn slightly brown.
Pressure cook Moong dal along with rice along with turmeric powder
Heat Ghee/oil in a heavy bottomed pan & add cumin seeds, once the seeds crackle, add curry leaves, green chillies & saute for a minute.
Add cooked rice & lentil mixture & Add 1/2 cup water & mix well.
Add grated ginger, ground pepper & Salt
Simmer on low heat for about 5 – 8 minutes.
Drizzle Ghee on top & enjoy with your favorite Side Dish.
Enjoi !!!

NOTE:
The Rice:Lentil proportion could be either 1:2 or 2:1 or 1:1 whichever suits you
Go easy on green chillies as ground pepper adds quite a bit of heat.
You could use long grained rice too, but short grained rice works best.
This can be made on stove top too instead of using a pressure cooker. Use Pressure Cooker to save time

Bread Poha

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Its one of those early winter mornings & you are all cuddled up in your favourite blanket, Just then you wake up all of a sudden, only to realise that you have slept past your usual time. You just have half an hour to get your kid ready to school or you need to rush to that morning meeting. Then, that half an hour gets real crucial. What would you whip up in very little time, that is easy yet delicious.
I have for you today, Bread Poha which can be made in a jiffy & is very nutritious.

Preparation Time: 15 mins

Ingredients:

2-3 slices of bread ( brown/white ) – cut into medium size pieces
2 tbsp onion – finely chopped
2 tbsp carrot – grated
2 tbsp capsicum – grated
1 green chilli – chopped
A pinch of turmeric
Salt as per taste
Mustard Seeds
Oil
Method:

Heat Oil in a wok, Add mustard seeds
Once it splutters, Add green chillies & a pinch of turmeric
Add onions, grated carrots & grated capsicum
Saute for 2 mins
Add bread pieces & add salt as per taste
Mix well & Bread Poha is ready
Enjoy with a cuppa hot Tea/Coffee

It is a good option for your kid’s lunchbox as well.

Note: If your are a health freak, use brown brown bread & olive oil

PHP info

PHPinfo is a function that returns information, in HTML form, about the PHP environment on Linux server. To run PHPinfo you must save the following code in a file on your computer using your text editor:

<?php
phpinfo ();
?>

You can save the file as phpinfo.php. Then FTP the file to the web content folder for your domain and run PHPinfo by using “www.yourdomain.com/phpinfo.php” on the web browser.

The phpinfo provides lot of information which is required for setting base path in the config file, seetings like Register_Globals, path to perl or cgi etc.

For more information, click here.

.htaccess

If you are planning to redirect your site page or main site to some other urls, 301 redirect method is the choice as it is easy to implement and is very search engine friendly. I am penning down few methods for setting up 301 redirect on linux servers using .htaccess. The pre-condition here is that the Apache Mod-Rewrite module should be enabled.

Redirect to www (htaccess redirect)

This method is applicable if you want all requests coming in to domain.com should get redirected to http://www.domain.com. For example if the site http://www.sakshay.in is being accessible by both http://sakshay.in and http://www.sakshay.in, the search engine will see this as two separate urls and may mark one as duplicate content. So this method shall redirect the url http://sakshay.in and all pages to http://www.sakshay.in.

The .htaccess file needs to be placed in the root directory of your old website (i.e the same directory where your index file is placed)

Options +FollowSymlinks
RewriteEngine on
rewritecond %{http_host} ^domainname.com [nc]
rewriterule ^(.*)$ http://www.domainname.com/$1 [r=301,nc]

Please REPLACE domainname.com and http://www.newdomainname.com with your actual domain name.

Again this method requires Apache Mod-Rewrite module should be enabled on the server for the domain.

 

Redirect Old domain to New domain (htaccess redirect)

This method is applicable if you want that all your directories and pages of your old domain should get correctly redirected to your new domain. Again this method shall prevent from marking the pages as duplicate content by search engines.
The .htaccess file needs to be placed in the root directory of your old website (i.e the same directory where your index file is placed)

Options +FollowSymLinks
RewriteEngine on
RewriteRule (.*) http://www.newdomainname.com/$1 [R=301,L]

Please REPLACE http://www.newdomainname.com in the above code with your actual domain name.

This would take care of the all the old links to be redirected to the new urls. Still it is preferred that in addition to this, your backlinks from other sites be directed to the new urls.

Again this method requires Apache Mod-Rewrite module should be enabled on the server for the domain.

Wall Street Journal to cut 2 dozen newsroom jobs

NEW YORK: The Wall Street Journal, one of the last major US daily newspapers to avoid deep cuts to its news gathering operations amid a historic industry downturn, is trimming about two dozen newsroom jobs.

Robert Christie, a spokesman for the newspaper’s parent company, Dow Jones & Co, said the Journal will make cuts to both its reporting and editing staff through a combination of layoffs and buyouts as well as eliminating open positions.

In a memo to staff, Journal managing editor Robert Thomson said the newsroom has already lost 11 reporters through attrition, but 14 more jobs will be eliminated in a new restructuring effort.

Thomson said the paper’s New York-based fashion and retail group will be shuttered, with some reporters and editors shifted to other bureaus.

The Los Angeles and Boston bureaus will each lose a job as well as the law, health and real estate groups in New York.

Thomson said there will be no cuts at Dow Jones Newswires.

"It is obvious to you all that we are in the midst of an unprecedented economic downturn," he said in the memo. "We are also in the midst of an unprecedented increase in our readership, in print and online, but a precipitous decline in print advertising revenue has forced a close examination of our structures and of our costs

Michael Clarke pulls out of IPL – Modi upset

Australian vice-captain Michael Clarke pulled out from the Season 2 of the million dollar Twenty20 tournament — Indian Premier League (IPL). ( Watch movie)

Clarke said on Thursday (February 5) that his decision to skip the lucrative Twenty20 tournament was made because Australia has such a busy international schedule coming up.

"I won’t be going to the IPL,” Clarke said. The most important thing for me is we’ve only got a couple of weeks off, we’ve got a very busy schedule.

"With me, with my body and time with my family, I want time off this year."

But Clarke said his decision did not mean that he could not understand why so many other players did want to play in the Indian competition.

"It’s a wonderful thing for cricket, it’s definitely improved Twenty20 cricket, it’s played a part in improving One-day cricket," he said.

"The lead up to the Twenty20 World Championships is the IPL so it’s good preparation so it does not surprise me that a lot of players are going."

Following this decision by Clarke, Lalit Modi, Chairman of the IPL expressed disappointment and said that he was very upset with this decision by the Aussie vice-skipper.

He said, "IPL is upset with Michael Clarke’s decision and he is unlikely to play in the next season. Clarke pulled out of the IPL because no one was ready to pay $1 million. We did ask him to reduce the price but he was unwilling to do so."

Clarke was valued at $1 million and was set to be among the top three purchases in the auction to be held on Friday (February 6) in Goa. Chennai Super Kings, last year’s finalists, were expected to lead the bidding for Clarke.