A child’s cry #Me too

With Me too campaign going in a full swing there are few facts shared here on child sexual harassment.

  • Children cannot make story about abuse.
  • Children will not be able to disclose everything that happened to them even if it might be their parents, due to fear, guilt & discomfort.
  • Most Children who are sexually harassed are abused by someone they know.Sexual violence by strangers is rare.
  • Sometimes it's hard for a child to understand what is happening around that age.But when they realise as they grow up, they develop a strong aversion & hatred towards the person.
  • Child's dress or actions will no way hold the reason behind harassment
  • .Child sexual harassment does not indicate only rape:it includes inappropriate talk, touch and exposing to porn.It is really important for parents to observe of any physical signs and behavior of their child.
  • A young child's mind is like freshly laid cement.If anyone steps in it the imprints remain forever.So we have to take care of our children with great care and caution to protect from abusers.

When adults are coming out of the nutshell and sharing their incidents of harassment through #Me too campaign  A child’s cry may still be unnoticed…………

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Palak kootu

Palak kootu

Palak/pasalai keerai is a spinach variety which is rich in iron and minerals. Palak kootu is a mild spiced side dish that goes very well with Hot Rice and Rasam or any tangy gravies. 


palak/pasalai keerai       -1 bunch
shallots                           -4 chopped
chana dhal/bengal gram -1/3 cup
green chili                       -3

To temper:

mustard seeds                 -1/4 tsp
cumin seeds                    -1/4 tsp
hing/asafoetida               -pinch
turmeric                           -pinch
shredded coconut           -11/2 tbsp

Preparation time: 5 min
Cooking time     :  20 min


  • In a pressure cooker add chana dhal/bengal gram with water and pressure cook for a whistle.

  • Wash the Palak/Pasalai keerai thoroughlt.After the pressure go off open the cooker and add the roughly chopped Palak and chopped shallots to it .

  • Simmer and keep it for 10 minutes.Meanwhile in another pan heat oil and add ingredients listed under to temper.

  • Now add the tempering to the cooked palak and mix well .Let it cook for another 1 minute.

  • Palak kootu is ready to serve with Hot Rice 
Serves 3

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Mutton( without bones)   - 150 g
onion                                - 1 finely chopped
ginger                               - 1 tsp finely chopped
garlic                                -1 tsp finely chopped
Green chilies                    -2
curry leaves                      -few finely chopped
cilantro                              - few finely chopped
shredded coconut              -1/2 cup
fennel powder                   - 1/2 tsp
coriander powder              -1 tsp
roasted bengal gram powder(pottukadalai maavu) - 21/2 tsp
chili powder                      -1 tsp
salt                                     -to taste
turmeric                             -1/2 tsp
oil                                      -1 tbsp

preparation time:10 min
Cooking time     :25 min


  • In a pressure cooker cook the mutton adding a cup of water, adequate salt , turmeric for  4-5 whistles( or until mutton is cooked tender)

  • Drain off the excess liquid (this can be used to make non veg soups) .Blend the cooked mutton in a mixer.

  • In a pan heat oil and add chopped ginger, garlic, green chili, curry leaves and saute until the raw flavor goes off.

  • Follow it with chopped onions and fry until translucent.

  • Add the spices and ground mutton.stir well for 3 minutes and add the shredded coconut to it.

  • Cook for another 5 minutes and garnish with chopped cilantro

  • Mutton podimaas is ready to serve.
You can use Mutton keema instead of boneless mutton.

Serves 3

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Rose Flower with Soap

Rose Flower with Soap

Things needed:

  • Soap
  • Fevicol
  • Cornflour
  • Food coloring
  • tooth pick


Grate the soap 

dry it in sun for 2-3 days.

Blend it in a mixer into a smooth powder.

Take  equal quantity of soap powder and corn flour and mix well.

Add the pink color food coloring to it(you can add any color of your choice)

Mix and knead it into a smooth dough by adding little by little fevicol to it.

Now you can make flowers by following the pic

Altenate method for flower:

Make circles from bigger to smaller size.

Place the tooth pick in the smaller circle and cover it wit little more dough

Now roll like in video


Similarly mix a dough adding green color to make leaves.

Soap flowers are ready to decor. Dry them for few hours .

The aroma from soap adds so much liveliness to the flowers that it appears real.

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Sweet Heart crisps


Sweetheart crisps is a twist of Indian dessert Jaelabi made with Maida & Sugar


All Purpose flour /maida    - 1 cup
Corn starch                         -2 tbsp
Yogurt                                 -3/4 cup
water                                   -1-2tbsp
baking soda                         -pinch
food coloring                       -pinch

For sugar syrup:

Sugar                                   -1/2 cup
water                                    -1/2 cup
lemon juice                          -few drops


  • In a bowl mix dry ingredients all purpose flour, corn starch , baking soda and any food color (of your choice).
  • Then add yogurt to it and whisk it without any lumps.Add 1-2 tbsp of water to make it into a thick and smooth consistency.
  • Cover & rest overnight or 12 hours to ferment.
  • Take paper piping bag (or a ziplock bag  will do)fill the batter into it.Make a small hole to it.
  • In a pan add sugar and water to make sugar syrup until you reach single string consistency.Squeeze few drops of lemon juice to avoid crystallization.

  • Heat oil for deep frying.Temperature of oil should be around 220 F.
  • Dip the spatula that you will use to frying into the hot oil.Once the spatula gets heated take it little out and draw hearts like in picture.Then immediately dip spatula into oil. After few seconds you can push it into the oil using a fork and cook until golden.
  • Remove it from oil and drop into sugar syrup.Let stand for a minute.
  • Sweet heart crisps are ready to serve.


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lemon sevai

Lemon sevai


Semiya noodles             - 1 cup
lemon                            -1 large
sesame oil                      - 3 tbsp
mustard seeds                - 1tsp
urad dhal                         - 1tsp
chana dhal/bengal gram - 1 tbsp
peanuts                            -1 tbsp
green chili                        -2 slit
red chili                            -2
curry leaves                      -few
turmeric                            -1/2 tsp 
salt                                    -to taste

preparation time    : 5 min
cooking time         :  15 min


  • In a pot let water boil.Add adequate salt and little oil.When water starts boiling add the semiya noodles to it.

  • Once the semiya gets cooked ,drain it thoroughly.

  • In a pan heat oil ,and allow mustard seeds to splutter.add green chilies , red chili , curry leaves, urad dhal, bengal gram , peanuts and fry for 3-4 minutes or until it turns golden.

  • Now add the drained semiya noodles and lemon juice( taken from 1 lemon) to it and mix thorougly.

  • Lemon Sevai is ready to serve
Serves 2

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