Thursday, December 30, 2010


A microwave is one of the most convenient ways to heat up some food quickly in our homes.

However, all that food can splatter and spill in the microwave, making a big mess , plus, have you ever burned something in the microwave, such as microwave popcorn? That smell seems to linger on and on, as do many other microwave odors.

1. Microwaves can be freshened by wiping the interior with a solution of four tablespoons of baking soda to one quart warm water. NEVER use a commercial oven cleaner.

2.  Wet a rag with cold water, leave it really wet but not dripping. Nuke it for about a minute and then open the microwave and wipe the mess away with a separate wet cloth. The one that was microwaved is VERY HOT do not touch it with your hands. Mess will wipe away easily without ANY cleansers at all. The steam loosens the baked on mess and it wipes clean away. May need to repeat a few times before you are done.

3,  put a cup of water in the microwave with a couple of tablespoons of lemon juice in it (or a couple of drops of dish soap if I'm out of lemon juice), run it for 2-3 minutes, let it sit so it steams up the inside of the microwave and loosens the stuck-on yucks, then wipe it all away with a paper towel. It's quick, simple and makes the microwave smell nice!.


Positive thinking is an art that can help you manage your life better. There are ways to follow in order to learn how to start thinking positive. Positive thinking is not something that will fall one day from the sky but it needs effort and skills to be able to achieve it. By start thinking positive you will place you self in a position that will allow you not only to manage your life better but it will also help you to raise yourself esteem and self confidence

10 Ways to start thinking positive :


Create in your mind an indelible image of yourself as a successful person. Keep this strong image within you, and do not even allow it to fade. Over time, this picture will evolve within you and the details will be stimulated. You must never challenge the reality of this intellectual image because it will be dangerous. Your mind will also try to fill the gaps in what was originally imagined. Always have in your mind the success regardless of how bad things seem to be at the moment.

Each time that invades your mind a negative thought concerning your personal powers and abilities, deliberately start thinking of something very positive to counteract.


Do not build your imagination with obstacles. Instead, try to minimize any potential obstacle. The difficulties must be studied and treat effectively in order to be eliminated, without giving them more power than they really have. Often fear exaggerates the difficulties and «hides» their true dimension.

Think of your brain as an image playback unit. The images are coming from our thoughts, often taking shape in our minds and frighten us, or give us the power to be creative or inspire us or make us dream.

Negative thoughts create negative images and hence negative reactions. The same happens with positive thoughts that make exactly the opposite and work for our benefit. To start thinking positive you have to create these positive images in your mind and take advantage of the inspiration and creativity they will create.


This must be the most intelligent advice. Do not overly be impressed by other people so as to copy them. Nobody can be as effective as you have in your life. Remember also that regardless of how dynamic and successful one can seem, often they may have the same lack of self-confidence and they may be afraid the same as you.

Get to know your self better. Find what is causing your inferiority or your fears and misgivings. It is likely these negative feelings of you to stem from childhood and from young age. You may often need the advice of a specialist to help you understand why you feel and behave in a particular way. Try to understand your self better, which is the first step in managing your life better.
Make a realistic assessment of your skills

Make a realistic assessment of your skills and then increase that by 10%. That does not mean that you will become selfish. Instead, you must believe in the forces and means to create a rock solid sense of your self. Only when you believe in your self you will be able to start thinking positive.

Turn positive thinking into creative thinking. Positive thinking alone will not help us to manage our life better. What we need apart from positive thinking is creative thinking. Creative thinking is about planning, designing and putting objectives for the future. Starting from simple, everyday things we have in our daily schedule. This can be the first step to organize our thinking on how to implement the things we have to do.

Also the power of creative thinking, besides the benefits it can bring to us, can also be used as a positive influence for those around us. We can inspire them; give them incentives, energy and vision. Thinking creatively is something that we can train ourselves to do. It takes time and effort but when we achieve it we will be able to manage our life better.

Start transforming thoughts to actions. Try and find ways to simplify and facilitate your daily obligations, which would result in savings of your valuable time that is needed for your personal improvement.

Focus to solve some of the operational problems of everyday life and then direct the power of your positive thinking to try and shape your next steps in your lives, your personal relations in your career and your family.


Dream! The power of thinking can take you to some great moments that made you happy…it can magically transfer you to the beach as if you were on holiday! It can transfer to you sounds, colours, smells and people.

Dream now what you would like to be in your life, your relationship, your work and think about it intensely with as many details as you can. This thought makes you feel beautiful? This thought gives you incentive to try to get to the point that you dreamed? Yes! We must do this every day thinking, again and again and again!

So, install a new operating system in your brain that will make you start thinking positive. This will ignore the fears and will not convert them into images, will ignore the bad thoughts about possible failures and transform them into a big picture of success and self confidence. You'll see that with time your life will become more beautiful and will approach the life that you dreamed about and also your behaviour will become more effective and more acceptable to your environment. Fight against the evil thoughts from their roots and do not leave them reach the surface. To start thinking positive is in your hand ... or rather in your mind!

Monday, December 6, 2010


INGREDIENTS: Dill leaves - 2 bunches ( use only tender  stems)
                            Salt - to taste
                            Chilli powder - 1tsp
                             Moong dal - 1/4cup
                            Oil - 1tsp
                            Garlic - chopped finely(optional)
                             Jeera - 1/4tsp
                             Grated coconut - 1tbsp


1. Chop  the dill leaves finely and wash  them nicely.
2. Soak moong dal in water for about 10mins.
3. Heat a pan add oil.

4. Then add jeera seeds.

5. Allow them to crackle.
6. Add soaked moong dal.

7. Add a pinch of salt and mix well.

8. Then add the washed and chopped dil  leaves.

9. Mix well.

9. Add little water.

10. Cover and vcook for 3mins.

11. Add  1tsp chilli powder.

12. Mix it nicely.

13. Grate some coconut and keep aside.

14. See that all the water gets evaporated from the green.
15. It should become completely dry.

16. Then add the grated coconut.

17. Mix nicely.

18. And serve with hot rice and ghee or roti..............................

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


Hi friends,
               Its long since i have posted any recipe.................Sorry for that. Iam bit busy we moved to L.A, ca   and was very busy in shifting to the new house. Now i promise you all that i will post my recipes ...And today is a very very special day..................................
Its my loving hubby veeru's birthday..................I wish him a very happy and joyfull birthday.........And on this special  occasion i wann to dedicate my blog to my lovely hubby who is the inspiration behind me to start this  wonderfull "LETS COOK SOMETHING"
He is the one who started this blog on feb 14th 2010.........................And i really wann to thank all of you for supporting me all these days...............and giving me your valuable comments....................I hope i will surelly start " lets cook something" in a different way and post wonderfull recipes............
Once again thank you for all your wonderfull support...
Iam so thankfull to god for giving me a wonderfull hubby like veeru.............and i dedicate this blog to him......
I need your wishes for him and your blessings........He should be always very happy with lots of success in his life.................

"A hubby like you is a special blessing"
There are in the end three things........that last
And the greatest of these is" love"
Even though I may not say " i love you"
often enough, Your birthday reminds me how lucky iam to have your love and you....
God couldn't have blessed me with a more wonderful husband .
Happy birthday to you my dear..............chinnu

Thursday, October 28, 2010



Vankaya/ Eggplant - 1 bigsize
Oil – 1 tbsp
Asafoetida – pinch
Onion – 1/2chopped finely
Garlic – 1 tbsp
Green Chillies – to taste, finely chopped
Turmeric Powder – 1/4 tsp
Salt – to taste                                                 
Lime/ Lemon Juice – to taste
Coriander – finely chopped
Chilli powder - 1tbsp(optional)

1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees F (approx 200 degrees C).
2. Line the baking pan with foil.
3. Coat the Eggplant with a little Oil and bake it for 1 hour.

5. You can even directly burn it on gas . The method is same but be careful with ur hands...........
6. Once out of the oven, allow it to cool down.
7. Peal the skin off.

8. Roughly chop it with the help of kinfe.

8. In a pan heat oil.

9. Add in Asafoetida(optional).
10. Add in the chopped  Onions.

11. Now add the crushed Garlic.

12. Then add  Green Chillies .

13. Add in some Salt,haldi , mix well and allow them it to cook till the Onions get a little translucent.

14. Add in the Eggplant flesh.

15. Mix well nicely.

16. Add chilli powder (optional).

17. Mix well  and allow it to heat up all the way through.

18. Add in Lemon/Lime Juice.
19. And garnish it with chopped coriander leaves.

20. Mix well .

21. Serve hot with Chapatis or Parathas.............................



Rava (sooji)– 1 cup
Yellow moong Daal – 3/4 cup
Water (for boiling  Daal) – 2 cups
Ghee – 1 Tbsp
Mustard Seeds – 1/2 tsp
Cumin Seeds – 1/2 tsp
Urad Daal – 1/2 tsp
Peanuts – 2 Tbsp
Whole Black Peppercorns – 10-12
Asafoetida – 1/8 tsp
Turmeric – 1/4 tsp (optional)
Minced Ginger & Garlic – 1 Tbsp
Green Chillies – slit, to taste
Curry Leaves – few
Water – 4.5 cups
Salt – to taste
Lime Juice – to taste (optional)
Coriander – chopped for garnishing


1. Take 3/4 cup of moong dal.

2 . Dry roast Mung Daal in a pressure cooker until fragrant and light pink.

3.  Remove from pan, cool and rinse with water to clean.
4. In the skillet, dry roast Sooji (Rava) until fragrant and light golden.

5. In a pressure cooker, add washed mung daal, 2 cups water and a little salt.

6.  Pressure cook for 1 whistle.

7. And remove the pressure after 2-3 minutes.
8. Daal should be tender but whole .

9. Heat Ghee in a pan on medium heat.

10. Add Mustard Seeds, Jeera seeds  and allow them to pop.

11 . Add Urad Daal, Black Peppercorns and Peanuts.

12.  Cook until Peanuts are light golden.

13.  Add Hing , Curry Leaves, Ginger/Garlic.

14. Add  Green Chilies – cook for 1 minute.

15. Add 4.5 cups of water and salt to the pan (water can be heated in the microwave to save time).

16. And bring mixture to a boil.

17. Add roasted Rawa to the water and continually mix so no lumps form.

18. Add cooked Mung Daal and mix.

19. Keep mixing frequently until the water evaporates and the pongal comes to desired consistency.

20. Squeeze  Lime Juice.

21. Garnish with chopped cilantro (coriander leaves).

15. Serve hot...........................................