Saturday, August 8, 2009

Junk Ceramic Planter

While walking down the road a couple of days back ,

a junk ceramic insulator ( the brown one which is widely used on electric poles) lying at a junk shop caught my attention .
I somehow found it so attractive that I got it home unaware of how my creative juices will transform this mundane object into an object d' art .
I thoroughly washed it to remove all the dirt n grime and planted a small creeper in it. Aloha !!!! My recycled planter was ready , with some stones arranged around it it simply adorned my terrace !!!!

Also see my creation on Craftstylish (

Ceramic insulator pic courtesy

Taro Rolls


Prep Time: 10 mins

Cook Time: 20 mins (+cooling time)

Ingredients (16-18 pieces)

    For Taro rolls
    • 12 -15 organic tender Taro leaves (Arvi ke patte)
    • 2 cups gram flour ( besan)
    • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
    • 1/4 tsp chili powder
    • 1/2 tsp nigella seeds ( kalonji )
    • 1/2 tsp carom seeds ( ajwain)
    • 2 tsp lemon juice (or 1/2 tsp dry mango powder / tamarind pulp )
    • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste (pref fresh)
    • Chopped green chillies (to taste)
    • Salt to taste
    • Water as required


    Wash and pat dry the taro leaves and keep aside.

    In a large bowl mix together chickpea flour, spices, lemon juice and water to make a thick paste.

    Place a leaf(vein side up) on the kitchen counter or chopping board and smear the chickpea paste generously.

    Place another taro leaf (with end pointing in the opposite direction that the previous one) over it and spread the paste.

    Repeat the process to form a stack of 5-6 leaves. Roll tightly .

    Make a similar roll with rest of the leaves.

    Steam cook for 20 mins in a steamer or pressure cooker.

    Remove from heat and cool completely.

    Heat a few drops of oil in a pan ,add sesame seeds and shallow fry the spirals from both the sides till crisp.

    Serve hot with lemon wedges and green chutney.

    ( To freeze the rolls- line the cool rolls in a large tray in single layer and place in the freezer for an hour, once hard remove from tray and pack in ziplock bags . Keeps well for upto 3 months. Thaw and shallow fry the frozen rolls before serving. )

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    Baked Mango Yogurt



      For Baked Mango Yogurt
      • 150 ml yogurt
      • 150 gm cream ( I used Amul 25%milk fat)
      • (Fresh or heavy will also work fine)
      • 150 gms condensed milk
      • 2 tbsp mango puree
      • few drops of mango flavouring (opt)
      For Minion decoration
      • 1 Banana sliced
      • Few black grapes (halved)
      • A strip of mango aamras or fruit leather
      • Some chocolate Vermicelli


      1.Whisk together yogurt , mango puree & flavouring till well blended.

      2.Mix in cream and condensed milk . Pour in small ramekins or bowls.

      3.Preheat oven to 160 C.

      4. Pour a cup of water in an oven safe dish and place the ramekins on the tray

      (this method of baking called bain-marie or water bath prevents the top from cracking or forming a hard crust)

      5.Bake for 14-15 mins or till the yogurt mixture is set .

      6. Cool. Refrigerate for 30-35 mins .

      For making Minions

      Just before serving , place 2 slices of banana and grapes for eyes,

      a strip of aamras/fruit leather for spectacles

      and some chocolate vermicelli for hair.


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      1. Oh u r just too gud ... loved ur blog :)

      2. Ciao Grazie per il commento!!!

      3. hello, thanks for your visit, your blog is very beautiful and creative!
        good weekend!

      4. I can't beleive you got that from roadside,very creative!

      5. This is such a great idea! You are very creative as I can tell from your kids meals and treats!

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      7. This looks beautiful! I love it! :)

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