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New Home for the Website

Mahanandi is moving to a new web location, www.themahanandi.org on its fourth anniversary. The website grew in content and visitors and needed a dedicated domain.

New content will be posted on the new site, www.themahanandi.org from now on. The old location, www.nandyala.org/mahanandi will continue to exist at its present location.

Welcome to the new home: www.themahanandi.org . I look forward to seeing you there.


My New Website: www.themahanandi.org

Posted by Indira©Copyrighted in Zen (Personal) (Sunday March 22, 2009 at 2:27 pm- permalink)
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Lunch Thread

Mid-day meal: A bowl of rice and turai dal. Small cup of yogurt and a mandarin orange.

Posted by Indira©Copyrighted in Zen (Personal) (Monday February 23, 2009 at 2:09 pm- permalink)
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Weekend Houston

Fruit Tree Sale at Urban Harvest
Fruit Tree Sale Today at Urban Harvest

Posted by Indira©Copyrighted in Houston (Saturday January 17, 2009 at 7:38 am- permalink)
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2009

New Home, Houston

Hello, dear friends. I know I have gone missing from the blogosphere for the past few months. It’s just that a lot is happening in real life. Things are settling down and I am getting back to a routine. Thanks to friends and readers who have been inquiring about us. I apologize for not responding individually to all the emails that you have been sending me. As always, I thank you for your support.

What passes for normal blogging ought to resume shortly.

Bye bye 2008. Hello 2009. Happy New Year!

Posted by Indira©Copyrighted in Zen (Personal) (Wednesday December 31, 2008 at 8:49 pm- permalink)
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Shubha Deepavali

Wish you all the glow of harmony, prosperity and festivity.
Shubha Deepavali to dear family, friends and visitors of this blog.

Posted by Indira©Copyrighted in Zen (Personal) (Monday October 27, 2008 at 9:08 am- permalink)
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On The Move


Bye Chief


Hello Sam

Posted by Indira©Copyrighted in Zen (Personal) (Friday July 11, 2008 at 8:14 am- permalink)
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Seattle Eateries ~ Michou


Michou, Seattle

Michou is a nice place to get some fresh, inexpensive and quality food at Pike Place Market in Seattle. This is a small eatery between Le Panier and Piroshky Piroshky.

We stumbled upon Michou last summer in one of our Pike Place food quests. It has become a regular lunch stop on the weekends since then. This is a barebone kind of eatery - food display counter, prep area, and three seats in the back. That’s it. But the food is really great and prices are budget friendly. We usually get our meal to-go and walk to the nearby park overlooking Elliott Bay. We pick a park bench, enjoy our food with view.

Go the market on the weekend around ten, do veggie shopping and walk back home after a lunch at Michou - This has been our routine last summer, and hoping to have the same this summer also.


Asian and Italian inspired deli food ranging from pakora, panini, pasta, pizza to potato-baked. Plus nice variety of sandwiches, soups and salads. Half a sandwich and a salad, it’s about $5.75.



Friendly face behind the counter.


Salad, Broccoli-Bell Pepper Pizza and Baklava ~
Picnic at Pike Place. Bonus, Elliott Bay View


Posted by Indira©Copyrighted in Zen (Personal) (Saturday June 21, 2008 at 7:45 pm- permalink)
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Server Upgrade

We have moved “Mahanandi” web contents on to a new server today. Lately, we were experiencing problems with the previous server due to increased traffic and spam attacks, and that was creating problems on the server and causing it to shutdown frequently. I am hoping that the new server environment can sustain the problems and will keep running all the time.

In this migration process, some of the recent comments that were posted in the past three days got erased. I tried to restore most from Google Cache. I apologize, if any of your comments got deleted. I am also sorry for the down time and hoping that the new server will keep the website running continuously! Thank you.

Posted by Indira©Copyrighted in Zen (Personal) (Friday June 20, 2008 at 8:25 pm- permalink)
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The Graduate Kittaya

Kittaya- Illustration Attempt by Indira

Posted by Indira©Copyrighted in Zen (Personal), Kittaya (Sunday June 15, 2008 at 12:05 am- permalink)
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Supporting Inji Pennu

For taking action to stop plagiarism, fellow food blogger Inji Pennu of Ginger and Mango was threatened bodily harm. A fake website was also created on her name by people who run kerals.com website, to abuse and harass her. Inji Pennu has reported to FBI Internet Crime cell, and also in the process of filing a complaint with local police.

It is shocking to find such threatening attacks against bloggers who did nothing but plead ‘Stop Stealing My Material’. Like one commenter noted, the whole incident, to me serves as a rude awakening to the realization that how easily our primary rights and protection can be violated by those who do not have any respect for others’ rights. This is a fundamental issue of the bloggers not only of those who are now affected, but also of everybody. In that sense, this is an issue that should receive our collective attention. For that reason, I am joining the protest against cyber bullying by websites and magazines that plagiarize and attack. And, I give my full support to Inji Pennu.

Posted by Indira©Copyrighted in Zen (Personal) (Monday June 9, 2008 at 11:25 am- permalink)
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Website Issues

My website is going through hosting service problems. Also some malicious code seems to target Mahanandi and disrupt the comments function. We are trying to find out what and where the problem is and fix.

Sorry for all the inconvenience.

Posted by Indira©Copyrighted in Zen (Personal) (Monday June 2, 2008 at 12:02 am- permalink)
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Tuning into Mandoline

My Mandoline
My 8-year old Mandoline

I tune into the radio when I am in the kitchen. The relaxing talk and tunes from radio help to make the routine job of cutting and cleaning go easy.

Just like music, mandoline is a nice thing to have in a kitchen. It makes it a breeze to prepare vegetables for salads, curries and raitas. And also for chips and bajjis. The replaceable inserts that come with mandoline are extremely useful for different styles of fine and uniform chopping. I use mandoline regularly to cut vegetables like carrots, potatoes, karela and cabbage. Also beetroot, cucumber, plantain and radish. Time saved on cabbage cutting alone makes the mandoline a must have in the kitchen, if you ask me.

Cooking can be a satisfying and enjoyable activity when we have right tools and happy vegetables. For me, a sharp mandoline with its quick and clean cutting blades is the right tool that will make chopping vegetables a happy job.

How about you? Are you a fan of Mandoline? Here are some mandoline tunes from Amazon.com (plastic and stainless steel).



Tools and Utensils from My Kitchen:

Grain Mill (Tiragali)
Sumeet Mixer and Grinder
Skillet to Preapre Pancake Puffs and Ponganalu

Posted by Indira©Copyrighted in Indian Utensils, Mahanandi Selections (Sunday May 25, 2008 at 8:31 pm- permalink)
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Weekend Kittaya


Haven’t you finished your studies yet?~ mumbling Kittaya

Posted by Indira©Copyrighted in Kittaya (Saturday May 24, 2008 at 8:01 pm- permalink)
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Home Grown

Pudina (Mint)
Apartment Therapy with Homegrown Pudina (mint)

Our apartment has tiny balcony, just enough space for container gardening. I have planted mint, dill and basil for herbs, and also cherry tomato, chilli pepper and small variety brinjal plants. That’s my garden log for summer 08. How about you? What are you planning to plant this season? Any new/exotic plants? Share your garden tips and tools.

Posted by Indira©Copyrighted in Zen (Personal) (Sunday May 18, 2008 at 9:49 am- permalink)
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Photo by Vijay Singari
To Mothers and Daughters Who Spend Time at Mahanandi and To My Dear Sisters ~
Happy Mother’s Day!

Flowers and Plants for Senses and for Spirit
Beautiful Roses
Berry Merry Flowers
Baby Amaranth

Posted by Indira©Copyrighted in Zen (Personal) (Sunday May 11, 2008 at 12:06 pm- permalink)
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