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How to repost for events

Most of the events in the blogosphere require reposting when you wish to send in already posted dishes for the event. To repost you need to -

1. First add a link to the event announcement in the original post that you have posted earlier.

2. Go to your latest post and add something like this to it -

"Reposting Onion pakoda for EC's WYF:Tea time snack event"

Provide a link to onion pakoda (the link to the recipe on your blog) and WYF:Tea time snack event (the link to event announcement)

You can add the photo of your dish also here (onion pakoda in this example)..

For help on adding link, refer to this post - How to add a link to the post

Awards time again

Thanks SE for the lovely awards

Thanks Kanchan for this lovely award

Thanks Sandhya for the lovely awards

100 South Indian microwave recipes by Mallika Badrinath

Whether Microwave is a boon or harmful when used extensively in cooking, the use of microwaves have been only increasing over the years..If you love South Indian food and use your microwave for cooking too apart from reheating, then this book has lot of recipes for you to try which otherwise you would try only on the stove top.

The categories are -

1. Soups and Rasam
2. Tiffin varieties
3. Rice delights
4. Gravies and curries
5. Snacks
6. Porial and dry curries
7. Chutney and pickle
8. Sambar varieties
9. Sweets

Overall, a complete recipe list of the basic South Indian cuisine from Mallika Badrinath, published by Pardeep Enterprises

Zero oil Dal-Chawal by Tarla Dalal

A part of the Total Health mini series, this book authored by Tarla dalal is published by Sanjay & Co. One among the Zero oil cookbook series, the book attempts to do away with the oil content in the daily food without compromising on the taste.

Categories in the book -

1. Pulao and Biriyani
2. Khichdi
3. All time favourites
4. Dals and Kadhis
5. Accompaniments
6. Basic recipes

Whether you are on a diet or in general health conscious, this book helps you in reducing calories as well as bringing variety to your daily dal-chawal.

Cook and See (Samaithu par) (Part 3) by Meenakshi Ammal

The third part of these series of cookbook by Meenakshi ammal covers details about celebrating festivals and functions with 320 recipes.
Details about the sections in the book -

1. Adds more recipes to the main and miscellaneous dishes.
2. Covers Tiffin varieties, sweets and some homemade ayurvedic medicines.
3. Wedding preparation- snacks, menu details and list of items required
4. Procedure for observing festivals, vrathams and functions

An award and a Meme

Thanks PJ for this lovely award and Meme

Here is the meme part:

Where is ur cell phone : Other room
Ur hair: Black
Ur mother: RC
Ur father: RS
Ur fav food: Sweets
Ur dream last night: Playing with nieces
Ur fav drink: Lemon juice
Ur dream: Learning all Crafts
Ur hobby: Crafts, cooking, blogging
Ur fear:Dogs
Where do u want to be in 6 yrs: Anywhere
Where were u last night: Home
Where did u grow up: Mumbai
Last thing u did: Had icecream
Ur t.v: On
Ur pets: I hate pets
Ur friends: Very few
Ur life: Satisfied
Ur mood: Happy
Missing some one: Family
Vehicle: No
Something u r not wearing: Watch
Ur fav store: Nothing specific
Ur fav color: Blue
When was the last time u laughed: Some mins ago
Last time u cried: Yesterday
Ur best friend: My hubby
One place I go over and over: Malls
One person who emails me regularly: Lot of them
Fav place to eat: Sitting on the floor

Cook and See (Samaithu par) (Part 2) by Meenakshi Ammal

The second part of this series focuses on kanjis, more tiffin varieties, sweets, snacks and prepared rice varieites. Also there are curries, soups, pickles and Kerala special dishes. In all 320 recipes. (Click for Part 1 and Part 3 of this series)

Special mentions include requirements of provisions for a family, safety instructions related to LPG stoves and Tips for saving fuel.

100 Soya foods by Mallika Badrinath

This book published by Pardeep Enterprises and written by the popular South Indian cookbook writer Mallika Badrinath is related to the growing inclusion of soya in various recipes over the years. The health benefits of soya in treating common health problems cannt be denied.

The categories in this book are -

1. Tiffin varieties
2. Masala and gravy varieties
3. Deep fried snacks
4. Dry curries
5. Sambar varieties
6. Mixed rice and biriyani varieites
7. Soups
8. Chutney and salad varieties
9. Sweets
10. Cakes and biscuits
11. Other preparations

A wide variety of recipes, nutritional information about soya, how it helps in treating diseases, various soya product details, article on inclusion of soya in everyday cooking, ways to cook soya so as to prevent gas problems and indigestion--this book has it all..

Cook and See (Samaithu par) (Part 1) by Meenakshi Ammal

This is first among the series of 3 books of traditional South Indian vegetarian recipes cookbook authored by Meenakshi ammal and published by her own publication house. This book has been popular among new cooks as well as those who love South Indian food since the past 4 decades-yes the first edition was in Feb 1968. The simplicity and variety in recipes has been making it more and more popular and two other parts of the same series have also been released. In all 350 recipes in this first book. ( Part 2 and Part 3 reviews to follow)

The contents of the book are -

1. Main cookery recipes (including sambars, rasam, kootu, pachadi, thuvaiyal, curries, payaam, pickles)
2. Tiffin varieties (Pongal, idli, dosa, roti, upma, prepared rice, fried snacks, sweets)

Check out the special mention about recipes for festivals, basic cooking, hints, shopping guide. Also available in Tamil, Malayam, Hindi, Telugu and Kannada.

100 Snacks Special by Mallika Badrinath

Mallika Badrinath's 100 snacks special book published by Pardeep Enterprises is for those who feel they run out of ideas when it comes to snacks-be it starters for parties or guests or just as an accompaniment to evening tea. Check out the categories-

1. Miscellaneous
2. Chinese specials
3. Kababs
4. Cutlets
5. Bonda varieties
6. Pakoda
7. Bajji varieties
8. Vadai varieties
9. Sandwich varieties

Each and every recipe tempts you to try it out and it gets real tough when it comes to selecting one of these yummy snacks for cooking.

100 Chutney varieties by Mallika Badrinath

Chutneys, chutneys and chutneys..Like the name suggests, this book from Mallika Badrinath, published by Pradeep Enterprises has 100 varieties of chutney recipes. Also, there are suggestions as to which dish these chutneys would go with..

The chutneys are classified into -

1. Coconut chutney varieties
2. Onion based chutney varieties
3. Coriander chutney varieties
4. Mint chutney varieties
5. Garlic chutney varieties
6. Dal chutney varieties
7. Other chutney varieties
8. Tomato chutney varieties
9. Vegetable chutney varieties
10. Kothsu varieties
11. Sweet chutney varieties

If you wish to never run out of varieties in Chutneys, this book will surely help you.

Vegetarian dishes by Savita Gupta

Published by Manoj Publications, this cookbook has an interesting collection of recipes, mainly North Indian cuisine. The recipe index is classified into

1. Delicious soups
2. All seasons salad
3. Curd recipes
4. Vegetables and pulses
5. Curry-Rice-Pulao
6. Roti-Parantha-Poori-Naan
7. Delicious snacks
8. Desserts

Overall, a good collection of recipes for those liking North Indian food.

How do you promote your blog

Promoting the blog the right way is the key to success in blogging. Few tips for new bloggers to popularize their blog..

1. Firstly the content of the blog is very important. Make sure you post quality content. Remember "Content is KING".

2. Post regularly on the blog. Try to post frequently, but remember that unless the quality of content is good, there is no point in being regular.

3.. Visit other blogs belonging to the same area of interest and post comments. There are high chances that the blogger will visit your blog.

4. Join blogroll and other blog aggregators related to your field

5. Promote your blog through various blog search engines and other community sites like orkut, facebook, twitter

6. Add your blog address to your signature in mails and as status in chat messengers

7. Keep your blog layout simple yet attractive so that it gets loaded quickly.

8. Use simple language for a layman to understand. Try to improve your writing skills.

9. Add links of other blogs belonging to the same field..There are chances that you get back a link to your blog there in return.

10. The first few seconds are most important in making the viewer decide if he wants to continue reading your blog or move on to some other site. Make your blog attractive and if possible add some good photographs related to your content.

Mallika Badrinath's Rice Delights

100 Rice Delights published by Pradeep Enterprises and authored by Mallika Badrinath, the popular South Indian cookbook writer has some really interesting varieties of rice recipes. It has only vegetarian recipes and is classified as -

1. Pulav's and Fried rice varieties
2. Mixed rice varieties
3. Sweet rice varieties
4. Pongal varieties
5. Raithas
6. Mix and Eat powders
7. Masala powders

Whether you are in a hurry to cook or have lot of time to think over, plan and decided the menu, if you are a rice lover, this is a must have in your recipe book collection.

Important widgets for your blog

Once your blog is ready, make sure you add these widgets to your blog

1. The html code to track the number of visitors, their activites on the blog through any free site like statcounter, google analyticals

2. Followers tab to help viewers easily bookmark your site

3. Archives widget or Menu card

4. Labels widget

5. Google search widget

6. A short description about yourself in "About Me"

7. Links to your other blogs if any

Optional -

1. Recent comments

2. Popular pages

3. Blogroll

4. Slide show of the pictures

5. Poll

Nita Mehta's Chatpati Chaat

Chaat: Lip-smacking tangy food that most of us would die for

And if you want to try all the varieties of chaat from different parts of India in your kitchen, Nita Mehta - the popular Indian cookbook writer's mini series on Chaats by Snab Publishers has it all ..

The categories in the book are-

1. Tips on chaats
2. Chaat pakodi
3. Dilli ke raste ki chaat
4. Mumbai chowpati chaat
5. Chaat kuch alag
6. Chatpati chutneys
7. Ab kuch meetha

Last word: Beautiful pictures with tried and tested recipes

Mallika Badrinath's Tiffin varieties

Mallika Badrinath is a very popular cookbook writer of South India. Her books are published in Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, Hindi and English by Pradeep Enterprises.

100 Tiffin varieties (Vegetarian)cookbook has a lot of varieties of both South Indian and North Indian recipes

The following are the categories -

1. North Indian and tandoori varieties
2. Puri varieties
3. Idli varieties (variations with batter)
4. Dosa varieties
5. Adai varieties
6. Upma varieties
7. Others
8. Sambar and chutney varieties

Although some of the varieties in the North Indian segment might appear difficult to prepare in the morning, the South Indian varieties are an absolute delight.

Overall, it is a very helpful book for those busy as well as boring mornings when one is confused what to prepare for breakfast

A-Z Tag

Shama of Easy2cook recipes has tagged me

Rules :

1) Link the person who tagged you .
2) Post the rules on your blog.
3) Share the ABC'S of you.
4) Tag 4 people at the end of the post by linking their blogs.
5) Let the 4 tagged people know that they have been tagged by you.
6) Do not tag the same person repeatedly but try to tag different people,so that there is a big netwotk of bloggers doing the tag.

1) A - Available/Single ? Married
2) B - Best Friend ? My hubby
3) C - Cake or Pie ? Cake
4) D - Drink of choice ? Sugarcane juice and Chocolate milkshake
5) E - Essential item you use every day ? My mobile
6) F - Favourite color ? Blue, Pink
7) G - Gummy Bears or Worms ? None
8) H - Hometown ? Chennai
9) I - Indulgence ? Doing crafts and blogging
10 ) J - January or February ? January – festival time
11) K - Kids and their names ? None
12) L - Life is incomplete without ? Love
13) M - Marriage date ? Oct 27 , 2005 .
14) N - Number of siblings? Elder sister
15) O - Oranges or Apples ? Orange as juice
16) P -- Phobias / Fears ? Snakes, Doctors
17) Q - Quote for today ? Take each day as it comes
18) R - Reason to smile ? Feel happy
19) S - Season ? Winters
20) T - Tag 4 people ? Most of you have done..For those who havent, pls feel free to take it up
21) U - Unknown fact about me ? I have an aversion to all fruits and some vegetables
22) V - Vegetable you don't like ? Long list to mention
23) W - Worst habit ? Getting angry very soon
24 ) X - X-rays you've had ? Tooth
25) Y - Your favourite food ? North Indian cuisine
26 ) Z - Zodiac sign ? Virgo

Awards continue

Thanks Lissie for these awards (Tag done earlier already)

Thanks Arti for this award (Tag done earlier already)

Thanks Sanghi for this award

Fabulous blog award

Thanks Sangi of Simply Delicious for this award


Thanks to Ramya of Simple Vegetarian recipes , Saraswati of Sara's corner , Sangi of Simply delicious, Nivedita of Nivedita's Kitchen, Pari of Foodelicious and Shri of Tasty touch for the Kreativ Blogger, I love your blog and One lovely blog award.

Have already done the tag long back, so not doing it again..

Sharing these awards with all my blogger friends..Please feel free to take up the awards and the tag from the blog..

Kreativ Blogger award

Prasu from PrasuKitchen, Hema from Salt to Taste and Faiza from Faiza Ali's Kitchen passed me this Kreativ Blogger award..Thanks a lot friends

The Kreativ Blogger award comes with some rules:-
1. You must thank the person who has given you the award.
2. Copy the logo and place it on your blog.
3. Link to the person who has nominated you for the award.
4. Name 7 things about yourself that people might find interesting.
5. Nominate 7 other Kreativ Bloggers.
6. Post links to the 7 blogs you nominate.
7. Leave a comment on which of the blogs to let them know they have been nominated

7 things about myself..

1) I love to travel and visit new places, but by train and flight only..averse to long distance travel on roads
2) Keep missing my family even though we visit them often
3) Love to cook different dishes, but very fussy about eating
4) Am a chaat and icecream freak and can have it any time of the day
5) Love to sleep day and night..never feel enough of it
6) I am very restless and cannt stay quiet without any work even for a minute
7) I get angry very soon, but it vanishes much sooner.

Although the rules ask to pass on the award to 7 friends, I have been nominated by 3 friends, so passing it on to more blogging friends

Kitchen Flavors
Lata Raja
Pavithra kodical
Nithya Praveen

All the best, enjoy ur award

Vegetarian the best ever recipe collection By Linda Fraser

Guest author: Shri of Tasty touch

This is my first cookbook that I bought a few years back when I first started cooking. Yeah, Cooking!Finding a good vegetarian book can be a challenge in the US. At the time, I was searching for one that has different cuisines and some unique dishes and bumped into this book in a local book store.

Vegetarian the best ever recipe collection By Linda Fraser (Anness Publishing) has a wide range of recipes starting from Soups to appetizers to pastas and one pot meals. The difficulty level ranges from very easy to some what difficult. It also contains some Indian dishes like Chickpea curry, Vegetarian Pilaf, Eggplant Biryani. The recipes are enticing and the pictures beautiful .Most of the dishes are not complex and are not time consuming. The book is divided into 7 segments-Soups, Appetizers, Salads, Side Dishes, Light Lunches, Suppers and Special Occasions. In the beginning of the book, there is a good introduction of the veggies, dairy products, flours and grains and also about the canned products. The recipes are very well detailed. It has a combination of deep fried, baked and steamed dishes.

I have tried many of the recipes and I was happy with the results. For instance, I liked her take on Minestrone soup with the addition of Pesto which is a light soup but with a lot of rich flavor.This is a great book for any body who wants to get a mix of all cuisines!

Now,let me stir your appetite by naming some of the dishes from the book:

Soups: Split Pea and Zucchini Soup; Carrot and Cilantro Soup; Garlic, Chickpea, Spinach Soup..

Salads: Pear and Pecan Salad with Blue Cheese; Spanish Asparagus & Orange Salad; Tomato and Feta Cheese Salad; Fennel, Orange & Arugula Salad..

Appetizers: Eggplant Dip with Crisp Bread; Spring Rolls; Cheese stuffed Pears…

Side Dishes: Baby Vegetables; Spinach with Raisins and Pine Nuts; Thai Fragrant Rice; Spicy Potatoes &Cauliflower..

Lunches and Suppers:Potato Gnocchi; Vegetable Fajitas; Risotto w/Mushrooms; Eggplant Calzone; Ravioli w/Ricotta &Spinach; Pizza w/fresh Vegetables; Vegetable Korma…

Special Occasions: Greek Phyllo Twists; Spring Vegetable Boxes...

What I like: The instructions with the pictures are very clear and the dishes are relatively easy to make.
Did not like: I wish it had some fruity desserts

If I were to rate this book on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the best, I would give it a 7. Its worth the price!

Indian Vegetarian Cooking by Devagi Sanmugam

Guest author: Sudha of Malaysian Delicacies

I do have a few cookbooks to credit but when it comes to vegetarian dishes than its Indian Vegetarian Cooking by Devagi Sanmugam,by Periplus Publication .

Its a book with vegetarian recipes and can be easily purchased in Malaysia at Popular Bookshop, MPH Bookshop or online.The author, Devaki Sanmugam is a Singaporean and has about 17 cookbooks to her credit. Those who are interested to buy this book or any of her other cookbooks can order it at Epicurean Worldvia online.

In this collection of over 30 recipes, home cooks are introduced to a variety of different types of dishes. There is a step-by-step photographs explaining how to make home-made Indian Cottage Cheese.

The recipes are classified into:

Curried vegetables
Rice varieties

I have tried out most of the recipes and definitely will recommend to all of you. This book is suitable for those who have a slight knowledge on the basic of cooking. If you want some new food ideas then this book is for you.

U.B.Rajalakshmi's Udipi cuisine

Published by Prism books pvt ltd, this book has 180 traditional recipes and details about the customs, specialities and interesting facts about the Udipi Brahmins. The recipes are classified as

1. From Uppinakai
2. Cool Tamblis
3. Saaru..Koddel
4. Khara Bhakshya
5. Sihi Bhakshya
6. Paayasa
7. Vrata Preparations
8. Special items
9. Jackfruit..Colacasia special
10. Shyaavige..Kadubu
11. Paanaka..Kashaayas
12. Aposhana
13. Utensils
14. Kitchen Revolutions

For simple and traditional recipes from the Temple town of Udipi, this book is too good.

My contribution to the WYF:Cookbook event

Creating a Drop down recipe index

Guest author : Swapna from Swad

Recipe Index

Step 1: Segregating your recipes into categories

1.Create a Word document and save it as "Recipe Index" or whatever you feel like calling it.

2.Make categories according to what kind of dishes you have on your blog. You can make categories such as "Soups & Salads", "Vegetables", "Rice varieties", etc.

3.Open your blog and go through each post.

4.Under each category in your Word document, start adding the dish name about which you have blogged. For example, under Vegetables add "Palak Paneer", "Jalfrezi Paneer", and so on. While doing this, against each dish add the URL of the post.

Step 2: Generating the Recipe Index

I love using drop-down list; they are so handy in finding stuff in a hurry. I generated a drop-down menu for each kind of dish on my blog. Here's how:

1.Go to I will highly recommend this website for generating an index as it's easy to use and provides you with a code that you need to paste in your template code. If you are not happy with this site, you can do a Google search for "Generating a drop-down index".

2.Open the website and read the instructions. Start creating your recipe index.

3.In the "Use GO button" section, select the option "Load selected page immediately". You can also choose to open the page after clicking the Go button or a custom button, but the first option is much faster.

4.In the "Menu Properties" section, fill the menu name such as "Soups & Salads", "Vegetables", etc. Whatever you fill here, will appear as the name of the drop-down on your blog. In the second option, choose the destination of the new page. I have set it as "Same window". If you choose other options, then enter the name of the new window in the "Target Name" text box.

5.In the "Dropdown Menu Entries" section:

a.No action occurs on the first link URL. So, use the first box to enter the name of the category such as "Soups & Salads". This will be shown as the first entry in the drop-down.

b.Open the "Recipe Index" word document created in Step 1. Add the name of your first dish from the category in the second box under "Text Shown". Add the link of the dish adjacent to the name under "Link URL". Continue this till you enter name and links to all dishes under a category.

c.If you want to do make-up to your recipe index, you can do so using the "Use Custom Style" options. You can set the colors, font styles, and font size of the drop-down entries.

d.Click the "Generate" button after you have finished adding all the dishes in a category. The code will be used in step 4 below. Don't close the window.

e.After you have pasted the code for a category on your blog, it's time to generate code for other categories. Click the "Reset" button and repeat steps b, c, and d above. Again, copy- paste the code on your blog.

f.Repeat this till you have covered all categories.

Step 3: Adding the recipe index to your blog

1.Login to your blog. Click "Layout".

2.Click the "Add a Page Element" link.

3.Browse to "HTML/Javascript" and click the "Add to blog" button.

4.Enter the title for your recipe index. I have set mine as "Swad serves you". In the Content section, copy-paste the entire code generated in Step d above. Don't close the window.

5.Repeat steps b, c, and d from Step 2 above to generate codes for other categories.

6.Paste codes for other categories after the first category code ends.

7.After you have covered all categories, click the "Save Changes" button.

8.Drag and drop the control and place it wherever you want in the template. Click "Save".

9.Your recipe index is added to your blog. Check each link to verify if it is working and linking to the correct post.

Adding links to new recipes

Once you have created a recipe index, it's important to keep updating it as and when you add new dishes. To do so:

1.Click "Layout" and then click "Edit" under the index element.

2.Identify the category under which you want to add the new dish. Locate the last entry under this category.

3.Copy the following code of the entry: Idli Manchurian. (Note: This is code from my blog. Your code will contain links to your posts and names of your dishes.) This code is Dish name

4.Paste the code below the last entry. Enter the new link and replace it within the quotes. Enter the new dish name.

5.Click "Save Changes".

I love your blog award

Parita of Parita's World and Dharani of In my kitchen shared this awards with me..Thanks a lot

How to give link to a post

Links are very important when it comes to participating in events, referring someone's blog or referring to a recipe that is already posted on your blog.

The main requirement for providing a link is the address..Go to the page which you want to link to..It could be your recipe or an event announcement or any other page you want to link to. Click once or highlight the address in the address bar..see picture to know which is the address bar.Now click on "ctrl" and "c" simultaneously on the keyboard or right click on the address bar after highlighting the address and click on copy option.

Go the post where you want the link to appear. If you are referring someone's blog, name the person or blog in the post. If it is for an event, mention the name of the event and the hostname in the post and if it is for a recipe on your blog, type down the name of the recipe. Now highlight the person name/blog name/event name/recipe name whichever applicable.

Click on the link button-see picture. A new window will pop up as below. Click on the white box and then click "ctrl" and "v" together to get the address copied at that place. You can even right click at the white box and click on paste option. Click on "ok".

Now you can see that the words which you highlighted in your post would have a different font colour and underlined indicating that the link is added.

Go to the preview option and to check if it is working properly, move your mouse over those words that are underlined after providing link. Just above the start button on your monitor you will see the address to which those words link to. Alternatively you can right click on those words and click on the option to open a new window. The new window would be the page you linked to.

Come back to your post and publish or save your post.

Writing and publishing an article

Login to blogger, click on "New Post" option and you will arrive at this window. There are many features here and each one is explained in the picture as well. Click on the picture to enlarge it.

Every post will have a seperate address and it always ends with the title you have given to the post. So, if you are writing a recipe, it would be ideal to type in the recipe name first in the title bar.

Next type in the recipe in space alloted for it. Keep a check on paragraphs and punctuations. Adding a photo is always advisable as it makes the post more attractive. Click on the "Add Image" button and a new window will pop up. Click on the browse button if the photo is saved in your computer and then go to that location, click ok and then upload image. Click on "done" and the image will appear in the post. The new window that pops up when clicked on "Add image" allows you to decide which side the picture should appear and in which size it should be displayed.

Edit the post using the buttons in the bar below the title. You can change the font style, font size, make it bold or italic, change font colour, give links, align the text as required, give bullets or numbers and on the first picture to enlarge and see what changes can be made.

An important feature in blogger is to type in various language using the last option in the bar below title.

Use "Check spelling" option before you are ready to post to eliminate any spelling errors.

Come down to the labels bar and type in words that would help you in grouping similar contents together. Once you have a set of labels for your posts, you can click on "show all" button to see all the labels and then choose whichever is applicable to the post.

Blogger has another interesting feature wherein you can decide when you want the post to appear on the blog. If you dont change any setting with regards to time and date and click on publish post, the article would be published immediately. If you click on "save now" option, it will be saved as a draft and unless you click on publish post option, it wont be published. To change the date and time of publishing the post, click on the "post options" and change the details there. Remember that after changing the date and time, you need to click on publish post to get the article published on that date. After changing date and time, if you click on save now, it wont be published at the said date.

The preview option shows how the post will appear on the blog so that you can make any changes if required before it gets published.

After publishing the post, you can edit it any time by using the "edit posts" option. The entire list of all the posts published, scheduled and in drafts will appear and you can click on the edit option next to the post which needs changes. "View" option is available only to posts that are already published and clicking on it will change the page to the blog where the post appears.

All the best, go ahead and publish your first post on the blog.

How to create a blog

Please click on the pictures to enlarge and read.

The first post in this series of articles to help new bloggers is about creating a blog. The basic requirement for a starting a blog is a gmail id. In case you dont have one, go to and open one. Next go to

The following screen comes up

Click on the picture to enlarge it and for more details. The next screen would be

Once you name your blog and click on continue you will be asked to select the design for your blog as in the picture below

And then the final window that confirms the creation of your blog as below

On clicking the "Continue" option you will be taken to the page that lets you create a new post.

b) If you have already created a blog and have logged in using your gmail id and password, this will be the screen that appears

The next article on this series would be on creating a new post, editing it and publishing it on the blog.

If you find any mistakes in this article, please let me know at

If you are coming to blogger for the first time and dont have a blog, click on the Create a blog option. If you already have created a blog, enter your gmail username and password and continue.

a) For first time users-

This is the screen that will pop up when you click on create a blog option.

Lifco's How to cook

This is my first ever cookbook and the best for a beginner to cook South Indian food. This book written by Mrs Vedavalli Venkatachary is published by LIFCO.

An all vegetarian cook book, the recipes are neatly classified into

1. Kuzhambu varieties
2. Kootu varieties
3. Rasam varieties
4. Vegetable curries and salads
5. Pachadi varieties
6. Thuvaiyal varieties
7. Payasam varieties
8. Podis
9. Rice varieties
10. Tiffin varieties
11. Chutneys and other side dishes
12. Savouries
13. Sweet varieties
14. Sundal varieties
15. Pickles
16. Vatrals and vadams
17. Chips
18. Squashes and jellies
19. Medicinal recipes

If you want to perfect the art of making South Indian food, go for this..

Simple Indian food- Feel @ home

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