Coriander Seeds (dhaniyaalu)
Pequin Peppers (in the cup)
Okra (benda kaaya)
This will be my third year of vegetable gardening and I am very much looking forward to working and harvesting. Now, I feel more experienced with Houston seasons and I am also putting my experience to good use. I am working as a garden consultant to two first time home gardeners. I am advising them with design layout, plant selection etc, enjoying the role very much.:)
Last year, I employed succession planting to maximize the limited space I have and the growing period. During spring I started with cool season spring crop (peas, green beans, yellow and green zucchini, cucumbers, methi). Followed by a Houston-heat loving summer crop (turia-beerakaaya, papdi lilva-chikkudu, karela-kakara, okra-benda, gongura etc).
This strategy worked. I had a steady harvest throughout the growing season, from April till the end of November. During those months, my expenses on buying vegetables from stores was less than ten dollars a week, usually it would be around thirty dollars. During the past growing season I would only buy onions, carrots and fruits from the stores and all other vegetables that had cooked were from my garden. Not only my kitchen needs were met, I was also able to share the excess vegetable harvest with friends. Succession planting is a joy and I am planning to stick with this strategy this year as well. If weather permits and I could, I would also do a third fall crop.
Here are the list of plants I planted for this growing season:
Box 1: Okra, Peanuts, Fennel Bulbs, Kohlrabi, Tomatillo, Kerala Potatoes
Box 2: Tomatoes (Celebrity, Cherry Tomatoes), Cantaloupe (from last year seeds)
Box 3: Vines – Green Beans, Peas, Cucumber (Persian and Pickle), Lemon-cuke (budamkaya), Malabar Spinach (bacchali)
Box 4: Vines – Zucchini (yellow), Mexican Squash, Grapes, Papdi-liva&Valor (chikkudu), Chinese and Indian Karela, Turia (beerakaaya) (for summer)
Box 5: Aaku Kuralu – Methi, Spinach, Swiss Chard, Coriander, Purslane (payala), Amaranth (thotakura), Gongura (for summer)
Box 6: Herbs – Mint, Rosemary, Marjoram (maruvam), Lemongrass, Turmeric, Dodda Patre (Coleus Aromaticus, Karpooravalli)
Box 7: Peppers – Pequin, Guntur, Habanero, Cayenne. Bell Peppers and Banana Peppers
Box 8: Brinjal – Fairy tale, Japanese, Indian and Italian
Box 9: Tomatoes – Better boy, Brandywine, Cherokee Purple
Planning to try out something new – Tuvar and Parval
Here are the boxes in long shot:
What are you planning to grow this season? Any new ideas? I would love to hear from you fellow garden enthusiasts.
“Holi” – the festival of colors is one of Houston’s favorite festivals. Every year, Indian Association, Gujarati Samaj and Masala Radio together organize a fun filled, Holi celebration in a Houston city park. Nearly 10,000 to 12,000 people come from all parts of Texas to this event. Colors, food, dance programs plus pleasant weather and spring holiday break make Holi celebrations a hugely popular, favorite family event. We go every year and always had fun. The celebrations for this year were today at Seabourne Creek Park in Rosenberg. Here are some photos of Holi hungama.
The First full moon of Spring 2011. A renewal of the growing season.
Here are some photos from my garden.
Get Together Party at a Friend’s Home
Theme: Casual Get Together
Red Beans Kosambari with Tomatoes and Corn
Lemon Sevai and Coconut Sevai with Fresh, Homemade Sevai
Jeera Basmati Rice
Plain Chapati and Ghee Chapati
Thayir Sadam (Daddhojanam), Sweetened with Red Grapes
Mor Kuzhambu Vadai
Green Mango Pickle
Bengali Alu Dum
Comforting, Semiya Kheer
Rava Kesari in Flower Shapes
Coconut-Pecan Burfi with Pecans from the Neighborhood
Some delicious options for different occasions, that’s “Indian Party Menus”.
Hope you would find this series helpful when planning your party food menu.
Birthday Party at a Friend’s Home
Theme: Friend’s 41-year birthday celebration
Guests Number: 8
Brown Rice and White Rice
Tomato Pappu (Tomato Dal)
Broccoli-Sweet Potato Stir-fry
Majjiga Pulusu (Tadka buttermilk)
Birthday Cake with Pound Cake
Gifts from Guests:
Coconut-Pecan Burfi (prepared by us)
German Chocolate Fudge Cake
Some delicious options for different occasions, that’s Indian Party Menus.
Hope you would find this new series helpful when planning your party food menu.
Birthday Party at a Friend’s Home
Theme: 3-year old baby boy birthday celebration
Guest number: 70 (50 adults+20 children)
Time: for lunch
Preparation: Restaurant food from Mayuri, Houston & Pizza Hut Pizzas
Paneer Tikka Masala
Stuffed Brinjal Curry
Daddhojanam (Curd Rice)
Mango Aavakaaya and Ginger Pickle
Vegetable, Pineapple and Cheese Pizzas for Kids
Peechu Mithai (Cotton Candy)
Gifts for Children