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Chudua or Chuda

Home made Chudua or Chuda If you sit with a bowl of Chuda, you cannot stop until it is finished. It is light and tasty. Just the right Tea time snack. This savory snack is very easy to prepare. Have have a bunch of ingredients, though several of them are optional! Ingredients: Poha or beaten rice - 1/4 kg. Puffed rice - 1/4 kg.  Cornflakes - 50 gms. Sabudana or Sago flakes - 50 gms. Putana dal or fried Bengal gram - 50 gms. Groundnuts - 100 gms. dried red chillies - 4 nos. curry leaves - a bunch Salt - to taste Rayi or Mustard seeds - 1 tsp. Jeera or Cumin seeds - 1 tsp.  Thinly sliced dry coconut - 1cup Oil - for frying Turmeric is optional - 1/4 tsp. Method: Take a big dish to hold all the ingredients and be able to mix them well.  Dry roast lightly the puffed rice and put them in the dish.  Take enough cooking vegetable oil in a frying pan to fill it half way. and heat it.  I use the sieve shown in the photo below to fry some of the ingredients.

Place a handful of poha in the sieve and place the siev…

Re-fresh the Residence


Putana dal Muruku form
Murukulu (in Telugu language), is a savoury dish. It is a great tea time snack. A pre-requisite is that you need a muruku form. Use the disk shown in the photo.


Rice flour - 4 cups
Roasted Chana dal or roasted Bengal gram flour - 1 cup
Chilli powder 1/2 tsp.
Salt - to taste
Jeeta - 1.5 tsp
Ginger garlic paste (optional) - 1/2 tsp.
Oil - for deep frying


Mix rice flour, dal flour, salt, chilli powder, ginger garlic paste, and 2 tbs. of hot oil. Add enough water to make a stiff dough. 
Heat oil in a frying pan. Take enough dough into the press, and slowly make the muruku onto a flat spoon with holes and drop it slowly into the oil. Turn the muruku around a couple of times; when it is fried to a golden brown, take it out of the oil.
Store them in a container. Will last for several weeks.

Shopping Bag

This is my sketch of the bag

I needed another shopping bag and time for rummaging in my stock. Found these materials bought for some such purpose. Did some easy maths, and came up with the following sizes:
Bag -
Length - 14"
Height - 14"
Width - 3"

Pocket - 7"x6"

Handles - 18"x1"x2 nos.

Flap / Strap 2" wide

Wooden button

Some backing material for the side strip. 

Attached the pocket to the front piece. Then,stitched the front and back pieces to the side strip. Gave backing / lining to the side strip for extra strength; the seems are turned in; attached the handles at 4" from the centre. Finally, stitched the flap to the back piece and  button to the pocket.