Avakaya mana andaridi…

Today my nieces, Madhu and Swathi called from Canada to wish me “Happy Birthday”. After I spoke with them for a while, Swathi passed on the phone to my brother. He played a song for me before wishing. I really loved it. The lyrics are about all traditional, famous Andhra cuisine items and the tuning is adopted from “brindavana madi andaridi, Govindudu andhari vadae lae…

I love the song to the core And the song is from the movie Midhunam directed by Tanikella Bharani


Yesterday, I was feeling little down and felt alone even after I attended my yoga and Zumba classes. I was looking for some movies (of course Nagarjuna’s movies – aakhari poratam, Ramudochhadu) on Youtube movies, but I could not find them Then I was checking youtube.com/maatv and was browsing Maa TV Realty programs. Then I got Super Singers  3 (which had been taken place in 2010, I guess). That was the competition among kids’ group, adults’ group and folk singers’ group. I started watching them from Sunday afternoon and with some intermittent breaks, I watched until 1 a.m. last night (but was able to get into quarter finals only). I would have watched continuously but for to go to work on Monday. And this is not the first time as I have watched this entire series when it was broadcasted in 2010.

All this introduction is to write about Bhakthi – devotion. Chandra Bose, the famous lyricist  (songs in our Telugu movies, I do not know whether he writes in other languages) has said something about bhakthi after he got very impressed with one contestant’s performance which really touched my heart.

ప్రేమకి భక్తి కలిస్తే ఆరాధన అవుతుంది (Love with devotion becomes adoration or worship)
ఆహార్యానికి భక్తి కలిస్తే నైవేద్యం అవుతుంది (Food with devotion becomes prasadam – oblation)
నిరాహకారానికి భక్తి కలిస్తే ఉపవాసం అవుతుంది (Devotion combines with no-food becomes fasting)
పనికి భక్తి కలిస్తే సేవ అవుతుంది (work with devotion becomes service)
పాటకి భక్తి కలిస్తే ప్రార్ధన అవుతుంది (song with devotion becomes prayer)

Semya (Vermicelli) Biryani


1. Vermicelli, of course (2 cups)

2. Any vegetables – I use beans, carrots, peas, corn (mixed vegetables), broccoli, tomatoes, Potatoes,

3. Onions, green chilli, coriander

4. ginger, garlic, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon,  coconut pieces medium-sized 4 pieces, poppy seeds 2 table spoons

5. dry mint (podina) powder (3 table spoons)

6. soy chunks (number depends on your taste – I use 15 to 20)

7. Masala leaves, few cashew and few almonds


  1. Saute masala leaves, cashew cut almonds in oil and add onions and green chilli (cut onions and chilli into thin long pieces). After the onions  turned into little brown, add all the vegetables and add few spoons of oil and butter and let the vegetables cook for about 10 min. Add salt to taste.
  2. Add the soy chunks to boiling water and cook them for 5 to 10 minutes simultaneously and drain the water and add them to vegetables that are being cooked.
  3. Grind all spices (ginger, garlic, cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, poppy seeds, coconut) into a paste and add to the vegetables when they are well cooked and let them cook for few more minutes and add the dry mint powder to the cooked vegetables.
  4. Boil some water separately and add the vermicelli to boiling water and let the vermicelli cook for 5 minutes. Drain the water.
  5. Add the vermicelli to the cooked vegetables and let the whole thing cook for another 5 to 10 minutes. Add a lillt butter after it is cooked.
  6. Garnish with coriander.
  7. Vermicelli biryani is ready.