Apple Halwa

Ingredients: 3 big apples 1/2 cup brown sugar/normal sugar 1 cup milk 2tbsp ghee/ clarified butter 1 tsp cinnamon powder For garnish: Few thinly cut slices of apple Few mint springs Method: Coarsely grate the apples. (P.S. be careful with your finger, almost grated mine :p) In a large bottom pan, add ghee and heat… Continue reading Apple Halwa

GIT: Get Tag Details of Current Checkout

About two weeks ago I migrated a project from CVS to git. After migration when we tried to build the project it kept failing. On debugging, I figured that in build.xml (it’s a legacy project with a complex ANT build script) they were trying to figure out from which tag it has been checked out by reading the Tag… Continue reading GIT: Get Tag Details of Current Checkout

Hibernate: Dynamic Insert

While doing code-review I came across hibernate’s dynamic-insert property and found it really useful. dynamic-insert is a boolean attribute of class element as defined in hibernate-mapping-3.0.dtd. This is an optional attribute of the class element and if not defined explicitly defaults to false. As the name says, setting this property to true makes insert query… Continue reading Hibernate: Dynamic Insert

Kerala Travelogue – Kovalam

Our annual vacation would be incomplete if it didn’t have a beach destination. Kovalam’s pristine beaches was our last stop in Kerala before we flew back home. Day 1 We checked-out from the houseboat and headed straight for Kovalam. This was the first stretch where we didn’t halt on the way and it took a little… Continue reading Kerala Travelogue – Kovalam

Kerala Travelogue – Alleppey

Prelude The main attraction of Alleppey is houseboat and we started searching for houseboat from the day we decided we were going to Kerala. We couldn’t finalize any from the ones we found online and finally our uncle who had been to Kerala a few months ago gave us the contact details of guy on… Continue reading Kerala Travelogue – Alleppey

Kerala Travelogue – Munnar

Endless Tea Garden @ Munnar

After spending two days at the Grand Hotel, it was time to say goodbye to Kochi and head to Munnar. Munnar is a hill station situated at around 1,600 meters (5,200 ft.) above sea level and is about 130 km from Kochi and take roughly 4 hours by road. The road to Munnar is nice… Continue reading Kerala Travelogue – Munnar

Kerala Travelogue – Kochi

Chinese fishing nets (Cheena vala) @ Fort Kochi Beach

Kochi was our entry point to Kerala and stayed there for 2 days. Day 1 We took a direct flight from Mumbai to Kochi and it took 2 hours to reach there. Kochi Airport has prepaid taxi facility, a little on the expensive side but very safe. We booked a non ac prepaid taxi to… Continue reading Kerala Travelogue – Kochi