#loveforpets #petlove #pets

Ever since as a kid I was always very close to animals. My father used to understand my feeling well and my house was always filled with some pet or the other.

My first pet were rabbits, I had around 26 of them, all so adorable and cuddly. We brought two home and they multiplied very fast ultimately we donated some to loving family and some we had to leave in forest where they could thrive and survive.

Next I had a pair of parrots, they were too quirky. I made them learn ‘Kaun Hain’ (who’s there), I Love You, Get up, Good Morning etc. We always used to keep them open one day they flew away and came back. After few days they flew again and never came back. I always wished they were safe and happy.

Like that I had one hen, a cat, an aquarium full of fishes, a naughty monkey (who lost its way and I found him) was always eating 🙂 , and was there with me for may be just a week till it was sent back to jungle.. and I owned two guinea pigs which later was left in nearby jungle too.

You must be wondering how I kept them all together..ha..ha no I owned them time to time throughout my school life. My father gave away all of them before my ICSE(10th board exam) so that I could have my undivided attention towards my Boards Exam.

Almost after 20 years I was so excited to get two pet rabbits for my daughter she named them Hunny Bunny. They were very messy and used to bite us and bite on things especially.. ultimately I had to take them to a farm where they can stay with other rabbits.

My baby was very upset and insisted on getting another pet so we bought her a cat and I could never forget the sparkle I saw in her eyes when she saw the little one, she named her SNOW.

Snow – Himalayan Breed

Snow is now 1.5 years old, she’s a Himalayan cat. She’s playful and super active early morning and after 10 PM. My daughter and Snow loves to play hide and seek, paper ball, pretend fights etc.

Last month SNOW littered 5 beautiful kittens with Alfaz. All different colors – Black, Grey-White, Grey, Golden and Golden-White.

Daddy Alfaz – Siberian Breed

I was very scared what will happen at her delivery will she be alright, what I will have to, how I can comfort her n all.

Doctors warned us that they won’t be able to come or help in the process as Cats don’t like any outsiders at that time. If she’s delivering and need help it would only be me.

That’s what actually happened.. I was listening to music and suddenly I heard wee wee sound, My cousin opened the door of the place we arranged for her and there she was covered in blood and delivering her third kitten.

I contacted Doctor and he said I need to constantly monitor and see if the babies are coming out of sac properly, there cords are cut or not and if not breathing hold them upside down and wipe their nose and mouth. I was ready with all surgical items but I wasn’t ready.

I opened the door and checked all kids now there were 4, all were breathing fine out of sack and cord cut well. The 5th one she delivered in front of me, Snow was already tired so I had to perform the process myself including disposing off the placenta. Whew! I am scared of blood, I did not see my delivery, God gave me strength to do all this.

Was the whole delivery process easy?

Well Queen cat does most of the thing but she might get tired as kittens are littered at a gap of 20-30 mins and mother cleans baby, cuts placenta, eats placenta and cleans herself too after every process. Definitely she will be tired so be nearby and be alert. Sanitize your hands, blades, gloves etc and be ready to help her if she could not open the sac help her open, cut the cord and wipe of nose and mouth for kittens to breathe.

Did she deliver in the place I assigned her?

It was difficult as Queen will give delivery in a place she loves. I changed places almost 5 times and she wasn’t satisfied as she was still searching. Finally she liked the last place I set up. I added few cloths, plastic, then newspaper and top of it another cloth.

It was of no use she moved all these and gave birth in almirah wood, I had to clean all the blood and blood stains, it might not be similar with other cats. So relax don’t panic, seeing your cat in pain and struggle you will get the energy to assist her.

Are they completely on mother’s milk?

No, we started giving them Goat gold Powdered milk enriched with multi vitamin and nutrients which helps with growth. For few days I was feeding them every 2-3 hrs even during nights, and slowly I increased time to 4-5 hrs and now they are one month old I feed them twice a day. Mother is able to generate enough milk for all 5 of them.

Any special food for the mother cat?

When a cat is pregnant you need to switch to kitten food for her as it’s rich in protein. Even after delivery continue kitten food for another two months till the Queen is feeding the kittens. Give ample amount of water and wet food. We gave her Whiskas 2-12 month tuna in jelly, she finishes one packet in a day. In addition to that we give her boiled chicken and alternate days half boiled egg for protein.

Do not give too much food at once and don’t keep her food tray or water tray empty.. Serve in small quantity but serve regularly.

Have your kittens started on solid food?

Our Doctor said let nature take its course, mother will teach everything. If she does not then start teaching them on eating solid food and how to use litter box when they turn two months old. Start with wet food – start with liquid and few pieces and slowly increase the quantity.

For litter use any shallow box and add newspaper cuttings or any paper cuttings, do not use litter sands for small kittens as those lumps can lead to choking hazard.

Can we give cow milk to kitten?

I have seen many people feeding cow’s milk to kittens and they survived too but it’s risky. Our Doctor recommended not to feed the kittens cow’s milk as it might harm the kitten, it does not have required nutrition and it may lead to diahorrea leading to life threatening issues. Only feed kitten approved formula. We are giving goat gold

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Remember cats shift the kittens to 7 different places, that’s in their nature. She might need your help and come to you too to find a safe place for her babies. Try to arrange all 7 places nearby say a carton, a basket, an almirah etc. She loves the places which is dark and cosy and kittens needs warmth, so make sure all the places are warm and cosy.

Let your food be your medicine


#EatHealthy #StayHappy

“Let food be thy medicine
and medicine be thy food.”
 
― Hippocrates

You may have heard the expression “eat yourself sick.” But is it possible to “eat yourself happy”? The fact is, your state of mind is profoundly connected to your diet.

Here’s how to eat yourself Happy :-

1. Eat frequent small meals and snacks throughout the day to maintain adequate and steady blood sugar levels.

2. Eat whole, nutrient-dense foods such as fruits, vegetables and nuts.

3. Avoid foods that are highly processed, because of their high glycemic load and their contribution to increased inflammation in the body. Eat whole grains rather than refined carbohydrates.

4. Promote healthy gut function by eating foods containing prebiotics (such as asparagus, dandelion greens, bananas, and garlic) and using probiotic supplements.

5. Eat organic foods whenever possible, to reduce your exposure to toxins and oxidative stress.

6. Eat more foods (such as fish, walnuts, flaxseeds, and leafy green vegetables) that contain healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Reduce your consumption of omega-6 fatty acids, which are found in corn, soybean and canola oils.

7. Consider food allergy testing, and try eliminating common allergens such as casein and gluten if you suspect a reaction to these foods.

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Samosa or samoosa are one of the favorite street food in India. Its small triangular shaped pastry which is very crispy and tasty, filled with stuffings made with onions, mixed vegetables, and smashed potatoes, I love it when its stuffed with minced masala chicken.

In 2019 Ramzan I made loads of samosa and took it to my office, during my iftaar (breaking fast) I invited all my colleagues and they loved this lip smacking, tasty and crispy samosas. Sahil and Muzamil just gobbled through it and requested me to make and get some more. I miss you guys as you have moved to new role new place. Now do make it by yourself and do share reviews on my page how it tasted.

Crispy Tasty golden samosa, perfect aroma with spiced minced chicken filling is a showstopper appetizer and snacks. Please find the details below:

Chicken Samosa

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: medium
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Ingredients :

For making chicken stuffing :

1. 2 Tbsp Oil

2. 1 tsp Jeera/ Cumin seeds

3. 2-3 medium sized onion finely chopped

4. 1 large tomato finely chopped

5. 1 tsp Haldi/ turmeric powder

6. 1 tsp Mirch/ chilli powder

7. 1 tsp Jeera / Cumin powder

8. 2-4 chopped green chilli as per taste.

9. Salt to taste.

10. 800 gm minced chicken

11. 1 tsp Garam Masala powder

12. Handful of Dhania Patta / coriander leaves

13. 1 tsp pepper powder (optional)

14. 1-2 tsp Soya sauce

15. 1-2 tbsp Mayonnaise

Samosa wraps required to fill the prepared stuffings. I was able to make 40 samosas with the given ingredients.

Preparation:

1. Add oil in pan once heated add jeera/cumin seeds.

2. Add finely chopped onion and let it turn little translucent, stir and add chopped tomatoes. Add haldi / turmeric powder, add mirchi/ chilli powder, add jeera / cumin powder add chopped green chillies and salt to taste. Stir and mix well. It starts releasing water, cover and cook for 5 min till it releases oil.

3. Once oil is released add minced chicken and mix well. It Cover and cook for another 8 mins in medium flame. Chicken will release water and let all water evaporate. Cover and cook.

4. Stir fry for a minute till it’s dry. Add garam masala powder and handful of coriander leaves. Let it cool down

5.After it’s cooled down add Soya sauce, mayonnaise, here you can also add pepper powder as per your taste.

6. Prepare a thick sticky paste with wheat flour and few drops of water and set it aside.

7. I have used samosa wraps that is easily available in the market, you can prepare this wrap at home , I will share the recipe soon.

8. Take the samosa wrap, and take one spoon full of stuffing fill it and wrap it, seal the sides with the thick sticky paste that we prepared this will help the samosa to remain intact and not open while deep frying. Prepare all the samosa in the similar manner, and then deep fry them in medium flame.

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Tips :

1. It tastes good even when cold so do not hurry to cook in high flame cook in medium flame allow it to turn golden brown and gets cooked on both sides, it will remain crispy even if it’s cold.

2. The stuffing once prepared can be Sealed in a box and kept in freezer good to be used for next 15-20 days.

3. Samosa wrap always cover it nicely when not in use and keep it in freezer. When planning to prepare the samosa take it out 15-20 mins before to allow it to come to room temperature.

4. Prepared samosas can also be placed in freezer for few days in a sealed box. You just need to take it out and deep fry.

5. The prepared stuffing can also be used to prepared rolls, shawarma, can be added with noodles, rice etc. I assure you all will taste delicious!

Happy Cooking..Happy Eating.. Enjoy!

Do try this recipe and share your reviews in the comments below.

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Food is the most powerful basic necessity for every living being. It’s essential to keep us alive, it keeps us going. Wastage of food is such a clear indication that there is something fundamentally wrong with our social well-being.

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When we were a kid we were often shielded from the misery of the world, most of us never had to worry about the next meal, by God’s grace there was always enough .

You might think that your personal actions don’t have a significant effect on food waste, Well! your perception is wrong as we do play a major role in this wastage of food every day.Our actions do have consequences , because of globalization the decisions we make in our local supermarket can have consequences on some other side of the planet.

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Some of that waste occurs at the start of the food processing cycle (at the farm or at transport) but most of that waste is perpetrated by us, as the consumer. Globally around 1.3 billion tons of food goes to waste every year.

There is poverty and malnutrition in our country and to see people wasting food during social gatherings is quite distressing, this issue needs to be addressed right away.

One of the simplest ways to reduce our environmental impact and lower our grocery shopping bill is to cut back on the amount of food we throw away.It doesn’t matter that an ugly potato still tastes like a potato, or that a small apple is just as nutritious as a large one. The issue is “We want what we want and the rest goes to waste.”

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HERE ARE FEW TIPS OR EASY WAYS TO REDUCE ON FOOD WASTAGE AND SAVE YOUR MONEY TOO –

1. People tend to pick the best-looking fruit leaving the ones with an ugly shape or color in the shelves. So, shop at stores that offer those ugly looking fruit at a discount as lot of those fruits and vegetables are perfectly edible. So why are they thrown away? Just because they don’t look nice.

2. Stick to your shopping list and buy the quantities you actually need. Just because something is “Buy 2, get 1 free” doesn’t mean you should go for it. If you buy more than you need then most of it goes to waste.

3. When unpacking groceries, move new cans, boxes, etc. to the back of the fridge & freezer and put older products up front to be used first.

4. Plan your meals for the week, Meal plan is one of the best ways to make sure you only buy what you need and use everything you buy, check which ingredients you already have on hand and only buy the extra things you need to complete your cooking plan.

5. Eat your leftovers, it can either be served up the next day or frozen for future lunch etc. Even if the amount of left over doesn’t make up a full serve it can probably be filled out by adding pasta, rice or more veggies.

If you don’t like or eat the leftovers make only what you will truly eat in a given meal.You’ve spent your time and energy to prepare the ingredients and cook the meal, don’t let any of it go to waste.

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6. Buy fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables as when you buy them in season, you’re getting fruit and vegetables that have spent the least amount of time in any kind of storage facility and will last longer after the purchase.

7. Store fresh food appropriately. Make your food last as long as possible by storing it correctly. Keep biscuits, cereals and dry goods in airtight containers. Make sure your fridge is set to the correct temperature so fruit and vegetables will be kept fresh for as long as possible. Freeze items that you don’t need or won’t use up straight away.
8. Find a way to use overripe fruit and veg or freeze for later use. Fruit that has started to go soft can be stewed and served with ice cream, put in smoothies, made into crumbles or blended and made into popsicles. Spotty bananas make great banana cakes, soft tomatoes are perfect for making pasta sauce, and veggies that are starting to wilt are fine to go into soups and great for making stocks.

9. While eating out resist the urge to over-order, If already ordered too much take home leftovers. Start with a salad or tomato juice it helps curb initial hunger so you place a more reasonable order.If you eat out and can’t finish your meal, don’t be embarrassed to ask for a doggie bag. Many dishes, like curries and pizzas will make a great lunch reheated the next day.
Try to use every last bit of food that you already have stocked up, cook leftovers, share food with your neighbours. Donate Food. Use it up all.

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Also, I would like to add here that If you are a traveller, as a traveller you need to educate yourself on what you should and shouldn’t do when visiting a new locale. Food is such a big part of travel, it’s important to learn the dining etiquette of each nation.
IT DIFFERS GREATLY FROM PLACE TO PLACE. LET’S HAVE A LOOK AT FEW OF THEM –
1. In JAPAN, Japanese consider it rude to leave food on your plate, whether at home or at a restaurant. It’s related to one of the fundamental concepts in Japanese culture, mottainai, which is a feeling of regret at having wasted something.

2. In THAILAND, don’t put food in your mouth with a fork. Only use your fork to push food onto your spoon. Some dishes are fine to eat with your hands

3. In Europe, Continental style calls for handling your fork with your left hand (with the tines facing down!) and your knife in your right. Don’t rest your elbows on the table, but don’t allow your hands to rest under the table, out of sight.

4. In China, however, leaving behind an empty plate is a sign to the host that you’re still hungry. If you don’t want to eat more food, consider leaving a little behind to let the host know you have had enough.

5. Don’t “flip the fish” in Poland or China. Both countries have an old superstition that flipping over a piece of fish on your plate will cause the boat of the fisherman who caught it to capsize. Bad luck.

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6. In INDIA, you should finish everything that is on your plate because it is considered a respect for the served food, and food in India is considered sacred. In South India, where food can be served on a banana leaf, it is polite to fold your leaf over from the top ― not from the bottom, because that indicates you were not satisfied.

7. Don’t use salt in Egypt; don’t ask for ketchup in France. Doing so is considered an insult, because it is interpreted as you are saying that the food doesn’t have enough flavor.

8. In Muslim countries, eat with your right hand. Your left hand is considered dirty. If you happen to be left-handed, go ahead and use your left, but keep your right hand away from the action.

9. Burping. In some countries, this is considered a sign of appreciation at the end of a meal. For instance, it’s acceptable in China, and with the Inuit people in Canada. But be careful – despite the popular belief, it is not acceptable in Japan.

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What’s better way to pamper your skin with pure, natural and healthy fruits and vegetables and fresh juices free of toxins and not harmful to your skin at all.

Fruits are said to be the best medicine and it’s a well known fact over a decade now. If you compare natural remedies its much cheaper as compared to chemical beauty treatments and results are worthy too. The smell of fruits are quite de-stressing, it rejuvenates and hydrates your skin in a natural way.

Your Skin reflects the health of your Liver. Liver performs more than 300 critical metabolic functions related to either transforming or eliminating substances within your bloodstream. More water, less processed foods and alcohol and regular exercise are all highly beneficial, but one of the most powerful ways to enhance your liver’s health is with homemade fresh juices.

I will be sharing the list of few fruits you must eat for a healthier skin and list of atleast 10 juices out of which you must try at least one or two on a regular basis.
FRUITS THAT CAN ENHANCE YOUR SKIN TEXTURE, SMOOTHNESS AND GLOW:

1. PAPAYA : Papaya is rich in antioxidants and contain a special enzyme called papain that can kill dead cells and cure skin impurities. Eating Papaya, making a juice out of it or simply applying mashed papaya on your skin can do wonders.

2. BANANA : We know it’s a good source of iron, magnesium and potassium and helps reduce menstrual cramps.Bananas are rich in vitamin A, B and E and hence works as an anti-aging agent. Same as Papaya, eating banana, making a banana shake or simply apply mashed banana to your skin can help you overcome skin related issues.

3. MANGO : The soft pulpy fruit has an amazing effect on skin too. Rich in vitamin-A and rich antioxidants, it fights against skin aging, regenerates skin cells and restores the elasticity of skin.

4. ORANGE : Rich in vitamin C that improves skin texture & help clear skin blemishes. It contains collagen that slows skin aging process, rub the insides of orange on your skin to tighten the skin. Oranges can also be dried and powdered and used as a natural scrub.

5. APPLE : Like Oranges, Apple too contains collagen that slows skin aging process. Applying a mixture of mashed apple, honey, rose water and oatmeal can act as a great exfoliating mask on your skin.

6. LEMON : Last but the least is lemon one of the best and easily available skin radiating and rejuvenating source of vitamin C.
Benefits of Lemon:

1. A glass of warm water with a tsp of honey and a dash of lemon juice on an empty stomach every morning is a great skin cleanser.

2. Rub the inside of a lemon peel on your elbow to remove dark spots, with its astringent properties, it can be used to lighten the skin tone and also diminish acne scars

3. Mix lemon and honey and use it as a natural bleach on your skin etc.

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Now, lets talk about the juices that plays a major role making your skin glow, proper liver functioning, detoxicating and enhancing your skin health.Avoid packed or canned juices, Freshly made juices are naturally full of nutrients like antioxidants, enzymes, minerals and vitamins which is good for skin.

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Find the list of best of fruits and veggies to support the above mentioned statement here:-

1. LEMON JUICE : Lemon juice aids your skin in a long run. It helps in assisting digestion, detoxification and elimination, providing alkalizing minerals and antioxidant vitamin C and helping your liver to produce more bile to digest fats.

2. APPLE : Apple is a healthy fruit, it’s high in antioxidant flavonoids like quercetin, kaempferol and myricetin that enhances the skin and reduces the risk of skin cancer. Pectin in apples also helps your liver with eliminating toxins.

3. CUCUMBER : It is high in silica and other beneficial trace minerals for reducing inflammation and improving the softness of your skin and the strength of your hair and nails, It’s extremely hydrating, cooling and alkalizing vegetable for eliminating toxins.

4. CARROTS : Carrots are rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Regular intake of carrot juice brings healthy glow and improves the skin texture and smoothness.

5. BEETS : Beets are good for Liver, beet juice helps to regenerate damaged liver cells.
Other fruit & vegetable juices good for liver and skin are :

6. PAPAYA

7. PINEAPPLE

8. TOMATO

9. CELERY, and

10. KALE juices.

Juices of mentioned fruits and vegetables detox the liver which is highly associated in detoxing and improving your skin texture, increases hydration and definitely slows down ageing.
Please Note : Start off by taking smaller quantities and gradually increase the amount of fresh juice you drink over several weeks rather than going straight into a juice only detox to avoid adverse effects.

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HERE’S THE LIST OF NATURAL HOME REMEDIES FOR GLOWING SKIN – treat your skin in a healthy way :-

1. Cut a fresh cucumber into thick slices, and rub them thoroughly all over your face. Leave it on overnight and rinse with warm water in the morning. Do this daily before going to bed

2. Take 1 tbsp of tomato juice, 2 tbsps of yogurt and 2 tbsps of oatmeal. Mix well and make a paste. Apply it on the skin and leave for 15 minutes. Wash off, pat dry and apply a light and mild skin moisturizer

3. Take Carrot juice 3 part, tomato juice 2 part and beet juice one part, mix well and take this 1 glass juice everyday for 20 days. It will remove all black spot, acne, pimples and improve facial glow

4. Make a paste by mixing half tbsp turmeric powder and 3 tbsp gram flour with a little water or milk. Also add 2 drops of mustard oil in this mixture. Apply it on your skin and leave it until it dries. Put it off by scrubbing your skin gently in a circular motion and then wash with lukewarm water. Follow this remedy once a week to lighten your skin tone and remove scars

5. If you skin if dry then nothing is better then milk. Soak a cotton in pure milk and then rub this cotton on your face and neck for some time. It will remove dust and other black particles from skin. If your skin is extra oily then rub a piece of ice on your face for 10 minutes. It will remove excess oil from skin and make your skin look fresh.

6. Take one banana and crush it to make a paste. Now mix few drops of rose water and glycerin in it and apply on face for 20 minutes. Wash with normal water.

7. Take papaya pulp and rub on your face and neck. It will increase facial glow and remove wrinkles naturally.

8. Take a slice of potato and soak in water for 5 minutes or so. Now Rub it on your face. Potato works as a natural bleach, which will lighten and brighten the skin in seconds.
Drink loads of water, eat more fresh vegetables and fruits and exercise regularly is the best way to detox slow and steady. Natural ways of detox is a long process and time consuming but its definitely worth it!!


ABCDE No Sugar Cupcakes

  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: medium
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You must be wondering what is this ABCDE cupcakes and that too no sugar in it. Well I have used natural ingredients that contains natural sugar so this recipe does not require additional sugar at all. Let’s see what these stands for:

A= Apple

B= Banana

C= Carrot

D= Dates

E= Eggs

Isn’t it  a great way to treat your kids with this wonderful recipe which is healthy and tasty too.

Ingredients

  • Apple medium sized 1(fresh)
  • Banana medium sized 2 (fresh and sweet) (elaichi bananas are best)
  • Carrot medium sized 1(fresh)
  • Dates 7-8
  • Eggs 2
  • Honey 1 tbsp
  • Vanilla essence 1 tsp
  • Baking flour or maida 1 Cup
  • Baking powder 1 tsp
  • Baking soda 1/4 tsp
  • Salt a pinch
  • Water 1/4 cup

 


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Preparation:

Step 1: Cut Apple into small cubes or very small pieces, add grated carrot and add water in a pan.
Step 2: Turn on the flame, cook carrot and apple till water completely drains out.
Step 3: On  another bowl smash bananas completely with the help of fork, add eggs, add vanilla essence and add cooked carrot and apple.  With the help of blender make a puree.
Step 4: Add baking flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda.Mix them together using cut and fold method.
Step 5 :Bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees for 17 minutes.

Please Note : This depend upon the size on cupcakes. If you are making mini cupcakes it will be ready in 15 minutes. If not cook for another 2-3 minutes and check.

Try out this recipe and share your reviews, I am sure your kids will like it very much. My kid loves it and I prepare for her often. Happy Cooking 🙂

 

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Gujrati Sukhdi or Gur Papadi

  • Servings: 3
  • Difficulty: easy
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Authentic, mouthwatering Gujrati sweet dish that will surely treat your taste buds! Wonderful combination of Wheat Flour (Atta), Ghee , Jaggery (gur) just melts into your mouth, it’s surely worth a try.

I was born in a small town in Bengal. There sweets meant rosagollas, kheer kadam, cham cham, gulab jamun, sandesh and even pedas but never ever thought that with such easily available home ingredient we can prepare such mouthwatering and delicious sweet which is healthy and tasty. The credit goes completely to my neigbour who offered me this piece of dessert while we were on small family trip. I totally fell in love with the recipe and here I am sharing this recipe with you all too. Hope you will also love it the way I did, especially non gujratis and non mumbaikers who have never tasted it!!.

Ingredients:

  • Ghee 1/4 Cup
  • Atta (Wheat Flour) 1/2 Cup
  • Jaggery 1/4 Cup
  • Dessicated coconut 2 tbsp
  • Cashew/Almond/Pistachios handful

Preparation :

Step 1 : Heat a Pan and add ghee, add the wheat flour and stir continuosly.
Step 2 : Lower the flame and keep stirring till the mixture turns aromatic and brown.You will reach this stage in 4-5 minutes.
Step 3 : Turn off the flame, add jaggery, dry fruits and dessicated coconut and mix well.
Step 4 : Tranfer it to a pan greased with ghee and cut into any shape of your choice.
Step 5 : Allow it to cool down completely and enjoy this sumptuous delicious gur papadi with your family.

Easy and Quick Recipe for any ocassion!!

Step by Step with Illustration:

Step : Heat a pan and add ghee.

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Step 2: Add wheat flour (Atta) and keep stirring till its completely mixed. Keep the flame low as it might burn the flour.

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Step 3: We will continue to keep the flame low and keep stirring for 5 minutes.

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Step 4 : You should reach this consistency in 5 minutes. It really turns aromatic, turn off the flame

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Step 5 : Add finely chopped jaggery and mix well.

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Step 6 : Add dry fruits of your choice. I have added cashew, pistachios and almonds.

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Step 7: This is optional, if added enhances the taste.

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Step 8: Grease a pan with little ghee and transfer the mix and spread well.

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Step 9: Garnish it with dry fruits and dessicated coconut.

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Step 10 : Cut into any shape of your choice while its hot. Allow it to rest for few hours and settle.

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Step 11 : YUMMY!! wow its looks awesome and tastes delicious too.

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Please try out this recipe and share your reviews in the comment section below.

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What you consume has a big impact on your mood . Do you think that there are foods that can help you tackle your mood swings? Well! yes there are foods that can help in overcoming depression, feel happier and these foods are healthy too.

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You really need to stick to right diet plan and exercise daily to ward off blues.

“The science behind food’s effect on happiness is based on evidence that dietary changes can bring about changes in our brain chemistry – altering the hormones responsible for controlling our mood”

The key to eating towards happiness is to have enough of the right mood lifting foods, at regular intervals – and avoiding ones that science suggests can make you feel low.

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Here’s the list of some of the food that releases endorphin and is closely related to mood swings and considerably makes you feel happier.

1. Dark Chocolates (Only Two Squares) :Chocolate contains high quantities of phenols, antioxidants which boost mood, but it also contains large amounts of fat and sugar and so piles on the calories. So chocolate is best saved for an occasional treat when you are really down in the dumps.
2. Bananas : Bananas are rich in potassium, which is a vital mineral for nerve function. The natural sugars in bananas are released quickly into the bloodstream, making you feel energetic. This fruit contains plenty of starchy carbohydrate, which sustains your good mood. It also acts as an antibiotic and strengthen the stomach lining against acids.
3. Nuts/Walnuts: Rich in B vitamins, proteins and selenium, a mineral which has been shown to have positive mood-influencing properties.
4. Sesame seeds : A good source of protein, antioxidant vitamin E and calcium. High source of fat but its largely unsaturated and therefore good for us as long as it is eaten in moderate amounts.
5. Strawberries : Rich source of vitamin C, helps in the production of endorphins and aid the absorption of iron. They are also a good source of potassium, which helps in the generation of nerve impulses.Flavonoids are powerful antioxidants, which help rid the body of harmful toxins.

Other Foods on the list that will help your spirits soar :
6. Ice-cream
7. Pasta
8. French Bread
9. Grapes
10. Oranges
11. Sesame seeds
12. Salmon, trout, sardines , Oysters, mussels and other oily fish
13. Barley, quinoa and bulgur
14. Free-range eggs
15. Broccoli, kale, watercress, rocket and spinach
16. Free-range chicken
17. Green beans, peas and sweetcorn
18. Cocoa with cinnamon and low-fat milk
19. Brown rice and grainy bread


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Whatever you consume must be consumed in moderate amount.
• Eat frequent small meals and snacks throughout the day.
• Eat nutrient-dense foods such as fruits, vegetables, and nuts.
• Promote healthy gut function by eating foods containing prebiotics (such as asparagus, dandelion greens, bananas, and garlic).
• Eat more foods (such as fish, walnuts, flaxseeds, and leafy green vegetables) that contain healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Reduce your consumption of omega-6 fatty acids, which are found in corn, soybean, safflower, and canola oils.
• Eat organic foods whenever possible, to reduce your exposure to toxins and oxidative stress.
Last but not the least, try eating atleast two of this natural mood enhancer food on a daily basis.
a. Bananas – as already mentioned above it definitely play a major role in relieving anxiety and stress.
b. Spinach – good source of vitamin B6 and folate, rich in iron a great energy booster that wards off fatigue and aids concentration.
c. Eggs – great source of zinc, which helps you to feel more alert and energised by regulating your metabolism and blood sugar levels
d. Oily Fish – Fishes rich in omega-3 fatty acids which help the brain to interpret moods and boost concentration levels
e. Tofu – rich in protein, which increases energy levels and improves concentration. It also contains an amino acid called tyrosine, which boosts the brain chemicals norepinephrine and dopamine as well as thyroid hormone, which can all help elevate mood.
f. Sweet potatoes
g. Yoghurt
h. Bread
i. Brazil nuts
You really are what you eat, that’s why Eat yourself Happy and Stay Happy 🙂

 


Meetha Pulao or Zarda

  • Servings: 10
  • Difficulty: easy
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Zarda a traditional sweet dish is made with aromatic rice, food colouring, sugar and flavoured with cardamom, cashew, dry coconuts, nuts etc.
One of my favourite and delicious dish from royal delicacies.

Ingredients:

  • Biriyani Rice 500 gms
  • Ghee 4 tbsp
  • Cardamom(Elaichi) 3-4
  • Cinnamon(Dalchini) Sticks – 1
  • Cloves(Laung) – 3-4
  • Bay Leaf (Tez patta) – 1
  • Sugar 250 gms
  • Water 1 litre
  • Food Color 1/2 tsp
  • Cashew 10-12
  • Dry coconut handful
  • Petha handful
  • mini rosagollas handful

Preparation :

Step 1 : Heat a Pan and add ghee, add the whole spices and saute.
Step 2 : Add the Biriyani Rice and stir. Add water and food color. Mix well, cover and cook in high flame for 10 minutes. Check and cook in medium flame for another 10 minutes
Step 3 : Once all water is soaked and rice is cooked well, add sugar and mix. Mix very lightly to prevent the rice from breaking, cover and cook for another 5 minutes in low flame.
Step 4 : Your Meetha Pulao is ready to serve. Garnish with cashew, nuts, finely sliced dry coconut, petha and mini rosagollas.

Step by Step preparation with pictures:

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Heat a Pan and add Ghee 4 tbsp

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Add all the of the whole spices mentioned.

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Add washed biriyani rice and stir.

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Add water 1 litre and mix well.

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Add food coloring any color of your choice, usually its red or orange. Mix well.

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Cover and cook for almost 10 minutes in high flame.

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Check the water level, cook for another 10 minutes in medium flame.

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After 10 minutes check the water is complelety soaked and rice is cooked. If yes, add sugar and mix well. Mix very lightly to prevent the rice from breaking.

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Cover and cook for another 4-5 minutes in low flame.

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Check the sugar is completely dissolved. Once done your delicious sweet dish is ready to serve. It smells amazing and tastes yum…

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Start adding the dry fruits of your choice, cashew, nuts, pistachios, dry coconut, petha, rosagolla.

Please Note : We can even add khoya to this recipe while cooking, that also tastes good.

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Mutton Kofta or Meat Balls

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: medium
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Mutton Kofta or Meat Balls are essentially the minced or ground meat mixed with onion and spices and shaped into balls. It’s usually a dish in South Asian, Middle Eastern, Balkan, and Central Asian cuisine. I must say this is one my favorite Mom’s recipe. 

Ingredients:

  • Minced Mutton(Keema) 250 gms
  • Onion(Pyaz) small – 1
  • Green chillies 3-4
  • Coriander leaves 1/4 Cup
  • Cumin(jeera) powder 3tsp
  • Turmeric(haldi) powder 2tsp
  • Salt(Namak) as per taste
  • Red chilli(lal mirch) powder 2tsp
  • Ginger garlic(adrak lehsun)paste 2tsp
  • Cinnamon stick – 1
    (Dalchini)
  • Cloves 2-3
  • Cardamom – 3
    (Elaichi)
  • Black Pepper – 4-5
    (Kali Mirch)
  • Oil 2 tbsp
  • Lemon Juice 1 tsp
  • Nutmeg Powder(Jaiphal) 2 pinch

Preparation:

Step 1: Add all the above mentioned ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Cover and keep in fridge for atleast 30 minutes.
Step 2: Grease your hand with oil and make small balls.
Step 3: Heat a pan and place the balls donot add too much balls at a time as it may break, add 4-5 at a time. Cover and cook. It will start releasing water, cook until all of the water is soaked completely.
Step 4: Heat a pan , add oil and deep fry the mutton balls till its brown.
Step 5: Delicious meat balls are ready to serve with coriander or mint chutney.

Step by Step Preparation: 

This is the full ingredients list:

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Step 1: Take minced mutton 500 gms in a bowl or plate and start adding all the spices one by one.

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Firstly, add finely chopped onions, I have taken one small size onion for this recipe.

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Add green chillies, now this totally depends upon your taste. We like our koftas or meat balls little spicy you can adjust the green chillies as per your taste.

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Coriander leaves is totally optional, there are people who doesnot like its taste at all.

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Now its time to start adding the spice quantities as mentioned in the pictures.

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Add oil, this can be refine oil or olive oil. I am adding olive oil in this recipe.

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Add freshly squeezed lemon juice.

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Add nutmeg powder or jaiphal powder, just 2 pinch. This is also totally optional as per the taste. It tastes good when added.

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Mix all the ingredients well and keep in fridge to set for atleast 30 minutes.

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After 30 minutes take out from fridge and grease your hand with oil and start making small balls out of the mixture.

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Heat a pan without oil put the koftas one by one, donot overload. Add only 5-6 pieces as it might break. Keep the flame medium to high, cover and cook. Kofta balls will start releasing water …cook till the water is completely absorbed.

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Heat oil in a pan, once hot add the kofta balls and deep fry it till it turns brown and aromatic.

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Delicious Kofta balls are ready to serve. You can enjoy it with coriander or mint chutney or even add it to a curry.

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Plum Cake or Fruit Cake is a cake made with candied or dried fruit, nuts, and spices and soaked usually in Rum. In this recipe I have used orange juice instead of rum and it turned out delicious. 

Plum Cake or Fruit Cake

  • Servings: 2-3
  • Difficulty: medium
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Ingredients:

  • Dried and Dry Fruits:
  • Apricot and Anjeer 1/4 Cup
  • Dates 1/4 Cup
  • Raisins and Sulatan 1/4 Cup
  • Cashew
  • Almond
  • Pista
  • Walnut
    (All 4 mixed 1 Cup)

Mixed Spices:

  • Cloves 5
  • Mace 1
  • Dalchini 1
  • Fennel seeds 1 tsp
  • Cardamom powder 1/2 tsp
  • Nutmeg powder 1/2 tsp
  • Pepper powder 1/2 tsp
  • Start anise 1

Other Ingredients :

  • Orange Juice 1 1/2 Cup
  • Maida Baking Flour 1 3/4 Cup
  • Sugar 1 Cup
  • Salt 1/2 tsp
  • Vanilla essence 1 tsp
  • Butter 1/2 Cup

Preparation:

Step 1: Take a bowl add all the dried fruits and add orange juice. The quantity of the orange juice should be as such that the dried fruits are completely dipped.Keep it in fridge overnight or more.
Note ( Orange juice is a substitute of Rum. Incase of Rum just replace orange rest everything remains the same)
(You can also prepare this recipe with water add 2 cups water to the dried fruits and microwave for 10 minutes)
Step 2: Sift all the dry ingredients.
Step 3: Seperate dried fruits from orange juice.(Don’t throw away the juice as we will be using it in the batter preparation.
Step 4: Add Sugar, butter, dried fruits, vanilla essence, mixed spices and juice in parts and make a thick consistency batter. You can add more orange juice if you feel the batter is too thick.
Step 5: Tranfer it to the baking tray and bake in a preheated oven at 160 degrees for 35-40 minutes or more till the toothpick comes out clean.

Allow it to cool down in a cooling rack and enjoy this sumptuous delicious Plum/Fruit Cake this Christmas.

Step by Step Recipe with pictures:

Step 1 : Add one cup orange juice to a bowl. You can use fresh orange juice, I have used tropicana for this recipe.

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Step 2 :  Add 1/4 Cup of Black raisins and Sultana

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Step 3 : Add 1/4 cup Dates cut into small pieces.

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Step 4 : Add 1/4 Cup anjeer and apricot cut into small pieces.

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Step 5: Add prunes 1/4 cup

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Step 6 : Add all the dry ingredients, sift and set aside.

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Step 7 : You get mixed spices in the market, if you are unable to get here’s the secret recipe to prepare the mixed spices.

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Step 8 : Add cloves 5-6

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Step 9 : Add mace 1

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Step 10 : Add star anise 1

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Step 11 :  Add fennel seeds 1 tsp

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Step 12 : Add Dalhini stick medium sized 1

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Step 13 : Add nutmeg powder 1/2 tsp

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Step 14 : Add black pepper powder 1/2 tsp

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Step 15 : Add cardamom powder 1/2 tsp

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Step 16 : Grind it to a fine powder and mix to the dry ingredients.

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Step 17 : Add powdered sugar or castor sugar 1 cup

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Step 18 : Add melted butter 1/4 cup

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Step 19 : Add all the fruits that were soaked in orange juice.

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Step 20 : Add any 4 dry fruits of your choice 1 cup

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Step 21 : Now start adding the orange juice that was used to soak the fruits. keep adding it in parts to make the batter. if you feel the batter is too thick even after adding all of the orange juice you can add additional 1 tbsp or more of juice to get a perfect consistency.

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Step 22 : Sorry adding vanilla essence too late but it won’t affect the taste though! you can add vanilla essence while adding the soaked fruits.

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Step 23 : Add this stage put your oven in a preheating state. Preheat at 160 degrees. Line up butter paper on all sides of the mould and grease with butter too. Start adding the batter and set it on all sides. Do not over fill the mould as cake will rise once baked so leave some space for it to rise.

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Step 24 : Every oven has a different settings and heat at different level . I am covering this mould with aluminium foil so that my top layer of the cake don’t harden or burn. You can use butter paper instead or just leave it open.

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Step 25 : Since I covered the top layer with aluminium foil, it took a little more time to bake. My cake was ready in 45 minutes. Insert a toothpick and check it should come out clean , if not bake further. Also always set you baking time to 45-50 minutes but the cake should be ready earlier then that. This step is helpful when you set your bake time to 35 minutes and the cake is not ready , you have to again preheat your oven and bake the cake, this might affect the quality of the cake. Setting a +time helps a lot but make sure you keep an eye on the time.

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Wheat Flour Chocolate Cookies

  • Servings: 2-3
  • Difficulty: easy
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Christmas is the time of joy and celebration. Family and Friends get together to share their happiness and definitely make and enjoy delicious food. Here begins the Christmas Food Fest – Easy and Quick Recipes. This one is 100% healthy and tasty. No Maida (Baking Flour), No Baking Soda and No Baking Powder. Do try out this recipe and share your reviews.

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Ingredients:

  • Wheat Flour (Atta) 3/4 Cup
  • Butter 110 gms
  • Powdered Sugar 1/4 Cup
  • Milk 1/4 Cup
  • Cocoa powder 1tbsp
  • Salt a pinch
  • Vanilla essence 1 tsp
  • Piping bag 1 (optional)
  • Star nozzle 1 (optional)

Preparation:
Step 1: Take a bowl add butter at room temperature, add powdered sugar/ castor sugar and mix well.Add vanilla essence.
Step 2: Sift dry ingredients, wheat flour, salt, cocoa powder and mix to butter and sugar mixture.Mix well.
Step 3: Take a star nozzle and piping bag. Take a baking tray and place butter paper on top of it. With the help of star nozzle make mini rosettes or make any designs of your choice. you can even make small circles or just round them with your hands.
Step 4: Preheat oven at 180 degrees and bake for 15 minutes.
Step 5: Allow it to cool down in a rack , serve immediately or you can even storage in a air tight container.

Your delicious No Maida, No Baking Soda and No Baking Powder Rosette chocolate cookies is ready to serve. Merry Christmas!!

Full Recipe Step by Step with pictures :

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Step 1 : Add 110 gms butter at room temperature to a bowl.

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Step 2: Add powdered sugar 1/4 cup. Mix the ingredients well.

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Step 3: Add Vanilla essence and mix well.

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Step 4 : Add wheat flour to the butter and sugar mix.

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Step 5 : Add salt a pinch.

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Step 6 : Add cocoa powder 2 tbsp and sift all the ingredients well.

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Step 7 : Add milk 1/4 cup in parts and make a smooth consistency batter.

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Step 8 : Fill the piping bag with the cookie  batter and use star nozzle or any nozzle of your choice. You can even make rounds or any shape without piping bag and nozzle.

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Step 9 : Use the star nozzle to make mini rosettes.

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Step 10 : Bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees for 15 minutes. Once baked allow in to cool down completely in a cooling rack. You can consume it immediately else you can transfer it to an airtight container for later consumption.

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Step 11: Mini rosette cookies , healthy and tasty is ready to serve after 15 minutes of baking.

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Tomato Chicken Bhuna

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Tomato Chicken is one of my favourite recipe when I want the chicken to taste little tangy and spicy. Full of favours and delicious recipe. Easy to cook and less time consuming this recipe is surely worth a try.

Ingredients:

  • Chicken 500 gms
  • Onion medium size 1
  • Tomato Big size 1
  • Ginger Garlic paste 1 tsp
  • Turmeric(haldi) 1/2 tsp
  • Red chilli powder 1 tsp
  • Green chillies 2-3
  • Jeera powder 1 tsp
  • Pepper powder 1/2 tsp
  • Garam Masala Powder 1 tsp
  • Coriander leaves to garnish
  • Water 1/2 cup
  • Salt to taste
  • Bay leave 1
  • green cardamom 2
  • black cardamom 1
  • Dalchini 1
  • cloves 5

Preparation:
Step 1: Heat pan and add olive oil, add bay leaf, green cardamom, black cardamom, cloves, dalchini.
Step 2: Add onion and cook till it turns golden brown. Add ginger garlic paste.
Step 3: Add Tomatoes and all spices and salt. Add little water, cover and cook for 5 minutes.
Step 4: Masala starts releasing oil, add chicken pieces. Cover and cook for 5 minutes.
Step 5: Saute for a while and add little water, cover and cook for another 20 minutes.
Step 6: Chicken starts releasing oil, add coriander leaves

Tomato chicken is ready to serve in 30 minutes of cooking. You can enjoy this recipe with plain roti, chapathis, paratha, Naan or Kulcha.

Do try out this recipe and share your reviews.

Step by Step Cooking:

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Step 1: Heat a pan and add olive oil.

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Step 2 : Add one Bay Leaf

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Step 3: Add green cardamom 2

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Step 4: Add Dalchini 1

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Step 5: Add black cardamom 1

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Step 6: Add Cloves 5

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Step 7: Saute and add Finely chopped onions, cook till it turns translucent or golden brown

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Step 8: Add ginger garlic paste and saute.

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Step 9: Add tomatoes and mix well.

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Step 10: Add the spices.Cumin(jeera) powder.

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Pepper(golmirch) powder

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Red chilli (lal mirch) powder

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Turmeric (Haldi) powder

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Salt (namak)

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Garam Masala powder

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Saute and add little water.

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Step 11: Cover and cook in low to medium flame for 5 minutes

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Step 12: After 5 mins you will see the masala starts relaesing oil.

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Step 13: Start adding the chicken pieces.

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Step 14: Cover and cook for 5 minutes the pieces will start releasing water.

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Step 15: Add little more water.

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Step 16: Add green chillies.

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Step 17: Now cover and cook in low to medium flame foe almost 20 minutes or till the chicken is completely cooked.

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Step 18: Chicken starts releasing oil.

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Step 19: Add chopped coriander leaves to garnish(totally optional if you don’t like coriander or celery)

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Step 20: your Tomato Bhuna Chicken is deliciously ready to serve with your choice of rotis.

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Check out this top 10 kitchen how to’s that will surely reduce your efforts a bit in kitchen

1. How to extend vegetable freshness?
Place paper towel at the bottom of the fridge crisper to absorb excess moisture and prevent vegetables to rot.

2. How to find out eggs are fresh?
To determine eggs freshness check its behavior in water,
Fresh ones sink, Bad eggs floats

3. How to get rid of Bugs?
Add bay leaves in a container of Atta, Rice or pasta to repel bugs

4. how to make stale muffins fresh?
To revive old muffin sprinkle some water and put it in paper bag .Microwave for 5-10 secs. It will taste like fresh ones.

5. How to revive vegetables crunch?
Take a ice bowl add sliced raw potato and the veggies like carrot,radish and celery it will revive its crunch in few minutes.

6. How to maintain cookie crunch?
Keep crispy and chewy cookies in separate containers, else
chewy cookies will make crunchy cookies loose its crunch..

7. How to ripen fruits quickly?
To ripen fruits overnight, place in a paper bag with Apples.
Apples releases ethylene gas that hastens the maturing process of other fruits.

8. How to save a scorched pan?
Sprinkle baking soda on the burned bottom and add 5 tablespoon of salt with enough water, let it stand overnight and scrape out charred remains with a spatula.

9. How to preserve cut lemons?
Need just few drops, avoid cutting lemon in half, it will dry out quickly. Instead puncture it with a skewer and squeeze out exactly what you require.

10. How to keep herbs fresh?
Store whole bunches washed and sealed in plastic bags in freezer.When you need they will be easier to chop and will defrost
as soon as you add in hot pan.This way you can store and use the herbs for a month.

 

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Shahi Mutton Korma

  • Servings: 2-3
  • Difficulty: medium
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Shahi Mutton Korma recipe is a delicacy from royal kitchen rich in flavors and aroma. The flavor of a korma is based on a mixture of spices, including ground coriander and cumin, combined with curd and cashew and almond paste.


Ingredients:

  • Mutton 500 gms
  • Onion medium sized
  • Oil 2 tbsp
  • Ghee 2 tbsp
  • Ginger garlic paste 2 tsp
  • Red chili powder 2 tsp
  • Dhania powder 1 tsp
  • Turmeric (haldi) powder 1 tsp
  • Cumin (Jeera) powder 1 tsp
  • Salt as per taste
  • Curd 1/4 Cup
  • Salt to taste
  • Desiccated coconut 2 tbsp
  • Roasted and grinded cashew and almond paste 2 tbsp
  • Delete repeated word Masala powder 2 tsp
  • Dalchini – 1
  • Black cardamom – 1
  • Green cardamom – 3
  • Cloves 4-5
  • Bay leaves – 2
  • Dry red chilies – 2

Preparation:

Step 1: Deep fry the onions till it turns golden brown. Take it out in paper towel to absorb excess oil and turn crisp.
Step 2: Add add ghee to the pan, add dalchini, black cardamom, green cardamom, cloves, bay leaves, dry red chillies. Add Mutton and fry till its color changes.
Step 3: Add ginger garlic paste. Add red chilli powder, dhania powder, jeera powder, turmeric powder, salt. Stir for 2 mins in low flame while.
Step 4: Add Curd and 1 cup water, cover the pressure cooker lid and cook till 2 whistles in medium flame.
Step 5: Open the lid and add roasted and grinded cashew and almond paste, add desiccated coconut, fried onions and 1 cup water.
Step 6: Allow it to cook in low flame for 35-40 mins or till the mutton turns tender.
Step 7: Add 1/2 tsp garam masala and coriander leaves.
Step 8: Turn off the flame and your. Shahi Mutton Korma is ready to server.
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Italian Veg Tokri/Tartlets and Bread Canapes

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • White Bread slices 6
  • Butter 2 tsp
  • Red chilli Flakes 1 tsp
  • Oregano 1 tsp
  • Mixed Herbs 1/2 tsp
  • Black pepper powder 1 tsp
  • Mayonnaise 1 tbsp
  • Grated mozarella and processed Cheese 2 tbsp
  • Cheese slices 1-2
  • Tomato chopped 1
  • Carrot chopped 1
  • Paneer(Cottage cheese) 50 gms
  • Purple and Green cabbage 2 tbsp
  • Finely chopped cauliflower 2 tbsp

[Add any Veggies of your choice]

Preparation:

Step 1: Take white bread slices roll out bread using rolling pin

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Step 2: Cut each bread into round shape with the help of cookie cutter or any bowl etc.

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Step 3:Grease little butter in baking mould and place the round bread pieces in shape of a bowl or katori.

 


Step 4: In a bowl mix all the given ingredients and start adding it to the bread katoris 1 tbsp each.

 

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Step 5: Add mozarella cheese, cheese slices (Optional) and red chilli flakes.

 


Step 6: Bake at preheated oven for 7-8 minutes, till edges turn golden brown

 

 

For Canapes:
Do not throw the left over bread pieces we will utilise it in this recipe.

 

Take a bread slice and brush some butter, add pizza sauce. Add left over bread slices from the above recipe and add leftover veggie stuffings to it. Add mozarella cheese and chilli flakes.

 


Bake for 5-6 minutes or till the edges turn little brown.

 

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Veg Fried Rice Recipe

  • Servings: 2-3
  • Difficulty: easy
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“A vegetable fried rice cooked on low to medium flame, is a dish full of veggies, flavors and taste.It’s a dish in itself or can be an accompaniment to another dish.It tastes more flavorful and delicious with chilli chicken/chill paneer or any Indo-Chinese Dish”


Mutton Keema Biriyani Recipe

  • Servings: 2-3
  • Difficulty: medium
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Full of fragrance and spices this Keema Biriyani is filled with aroma and wide range of Flavors.Theirs a superb addition of basmati rice in this recipe which enhances its taste.Both are cooked together at dum to make this mouth watering dish called Mutton Keema Biriyani…

Ingredients:

  • Minced Mutton(keema) 500 gms
  • Half boiled Rice 500 gms
  • Cinnamon sticks 2 pcs
  • Star anise 1
  • Cloves 5-6
  • Black pepper 6-8
  • Cumin 1 tsp
  • Black cardamom 1
  • Green cardamom – 4
  • Bay leaf 1
  • Nutmeg powder 1 pinch
  • Mace 1
  • Mint leaves handful
  • Coriander leaves handful
  • Yogurt 2/3 cup
  • Green chilies 5-7
  • Oil 2 tbsp
  • Onion medium size sliced 2
  • Tomatoes chopped 1-2
  • Ginger paste 1 tsp
  • Garlic paste 1 tsp
  • Turmeric 1 tsp
  • Red chili powder 2 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Coriander powder 1 tsp
  • Milk 2 tbsp
  • Food color a pinch
  • Biriyani essence/Kewra 1-2 drops
  • Ghee 2tbsp
    FOR GARNISH :
  • Fried Onions
  • Lemon slices
  • Potato slices
  • Mint and coriander leaves

Preparation:
Step 1: Mix Green chillies, mint leaves , coriander leaves and curd and grind it to a fine paste. Set aside.
Step 2: Heat oil in a pan and add whole spices and onion, fry till it turns translucent.
Step 3: add tomatoes and then add minced meat (keema) and cook in low flame for 10 minutes.
Step 4: Add ginger garlic paste, and all the powder masalas, add salt to taste and the grinded paste.
Step 5: Cook in low to medium flame for 20-25 minutes till keema starts releasing oil.

Step 6: Take out half of the keema and set side to form biriyani layers.

Step 7 : Add mint leaves, coriander leaves, lemon slices, potato slices and rice half cooked in salt and water and fom layers.
Step 10: Take 2 tbsp milk and add kewra or biriyani essence and food color. Spead it on rice in layers.
Step 11: At last add fried onions and 2 tbsp ghee and cover and cook for around 30 -35 minutes in dum(In Total).

Serve hot with mint or coriander chutney. This authentic, aromatic biriyani will surely will treat your taste buds!

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Mirror Glaze Cake

  • Servings: 2-3
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:
1 cup water
2/3 cup condensed milk
1 cup sugar
2 cup white chocolate
2 tbsp gelating powder/paste or sheets
Gel food colors

Preparation:
Step 1 : Add water and gelatin sheet/ paste  and set aside.
Step 2 : Add water, sugar and condensed milk in a pan and heat over medium flame, stir ocassionally.
Step 3 : Allow it to simmer, when it simmers turn off the flame and add gelatin.
Step 4 : Pour the hot liquid over white chocolates and leave to sit for 5 minutes.
Step 5 : Whisk and stir till the chocolate gets completely mixed.
Step 6 : Sift to get rid of air bubbles.
Step 7 : Add gel food colors and stir until mixed.Keep it aside to cool down.
Step 8 : Glaze should be cooled down to 37 C or 90f when you pour it on a frozen cake.
Step 9 : Use a large tray to gather all glaze drips, place a bowl/cup/stand and on top of that keep frozen cake.
Step 10 :Pour the glaze and leave it to set for atleast 15 minutes.
Step 11 :Use a knife or a spatula to seperate the drips.
Step 12 :Transfer cake to fridge and let it set for few hours before you serve it.

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Chilli Chicken Dry | How to make chilli chicken|Flavors by Parween Khan


Chilli Chicken Dry

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Chilli Chicken Dry

 


Chilli chicken is a popular Indo-Chinese dish of chicken smothered in garlic, soy sauce and chilli gravy.


Ingredients:

For marination:

  • Chicken 500 gms
  • cornflour 2 tsp
  • Soya Sauce 1-2 Tbsp

For cooking:

  • Onion medium sized – 2
  • Spring Onions – 1
  • Capsicum – 1
  • Ginger and garlic chopped 1 Tbsp each
  • vinegar 1 tsp
  • Soy sauce 1 tbsp
  • red chilli sauce 1 tbsp
  • green chilli sauce 1 tbsp
  • tomato sauce 1 tbsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Green chillies 5-6

Preparation:
Step 1: Marinate chicken in soy sauce and cornflour for atleast 1 hour
Step 2: Deep fry the chicken and keep it aside
Step 3: Cut one onion in 4 halves and capsicum also big pieces. Fry them for 2 minutes and keep aside.
Step 4: In the oil add chopped ginger and garlic, add green chillies and one onion cut into thin slices.
Step 5: Add the fried onions and capsicum, spring onions and chicken and cook for 5 minutes in low to medium flame.
Step 6: Add salt, vinegar,soy sauce,red and green chilli sauce, tomato ketchup and stir.
Step 7: Add the left over soy and cornflour mix and stir. Cover and cook for another 10 mins in low flame.

Your chilli chicken is ready to serve in 20 minutes of cooking.
Total preparion time 30-35 mins.
Enjoy this sumptuous chicken recipe with veg/non veg fried, schezwan rice or naan/roti.
Do try this recipe at home, if you like it give a thumbs up and share your reviews too

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My Green Paradise


#childhoodmemories #indiatourism #picturesque

“WHEN ONE PLANTS A TREE THEY PLANT THEMSELVES. EVERY ROOT IS AN ANCHOR, OVER WHICH ONE RESTS WITH GRATEFUL INTERESTS, AND BECOMES SUFFICIENTLY CALM TO FEEL THE JOY

– JOHN MUIR

I am a village girl born and brought up in a very small tea garden area.

Earlier for everything that we thought of purchasing we used to wait for Sunday markets. Hawkers from every tea garden and from other villages used to come and sell variety of fruits, vegetables, snacks, cereals, ornaments and many more.

Far away from all the facilities that we have now like Internet, Cable, phone, laptop, car etc. We still used to find ways to play, keep ourselves busy and very happy.

Life was very simple and we used to love our neighbors. Not at all like nowadays where its sophisticated and complicated unnecessarily.

We used to breathe fresh air very close to nature. We used to live in small cottages and had loads of playgrounds and parks where we used to form a group and play Hide and Seek, freeze game and many more.

Wildlife sanctuaries like Jaldapara Gorumara was just nearby. We were so close to nature that we had close encounters with animals like Elephants, Leopards, Monkeys, Bear etc. We saw snakes many times closeby crossing us and we as kids still engrossed in our play not even worried at all… my kid will freak out if she sees such thing.. Ha.. Ha

I still remember climbing somebody else’s trees for fruits like Mango, Jujube(Ber), Blackberry(Jamun) and many more. We were chased by the owners and we used to love it. All kids used to gather and enjoy those delicious fruits.

Every evening there was power cut for an hour and everybody used to come out of their houses. All fathers together, all mothers together and all the kids yelling and shouting and playing. I feel nostalgic and reminiscense… I truly cherish those memories.

We really had plants and trees around us like thousands of them. Greenery was breath taking with picturesque view. Now in the city with such busy life we hardly used to get time to even take care of just one plant…

This pandemic definitely taught us a lot – good, bad.. Ugly everything.

Good because my bonding with my family.. my daughter improved substantially. In this lockdown she got to spend more time with me.

My 6 year old and me engaged ourselves in multiple activities to keep ourself occupied as we could not meet anyone or go anywhere.

We started with planting seeds and slowly we started bringing saplings and plants home. Some died some survived and we learnt in the process how much to water.. When to water it, how much sunlight is sufficient etc.

I live in an apartment with limited sunlight and I have kept mainly low maintenance plants along with succulents.

This video is the complete tour of my house that I truly love and call it My Green Paradise.

Share your journey.. your childhood memory that you cherish the most.. ☺️

Glimpse of my hometown… DOARS

Mutton Restaurant Style Recipe


#flavors #muttonbhuna #muttonrestaurantstyle

This is one of the sumptuous and mouth watering dish that I thoroughly enjoy on a rainy day.

It tastes delicious with varied variety of Parathas, Naan and even with Rice.

This is different from my usual recipe, I am making it rich and spicy which we can eat occasionally.

Ingredients

For deep frying onions:

Oil

1 medium sized onion finely chopped

Take enough oil in the pan for deep frying onions, keep the flame medium and cook onion till it turns golden brown or translucent, transfer it to a bowl and keep it aside.

For preparing Mutton Bhuna:

500 gms Mutton

3 tbsp oil

2 medium sized onion

4 dried red chilli

5 green chillies

Coriander leaves handful

2 tsp coriander(dhania) powder

1 tsp cumin(jeera) powder

1 tsp pepper(golmirch) powder

1 tsp turmeric(Haldi) powder

1 tsp red chili powder

1 tsp garlic paste

1 bulb garlic finely chopped

1 smal size ginger finely chopped

1 tsp garam masala powder

1-2 bayleaves(tezpatta)

2 cinnamon(dalchini) sticks

4 small cardamom(Elaichi)

4 cloves(Laung)

Preparation:

1. Take a cooker add oil and add bay leaves, cinnamon sticks, cardamom & cloves. Add onions(no need to finely chop it), add dried red chili, saute and add Mutton.

2. Add all the masalas: coriander, cumin, red chili, turmeric, pepper powder, garlic paste.

3. Add 1 cup water and put the lid, let it cook in medium flame until 5 whistles.

4. After the fifth whistle, turn off the flame and let it cool down. Once cold check if mutton is cooked properly or not. Once confirmed it’s cooked properly transfer it to a pan.

5. In a pan add 2 tbsp oil, green chillies, finely chopped garlic sticks, finely chopped ginger stick. Saute till it turns a little brown.

6. Once it’s translucent add mutton with the stock(gravy) and cook till oil leaves the pan

7. Add 1 tsp garam masala and saute, cover and cook for another 10-15 minutes till mutton releases oil.

8. Once oil gets separated from mutton your recipe is ready.

At this point it smells amazing, you should definitely try this recipe.

Please adjust the level of chilli as per your taste.

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A Story behind Tlismi Moti…Does it really work or just a myth?


How many of you have heard of Tlismi/Tilasmi moti. There is a magic in the name itself if you translate it sounds ‘Magical Pearl

Unfortunately there is no magic but science behind it.

So what is this Tlismi/Tilasmi moti?

Tlismi/Tilasmi Moti is a pendant or amulet that helps babies in painless teething. For centuries, our ancestors have been using the Tilismi Moti, which is an Ayurvedic Remedy and it is a proven solution to all teething problems.

What is Tlismi /Tilasmi moti made of?

It is a small white-colored pendant, which is made up of a combination of five metals (Panchdhatu) in equal proportions. The names of the five metals which compose the Tlismi / Tilasmi Moti are not mentioned as this is a secret combination and has never been revealed by the makers.

How does Tilismi Moti work?

The pendant or bead lets out certain magnetic forces just like copper rheumatism bracelets, which help to relieve the pain experienced by babies during teething. It comes in the form of a small pearl which is a natural harmonizer of energies around the face and the oral cavity of the child. Tilismi Moti is not a medicine or a magic remedy. It works on a scientific principle. It balances the energy around the oral cavity of your baby and is extremely useful for easing teething problems in babies aged 2 months 3 years.

How to use Tilismi Moti?

This ancient Ayurvedic remedy has helped so many babies during teething, not only in India but in other countries too. The Tilismi Moti pendant needs to be worn around the neck against the baby’s skin at the base of the throat. The pendant needs to be in constant contact with the child’s skin, just like the picture below

Is it safe to use Tilismi Moti?

It has absolutely no side effects. Most mothers who have tied the Tilismi Moti around their child’s neck, simply swear by the effects. Unlike commercial teethers, there is no risk of getting any infection by using Tilismi Moti

Through my personal experience I would say that it definitely feel that it works..I have tied this around the neck of my first child from 3 months to 2.5 years I am not superstitious but it really worked as her teething was smooth. I have tied this around my second child’s neck also as he’s 4 months old now with the hope that his teething is smooth too.

There are many varieties available some genuine some fake.. Be sure on the quality while buying I prefer the one mentioned below.

Also always tie two in one string like the photo below.

Share your opinions and experiences if you have tried it. Also I am eager to know the name of those five metals on which it’s build…if any one of you know please share with us.

Happy Teething to all little munchkins😊

10 little fingers.. 10 little toes… 1 cute smile to die for


It’s been 9 months since I have uploaded my last blog…

I am so excited to share the news that I am blessed with a baby Boy.

Giving birth isn’t easy. Once you plan you make up your mind, you accept and thrive to overcome all hardships that you may face. In the whole journey there is no looking back…You just think about the beautiful little you that you will hold in your arms, cuddle, care and love forever.

My journey with my princess was smooth for complete 9 months.. But with my boy it was truly a roller coaster ride.

I had internal bleeding on my first trimester and was recommended complete bed rest for 3 weeks. In this pandemic work from home meant double the work in office, work for home, cooking, cleaning…and my 6 year old complete care – food, bath, feed, classwork, home works and how can I forget her playtimes/activities with us.

I was granted 3 weeks of leave and rest and luckily I healed but when I joined back office I had to cover up for all the time loss which was strenuous.

By the end of second trimester I had developed gestational diabetes I truly started craving more for sugary foods but my dietician made me a chart which just had Oats, Ragi, lean meats and egg in my schedule 😦

I delivered a healthy baby by 8 months 4 days.

I am low on milk supply since the first month of delivery… I have tried everything all medicines suggested by lactation expert all home remedies suggested by my neighbors, friends, relatives etc.. etc none worked. I am exhausted pumping n pumping… and now my baby is on complete formula feed.

I really feed sad that I could not feed my milk but I really don’t feel guilty as I tried as much as I can..

I have been judged, misunderstood by my family friends for not feeding my child but it’s not by choice but by circumstances which I seriously fail to explain them. My baby is healthy and that’s what important to me.

Have any of you been judged… been through postpartum depression? With me well not in this pregnancy but I have been through it with my first child.

I used to cry unnecessarily, shout wanted to be left alone and felt depressed and tired all the time. That’s when I diverted my mind and started blogging and it helped.

Share your pregnancy journey.. What hardships you faced and how you overcame them….

Just in one word define the experience when you got to hold your child in your arms for the very first time….

For me it was ‘Magical’ 🙂

The past nine months of sleepless nights had driven me insane,

But the sight of something so beautiful made me forget all the pain.

I feel like God for a moment to have created a life.

Out of my own flesh and blood, was made my darling child. I promise to be the best parent to you my dear.

For losing you is the only thing now that I ever fear – Unknown


#beetroot #carrot #spinach #parathas

What could be more healthier, tastier for us and kids than Beetroot, Carrot and Spinach.

This is one of the easy and healthy recipe for kids especially good for their lunch boxes.

I started making this when I saw my daughter refusing to spinach and beetroot if I used to give her directly, (carrot she actually loves),  so I came up with this recipe and she instantly started liking it.

I started experimenting with loads of other veggies as well and it’s a success 🙂

Colorful Healthy Parathas

  • Servings: 3
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

For beetroot paratha:
1/4 cup Beetroot puree
Salt to taste
1 cup wheat flour
1 tsp olive oil/ghee/butter

For carrot paratha:
1/4 cup carrot puree
Salt to taste
1 cup wheat flour
1 tsp olive oil/ghee/butter

For spinach paratha:
1/4 cup spinach puree
Salt to taste
1 cup wheat flour
1 tsp olive oil/ghee/butter

Preparation:

1. Peel beetroot, cut into small slices and boil in water for 5 mins, let it cool down and then prepare a puree out of it.
2. In a separate bowl peel carrot, cut into small pieces and boil in water for 3 mins, let it cool down and then prepare a puree.
3. In third bowl take spinach wash properly, cut the leaves into small pieces, add very little or no water and cook for 2-3 mins (add pinch of sugar to keep the color green) . Allow it to cool down, make a puree of it.
4. Now we are going to make three colorful doughs with the purees.
5. Add beetroot puree, salt, wheat flour, olive oil/ghee/butter and make a dough.
6. Follow the same process for carrot and Spinach too.
7. Now we will have three dough ready RED, ORANGE and GREEN.
8. Add little olive oil and set aside for 10 minutes.
9. Roll out thin parathas and cook in medium flame both sides.
10. Add olive oil/ghee/butter as per your taste on top of the Parathas.

Kid’s will definitely enjoy this delicious Parathas with tomato sauce, honey, melted cheese or just roll it and give, they will enjoy it without any additional add ons too.

beetroot dough
carrot dough

My daughter loved making this video especially the kneading part as it looked to her like a colorful play doh 🙂

If you are making this recipe, do share in comments your kids reaction.


#mayosandwich #cheesysandwich #grilledsandwich

Delicious!

Everyday the big challenge is to decide what to cook today for breakfast. I will rub my eyes, open by refrigerator door and stand there staring deciding what best I can utilise for today. Sometimes it’s weird when the fridge is empty and I still keep on staring thinking something might still pop up 🙂

So today I took out all the little ingredients I had and prepared this delicious, quick n healthy breakfast. My 5 year old helped me out preparing it and gave a thumbs up too on taste though her’s was without chilli.

This creamy sandwich got loved by all in my family and it’s a must try for you too. Sharing the recipe below.

Creamy Grilled Sandwich, Healthy Breakfast

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

1 large tomato

2 medium sized onions

Salt to taste

2-4 chopped green chillies

1 tbsp crushed pepper corns

1/4 cup fresh cream

2 tbsp Mayonnaise

1/2 cup grated mozzarella and processed cheese

Bread

Butter

Preparation:

1. Mix all the above ingredients.

2. Take bread and put butter on it.

3. Add all the mixed ingredients on top of the bread, add another bread on top and grill for 3-4 minutes, for more crispier sandwich grill a minute more.

4. This delicious creamy sandwich you can enjoy even without sauce or any other chutney.

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Phases in Pregnant Women’s Life & Healthy Food Habits


#motherhood #phasesinpregnancy #healthyfoodhabits

“If I had my life to live over, instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I’d have cherished every moment and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.” — Erma Bombeck

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One of the biggest miracle that happens in a women’s life is when she gives birth to her little one.

It’s that phase of life that’s cherished the most but it does have its own mental and physical stress that’s why its really important to maintain a very healthy diet through out your 9 months of bliss.

Do not over eat, do not under eat. Over weight and under weight will have it’s own pros and cons.

I have a 5 year old daughter and it was a normal delivery. I will share my experience and all healthy food and habits that made my journey smooth.

There are few important things that you should not give up on your different phases of your Pregnancy.

  1. Healthy Weight Gain: Appropriate weight gain during pregnancy is key to healthy baby growth. Stay connected with you health professionals and consult how much weight gain is recommended for you in phases. Doctors suggest women gain weight at the following rate:
  • 1 to 4 pounds (1/2 to 2 Kgs) total during the first 3 months (first trimester)
  • 2 to 4 pounds (1 to 2 Kgs) per month during the 4th to 9th months (second and third trimesters)

You weight gain also depends on you BMI body mass index (BMI) 

You can use a formula to calculate your BMI online.

The general weight-gain advice below is for women giving birth to a child


If You’re
You should gain about(in pounds)You should gain about(in kgs)
Underweight (BMI less than 18.5)28 to 40 pounds12.7 to 18 Kgs
Normal weight (BMI of 18.5 to 24.9)25 to 35 pounds11 to 16 Kgs
Overweight (BMI of 25 to 29.9)15 to 25 pounds7 to 11 Kgs
Obese (BMI of 30+)11 to 20 pounds5 to 9 Kgs

2. Healthy Diet: Water..water..and lots of water is a must. Drink ample amount of water. Stay hydrated, aim for 8 or more glasses of water each day. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, calcium-rich foods, and foods low in saturated fat.

Basic Nutrients Requirements:

  1. Milk and milk products: Have milk, yogurt, buttermilk, cottage cheese(paneer) & clarified butter(ghee) as they provide the protein and calcium necessary for the growth of baby.
  2. Eat food rich in vitamin and nutrients such as cereals, green leafy vegetables, fishes especially Salmon as its said to be rich in omega 3 essential for the development of brain and eyes of the baby. Avoid fishes like tuna, marlin, swordfish, king mackerel, shark etc.
  3. Eat legumes, citrus fruits as its rich in Vitamin C. The vitamin C content in orange juice will increase your baby’s ability to absorb iron in the body
  4. Have eggs: a great source of vitamin, protein and minerals.
  5. Sweet potatoes: are good source of beta carotene which gets converted to vitamin A inside body. It helps in boosting the immunity and improving the vision.
  6. Bananas: are great sources of folic acid, calcium, potassium and vitamin B6.
  7. Pomegranate: Pomegranate juice may hold promise for preventing preeclampsia, growth restriction and preterm birth when given to women during pregnancy, according to a recent Washington University study.
  8. Nuts: They have brain-boosting omega-3 fatty acids, proteins, fibres and other essential nutrients which are crucial for the development of the baby. I was asked to avoid cashew and dates in large amounts in initial stages of pregnancy by my doctor, walnut is a must.
  9. Oatmeal: Oatmeal is a good source of carbs, selenium, vitamin B, phosphorous and calcium. So, do add it to your breakfast.
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FOODS TO AVOID DURING PREGNANCY:

  1. Avoid liquid cheese, raw and uncooked meat in pregnancy as it contains bacteria named listeria which causes infection called listeriosis. This bacteria is harmful to moms-to-be and fetuses and can result in a miscarriage if contracted. 
  2. Avoid raw, uncooked egg in any form for e.g. Poached or fried eggs with a runny yolk, Lightly scrambled eggs, Cookie dough etc.
  3. Alcohol is a big NO
  4. Same goes for caffeine,  200 mg of caffeine is the maximum amount that is safe for pregnant women to consume daily.
  5. Fruits to avoid during pregnancy:
    1. Pineapple
    2. Tamarind
    3. Papayas
    4. Canned tomatoes
    5. Frozen berries
    6. Dates (1-2 dates in a day is fine)

Disclaimer: I am not an health expert all these I am sharing from my personal experience and knowledge from the first pregnancy. Please always consult your doctor on food and medications at each and every stages of your pregnancy.

My Pregnancy Story:

Year 2014 I was selected to work with one of the Top IT sector, for that I had to move from one city to another ALONE..

After starting my new job within 15 days I realized I am expecting. My first trimester went in juggling between hotels, hostels and then I rented a flat.

My aunt was so generous she came n stayed with me for two months.
Later my mother in law came and stayed for 5 months.

  1. I used to have a bowl of cornflakes with banana, apple and nuts with few drops of honey every morning.
  2. I used to carry 4-5 small tiffin’s with me containing vegetables,
    fruits, dry fruits, lunch(rice or chapati with sabji).
    Fruit juice once a day I used to buy from office and
    almond milk machine was there in pantry from which I used to drink once a day.
  3. I actually ate very light at night due to acidity/indigestion issue.
    avoided roti, chapattis etc.
  4. In the third trimester I traveled back to my old city,
    stayed with my husband for delivery.
    We used to go for morning long walks, have coconut water,
    come back home and eat bowl full of fresh vegetables and fruits.
  5. Take a break of 1-2 hrs. and have breakfast – upma, poha, dosa,
    cornflakes etc. any of them. My routine continued like this, eating little at a time but eating every 2 hours
    was a must. I had a normal delivery & my kid weighed 3.2kgs/7 pounds.

Motherhood: One of the beautiful experience of life… From being just a woman you get an honor to be called a Mother

– Parween K

What’s your pregnancy story, do share in the comments we would love to hear them 🙂

Mixed Sprouts Poha | Easy Breakfast Recipe


#poharecipe #quickbreakfast #healthyrecipes

mixed sprouts poha

Mixed Sprout Poha is an Indian recipe made out of flattened rice, especially thick one. It’s easily digestible and packed with vitamins and minerals overall being really good for health.

Poha can be cooked in varied variety by just altering the ingredients and spices.

To keep you fully fortified, eat poha with curd. It helps in making your bones stronger and completes your daily dose of calcium and protein.

This nutrient-dense food is easy to make and can be eaten by anyone, including Toddler’s.

mixed sprouts

Mixed Sprouts Poha, Healthy Breakfast

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Ingredients: [adjust the quantity as per your taste]
3/4 cup poha
3/4 cup sprouts
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp oil/olive oil for frying
2-4 finely chopped green chilies
1/2 tbsp lemon
2-3 medium sized onion
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder/haldi
handful chopped coriander leaves
handful peanuts
1/2 tsp Sugar
10-12 curry leaves

Preparation:

Step 1 : soaking/washing
1. Wash the thick poha in water, leave it for 2 mins and drain it.
2. Wash all vegetables and keep aside.

Step 2: Pressure Cook
1. Pressure cook the mixed sprouts for 3-4 whistles.

Step 3: Cooking
1. Heat oil in pan, keep the flame at medium.
2. add mustard seeds and allow it to crackle add curry leaves and peanuts and saute for a minute.
3. add onion, green chillies and saute until golden brown.
4. Add mixed sprouts and saute well.
5. add turmeric powder, sugar and salt.
6. mix well and cook for 2 mins.
7. Add poha and mix well, cook for another 2-3 mins.
8. turn off the flame add lemon juice, coriander leaves and serve hot.

You can enjoy it with any pickle, green chutney, especially curd or just a cup of tea.

Happy Cooking!!

Do leave a comment to let us know if you liked this easy and quick breakfast recipe:)

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