Monday, 22 January 2018

Combat Eczema With Evion

Vitamin E is certainly one of those elixirs that serve numerous benefits to mankind and I am fortunate enough to have witnessed a lot of them, if not all. One of those was my mother’s fight against eczema using the goodness of vitamin E supplements as a weapon to combat the stubborn rash.

It all started almost an year back when my family shifted from a well settled house in an urban city to an outworn government quarter in a small town as my father’s job was transferred to that place. This affected us to a huge extent. Everyone in my maternal family tree has very sensitive skin that is very much susceptible to environmental changes, including me and especially my mother.

The cracked walls of our rental home welcomed a lot of dust particles and insects to enter in the kitchen, bathroom, dining area and almost every corner of the house even after taking so many corrective actions. Consequently, this infected my mother’s skin and it started reacting in an unpleasant way. She started having rashes, redness and dryness in her skin which were clearly the signs of eczema. I have seen her struggling with itchiness and discomfort in that period of time which was very disheartening.

We took a lot of medication which did calm the rash, but all of that was temporary and did not help in long run. Finally, my uncle who happens to be a pharmacist, advised us to try Vitamin E supplements to cure this ailment of hers. She started using Evion 400 mg capsules by applying the oil present in the capsules, directly to the affected skin.
Evion Supplements are known to hydrate and nourish the skin, thus healing the inflammation of skin.
Luckily, we started seeing the results earlier than expected, soon my mother was relieved from the stubborn rash and redness. Since then, she uses it everyday by mixing few drops into her daily moisturizer before application. Honestly, I was not aware of what wonders Vitamin E could do before this incident. It definitely motivated me to avail the benefits of Vitamin E in my daily life to see the long term results especially in my skin, hair and nails.

Thanks to #Evion- India's No.1 Vitamin E Brand, for being our knight in shining armour.

If you too are facing any skin inflammatory issues, then please give it a try! For more information check out http://www.evion.co.in/
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Saturday, 20 January 2018

The A, B, C of Vitamin E

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Let’s begin with the A, B, C of Vitamin E,
Unlocking the biggest doors with this fruitful key,
Did you know Vitamin E could act as an antioxidant?
Empowering your muscles, skin and hair to a vast extent.
When painful menstruation is about to knock the door,
Don’t you worry, just take a dose few days before,
Vitamin E will take care of alleviating those painful cramps,
So you could dance, jiggle and twirl like a real champ.

Giving revival to skin that’s dull and dead,
Is a cup of tea for Vitamin E, the doctors said.
Do you have some painful memories that left stubborn scars?
Then vitamin E could serve your wish made at the shooting stars.
It heals and hydrates the affected area,
So you could see your skin getting merrier!
Be it the signs of aging, acne or sunburns,
Vitamin E aids all your skin concerns.

From lightening the dark spots to soothing the stretch marks,
The goodness of Vitamin E earns everybody’s good remarks.
Even some obstinate eczema and psoriasis,
Have to run away when Vitamin E bosses.
Having beautiful long nails is no longer out of way,
As Vitamin E fosters your nails day by day.
Now let’s see what’s in store for the frizzy and damaged hair,
Oh look, it’s Vitamin E again, all set to banish your despair!

It even cures the scary premature balding,
By nourishing and thickening, and stopping the falling.
It also boosts and upgrades the muscle strength,
By keeping all the fatigue at an arm’s length.
It is disguised in different covers and shades,
Like Almonds, Spinach, Broccoli or Kale.
Supplements are available to compensate the deficits,
My personal favourite is Evion, for it has numerous benefits.

Its lustrous capsules are extremely inexpensive,
Though their uses are surely extensive.
These can be applied directly or taken orally,
So you could avail all the benefits pretty fairly.
When someone asks, what’s the secret behind my glowing skin,
I always hail the green capsules of Evion for this win!

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I'm sure now you too, are well aware of the benefits of Vitamin E. #Evion - India's No.1 Vitamin E Brand, has never failed to get appreciated for the Vitamin E goodness filled inside its products. Evion supplements are widely recommended by many doctors and medical practitioners. 
Personally, I  started using it after I heard its benefits from my friends, colleagues and my roommate too. I also saw its recommendations in many videos on YouTube which encouraged me to try its products and I have been using them since then. I have seen an evident change in my skin and hair. I definitely recommend it to everyone who are struggling with any kind of skin conditions or hair problems. To know more about Evion Supplements, do checkout- http://www.evion.co.in/


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Sunday, 10 December 2017

How to recover from Bulimia Nervosa?

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For all those who don’t know what Bulimia Nervosa is, it is not a Harry potter spell!

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And not at all funny. It is indeed a serious eating disorder where people tend to binge which is followed by purging. That means, people suffering from Bulimia eat excessive food in short period of time and then try to avoid gaining weight by getting rid of eaten food in various ways some of which are fasting, vomiting and eating laxatives, etc.

My encounter with Bulimia happened almost 4 years ago when I had lost about 15 kg in just nearly 3 months because I was mocked for being overweight earlier in my college days and I used to feel lack of confidence and humiliated because of it. I studied and researched a lot about calories and daily food intake and got very fearful of gaining weight after that.

I am a big time foodie since my childhood days and not just that, I have a habit of ingesting anything and everything either when I’m under any stress or when I’m angry or upset or just bored. And I don’t have a control on that once I start hogging, I would eat the entire packet of bhujia at once and then cry about it afterwards because I used to feel so guilt stricken after that.
Once I lost weight and gained knowledge about calorie content in everything, this fear of gaining weight and habit of hogging started haunting me throughout my entire day, I started thinking only about food all the time.

What would I eat next? 
What should I eat so that I don’t gain weight but it should satisfy me completely? 
Should I wait until evening to eat next meal or I should eat now and skip dinner? 

And the list of questions was never ending...

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I was always so preoccupied with the thoughts of food that it started becoming unacceptable by my parents. I was very secretive about it and I never used to tell about it to any of my friends because I was doubtful what they would think. I didn’t want to get judged as some maniac.
Thankfully, I had never gone to the extent of vomiting to get rid of my guilt of over eating but I remember taking lots of digestive pills right after binging to induce bowel movements and the worst part was the botheration that I felt every time I ate. I used to skip meals, either breakfast or dinner so that I could eat more at tea time. I remember a time when I was on diet and my father had brought my favourite bakery’s biscuits and I was so fascinated by it that I ate the whole packet and then threw up just after that because it was too much for me.

I used to binge eat only when I was alone because I am very shy and I generally do not eat much in front of anyone though I always want to. I was losing weight constantly and I reached a point when I weighed only 40 kg and all my existing clothes had become two sizes bigger for me. That was the time when I realized that I have to stop it right there.
And I actually did. Today, I have a healthy weight and have got control over my eating habits. I have started enjoying eating in a healthier way and don’t feel ashamed of it.

From all the experience that I gained from suffering to recovering from Bulimia, I have come to the conclusion that fasting and dieting are the main reasons why people tend to binge eat because they have been holding their desire to eat food for so long, throughout their day, avoiding all the extra calories that they end up eating a lot more at once to satisfy their hunger which turns to be quite harmful than otherwise eating small frequent meals.

So, here are the 5 tips for people who are in the same boat in which I was few years back:
  • Never starve yourself, it’s never about what you eat, it will always be about the quantities that you intake. Eating small quantities of fast food will never make you gain weight. But if you still feel the need of eating more, you should switch to a healthier diet like eating muesli or oats upma instead of fries or chips. Nevertheless, eating large amounts of muesli or oats or in fact anything can also be harmful. So, you should always practice having small quantities of food at a time.
  • Eating short meals and drinking water frequently is a great way to control your appetite, it keeps you full and hushes your urge of binging.
  • I don’t feel anyone binges purposely or consciously, it is always when you’re out of your consciousness. So the best way to avoid binging is to be occupied with some or the other work all the time as they say, free mind is the home of devil. I personally, stopped binging when I got busy with blogging and studying. I recommend everyone who is suffering from Bulimia to get involved in activities of their interests which can be either physical or mental activities.
  • Practicing yoga and meditation are great ways to deal with stress which is the main cause of bingeing and purging. Meditation always helps you to make your mind free of any subduing thoughts which eventually makes you relaxed. Yoga is another wonderful means of relieving your mind with thoughts of food and getting into a healthier shape.
  • Last but not the least way to fight Bulimia is getting motivation and confidence in your skin. You can either join any motivation classes or look for it on the internet or from any of your near and dear ones. Because at the end it’s your perception about yourself that matters, that actually controls your actions. If you feel confident about yourself, you will never have any fear or hesitation in carrying yourself out in the social world.
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Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Mushroom Quinoa Rissoto

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Italian cuisine is one of the most liked cuisines of every household and so is in my case. So, in the wake of this fact, I’m going to share a very special Italian recipe which is known as Rissoto, with a healthy twist added into it. 

Here, instead of rice, we will use quinoa which offers comparatively more dietary fibre and protein. Surprisingly, quinoa even beats brown rice when is comes to its mineral rich properties, especially Iron and Magnesium. Thus fighting the so called “Iron deficiency” in kids and women with this delightful main course dish.
Not only this, in vegetables, we will use one of the most prominent sources of iron, that is Mushroom along with onions or any veggies of your choice.

 
Preparation time- 20 minutes
Servings- 2

INGREDIENTS
  • 3/4 cup rinsed quinoa
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1-2 garlic cloves- finely chopped
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • Lemon zest
  • 4-5 Coriander leaves

PREPARATION
  • Add water in a pan and set it to boil on high flame.
  • Once the water boils, add quinoa and reduce flame to low.
  • Add salt and cover quinoa with lid for 10-15 minutes or until water get fully absorbed.
  • In a separate pan take olive oil and add onion to let it sauté until the color changes to pinkish brown.
  • Add garlic and mushrooms into the pan and stir well.
  • Now add the spices and salt and stir again.
  • Sauté until mushrooms become soft.
  • Mix this mixture into boiled quinoa and add lemon zest and coriander leaves on top for garnishing.
  • Your mushroom quinoa risotto is ready to serve. Enjoy!

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Sunday, 19 November 2017

View Outside My Window- Mundane but Warm

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Mornings at home are the best mornings, since my mother always opens up the curtains of the window inside my room when the daylight shows up, and the sunlight from the window comes straight into the room to lighten it up with natural light. 
This window being right beside the bed, makes me prone to see the view outside the moment I wake up.

Since, we live at a government quarter in a small town, there’s a lot of greenery around our house to add up to the view outside the window.
I see the small gate outside which doesn’t really protect our house from any robbery because anyone can literally very easily jump off it so I always wonder what’s the use of locking it at night. I also see the fairy lights attached to the shed which have been there since the Diwali days and we’re too lazy to take them off.

And the next target to my eyes are the quarters in the front lane with their cars parked inside and closed gates. It’s 11 am in the morning and not a single person is visible outside. That’s really strange because winters are already here and no one seems interested to have a sunbath in the lightly warm sunlight except an ox who’s staring at me like I’ve done something wrong to him.


I think I should accompany him so I’ll take a chair and newspaper out in the veranda to intensify this stare game of ours until my mother comes with a hot cup of tea.

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Friday, 17 November 2017

Europa, A Sci-Fi Thriller Review

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Europa by Hywel Richard Pinto is one such book that doesn’t stick to a single genre but is a blend of drama, thrill, suspense, mystery and space opera for all the sci-fi lovers where the readers may find themselves juggling the stories of many different characters and aspects related to a single mission, Europa.
Europa is apparently a research, search and rescue mission in order to search and rescue the crew members of Silver Wind spaceship which had got disappeared in the past during its trip to Jupiter.

I strongly believe that the fictional characters and plot requires a lot of research in the chosen subject and space being one of the most vast subjects to explore, it is commendable that the author had very well researched on this topic. I being an avid space admirer, didn’t find a single place where I could question the space related concepts and illustrations depicted in the narrative. The story runs between the year 2250 and six years back, which is the past but logically even that’s the future for us. Lol! 

The protagonist, Richard Sparks who is an employee of a secretive business/organisation for space exploration named SEUSA gets chosen as the captain for this mission and later gets accused for being a partaker in the murder that transpired during their mission to Europa, the Jupiter’s moon. The story commences with the trials of Captain Sparks for the same but gradually unfolds the actual conspiracy behind the murder which is far beyond the walls of SEUSA and involves some high profile people with cruel intentions.

Wowsome facts:
  1. Every character is well depicted in terms of both physical appearance and temperament. 
  2. Chapter titles are very useful in the first few chapters to understand the plot as the story swings between present and past.
  3. Author has very cleverly unveiled the story and characters with every turning page.
  4. Space enthusiasts will love the ideology and practices followed when inside a spaceship and the whole secrecy policy that is followed till the end.
  5. Rubin Draco’s character will give you the classic villainous chills and rightly so his name does justice to his character.
Flaws:
  1. There are many editing errors such as typos, spacing errors, improper punctuation, paragraph repetitions, etc
  2. The story somehow did not keep me on my toes throughout but is definitely a suspenseful thriller.
  3. I wanted to see more of future related assumptions portrayed in the lines of the 2250 based narrative which I did not find much except the security measures of SEUSA and space research advancements.

Final Verdict:

I would rate it a 3.5/5, keeping aside the editing mistakes. I loved the casual language used in the excerpts that makes the reader familiarize with the intentions, gestures and personalities of the characters. 
Some characters will confuse you about their true sides which are revealed later which is a positive point and contributes in making it a page turner.
All in all it’s an entertaining piece and will keep your eyes interested and glued for the most part of it.
 

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Thursday, 16 November 2017

Shredded Broccoli Coleslaw Recipe

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Honestly, my favourite part in every dish is the slaw or coleslaw, which goes along with almost everything be it burger, sandwich, chips, fries and what not!

Shredded broccoli coleslaw is a new revision of conventional coleslaw, where we will use shredded broccoli in place of cabbage. As broccoli is very good source of vitamins, fibre and minerals such as zinc, protein and iron. Also it has omega-3 fats which are the healthy fats. 
So, for all the health concerned people, broccoli is a great choice. Another great twist that I have added into this dish is that instead of mayonnaise, which is full of fats and calories, we’ll be using low fat curd. Thus, making a low calorie coleslaw for all the fitness conscious people.

See the below mentioned information to know how to prepare this extravagantly flavourful snack.

Servings- 1
Preparation time- 5 minutes

Ingredients:

1 small head broccoli  - Shredded
2 small carrots - Shredded or sliced
1 small onion - Finely chopped
1 small capsicum - Finely chopped
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp vinegar
Salt to taste
1/2 tsp ground pepper
1 small cup low fat curd

Method:
  1. Add all the ingredients into a mixing bowl and stir the mixture thoroughly.
  2. Spread it over chips or use as a dip or simply have it as a salad and you’re good to go!




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Winners will get some amazing prizes like getting featured in Femina which is a leading women’s magazine and shopping vouchers. Do check out their website mentioned above to know more.
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Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Aloo Methi Recipe in a Layman's Style

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With advanced technologies and developments, the pace of our lives has reached a whole new level where nearly every thing can be done with a simple touch on brilliant electronic devices. But with this increased pace, what else has increased is the lack of attention towards our body and the carelessness in our eating habits.

A wholesome nutrition is certainly very essential for our body and an ideal diet must be balanced with all the sufficient minerals and vitamins. But are we actually having a balanced diet?
I think we all know the answer.

People like me who have a 9-5 job are in such a hurry that we grab almost anything that we find just to hush our starving stomachs. We’re never bothered about cooking ourselves some good nutritional food as we’re too lazy to do that.
Many friends of mine complain of having a series of health issues from having fatigue to headaches and stomach aches. These symptoms are caused due to the lack of nutrients in are diet, one of those which is evidently prominent is undoubtedly iron. Iron plays a very crucial role in proper growth and development of human body. Moreover, it helps in the production hemoglobin and red blood cells. So, it is a must to include good amounts of iron in our daily diet.

Lately, I have got really concerned about my health after hearing to symptoms of various illnesses that people are suffering in my surroundings. So I decided to improve my eating habits by making and opting a list of healthy options and by chucking out unhealthy options from my diet.

My mother has always pointed to me, a few things that are very healthy to eat like cinnamon, garlic, ginger, onion and methi which may not taste very good but they do complement other eatables and on the top of that have great health benefits.
Which reminds me that I am a great fan of aloo methi which is a dish prepared by potatoes and fenugreek leaves.
Fenugreek leaves are not only flavorsome but also have some amazing health benefiting characteristics. Especially being a great source of iron, it serves as a supplement when added to any dish.

So yesterday, I finally decided to cook one of my favorites, Aloo methi with all the above mentioned ingredients and that too in my very own layman's style!

Follow the steps and ingredients mentioned below to know how I prepared it.

Ingredients Used:
  • 1 small bowl chopped potato
  • 1/2 small bowl chopped onions
  • 1 small bowl methi
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic
  • 1/4 small sized grated ginger
  • Salt as per taste
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp olive oil

Steps that I followed while cooking this savoury dish:
  1. Pluck out a bunch of fenugreek leaves into the bowl and wash is properly.
  2. Put the leaves into an empty pan for sauté and cover it with lid for 10 minutes.
  3. Now in a separate pan add a tsp full of Olive oil and after oil gets heated add ginger, garlic and cinnamon into it.
  4. Add chopped potatoes and onions along with the mixture prepared above into the sautéed leaves and stir well.
  5. Add salt, pepper and turmeric powder into the pan and cover with lid for another 15 minutes on slow flame after stirring properly.
  6. Turn off the flame and serve it hot with chapatis and curd and you’re good to go
 
 
 
 

That’s not all, I want to share another great thing with all my lovely readers that Livogen is running a great contest for you all in which you have to submit a unique iron rich recipe and prove them that you’re the real iron chef. By doing this you would stand a chance to win vouchers and get featured in the leading women’s magazine, Femina. If you’re interested or want to know more about Iron Chef contest, do check out this link- http://www.livogen.in/iron-chef.

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Saturday, 11 November 2017

Brown Rice Pulao~ A Healthier Version

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Every foodie like me, loves to eat all kinds of foods but many a times this leads to certain health conditions in people due to their wrong choice of food. This is one of the main reasons why conditions like iron deficiency is so common among people. Shockingly 53% of women suffer from it which is unbelievably alarming.

Iron is undoubtedly an essential nutrient for our body and lack of which could lead to a whole bunch of problems, few of which are extreme hair-fall, headaches and blood deficiency.

There are variety of foods that offer great nutritional benefits and highly rich in iron. If you choose wisely, you can definitely improve the amounts of iron intake in your body and eventually lead to a healthy living. 

With an initiative of promoting iron rich diet, Livogen, which is the number 1 Iron supplement, is running an iron rich recipe making contest for everyone. If you too have an Iron rich recipe that can standout among others, you should definitely take part in the Iron Chef contest. By doing this, you stand a chance to get featured in Femina, the leading women’s magazine, as a Celeb Chef. 
And that’s not all, Top 3 will also win vouchers worth Rs. 20,000 and the next 7 will win vouchers worth Rs. 5,000.
To know more, do check out their website- http://www.livogen.in/iron-chef 

One of the greatly known iron rich foods is the whole grain brown rice, which is far healthier than white rice and tastes equally good. Being a food lover, I have always significantly been a fan of vegetable pulao. But nutrition level of white rice isn’t very much appreciated, so I always had to control my cravings for pulao until I tried my customized vegetable pulao recipe made with none other than brown rice. 
  

Ingredients:

1. Main ingredients:
  • 3/4 glass brown rice 
  • 2 small sized carrots (chopped)
  • 1 small bowl peas
  • 2  medium sized onions (chopped)
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 glasses of water (Nearly 2.5 times brown rice)
2. Spices:
  • 1 tsp jeera (Cumin seeds)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1/2 tsp Dhaniya Powder
  • 2 green chilies (chopped)
  • 1/4 tsp Red chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp Black pepper powder
  • Salt to taste
3. For Garnishing: 
  • 1 small bowl grated paneer
  • Fresh coriander leaves (10-15)

Method:
  • Soak the brown rice in water for one hour
  • Take a pressure cooker and put 1 tsp of oil into it.
  • After few minutes when oil gets heated up, put cumin seeds, green chilies and cinnamon powder into it and sauté for 3-4 minutes.
  • Now, add chopped onions and let it cook for 5 minutes.
  • Add salt and spices into the cooker.
  • Now add carrots and peas and mix well.
  • Add 2 glasses of water into it and wait for the water to boil.
  • Add brown rice into the cooker and close the lid tightly.
  • Cook until two whistles are released on high flame and then turn off the burner and keep in steam for another 5-6 minutes
  • Garnish the bowl of pulao with grated paneer and coriander leaves.
  • Serve hot pulao with curd or coconut chutney.
A healthier treat for your taste buds

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Healhy Oats Idli- To Deal With "Those" 7 Days

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Isn’t it an irony that even after so many iron rich sources, iron deficiency is so common among people especially women who in fact require it more than men to handle all the stress and pressure involved in their hard living. Iron deficiency further tends to cause many health related problems such as anaemia, headaches, dizziness, restlessness and hair loss to name a few.

It takes a lot to be a woman as it involves going through mental and physical pain every month during the menstruation cycle and to cope up with those days, one must be fully prepared by involving iron rich foods in their daily diet.

Usually, healthy and tasty rarely cross each other’s paths. What’s healthy isn’t really tasty and the other way round is true as well. Luckily, my mother cooks this very delicious recipe of hers which is also very healthy for it has iron and protein richness which always helps me to deal with “those” seven days.

This reminds me that Livogen (The number 1 Iron Supplement) is running an iron rich recipe making contest for all of you. So if you have a unique and interesting Iron rich recipe, do participate in the Iron Chef contest and you will stand a chance to get featured in Femina, the leading women’s magazine, as a Celeb Chef. 
And the best part is, Top 3 will also win vouchers worth Rs. 20,000 and the next 7 will win vouchers worth Rs. 5,000. So roll up your sleeves and submit amazing recipes.
For more information check out http://www.livogen.in/iron-chef.

Here’s the recipe of healthy Oats Idli, and why is it healthy?
It’s because the hero of this recipe is as the name suggests, Oats. Oats are incredibly nutritious and iron rich too. A cup of oats contains 20% of daily recommended dietary allowance for Iron. Can you believe it?
This recipe also involves the benefits of peas and French beans which are also rich in minerals such as zinc, protein, magnesium and iron. Again an iron booster goodness.

A blend of taste and health
Enjoy this great recipe with goodness of iron enriched into it.

Main Ingredients:
  • 1 Large bowl of Oats
  • 1 Small bowl of Rawa/Suji ( Half times oats)
  • 1 Small bowl of curd
  • 1 Small bowl of chopped French beans
  • 1 Small bowl of peas

Basic Ingredients:
  • Salt as per taste
  • 1/2 tsp Red Chili Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper Powder
  • 1 tsp of any vegetable oil
  • A glass of water

Magic Ingredients:
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • A pinch of Eno1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1/4 tsp Cinnamon
  • 5-6 Curry leaves
  • Few grated ginger

Method:

1. Batter:
  • Grind the bowl of oats to make it in powdered form.
  • Take an empty bowl and put ground oats, curd and rawa into it.
  • Add a pinch of salt and pepper into it.
  • Mix everything well while gradually adding small quantities of water into it until the consistency of batter becomes smooth but sufficiently thick.
  • Cover the batter and set it to settle for 10-15 minutes.

2. Veggies:
  • Put a tsp of olive oil into a pan.
  • Add mustard seeds, grated ginger, curry leaves and cinnamon into the pan and sauté it for 2-3 minutes
  • Now, add peas and French beans and roast them for 5-10 minutes after adding remaining salt and spices.

3. Idli Preparation:
  • Add the veggies into the batter and mix them well.
  • Add a tsp of baking powder and a pinch of Eno into the batter.
  • Take the Idli stand and grease the base of Idli plates with oil.
  • Pour the batter into the Idli plates.
  • Add a cup of water into the steamer such that water should not touch the base of Idli stand.
  • Put the I dli stand into the steamer and cover the steamer with lid.
  • Keep the flame of stove to low level and let it cook for 8-10 minutes.
  • Serve it hot with tomato ketchup or mint sauce.

Serve with your favorite chutnery!

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Saturday, 4 November 2017

Five Experiences Of Every Small Towner

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I don't know about you but I am very certain about the fact that one's personality is strongly based on their hometown, the place where they're born and brought up. If you belong to a small town (like I do), you'd definitely relate to undermentioned incidents. (Even if you don't, nodding along would be appreciated. Thank You!)

View outside my home- Just to create the feel of a Small town 

1. Freaked out with excitement on visiting shopping malls for first time.
I still remember the time when I visited Chandigarh for the first time, that was about 10 years ago or so. And it had only one shopping mall running at that time. I was totally awestruck on visiting that mall for the first time. Taking escalators, eating at Mc Donalds, buying gummy candies, watching movie in a multiplex cinema and playing claw machine games and air hockey were like the first timers for me who had only visited street shops or shopping marts until then. It was like an uber paradise for me, I felt like I'm living a dream. Few hours weren't enough for me to explore the entire place and I acted like a total maniac while constantly chanting "Oh My God! Oh My God!" to be very honest.

2. Took time to digest that it is OK for anyone to smoke a cigarette, go on a night out, openly discuss about their periods or be in a love or live in relationship as long as it is solely their choice.
C'mon, don't judge me. I had always been taught since my childhood that all of these things were sinful, these were just supposed to be shown in the movies and weren't practiced by a common man like us which indeed wasn't quite the truth. It was when I got exposed to the people of a progressive city, that I realized that everyone has a right to do whatever they want to and that does not define them or make any statement about their personality. I gradually realized that no one is worthy of judging anyone else other than theirselves. 

3. Faced lack of opportunities
I know many people will not agree with this saying that talent and hardwork always pays, which is true but another true fact is that it requires much more patience and efforts for a small towner to rise than the one living in a metro city. Standards of living, surroundings, opportunities, unconventional thinking, acceptance and appreciation of extraordinary skills, all these things depend on the place where you live. For eg, If you want to get professionally trained in western music, you can not do that while staying in a place like, say Patiala(No offense). You have to go to a place like Delhi, Bangalore or Mumbai to get a professional training for such skills. I think it's very important to remove these drawbacks from small cities by introducing or bringing such opportunities in these cities as well. Because I would never want anyone to miss their chances of becoming successful because of the shortcomings of their hometown.

4. Felt leftout in a room of high maintenance people
I guess all the Punjabis will empathize with me on this. We're prone to eat recklessly without giving any damn to the "unhealthy" consequences, but apparently people in the advanced cities are very much conscious about their health. I had never heard of gluten-free diet or keto diet or perhaps any kind of diet before I came to Chandigarh. I thought eating roti(Indian Bread) is the healthiest habit of mine, which indeed has lots of carbs and gluten and isn't much preferred here by many high toned people. Foods like brown rice, broccoli, quinoa, flax seeds, chia seeds were like invisible for me few years back when I lived at home and presently I am actually relying on them for my health(in the wake of living in an advanced city). Only I know how much I crave for that "roti sbji" that my mother cooks back at home.

5. Tried to immitate sophisticated living but failed.
Once again, don't judge. But as a small towner, you always have an inferiority complex when you visit a new place with people having a modern lifestyle so as a defensive move you always try to adopt their lifestyles to fit into their group. I have also many a times tried living a sophisticated life, here in Chandigarh. By switching from "Sony Xperia" to "Apple", from "Lux" to "Park Avenue", from "Laughing out loudest" to "Just Smiling", from "Being a potato" to "Going to gym", from.. Ahh.. but I couldn't because.. mai hu aadat se majboor. :D

If you've also had any of such encounters then high five, if you haven't then.. nevermind!
That's all for today peeps. Have a nice day.

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