India

Heart wrenched when I saw a comment in a vlog of India “I will never come to this filthy country”.

With this comment in mind, I was gazing the road from my window. The cool breeze pushed me back, enjoying the cool wind I heard the giggling. Kids in a group were laughing, chatting and eating prasad (food shared with devotees). They must be coming from the Ganesha stall, I thought.

Today is Ganesh Chaturthi, the festival celebrates the New Beginnings and the Remover of Obstacles. I also thought of bringing Ganesha into my home. My sister advised, “Keep Ganesha as a guest and take care of him as a family member”.

I made sweet for the new guest, cleaned the temple and placed him with love and wrapped him with flowers.IMG-20180913-WA0001

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I am not a true Monotheist, I believe in karma. But this made me happy.

Today in every lane, there is a Ganesha kept. Isn’t he beautiful 🙂IMG-20180913-WA0014

Everyone who visits the Ganesha stall is offered prasad. It’s enough for a one time meal.IMG-20180913-WA0016

To understand India, one need to understand its culture. “Perception kills the reality”

 

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Having enough protein? Egg recipe (AGAIN)

With only 4 eggs left in the tray, I started counting on how many eggs we ate this week (since last Saturday). TOTAL came at 67 😉

Having 8 eggs daily, I thought at least my protein intake of the day is enough.

With 4 eggs left and being Friday evening, I thought of making an easy dish.

Egg Paratha with tomato chutney 

Ingredients for Egg Paratha

  1. Egg (4)
  2. Whole wheat + Corn Flour dough (2:1)
  3. Onion (Chopped)
  4. Cilantro (optional)
  5. Green Chilly (optional)
  6. Ghee/Butter/Oil

Steps

  1. Whisk egg and put chopped onion, cilantro, chilly in the same bowl. Mix well.
  2. Make chapati from the dough prepared (make it thin)
  3. Cook both sides of chapati
  4. Put the egg mixture slowly and spread it evenly in the chapati
  5. Roll the chapati sides
  6. Apply ghee/butter/oil as per your taste buds
  7. Serve hot with tomato chutney or sauce

Not so dessert

Eyes wide open, mind convincing the body it’s too tough to wake up & head to the gym. After struggling for a few minutes, in half laziness, I got ready, locked the door & started walking to the gym.

With multiple thoughts striking my mind, I started warming up. As I completed my warm up, I went to the strength training floor. As usual, there were new faces and NO WOMEN.

With corner sight, it felt like people are staring at me (maybe its all in my mind, I thought). With discomfort, thoughts started striking my mind again “Is my tights see through”, “Is my vagina shape visible”, “Is my form correct”. Finally, a thought of “not giving a fuck” suppressed all other thoughts.

With body trying to make mind to muscle connection, the trainer looked at me and with hand expression asked me to pull out my earphones.Untitled design

With confidence, he asked me with how much weight I do this exercise. Instantly, he only answered it (I nodded) and while he was comparing me to the other person (New face). The person responded, “She is too fit than me”. I did not know how to respond.

If for many years in your life you have been an over-weighed person, the image of you being fat will be saved in your sub-conscious mind. If someone says you are fit, generally it will not make you happy 🙂

 

 

 

 

Paneer Sandwich in 10 Mins

With grocery for the week not yet delivered, there were basic food items present in the fridge. I pulled out carrot, paneer & whole wheat bread and made paneer sandwich to kick-start the Saturday morning.

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  1. Paneer (100 gm)
  2. Whole wheat bread (8 slices)
  3. Carrot (1)
  4. Ghee/Butter (2 small teaspoons)
  5. Onion (1)
  6. Green Chilly (2)
  7. Chat masala/salt (as per taste)

Cooking Direction

  1. Chop the onion into small pieces.
  2. Grate the carrot and paneer.
  3. Chop the green chilly into small pieces.
  4. Mix the chopped onion, green chilly, carrot, and paneer in a bowl. Sprinkle chat masala and salt as per taste and mix well.
  5. Spread ghee on the bread slices.
  6. Place the mixture on bread and spread it evenly.
  7. Preheat the sandwich maker and place the sandwich.
  8. Serve it with chutney/sauce/tea/coffee.

As my husband took the first bite, I gazed at him. Without knowing I am waiting for his appreciation, he said, It’s really tasty, I like it.

“I smiled in appreciation” 🙂

Moong dal egg dosa

On Friday evening as the office work ends, we wanted to leave the week chaos behind and sit with a good company and have something good and tasty to eat.

What if this moment can be made a lot more peaceful with a healthy choice!! 

This dosa is full of macronutrient (protein) which will fulfill your protein intake of the day.

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  • 1 cup moong dal (soaked for at least 4 hours)
  • 1/2 cup urad dal (soaked for at least 4 hours)
  • 1/4 cup rice (soaked for at least 2 hours)
  • Fenugreek seeds (1 small tablespoon)
  • Curry leaves (10-12)
  • Green Chilly (1-2)
  • Ghee (2 tablespoons)
  • Salt + Chat masala (as per taste)
  • Egg (2 egg white + 2 whole egg)

Cooking Direction

  1. Wash and soak moong dal, urad dal, rice, fenugreek seeds in a bowl.
  2. Drain the water and grind everything in a grinder. Put curry leaves and green chilly and little water as well in the grinder.
  3. Whisk the eggs and keep aside.
  4. Put salt & chat masala in the mixture.
  5. Heat the pan and spread the batter slowly into the pan. Make sure the pan is not too hot, else the batter will stick quickly and you will not be able to spread it properly.
  6. Sprinkle little ghee and put whisked egg slowly on top of the dosa.
  7. Spread it evenly.
  8. Once the dosa edges leave the pan, flip it to another side.
  9. Serve it with chutney/tomato sauce/mustard sauce.