Milk Powder Cake

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I have been visiting the Brahmakumari center near my house everyday for the last 5 months. The sisters at the center are powerful enough to uplift anyone’s personality and bring out the qualities latent within. Sister Shilpa has been a person I could easily connect with. I will need to write another blog post to describe her influence on my life.  Continue reading

Paperboat Beverages

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[Please note : This is not a paid review. The views in this post are completely my own.]

I always love to receive packages from the unknown. More often than not, it’s my husband shopping online. This time the package was heavy and seemed from someone else. I wondered what it was. As I signed the receipt note I noticed a line at the end of the carton which said – “Aam panna, Kala khatta, jal jeera, aam ras” That’s when I remembered that a few weeks ago I had consented to sample some paperboat beverages and provide my review. It was a delight to receive these refreshing juices bottled in paper-like bottles. Here is my review :

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Pancharatni Dal

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This dish, made from different kinds of lentils, has become an absolute hit at my place. More so, with my guests who try to guess which dal they are eating. Actually, it’s a little hard to guess when there are so many different types of them in there, cooked slowly till they release their flavors. The reason why I like this dish is that it is a welcome change from the stereo-type rajma/ chole gravies we prepare on special occasions. Its also comparatively nutritious and gives a unique, creamy taste. Continue reading

Sweet & Tangy Ribbon Salad

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Here is a salad that was created on the run. I once saw a recipe show in which I really liked the way the chef was quickly carving out ribbons out of cucumber and radish. It’s basically the same way you use a peeler to remove the outer peel. Just that in this case you continue to peel even after the cover is gone, resulting in ribbon-like strands of the vegetable. The salad finally has an interesting body. It looks like spaghetti or some kind of seaweed. On close observation, however, you can discover what it really is. Continue reading

Its a Mad Ad world – I

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I have always wondered what it is with Ads. How hard people try to sell stuff in their crunched few seconds of time. There are some of these ads which I really look out for, just so I can laugh without any reason. The madness has caught on with my kids, who also join the fun when our favorite ads are on air.

For instance, there is this kitchen Gel ad which has been on for a few months now. A guy washes the dishes to surprise his wife. She walks in, examines the job and says that he should have used a different kitchen gel for better results. To prove this, she points an unknown device at the kitchen sink and Lo! Germs are on display!! What is this device anyway? I have noticed it being pointed at people, their teeth, floors of homes, kitchen sinks and just about anything, for an immediate display of some wriggly worm-like things which disappear on a swipe of the product. Coming back to the Ad, the wife is wearing a white coat indicating that she is a doctor (that is true in case of all Ads, the person in a white coat is a doctor unless stated otherwise). She advises her husband on what to use next time he washes dishes so that the wriggly worms on her device could disappear. Continue reading

Kalakand Cake – a Post Diwali treat

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After Diwali I am almost always left with some sweets chilling in my fridge. Post the sugar over-dose that happens during festivities almost no one touches sweets in my house. I dont feel like throwing them away either so this time I decided to convert my kalakand mithai (milk fudge) into cake. This recipe has been concocted on the run. You might want to increase the number of kalakand pieces as per your taste. I like a little less sweet in anything so I used only 3-4 pieces. Also, I did not add any sugar to the cake batter as we are anyway adding sweets to it. The cake turned out mildly sweet, quite spongy and held itself well together. I guess you could use other milk sweets too, just that you will eventually get the same flavor in the cake as in the sweet. Continue reading

When hunger strikes – my doodle recipe

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Here is the sandwich I invariably make when I face mid-night hunger pangs. Since I usually have boiled potatoes and paneer in my fridge this dish is easy to whisk. Moreover it is a filling, no-cook dish.

If you dont have paneer in your fridge you can add processed cheese although paneer is a healthier option. Mayonnaise adds the much required moisture to the otherwise dry sandwich.

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Beware! I nearly choked on this

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Here is a commonly available, seemingly harmless bottle used to store water. I have noticed its popularity in my friends and family circle. It has a dispenser made of thin plastic which can become quite brittle over time. This is one point I failed to notice when I bought it.

Yesterday was one such day when I learnt this the hard way. It was around 2 pm. Post-lunch, I reached out for my water bottle and drank some water out of it (directly) and LO! The next thing I know, I have a sharp plastic piece wedged in my throat. For a second, I didnt know how far down it had gone. I tried to bring it out but in vain. Continue reading

Apple Sauce

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(Excerpt from the book 60 Great Baby Food Recipes available on flipkart. A collection of 60 handpicked, Indian Baby food recipes for the age group of 6-24 months.)

Apple sauce or Applesauce is a puree made of apples. It contains pectin which tends to make stools firm. Hence it’s effective in reducing loose motions. Apple once chopped starts turning brown in contact with air. To delay browning you can soak the pieces in some water (actually, lime water is more effective but we don’t want to make the apples sour for the baby). Continue reading

60 great Baby Food Recipes – paperback edition is out!

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It was a fight to the finish but we’ve done it! The paperback edition of the book “60 great baby food recipes” is ready. The first set of copies arrived on Saturday right when my little one was cutting her 3rd birthday cake. It was a delight to open the package and pick one of these out. It was like a dream come true.

I actually want to write a blog post on how to print a book. I tried to get involved in the process at every step. It was an excellent learning experience for me and I enjoyed every bit of it.

To tell you a little bit about the book, it contains 60 nutritious Indian recipes for a baby between the age of 6 – 24 months. The recipes are categorized based on the baby’s age and are perfect for a mother who is introducing solids to her baby or struggling with a fussy eater. All recipes have been reviewed by a pediatrician and a nutritionist to ensure accuracy in the information provided. Please pass on this message to your friends with little babies. If you have gone past that stage, you can consider gifting it to the mother of a newly born.

No dream can materialize without a committed team. A big thanks to my husband, my mom, the graphic designers and technicians at the printer’s office for working overtime to help me achieve the goal I had set for myself. Also, thanks to blogger friends like Srivalli and Ruth DSouza who have helped me reach out to people and spread awareness on the book.

The book is now available on flipkart. Please pass on the message to moms with babies in the age group of 6-24 months.

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