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3 Healthy hacks for everyday cooking

Cauliflower-potato curry, chapati, basmati rice & cucumber saladโค

Wanted to try a different style of cooking cauliflower other than the usual saute style. More towards the gravy side that can be enjoyed with just about anything, roti, chapati, paratha, or rice. And this came out just as like that. Though a bit time taking prep & has a considerably higher portion of (mustard) oil & ghee than in most of my other recipes.

Nonetheless, totally worth it esp as a brunch on a Sunday (when all you want to do is just relax & let go!)๐Ÿ˜…

Ok, have been on my two feet since the morning and now is the bit where I’m off to chill a bit and also maybe doze off a little๐Ÿ˜›๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ™ˆ

But before I do that here’s some healthy cooking hacks I want to share that I’m trying to keep (yes, literally keep) in my cooking & think you can too:

๐Ÿ’š Cook veggies without removing their skin. Do you know that the max nutrients of veggie are in its skin? So as much as possible we should try to avoid peeling it off before cooking or even in salads (as you’ll see I too didn’t remove it).

๐Ÿ’š Another thing is about cleaning veggies like cauliflower & broccoli. We often put it in boiling water and let it boil for some time. I too used to do this until I learned that doing this can significantly take down the nutritional value of the veggie. Instead, you can put the pieces on a plate-shaped strainer, put it over boiling water & leave it for 1-2 mins. Or, simply put it in boiling water just for about a min and take it out.

๐Ÿ’š Ok last one, boil potatoes before frying/ sautee if your recipe needs them to be fried. This will reduce the amount of oil & time needed for it to cook AND is a much healthier option than deep frying or frying it for a long time to cook.

Ok, bye๐Ÿ‘‹

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Egg Curry Indian Style

Egg-curry with basmati rice, nom-nom๐Ÿ‘Œ ok, so usually I’m someone who loves plant based recipes but today I wanted (and quite frankly had to since couldn’t find any veggies left in fridge๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ˜›) to make a spicy egg-curry and have it with rice๐Ÿคค

tasted sooooo good!

and the prep also fairly simple (mind you simple, not easy๐Ÿ˜ฌ). here goes:
– fry two boiled eggs in mustard oil
– fry a paste of onion, ginger, garlic, green chillies in mustard oil or any oil of your choice until you sense that it won’t taste raw (don’t forget to crackle cumin seeds before pouring the paste in it, also can add badi ilaichi, dalchini and laung but that’s totally optional)
– then add red chilli, turmeric and coriander powder to the mix and cook for another 1-2 mins
– next add tomato puree to rhe mix and cook for about 2-3 mins
– followed by salt and garam masala and another 2 mins
– lastly put in the 2 fried boiled eggs into it and give it a last 1 min boil

voila! serve it with rice and dive right-in ๐Ÿ˜

**all ingredients and dry spices based in the flavours& the strength in which you want to taste them!

see you๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

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Run the right way ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ’ช

But what can be the right/ wrong way to run? You just got to tye your lace and start running right?

i thought the same until i realized what can be the repercussions of not doing it right

when i became cautious about my way, i felt a massive difference b/w before & after

and so i thought why not share it with you, maybe someone who’s just starting out might benefit from it

but first here are some don’ts:

โŒ running equals a struggle fest ๐Ÿ™ˆ have observed that sometimes ppl are struggling to breathe or trying too hard. i appreciate their resilience but honestly, running doesn’t or shouldn’t be a struggle or pain (at least not the majority of your runs)

โŒ running with the whole foot touching the ground at once & then raising the next one. have to admit, i used to run like this in the beginning. it’s not right & creates unnecessary jerks on your knees & brain

โŒ running with mouth open ie. breathing with the mouth ๐Ÿ™ˆ it’s something I have to be cautious about tbh

So then what is the right way to run?

โœ” run stress-free & by that i mean both mental & physical stress. loosen up your body, relax those muscles & let go of any tension you’re holding in your muscles

โœ” run relax. drop-down your shoulders, let your arms gently flow back&forth as you run calm & relaxed

โœ” find your pace & run easy. seriously, don’t try too hard. most of your runs should feel easy & not a struggle

โœ” toes first, then foot. let the toes touch the ground first followed by the foot. this helps spread the reactive impact from the ground spread evenly thus minimizing the jerk impact on the knees๐Ÿฆต and brain๐Ÿง 

โœ” run with your mouth closed, that’s a no brainer๐Ÿ˜ฌ

โœ” lastly & most importantly, stay in control of your breathing. find a pace at which you can breathe easy, smile a bit & still run. it all starts with your breath ๐Ÿ˜Šโœจ

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Simply curry when in a hurry!

My lunch ๐Ÿฝ๏ธ on a heavy-duty day when I still wanna have something healthy & homemade๐Ÿ’šโœจ

Ridge gourd curry with steamed rice.

Gourd curry is one of the most simple veggie curry imaginable and hardly takes 20 mins to prep right from chopping the veggies to putting it on the plate.

Here’s how I cook it:

Crackling some cumin seeds in 2 tbsp hot mustard oil, adding 2medium-sized chopped onions to it, and sauteed until golden brown (omg, can’t believe I said it๐Ÿ˜ฌ, quite a chef vibe there๐Ÿ˜›๐Ÿ’ช). Next, add 2 medium-sized copped/slit green chilies and the dry spices of choice. Mine as always, red chili powder, coriander powder & turmeric powder (based on taste, though I mostly put 1 teaspoon of each) and let it get soaked in with frying onions for 1 min. Then add chopped gourd to the mix and stir well to get everything together and cover it with lif. Put it on simmer for 2-3 mins and keep checking in b/w and repeat until you see them soft. Lastly, add 1 big chopped tomato to the mix cook everything until all ingredients start looking sufficiently soft & cooked.

And that’s it! Eat it with steamed rice or with chapati, it tastes great anyway๐Ÿคค๐Ÿ‘Œ

Nutritional value: Gourd is an amazing antioxidant, rich in dietary fiber, Vit A, Vit B6, Iron.

It’s great for:
๐Ÿ’š managing blood sugar levels, pretty awesome for diabetics esp
๐Ÿ’š maintaining good eyesight
๐Ÿ’š boosts vitality and energy (as rich in iron so helps in overcoming fatigue & anemia)
๐Ÿ’š facilitating weight loss
๐Ÿ’š relieving constipation

Ok, back to work. You might not believe it but I got a lot on my ๐Ÿฝ๏ธ to finish before EOD๐Ÿ˜›๐Ÿ˜œ

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Sweet corn/ cheese sandwich ๐Ÿฅช

In breakfast today๐Ÿ‘…๐Ÿ˜‹

Ok, I’d this pack of sweet corn in my fridge and unlike making the usual masala corn with it, this time I wanted to do something different.

So, looked up some recipes and came across this simple and super delish one!๐Ÿคค

Nothing major actually, simply lower the quantity of ๐ŸŒฐ/๐Ÿ…/capsicum & add a good quantity of sweet corn, rest remains the same

i.e. mayonnaise (my fav is garlic mayonnaise), some chili flakes, herbs/ oregano and/or any other flavors you enjoy + cheese slices๐Ÿง€

Now you already know the rest so won’t repeat๐Ÿ˜

&

That
is
it.

Enjoy it with a strong cup of coffee to get the best kick to start your day ๐Ÿ˜ด๐Ÿฅชโ˜•๐Ÿคœ๐Ÿคฏ๐Ÿคญ

Not boasting, but that easily makes into my list of one of the tastiest sandwiches I ever had๐Ÿ‘„๐Ÿ‘Œ

350 CALS (for 2 triangle-sized sandwiches you can see in the pics)