Health & Wellness, Health Writing, Nutrition

Masala Eggplant and Potato!

New recipe on my plate! Stuffed masala eggplant (भरुआ बैगन)+ Dal tadka, steamed rice, chutney, cucumber salad & papad❤ Huh! Dream lunch😍🤗

Recipe for stuffed eggplant (for 3-4 people):
– In a plate, add 2 tsp fennel powder, 1 tsp turmeric powder, 1 tsp coriander powder, 2 tsp red chilli powder, 1 tsp dry mango powder, 1/2 inch grated ginger, drizzle a little bit of mustard oil and mix well. And your filling is ready!
– Next, take 4 small-sized eggplants and put 2 slits in them at 90 degrees & stuff the filling in it and pack it all together tightly.
– To any stuffing that’s left, add 1-2 long sliced half-boiled potatoes & mix them well
– Now in a flat pan that has some depth add 3-4 tsp mustard oil, when it turns hot crackle some cumin seeds into it, some carom seeds and a little asafoetida. Now in this pan, place the stuffed eggplants and boiled potatoes mixed and leave it to cook on low flame for 5 mins. Don’t forget to cover it.
– After 5 mins, open the cover to check it and turn the eggplants to have the less cooked area in touch with the pan surface. And little bit shuffle the potatoes too. Again cover the pan and let it cook for another 5 mins.
– Now for the last time check if the eggplant is cooked, if not repeat the above process and cook it for 3 mins more.

That’s it! Yummy masala stuffed eggplant is ready to enjoy with rice, paratha, chapati or any other bread of your choice ❤✨

Health & Wellness, Health Writing, Nutrition

Uttpam Chilla, A Yummy South Indian Pancake

Uttapam Chilla, one of my fav healthy, quick & simple breakfast/snack!

RECIPE, simple as heck (for 2 chillas):

– Take a medium-sized bowl & add one cup of Semolina (Suji), a cup of curd & salt to taste & give it a good mix
– Then add some finely chopped capsicum, onion, tomato & 1 green chilli to the mix, again mix it well and let it sit for 30 mins
– After 30 mins, take a takda spoon (spatula with a small bowl at its head and warm 2 tsp of ghee in it on the stove, then crackle some mustard/fennel seeds & curry leaves (very carefully)
– Put this tadka mix into our previous mix and stir well
– Now simply make pancakes of this mix & enjoy with tea, coffee or any other beverage of your choice!🥰❤✨

Health & Wellness, Health Writing, Nutrition

Plain dal & steamed rice

Arhar daal, steamed rice & unripe mango/coriander/mint chutney. Keeping it simple lunch🥰❤

Recipe to make ARHAR DAL (Boiled Yellow split Pigeon peas curry):

– Boil Yellow split Pigeon peas, salt, 2-3 tomatoes roughly cut & 1 slit green chilli in a pressure cooker to soften. It takes 4-5 whistles to cook fully. For best results, soak it in water for 2-3 hours before boiling.
– Now warm 2 tsp ghee in another pan or extra-large sized spatula and crackled 1/2 tsp hing (asafoetida) and 1/2 tsp cumin seeds in it
– Place it carefully on the pressure cooked with the boiled peas & tomato es
– If you want you can add extra dry spices/ seasoning to suit your taste though I love to enjoy it simple only

Recipe to make UNRIPE MANGO/CORIANDER/ MINT CHUTNEY:
– In a medium-sized mixy jar put 10-12 garlic cloves, 25 gms roughly chopped coriander, 1 unripe mango roughly chopped, 15-20 gms of mint leaves, 1 fresh lemon squeezed, salt 1 tsp, 2-3 green chillies and mix it all up and tada! Chutney is ready 😁

Now enjoy a healthy, simple and very delicious dal, chutney with steamed rice. If you want, enjoy it with papad, salad and a little pickle on the side though tastes totally awesome just by itself too!!! Enjoy❤✨

Health & Wellness, Nutrition, Running

Growth in one area of life inspires growth in all areas of life.

Growth in one area of life inspires growth in all areas of life.

My pics above are proof of this as I lost nearly 8 Kgs over time through running.

The one on the left is me in late 2018.

Struggling in almost all areas of my life – health, career, relationship or finance.

Trying to bring it all together though with little progress.

Then through a lucky accident, a friend introduced me to running.

Seeing her run every morning inspired me to give it a try too!

The start was painful, to say the least, yet I didn’t give up.

It was a commitment I’d made with myself for my health & fitness. I had to live up to it.

Just kept reminding myself of this whenever I felt like taking a break or giving up completely and continued to show up anyway.

In 3 months time, something amazing started to happen.

People who saw me after a while started complimenting me that I’ve lost a lot.

This further motivated me to stay at it while I’d already started taking this newfound energy & confidence into other areas of my life.

The precious lessons that running taught me started to bleed into all areas of my life & started benefiting them.

Over time, I lost nearly 8 Kgs of excess body weight but more than that I gained:
– Immense self-confidence
– Endurance
– Self-awareness
– Self-love
– A source of strength
– A calmer, more relaxed state of mind
– A fresh perspective to look at things
– Ability to make myself feel good
– Better health overall
– Improved quality of life
– Happiness

…and so much more than maybe I can’t fully express in words.

It all started just by running with purpose.

This is why I believe we should never underestimate the power of little healthy shifts & habits.

Test, experiment & find one single healthy habit to do at least 4-5 days a week.

Even if it’s something as simple as 30 mins brisk walk every day (tbh, it’s great actually).

Get started & stick with it.

Make it your constant to keep coming back to no matter what.

In time, its results will surprise you, beyond the obvious health benefits.

And you’ll feel the shift in your energy & see how things start turning around for you✨

Health & Wellness, Self-care, Self-love

Nature, smell of wet soil, tea and me✨

The kind of days when your balcony becomes your home & a cup of ginger tea, your best friend.

The light water drizzles massage your foot resting one over the other on a small stool as you continue to work on the laptop sitting on your lap.

As the smell of the fresh wet soil mixed with sweet jasmine casts a spell on you, you relax your eyelids & get lost in a beautiful unknown land.

Days like these are like a vacation.

So important every once in a while to calm down, relax, breathe & get a fresh, clean, rain-washed view.

A much-needed shift in the vibe that leaves you with just one feeling & that is, feeling good❤✨