Monday, 18 September 2017

5 Steps to Manifest Anything in Life- Pri.

“Never let life impede on your ability to manifest your dreams. Dig deeper into your dreams and deeper into yourself and believe that anything is possible, and make it happen.” ~ Corin Nemec


Believe it or not, what we think and our beliefs directly influence the things that happen in our lives. In other words, we actually manifest our thoughts and dreams. Knowing yourself and the power you possess, would pave way for a stronger ability to live your dreams efficiently. Once your thoughts are clear, you trust yourself. And once you trust yourself, it will show in the actions you do, this will lead you to attain your goals. Humans, often under-estimate their powers to make possible the toughest of things on the planet. Everything is within you.
There are a few steps that could help you channelize your dreams into wonderful manifestations.

Clarity:


Be clear about what you want to manifest, have a clear vision without which it would be like chasing an illusion. Make a list if you want, or have a strong goal in mind that you want to reach. This step might seem very simple, but it can be as complicated as the other steps. Our minds are filled with thoughts, wishes, dreams and what not! Just sifting through it to get to the top priorities can be tiring, so take your time to understand yourself and know what you truly want right now. This calls for a lot of time with “Yourself”. 

“Clarity affords focus.” ~ Thomas Leonard


Thoughts/ Intend: 


Once you know what you want, you need to set your intention to achieve it. Think positive and trust your intention. Be firm and do not doubt your thoughts. Be ready to work hard to reach that goal. Some people use prayers as the tool to keep the intentions strong. Whatever is your way of keeping the thoughts alive, do it. 

“Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson



Action:


Setting goals and intentions is not enough, these are like merely setting stage for your grand play. The real work is yet to start. Like you cannot learn swimming without getting inside water, you cannot make your intentions come true without doing the needful work. If your goal is to achieve good grades in your course; study. If your goal is to travel around the world; start with travelling to the next State. If your goal is to become a better person, start working on your flaws/ weaknesses. Most importantly, enjoy every step you take.

“Your positive action combined with positive thinking results in success.” ~ Shiv Khera



Acceptance:


This is a very important step: self-analyze yourself and find where you are. Know where you are going right and wrong. Accept yourself with all the flaws and the ultimate point is, to be satisfied and happy with what you are doing. You might not be doing as well as you thought you would, or you might find obstacles along your path. This is the time you need to develop “Self-love” and embrace self-acceptance.

“I'm hard on myself, so I'm working on shifting perspective toward self-acceptance, with all my flaws and weaknesses.” ~ Gwyneth Paltrow


Trust:


Trust your thoughts and actions fully, believe that you will achieve your goal. Do not let any negativity linger in your mind at all. Be open to receiving any information, ideas and opinions: in short, be receptive. Do not resist. This is the phase where you have done all that you can and you are waiting for the Universe to work its magic! 

“All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust.” ~ J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan



Enjoy your fruits of hard work, feel accomplished for converting your dreams into manifestations. Radiate your inner joy and peace!

Friday, 25 August 2017

Quick And Serene Side Dishes For Breakfast - Aish


Mostly in our homes, we tend to think more in making side dishes that taste good, easy and quick along with our main course like Idli / Dosa / Roti. Cooking a gravy or any vegetable dish will take some of our precious time, so why not try for a simple “chutney”- a sauce in the cuisines of India.

Food, Southindian, Indian, Cuisine

In Kitchens, chutneys are with onion zest, peanut puree, tangy tomato, mint mix and Coconut touch. Let us have a look at all these tasty flavors of chutney that are serene, quick and yummy.
                        CHATAPATA CHUTNEYS                                 
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Relishing Recipes 10


CLASSIC COCONUT

Coconut, Coconuts, Exotic, Sweet

Ingredients:

1.       1 cup of grated coconut
2.       ½ cup of fried grams
3.       1 or 2 green chilies
4.       Salt to taste
5.       Pinch of Hing (Asafetida)

For Seasoning:

In a pan, heat a teaspoon of oil with few mustards. After the mustard splatters, add few cumin, urad dal (split black gram) and curry leaves and set aside.

Process:

Blend all the ingredients into a paste by adding the required water to it. Depending upon the taste, required amount of salt and spice could be augmented.

Take the paste in a bowl and add the seasoning on to it. A classic coconut chutney is ready to taste!!

Relishing Recipes 11 

·         ZESTY ONION

Onion, Slice, Knife, Food, Ingredient

Ingredients:

1.       2 or 3 Onions / 8 to 10 Onion shallots
2.       Small Tamarind pulp
3.       1 or 2 red chilies
4.       2 or 3 garlic cloves
5.       Pinch of salt and hing
6.       ½ teaspoon of Fenugreek seeds (optional)

For Seasoning:

In a pan, heat a teaspoon of oil with few mustards. After the mustard splatters, add few cumin, urad dal (split black gram) and curry leaves and set aside.

Process:

1.       Soak the tamarind pulp in water for few minutes.
2.       Dry roast the fenugreek seeds and keep aside the powder.
3.       Blend the onions, red chilies and garlic cloves with hing and salt and set the paste aside.
4.       In a pan, after adding the seasoning, heat the blended paste along with the extracted tamarind water from the pulp.
5.       Before turning down the stove add the fenugreek powder to the chutney.

Now ready to serve Onion Zest chutney on your meal!!

Relishing Recipes 12

·         TANGY TOMATO

Tomato, Cherry Tomato, Cut Tomato

Ingredients:

1.       2 or 3 Tomatoes
2.       2 teaspoons coriander seeds (dhaniya)
3.       Pinch of salt and hing
4.       2 or 3 red chilies

For seasoning:

In a pan, heat a teaspoon of oil with few mustards. After the mustard splatters, add few cumin, urad dal (split black gram) and curry leaves and set aside.

Process:

1.       In a pan dry roast coriander seeds and keep aside.
2.       Also dry roast the red chilies in a pan.
3.       Take the tomatoes and sautΓ© them dry as a whole in a pan till the tomatoes are roasted well.
4.       Blend the roasted tomatoes, red chilies and coriander seeds along with hing and salt to make it a paste.

Take the blended paste in a bowl and add the seasoning on to it. Voila! Simple tangy Chutney ready!!

Relishing Recipes 13

·         MINT MIX

Herb, Mint, Food

Ingredients:

1.       ½ bunch of Mint
2.       Small tamarind pulp
3.       Pinch of salt and hing
4.       2 or 3 garlic cloves
5.       1 teaspoon chana dal/Bengal gram
6.       ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
7.       2 or 3 green chilies

For seasoning:

In a pan, heat a teaspoon of oil with few mustards. After the mustard splatters, add few cumin, urad dal (split black gram) and curry leaves and set aside.

 Process:

1.       In a pan, heat oil and saute the garlic cloves along with the well washed mint leaves, the tamarind pulp, green chilies and Bengal gram.
2.       Blend the ingredients into a paste and keep them aside.

In a bowl add the blended paste and the seasoning together to make a perfect mint mix, yummy to relish!

Relishing Recipes 14

·         PEANUT PUREE

Peanut, Food, Nuts

Ingredients:

1.       1 cup unsalted peanuts
2.       2 or 3 red chilies
3.       Small tamarind pulp
4.       Pinch of salt and hing

For seasoning:

In a pan, heat a teaspoon of oil with few mustards. After the mustard splatters, add few cumin, urad dal (split black gram) and curry leaves and set aside.

Process:

1.       Soak the tamarind pulp in water and set aside.
2.       In a pan, dry roast the peanuts and red chilies and keep aside.
3.       Blend the roasted ingredients along with the salt and hing.
4.       SautΓ© the blended paste with the extracted tamarind water from the pulp.

In a bowl add the paste with the seasoning and serve the delicious peanut puree!!

These five varieties of tasty chutneys deliver the aroma, serenity and indeed prove as the timely side dishes for the elegant main courses.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

What's for Dinner? (Green Doesn't have to be Always Boring)- Pri

Yummy recipes Aish! Thanks for Sharing.

Today, I am sharing what we ate for dinner and the recipes. Healthy food can be interesting and tasty too. Here is the menu, with ingredients-list and the method of preparation;




Broccoli and Yam Creamy Soup:


Ingredients:


One head of Broccoli
One medium Yam
1 small Onion
1 Green Chili
Half a teaspoon of Cumin Seeds
Few Garlic cloves
A teaspoon of Butter
Salt and Pepper
Basil or other Herbs (optional)
2 cups of water.
Half a cup of milk.

Method:


1. In a pressure cooker, add butter. Once butter melts add cumin seeds, garlic, green chili, and onion. Saute well.

      2. Then add cut Broccoli and Yam. Mix well.

      3. Add salt, pepper and herbs.

      4.  Add water and close the cooker. Wait for a few whistles and switch of the stove.

      5. Once the pressure comes down, open the lid and blend the soup in a regular mixer or use a hand mixer.

      6. Add milk and bring the soup to boil. Adjust salt and serve hot.

Tips:


 * Add any vegetables of your choice.
      *  Add Barley or even lentils, for a healthier soup.




Mixed Dhal and Rice Adai


Ingredients:


1 cup of Rice
¼ cup of Urad Dhal (Black Gram)
¼ cup Toor Dhal (Pigeon Peas)
¼ cup of Channa Dhal (Split Bengal Gram)
¼ cup of split Green Moong Dhal (Green Gram) or yellow split moong Dhal
2 Green Chillies (Or Red Chillies)
One inch Ginger
Quarter teaspoon of Hing (Asafetida)
1 -2 tablespoons shredded Coconut (Optional)
Salt

Method:


1.  Wash rice and Dhals, and soak for at least two hours.


2. Grind along with the other ingredients into a thick course batter. (Grind into a thin smooth batter if you want to make Dosa-style Adai.


3. On a skillet pour batter as desired and cook with some oil. (Thick batter needs to be cooked on medium heat for longer time on both sides.)


 4. Add vegetable toppings if desired (Carrot, Onion, Capsicum…)

Tips:


* If you have less time then, grind the batter into a fine paste and make thin dosa style Adai.  It cooks very quickly unlike traditional Adai, where each Adai takes at least 5 minutes to  cook on a medium heat.
 If you want to save time grind vegetables like Carrot, Spinach and Beetroot along with the batter. Bonus- Kids won’t know they are eating veggies!

Coriander and Mint Chutney


Ingredients:

One cup of mint leaves
Some Coriander leaves
One small tomato
One onion
One Green Chili
One Red Chili
Small piece of Ginger
A Garlic Clove
1 teaspoon Urad dal
1 teaspoon of Channna Dal
Salt
A bit of Tamarind (Optional)

Method:


 1. On a skillet, heat a tablespoon of oil, sautΓ© the ingredients over medium heat.

      2. At the end, add the greens and switch off the heat.

      3. Allow the mixture to cool, add salt and grind into a fine paste.

      4. Transfer into an air tight container for storage.

Tips:


* Add tempering on the chutney to enhance the flavors. 
(Heat a teaspoon of oil, add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, whole red Chili, urad dal and Hing)
      * Squeeze a little bit of lemon/ Lime juice for a better taste.


Avocado Milk Shake


Ingredients:


One ripe Avocado
A cup of milk (Full fat or Skim)
Some water if using full fat milk
Sugar to taste

Method:

 1.  Cut, de-seed the Avocado and put the pulp in the mixer.

      2. Add milk, water and sugar.

      3. Grind into a smoothie.


Tips:


Use ripe Avocado for best taste.
* Replace sugar with Dates, Brown Sugar or Honey.

Hope you liked the recipes. Do let us know what you liked, and share your tips with us. Happy Cooking! 






Friday, 31 March 2017

Festive Relishes : UGADI (New Year Delicacies) - Aish

UGADI - New Year to all Indian people hailing from the southern states of Karnataka, Telengana and Andhra Pradesh. Ugadi is celebrated by welcoming the New Year with happiness, love and prosperity.


Image : Dreamstime

On this auspicious day, People tie Mango leaves [Aam ki pathiyaan in Hindi; Maa Ilai in Tamil ; Maavadi Aagu in Telugu] in front of their homes. Mango leaves are considered auspicious  as it symbolizes abundant growth and is a fertile crop.

People do poojas/prayers to God by offering Prasad - Fruits, Cooked rice with dal and "UGADI Pachadi" - a slurpy dish with varied ingredients exhibiting all the tastes together embarking our life's journey.

Image: Dreamstime

In most of the South Indian homes people eat the food served on the banana leaf as they -
^ are hygiene (a simple sprinkle of water cleanses the leaf),

^ act as an antioxidant by restoring the good cells in fighting diseases.

^ are large in size to fit the surplus South Indian meal.

^ are economy friendly and serve as food for animals like cows, goats etc.

^ are portable and easy to carry food for one's travel.

The taste of sweetness with Jaggery, sourness with mango, bitterness with neem, salt for neutrality, spiciness with pepper indicates our entire life chapter. 

These depict the necessities of such vital ingredients in one's food and life with a pinch of touch in each without any adequacy from either of them. A Smooth Life soothes our soul!

Relishing Recipe 7

How to Make Ugadi Pachadi


For Sweetness - Take a small amount of jaggery in warm water, stir it well until the jaggery dissolves completely. Then strain the water in a container.

For Sourness - Cut a part of a raw mango into tiny slices and add them to the container.

For Bitterness - Take few neem flowers and add them to the container.

For Neutrality - Add a pinch of salt. Salt reduces bitterness and brings out the flavors of other subtle ingredients. If a dish tastes flat or spicy or bitter, a little salt will help you get the right taste.

For Spice - Add a pinch of pepper powder instead of red chilly powder. Pepper not only gives less spice but it is good for our health too.

• After offering to God take up three tablespoons of this dish sharing with all your folks.

Many would add coconut too for more taste. But for a quick, healthy, simple and less time consuming this Ugadi Pachadi not only adds the flavor and taste but enhances to start up an enthusiatic New year with pompous and satisfaction.

Mostly people would prepare Puran poli and Vada on this auspicious day. To relish these mouthwatering dishes let us feast in Festive Relishes : Bhogi - Aish.

Also to add more healthy delicacies on such festivals let us also try some variety with  Sago/Sabudana - Aish which is not only healthy but is easy to prepare too. 








Thursday, 30 March 2017

Quick Munch : Sago - Aish

SAGO - What is it and Why : The Benefits

Sago, is processed from the Tapioca root known as Casava. Sago rich in carbohydrates contains the starch extracted from tapioca resembling as small white pearls.


Sago in India are referred with different names : Sabudana in Hindi ; Javvarisi in Tamil ; Saggubiyyam in Telugu. Many varieties of dishes are prepared from Sago in India like Sabudana Kheer (Sweetened Pudding), Khichdi, Vada etc (Preparation with veggies and condiments).

Sago, rich in carbohydrates and low in fat when combined together with vitamins + minerals from the vegetables and proteins from the condiments enrich the nutritional value.
Thus, mostly during the days of fast in India, people prefer this dish.

Relishing Recipe 8

SABUDANA KHEER


A sweet Indian pudding with Sago/ Tapioca pearls

▪ Soak 1 cup of Sago for an hour in water after rinsing out the excess starch from it.

▪ Heat the soaked Sago with some water in a sauce pan covering it with a lid.

▪ On the other hand, heat the milk in a container without fully boiling it for few minutes.

▪ Add the heated milk onto the saucepan with Sago and stir it occasionally.

▪ Add sugar/jaggery (jaggery contains iron which is good for health), cardomom/elaichi powder.
Stir occasionally  for 25 to 30 minutes till the sago turns out soft with shining pearls.

▪ Garnish it with tiny bits of cashews, raisins and saffron strands or with fruits like mango, grapes, apples etc and serve it warm or cold.

A yummy and healthy sweet pudding is ready to eat loved by all!

As we know, with Sago one could prepare many healthy recipes, herewith let us prepare a healthy and quick snack relished by all.

Relishing Recipe 9

SABUDANA KHICHDI



A mouthwatering Indian dish with spices prepared with Tapioca pearls/Sago.

¤ Soak 2 cups of Sago/Sabudana (for 2 to 3 people) for 3 - 4 hours in water after rinsing off the excess starch from it.

¤ Take a pan, add 1 tablespoon of oil along with a teaspoon of Cumin (jeera), Split black gram (Urad dal), Curry leaves.

¤ Add Vegetables like potato, green peas, sweet corn (loved by kids) to the pan and fry them well.
During the days of fast, people use these vegetables other than onion and garlic, but as a snack on any other day adding them together would give a wonderful flavour.

¤ Take the Sago in a separate plate and add a pinch of turmeric and salt, hing/asafoetida, red chilli powder and mix them well according to the taste preferred by kids too.

¤ Add the sago to the pan with vegetables and stir them well till the sago turns soft and fluffy.

¤ Garnish with coriander leaves and fried peanuts to render the mesmerizing taste and flavour.

Tip: Add all the spices to the sago and mix them well together to enhance the essential taste and delight.

A very simple and quick dish to munch, healthy delicacy filled with nutritions, this Sago khichdi is not only a yummy choice by kids but is a delicious Snack for all!

These delightful delicacies enhance with productive health, serene feasibility and feast for all! Try and relish!!

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Philosophies That Will Change Your Perspective About Life- Pri

Beautiful, descriptive and interesting Children's story, Aish! Very well written. Brought in lots of golden memories, thanks for sharing. Loved it!😊


Philosophies That Will Change Your Perspective About Life


Philosophy is often considered complicated and boring. In reality, it is the contemplating search of life’s meaning and purpose. Philosophy can be equally interesting for someone who is spiritually awakening and for a regular reader who in search of information. If you have had the questions like; “Why am I here?”, “What is the purpose of my existence? ”… then, these philosophical ideas might interest you! If you are just a reader who is not much interested in these topics; I promise, your perspectives on “Life” might change after knowing these different philosophical ideas and concepts.

Existence and Reality




This philosophical idea suggests that there is only one truth; “Your Existence”! All the others outside you, are not confirmed according to Solipsism. Similarly, Idealism is about how reality is a mere mental state. Brain is amazingly capable of highly imagining things, so there is no evidence that anything outside you is not illusion.  These ideas truly make oneself wonder about the infinite mysterious universe.

I can derive to a simple point here, “You” are important! So, love and respect yourself completely. When anything and everything outside you, is not important or reality, simply live your life!
 

Understanding the Void/ Unreal and Infinity




Going one step deeper, Phenomenalism says that nothing really can be said to exist except the sensory observation. This means that you cannot claim that there was an object at a particular place at all! All you can say is that, you saw a thing in that place. So, merely the sensory information is real.
Another philosophy, Presentism, is the idea that only the present moment is real. Past and future do not exist. Only the present physical moment is considered to be true for a Presentist.
On the contrary, Eternalism, argues that all the moments of time; past, present or future are real. All the theories about fate, destination and time travel are true according to Eternalists.

In my understanding, all these different ideologies cannot be accepted by all, there will always be differences in opinion. For, some might go with the idea of void or non-existence of anything other than the present time, and some might believe in infinity or the dimensions of time to be true. Whatever it is, “Time” is common between these two ideas. Whether there is a copy of this time in other dimension or if everything outside this moment is an illusion, the truth is that you are living in the moment of time. I think, “Valuing time” is the key here. Make the full use of the moment and try to be satisfied with the result of utilizing the moment effectively. In turn, you will sense happiness.

Knowing Life’s Purpose/Goal or Finding Pleasure in Moments




There are a set of people who follow Nihilism (An idea that there is no set purpose, value or goal in life.), do not believe in working towards something in life as there is no destination at all.  Hedonism is almost like Nihilism, but, has a belief that we have a common goal or intrinsic value, “Pleasure”. They have the tendency to find happiness in whatever they do.

Whether you follow your life’s purpose or you have no goal in life, whether you make use of the time to the fullest in an attempt to achieve your goal or you strive to be happy, the ultimate reality is that time is moving. So again, “Value time and try not to get into negativity.”

Training Self to Emote Positively and to Validate knowledge




Stoicism is another philosophy that focuses on training your emotions to emote positively. The Stoics believe that one’s anger, frustration or sadness are reflections of your own faults rather than blaming outside influence.

Skepticism questions philosophies to validate knowledge. A philosophical skeptic asks for proof of validity of information rather than result, thus there is a refinement that happens in the philosophy itself.

I kind of love the concept of training your emotions to respond positively. I can easily relate it to Meditation and Yoga or any other spiritual practice. Rely on your own emotions and reactions, not blaming the source of action. How true is that!



For a non-philosophical person, I am breaking down these complex concepts into these simple points:

* You are important.
* Do not over-think.
* Simply live your life. Enjoy the moment.
* Value time.
* Do not get into negativity.
* Train your emotions to respond positively.

These interesting philosophical ideas can guide you through your reasoning phase of awakening self-knowledge. These concepts make you wonder about the infinite depths of existence and possibilities. Mysterious Universe, mysterious Life and mysterious Time…