September 22, 2012

Alone

Today is Saturday and I'm at home all ALONE. My husband is in office working hard. I cannot ask him to come home at the same time I can't stop myself from missing him. That is when the idea of writing a poem has come to my mind. This is my first poem, hope it express how I feel. 


Alone on Thursday
Alone on Saturday
Alone in every way
Alone I pass the whole day

Alone I sit
Alone I grit
Alone I eat
Alone I tweet

Alone I think
Alone I blink
Alone I drink
Alone I wink

Alone I lie
Alone I sigh
Alone I wry
Alone I cry

Alone I agonize
Alone I justifies
Alone I vandalize
Alone I organize

 Alone I rhyme
Alone I tried for the first time
Alone I sublime
Alone all the time





Cheers,
Vrinda

September 20, 2012

Mixed Vegetable Rice

Today I'm sharing my favorite rice dish, which I cook every Sunday afternoon. This dish is not only  healthy food but also tastes good. I consider it as healthy food because, all vegetables used in cooking are very good for health.

Preparation time: 10 mins
Cooking time : 30 mins

Ingredients:
Rice - 2 cups
Oil - 2 tbsp
Cinnamon stick - 1 medium
Cardamon - 3 cloves
Cloves - 3
Shahjeera - 1 tsp
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
Carrots chopped - 1 cup
Beans chopped - 1/2 cup
Corn - 1/2 cup
Green Peas - 1/4 cup
Onions - 2
Chillies - 2
Coriander leaves - 1/2 cup
Turmeric - 1 pinch
Chilli powder - 1 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Cashew nuts - 8 pcs
Salt - 1 1/2 tsp

Cooking process:
1. Wash rice neatly and soak it for 30 mins
2. In a pan heat 2 tbsp of oil and add cardamon, cinnamon, cloves and shahjeera. Let them fry for 2 mins.
3. Add vertically chopped onions, chopped chillies  and pinch of turmeric in to the pan. Fry them until the onions turn translucent.
4. Add ginger- garlic paste, mix it well and leave it for 2 mins.
5. Add chopped carrots, beans, corn and peas to the pan and mix them well. Leave the mixture for 5 mins on medium flame.
6. Add chilli powder, coriander powder and salt to the mixture and mix well.
7. Cook for 5 mins in completely low flame.
8. Add these completely cooked mixture to soaked rice. Add 6 cups of water in to the rice bowl.
9. Add chopped coriander leaves and mix the rice and vegetables well.
10. If you are cooking in electric cooker then it might take some 20 mins to cook. If you prefer to cook the rice in Pressure cooker then make sure you turn off after 2 whistles.
11. In the mean fry cashew nuts and keep them aside.

Garnish the rice with fried cashew nuts and possible with mint leaves. Serve with Carrot raitha.

Carrot Raitha:
1. Chop 1 medium onion, grate 2 medium carrots and chop 1 chilli
2. Add them to 2 cups of yogurt.
3. Add salt to taste.

Mixed vegetable rice with Carrot raitha


Cheers,
Vrinda

September 15, 2012

Healthy Breakfast

"Honey, they say ( weather forecast) it is going to rain today, I shall go by car" is the first thing I hear on a Saturday morning. That is when I realized that this Saturday is a working day for my husband. Then I dragged myself from the bed and reached balcony to wave bye to him. Later I went to freshen up, splashed cold water on my face which completely brought me back in to this world. After shower when I reached kitchen that is where the biggest challenge of the day begins 'Breakfast'... the thing is we prefer not just a breakfast but a 'Healthy breakfast'.

I usually cook Dosa, Idly and upma in the mornings for breakfast, which are only served to my husband.  I consume very less oil while cooking them, but I prefer eating fruits over them. Mostly my breakfast includes fruits, Tropicana juice and small portion of dry fruits.





Dry fruits:
  1. Helps reducing weight, as these are the foods associated with lower Body mass index (BMI).
  2. These help in reducing cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes and chronic diseases.
  3. Help in increasing the bone health.
Pomegranate:
  1. Helps reducing dental plaque.
  2. Systolic blood pressure can be reduced in just 2 weeks.
Juice:
  1. Juices rich in Vitamin C, folic acid and potassium are excellent source of bioavailable antioxidant phytochemicals. 
Some researchers say that consuming lot of juice will increase the chances of gaining weight. Whereas it is also believed that consuming them in the mornings and avoiding them rest of the day is very good for health.



All these food items which are very healthy make my breakfast complete and keep me active through out the day. I'm not following any diet plan, but I've seen lot of change in my skin and body while I have this kind of breakfast. 

Share your views and the breakfast you prefer...


Cheers,
Vrinda