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a test for mummy

This is a test for mummy. She said she read my blog and will read it regularly. As soon as I asked for her opinion, she handed the phone to Papa… sigh! Hmmmm… I do trust her but my eyes are squinting wanting to ‘verify’ her statement.

So, this is what I’ll do – I’ll write about what I plan to send as her birthday gift. Knowing her, she is incapable of hiding a thing and will spit out the excitement in a jiffy.

She is the reason why I am conscious about health. While Papa has brought fitness into family, she has been the nutrition expert. She will add weird stuff to our food and it’ll still taste delicious. At our residence, flaxseed hides into the naan, an idli befriends oat bran, spinach somehow sneaks into lentils, and soy nuggets pop up when I’m expecting paneer.

I coerced her to take back some of her favorites to India but her luggage already knew no bounds. So, I am about to make a small basket of all the things she misses:

  • A bag of quinoa,
  • A pound of flaxseed,
  • Some chia seeds,
  • Dark chocolate covered acai berries,
  • Little oat bran,
  • A few hazelnuts,
  • Raw agave nector, and
  • Ritter Sport dark chocolate.
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A day to ease the tummy, a day to scrub the taste bud, a day to clear the bloodstream and a day to remember that old thirst.

  • Forget the oven, let go of the microwave.
  • Purge all cans and go a bit insane.
  • Hide the fryer and throw the juicer.
  • Wear an apron and beat the biggest loser.
  • Put tomato in mouth, apply pressure till it bursts.
  • Sacrifice that coke and experience an authentic thirst.
  • Take a big knife and cut the skin off a pineapple.
  • Keep the doctor away and slice up that gala apple.
  • Sit outside in the sun and peel off a sugarcane.
  • Try different olives, especially the ones from dear Spain.
  • Go and grow some basil in your backyard.
  • Fear saturated fats and say no to any lard.
  • Watch couscous and learn osmosis.
  • Teach your neighbor and even your bosses.
  • Dare to eat a chili and run to the water.
  • Multicolored fingerling potatoes, each of them matter.
  • Make yourself a boiling lemon & ginger & honey tea.
  • Say ‘thank you Mendel’ and appreciate the pod & pea.

haldi is healthy


Gobhi-aloo and marriages in India are doomed if someone hides this marvel spice. When it’s missing, all you have to do is get a warrant to search the totes of all grandmothers. Not only will you find the wonder spice, you will also be surprised with a long list of its unending benefits. Apply a paste to minor cuts, bruises and bumps, and observe its antiseptic properties. Mix it with aloe gel and it becomes a quick remedy to ease a skin burn. It helps reduce pigmentation and evens out the skin tone. On the morning of the marriage, each loved one applies a bit on the bride and groom’s body as a symbol of purity. It marks the beginning of decorating the bride and groom, and brings out the subconscious glow. I call turmeric ‘the auspicious spice’ and have it all over my face as I type.

sponge-like personality

2013 has been declared as the International Year of Quinoa by the United Nations.

I like quinoa. I appreciate its selfless nature. It’s flexible, versatile and carries a sponge-like personality. The largest empire in the pre-Columbian America, the Inca empire, called it the mother of all grains. During the European conquest, the conquistadores scorned quinoa as ‘food for Indians’, and suppressed its cultivation. What were they thinking ?!

While it is considered to be a whole grain, quinoa is actually a seed. With a high protein content of 14% by mass, quinoa provides all 9 essential amino acids and is the source of a complete protein. Full of dietary fiber, it is also high in phosphorous, magnesium, and iron.

My personal favorite: add all the yellows, reds and greens!

Quinoa + red / yellow / orange peppers + corn + mango + cilantro + lettuce + vinaigrette!

I introduced this Incan grain to my dear friend Shubra, the quinoa queen! She has come up with 16 recipes and does not leave home without a bag in her purse. I’m guessing she’s a fan, risking the fine line towards crazy.