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A Promise to Keep

A Promise to Keep

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I hope you have enjoyed this fitness and health series that I did. I am no professional or claiming to be a fitness guru when it comes to health and fitness. All these learnings are what I have experienced and learned over time.… Read more

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Tiny Shoes — Their Partners in Fun and Fitness

Tiny Shoes — Their Partners in Fun and Fitness

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The fondest memory that I have of my children was when they took their first steps. You know that cheer and excitement you feel when suddenly their tiny bodies balance themselves miraculously and stand and walk. So much so, that if the husband was not around, I called him with squeals of laughter.… Read more

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The Silent Afflictions

The Silent Afflictions

elderly osteoporosis

She was hale and hearty. A bit overweight but all women of her age generally were. A happy and friendly soul she was. In her late 40s, she was in the prime of her life. It was a routine morning. The children were off to college and the husband was getting ready to leave.… Read more

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What You Don’t Know about Your Fitness Mistakes

What You Don’t Know about Your Fitness Mistakes

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Have you noticed how despite really upping the ante, you seem to make no progress towards your health and fitness goals. It frustrates especially those who have been at it for so long and yet don’t see adequate results. Well here is what you don’t know about your mistakes which could be sabotaging your fitness regime:

Exercising on an empty stomach is harmful:

No you don’t burn fat if you workout on an empty stomach.… Read more

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Your Weight is Not Important

Your Weight is Not Important

weight not important

Baffled by the title, aren’t you? So let me explain. As we slip into our 30s and 40s, suddenly the realization dawns that our nubile, slim bodies are not staying that slim anymore. Those excesses like chocolate bars, sinful cheesecakes, pizzas and delectable cocktails are now becoming more and more difficult to burn off and almost always end up on our midsections.… Read more

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Bhindi Masala/Spicy Okra

Bhindi Masala/Spicy Okra

bhindi masala

This is a really simple recipe and is an adaptation of a recipe that my mum used to make when she had more time at hand. Her version involved slitting each okra lengthwise, filling it with the dry masala and then stir frying in oil.… Read more

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Indian Superfoods by Rujuta Diwekar – A Review

Indian Superfoods by Rujuta Diwekar – A Review

Indian Superfoods by Rujuta Diwekar

All those who know me know how much I love Rujuta Diwekar, celebrity nutritionist’s commonsense wisdom about food and exercise. I have been hooked on to her writing and have read and own all her books to date. Her last book Don’t lose out, workout was reviewed on my blog earlier and has changed the way I handle my pre and post-workout nutrition, the benefits of which I am noticing.… Read more

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Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup for the Soul

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup for the Soul

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Since all the three boys are down with sniffles and fever, I thought of making chicken soup from scratch. As we all know that chicken soup is proven to fight cough and cold and hence forms the perfect companion to the ayurvedic remedies that I am giving them otherwise.  … Read more

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Tari wale aloo tamatar UP style

Tari wale aloo tamatar UP style

tari wale aloo tamatar

Potatoes are cooked in umpteen ways in India, each one more delicious than the other. They go so well with rotis, pooris or parathas. They are a staple side dish as well. Cooked dry, with light gravy or in a curry, they are versatile and can be made in so many different ways.… Read more

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Chicken Momos

Chicken Momos

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This is a favourite recipe in our house that is actually the husband’s recipe. He makes it so well that it is better than what I’ve had outside. It is actually pretty simple to prepare so let’s dive straight into it.… Read more

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Baghara Baingan/ Curried brinjal recipe

Baghara Baingan/ Curried brinjal recipe

baghara baingan

This recipe is a popular one in Hyderabad. I learned this one from my mother-in-law whose family has Maharashtrian roots because this recipe is also popular in Maharashtra. This is a favourite recipe of my husband’s hence it is made often when I get these perfect round, fresh purple brinjals.… Read more

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Simple Chicken Biryani Recipe

Simple Chicken Biryani Recipe

 simple Chicken biryani

Chicken biryani is one of the delicacies that one normally partakes in restaurants only. That is because it is time consuming to prepare and often difficult to get it right. I used to prepare a version of chicken biryani earlier in which I completely cooked chicken gravy separately and rice separately which were then mixed together and served.… Read more

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Avarekai Bisi Bele Bath recipe

Avarekai Bisi Bele Bath recipe

avarekai bisi bele bath

It is Sunday and the only day when I feel like putting in some extra time to cook elaborate dishes like Bisi Bele Bath (yes, that is how they spell it here) and Chicken Biryani. This dish is a special rice dish served in the South.… Read more

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Green chana chaat/ Hara chana chaat

Green chana chaat/ Hara chana chaat

hara chana chaat

I absolutely love the fresh green chana (green gram) that you get for a very short period during winters. During my childhood, I remember my mom making this simple yet delcious chaat with it regularly when it was in season. The sweet taste and crunch of chana complemented perfectly by the sharp taste of green chillies, tomatoes and onions and the piquant tanginess of chat masala.… Read more

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Pongal recipe

Pongal recipe

Pongal

Khara Pongal or savoury Pongal is another form of moong dal khichdi that we have in the North. In my home, this khichdi was normally consumed when someone was unwell, especially for indigestion. But, there is also something warm, loving and comforting about khichdi redolent with a ghee and cumin tadka for me.… Read more

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Sookhi arbi/Dry colocasia

Sookhi arbi/Dry colocasia

sookhi arbi

Colocasia or arbi or ghuiyan as we used to call it at home is a tricky vegetable to cook with. If you handle it raw or eat it even slightly undercooked, you will have among the most unpleasant experiences of your life with the pins and needles sensation persisting for quite some time.… Read more

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Kolhapuri style chicken curry

Kolhapuri style chicken curry

kolhapuri style chicken curry

These days, my husband has taken onto chicken in a big way. And, I am quickly exhausting my chicken curry recipes. So, I decided to try this recipe. It is fiery, creamy, coconutty and spicy — what’s not to like! And, I must tell you that the gravy turned out so good even with first try.… Read more

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Chicken drumsticks marinated in tomato chutney

Chicken drumsticks marinated in tomato chutney

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With my Philips airfryer, making food that looks and tastes great without the extra calories of frying is super easy. I make chicken drumsticks quite often at home. The ones marinated in tandoori masala are an all-time favorite. This time, I experimented by marinating the chicken drumsticks in the tomato chutney that I otherwise make often.… Read more

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Philips Airfryer User Review

Philips Airfryer User Review

I have been seeing the adverts of Philips Airfryer since months now when it was launched with a great media blitzkrieg. To tell you the truth, I was skeptical of the claims made. As an avid cook and someone who loves to read about and experiment with food, it seemed highly unlikely that all fried foods could be replicated both in terms of the texture and taste without deep frying.… Read more

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Samosa made in an Airfryer

Samosa made in an Airfryer

I recently bought the Philips Airfryer. I have been weighing this decision for the past several months since it was launched. It is a tempting product to buy because let’s face it we love our fried food. We all droll over those pakodas, fries, nuggets, kachoris and samosas.… Read more

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Palak Dal/ Lentils with spinach

Palak Dal/ Lentils with spinach

Palak dal

Dal or lentils are a staple of Indian diet. It is the cornerstone of vegetarian cuisine which is devoid of animal protein. In Indian homes, dal is cooked in many different ways to balance nutrition and taste. It is most often boiled and served with a tadka/seasoning to go with your chapatis and rice.… Read more

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Nurture your body — #1000Speak on Compassion

Nurture your body — #1000Speak on Compassion

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“Wow, you’ve lost weight! How did you do it?”

“Haven’t you gained a little weight? You need to diet.”

“How’s your gym/Yoga/Zumba/running/dieting coming along? I  feel so unhappy. I just can’t stick to a diet.”

“Why do you need to walk every day?Read more