Instant Corn Rava Dhokla

In today’s instant world, we need instant breakfast recipes too. This corn rava dhokl is instant , tasty and hmmm not too nutritious. There’s some corn and cilantro in it. Add some chutney with it to add some nutrition and sprinkle some pomegranate on it , Recipe here:

http://www.smithakalluraya.com/rava-corn-dhokla-instant-corn-dhokla-steamed-savory-corn-cakes-recipe/

I used frozen corn and microwaved it . Also added some frozen corn in batter to add little something to chew in it.

Enjoy!

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Thalipeeth From Maharashtra

As I was roaming around Indian grocery store , saw thalipeeth mix and of course I had to buy it. I have tried thalipeeth before and basically it’s multi grain flour mix but this pkg has more different grains and millet. Also I never had authentic thalipeeth so wanted to see what it taste like. And it tasted so good . Earthy flavor and reminded me of Indian village food .

Instructions, recipe is on the pkg and i just followed it . It’s very simple . Add some chopped onion, cilantro, yogurt , water and mix.

I had with yogurt and Brussels sprouts which are so much in season right now. Make it look festive by throwing some pomegranate seeds. We all need some antioxidants.

Happy Holidays!

Mandala Dot Painting

One of my friend showed me her dot mandala painting and so I googled for it. There are so many YouTube videos on mandala painting . If it appeals to you, google it. I tried my hands on it. You don’t need to be painter for this . It’s just dots , dots and more dots. Be creative ! I used card board… yes those amazon boxes are useful for art work. Painted them black with acrylic color first. Make sure you do both sides . You want it to look professional.:-) I only have 3-4 acrylic colors so I just used them since this is the first time I was trying. To make dots , used pencil , ear buds etc .

Art is good for kids and adults as well.

Enjoy!

Buddha Painting

This is my 1st attempt at acrylic painting. I was looking for a Buddha painting for a while to buy for home but never liked any. Suddenly one fine day I found this awesome video on YouTube and I knew I had to do this. Try it out . It’s fun, easy and low cost. Needed only 4 colors, canvas and paint brush. I already had canvas sitting at home, black color I had so bought 3 colors and paint brush set . So it was around 5 bucks I paid for supplies. Here’s the link.

Enjoy!

How to learn/perform

Life is a school and it’s good to stay in learning mode . People say they don’t have time but you might be busy watching TV , movies or doing useless things. Other excuse is age but you can learn at any age. It might take longer but who cares. You are not trying to make career out of it.

Learning music , instrument or in general new things is good for brain. You make new connections. It needs concentration, practice. As you learn, other areas of your life will improve too.

I learned harmonium with singing few years back for abt a year locally with yoga friends. That’s been very useful . Once you learn basics, you can find YouTube videos and learn more.

After you learn , you go and perform wherever you get opportunity. Performing in front of audience is a whole new ball game . You make mistakes , mess up and learn from it. More you do , it gets better.

Recently my yoga teacher did hidden talent show and I played harmonium and sang a Bollywood song. And let me tell you singing is not my forte at all. I forgot lyrics , played few wrong notes but it’s ok.

Then I did yoga demo for my company’s Diwali festival. This was 3rd time and I have got better every year. May be next year I will play music instrument too there. Hey, I need practice to perform in front of audience and no one is volunteering so I grab opportunities.

It’s really fun to learn music and everyone can learn it . It’s just practice. Once you learn , you will become inspiration for others. If you are music lover , or trying to learn something new give it a shot. It’s money well spent. Now with holiday season coming, you can gift someone music instrument or buy them few classes to get started .

Enjoy!