Oat Khichadi And Being Independent

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  • Everyone had a good 4th of July and celebrated independence¬†day? What abt our personal independence? Are you independent?
  • Let’s check. What happens when you don’t get your morning tea, coffee , drink or that healthy shake you got used to? Does your day still go on as usual?
  • Now decide for yourself if you are independent or not. ūüôā
  • And yes, it’s never late to be independent. Give up until you are free and then you can reintroduce but now you won’t be dependent.
  • Remember in india, ppl now and then used to give up their fav food for a while. Same concept.
  • Coming back to food, y’day¬†i¬†had nice pongal¬†at indian restaurant and i¬†liked it simple flavour. Pongal¬†is just khichadi but little different seasoning.
  • Well, i made my own version.
  • I cooked¬†mix of mung dal and masoor dal with turmeric and salt first . Forgot to add ginger.
  • Once dal is 3/4 th cooked, add oat. Let it boil.
  • For seasoning, heat ghee or butter. Ghee gives it a very¬†good flavour.¬†Crack cumin seeds, ginger paste,few whole peppercorn and curry leaves.
  • Add seasoning to cooked dal, oat mixture. You can also add some cashews.
  • Here’s the recipe i used for reference : http://www.rakskitchen.net/2011/06/oats-pongal-indian-oats-recipes.html
  • Garnish with cilantro.
  • Simple sattvic lunch on a hot summer day¬†¬†!

Carrot Juice

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  • I believe in variety and not having the same things every single day. Being creative depending¬†on what/how am i¬†feeling, what i have ,what needs to be used etc.¬†
  • Years back i¬†had bought a juicer¬†from wal-mart¬†and used to make carrot¬†or carrot-apple juice. I will make¬†and¬†drink just before going to work some days.After a while it became too much work since¬†you have to clean all juicer parts afterwards. And it was hard for me to assemble and remove it all.
  • But I did see benefits of having carrot juice.¬† So what do i do now?
  • Chop 1 carrot and put it into blender with a glass of water. Strain and drink immediately.
  • It taste like carrot water. But i just drink it.¬† I do once or twice a month.
  • If you don’t have juicer, try it out this way¬†and see what it does for you.
  • Organic carrots are not much pricey¬†than regular ones. So i buy organic.
  • And yes, throw rest of the pulp in garden.¬† OrYou¬†can use in paratha, cutlet etc to add extra fiber.
  • Enjoy !