Support What Matters To You

Everyone works hard to earn money. And you want your hard earned money to spend in right things, right ? At the same time ,If you don’t use your money , someone else will waste it . These are just my ideas and what I do so if anything clicks to you.

I like to spend , donate where it’s a win win situation. Of course not all the time but I don’t give money to freebies who will just waste money. On travel, some ppl at hotel and places will show up just to collect money. Yeah, no money to them but yes tip the ones who did things. Anytime I receive good service , I will tip extra. People who help out on regular basis , make sure they are happy and give them whatever they like.

Local community place where I have been learning yoga from so many years , I support whatever way I can. When I joined yoga , I was very impressed with teacher who took us on yoga camp and all free for everyone including food for 30-40 ppl. Even though I was very young at that time , I tried to support whatever way I could . Sometimes that means just don’t cause any trouble. Ha .. Ha Yoga teacher mentioned today that he donates every year on his birthday to community place since they let him conduct yoga classes there and he is just volunteering from probably last 25 years.

1st picture is of Kashmiri embroidery dress which had come all the way from Kashmir and I had bought it online. People who want to support Kashmir should try to do something to support economy and help make it safe and peaceful. But what we see is stupid posts circulating on social media.

Other dress I bought in Amritsar on recent trip. It’s popular for its Phulkari work. Next time when you like something, want to support think for a minute and try to come up with some good ideas and stop nonsense .

Spend on the things that gives you life . Go learn something, buy that musical instrument, eat quality food, feed quality food , travel ….whatever you enjoy. There’s a saying in India that Money/wealth should keep circulating.

Whatever you do , don’t start bugging other ppl to do same too.

Enjoy!

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Parsi Dhanshak

Do you love 1 pot meal? Do you love to cook in insta pot ?Are you lazy ? Are you health nut ? You got the idea hopefully. This is a wonderful one pot , simple , healthy meal that fits in today’s life style and what justlunchideas is abt.

This dish is made of few dals mainly tuvar dal and other dals you like ,cooked with vegetables like potatoes, bottle gourd, pumpkin, egg plant .

You can buy dhanshak masala at Indian store. I bought badshah masala and it has recipe on the back. Just follow that and you can customize it the way you like.

You can eat like soup or with rice. It’s very tasty. Must try I would say.

Enjoy!

Buckwheat Pilaf

It’s a good idea to give up on rice and wheat, all purpose flour or whatever you eat every single day a miss for a day or week. Buckwheat is easily available.

It cooks like rice. Before a meeting when you are working from home. I started my electric pressure cooker with buckwheat in. Meeting done and chop , chop some veggies , throw some pav bhaji masala and voila done in no time . I sautéd tofu using pav bhaji masala.

Pav bhaji masala is very versatile. If you like spices , invest/waste $2 or $3 to try this masala .

Squeeze some fresh lemon juice, garnish with cilantro.

Enjoy!

Spiced Tofu

Spiced tofu taste good and you can throw it it in salad , Chinese or any dish you like . Or you can just eat by itself too.

Here’s how I made it . Feel free to add spices you like. I used extra form tofu.

  • Cut Tofu in desired shape. Try triangle or some fun shape .
  • Heat olive oil and carefully add tofu pieces.
  • Sprinkle ginger powder, garlic powder and black pepper powder.
  • Turn and do same on other side.
  • Sauté until firm as you like.
  • Sprinkle kosher salt .
  • Yummy!
  • Enjoy!

Offering Food To God

Many Hindu ppl offer food to deity first and then they consume which is called Prasad . Not everyone does it but many ppl do it as part of their religious ritual . On festivals, there’s a lot of different sweets and items are made to offer to god.

Question is why do we do it ? Does god eat it ? Do you see food disappearing after some time ? Who eats the food after all? Yes , right . We don’t think , observe and just do what we are told to do.

When I first started to try new recipes from net , there was no one to eat. One of my devotee friend suggested make it for god . He will eat it . So I made it and offered it to god . Oops , it’s all still there and I will have to eat it all. I was like this doesn’t work and So found friends who were willing to try food I made. Recently same friend told me few times she doesn’t make this and that because her family doesn’t eat it . And I was like make it for god .

Offering food to god is symbolic and as you do it, one should crack the code and find out what does it mean. Once you know what it really means , you won’t have to do it . People eat all rich food in the name of god and end up with health issues and that made me write this post.

So find out what offering food to god really mean and when you find out , share.

Picture is of temple in Uttarakhand.

Enjoy!