Bring Your Own Plate

Hike and picnic happens few times a year with my yoga group. Someone suggested we start bringing our own plates , spoons etc. and we have been doing that now . Of course the goal is to reduce paper products but some ppl will end up bringing paper products. It’s ok. I take steel plate so that won’t have to worry abt breaking it. We just started and ppl learn. As we start to improve , make changes it’s important not to kill ourself over it . Killing ourself over saving earth , climate won’t do any good either .

Be reasonable and enjoy the process. Do what you can, use when it’s needed . Like Mahatma Gandhi said “There’s enough on earth for everyone, but not for greed “. It applies to everything in life . Take what you need and everything will be ok.

Pictures are from Stone Mountain, NC hike we did. It was a cold day but we had planned it a month ago and we stuck to our plan and everything turned out fine and everyone enjoyed.

Enjoy!

Enjoy!

Avocado From Seed

Have you tried to grow avocado from seed that you bought to eat? And it never grew. I was in the same boat. This time I planted in summer in a pot and forgot abt it. It took forever but finally it did come up. It takes more than a month for it to sprout and then to see some green leaves seems to take few months. I was gonna use pot for something else when nothing appeared but then I dug seed and saw it had sprouted so I buried it again. And it did grow.

If you like to have house plants, then this will cost nothing . And it’s fun experiment.

So keep patience and forget abt it after planting. Also try in Summer , Spring and keep planting all avocado seeds after eating .

Enjoy!

Gluten Free Vegan Ragda Pattice

Everyone or should I say health conscious ppl are trying to be gluten free and vegan. Have been realizing lot of Indian recipes can be vegan and gluten free with just few changes.

  • Ragda is made of dry white peas. Insta pot here will do the job.
  • Pattice is made of potatoes.
  • We top with date, tamarind sauce and coriander chutney, onion, tomatoes.
  • Skip sev and yogurt on top. Sev is made of besan so gluten free but unless you make at home , you don’t know what all it is made if. Without it, it still taste good and very feeling because of peas.
    We have to make things work for us instead of complaining. Isn’t it?
    Enjoy!

Insta Pot Rajasthani Dal Dhokli

Dal dhokli is another good candidate for Insta pot. You can make in just 1 pot and it’s easy. There are many videos and recipes for this online. I used 1 cup mung dal with skin , 1 tbsp Chana dal. Both soaked for 15 minutes. And it cooked in 12 minutes with natural release. Looks like you can use any dal combination but if your dal is gonna take longer to cook then first cook dal and then add dhokli. Dhokli will cook just in few minutes. Here’s few ideas for open minded ppl.

  • If you are not Indian, and want to try this recipe but don’t want to make dhokli…take lasagna sheet, break it in 1 inch pieces and cook it in dal. Very innovative, isn’t it?
    You can use any other pasta but not cheese filled. You can but I don’t know how that would taste.
    Dals are rich in protein , fiber and with insta pot they are so easy to cook. You don’t need to be Indian or have to follow Indian recipes, come up with your own.
    Generally we add ginger ,garlic , tomatoes or lemon juice in dals to make it easy to digest.
    Also this will be good for ppl with sugar problem since no extra sugar and more fiber.
    Enjoy!