Drumstick Leaves Dal

Drumstick leaves also known as moringa leaves are very nutritious and now a days it falls under super food category. You will see it’s powder in health food stores and at t j max too. One of my friend is very fond of it and she carries powder while traveling for protein. She makes tea with powder and drink it. They are rich in calcium, iron so good for vegetarians like me.

Today first time I found them at new local Indian store and had to buy a bunch. They looked so fresh and so I decided to cook right away and not store in the fridge. I followed recipe from vah re vah and dal came out too good. Must try. So easy to make too.

  • Take out just the leaves from drumstick stalks. Take a big bowl with water and immerse them in water. All bad stuff will sink down. Important to rinse and clean them well. Yes, I saw caterpillar and was happy that I was cleaning as suggested.
  • Boil Tuvar dal as usual and keep it aside.
  • Heat coconut oil. Season with mustard seeds and cumin seeds.
  • Throw torn red chilies. Add whole garlic cloves few and then chopped onion. Sauté for 2-3 mins. Add little salt.
  • Add leaves and tamarind juice according to how sour you like.
  • Add boiled dal. Add some red chili powder, salt.
  • Let it boil for few mins. If not enough sour, add some lemon juice.
  • Seriously very yummy. I loved it.
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Pineapple Peel Drink

When you cut the fresh pineapple, there’s lot of pulp attached to skin is wasted and I always felt bad throwing it away. Google came to rescue as always and learned in tropical places ppl make drinks from pineapple skin. Just want I needed. Pineapple was not organic and since I was just trying it out and not really trying to cure anything, I felt it was ok. I washed pineapple well before cutting it.

  • Take skin in a pot , immerse it in water.
  • Boil it for 30 mins and let it cool down.
  • Strain the liquid and as you know I avoid extra sweetener.
  • I did add some chia seeds.
  • Drink it . It taste little different than pineapple. More like mild vinegar.
  • It is different and flavor is new to me.
  • Try it out and see if you like it next time when you cut fresh pineapple.
  • Am sure it is good for digestion since it will have bromelian enzyme. But then again, heating may reduce bromelain.


What to eat for hike

Do you have fear of hike or just all kind of fears may be ? Fear not, hike. Hike is 1 of the way to get rid of few fears. Get few friends together and go hike a near by mountain. As I have been hiking for a while , few things I have learned . I have only done few miles long hikes and not those overnight ones or few days. So my suggestion is for few hrs /few miles hike.

  • Most imp, being a woman I don’t hike 4-7 days during cycle.
  • Right after cycle when I hiked , I was really really tired and I realized it’s b/c of low iron. Now I make sure I eat iron rich food during and right after cycle . That has helped big time. Cooked spinach, carrot juice , boiled beetroot, quinoa, avocado, chia seeds is what I eat.
  • I learned that eating protein before hike helps. I try to eat boiled Kala Chana, quinoa , or any beans with quinoa. Boiled egg also good option.
  • After hike, protein again. I take boiled peanuts and some acidic fruit for us to enjoy after hike.
  • Few pictures from today’s hike. Always respect signs everywhere. They are there for a reason and for our own good.
  • Enjoy!

Rava Dhokla Breakfast

Rava dhokla is generally termed as instant dhokla but as I was making it, realized that it’s not really instant. Nothing is instant. It takes 9 months to form a human body. It takes time for seeds to germinate and become plant. Today’s world everyone is looking for instant everything… does life work that way? We end up with roller coaster ride in all instant happiness, instant gratification what not. It takes 12 years to even start learning what yoga is. So why this dhokla is not instant? You have to soak rava for 30 mins and then steam 12-15 mins. You have to eat this instantly though else won’t taste good and also become hard, chewy.😀

I followed Tarla Dalal’s recipe and turned out yummy.



Cauliflower With Black Chana

Generally we make cauliflower with green peas or potatoes. If you want to add some protein, add boiled kala Chana. Combination tasted good and will keep me full for a while. I like to add generous amt of cilantro.

Yesterday I attended communication workshop and learned few interesting things. 1 of the exercises we did was tell / describe yourself in 3 words to the person sitting next to you. And other person should be able to retain those 3 words . Think of the 3 words you will use.

When we use all generic things like knowledgeable, truthful, handy, kind etc etc.. they are just too generic and not much of use to other ppl. So it has to be unique abt yourself . We all are unique and we should know our uniqueness and how to use it.

1 of the thing I said abt myself was Ayurvedic cook and that person wanted to know more abt Ayurvedic cooking. Isn’t that interesting? Yes , Ayurvedic cook is 2 words but it did the job of introducing myself to a stranger in unique way.

Your turn, think abt it and do it with your friends and families.