Quality Baking Ingredients

Holiday season has started and many ppl will go on baking spree. Baking ingredients will be on sale everywhere . I buy quality ingredients now and they can get expensive. So only bake when needed and people also like it when I tell them i have used like organic coconut oil or organic this and that. Here’s few of good things to use in baking that I use for example:

  • Organic virgin coconut oil
  • Organic butter , ghee made at home from organic butter.
  • Aluminum free baking powder
  • Raw sugar when possible
  • Organic brown eggs
  • Use fresh ingredients not tins .
  • Organic chia seeds or flax meal.

Hope you got the idea. Eat good , quality food and feed good quality food.

Enjoy!

Shakarpara – Indian Travel Snack

India is a hot country in general and so there are snacks , food ppl invented that will stay good for weeks to eat during travel. Deep fried, fermented food generally stays good for a longer time and even today you will see ppl carrying it when they travel. Shakarpara is 1 of those good snacks and it doesn’t have any preservatives. It’s loved by all age group, very simple to make and needs few ingredients that most of the ppl will have it home.

This holiday season , try and make this sweet treat of India. It goes well with tea, coffee. You don’t need to travel to India to enjoy this. There’s a joy when you make it at home and you know what went in. So it needs wheat flour and/or all purpose flour , sugar , milk and oil. I know you have these ingredients at home. I skipped cardamom powder and followed this recipe:

https://www.spiceupthecurry.com/shankarpali-recipe-shakkar-para-recipe/

Enjoy!

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!