Ram dana desserts are both yummy and healthy!

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Ram dana Ladoo picture by Author

Amaranth grain or Ram Dana is considered a Rajgira (or a royal grain) due to its medicinal properties. The word “amaranth” is actually derived from the sanskrit word “amar” which means immortal! Botanically it is not a cereal. It is often consumed in form of healthy desserts like laddoos and kheer (pudding).

Ram dana is chock full of nutrition. It has high amounts of calcium, iron, phosphorus and manganese. Ram dana has more protein than many other cereals, less carb and is very fibrous so easily digestible. This ancient, royal grain is an amazing source for great health.

Here I provide two simple recipes for Ram dana desserts — laddoos and kheer. The former are sweet balls with long shelf-life and can be used as healthy home-made snacks whereas the latter is a milk pudding. …

Start your year with healthy eating!

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Picture by the author

Mushrooms are regarded as nature’s hidden treasure or a wonderful gift. They are packed with vitamins and are very low in calories. They are known for being a rich source of potassium and selenium, two key metals needed for the healthy functioning of our body.

Mushroom is usually cultivated by local farmers. I tend to purchase it from my local vendors. For us, it is only available in winters.

Mushrooms are versatile and can be used in a variety of recipes. These include mushroom rice, mushroom crostini, stuffed mushroom, mushroom korma, fried mushroom, etc. …

A tasty, hearty soup to warm you up

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Broccoli. Picture by the Author

It was a beautiful sunny winter afternoon when we went to my aunt’s house for lunch. She cooked a simple meal for us with a special — “broccoli soup”. It was a green, rich, and creamy soup. I found it both delicious and peculiar, tasting it for the first time. She grew broccoli in her kitchen garden. It resembled a cauliflower, so, for me, it was like a green cauliflower with health benefits. It is packed with Vitamin A, B, C, and K, potassium, iron, phosphorus, protein, etc.

For health benefit, you can check this site: Broccoli 101: Nutrition Facts and Health Benefits (healthline.com)

No oven, no problem!

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Fruit Cake. Picture from Anjum Hasan

As the terrible year, 2020 ends, let us pray and hope that 2021 will be better for all of us, with the vaccine now available. In my mind, New Year’s celebration is always associated with tasty cakes. In past, I have often bought store-made cakes because I don't have an oven in my home. But, this year with booming creativity I decided to bake a cake on the stovetop! If you want to bake a cake, but disappointed due to lack of oven, then there is a solution. I present to you the stovetop wok cake!

Note: For the baking purpose, we required…

The best cure for the winter blues!

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Fenugreek Seeds. Picture by Anjum Hasan

Every season has some special delights which not only satisfies our taste buds but also enhances immunity. This winter I am sharing some seasonal recipes to not only tickle your taste buds but also to full of nutrition to keep you warm.

Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) or methi in Hindi leaves and seeds are used in various ways in Indian cuisine, whether to temper dal, Khichri ( a type of pilaf), making stuffed bread (paratha) and curry or dry vegetable.

Fenugreek has medicinal properties, and able to help in reducing cancer, diabetes, obesity, painful mensuration, high blood pressure, inflammation, and bacterial, fungal, and viral infection. …

Two simple recipes using tomatoes

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Tomatoes picture by Tom Hermans from Unsplash

Tomatoes are native to Central and South America and were spread all across the world by the Europeans. Today, they are widely used in various kind of recipes like bruschetta, soup, rasam, ketchup, chutney, sauces for pizzas, tomato rice, stuffed tomatoes, and many more. In fact, it is almost impossible to even visualize many of the popular dishes across the world. Closer home, tomatoes are an indispensable part of our Indian curries. I remember in my childhood, my mother used to prepare various tomato chutneys or sauces which I used to eat with delightful Indian bread.

Here I am going to share some of my…

Originated in India, the eggplant or brinjal is loved around the world!

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Picture by Amber Engle from Unsplash

Eggplant or Brinjal or baingan (in Hindi) is a popular fruit (technically it's a berry!) used in cooking across the world. It is thought to have originated in India and is related to potatoes and tomatoes. Brinjal can come broadly in two shapes — round and cylindrical. It's usually purple though white ones also exist. The tiny white one looked like an egg and hence the name eggplant! The fruit does not have a strong taste of its own. This combined with its fleshy texture that absorbs spices easily makes for easy cooking. Numerous delicious recipes are made with Brinjals across the world. …

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Picture by Anjum Hasan

Bright blue sky
welcomes you
with open arms
come on, tight your shoes
walk through woods
Or go hiking
Release your stress and anxiety
in the freshness of nature
bright blue sky
calling you
in this pandemic time, dear
don’t be fear
take the measures
wear the mask and sensitize the hands
keeping distance
than walk alone or with friends.

Four mouthwatering recipes for Diwali

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Diwali Festival. Picture from www.aplustopper.com

Festivals light up our lives. It gives us joy, an excuse for shopping, meeting relatives and friends, and delicious food. Diwali is the festival that usually marks the arrival of winter. On this occasion, houses are cleaned, decorated with lights, and families get together with tasty delights.

I have fond memories of celebrating this festival with friends and families. Over the years, many things have changed but our festival menu has remained the same.

Here are some of the top recipes from the festival -

Urad Dal Kachori (fried lentil stuffed bread)

Simple, easy, and quick recipes to pickle green chilies

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Green Chili by Anjum Hasan

Indians love spicy food and chilies play an important role in making meals tangy and tasty. Chilies are also used as a pickle to enhance the taste of simple daily meals like dal, rice, khichri, and also used with snacks.

In India, pickles are made in every home, and it’s common to make mango pickles during the summers and chili, lemon, mixed vegetables, gooseberry (amla), etc during the winters. Some people even pickle bitter gourd and yam. Chilies used for pickling are of two types- red and green. Pickling red chilies is quite time-consuming but once done, it lasts for years. …


Anjum Hasan

Educator, travel enthusiast, loves to cook. History, music, art and culture lover. Books and gadgets collector.

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