Saturday, 24 February 2018

Struggles for a to-be eco-friendly warrior!

Reoccuring Thoughts.

Gonna be eco friendly now onwards. So what are the steps I can do?
Well in a nutshell it's rethink, refuse, reduce, reuse, repeat. Feels easy.

First things first that goes in this digital world.
Googling about zero waste.
Oh yeah! Awesome!!
Bea Johnson and Lauren singer are my heroes. They are the best in leading as an example for zero waste lifestyle. Let me just follow their footprints and become one such..

Crap! Everywhere I see plastic. It's better that government bans everything plastic in the first place.
This system doesn't change, I need to do something myself.
Okay I compost my kitchen waste. Done!

Started buying vegetables in a farmers market in reusable cloth bags.
And getting frustrated with questions about how and where can I get bulk and unpackaged goodies like soaps, detergents, shampoos etc near me..

When I wake up I see plastic toothbrush.
I think to buy a bamboo brush. It's not easily available. Ok let me prolong the usage of plastic toothbrush. Toothpaste in plastic, bucket , mug  etc.  OMG!   All in plastic.

Most of the kitchen containers are almost plastic. What should I do about them..
And some where, the fire to be an eco friendly warrior slightly decreases as we involve in the mundane activities.


Meanwhile we see inspiring posts about carrying our own plate, tumbler, spoon, fork , straw. We think they are great, super, kudos to them.

When we wanna try like that, many quiries pops up in our head.
What do the people around me think.
Will the seller object me carrying my own stuff..
Do they laugh.
Oh how should I clean them..
Should I need to carry them always. It's a burden.

Ok let me try that in future.. there is time.

We warn everyone at home to be eco friendly.
Look I seriously wanna change myself and this world.. so please cooperate with me.
U better carry cloth bags when u shop.
😎😁
But the scenario drastically changes while out for shopping.
The seller is as quick as a launched rocket in wrapping our vegetables in plastic bags as we pay. So one plastic cover enters our home.
                                       

To be continued

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

All about photography!

Namaste! :)

I love capturing moments as I wander here and there. I love photography and wanna seriously learn about it. I have some shots from the garden. Have a look. Recently I'm trying to capture images in manual mode. 
I used Sony DSC-HX9V, the options are few as compared to DSLR but trying to use it to its(or mine actually ;)) full potential. I'm looking for serious photographer buddies to learn from. Hope I would find them soon. Some of the things that matter the most coming to photography are as follows:

1. Light 
  • ISO, shutter speed, aperture - triangle greatly affects the exposure value of light in the image.
2. Composition 
  • Balancing the image, using rule of thirds to make the subject catch the eye of the viewer.
3. Post processing
  • Editing the image.
Golden hours for photography are Sunrise and sunset!
















Above all are unedited images. And what do you think is the best one from above pictures? I would be glad to know your feedback.

Thank you for sparing your valuable time on my blog. Happy clicks! :) 


Monday, 29 January 2018

Energy/power balls for 'U' : Coconut jaggery ladoo! (Bellam Kobbari undalu)

Hello all! I usually make recipes which are easy and quick. And this is one of a kind. I like jaggery sweets as well. Here goes how I did mine! 

Ingredients:

If you take 1 cup of grated coconut, use 1 cup or 1 and 1/2 cup jaggery depending on your sweetness level , ghee 4 tbsp, a tea glass water.

Preparation:
  • Add ghee into a hot pan(any heavy bottomed one).
  • Add grated coconut and fry until you get a nice aroma, all the moisture evaporates and it becomes dry, also there will be a change in color. It may take around 5 to 10 min.
  • Melt jaggery by adding little water in another vessel . Strain it to remove any impurities. If you add more water, cooking time gets increased.
  • Now add the jaggery syrup to the fried grated coconut and cook by stirring frequently until you get the mixture as a single mass.
  • At first the water in the syrup evaporates, then jaggery gets sticky as it gets further cooked and it feels heavy to move. The whole mixture tries to stay together. That's when we stop cooking further.
  • Take the mixture into a plate. And let it cool a bit. Grease your palms with ghee and take small portions of the mixture while its still warm, roll them into rounds using your palms. Energy balls will be ready.
















Note:

  • You can use store brought grated coconut as well. But fresh ones are always the best.
  • We can grate coconut by hand using a grater or grind it in a mixer(but make sure you won't grind them too much).
  • The color of the ladoos depends on the jaggery you use.
  • If the final mixture cools down completely, your ladoos won't get a fine look. So roll them quickly as they are warm enough.

Happy cooking friends! :)

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Rujuta Diwekar open fitness project (12 weeks) 2018

Hi all, lets not allow any excuse for us to achieve our fitness goals this new year 2018. If you know me or read my blog regularly, then you might heard me talking about the famous Dietitian Rujuta Diwekar. Many of you might already know and follow her. I really feel true about what she says and follows because it simply makes us connect to our own self and to our rich cultural heritage.

She has started the open fitness project on Jan 2nd, 2018. I am very much into it.  Only thing is we need to follow the guidelines which she gives every Tuesday evening on her Facebook page until 12 weeks. 

You can find all the information about this project on her FB page in the notes section. These guidelines help us to lead a healthy lifestyle. Please go through her FB page for all the detailed guidelines, to know the options in detail for those who have any health issues like PCOD, thyriod, heart ailments etc. Most of our questions related to these guidelines were also answered over there.

If you find them helpful, share the knowledge with your family and friends. Hope you would enjoy this project as much as I do.


Do it now! Cheers! :)

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Don't have a curler? Try this gas lighter curl at home! ;)

Hey! Do you love curls for your hair but don't have a curler? No worries! Then there are some fun ways to try at home.

All you need is a gas lighter, gas and hair ;)

This idea is from my teenager housemaid Neeshu. When she said about that, I felt Wow! and worth sharing!! :) I tried it on my hair. Mine is slightly wavy by nature.

I lit the gas on the stove, heated the lighter for few seconds say 10 approx, then took a small portion of my hair and rolled around the hot lighter and took off. And the amazing curls happened. See the pictures to know about how it went on my hair.






                                                       

Happy curls! :)

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Basic Greenpeas(matar) and potato(aloo) chat!

How I made this?

Servings: 2-3

Ingredients: 

I took 1 and 1/2 cup fresh green peas, 1 big potato cut into small cubes, 1 chopped green chilli(use it according to your spice level), 1 tsp finely chopped garlic, 1 tsp finely chopped ginger, 1 tbsp oil, finely chopped coriander, salt to taste.

Preparation:
  • Steam cook the potato cubes and green peas for around 20 minutes. By that time, they will be cooked properly.
  • Take a wok, add in the oil. Let it get heated.
  • Add in the chopped garlic and saute until light brown.
  • Add in the steam cooked peas and potato cubes. Stir fry for few minutes.
  • Finally add in the chopped ginger, chopped green chillies and stir fry for 2 minutes. 
  • Add salt and squeeze some lemon juice according to taste and mix well. That's it, you are done.
  • Garnish with finely chopped coriander while serving.

 









Note:

  • We can add sev, puffed rice snack, fried groundnuts or any other namkeen you like to make it more interesting. 
  • We can add chat masala/ black salt/aamchur powder according to our taste.
  • New potatoes get cooked faster than older ones. I use a fork to check whether the potatoes are done or not. If done, the fork smoothly goes into the potato piece.
This is also a recipe which I learned from my neighbor Krishna Auntyji. I love to have this as an evening snack. Give it a try. Since this way we can eat more good and healthy food.

Happy cooking friends! :)

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Quick, plain puffed rice snack!

I loved this snack as it feels light even after eating them. You can have a nice crunch at any time of the day with this snack. And the point is we can do it very quickly at home and store it for a few weeks in an airtight container.There are tons of varieties in preparing this snack. If not done yet, please give it a try. You will love it.

 Here comes the version of my neighbor Krishna Auntyji, sorry I couldn't provide the exact measurements because the recipe was done very quickly. But you can know it by seeing the pictures :) 

How my puffed rice snack was made?

 Ingredients:

Puffed rice, groundnuts, oil, mustard seeds, curry leaves, green chillies, salt, turmeric, roasted bengal gram, sev(optional)

Preparation:

  • Add the oil in a wok, let it get heated.
  • Add groundnuts and fry them by stirring frequently until slightly brown and crispy. Keep the fried groundnuts aside.
  • Now add mustard seeds in the hot oil and let them crackle.
  • Add curry leaves, chopped green chillies(according to your spice level) and fry them for few seconds and they become crisp as well.
  • Add roasted bengal gram and fry for another few seconds.
  • Add a pinch of turmeric.
  • Now comes the puffed rice, add it and make sure the flame is in low/medium since the puffed rice tends to burn easily in high flame. 
  • Add salt to taste.
  • Fry them by stirring frequently until all the puffed rice gets hot and crispy. Add in the fried groundnuts, mix well and you are done.
  • Add sev while serving.(optional)

                                   












Note:

  • Salt tends to settle down the mixture. So don't keep on adding the salt. I did this mistake ;) instead while serving just mix everything well.
  • Add cashew nuts or any dry fruits if you wish to. Just fry them in the oil a little.
Matar(green peas) chat recipe is going to come soon. See you folks. Happy cooking!! :)
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