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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Teenache - Where to find facts and how to manage routine

Lovetoknow has a list of website where teenages can actually find facts and not get lost in the crap that is floating on the internet.  

But if you really want to be serious and consider enough of wasting time  want to correct your routine here are some tips you can use.

Good to know working of a teenage brain before reading how to correct your routine.

Program for Re-establishing School Morning routine for students

One of the common Absenteeism reasons is not waking up early.  Absenteeism happens when a student stays awake along with other adult family members either watching tv, chatting with family members or on mobiles. It may even happen that the school going do not sleep till the adults sleep. It is important to understand the teenagers have different body clock than the adults. Minimum 9 hours quality sleep is essential for the physical (body) and mental (brain) growth for a teenager. Teens need more sleep because they are in a time of very fast physical, intellectual and emotional growth.

Going to bed as late as 12.30 am to 1.00 am, literally next day sets the body clock for sleep to 8 hours. So the school going children are unable to wake up at 6.00 am, as they are deep in sleep according to their body clock. It is important to set the body clock or the biological clock or the brain memory of sleep management to enable school going children to manage their activities.

1.      Wake up early

a.steps for school students to set up biological time or body time:
ü Calculate time to go to sleep in order to get up and go out of the door of your home. For example, if school starts at and you need to leave the house by 7.30 a.m. 

ü 1 hour to get ready from brushing, toilet, bath, getting dressed, arranging books in bag, packing Tiffin, eat breakfast, wear shoes.

ü So if you need 8-9 hours of sleep, then you will need to get up at 6.30 am. and be asleep by 9.30 pm.

ü Then depending upon how quickly you fall asleep, you may need to go to bed earlier than the time you calculated.  If it takes you 1/2 hour to fall asleep, and you have determined you need to be asleep at 9.30 pm. then you should be in bed at 9.00 pm.

b.How to reset your internal clock:
Starting from today......."you can definitely do" "give this a try from today" "I know you will achieve it"

Move your bedtime back by 15 minutes per day every 3-4 days.  Wake up 15 minutes earlier on these days too. Do this every day of the week including on the weekends, until you are falling asleep at your decide-upon bedtime, or at 9.30 p.m. in the example above.

Take 10 minutes off these 15 minutes to do anything that keeps you awake for example listen to your favorite loud music and dance to the tune skip using skipping rope - so exercise plus waking up happens together.

Depending upon how late you have been staying up, this method may take several weeks to accomplish to get to your desired bedtime, so plan ahead.

If you don’t plan ahead, you will need to speed up the process.  Try moving your bedtime back by 1-2 hours every 1-2 days and waking up 1-2 hours early on these days too. I know it is going to be difficult, but remember you are dealing with a body that has its own mind.  So you may not get immediate result. Be persistent this is a fight between your body & brain (you). Body tells you to go on sleeping but brain must give instructions to body that it is time to wake up.

It is utmost important to stick to the plans even on weekends till your body time is actually set (you wake up and go to sleep as scheduled).  If you do not then it throws off your circadian rhythm (technical term for biological timing of biological process) making Monday morning difficult.

2.    Get ready as you would for school.
After you wake up, proceed as if you are going to school. If you normally eat first, do that. If you normally take a shower first, do that. The point is to reform habits. Also work toward getting it all done in the same amount of time that you have allotted for getting ready.
3.    Eat your breakfast early:
I understand it is extremely difficult to change ones routine/habit. It is actually difficult to change the comforts of your body.  Your whole daily schedule changes think of your body as a spoilt brat and stick to your plan.

It not parents, teachers or anybody but actual scientific studies (a heavy breakfast carbohydrate-rich  (eg. chapathi, bread, cornflakes, chocos, dosa, idli, upma, omelets) helps wake you up and gives you more energy. Eating in the morning provides your body with glucose, the source of energy for your whole body, so it’s not surprising if you often feel lethargic when you first awaken. Because you are breaking your overnight fast by eating a heavy breakfast it will help you to be in good mood.

Again I stress that this not teachers, parents or anybody saying but......

Scientists at King’s College London have claimed when you eat could be just as important as what you eat, asserting that irregular eating.
The old saying "eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper", might actually be true, according to the latest scientific research.
This habit of eating a heavy breakfast eg.”two chapaties  a bowl of vegetable baji, 1 boiled egg, 1 banana, 1 glass of milk” will help you in a long way by keeping you healthy, slim and trim.
I know that breakfast may not be the first thing on your mind when you wake-up, but it is only as important to have a healthy meal in the morning as it is to breathe. If you don't eat breakfast, the starvation mode makes you want to eat more and store more, resulting in weight gain or being thin and weak.

It is also important to eat Tiffin at school in the recess and also have lunch as soon as you go home. Resting for sometime is also important. Then start with the study routine.  Then step out to play in the evening. Comeback and continue with the study routine. Prepare for going to sleep.

4.    At the school
Keep remembering your set plan and maintain a to-do list when you are in school. At the end of each period write down things you have to do for that subject when you go home for tuitions/homework etc. If you take part in chit chatting or other unnecessary distractions, remember you are going away from your program of resetting your routine a plan which you have laid for yourself. You will forget your goals and will not be execute your plans because of distractions. It is important to pay absolute attention to teacher when she is teaching to grasp what she is teaching for your own benefit.  Believe me it is lesser work for you in your studies as you know the lesson in the class itself when teacher is teaching.

Time-out - How to do away with distractions
Read in the evenings. Reading at night (reading in general if you haven’t for awhile) will get those brain circuits flowing again. This will make studying easier, and it will get you back into the mode of doing homework at night.
Initially to form habit you could start with interesting things like  on things like Sudoku puzzles, crossword puzzles, worksheets  for 10 to 15 minutes and then start with the boring homework/studies – anything to kick-start returning to an evening routine that includes studying and homework.
You can use your mobile/computer for studies more information related to your school work or activities related to your studies. Today I am talking about setting time, you can actually go home look up on Google " what is circadian rhythm" or "teenage brain functioning" with your mom or another adult. So both of you get knowledge. It will actually be more like homework than reading and puzzles, and will also improve your grades for school.

5.    Eat dinner at right time:
To determine what time you will be eating dinner, you’ll need to sit down and figure out your evening schedule, looking at things like a) after-school activities, b) how much homework you think you’ll have, c) how much time you’ll spend preparing for bed, d) how much free time you’d like, e) what time you need to go to bed and f) what the rest of your household’s schedule looks like.

Eat dinner 2-3 hours before bedtime. It's significantly easier to wake up early if you've slept well the night before. Eating a lot late at night, though, can make sleep difficult because food takes time to digest. Spicy, garlic-flavored and highly acidic and fatty foods are especially troublesome because they frequently cause heartburn if you lie down too soon after eating them.  Conversely, hunger can also disrupt sleep. So if you find yourself really hungry before bed, stick to snacking on things like oatmeal, bananas, cereal and milk, yogurt, raw veggies or some popcorn.

6.    Prepare for bed
Prepare for bed. You may have gotten out of the habit of taking that nightly shower or bath, if you take it at night, or even brushing your teeth. This is also a good time to get back into the habit of or create the habit of laying out your clothes for the morning. Doing this will make you feel less rushed in the morning and less stressed overall.

7.    Getting a Good NIght's Rest
Go to sleep on time. Once you have reset your clock, continue going to sleep at the time you've set for yourself, even on the weekends. Resisting all temptations to break your new sleep schedule will be rewarded soon enough.

Drink a glass of cool water as soon as you wake up. It will kick start your metabolism and help you feel more alert.
Discuss with your mom or sister or anybody who is willing to help you in this program. Ask them to help you in waking you up early for school. A friend might give you a call in the morning,
Alarms are only good if you remember to set them!
Remind yourself of the reasons getting up early are important to you. Is it because you don’t like to feel rushed?
Like to look pretty? Want to do well in school?
If you find that something in your routine isn’t working, or if you want to add something, thing about how you can change it and work to do so!
Reward yourself for consistently waking up early. This can also be a great motivator for getting up on time.
Set the alarm for 15 minutes earlier so you can wake up but get used to it for a while without being late.
Set more than one alarm, so if you don't get up when the first alarm rings you'll have another one set five minutes later.

Let me know your experience in this new program “Re-establishing School Morning routine for students.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Palm jaggery natural better alternative for diabetics

palm jaggery from kerala

I was allowed only 15 kgs on Indigo plane from cochin to mumbai on my return back home. It was mind boggling to prioritise/cancel.  I found so many precious things that I want to carry home from Kerala "Gods own country".  Nah! precious Gold metal is not one of them. If you were silently listing gold at the top as you read this, then you are mistaken. Precious metal has never been my forte. But natural palm jaggery was no.1 on my list when I visited Kerala this August. (now you can also get in speciality stores online, here is Amazon)

I may be on the path of Krishna Consciousness , on the lower rung of the stairs, but definitely in food area I am very aware what I eat, or what goes in when I prepare a dish, or when/ what time I eat, I am food conscious, or ingredient conscious, or health conscious (oh I very much enjoy fast food, fried food, and all that should be avoided but regret having it later). What I am not is a gourmet cook/chef or a nutritionist/dietician etc. I became conscious of food when life put me on the path. Knowledge changes a person. So internet and quest for knowledge changed my views on food.

Basically I rather cook from scratch than assemble store bought things or cook from a pouch. A pure simple home cooked food is best for a healthy disease free lifestyle. Google Mai, also taught me to adopt and adapt recipes to suit babies , eggless , party or diet for high blood pressure patient or any such needs that arise in a lifecycle.Whenever I visit a place I try to collect easy on the pocket, local and natural products for my home, mostly kitchen pantry ingredients. Google Mai helps me to study before hand of course :) Even when I go to grocery shopping I take a lot of time to understand the food labels and to consider before including any new item in my kitchen pantry.  My sister chides me "there she goes staring at the aisle".

I am drifting away with my banter. Back to my article on Palm Jaggery. The term SUGAR is very confusing for a diabetic person. It is like "To be, or not to be, that is the question"  by Shakespeare. As, if the diabetic opts for artificial sweeteners then it is likely to alter their gut composition and open up for more diseases. Palm jaggery is a better alternative as it has lower Glycemic Index than the table sugar and is made from simple process and has medicinal properties. Diabetes is more of a lifestyle management than taking medication.

 I am sharing the videos and links that I like as I tried to understand the ingredient  PALM JAGGERY

I enjoyed reading a detailed article on Swasti's blog on how to identify palm jaggery and different types of palm jaggery in coconut palm sugar and diabetes.

Here is article from American Diabetes Association on coconut palm sugar. 

Shunmuga sundari says "Everyone knows the fact that regular refined white sugar is harmful for health. Still people are not able to drop sugar from their diet until they get diabetes. Instead of waiting for a day when you are asked to completely avoid sugar and prescribed daily dose of medicines, start replacing refined white sugar with healthy sugar alternatives early not only for you but for your whole family" in her article Top 5 Natural Sugar substitutes.

There are many links on the benefits of palm jaggery floating on the net. I liked this the best.
I am sharing below a beautiful article (as it is) written by Jaya Ruban Joseph a blogger, experienced Civil Engineer, Quantity Surveyor & Approved Valuer (

"What is Palm Jaggery? What is Karuppatti? What are their uses
Palm Jaggery we are calling as karuppatti in Tamil is made from the extract of Palm Trees. The process of making jaggery from the plant sources, does not involve any chemical agents and hence all the natural mineral salts are retained without adding any preservatives of chemicals. Jaggery is known to have various medicinal properties and other health benefits.
It is a relatively unrefined sugar. While manufacturing processes in sugar utilizes chemicals such as sulphur dioxide, lime and other bleaching agents, jiggery is prepared in a natural way, without removing minerals. Its mineral overtones and dark syrup has the lingering complexity of taste that can make eating imperative.

Palm Jaggery is reported to have more nutritional and medicinal value than cane sugar. It is a good source of Vitamin B complex and it also contains ascorbic acid. It is delicious and has mineral salts too. During pregnancy, elders traditionally give kashayams every night from 7 month onwards to ease up the pregnancy difficulties, widely practised in Tamilnadu.
Being rich in iron, it prevents diseases like anemia and also contains essential nutrients like magnesium and potassium. Magnesium is vital for the proper functioning of the nervous systems and the potassium regulates the blood pressure and the heart functions.It purifies the blood, prevents rheumatism and bile disorders and is highly nutritious in value. Jaggery is also useful in combating problems like cough and stomach ailments like indigestion, acidity and constipation. Recent scientific research has reaffirmed the benefits of jaggery for the sensitive organs of the human body like the lungs. Consumption of jaggery is useful for those who are exposed to pollution on a regular basis like industrial workers. It has been lauded for its ability to help the human body to fight off the ill effects of pollution.
Palm jaggery is a natural sweetener and Energy Food, it is very rich in minerals, predominantly iron with traces of other mineral salts. The benefits of palm jaggery include its ability to cleanse your body, act as a digestive agent, sweeten your food in a healthy manner, provide good amounts of minerals. Highly rich in calcium.People often prepare sweets with jaggery. Particularly for naivedyam, jaggery sweets are preferred to sugar sweets. Our elders, they may not have degrees, but they do know where the ingredients come from and how they are made. They avoid sugar in naivedyam.

Jaggery, which is bought in block form, is more nutritious and healthy than regular sugar because it is unrefined, contains no preservatives or synthetic additives, and has minerals such as magnesium, potassium and iron. Jaggery contains slightly less calories than table sugar, has a higher glycemic index and is sweeter than table sugar. Mahatma Gandhi recommended jaggery as part of his vegetarian, goats milk diet. He believed that consuming jaggery instead of sugar resulted in a slower rise in blood sugar.It is highly priced due to its medicinal properties and it makes it a unique product that can be used by people of all ages. Due to its cooling effects over human body, it is of high value. It does not have the bone meal content which is used for whitening processed sugar. Palm jaggery is quite popular in the Southern states of Tamil Nadu (called Karupattivellam or panavellam), Palm Jaggery is rich in calcium, iron and other useful vitamins and minerals.

Most of the time it is given to women who give birth to a child. If the palm jaggery are given to such women, then impurities in the breast milk would disappear and baby gets the white and clean milk during breast feeding. Even in the case of milking cows, the same thing is repeated after it gives birth to a calf.

Jaggery is a healthy alternative to white sugar and is commonly known as 'medicinal sugar', because of its various health benefits. Jaggery acts as a cleansing agent for our body and effectively cleans the respiratory tracts, food pipe, lungs, stomach and intestines. It helps the body to get rid of the unwanted particles and thus provides relief from constipation. Jaggery proves as a great digestive aid and speeds up the process of digestion. Eating a few grams of jaggery after a heavy meal is often recommended for those having problems with normal digestion. In the body, jaggery activates the various digestive enzymes and itself gets converted to acetic acid, thus speeding up digestion.

Jaggery is a rich source of many vital minerals that are required by the body for normal growth and functioning. It is considered as a store house of various important minerals like iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, etc. Jaggery is used since ancient times to treat problems such as dry cough, common cold and asthma.It is beneficial in treating conditions like indigestion and constipation.Jaggery helps in promoting relaxation of muscles, nerves and blood vessels, thus enhancing their functions.

Migraines, the most painful and uncomfortable type of headaches can be relieved to a large extent by jaggery. Jaggery is a rich source of iron and is therefore, very good for anemic people, as it increases the haemoglobin level in the blood. Jaggery has strong antioxidant properties and protects our body cells from the damage caused by free radicals. Jaggery has the ability to purify blood and helps in regulating the liver function. A mixture of jaggery and dry ginger powder taken with warm water can stop hiccups. Jaggery helps in regulating blood pressure and also helps the body to get rid of all the toxins. Jaggery is loaded with many essential nutrients such as proteins, vitamins and minerals, that play a key role in many life processes.

Jaggery has potassium content that may help in reducing bloating and water retention. Jaggery used as an Ayurvedic medicine comes from palms. A quick fix medicine for common cold, cough etc, it dissolves mucus and clears the throat. Our products are manufactured under controlled conditions to ensure high quality while at the same time retaining the nutrient value, freshness and flavour.

I am sure after looking at the following videos your sugar consciousness will increase :) and is a eye opener to protect your general health from sugar. It is important to limit sugar/salt intake if a person is obese or need to watch your weight. Please leave your comments.

how sugar is manufactured in factories 

The truth and only truth about sugar 

Dangers of sugar 

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Ganahoma a Lifestyle Recipe - Perform Ganahoma once a year and include meditation and yoga in routine daily life

Performing Ganahoma once a year is a must for health, prosperity, and many more things for our life. Why it is so important read on................


Both Yoga and Ganahoma has the same intention.  That is prepare the body and mind for divine connection. Yoga strengthens the body and improves concentration to receive divine connection. In Ganahoma the fire purifies and revives the senses the eyes, ears, nose and the skin, nadi shuddhi (cleansing of  the nerves), ignite the fire in brain through mantras and prepare body, soul, mind to receive divine connection.  Exactly 4 g connection to your smart phone :)  if it is done with utmost faith, dedication, devotion, with right ingredients, right technique, right priest.

Most of us may be aware of the significance of the Ganahoma as we also do know yoga and its benefits. But when we link to the spiritual side of the meditation, we can understand how advanced our ancestors and India is.  The current situation is that the west has aggressively adopted yoga into their daily life routine just like going to a gym. You walk into any gym in neighbourhood, there are group programmes on yoga, pilates, etc. Yes in India too we have many yoga studios, classes, organizations and other things, they have cropped up in India after yoga was popularized by the west. But even today in India majority of people have not yet instilled yoga in their daily life despite the many attempts of  Shri Shri Ravi Shankar and Baba Ramdev and the latest fad Mickey Mehta's 360° Wellness Temple and Shivganeshyoga bringing out good yoga teachers. I hope the central government and state governments eventually include one period as Yoga period in the school curriculum. As a Hindu major country include shlokas, yoga sutras, meditation etc. in that yoga period and make it compulsory and bring out a uniform curriculum throughout the country. This vision may be a near reality with our Prime Minister Modi himself practices yoga and supports yoga.  
After the physical yoga and spiritual meditation, the west is now following the  Indian yagnas and homas. They even have given a name for it and call it Fire Yoga. has explained the Fire Yoga here                                          

As we all know Ganahoma is a pooja to Lord Ganapathi to bless us with health, wealth and happiness, and to remove any obstacles on our way to success be it in academics, sports, business, family, new ventures, inauguration of a home or shop etc.  Asking Lord Ganesha to be present and help in any human related efforts.

T.A. Balasubramaniam in his website on homas has explained about  Ganapathi homam beautifully.

There are many types of Ganapathi homam according to Ganesha Purana like Mahaganapathi Homam, Ashta Dravya Ganapathi Homam, Sahasra Modaka Ganapathi Homam.  I could understand the spiritual connection between mind, body, soul and the dimming of the five kleshas (Avidya - ignorance, egoism - asmita, raga - attachment, aversion - dvesa and abhinivesa - fear of death as per the Samadhi Pada of the Yoga Sutras.

It is explained very well in Shri Shiva Vishnu Temple website  about how to diminish the kleshas and obtain better spiritual connection by performing Ganahoma here 

I have linked many websites and articles from the internet to share the knowledge for educational purpose only. I thank them for helping me put together this article on Ganahoma.

Konchady Vasant Pai has shared his experience of Ganahoma -  He says " In our family, it is more than a hundred years since Ganesh Chaturthi and ganahoma are performed without fail. The holy smoke acts as a fumigant, disinfecting the dwelling, and it purifies the lungs of the inhaler. As the priest chants the mantras and feeds Agni with ghee, panchakajjaYa and naivedya we experience a spiritual exhilaration."

Other than performing Ganahoma for specific purpose like housewarming, shop opening, specific health/education reasons; mostly GSB  and konkan people perform Ganahoma annually.  During Ganesh Chaturthi they bring in Ganesh idol to their homes and offer various poojas along with their family and extended families, relatives, neighbours etc. Thereafter the family and extended families disperse, after performing pooja and partaking prasad, food etc. as the Ganesha Idol is taken to Visarjan.  Usually family of four plus their extended family come together on Ganesh Chaturdashi day and take part in pooja, prasad and other celebrations. My dad's side  Nagar Nayak Trust performs one day Ganesha chaturthi on behalf of 300 plus family members (my grandfather is one of the seven brothers). The family members are strewn all across India/world due to their profession (banking,IT,Insurance etc.). Most of the family members make it a point to  reserve Ganesh Chaturthi day to visit Gangolli and partake in the poojas and celebrations of Ganesh Utsav wherever they are :)  Some of them perform in their office or trust they support. People also visit  Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav

When people cannot cannot visit their family Ganapathi due to some reasons, they perform Ganahoma at the Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav (community Ganapathi celebrations) venues. One can also perform Ganahoma at a community event or temple  Check with your local temple if they offer Ganahoma Seva.  If  you live abroad then check your respective area hindu temple online for sevas.

We performed  Ganahoma on Tuesday the second day of Ganeshotsava celebration at Wadala Ram Mandir. It has 10 day celebrations. Other seva details are here 

Another GSB venue that performs community Ganahoma is GSB Seva Mandal at which has a 24 hours various pooja service for 5 days starting from Ganesh Chaturthi day annually. The details of seva are here.

Please write in comments your experiences on Ganahoma, incidents relating to Ganahoma, more knowledge on Ganahoma pooja and traditions. This article on Ganahoma is open for corrections/additions/deletions (in comments below) You may also share your recipes of Panchakajjaya and other naivedya items. Please add your blog address for me to share articles related to Ganahoma. Here is one from Pratibha Rao, in her blog The Indian Food Court  has given detailed pictorial recipes of four Panchakajjaya according to the related festivals.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016


Check here to know more curry leaf benefits

curry leaves benefits click here
curry leaves info

Benny auntie's kadi patta tree in our colony

Thanks to Benny aunty I get fresh curry leaves from her tree for making Curry leaves chutney pudi and curry leaves rice. There are many recipes around the web and I will share here some of the recipes. 
  1. Curry Leaves Chutney Puddi from
  2. Curry Leaves Rice - Karuveppilai Sadam Recipe by sharmis Passions
  3. Lots of recipes like Curry Leaves Rice (two methods), sesame curry leaves podi, Garlic curry leaves podi, curry leaves powder, curry leaves chutney, curry leaves kuzhambu, curry leaves roasted gram chutney, curry leaves dip by Kamalascorner
  4. Curry leaves chutney by Indianhealthy recipes
  5. Curry leaves chutney by Veg recipes of India

Here are some recipes using curry leaves for tempering or garnishing (includes information on curry leaves, storage etc. and scroll down for recipes using curry leaves)

 An International (australian) website for ingredients of the world has many recipes on curry leaves
 BBC Food Curry leaves recipes
Here are some tips and videos on growing curry leaves in your balcony or container garden.  Just like sage, rosemary, mint and other herbs, curry leaves is one of the ingredient in Indian herb garden. (how to grow curry leaf plant/tree in a pot or a container) (Varieties like regular, dwarf and gamthi curry leaf plants)

Curry leaves are a versatile and important kitchen ingredient.  It has medicinal properties and is helpful in controlling/curing conditions like Diabetes, Cholesterol and used for skin and hair care

Check this video for a weight management recipe
Ayurhealth has lot of Home Remedies using Curry Leaves

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

a gluten free dinner

Jowar bajre ki roti recipe

Beet Detox Soup

Ghosale upkari

Honey, wine, spice poached pears,-honey-and-spices.html (i used moscato wine)

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Mixed Vegetable Pasta with Pumpkin Sauce. Healthy, Yummy, Easy, Nutritious, Fiber, Less Oil, cholesterol, diabetes friendly, Kid friendly

Hey peeps today I made a ultimate healthy breakfast and want to share with you the original recipe and how I tweaked it to be Indianised. I succeeded in making the breakfast wholesome, filling, fat free but at the same time yummy. Believe me it turned out to be one finger licking dish without processed cheese.  To make it kid friendly add grated natural cheese :)

For the Mixed Vegetable Pasta recipe adapted from

Ingredients for mixed vegetable Pasta:
  • Pasta 100 gms (I used 100 gms shell instead of 200 gms for 2 ppl)
  • Capsicum - 1 green (u can add whatever pasta suitable veggies are with you no hard and fast rule for this)
  • Cauliflower - 50 gm
  • beans - 50 gm
  • carrots - 50 gm
  • mushrooms - 50 gms
  • beetroot - 1 small
  • tomato - 1 medium
  • onion - 1 large 
  • extra virgin olive oil -  3 tsp (1stp to boil the pasta and 2 tsp for jeera tadka)
  • cumin seeds - 1 tsp
  • coriander stalks 
  • salt 

Boil the pasta as per manufacturers instructions or follow boiling pasta instructions only.

Then heat a kadai/wok/pan and add one tsp oil, put in cumin seeds, after it splutters add chopped onion and saute.  When the onions are translucent add veggies sauteing gap of two secs each capsicum, mushroom, tomato, carrots, beans, beetroot, cauliflower.  Depending your need for crunchiness saute the veggies, when done add  boiled pasta, salt and chopped coriander stalks switch off and keep it aside. (no ajinomoto, no soy, chilliflakes, oregano, Italian herbs you can add if you want more spicy and Italian :)

For the Pumpkin Sauce I adapted recipe from I adapted from

Ingredients for Pumpkin Pasta:
  • Boiled pumpkin puree - 1 cup (pressure cook pumpkin and mash it)
  • 1/2 cup milk (i reconstituted smp 1 tbsp)
  • garlic cloves - 5  minced
  • cumin seeds - 1 tsp
  • extra virgin olive oil - 1 tsp
  • cumin seed - 1 tsp 
  • water as required 
  • pepper powder 
  • salt 

Heat oil in a pan over medium heat, splutter cumin and then add minced garlic and cook till lightly browned and add pumpkin puree, add little water (2 tblsp)  and bring it to boil, simmer down add milk and simmer for a few minutes, stirring occasionally.  Add salt and pepper.  Check for consistency, if it is too thick add some water, simmer for some more time and remove from heat. Pumpkin sauce for pasta is ready.

To serve Mixed vegetable pasta with Pumpkin Sauce; take a bowl add some mixed veggie pasta and then ladle some some over it.  You can add cheese for children or tweak according to your taste. 

This recipe is diabetic, cholesterol, cancer, convalescence friendly can be converted to totally vegan recipe if you follow original.

Sunday, September 30, 2012


This is ma own recipe, Actually i prepared kharwas using readymade pow packets available in markets. But by mistake i added little more quantity of sugar to it. So it became too sweet. Suddenly i have got an idea. And i made dis dessert by adding some more ingredients. And the result is too good. So , i thought i will share this recipe with ma frenzz...and the name was suggested by cousin Sahana Shenoy who is talented in every field. A biggggg thanx to her for suggesting a cute name for this dessert:))))))))))
To make kharwas(posu):-
colostrum pow- 100gm
raw pkt milk - 1/2 ltr
sugar- 150 gms
cardomom pow-lil
To make Choco Nutty Kharwas:-
Kharwas- as instructed above
ghee - 3 tsp
cashew nuts - few
cocoa pow- 3 tsp
horlicks pow- 1 1/2 tsp
paper cups -5
cherries - 5
How to make kharwas:-
Mix colostrum pow+ sugar+ elaichi pow. Mix thoroughly without lumps.Boil  10 - 15 mins with steam.
Discard the water in kharwas. Smash it and keep it aside. In a kadai, put ghee+cashew nuts. fry till cashewnuts are lil brown in colour. Now add kharwas+coca pow+ horlicks pow and mix well. Continue stirring till ghee leaves the sides of the dish. Switch of the stove. let it cool. Now put it in paper cups and decorate it with cherries on top.
HAPPY COOKING:)))))))))))))